Shivers (1975) – David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s first feature film is the next entry in the Mad Scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. That being said the mad scientist in this film doesn’t survive the opening credits, though his foul plan does. Set in a lone apartment building, the Starliner, which owns the island it is…

The Mind Reels Visits the CBC

Last week, Sue Maynard and I were invited to attend the CBC 2017 – 2018 Season Preview. We knew it would be a chance to catch up with some good friends, and perhaps make some new ones. Arriving at 250 Front St West here in Toronto, we checked in and immediately were able to catch…

The Mind Reels chats with This Life’s Torri Higginson

Sue and I were lucky enough to be afforded some time to chat with the always amazing, Torri Higginson. Over ten episodes last year, the CBC introduced us to the Lawson family, living in Montreal, and Natalie (Higginson) who is dealt a blow when the cancer she has beaten has returned, and she has about…

Curse of the Fly (1965) – Don Sharp

  The second sequel to the original film connects in only the loosest ways, is next up on the Sci-Fi Chronicles list, and I was eager to see another take on the concept. This time around the tale follows Henri Delambre (Brian Donlevy) and his sons, Martin (George Baker) and Albert (Michael Graham). There are…

The Fly (1958) -Kurt Neumann

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me another classic, one I am actually ashamed to admit I have never seen, but I was such a huge fan of the Cronenberg remake that I didn’t want to sully my love of it. This version, lacking Cronenberg’s body horror, is the original incarnation, has a script by Shogun’s…

300 (2006) – Zack Snyder

The 101 Action Movies brings me the chance to sit down and rewatch Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic 300.  Based loosely on an original final brave stand of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) with 300 of his Spartan soldiers against the legions of forces brought to bear on them by the Persian King Xerxes…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 4

The amazing Shorts programme for TIFF 2013 keeps coming with this installment screening today at 6:30pm and tomorrow at 1:45pm at the Lightbox. This bunch is fun and eclectic, featuring some great performances, fun stories, and beautiful imagery. Paradise Falls, directed by Fantavious Fritz is a haunting and beautiful coming of age tale that follows two…

Hot Docs: Alphee of the Stars – Hugo Latulippe

  There was a scene that nearly broke my heart as I watched Alphee of the Stars last night at the Lightbox. Hugo Latulippe is sitting across from his daughter, Alphee as they are travelling via train through a snow-covered Switzerland, and in a scene completely played in silence you can see as he watches…

The Life of Pi (2012) – Ang Lee

Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s award winning novel is a visual poem to story telling, how we see and share the events of our lives, and faith. I first read the novel in 2008 (I was a little slow to the party – it was first published in 2001) and I raved about it to anyone…