TAD 2021: Ditched dir. Christopher Donaldson

The Carpenter-esque, Canadian-made, Ditched is available for streaming from the Toronto After Dark film festival today. I think I enjoyed the idea of it more than the actual movie itself. Melina (Marika Sila), a paramedic, wakes up in her overturned ambulance, and has to brace herself for a long violent night of the soul, as…

TIFF 2021: Attica dir. Stanley Nelson

Taking a look at the five day rebellion, and hostage taking in September of 1971 at Attica prison, Nelson’s documentary is a stark, unflinching look at the prison system, the industry of it, the culture and race clash that is inherent in it, and the larger world as a whole. Filled with interviews from those…

Mission: Impossible (1968) – The Phoenix, and Trial by Fury

Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team are back out in the field this week as I dive into another pair of assignments in Paramount Canada’s Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series on blu-ray. The Phoenix written by John D.F. Black from a story he created alongside Edward DeBlasio is first up, originally broadcast on…

Star Wars: Jedi Search (1994) – Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson launches his Jedi Academy trilogy this week as I travel back to 1994, and the original Star Wars Expanded Universe. I’m exploring each book by publication date, and there were a couple of things I loved right off the bat, which I either didn’t notice the first time I read it (I…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Cubic Z, and Versus the Coup d’Etat

Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) face some fears about their future, while fighting villains from their past, all while Morgan (Joshua Gomez) faces his first real challenge as a manager with a hot game release, and no product. Chuck Versus the Cubic Z was written by Nicholas Wootton and first aired on 4…

Peninsula (2020) – Sang-ho Yeon

I remember seeing Train to Busan back in 2016, at my fave film fest, Toronto After Dark, and was excited to see it just from the buzz around it at the festival. I was completely wowed,and have since recommended it constantly. I loved what Yeon did with the film, the way the story played out,…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Cease Fire, and Future Tense

Captain’s log: date unknown Chris Black pens this episode that first aired on 12 February, 2003. Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) and the Enterprise are called in to help mediate a dispute between the Vulcans and the Andorians who still seem to be chafing against one another, once again, over a small inhospitable planet. That of…

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) – Nathan Juran

Setting aside the obvious whitewashing of the cast, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the next film in the Dragons & Dinosaurs chapter of DK Canada’s extremely entertaining Monsters in the Movies is a lot of fun. And one that I have a bit of a history with. Growing up we moved around frequently (being in…