The Haunting of Hill House (1963) – Shirley Jackson

Having just finished the amazing Netflix series (seriously, watch it) and loving the Robert Wise film, I felt it was time to re-read the original novel, something I’m sure I hadn’t done for about twenty years. In fact, I think I read it just before that abomination by Jan De Bont was released in 1999….

Injustice 2

I’m a part-time gamer, I can go for months without using my PS4 as anything but a blu-ray player or for Neflix. And then, when the mood strikes, I will play games solidly for a couple of months. That being said, I’ve never been a fan of fighting games, they seem unnecessarily brutal and mindless….

The Mind Reels chats with Brad Wright and Eric McCormack

This fall, specifically, October 17, sees the premiere of this highly anticipated science fiction drama from Brad Wright, the creator of the Stargate television franchise, and producer, star, Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Perception) – Travelers. The most basic of story explanations, which does not do the stunning opening episode justice, is this: a group…

Stranger Things (2016) – Season 1

  Picture a Stephen King novel directed by Steven Spielberg, with a score by John Carpenter, and a beautifully balanced touch of nostalgia and you have the wondrous, scary, funny, and exciting ride that is Netflix’s latest winner, Stranger Things. Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, the series is set in Indiana in the year,…

Niagara Filmalicious – Little Big Master (2015) – Adrian Kwan

  My Filmalicious screening at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival, which took place at the gorgeous Peller Estates Winery (and allowed me to sample their smooth and delicious 2013 Baco Noir (which may in fact be my new favorite red)), was this entertaining film from Hong Kong. Based on a true story, the movie follows…

The Strain Set Visit

Tonight, Gullermo del Toro presents a new vision in terror as the series premiere of The Strain launches a new kind of vampire. Back in March, I was invited to the set to have a look at what goes on behind the scenes and along with some fellow media types (a number of whom had…

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

When I first saw this title pop up in my Netflix queue, I was a little dubious, how could a genre-bending Rodriguez/Tarantino film that ran shorter than two hours be expanded out into a 10 episode series, and would it be a stand alone season, or the beginning of all new adventures for the Gecko…

Odd Thomas (2013) – Stephen Sommers

Anchor Bay was kind enough to send along a copy of the Blu-Ray release of Odd Thomas to me. Sue Maynard and I were lucky enough to catch a screening of it at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year. Check out her original review here. While predominantly a supernatural thriller, Odd Thomas has…

The Dust Bowl (2012) – Ken Burns

Ken Burns is a highly talented documentarian, and I was delighted to see a number of his films have been recently added to Netflix, so I decided to settle in this weekend and work my way through one, with the intention of making my way through every one that is currently available on the ever-improving…

Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

Ghost In The Shell (1995) – Mamoru Oshii

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings us another anime classic, based on the manga of the same name, this one dealing with the idea of what it means to be living and how we define life. Set in the oh-so-distant year 2029, corporations and city-states have taken over the world, nations have collapsed, and the world-wide…