The Equalizer (1987) – Solo, and A Place to Stay

McCall (Edward Woodward) squares off against a dirty cop, Cole (Kevin Spacey), who is pursuing a woman, Sarah (Lindsay Crouse) for the murder of his partner in Solo, things become increasingly complicated when McCall becomes romantically involved with her. Written by Carleton Eastlake, Solo first debuted on 18 February, 1987. Sarah approaches McCall after he…

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) – Vincent McEveety

Tim Conway and Don Knotts return as the hapless comedic pair Amos and Theodore in the sequel to the 1975 Disney family/comedy/western The Apple Dumpling Gang. This time around the pair, and the script are unfettered by everything that went before it, though the characters from the previous film are mentioned. This time, Amos and…

Transporter 3 (2008) – Olivier Megaton

Transporter 3 should work. Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is back in Europe, there’s a solid actor, Robert Knepper, as the film’s villain, there’s a solid supporting cast including Jeroen Krabbe and Francois Berleand returning as Tarconi, but this one just feels like it flounders. Part of that problem, sadly, rests on the casting of Natalya…

Quantum Leap: Knights of the Morningstar (1994) – Melanie Rawn

Sam Beckett and Al Calavicci find themselves in the middle of a medieval joust?! Sam hasn’t leapt outside of his own life, he’s leaped into a renaissance faire, a group of weekend knights competing in league battle in 1987. Sam quickly finds himself as Phil Larkin who is in the middle of a potential romantic…

Tangled (2010) – Nathan Greno, and Byron Howard

Tangled, a Walt Disney animated film is somehow twelve years old and is still incredibly fun to watch, and is one of those Disney films that have now become iconic and has gained an enduring amount of love. A spin on the classic tale of Rapunzel (voiced here by Mandy Moore) the computer-generated imagery that…

Midsummer Night’s Doom (1999) – Raymond Benson

Jame Bond has had a long history with Playboy and for the magazine’s 45th anniversary, novelist Raymond Benson penned a short story to be featured in the celebratory issue. In fact, this time around 007 interacts not only with some Playmates from the previous years but also with Hugh Hefner himself. It seems there’s going…

Every Which Way But Loose (1978) – James Fargo

When I was a kid, there was just something really fun about Every Which Way But Loose, a film that follows blue-collar Philo (Clint Eastwood) in his pursuit of a country singer, Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke) accompanied by his rescued orangutan, Clyde, his pal, Orville (Geoffrey Lewis) and Orville’s new gal pal, Echo (Beverly D’Angelo)….

The Eyes of the Dragon (1984) – Stephen King

1984 was the year I discovered Stephen King through ‘Salem’s Lot, my first King novel. But I remember my mother was a big King fan (still is) and we had arranged to get her The Eyes of the Dragon as her birthday or Xmas present. It wasn’t your usual King story, and I think that…

The Rocketeer (1991) – Joe Johnston

Special effects wizard Joe Johnston’s second directorial effort is probably my favourite, as there is just something about The Rocketeer that I love. The style? Art deco is a fave. The score? James Horner! The cast? Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly (who I have crushed on FOREVER), Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin, Paul Sorvino. The source material?…

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…