Magnum P.I. (2018) – DVD Review

Jay Hernandez is NOT Tom Selleck (and he never said he was). He’s likable, sure, but he doesn’t have Selleck’s 80s era charm, delivery, and smooth ability to break the fourth wall. That has stopped the series from relaunching late last year and coming home on DVD today. I had always made the argument that…

Secret Agent (1936) – Alfred Hitchcock

  I dive back into the Thriller genre for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and the title this time around is North by Northwest, which I’ve previously covered for the blog, but not all the recommendations that follow it have been reviewed here on the blog. So I’m about to dig…

The Trap (2015) – Melanie Raabe

  There is an immediacy to Melanie Raabe’s debut novel, The Trap, which sees its English release this week, via House of Anansi Press here in Toronto. Translated from German the captivating tale draws the reader into the world that she has created, much as her character, author Linda Conrads, is drawn into the situations…

The Last Man on Earth (1964) – Ubaldo Ragona 

  Screenwriter and novelist Richard Matheson is up next in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, specifically his story, I Am Legend, so today, we’re looking at the first film iteration of his apocalyptic tale. Released in 1964, this version stars the incomparable Vincent Price as Doctor Robert Morgan. Price’s distinctive voice gives us an opening narration…

The Killing Circle (2008) – Andrew Pyper

  I dove into another Andrew Pyper book, Lost Girls is still waiting for me, and I was a little unsure about this one to start. I mean, I like the idea, a widower, Patrick Rush, is raising his only son, Sam, his grief over his wife describing a personal pain, not unlike the protagonist in the…

Best of Enemies (2015) – Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon

  It’s documentaries like this that illustrate to me how much I have grown as a film buff, and one interested in political subjects as well. Opening today at the Lightbox, as well as other select theatres worldwide, is this fantastic documentary about the 10 televised debates between socialite and conservative media man, William F….

The Third Man (1949) – Carol Reed

Joseph Cotten finds himself caught up in a dark thriller in this next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Big Sleep. Cotten plays Western novelist Holly Martins, who arrives in post-war Austria to see his friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Unfortunately after his arrival, he…