TIFf ’22: Patrick and the Whale

I have been enchanted by cetaceans from the first time I heard whale song in my early teens. They fascinate me. And while our history with our fellow mammals is violent and bloody at best, we’ve slowly begun to put that behind us as we work to learn more about these amazing beings we share…

TIFF ’22: Empire of Light

Writer/director Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light is a beautiful and emotional achievement, celebrating the beauty of cinema while allowing its star, Olivia Colman to deliver a powerful, layered and nuanced performance as Hillary. She’s a woman of a certain age who suffers from a mental illness, which she has to contend with in her day-to-day…

TIFF ’22: On the Come Up

Sanaa Lathan delivers a powerful and emotional directorial debut with On the Come Up. Based on the novel by Angie Thomas, who also penned the powerful The Hate U Give, On the Come Up is a powerhouse coming of age featuring a strong leading performance by Jamila C. Gray who shines as Bri. Growing up…

Fringe (2011) – Subject 13, and Os

Subject 13 serves as a bit of a sequel to last season’s ‘Peter’ episode. Written by Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman, and Akiva Goldsman, this story was first broadcast on 25 February, 2011. We plunge back to 1985, with opening titles to reflect that, and we see what happened following Walter’s (John Noble) abduction of young…

Fringe (2011) – Immortality, and 6B

Immortality takes us back to the other side in this episode written by David Wilcox and Ethan Gross. It first aired on 11 February, 2011. Broyles (Lance Reddick) seems to be missing so Lincoln (Seth Gabel) is in charge of Fringe Division, just as a new and horrifying case comes along and Fauxlivia’s (Anna Torv)…

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy (2022) – Megan Bannen

I’ll be honest, The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy, available now from Orbit Books hit me like a sucker punch. I didn’t know what I expected from this whimsical, playful tale, but what I did not expect was a genre mash-up that at its heart (or Hart) riffed on the classic tale told in Shop…

Fringe (2010/2011) – Marionette, and The Firefly

While Olivia (Anna Torv) deals with the fallout in her life from Fauxlivia’s presence in their universe, the team gets called in on a case that sees victims with vital organs removed and a slower than average decomposition rate. It seems someone is killing these people for a horrifying reason. Marionette was written by Monica…

Fringe (2010) – Amber 31422, and 6955kHz

Josh Singer and Ethan Gross allow Olivia (Anna Torv) to explore more of the other universe in Amber 31422. It first aired on 4 November, 2010 and begins to really illustrate that the alternate universe is not really all that great. They may have technological advances that we don’t but there are some real problems…

Fringe (2010) – Olivia, and The Box

Season three of Fringe got underway on 23 September, 2010 with the episode opener Olivia, which was written by J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner. While Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble) deal with their escape from the alternate universe and the alternate-Olivia (Anna Torv) continues her infiltration of the group, Olivia remains trapped in…

The Saturday Night Ghost Club (2018) – Craig Davidson

A too-short novel that handles the delicacy of memory, nostalgia, growing up in the 80s, and ghost stories. Craig Davidson’s poignant and engaging The Saturday Night Ghost Club is an emotional and compelling read. Jake, the story’s narrator relates to the reader a coming-of-age summer as he, his new best friend, the friend’s sister, and…