TAD 2021: Canadian Shorts

Canada delivers its own Shorts programme for Toronto After Dark, with 9 selections, that like the International Shorts features a variety of styles, sensibilities, and genre mashing. There’s some great work in here, and despite the fact that none of the films were as laugh out loud as the highly enjoyable Shiny New World, there…

TIFF 2021: Hellbound dir. Yeon Sang-ho

Director Yeon Sang-ho, who staked his claim in international pop culture with his fantastic zombie film, Train to Busan, not to mention it’s animated prequel, and follow-up sequel, helms Hellbound, already picked up by Netflix, a supernatural procedural series based on his online digital cartoon, The Hell. Screening at TIFF the first three episodes are…

Eat Wheaties! (2021) – Scott Abramovitch

Sid Straw is a loser. At least, that’s how he’s introduced to us at the start of Eat Wheaties!, a simple yet funny film directed by Scott Abramovitch. Brought to hapless life by actor Tony Hale, Sid lives alone, and hangs out in his drab corner office, occasionally chatting up co-workers who can barely stand…

Jason Bourne (2016) – Paul Greengrass

Director Paul Greengrass got the band back together for the fourth Bourne sequel, bringing Matt Damon’s turn at Robert Ludlum’s iconic character another shot at the big screen. And while there’s some cool ideas at work in the story, when the plot makes it ‘personal’ for Bourne to get him involved in the narrative, the…

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – Blu-Ray

Crazy Rich Asians, based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, comes home on blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers Pictures today. A brilliantly funny rom-com, the film is a delight, and features a delightful all Asian cast, including Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., Henry Golding and Gemma Chan. The story…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Hollow Pursuits, and The Most Toys

Captain’s log: stardate 43801.4 First airing on 30 April, 1990, this episode, written by Sally Caves introduced fan favourite Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz) to the Trek Universe. Barclay is smart, but shy, suffers from some anxieties, and releases them through escapes to the holodeck. In fact, he slips away every chance he gets, as, within…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Tragedy Girls – Tyler MacIntyre

BFFs, LOLs, LIKES, RETWEETs and MURDER. The Toronto After Dark film festival comes to a close this evening at Scotibank Theatre with the Toronto premiere of the exceptional dark comedy, Tragedy Girls. A Heathers for the cyber age, the film follows two students and best friends, Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) who are…

Rings (2017) – F. Javier Guitierrez

Paramount Pictures lets Samara (Bonnie Morgan), that creepy ghost girl, crawl out of your television this week on blu-ray and DVD, with their 21st century update on the spooky tale first introduced to most North American audiences with 2002’s The Ring. Based on the Japanese film, Ringu, from director Hideo Nakata, the story introduced horror…

Frank (2014) – Lenny Abrahamson

  Michael Fassbender is the titular Frank in this amusing and entertaining dark comedy that is being released to DVD and Blu-Ray today from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The film follows a young, would-be musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), and how he becomes involved in a rather eccentric pop band that is fronted by Frank, who never…

A Birthday Post; Quite the Year

So, it’s my birthday. That’s not me asking for lots of comments and well wishes on Facebook or Twitter (though they are always nice), it’s simply a statement of fact, and I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the past year. It’s been a bit of a ride, but I think I’ve come…

Antisocial (2013) – Cody Calahan – Available Now!!

  Releasing today on DVD and Blu-Ray from Anchor Bay is this highly enjoyable take on the oft-visited zombie genre. You can take a look at our original review here, as well as our chat with the filmmakers! This one is one to watch in the dark, with the lights off, and just throw yourself…