Maverick (1994) – Richard Donner

Apparently, I’m still watching more Richard Donner movies, and this one I haven’t seen in years! Based on the television show from the 60s, Maverick comes to the big screen with Mel Gibson in the titular role, while the series original star, James Garner, co-stars as Marshall Zane Cooper. Jodie Foster rounds out the above…

The X-Files (1997) – Leonard Betts, and Never Again

Both episodes this week are important to Dana Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) arc for the season, and the series. First up is Leonard Betts, written by John Shiban, Frant Spotnitz, and Vince Gilligan, which first aired on 26 January, 1997. Leonard Betts (Paul McCrane) is a superior EMT, he has a unique gift of diagnosing patients…

Hannibal (2001) – Ridley Scott

Anthony Hopkins returns to his iconic role of the cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lector in the sequel to the brilliant The Silence of the Lambs. This film shows up in Ten Bad Dates with De Niro on a list of films that it is painful to like. Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme elected not to…

Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Out of all of Scorsese’s work, I think Taxi Driver, the next stop on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Thriller genre, is my favourite. It also features one of my top performances by Robert De Niro. Much has been said and written about Taxi Driver since…

Elysium (2013) -Neill Blomkamp

  So I decided to take in the next Neill Blomkamp movie in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and I’m glad I did, because watching Elysium and District 9 back to back, it’s very easy to buy into the possibility that both films (and probably Chappie as well, which is not on the list) take place…

Trailer Tracks: Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Jonathan Demme

One of Sue’s favorite films, and one that is also very high up on my list is well, is this brilliant thriller from Jonathan Demme with an all star cast including Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn. I remember reading the original book, and still being delightfully unnerved when I saw it in the…

Trailer Tracks: Contact (1997) – Robert Zemeckis

  I read this novel by Carl Sagan a long time ago, and was very eager to see the movie when it was released. For me it was well worth the wait, it was a very human story, set against the backdrop of possible contact with an alien species. With a well-rounded cast including Jodie…

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Good evening Clarice… The best of the best of the serial killer genre, and a most welcome name to come across on the 101 Horror Movies list, as well as one of The Mind Reels’ co-creator Sue Maynard’s favorite movies. I saw this Best Picture film no less than 5 times in the theater (coincidence…

Podcast of Dreams

“If you build it…” It’s no secret that Tim and I consider ourselves to be almost unbelievably lucky in the interviews we’re been able to do for our podcast in the months it’s been since we started this whole journey to adventure.  What started out as just us, sitting down as friends and chatting about…

Contact (1997)

…”good to go”… “I’m good to go…” My throat tightens up every time that sequence is on-screen. It fills me with such hope and excitement for the possibility of contact. Contact is one of those movies that I won’t watch for extended periods of time, but then when I throw it on to watch, I…