Trailer Tracks: Black Rain (1989) – Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott, alongside Spielberg, has long been one of my favoite directors, and I loved his work with Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw and Ken Takakura in this crime thriller that moves from New York to Japan. Showcasing the culture clash, the differences in police procedures and justice this one is just a great…

Trailer Tracks: Alien (1979) – Ridley Scott

Another classic trailer! This one runs for only 2 minutes, and the first minute doesn’t even include any footage from the film, but it so sets a creepy tone for what is essentially a sci-fi riff on the old dark house routine… I love this movie, and after having watched THIS trailer, I think it’s…

2014 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

The annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference is coming up next weekend (April 5 & 6), and I have to tell you, I am getting very excited for it. Last year was the first time Sue Maynard and I had been to the event, and were intent on covering as much of it as we could, and…

Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott

  The 101 Action Movies brings me Ridley Scott’s Best Picture winner Gladiator for me to re-watch and enjoy. Starring Russell Crowe as Maximus, a Roman general in service to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). When the emperor is murdered by his devious and power-hungry son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), Maximus is ordered to be…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 1

  TIFF is under way, and screening today and tomorrow at the Lightbox is the first full programme of shorts. This collection features some amazing visuals and camera work, some odd stories, and a dazzling compilation of talent. Comprised of 6 titles, there’s a little bit of everything in this collection, and I was quite taken…

Aliens (1986) – James Cameron

This time it’s war, as we return to the universe created in the original Ridley Scott sci-fi flick. James Cameron takes over as storyteller and director in this entry in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is still in hyper-sleep, just as we left her at the end of the first film, but…

Blade Runner (1982) – Ridley Scott

Between Alien and Blade Runner, Ridley Scott has created to genre defining classics, both of which close in on the holy grail of cinematic perfection for me. The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings me a chance to revisit this wonderfully dark sci-fi thriller. I read the book by Philip K. Dick, I bought the Marvel comics…

Alien (1979) – Ridley Scott

I love this movie, and I’m so glad the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brought it to me! Any excuse to throw this on the blu-ray is a good one, so I was quite happy to spend some time with the ill-fated crew of the Nostromo again. Alien is essentially a haunted-house story, and nothing really scary…

Quatermass And The Pit (1967) – Roy Ward Baker

  Release in North America as Five Million Years To Earth, the 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings a chilling, unnerving tale to me with this Hammer adaptation of a classic BBC serial. Quatermass and the Pit has it all, the devil, ghosts, psychic abilities, aliens and a UFO long-buried, all of these items are in service to…

The Hunger (1983)

Tony Scott, the brother of Ridley, makes the 101 Horror Movies list with his very first film, The Hunger. This is a movie that is sexy and sensual, but also introduces the lonely, sympathetic version of the vampire to the big screen. I’m sure this creature had lurked around awhile before finding its way to…

Natasha Eloi (Part 1)

Natasha Eloi is about as amazing as people come, she’s a self-taught videographer, a journalist, a sci-fi and movie geek, and just a delightfully fun soul whom Sue and I simply clicked with. We met for an evening of chattage at the Duke of Kent, and we sat there for almost three hours, and recorded for almost…