Chuck (2010) – Versus the First Fight, and Versus the Fear of Death

Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are having some problems in Chuck Versus the First Fight. Written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc this episode first debuted on 1 November, 2010. Chuck is upset with Sarah, understandably, because she grabbed his mother, and possible enemy spy, code name Frost (Linda Hamilton) before she could…

The Deer Hunter (1978) – Micheal Cimino

Micheal Cimino’s examination of the effects of war, framed around the Vietnam conflict and a small industrial town in Pennsylvania is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. Laying out the scars, physical, mental and unseen that affected those who fought in it,…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Savages

  The Doctor (Hartnell) says goodbye to yet another companion, in this week’s adventure. This was also the story that began the tradition of eschewing individual episode titles, and simply referring to them as one, two, etc. The Savages was written by Ian Stuart Black, and aired from 28 May 1966 to 18 June, 1966….

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Daleks’ Master Plan

The Daleks return in this epic 12 part story written by Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner. The story ran from 13 November 1965 through to 29 January 1966. It featured a couple of stand out moments, including the first death of a companion, the Doctor breaking the fourth wall to wish viewers a happy Christmas,…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Myth Makers

The third season of Doctor Who continues this week with this 4 part story that originally aired 16 October to 6 November 1965. It was written by Donald Cotton, and saw the Doctor (Hartnell) and company, travelling to the ancient city of Troy. I must really love Doctor Who, because getting through these four episodes,…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Chase

The Daleks are back in this week’s story written by Terry Nation and airing in 6 parts from 22 May to 26 June, 1965. It also, at the end of the story, sees the departure of Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) from the TARDIS as they finally find a way home. After their…

Toronto After Dark: Evil Feed (2013) – Kimani Ray Smith

  Gory Night continued last night with the second extreme feature, following the coming-of-age, serial-killer is my brother film, Found, with Evil Feed. The film centers on a Chinese restaurant that kidnaps martial artists, forces them to fight in a cage match, and the loser, properly tenderized by the beating, is served up as dinner to…

The World’s End (2013) – Edgar Wright

  Finally, and I mean that, FINALLY, I was able to find time to get to see the last installment of the much-loved Cornetto trilogy from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Having set the standard incredibly high with Shaun of the Dead, and maintaining that level of excellence with the brilliant Hot Fuzz,…

Poltergeist (1982)

The 101 Horror Movies let me revisit another one of my favourite films, Poltergeist. I won’t get into the whole “who really directed it dilemma” – I don’t care (though if pressed it feels more like a Steven Spielberg film than a Tobe Hooper film). I just know I like it. It’s a very simple…

Meanwhile In Mamelodi – Benjamin Kahlmeyer, Germany, South Africa

  This is one of my favorite films from the festival, right up there with Her Master’s Voice and Despite The Gods. Set against the backdrop of the 2010 World Cup, we are introduced to Steven, his oldest daughter, nicknamed Moskito, his mentally ill wife and his youngest son, the scene sealing Thabang. Steven has…