Transformers (2007) – Micheal Bay

Steven Spielberg served as executive producer on the next stop on my journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, but when handed over to Michael Bay, the film is a nausea-inducing mess that lacks a real story. Bay’s editing style has never been my favourite. Most of the shots in the film don’t last much longer…

Cloverfield (2008) – Matt Reeves

  Those big, city destroying monsters seem to be everywhere (may be time to watch Pacific Rim again – I like it, so there)… The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book from my screening of King Kong, is this take on the kaiju genre that marries it with the…

Willow Creek (2013) – Bobcat Goldthwait

  Hitting DVD and Blu-Ray last week was this found footage film that I missed at Toronto After Dark last year. As a slow-burning, low-budget horror film, this one works, and is wonderfully creepy and troubling. Don’t go in expecting big budget thrills, think Blair Witch, but replaced, possibly, by Bigfoot. Jim (Bryce Johnson) is…

Mr. Jones (2013) – Karl Mueller

Anchor Bay releases the latest effort from Karl Mueller, the writer of The Divide. Getting behind the camera this time, he provides a unique kind of found footage film that will leave some scratching their head once the second half of this short-running film hits. Penny (Sarah Jones from the sadly short-lived Alcatraz) and Scott…

Afflicted (2013) – Derek Lee & Cliff Prowse

  Opening today is this found footage film that falls into the could-have-been-great category. It manages to take a fairly exhausted genre and do something new with it, which is great, but the entire second half of the movie seems to be too long, and the film’s climax seems to take forever. That’s saying something…

Toronto After Dark Spotlight – V/H/S/2

  I should totally have reread my review for the first film in this series, because I went in with some high hopes for this installment in the series, because a couple of the segments looked like they could be really good! I settled into my seat for the second half of the first Toronto…

Man of Steel (2013) – Zack Snyder

A disappointing mess. That’s what Warner, DC Comics, Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder have served up. I love the character of Superman! I’ve got comics piled in my apartment featuring the familiar red cape and blue suit, I liked Superman Returns, there are even moments in III that I enjoy (even I won’t touch Quest…

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez

Ahh the found footage genre. Yes, we got a look at it earlier with Cannibal Holocaust, but it was with The Blair Witch Project that it really got its feet under itself, and of course there have been countless other films of the shakey cam variety since. As the 101 Horror Movies comes to the conclusion…

Man Bites Dog (1992)

The 101 Horror Movies brought me this little entertaining piece, but except for one horrific little scene, the film, for me, landed solidly in the dark comedy section of my brain. This Belgian film blurs reality, as the film’s three directors, Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde, are all in the film, using their own names……

Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Tim’s Must See List

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival! As soon as I heard about it when we first started The Mind Reels, I knew it was something Sue and I would want to cover, and this year, WE ARE! This is the festival’s 7th year, and it runs for 9 nights and is packed with 21 films,…

V/H/S (2012)

I finally got around to seeing V/H/S – I knew I wouldn’t get through it in the theater, for the Toronto After Dark Summer Screenings. I don’t deal so well with shakey cam on the big screen. And now, having seen it, I’m also glad I didn’t stay for it, I would’ve walked out of…