Mind Reels Chats Badsville (2017)

BADSVILLE (2017) (imdb: www.imdb.com/title/tt4843618/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Twitter: @BadsvilleMovie) Director: APRIL MULLEN (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm0611983/?ref_=tt_ov_dr Twitter: @AprilMullen88) Producer: DAVID J PHILLIPS (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm1707109/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t12 Twitter: @DJ_Phlips) Writers/Stars: IAN MCLAREN (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm3382898/?ref_=tt_ov_wr) BENJAMIN BARRETT (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm3796579/?ref_=tt_ov_wr Twitter: @BenABarrett) Very Special Guest: EL PERRO For video version: youtu.be/N2Y7mS6f2RU Badsville is now available On Demand, iTunes, VuDu and Amazon Prime For bonus content, become a Mind Reels Patron today! www.patreon.com/TheMindReels

Sunset Boulevard (1950) – Billy Wilder

As I return to the films of yesteryear, thanks to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, I settled in for a film that I’ve never been sure I wanted to watch, Sunset Boulevard. I just never imagined it would be my thing, but it does have a great pedigree including a cast that includes Gloria Swanson…

Before Midnight (2013) – Richard Linklater

Nine years after Before Sunset, and almost twenty since Before Sunrise, we check in with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) again. And this is the next title from DK Canada’s The Movie Book’s What Else to Watch list following my screening of Boyhood. Travelling in Greece as a family, including two daughters, the…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Cardassians, and Melora

Station log: stardate 47177.2 Written by James Crocker from a story by Gene Wolande and John Wright, this episode first debuted on 24 October, 1993. Doctor Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and the Cardassian tailor (and possibly spy) Garak (Andrew Robinson) investigate Cardassian war orphans left behind on Bajor after the occupation, and those that have been…

Samurai Rebellion (1967) – Masaki Kobayashi

Toshiro Mifune headlines in this fantastic film that is the next recommendation on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Rashomon. A movie that centres on honour, pride, justice and love Kobayashi’s film is a riveting watch, with a brilliant climax. Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, a…

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…

The Scarecrow of Oz (1915) – Frank L. Baum

It’s been a while, so I figured I would get in a quick visit to Oz, as I visited the ninth book in the series, The Scarecrow of Oz. Written in 1915, this is apparently Baum’s favourite of the Oz novels he penned. It also serves to introduce two of his previously created characters, the…

Life is Beautiful (1997) – Roberto Benigni

Walking away with Oscars for Best Foreign Film, Best Original Score, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Benigni, Life is Beautiful is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Schindler’s List. In this partly whimsical tale that touches on true humour while facing…

Walk the Line (2005) – James Mangold

Joaquin Phoenix brings the legendary Man in Black, Johnny Cash to life in this biographical drama that is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Sound of Music. The film gives an unflinching look at the life and times of the musician, from his…

The Amber Spyglass (2000) – Philip Pullman

The final novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is on the book shelf this week, and I was curious to know if it would have the same effect on me as it did when I first read it eighteen years ago. I remembered nothing of the final half of the book after a…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Lessons, and The Chase

Captain’s log: stardate 46693.1 Jean Louise Matthias and Ronald Wilkerson penned this episode that first aired on 5 April, 1993. It is a Picard (Patrick Stewart) story that sees the captain discovering love with one of his crew members, the head of the stellar science services, Nella Daren (Wendy Hughes). As their relationship blossoms, and…