Captain Marvel (2019) – Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

It took a decade, but this week Marvel brings us their first female led superhero film. Giving us a quick respite before diving into Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel brings us a unique Marvel movie, and not just because it has a female as the lead. Captain Marvel is irreverent, playful, and puts a new spin…

Game Night (2018): Blu-Ray Review

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are Max and Annie in Warner Brothers’ Game Night, which comes home on DVD and Blu-Ray today. They and their group of friends have a regular game night, but tonight their game takes on a new level when they find themselves caught up in an actual mystery. The game night…

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…

South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season

Incredibly, this series just keeps getting better and better. South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season, recently re-released on blu-ray from Paramount Pictures took a spin in my player, and made me laugh throughout. This season, over the course of fourteen episodes, series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker pull out all the stops and make…

Charade (1963) – Stanley Donen

The next title on the What Else to Watch list following the recommendation of Casablanca from The Movie Book, released by DK Canada, is this delightful romp starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Also featuring turns by Walter Matthau and James Coburn, this romance mystery, with a healthy dose of comedy has a score by…

South Park: The Complete Fifth Season

Swear words on prime time, religions, cults, environmentalism, more religion, revenge and eating your parents (so gross and yet so funny)… Over the course of fourteen episodes the small Colorado town of South Park, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny deal with fourth grade and all the strange things that go with it. Featuring individual commentary…

Hanging with Dark Matter’s Anthony Lemke

So what is Dark Matter’s Anthony Lemke like in real life. Well, over the years Sue and I have gotten to know the actor pretty well, so when we were invited in for a prolonged chat with him, it turned into just that, a chat, as we caught up on each other’s lives talked about…

The Devout (2015) – Connor Gaston

Opening at the Carlton Cinema here in Toronto is this lovingly crafted, intimate drama that is bound to move viewers even as it raises questions of belief, faith and hope. The debut effort of writer/director Connor Gaston was shot in Victoria, British Columbia. It is a beautiful film that features perfectly on point, and gently…

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980) – Douglas Adams

Sometimes you need a good laugh, and Douglas Adams never disappoints. Picking up where the first book finished, Arthur Dent, Ford, Trillian, Zaphod and Marvin are looking for a bite to eat. They are famished after everything they have just gone through, and Arthur still wants a good cup of tea. But things are never…

Hot Docs 2016: The Mind Reels chats with Cheer Up

  Sue and I were delighted to sit down with the director, Christy Garland, and the subjects of the truly enjoyable documentary, Cheer Up, a film that follows a cheer coach, Miia Norvapalo, and two of her squad, Patricia Fisk and Aino Selin through their personal lives, as well as their race to win the…