Christopher Robin (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Coming home on blu-ray and DVD today is the wonderful family film from Disney, Christopher Robin, that takes a page from Spielberg’s Hook, and posits what if Christopher Robin (Ewan MacGregor) grew up and left he Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest behind. Directed by Marc Forster, the film, set in post…

Sabrina (1954) – Billy Wilder

The next, oh-so-enjoyable classic from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following the recommendation of Some Like It Hot as I delve deeper into the What Else to Watch list. Audrey Hepburn plays the titular Sabrina, the daughter of the chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams) who works for the wealthy Larabie family.  All of her life,…

Fan Expo 2018: An Exploration of Fandom, Age,and Being a Geek

There are few things that portend the end of summer for me more than Toronto’s Fan Expo, falling around the Labor Day Weekend it is one last big sendup and celebration of countless fandoms. And this year Expo made sure to pull out all the stops, there were celebrities and panels, parties and purchases that…

The Sound of Music (1965) – Robert Wise

My return to the Musical chapter of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book sees me settling into Robert Wise’s multi-Oscar winning (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Editing and Best Music) adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. Starring Julie Andrews (in an Oscar nominated performance) and…

Amelie (2001) – Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Pretty Woman is a film that is pure joy captured on film. Jeunet’s beautiful comedic romance brought Audrey Tautou to international attention, and did something that usually takes a lot of effort – got a North American audience…

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – Nora Ephron

Wonderfully saccharine, filled with classic romantic songs, and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in their second on-screen pairing, Sleepless in Seattle from Nora Ephron remains an enjoyable 90s rom-com. It is also the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Pretty Woman. Recently widowed, and now…

Bosom Buddies: The Complete Series

Back in 1980, Tom Hanks was an up and coming actor with a decidedly comedic bent. In fact, he seemed to be perfectly cast alongside Peter Scolari as advertising executive Kip Wilson. Alongside Scolari’s Henry Desmond, the pair work as a creative team, and are best friends. But when their apartment is destroyed, the only…

Uncommon Type (2017) – Tom Hanks

I’ve been a fan of Tom Hanks’ since Bosom Buddies, I’ve watched him grow from a comedic actor to one of my favourite all time actors. I have delighted in his career, and love when he steps away from the front of the camera to work behind it, directing, producing, writing. It was his writing…

Roman Holiday (1953) – William Wyler

Following my screening of His Girl Friday for the DK Books fantastic, The Movie Book. I have moved on to the What Else to Watch section of the title, and dove into the one film amongst it that I had not yet covered, Roman Holiday. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert, let me…

Billy Elliot (2000) – Stephen Daldry

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of West Side Story isn’t necessarily a musical, but it definitely shares the same love of dance. Billy Elliot, which has since inspired a stage musical perfectly captures joy in dance and simultaneously juxtaposes the ordinary events of day…

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978) – Madeleine L’Engle

The third book in the Wrinkle in Time series is quite possibly my favourite of the lot so far. Set some years after the previous tale, A Wind in the Door, it was nice to catch up with the Murry family again. Meg is now married to Calvin, and is pregnant, the twins are continuing…

Street Angel (1928) – Frank Borzage

The next film on the What Else to Watch list following the recommendation of Murnau’s Sunrise in DK Book’s engaging and informative The Movie Book is Street Angel from 1928. Set in Naples, Janet Gaynor plays Angela, a young woman turned prostitute to pay her rent. Trouble rears its head though when she is arrested…