Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

Warner Brothers brings home the latest Pokemon title, Detective Pikachu today on blu-ray and DVD, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not the biggest Pokemon fan, so it was Ryan Reynolds that got me to sit down and watch this one, and that may be the draw for a lot of…

The Return of Dracula (1958) – Paul Landres

Dracula does California! And it’s gonna be an entertaining (and pretty bad ride) as I dig into the next Vampire title in DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies by director John Landis. A Dracula (Francis Lederer) with some strange powers – like apparating (and not a glimpse of fangs) comes to smalltown California, USA after…

Quantum Leap (1992) – Killin’ Time and Star Light, Star Bright

Sam (Scott Bakula) is in for an interesting ride this week in Killin’ Time. Written by Tommy Thompson with an original airdate of 20 October, 1992, Sam finds himself in the person of Leon Styles, a violent escaped convict on 18 June, 1958. He’s troubled by the fact that Al (Dean Stockwell) hasn’t shown up…

One More Time (2015) – Robert Edwards

  Available now from Anchor Bay is this little gem written and directed by Robert Edwards that gives a look inside the hearts of two musical performers. Jude (Amber Heard) is a self-destructive would-be singer-songwriter who sabotages her own life consistently, and clashes with her family on a minute by minute basis. She can’t seem…

Body Snatchers (1993) – Abel Ferrara

  My time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues as I examine the next iteration of the classic sci-fi tale of the Body Snatchers with this 1993 update. This version features Gabrielle Anwar in the lead supported by Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker and R. Lee Ermey. Anwar is young teenager Marti Malone, who is on…

Inner Demons (2014) – Seth Grossman

  Releasing today from Anchor Bay is this little horror film that follows through on an idea I’ve often toyed with writing up myself, the idea of possession and addiction… science vs. faith, all set in one person’s life. A found footage film, a genre that has been beaten to death, resurrected like Jason, and beaten again,…

Jurassic Park (1993) – Steven Spielberg

  As soon as I heard about Michael Crichton’s new book in 1990, I scrabbled to get my hands on a copy, and ended up co-opting and keeping my mother’s hard cover edition as soon as she was done with it. Then, hearing that Spielberg had bought the rights for it, I knew I had…

Toronto After Dark – Inbred – Alex Chandon

Inbred, the second feature of last night’s double feature at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, was a crowd-pleasing over the top gory and bloody film that was a delightful take on the oft-revisited hillbilly cannibal genre. I was initially put in mind of the unnerving Torchwood episode, Countrycide, but soon enough found myself sinking right…