Dead Calm (1989) – Phillip Noyce

  Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane take us on a high seas thrill ride filled with suspense in Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm, the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Clocking in at a tightly paced 93 minutes, this thriller captivates with a well-scripted story, and strong performances….

Toronto After Dark: Backtrack (2015) – Michael Petroni

Last night, the 10th Annual Toronto After Dark film festival took us Down Under for a spooky, and well-crafted ghost story starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill. And for the first time all festival, a jump scare got me! Brody plays psychologist Peter Bower, who finds himself in strange circumstances as he still mourns a…

Traielr Tracks: The Hunt For Red October (1990) – John McTiernan

To pair up with my look at Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit today, I thought it would be nice to go back and have a look at the original trailer for the first film in the series, the still amazingly brilliant techno-thriller, The Hunt For Red October. Starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Scott Glenn,…

Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) – John Carpenter

A John Carpenter film I haven’t seen (there are a couple), and I’m kind of divided on this one. It’s very obvious that this is one of the few films that he didn’t (or couldn’t) have complete control over and is also one of the very few that didn’t have him doing the music as…

Possession (1981) – Andrzej Zulawski

A bizarre, and troubling tale was recommended to me by this odd list I came across listing horror movies, the majority of which I’d seen, but this one I’d never heard of… After his turn as Damien Thorn in the Omen III, Sam Neill took on the role of Mark in this haunting and troubling…

Jurassic Park (1993) – Steven Spielberg

As soon as I heard about Michael Crichton’s new book in 1990, I scrabbled to get my hands on a copy, and ended up co-opting and keeping my mother’s hard cover edition as soon as she was done with it. Then, hearing that Spielberg had bought the rights for it, I knew I had to…

The Hunt For Red October (1990) – John McTiernan

Tom Clancy’s techno-thriller, which I remember reading back in grade 9, when my friend Michael introduced me to it and after that, every Christmas until I 1989, I would receive Clancy’s new novel in hardcover for Christmas, was put to film by John McTiernan. Coming off of the incredible run of success that Predator and Die…

Jack Ryan

Tom Clancy books were just a part of my teen years as Stephen King novels, Star Trek, and classic 80s movies (course how was I to know they were going to be classics when I was watching them? I just knew I loved them. I got into the books with the first paperback edition of…

Alcatraz

So I’m catching up… again. I tend to focus on one show at a time though, so I’m not really apologizing, It also means I get a whole bunch of episodes to watch at once as I catch up. Apparently I have waited long enough for Alcatraz. I settled in, and flew through the first…

Jurassic Park at the Digital Film Festival

I love the Digital Film Festival put on by Cineplex here in Canada. It’s a chance to see beloved films from the 80s and 90s back where they belong, on the big screen… in a digital presentation. I would go to all of them, if I had the time and the cash flow, even at…