TIFF 2021: Belfast dir. Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh delivers a stand out event at TIFF with his beautifully and lovingly made, Belfast. Featuring a gorgeous score by Van Morrison, this cinematic jewel is something to behold. Equally awash in nostalgia as it is with the realities of the time, Belfast guides us to a little street that is the midst of…

Prince of Darkness (1987) – John Carpenter

Prince of Darkness was the third John Carpenter movie I saw ever, before that I was delighted with Big Trouble in Little China, and had found my favourite horror movie with The Things (Jaws is not a horror film, it’s an adventure movie).I remember seeing print ads for it on the back of the comic…

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 4K Double Feature

Paramount Pictures brings Angelina Jolie’s foray into the action adventure world of video game character Lara Croft home in a new 4K upgrade two pack. And while neither film quite reaches the heights that the studio was hoping for – a female Indiana Jones character seems like a surefire win to me, as long as…

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – Renny Harlin

The Long Kiss Goodnight should be better than it is. It’s got quite the pedigree. Director Renny Harlin had given us Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and a solid entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series with The Dream Master. There’s a score by Alan Silvestri, a script by Shane Black (who is damned reliable…

Friday the 13th: 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray

The iconic horror/slasher film, Friday the 13th celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary this year, and Paramount Pictures is celebrating by releasing the Uncut Edition to blu-ray in a gorgeous steelbook which boasts artwork taken from the original poster painted by Alex Ebel. The film has joined the ranks of celebrated horror films, and it’s hard to…

Clash of the Titans (2010) – Louis Leterrier

The next title that I dove into for the Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales chapter of DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book was doomed for me from the moment of it’s inception. The remake of 1981’s Harryhausen effects driven classic was never going to wow me. Why? Gone are the practical effects…

Toy Story 3 (2010) – Lee Unkrich

DK Canada keeps allowing me to revisit with some of my favorites (and introducing me to new ones) as I continue to enjoy The Movie Book. The recommendation of Toy Story was great, but as mentioned previously covered, but the What Else to Watch list has given men an opportunity to rewatch some other Pixar…

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Frank Darabont

If there is a near perfect drama film for me, it is the next recommendation in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont, who wrote the screenplay as well, basing it on the short story by Stephen King. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman headline at the iconic King-universe prison, Shawshank,…

Jackie Brown (1997) – Quentin Tarantino

One of my favorite Tarantino films is the up next thanks to the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, which recommended the previously reviewed Pulp Fiction. His only film to date that is based on previously published material, Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, Tarantino’s film is top-notch and lets the…

All the President’s Men (1976) – Alan J. Pakula

One of the films that are on DK Canada’s What Else to Watch list after I screened Battle of Algiers is one of my favorite newspaper films, All the President’s Men. Based on the brilliant expose by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein the film is as relevant now, perhaps more so, as when it was…

Alfie (1966) – Lewis Gilbert

Micheal Caine is charming and roguish as the philanderer Alfie. Bill Naughton pens the script from his play of the same name. Popping up on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning for the very enjoyable The Movie Book from DK Canada. Breaking the fourth wall on…