V – The Miniseries (1983) – Part Two

Part two of the iconic science fiction mini-series V, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, aired on 2 May, 1983.¬† It aired the following night after part one, no week’s wait, not even a couple of days. This was an event, and for two nights it ruled television. Continuing it’s sci-fi retelling of Nazi Germany…

V – The Miniseries (1983) – Part One

Writer/director Kenneth Johnson gave us a modern retelling of the Nazi Third Reich in the event mini-series that so impacted me, and countless others, when it first debuted on 1 May, 1983. It was all I talked about in school, finishing up the sixth grade. I didn’t get to see it all when it aired,…

Tootsie (1982) – Sydney Pollack

The What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book following their recommendation of Some Like It Hot, concludes with the delightful 1982 comedy, Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Geena Davis, Teri Garr, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman and Bill Murray. Hoffman is struggling actor Micheal Dorsey, he coaches, he auditions, but he…

Death Takes a Holiday (1934) – Mitchell Leisen

I continue my exploration of classic cinema with DK Canada’s The Movie Book, as I dive into the What Else to Watch list following my screening of the brilliant, The Seventh Seal. Death Takes a Holiday (remade in 1998 as Meet Joe Black) stars Fredric March as Prince Sirki, a man who comes to visit…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Lower Decks, and Thine Own Self

Captain’s log: stardate 47566.7 Rene Echevarria pens the teleplay for this superior episode from a story by Ron Wilkerson and Jean Louis Matthias. It first debuted on 7 February, 1994. This episode is delightfully unique in that the major characters of the series play supporting roles only. The heart of the tale centres around a…

Before Midnight (2013) – Richard Linklater

Nine years after Before Sunset, and almost twenty since Before Sunrise, we check in with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) again. And this is the next title from DK Canada’s The Movie Book’s What Else to Watch list following my screening of Boyhood. Travelling in Greece as a family, including two daughters, the…

Pretty Woman (1990) – Garry Marshall

The next big title that I come to in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Romance and Melodrama section is this rom-com drama from 1990, Pretty Woman. Outside of a pretty solid soundtrack of hits this movie, honestly, never did much for me. The film stars Richard…

Little Women (1933) – George Cukor

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is the Civil War epic Gone With the Wind, which I had previously reviewed, so, once again, I moved onto the always educational What Else to Watch list to delve into other titles. That brought me to Cukor’s adaptation of Little Women from 1933. Despite,…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Poor Agnes – Navin Ramaswaran

The second feature screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is another new favourite. Poor Agnes, having its Toronto premiere this eve, is a disturbing drama that haunts and troubles even as its story captivates. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a serial killer, and she is a master at…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Eat Local(s) – Jason Flemyng

At 7pm tonight at Scotiabank Theatre, Toronto After Dark is hosting the Toronto premiere of Eat Local(s). A fun vampire romp that is sure to please audiences, the cast is stacked with recognisable faces and names, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Mackenzie Crook (The Office), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Dexter Fletcher (Band of Brothers)…