True Romance (1993) – Tony Scott

DK Books’ brings me a 90s classic that is on the What Else to Watch list following The Movie Book’s recommendation of Bonnie & Clyde. Directed by Tony Scott, featuring his flashy, gaudy style, and a script by Quentin Tarantino that is rife with his pop culture references and sharp dialogue, True Romance is a…

The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960) – Renato Polselli

The next title I exhume from the grave for DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis is an Italian film that got chopped up by North American censors to remove any untoward imagery (like nudity) to make it suitable for what they saw as the viewing audience… the matinee crowd. A…

Blood and Roses (1960) -Roger Vadim

John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies takes a more sensual turn as I return to the coffee table tome available now from DK Canada. Blood and Roses is a French film with a its own take on the vampire legend. Set on the estate of the Karnsteins, the tale follows a well to do family…

Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (1991) – Rob MacGregor

The man with the hat is back… Before continuing my journey with Roland and his ka-tet, I thought I would go on an adventure with my lifelong friend, Indiana Jones. Officially licensed by Lucas Film, a series of novels were released in the early 90s chronicling the archaeologist’s life from the early 1920s to just…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) – Lonely Among Us, and Justice

Captain’s log: stardate 41249.3 Lonely Among Us is another mixed bag episode that shows the series is still trying to find its feet. Written by D.C. Fontana from a story by Michael Halperin, this episode first aired on 2 November, 1987. The Enterprise is ferrying delegations (necessitating the introduction of the new dress uniform) to…

Fringe Toronto: Becoming Burlesque

Last night was the opening night, at the Al Green Theatre, for the cabaret/revue/burlesque narrative, Becoming Burlesque. Working with the Love Letters Cabaret Dancers, director and writer, Jackie English (who shares directing credit with Sebastian Marziali), brings to life a glimpse into the burlesque world, featuring scintillating choreography from Pastel Supernova. The bare bones of a…

Last Tango in Paris (1972) – Bernardo Bertolucci

As we return to the drama genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I settled in for the next title to have a look at, this classic Bertolucci film starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. In turns dark, morose and sensual, Bertolucci has crafted a film about loss, sex turning to desire and…