Gertie the Dinosaur (1915) – Winsor McCay

I move into another chapter in DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book from director John Landis. I leave behind Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales and move on to Dragons & Dinosaurs. And first up is one of the earliest examples of animation, Gertie the Dinosaur. This silent short film was originally created…

Zero de Conduite (1933) – Jean Vigo

The next stop in DK Canada’s brilliant, and highly enjoyable, The Movie Book is a collection of films by French auteur Jean Vigo. The first one highlighted and serving as gateway to the rest of his work is the short, Zero de Conduite, or Zero for Conduct. Running at a brisk forty-one minutes the film…

Toronto After Dark 2013: Odd Thomas – Stephen Sommers

  Before I get into last night’s early feature at Toronto After Dark, I want to say a quick blurb about the short film that screened before it.  Every year, a Canadian short will screen before each feature film of the festival, and last night’s film was paired with a wicked little short by Adam…

Pete Winning & The Pirates Set Visit

I like a sleep in on Sundays, but when my friend, the wonderfully talented Sandra DaCosta invited me to buckle my swash and set out to sea with a band of cut throat mutant pirates, roguish heroes with cigars and lasers and a bevy of beauties, how could I say no? I mean, I’ve been waiting…