The Three Body Problem (2008) – Liu Cixin

Wang Miao and Ye Wenjie are the central characters in a vast cast in this epic Chinese novel that is the first in a trilogy, also known as The Three Body Problem. Treating its subject matter with intelligence, and pouring on the science, the story takes us through the first steps of contact with an…

TAD 2021: Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It dir. Yernar Nurgaliyev

Kazakhstan delivers Toronto After Dark’s Opening Night Gala Film, Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It, and it sets up perfectly what to expect from TAD if this is your first time. There is going to be blood, wild on-screen deaths, laugh out loud moments, uncomfortable humour, and a lot of cross genre entertainment. Datsan (Daniar Alshinov)…

The X-Files (2000) – En Ami, and Chimera

William B. Davis, the Cigarette Smoking Man himself, pens En Ami, which pairs CSM with Scully (Gillian Anderson) in this episode that first debuted on 19 March, 2000. CSM approaches Scully after she and Mulder (David Duchovny) both recieve information about a supposed miraculous healing of a young boy who was suffering from cancer, but…

The X-Files (2000) – First Person Shooter, and Theef

William Gibson and Tom Maddox pen First Person Shooter, an episode which first aired on 27 February, 2000.There are some elements of sexism and toxic masculinity throughout this story, because it has permeated the game culture that is at the episode’s heart. When a young man dies while playing an immersive First Person Shooter, evidence…

Fletch’s Fortune (1978) – Gregory McDonald

Fletch is back, in his third novel from Gregory McDonald, this time the sometimes journalist isback in Italy, supposedly working on a book, but more likely enjoying living off all of the money he’s been able to walk away with so far over the course of the previous novels. But a pair of CIA agents…

The X-Files (1999) – Rush, and The Goldberg Variation

Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are called to a small town to investigate a strange murder of a deputy in Rush. Written by David Amann, this episode first debuted on 5 December, 1999. It seems a young man, Max (Scott Cooper), the son of the local sheriff (Tom Bower), is Mulder’s prime suspect…

Peril at End House (1932) – Agatha Christie

It’s time to check in with that little Belgian investigator, Hercule Poirot, is doing. He and Hastings return in Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House. And to keep the genre fresh, this time Poirot and his slawart companion are determined to stop a murder before it happens. When a chance meeting with Nick Buckley, a…

TIFF 2021: Hellbound dir. Yeon Sang-ho

Director Yeon Sang-ho, who staked his claim in international pop culture with his fantastic zombie film, Train to Busan, not to mention it’s animated prequel, and follow-up sequel, helms Hellbound, already picked up by Netflix, a supernatural procedural series based on his online digital cartoon, The Hell. Screening at TIFF the first three episodes are…

Millennium (1999) – Seven and One, and Nostalgia

Here we are, the penultimate installment of Millennium, the first spin-off from Chris Carter’s The X-Files, and as we close in on the end of the series, the solid episodes just keep coming. Seven and One, written by Frank Spotnitz and series creator Chris Carter, is scary, unnerving and fantastic. First airing on 30 April,…

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) – 4K Review

The third film in The Conjuring series, The Devil Made Me Do It, is available now on 4K from Warner Brothers, and once again plunges into the lives of Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who give a real sense of humanity and emotional investment in their roles. This time,…

The X-Files (1999) – Trevor, and Milagro

John Diehl guest stars in Trevor, an episode written by Jim Guttridge and Kenneth H. Hawryliw that first aired 11 April, 1999. Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) have an x-file on their hand when a convict, Pinker Rawls (Diehl) escapes from a prison camp during a tornado, after having killed the warden, by…

Millennium (1999) – Darwin’s Eye, and Bardo Thodol

Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) finds himself unexpectedly partnered with Baldwin (Peter Outerbridge) when Hollis (Klea Scott) elects for some leave in Darwin’s Eye, written by Patrick Harbinson, which first aired on 16 April, 1999. When a homicidal young woman, Cass (Tracy Middendorf) escapes a mental institution, committing a murder to do it, she takes a…