Pet Sematary (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

The most recent Stephen King adaptation, and remake of the 1989 film, comes home on DVD and blu-ray today from Paramount Pictures. Featuring some pretty significant departures from the source material, but arguably faithful to it at the same time, this variation of the classic monkey’s paw tale is a fairly solid tale, while not…

Hollow Man (2000)- Paul Verhoeven

Rape and murder are the results of another invisible man experiment, and my next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis. The film features a fairly solid and recognizable cast led by Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Shue. Joining them are Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick and…

Pet Sematary (1983) – Stephen King

This week’s great Stephen King re-read brings me the horror classic, Pet Sematary, which I read in the mid-80s, shortly after I had discovered the prolific writer. I remember greatly enjoying it, and being very unnerved by King’s riff on the famed horror story The Monkey’s Paw. This time around I was entertained by it, but…

Let the Right One In (2008) – Tomas Alfredson

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies has not disappointed yet, though I admit some of the movies highlighted in the book so far have been less than stellar, I still had a great time watching them. Since starting this book, written by director John Landis, I’ve got to revisit my favorite vampire movies ever, been…

Ugetsu (1953) – Kenji Mizoguchi

The next title recommended by the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Ran, is this brilliant film that follows the fortunes of two peasant families during a civil war. Operating a kiln, and making wares, Genjuro (Masayuki Mori) sees a chance to get rich with the selling of his…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – Rupert Wyatt

  Ten years after the last film, Fox reinvigorated the Planet of the Apes series as I continue my exploration of it with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Featuring a stunning performance by mo-cap superstar, Andy Serkis, and emotional performances from both James Franco, and John Lithgow, the film gets the series back on track after…

Crimes of the Heart 

  In the tiny, intimate space of The Theatre Machine, Toronto’s Sterling Theatre Company is presenting a production of Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart. Under the able direction of Miriam Laurence, the audience is transported back to the 1970s, and the lives of the Mississippi born and raised MacGrath sisters. We were interested in…

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – Wes Anderson

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Pulp Fiction is a foray into the wonderfully quirky world of Wes Anderson with The Royal Tenenbaums. Now, with Anderson’s films, I’ve noticed you either love them or hate them. This one, alongside Rushmore, are probably my favorites…

Happiness (1998) – Todd Solondz

Another odd recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, for my screening of Pulp Fiction. A trio of sisters lives interweave with a number of other characters, all of whom are seeking happiness, but are all looking for it in really dark and troubling places. Joy (Jane Adams) is a struggling songwriter, and…