Miami Vice (1986) – Stone’s War, and Killshot

Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) get caught up with journalist Ira Stone (Bob Balaban) again, when the reporter shows up in the aptly titled Stone’s War. Written and directed by David Jackson, the episode first debuted on 3 October, 1986. Stone comes to Crockett in Miami when he finally has…

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1993/1995) – Masks of Evil

Indy’s (Sean Patrick Flanery) adventures continue this week, as his time with French Intelligence during the Great War continues, and brings him face to face with some real evil. The movie combines two episodes, and changes the canon order of when they originally happened to facilitate a comprehensive story. Istanbul, September 1918 Airing on 17…

Seven Fallen Feathers (2017) – Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers is a defining book. It is a haunting, distressing and angering discourse on racism and loss in Northern Ontario, and across Canada. Talaga, a dedicated and insightful journalist turns her investigative eye, shining it like a spotlight onto a piece of Canadian life that many of us are loathe to discuss, accept,…

Minds of Winter (2016) – Ed O’Loughlin

An ode to the stark, beautiful ice covered unexplored reaches of the globe as much as to the human soul and its search for knowledge, discovery and connections; swathed in furs and driven by sledges , Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter delves into the history and exploration of the distant poles and ice floes while…

The Trap (2015) – Melanie Raabe

  There is an immediacy to Melanie Raabe’s debut novel, The Trap, which sees its English release this week, via House of Anansi Press here in Toronto. Translated from German the captivating tale draws the reader into the world that she has created, much as her character, author Linda Conrads, is drawn into the situations…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Zack Snyder

  The Hero’s Code. It apparently means nothing to Batman (Ben Affleck). It apparently means nothing to Superman (Henry Cavill). And that’s troubling, because as a child, they were two of the characters I grew up with that taught me what it was. But even worse, the creative forces behind the scenes of the latest…

The Killing Circle (2008) – Andrew Pyper

  I dove into another Andrew Pyper book, Lost Girls is still waiting for me, and I was a little unsure about this one to start. I mean, I like the idea, a widower, Patrick Rush, is raising his only son, Sam, his grief over his wife describing a personal pain, not unlike the protagonist in the…

The Mind Reels at TIFF 40

Sue and I were lucky enough to be invited to the TIFF press conference for this year’s look at the Canadian films being showcased in the festival’s 40th year! It looks to be an amazing season, and we got to meet and chat with some amazing people, as well as catch up with some friends,…

Niagara Integrated Film Festival 2015

  Against the backdrop of wine country with the dull thrum of the falls imaginable at the farthest edge of earshot, members of the film and wine industry gather to make connections, share experiences and celebrate the finer things in life – film and a good vino. And I was fortunate enough to be invited…

My Paper Chase (2009) – Harold Evans

  I was introduced, through film, to Harold Evans during this year’s Hot Doc film festival here in Toronto in the fantastic documentary Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime. I was stunned to learn about this journalist and editor, not to mention all the stories he’d been involved in over…