Shane (1953) – George Stevens

  “Shane. Shane! Come back! Bye, Shane.” It’s a classic line, but it’s from a film that I had never seen until now, thanks to the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book recommending it following my screening of High Noon. Alan Ladd is the titular character, a weary gunfighter, looking to restart his…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – Going Home and Paniolo

  Thomas heads to Virginia in the first episode up this week, Going Home, which aired 31 October, 1985 and was penned by Gene Donalds and Chris Abbott. He returns to Virginia for his grandfather’s funeral, and it opens up a slew of memories, pains, and troubles amongst the family. He’s never been a fan of…

Park City (2015) – Hannah Rosner

  Available now on iTunes is this delightful, and frequently hilarious film, shot in the mockumentary style about a group of young artists who have just finished their latest indie feature, Hearts and Cash, and are beyond delighted to learn that their film has been selected to screen at Sundance. But being young, and struggling…

Pal Joey (1957) – George Sidney

Frank Sinatra seems to be playing a version of Frank Sinatra in this highly enjoyable musical that is the next recommendation from my screening of The Jazz Singer for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Filled with great tunes, almost every single one of them I knew (included one I sang at…

The Following – S0E01&E02 – Thoughts So Far

Serial killers have always fascinated the darker parts of our psyches, what makes people such monsters? We’ve learned that most serial killers hunt alone, but what if one was so charming, so intelligent that he cultivates other souls like him, so adept at making his murders art, that he developed a following? Creepy right? That’s the launching…

Degrassi Junior High Season 3/Degrassi High Season 1

So, just the other night, I got to talk to Stacie Mistysyn on the phone. Her chat with us will be up next Saturday! It just seemed a perfect way to highlight the wonderful experience of revisiting the halls of Degrassi as I work my way through these episodes. And I have to tell you,…

Tim’s Tops of 2011

I’m gonna take a page from my creative partner, Sue, and give a run down of my favorite films of the year; though it appears that we do have a lot of the same films on our list. 1) The Muppets – This movie is sheer joy, and by far the best time at the…

A Spielberg Double Feature – Tintin & Joey

The Adventures of Tintin is the perfect Spielberg primer for families. It has all the wonder, mystery and fun one expects from The Beard, but is safe for families who may be worried about showing them odd looking E.T.s, violent fisticuffs in the 1930s, or menacing sharks. It’s Spielberg’s first animated film, though he has…

An Evening with Michael Morpurgo, Author of War Horse

Michael Morpugo is the teacher that changes your life. If you were lucky enough to have him, then he was the type of teacher who left his indelible mark on you. We got to see some of that last night as we spent the evening with him and musician John Tams, who introduced and ended…