TIFF 2021: Jagged dir. Alison Klayman

Alanis Morissette. Heralbum Jagged Little Pill is practically synonymous with the 90s. And so many of us can’t help but remember where we were when we heard it, bought it, played it over and over. Critics talked about how angry it sounded, while I remember thinking how human it sounded, how relatable, and how it…

Sudden Impact (1983) – Clint Eastwood

Lalo Schifrin returns to score Dirty Harry’s next adventure which sees Eastwood not only starring as Dirty Harry Callahan, but serves as the film’s producer and director. After causing more problems for the city brass, and not following the law in his own investigations, Harry is assigned to a homicide case that will get him…

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (2018) – Michelle McNamara

Halfway through the HBO docu-series, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, I knew I had to read the source material, and learn more. Written by Michelle McNamara, a brilliant true crime writer, who passed before the book could be published, or the book’s subject caught, sentenced and jailed. As captivating as the series was, the…

Blue Thunder (1983) – John Badham

I remember seeing Blue Thunder when it was released on home video. Or perhaps it was on a free weekend of Super Channel or First Choice. I remember enjoying it as a kid, loved the helicopter, the nude girl doing yoga, Roy Scheider, and the helicopter. It’s been decades since I watched it, and I…

The X-Files (1994/1995) – Excelsis Dei, and Aubrey

Excelsis Dei by Paul Brown plunges agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) into the still incredibly relevant exploration of a long term care facilities, and how those who live there are treated… done, of course, with The X-Files twist. This episode first aired on 16 December, 1994. It seems a nurse, Michelle Charters…

Mindhunter (1995) – John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

John Douglas is the man who became the lead FBI profiler just when the word was beginning to come into practice in the late 70s, through the 80s, and with author Mark Olshaker he takes us inside some of his cases, and the work he has done over the decades. There are some truly horrifying…

Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) – Piers Haggard

The next film in the chapter on Devil’s Works in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies is a small UK film that very much falls into the under-explored sub genre of folk horror. Set in the 17th century, things start to go badly for a tiny English village when a young farmer working…

Humanoids From The Deep (1980)- Barbara Peeters

A creature feature is the next title that I dive into for DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. I remember seeing this poster when I was growing up, and was intrigued and troubled by it. And being anxious about horror films at that age, I definitely didn’t get around to seeing it for a…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Fusion, and Rogue Planet

Captain’s log: date unknown Rick Berman and Brannon Braga come up with the story that was turned into a teleplay by Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong. It first debuted on 27 February, 2002. The Enterprise comes into contact with an usual group of Vulcans. It seems they embrace their emotions, a fact that bothers T’Pol…

The Outsider (2018) – Stephen King

Stephen King’s The Outsider has proven divisive with some fans, as it marries a lot of his more recent writing, specifically his work on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy (the first of which plays as a straight thriller), and his earlier work that delved into the supernatural. I knew going in that there would be a…

Miami Vice (1989) – Too Much, Too Late, and Freefall

Valerie (Pam Grier) is back, in this, the penultimate episode of Miami Vice, and the fourth and final of the ‘lost’ episodes, which aired after the finale. Written by Jack Richardson from a story by John A. Connor, this episode finally debuted on television on 25 January, 1990. Valerie returns to Miami to help out…

The Green Mile (1999) – Frank Darabont

Unless you watch it on a fairly regular basis, you tend to forget how beautiful The Green Mile is as a film. It’s been a long time since I sat down to watch this one, so I was glad that it showed up on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie…