Father Figures (2017) – Blu-Ray Release

Hitting blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers this week is this goofy, semi-sweet, adult-humoured quest story from first time director, but experienced cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. Helms and Wilson play fraternal twin brothers, Peter and Kyle, who lead separate and different lives from one another and the rest of their…

The Railway Children (1970) – Lionel Jeffries

A recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Home Alone for the Family Genre, The Railway Children was a film I had never heard of, but, if I had seen it as s child it certainly would have cemented my crush on Jenny Agutter a lot sooner….

The Twelve (2012) – Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin’s vampiric trilogy continues in the fast-paced, raising of the stakes (pun intended?)┬ásecond book, The Twelve. It’s been five years since the events of the previous book, The Passage., and things have changed for a number of our characters. We check in with Sara, Peter, Michael, Hollis, Alicia, and of course Amy, and none…

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) – Vonda N. McIntyre

Vonda McIntyre adapts her second Star Trek film to novel form, as I continue to boldy go with the non-canon adventures of James T. Kirk and company. Featuring a passing tie-in to her own novel Entropy Effect with her character of Mandala Flynn hetting a mention, as well as her fixation on Sulu, this novel…

The Passage (2010) – Justin Cronin

  Epic, majestic, terrifying and engrossing. And heartfelt thanks to Amanda for pushing it in my direction! These words perfectly define The Passage by Justin Cronin. A massive novel, coming in at 879 pages in paperback, the tale it unfolds is massive, engaging, and is almost mythic in nature. With a vast cast of characters,…

Hot Docs 2016: Obit – Vanessa Gould

  Having its international premiere this evening at 9:15 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, is what may be my favorite documentary at the festival so far. With additional screenings on Tuesday May 3 at 3:45 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, and again at 9:15 on Saturday May 7, with a final screening at the…

Black Christmas: Season’s Grievings Editon (1974) – Bob Clark

  Some people love the happy joyous type of films at Christmas, and while there is something to be said for all that good-will, happy endings and schmaltz that seem to highlight most of them, that morbid, macabre underside of humor and the holidays seem to be more appealing… As much as I loved Scrooged,…

Cub (2014) – Jonas Govaerts

  Also releasing from Anchor Bay today is this film that hails from Belgium. The blurb had me from the outset. Young Sam (Maurice Luijten) is troubled and imaginative. He’s off on a camping trip with his local cub scout troop, with Kris (Titus De Voogdt), Peter (Stef Aerts) and Jasmijn (Evelien Bosmans) as their…

Son of Frankenstein (1939) – Rowland V. Lee

I’m diving into a new book to partner with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film one, I’m adding Sci-Fi Chronicles to the list, it covers books (including comics) as well film and television, the first subject is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I’ve previously reviewed the original film and its first sequel, Bride of, as…

The Rockford Files (1976) – The Italian Bird Fiasco & Where’s Houston?

Private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) tackles a couple of interesting cases in this week’s installment of The Rockford Files. First up we have The Italian Bird Fiasco, which originally aired 13, February 1976, and was directed by film legend Jackie Cooper. It was written by Edward J. Lasko. The phone gag this time featured…

Divergent (2014) – Neil Burger

Sometimes my disappointment should be something I can throw at the screen. Not that you shouldn’t always worry about book adaptations, because invariably, the books are almost always better. But by the time we got halfway through screening this film, I wondered whether anyone in the production of this film had read the first book,…