The Amber Spyglass (2000) – Philip Pullman

The final novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is on the book shelf this week, and I was curious to know if it would have the same effect on me as it did when I first read it eighteen years ago. I remembered nothing of the final half of the book after a…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Witch’s Familiar, and Under the Lake

The Doctor (Capaldi) finds himself confronting a terrible choice when the cliffhanger caused by last week’s episode comes to its resolution in The Witch’s Familiar. Written by Steven Moffat, this episode first premiered on 26 September, 2015. Davros (Julian Bleach) has apparently let the Daleks destroy Clara (Jenna Coleman), Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the TARDIS….

Star Trek: Demons (1986) – J.M. Dillard

It’s time to dive into more non-canon Star Trek, as this week the crew of the starship Enterprise find themselves in the Trek version of a horror film. Now, don’t let the cover art fool you, this adventure doesn’t take place around the Star Trek II & II timeline. The book was released in 1986,…

The Trap (2015) – Melanie Raabe

  There is an immediacy to Melanie Raabe’s debut novel, The Trap, which sees its English release this week, via House of Anansi Press here in Toronto. Translated from German the captivating tale draws the reader into the world that she has created, much as her character, author Linda Conrads, is drawn into the situations…

Spring (2014) – Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

  Available today from Anchor Bay is this unique film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, their follow-up to the delightfully mind-bending Resolution. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray this is a gentle, and beautifully filmed concoction that marries the romance film with the monster movie. At the story’s heart is Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), whose…

All is Lost (2013) – J.C. Chandor

  I’m a huge Robert Redford fan, and I love boats and ships so this one seemed like a sure match for me. Played with almost no dialogue (what there is, is few and far between, and scant at that), Redford is the lone soul aboard the Virginia Jean. A competent and resourceful sailor he…

Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Tim’s Tops

So The Mind Reels’ first year covering The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has come to an end, and it was FANTASTIC! Now that it’s over I thought it would be nice to compile my top 5 films of the festival. I want to be clear, I could have happily included A Fantastic Fear of…

Toronto After Dark – Resolution – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

Resolution is a twisted updated take on the mysterious, oft-visited genre of the cabin in the woods, and was the second feature tonight at Toronto After Dark’s film festival. Often funny, very creepy, and with enough questions to make you wonder what’s really going on, Resolution is a ride that bounces through a variety of…

Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Tim’s Must See List

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival! As soon as I heard about it when we first started The Mind Reels, I knew it was something Sue and I would want to cover, and this year, WE ARE! This is the festival’s 7th year, and it runs for 9 nights and is packed with 21 films,…