Fan Expo 2017

Dichotomy. Juxtaposition. Privilege. Hope. One wouldn’t necessarily associate all of these words with a gathering of groups of people who are coming together to celebrate their fandoms. But as Toronto’s Fan Expo 2017 came to its conclusion, these are the words that leapt to mind unbidden. Privilege springs to mind, because my co-host and I…

The Mind Reels Hosts The Degrassi Reunion Panel

Back during Toronto’s Comic Con, Sue and I were fortunate enough to hang with our friends Pat Mastroianni, and Stacie Mistysyn, and make new friends with Stefan Brogen, Dan Woods and Kirsten Bourne. Or, perhaps you know them by their character names, Joey Jeremiah, Caitlin Ryan, Archie ‘Snake’ Simpson, Mr. Raditch and Tessa Campenelli. We…

The Mind Reels Visits the CBC

Last week, Sue Maynard and I were invited to attend the CBC 2017 – 2018 Season Preview. We knew it would be a chance to catch up with some good friends, and perhaps make some new ones. Arriving at 250 Front St West here in Toronto, we checked in and immediately were able to catch…

The Devout (2015) – Connor Gaston

Opening at the Carlton Cinema here in Toronto is this lovingly crafted, intimate drama that is bound to move viewers even as it raises questions of belief, faith and hope. The debut effort of writer/director Connor Gaston was shot in Victoria, British Columbia. It is a beautiful film that features perfectly on point, and gently…

Minds of Winter (2016) – Ed O’Loughlin

An ode to the stark, beautiful ice covered unexplored reaches of the globe as much as to the human soul and its search for knowledge, discovery and connections; swathed in furs and driven by sledges , Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter delves into the history and exploration of the distant poles and ice floes while…

Catching Up with Rebecca Sandulak

Over the weekend, Sue and I had a chance to catch up with our friend, the photographer, and awesome mom, Rebecca Sandulak. We were eager to hear about her new project christened Mostly Perogies, she’s working with local organic goods, whether from local farmers or her own garden, and she is playing and tweaking this…

The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy

Currently playing at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, until November 13th, here in Toronto is a wonderfully spooky and entertaining tale featuring a virtuoso solo performance by Eric Woolfe. Cribbed from Canadian history and a moderate dose of Lovecraft, Woolfe presents his show with a use of puppets, card tricks, and close-up prestidigitation, all to great…

Toronto After Dark 2016

It’s that time of year again, when horror, sci-fi, action, cult, and just the bizarre movies come to roost and entertain here in Toronto, with the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. 9 nights of movies that, as long as you have the right audience with you, can’t help but entertain. This year seems to be…

TIFF Bell Lightbox Celebrates 50 Years of Star Trek

Space, the final frontier… Star Trek has been a part of my life for a long time, wait until you see the posts that are coming up next Wednesday if you don’t believe me! The iconic series has transcended geekdom and become a mainstream touchstone, even those who have never seen the show are aware…

Fan Expo 2016: The Interviews

Sue and I had a great time at Fan Expo, and thanks to the fine folk at Vistek, who outfitted us (check out their rentals, and their store here in Toronto), we got some great images, and some wonderful interviews from the press day organised by Touchwood PR check them out below. First up we…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) – George Lucas

  Remember, right back before the Phantom Menace came out, when anticipation was reaching a fever pitch? I miss that. Sure we had the wonderful build up to The Force Awakens, but the gap between films was no where near as long as it had been for those of us who had been invested in…