Toronto After Dark 2018

It’s that time of year again, and it seems Toronto always knows what to get me for my birthday – a film festival. Specifically the Toronto After Dark film festival. Running October 11th through to the 19th the genre festival features films from around the globe that highlight horror, action and science fiction films that…

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) -Hayao Miyazaki

The next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is a long overdue check-in with Miyazaki, the famed writer/director who has envisioned so many incredible tales. This time around, it’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. I didn’t have access to a subtitled version, so I went with the English dubbed (subtitle is ALWAYS the…

Astro Boy (2009) – David Bowers

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been a lot of fun so far, and it’s also introduced me to a lot of things I was aware of, but had never seen. Astro Boy is a prime example, I have been aware of Osamu Tezuka’s manga for a long time, I’ve always recognized the character, but never…

Issues Vol. 8

This week I’ve got four great books, and 1 miss, though that one was my choice and not endorsed by Kirk at West End Comics, so his status remains untarnished. That being said let’s dive in to see what I was reading last night, and allow me the opportunity, once again, to pop into West…

Ghost in the Shell (25th Anniversary Edition) – Mamoru Oshi

Releasing from Anchor Bay today, is the 25th anniversary edition of this unprecedented anime film. The downside to it, is that despite that it’s the 25th Anniversary of the original manga, there are sadly no bonus features on the disc. On the plus side, the film looks very nice on Blu-Ray, and comes in the…

Ghost In The Shell (1995) – Mamoru Oshii

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings us another anime classic, based on the manga of the same name, this one dealing with the idea of what it means to be living and how we define life. Set in the oh-so-distant year 2029, corporations and city-states have taken over the world, nations have collapsed, and the…

Tetsuo (1989) – Shinya Tsukamoto

I don’t often react with a “What did I just watch?” but this entry on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list definitely had that effect. This one was bizarre, surreal, with hints of live-action manga, Lycnhian and Cronberg overtones and beyond that, just odd. Running at a sleek 67 minutes all I could do for most…