Planet Terror (2007) – Robert Rodriguez

The final film for my viewing in the zombie chapter of the very enjoyable Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. Paired with Death Proof, the film was made and released as an homage to the low budget grindhouse films of the 70s where it was all about selling tickets, and if the films could…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Coda, and Blood Fever

Captain’s log: stardate 50518.6 Jeri Taylor pens this episode that first hit screens on 29 January, 1997. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) are on a relaxing away mission, when something goes wrong, and the captain is killed. Janeway is guided into the afterlife by her father (Len Cariou), and the Starfleet captain is…

The Company of Wolves (1984) – Neil Jordan

The next werewolf film to be featured in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies is this Neil Jordan film from the 80s. I remember seeing the VHS case for it when I was beginning my movie education as a young teen. I didn’t recognize any of the names, and the VHS cover had…

The Vampire Lovers (1970) -Roy Ward Baker

Hammer Films stepped up their game once they realized blood, fangs, boobs and sexuality can mix. The Vampire Lovers, which features Peter Cushing is the next stop in the vampire chapter of DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies by legendary director John Landis. Referred to as the first film in the Karnstein trilogy,…

Fake Blood (2017) – Rob Grant

Whether Canadian film-makers Rob Grant and Mike Kovac movie is fact or fiction isn’t the point of their latest cinematic effort. What is important is the film’s subject matter, and the commentary it makes on film, violence in cinema and the responsibility of the film-makers. Opening Friday at the Carlton here in Toronto, Fake Blood,…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – The Host, and The Mind’s Eye

Captain’s log: stardate 44821.1 Airing on 13 May, 1991, The Host is another episode that doesn’t do justice to Doctor Crusher (Gates McFadden). This is yet another episode that centres around her character that is just a little too shabby. Written by Michel Horvat, the episode follows Crusher as she has a relationship with Ambassador…

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – Arthur Penn

As I return to the thriller category of Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, I got to settle into a film that I haven’t seen since my film classes in university. Bonnie and Clyde. The film stars Warren Beatty as Clyde and Faye Dunaway as Bonnie in this cinematic retelling of the famous criminals…

Quantum Leap (1991) – 8 1/2 Months and Future Boy

Sam (Scott Bakula) leaps into a very pregnant teenager this week in the episode 8 1/2 Months. It was penned by Deborah Pratt and had an original airdate of 6 March, 1991. It’s 15 November, 1955 and Sam is Billie Jean Crockett, 16 years old. And he’s there to not only make sure the baby…

Toronto After Dark 2016: The Lure -Agnieszka Smoczynska

The last night of the Toronto After Dark film festival got underway at Scotiabank Theatre with the Polish musical/drama/horror The Lure. Taking its cues from the original Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Little Mermaid, as well as playing with mermaid mythology this one toys with expectations, sexuality and strange lyrics in a kind of fevered…

The Blue Angel (1930) – Josef von Sternberg

The next┬ásection I`m jumping to in┬áthe Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is Romance and Melodrama, and this has provided me with my first introduction to the films of Marlene Dietrich, specifically, The Blue Angel. A bit of a superior-type professor, Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings), runs a tight ship in the classroom, and…

Wizards (1977) – Ralph Bakshi

Sometimes you just want to watch something different… and Ralph Bakshi’s films have always been that, and this one is no exception. Set in a far distant future when humanity has blown itself from the face of the Earth, and any survivors have become radiated mutants, constantly devolving into new nightmares, the fairies and magical…