Miami Vice (1989) -Hard Knocks, and Fruit of the Poison Tree

Switek’s (John Talbott) gambling addiction is getting worse as we find out in Hard Knocks. Written by Ken Solarz from a story by Robert Ward, Scott Shepherd and Solraz, this episode first debuted on 20 January, 1989. Switek sinks into drunkenness, and increasingly poor gambling choices getting him in more trouble with a gangster,who has…

Mother! (2017) – Darren Aronofsky

The cult of celebrity, the ‘ownership’ of fans, the price of love, and the need for peace, privacy, and solace from the madness that is the modern world. Aronofsky’s divisive film, Mother!, comes home on DVD and blu-ray today.  Vaguely Lynchian there is the semblance of a ghost story at the heart of the film…

Watchmen (2009) – Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder who is always great with visual images, but not the strongest director when it comes to story, takes on Alan Moore’s epic iconic graphic novel, the next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles. Visually, the film tends to be very faithful to the original panels, of the comic book, capturing an alternate 1980s filled…

Hellmouth (2014) – John Geddes

  Also available from Anchor Bay today is this interesting tale from the writer of Pontypool, Tony Burgess and director John Geddes. This one is going to be a fairly polarizing film, you’re either going to like it or hate it, and it all depends on your mind-set going into it. There is mythology at…

Septic Man (2013) – Jesse Thomas Cook

Also releasing from Anchor Bay on DVD today is this film that screened at Toronto After Dark last year, and was one of the titles I missed. It will undoubtedly garner a cult following, but I was left unaffected I’m sad to say. After the initial, so incredibly gross that it verges on the funny scene,…

The Strain Set Visit

Tonight, Gullermo del Toro presents a new vision in terror as the series premiere of The Strain launches a new kind of vampire. Back in March, I was invited to the set to have a look at what goes on behind the scenes and along with some fellow media types (a number of whom had…

300 (2006) – Zack Snyder

The 101 Action Movies brings me the chance to sit down and rewatch Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic 300.  Based loosely on an original final brave stand of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) with 300 of his Spartan soldiers against the legions of forces brought to bear on them by the Persian King Xerxes…

Haven 101:

A Fairly Spoiler-Free Guide To The First Two Seasons Of One Of TV’s Finest Shows Haven is a supernatural series based on a short story by Stephen King called The Colorado Kid.  It all takes place in the small fictional coast town of Haven, Maine, where mysterious things happen sometimes, and no one has been able to…

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011)

Yup, back to Paradise Massachusetts (still lovely Nova Scotia) again. Robert B Parker’s Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) is back for more in the 7th telefilm based on the book series. This installment picks up three weeks after No Remorse. The town council has granted Stone early retirement, and because of the way they handled the…

Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)

It’s time to head back to Paradise Massachusetts (read as Nova Scotia) again. Picking up shortly after the last film ended, Robert B Parker’s creation Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) is still on the outs with the town council, and suspended from his position as Chief. In fact, the force is down to two members for…

Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009)

It is time to head back to Paradise, Massachusetts. This time around, Robert B. Parker’s creation of Police Chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) is involved in an investigation that is not based on the series of Jesse Stone novels. That is something that sounds like it’s putting the series on Thin Ice as they stray…