Moonlighting (1987) – A Trip to the Moon, and Come Back Little Shiksa

With the shark firmly behind them, Moonlighting Season Four got underway on 29 September, 1987 in A Trip to the Moon written by series creator Glenn Gordon Caron. David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) have been together for four weeks, and both of them seem to have different opinions on what and where the…

Monsters, Inc. (2001) – Peter Docter

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Toy Story is this Pixar classic starring Billy Crystal and John Goodman as two monsters trying to keep their world alive. Those noises under your bed, the shadow in the closet, they’re all real. Monsters come through to…

The Artist (2011) – Michel Hazanavicius

The multi-Oscar winning film, The Artist is the next film in the What Else to Watch list as I continue my journey through DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Coming in as a recommendation for Chaplin’s City Lights, this film definitely entertains. Taking home Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Director, Best…

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – Micheal Bay

Somehow these movies keep getting made, and even more confusing is how Michael Bay remains at their helm. This for now, is the last stop with the Transformers in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. I do like the continuity that runs through the series. After the battle of Chicago in the last film, the alliance between…

Raising Arizona (1987) РJoel Coen  

  The family fun continues with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book with this recommendation following my screening of Way Out West. It has been years since I originally watched Raising Arizona, and I had forgotten, for all intents and purposes, all of it, so I was eager to dive into a…

The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Raging Bull (as a sports movie) is one of my all time favorite comedies, and one I quote almost as often as Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. Sports, in the form of bowling, is involved peripherally…

Red State (2011) – Kevin Smith

  When a writer/director takes on a genre that aren’t often associated with, people are going to get antsy, and some people are just going to hate it no matter what. I found myself looking forward to seeing what Kevin Smith did with a different genre, and took a look at his film Red State,…

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) – Joel & Ethan Coen

The final recommendation from Some Like It Hot in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is my second favorite Coen Brothers movie, an update on the classic Odyssey tale, and featuring some of that great old-timey music (overseen by T Bone Burnett). George Clooney¬†is Ulysses Evert McGill, and he has just escaped…

2014 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

Wow. Sue and I were fortunate enough to be able to cover the Toronto Screenwriting Conference last year (and learned tons to apply to our own creative writing) and were delighted to be invited back again this year to sit in on it again. With the amazing guest line-up and the fact that everything we…

Monsters University (2013) – Dan Scanlon

  Pixar hasn’t let me down yet (well, except for maybe Cars 2), and ever since Toy Story, I have seen every one of their features in the cinema. I can depend on them to entertain me and to make me laugh, allowing me to immerse myself into worlds that don’t exist and to leave…

ParaNorman (2012)

I don’t think I’m cynical or jaded when it comes to viewing a movie. I can still lose myself in characters and stories and worlds, it just seems that lately a lot of the films I’ve seen in theaters hold no real surprises for me, nor do they engage me as much as I wish…