Clockstopper (2002) – Jonathan Frakes

Producer Gale Anne Hurd joins forces with Star Trek alumnus and director Jonathan Frakes to pair up with Nickelodeon Pictures in this family friendly film that is the next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Playing to the tween audience, the film is sadly more suited to television movie territory than striving to be a…

The Rock (1996) – Michael Bay

Michael Bay finds his way back onto the 101 Action Movies to see before you die, and brings an impressive cast with him, in this, my favorite of his films. With his usual pacing and editing, Bay makes a full-out action movies with a surprisingly sympathetic villain. Ed Harris plays General Hummel, who has lost…

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – James Cameron

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies, and the 101 Action Movies mesh with this title, appearing as a fin example of both genres. Cameron’s film picks up 13 years after the original classic, and finds a rebellious John Connor (Edward Furlong) living with his foster parents, while his toughened, but possibly psychotic mother, Sarah (Linda Hamilton)…

The Abyss (1989) – James Cameron

People will say Terminator 2 or Aliens, the romantics might go with Titanic, some people swear by Avatar, but for me, my favorite James Cameron film will always be The Abyss, and I’m so happy I got to revisit it for the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Featuring the largest underwater set ever built, in a…

Aliens (1986) – James Cameron

This time it’s war, as we return to the universe created in the original Ridley Scott sci-fi flick. James Cameron takes over as storyteller and director in this entry in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is still in hyper-sleep, just as we left her at the end of the first film, but…

The Terminator (1984) – James Cameron

I do love a story that involves some temporal mechanics, and this one always pleases. Yes, T2 is arguably the better and stronger film, but you wouldn’t have T2 without this first film, which I was happy to revisit on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Cameron did a lot of model work and visual effects for various science…

Toronto After Dark – Sushi Girl – Kern Saxton

  I almost feel like I should apologize to everyone involved with Sushi Girl, because I am not sure that my writing is anywhere near good enough to describe how freaking amazing this film is!  Tim turned to me the moment the end credits hit the screen and proclaimed it his favourite of the festival,…

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012 – Sue’s Must-See List!!!

  Well folks, as the kids say these days, shit just got real!  The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has VERY GENEROUSLY offered the Mind Reels passes to cover the fest this year, and we could not be more thrilled!  Adam Lopez (TAF’s hard-working, fearless leader – and hopefully future Mind Reels guest) has put together…