Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) – Alejandro G. Inarritu

Micheal Keaton shines in Alejandro Innarritu’s Birdman. He brings a level to his performance that you know is based on personal experience, and delivers an Oscar-nominated virtuoso performance as Riggan Thompson, an actor who walked away from a billion dollar superhero franchise and is now worried about his relevance while being haunted by his past….

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Fake Name, and Versus the Beard

Chuck (Zachary Levi) just can’t get a break. In Chuck Versus the Fake Name, written by Ali Adler, and having an original airdate of 1 March, 2010, Chuck has plans to make dinner (chicken pepperoni) for Hannah (Kristin Kreuk), Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) but things get sidelined when he has to pose…

Gorgo (1961) – Eugene Lourie

What would happen if England got in on the Godzilla craze? Well, I found out as I explored DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book and came across Gorgo as I continue to explore the chapters on dragons and dinosaurs. When a group of sailors capture a strange beast off the coast of Ireland and…

Moonlighting (1987) – I Am Curious… Maddie, and To Heiress Human

Things heat up between Maddie (Cybill Shepherd), David (Bruce Willis) and Sam (Mark Harmon) this week in the penultimate episode of the third season, I am Curious… Maddie. Written by series creator Glenn Gordon Caron and Jeff Reno from a story by Ron Osborn, Karen Hall, Roger Director and Charles H. Eglee, this episode debuted…

Moonlighting (1987) – Sam & Dave, and Maddie’s Turn to Cry

David (Bruce Willis) is having problems with Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) and the relationship she has begun with Sam (Mark Harmon) and it’s just going to cause him to spin out of control, drunkenly, even as he tries to be civil and friendly. Sam & Dave was writte by Charles H. Eglee and Roger Director from…

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) – Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan’s heartbreaking, and powerful film (something I was fortunate enough to be able to tell the director in person) is the next stop in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Based on the novel by Russell Banks, which Egoyan adapted as well as directed the film features great performances by Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce…

Ginger Snaps (2000) – John Fawcett

Werewolf movies get the Canadian treatment with the cult classic, Ginger Snaps. The next werewolf title featured in the immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies by John Landis, and available now from DK Canada provides a unique spin on the mythology of the lycanthrope when tying in the cycle of the werewolf with that of…

The Lost Boys (1987) – Joel Schumacher

My trio of favorite vampire films is now complete with the viewing of 1987’s The Lost Boys. If Fright Night got me into horror movies, and Near Dark showed me how violent and bloody vampires could be, then The Lost Boys showed me how cool vampires could be (and how awesome the occasional vampire hunters…

TAD 2018: You Might Be the Killer (2018) – Brett Simmons

The final night of Toronto After Dark gets underway this evening, and while I didn’t get to see all the films I wanted to see (life gets in the way), I enjoyed the ones I did, and loved sharing my thoughts on them with you. The final screening tonight (which does so twice, once at…

Mamma Mia! (2008) – Phylida Lloyd

The final recommendation for my screening of Jailhouse Rock for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is the beloved stage musical, Mamma Mia! Using the catchy tunes penned by cherished pop group, ABBA, the tale is a but of a post-modern Philadelphia Story as a young woman, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is on the…

Quantum Leap (1993) – Memphis Melody and Mirror Image

Here we go, the last instalment of Quantum Leap. Sam’s last two leaps… that we know about. In Memphis Melody, set on 3 July, 1954, Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself as The King himself, Elvis Presley. Written by Robin Bernheim, this episode allows us to see Sam sing one last time, with a couple of…