TIFF ’22: The Fabelmans

I have been a Spielberg fan for as long as I can remember. The first film he saw was The Greatest Show On Earth, which affected him. Mine was Jaws, and I can say the same thing. Over the decades I have followed him on his storytelling journey, embracing each new film that came along,…

The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) – Daniel Alfredson

The second film in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, adapted from the novels by the late Stieg Larsson, remains just as captivating and thrilling as the first film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Like all sequels, the statement could be made that this time it’s personal, but it’s better to…

The Expendables 3 (2014) – Patrick Hughes

Dropping their hard R rating, The Expendables are back for a third go round, and Sylvester Stallone returns with a star studded cast that kind of makes up for the lack of gore, but you still find yourself wishing for it anyway. This time it’s personal when Barney Ross (Stallone) leads his mercenary team on…

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) – John McTiernan

Director John McTiernan returns for the third (and arguably the last real) Die Hard film that sees Bruce Willis reprise his role as New York Police Detective John McClane (Michael Kamen returns as well to deliver the score) in a story that, this time, is set in New York. Joining Willis on screen is Jeremy…

Jason Bourne (2016) – Paul Greengrass

Director Paul Greengrass got the band back together for the fourth Bourne sequel, bringing Matt Damon’s turn at Robert Ludlum’s iconic character another shot at the big screen. And while there’s some cool ideas at work in the story, when the plot makes it ‘personal’ for Bourne to get him involved in the narrative, the…

Chuck (2007) – Versus the Sizzling Shrimp, and Versus the Sandworm

Professional, spycraft, and personal get more mixed up for Chuck (Zachary Levi) this week as he tangles with a Chinese agent, and has his first stakeout in this episode written by Scott Rosenbaum. Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp first aired on 22 October, 2007, and sees lots of humour and trouble arising as the stakeout…

Miami Vice (1989) -Hard Knocks, and Fruit of the Poison Tree

Switek’s (John Talbott) gambling addiction is getting worse as we find out in Hard Knocks. Written by Ken Solarz from a story by Robert Ward, Scott Shepherd and Solraz, this episode first debuted on 20 January, 1989. Switek sinks into drunkenness, and increasingly poor gambling choices getting him in more trouble with a gangster,who has…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Dark Page, and Attached

Captain’s log: stardate 47254,1 Airing on 1 November, 1993, this episode sees the return of Deanna Troi’s (Marina Sirtis) mother, Lwaxanna (Majel Barrett) returns for another visit, and also features an appearance by a young Kirsten Dunst as a young telepathic alien named Hedril. Written by Hilary J. Bader, the story gives a little more…

Toronto After Dark 2016: War On Everyone – John Micheal McDonagh

My time with the 2016 Toronto After Dark film festival got underway last night with the exceptional, brash, bold, politically incorrect, devastatingly hilarious War On Everyone. I think the only thing I would have changed about it is the name, everything else, totally worked for me. Now, as a caveat, part of the enjoyment of…