Miami Vice (1986) – The Fix, and Payback

Detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) investigate a dirty judge in The Fix. Written by Chuck Adamson, the episode first aired on 7 March, 1986. When the Vice team busts a dealer, in a buy that goes bad, the judge, Ferguson (Bill Russell), overseeing her case sets a paltry bond,…

Anna Christie (1930) – Clarence Brown

  It’s time to spend a little more time with Greta Garbo, following my screening of Anna Karenina for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. The first recommendation comes with a fairly high pedigree, Anna Christie was Garbo’s first sound film, which saw her nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress, and…

Toronto After Dark Spotlight – The Dirties (2013) – Matthew Johnson

  The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has been known for showing edgy, darker films, controversial films… None could possibly be more so than this film from Director Matthew Johnson, as it takes on the subject of bullying culminating in a school shooting. That right there tells you it’s not going to be an easy…

TIFF – The Dick Knost Show (2013) – Bruce Sweeney

  Bruce Sweeney`s latest character piece, you`ll recall I highly enjoyed The Crimes of Mike Recket, is a look at the world of sports radio, specifically the acid-tongued, quick-witted, numbers-driven Dick KnostĀ (a hilarious turn by Thomas Scholte). He is controversial, and after he sends a number of inflammatory tweets, his network higher-ups finally have the…

Chronicle (2012) – Josh Trank

I’m tired of hand-held, found footage type films. That being said, I rather liked this film, though I personally would have preferred it was shot without the hand held stuff, though some of it does work really well! It’s a nice updated take on the basic superhero/super-villain story, and the final battle put me in…

The American Scream (2012) – Michael Stephenson

I’m either late for this year’s Halloween, or very early for next year’s but just wanted to talk about a highly enjoyable documentary I came across on Netflix the other night. The focus of the film is a trio of house haunters. I had no idea what these were, or that there was an entire…