Origin (2017) – Dan Brown

It’s been a while since I dove into a Dan Brown book. I do enjoy his Robert Langdon adventures, and I love how he takes elements from the real world, be it organizations, technology, art, architecture, religion, science and marry them into engaging popcorn thrill ride narratives. Origin is no different, but also includes a…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – A Town Called Mercy, and The Power of Three

It’s time for a Western Doctor Who as the Doctor (Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) travel to A Town Called Mercy. Written by Toby Whithouse, the episode first aired on 15 September, 2012. When the Time Lord and his Companions arrive in the American Old West, they find themselves confronting a town…

Desire (1936) – Frank Borzage

The What Else to Watch lists in DK Canada’s The Movie Book are proving to be very enjoyable as I dig into more films I wasn’t aware of, and discovering some great cinematic moments. Having previously reviewed Blue Angel, I’ve moved right onto the recommendations from the What Else to Watch section, and dug into…

El Cid (1961) – Anthony Mann

  The recommendations for my viewing of Henry V for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book gets underway with this towering film from Anthony Mann. Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren headline in this three-hour epic that chronicles the life and times of El Cid, known in Spain as Rodrigo Diaz (Heston), a…

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Guillermo del Toro

  Not sure why this one ended up in the family genre section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, but I guess, it ties in with the Wizard of Oz in terms of a fantasy world, and a young girl. Doesn’t matter, because I love sitting down and watching this one!…

The Mark of Zorro (1940) – Rouben Mamoulian

The 101 Action Movies brings is a rip-roaring adventure starring Tyrone Power as Don Diego Vera and his alter-ego Zorro! This film relaunched the character of his previous on-screen appearance after Douglas Fairbanks had essayed the character in the silent era. I have to say, Zorro is a pretty cool character, and he’s like the…

TIFF Next Wave 2013: Ghost Graduation – Javier Ruiz Caldera

Attention Toronto film fans!!!  Thanks to TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival, you will have another opportunity to catch one of my Top 12 Films of 2012 on the big screen one more time!!!  I was lucky enough to see this one premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and I can’t rave about…

Toronto After Dark – [Rec] 3: Genesis – Paco Plaza

So, let’s get this out of the way first: I am one of the sorry souls who hasn’t seen either of the first two Rec movies.  I know, I know.  I remember missing the first one, somehow, and then decided not to see the second one until I’d seen the first one…and there you go. …

For A Few Dollars More (1965)

Clint Eastwood returns as The Man With No Name (although the name of his character in this film is revealed as Manco) in Sergio Leone’s follow-up to Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More. Joining Clilnt in Spain for this shoot was fellow American Lee Van Cleef as Colonel Douglas Mortimer. The two men are competing…

TIFF 2012: Ghost Graduation – Javier Ruiz Caldera

  I have to admit, I was secretly really excited to see this movie, but part of me was worried that it wouldn’t be as good as I hoped it would be.  The plot description was, essentially, written for my 80’s-lovin’ self:  Five students – a rebel, a jock, a pretty and popular pregnant girl,…

TIFF 2012: Fin (The End) – Jorge Torregrossa

  This is one film I wanted to see just based on the brief description provided when it was first announced, and I’m so excited that I got to see it so close to the start of my festival.  Intrigued by its mysterious premise, my mind automatically started trying to come up with theories as…