Onward (2020)- Dan Scanlon

Pixar films have been magic for the audience since Toy Story first graced theatre screens, or one could argue, when Luxo Jr., made his first appearance. With their latest offering, Onward, Pixar takes us into the world of magic. It seems magic exists, we’ve just let it slide away because it was too much work…

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Francis Ford Coppola

The brilliant, Vietnam epic, an update on the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness, is the next stop in the War genre as I continue my cinematic journey with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. The story behind the film is almost as incredible as the film itself. Boasting a cast that…

The Talisman (1984) – Stephen King and Peter Straub

There are very few Stephen King novels I haven’t read, and even as I revisit the occasional one, I realised that I had never finished The Talisman. A copy of this book was a Christmas gift to my Mom the year it came out. She read it first, and I was next in line to…

Midnight Special (2016) – Jeff Nichols

  Owing its pedigree to films of the 80s like John Carpenter’s Starman and Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Nichols writes and directs this science fiction road movie that is best viewed with little to no plot knowledge. So suffice to say, I won’t be saying much about story points in my review….

The Road to Oz (1909) – L. Frank Baum

  It’s time to go back to Oz, and it had to happen sooner or late. This is the fifth book in the Oz series, the fourth featuring Dorothy, and it ends up being her most disappointing trip yet. Happily, she arrives in Oz this time without┬áhaving to go through a natural disaster first, and…

Wild at Heart (1990) – David Lynch

  The final road movie from my viewing of Easy Rider for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is this classic David Lynch film, that I hadn’t seen in years, and was very much looking forward to seeing again. Sailor (Nicholas Cage) is feverishly in love with Lula (Laura Dern, who is…

Radio On (1979) – Chris Petit

  The recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book continue with the road movies following my screening of Easy Rider. This time out, we take on the British road movie with this black and white drama from 1979. Robert (David Beames) is a radio announcer, who gets new tapes of cool…

Kings of the Road (1976) – Wim Wenders

  The next road movie following my viewing of Easy Rider for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this German road film. It definitely falls into the road movie category, but there is a somberness to it, that doesn’t seem to be reflected in its North American counterparts, no matter what…

Vanishing Point (1971) – Richard C. Sarafian

  The first recommended title for my screening of Easy Rider from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this road movie that doesn’t let up until the credits roll. Barry Newman is Kowalski, an ex-cop, a believer in right and wrong, and the freedom that was the American dream that seems…

Easy Rider (1969) – Dennis Hopper

  The next drama title for review in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this generation-defining film that not only stars Dennis Hopper, but he directed it, and wrote the script with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Fonda plays Wyatt, though he’s referred to through the entire film as Captain…

Moon Point

A lot of indie Canadian films seem to get lost when doing battle against the bigger-budgeted films that populate the box office. That’s why when a smaller film comes along that really catches our attention, like the Untitled Work of Paul Shepard (hoping for a DVD release date soon!!), we like to talk it up…