TIFF ’22: On the Come Up

Sanaa Lathan delivers a powerful and emotional directorial debut with On the Come Up. Based on the novel by Angie Thomas, who also penned the powerful The Hate U Give, On the Come Up is a powerhouse coming of age featuring a strong leading performance by Jamila C. Gray who shines as Bri. Growing up…

Fringe (2011) – Stowaway, and Bloodline

While Bell inhabits Olivia (Anna Torv), FBI agent Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) comes across the Fringe Division as they get pulled together on a case that centers around a young woman, Dana (Paula Malcomson) who seemingly can’t die. Written by Danielle Displatro from a story by J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, and Akiva Goldsman, Stowaway first…

Fringe (2010) – Olivia, and The Box

Season three of Fringe got underway on 23 September, 2010 with the episode opener Olivia, which was written by J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner. While Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble) deal with their escape from the alternate universe and the alternate-Olivia (Anna Torv) continues her infiltration of the group, Olivia remains trapped in…

Insidious: Chapter Three (2015) – Leigh Whannell

Writer Leigh Whannell who had penned the previous two entries in the Insidious series slips into the director’s chair for the third installment, which also serves as a prequel to the Lambert story that occupied the first two films. The film introduces us to a small family living in the city. There’s Sean (Dermot Mulroney),…

Insidious (2010) – James Wan

Director James Wan, and writer Leigh Whannell’s Insidious is a fairly solid ghost story, though it took me forever to come around to it. My first experience seeing it was in the theatre, where I couldn’t get over how a couple in front of me was scared by everything that was happening on the screen….

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) – Brian Gibson

A number of cast and crew (including composer Jerry Goldsmith and visual effects artist Richard Edlund) return for Poltergeist II: The Other Side and while Julian Beck seems truly terrifying as Kane, the film doesn’t have the Spielberg or Hooper magic that made the first film such a hit. The Freeling family, Diane (JoBeth Williams),…

The Lovely Bones (2009) – Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson adapted Alice Sebold’s heartbreaking novel, The Lovely Bones, to the big screen alongside his collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and while there are a lot of differences from the book to film (the novel definitely has more adult themes, and things were toned down for the teen, twenty-something audiences), and some…

The X-Files (2016) – Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster, and Home Again

Fan favorite writer Darin Morgan returns to The X-Files with Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster. First airing on 1 February, 2016, While Mulder (David Duchovny) questions whether or not he’s wasted his life chasing UFOs, aliens, and monsters, Scully (Gillian Anderson) arrives in the office with another case… a monster. But, of course, with…