Toronto After Dark 2019: Contracts (2019) – Alex Chung

Tonight’s entry in the Toronto After Dark film festival is the one film in this year’s lineup that I find a little dubious. I love that the festival embraces genre films from all over the world, and that they showcase some fantastic films, but Contracts seems like a bit of misstep. In a post-John Wick…

The Conversation (1974) – Francis Ford Coppola

Gene Hackman stars in one of the What Else to Watch list following my screening of The Lives of Others as I work my way through DK Canada’s exceptional The Movie Book. Written and directed by Coppola, the film features some very recognizable names including Harrison Ford (playing the closest he’s ever been to a…

The Hunger (2018) – Alma Katsu

There is a sense of dread and menace that seems to ooze off the pages of Alma Katsu’s retelling of the haunting, and infamous Donner Party expedition. Everyone knows, or thinks they know the story, and Katsu uses that troubling knowledge and lets it hang over every page – you know each of the characters…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Worst Case Scenario, and Scorpion

Captain’s log: stardate 50953.4 Kenneth Biller pens this episode that first debuted on 14 May, 1997, and gives the Voyager crew and the audience a “what if” scenario. A holo-program depicting a Maquis mutiny aboard the Voyager is discovered, and it seems everyone is playing it. It also leads to a really nice teaser when…

Miami Vice (1988) – Honor Among Thieves?, and Hell Hath No Fury

Vice Detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) are on the edge of having their cover blown when they are involved in a hunt for a serial killer. Written by Jack Richardson, this episode first debuted on 4 March, 1988, and sees Paul Delgado (John Bowman) abducting girls, tying in with…

The Monster Club (1981) – Roy Ward Baker

Boy is this one a doozy, coming on the coat tails of The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, the next werewolf title up for review in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is a rather lackluster affair. An anthology film whose only werewolf is the secretary of the club, the Monster club in the title. Despite…

Vampires (1998) – John Carpenter

The chapter on vampires in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies continues to provide me with countless films to sink my fangs into, and this week I got to revisit a classic John Carpenter film, as he takes on the creatures of the night. Based loosely on the novel by John Steakley (which…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – Non Sequiter, and Twisted

Captain’s log: stardate 49011 Brannon Braga pens this Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) -centric episode that first aired on 25 September, 1995. Harry wakes up in San Francisco, never having been assigned to U.S.S. Voyager which is listed by Starfleet as missing and presumed lost. In San Francisco, Harry has been working on starship designs, but…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Firstborn, and Bloodlines

Captain’s log: stardate 47779.4 Rene Echevarria writes the teleplay for this episode from a story by Mark Kalbfeld and it first aired on 25 April, 1994. This is a Worf (Micheal Dorn) and Alexander (Brian Bonsall) story that sees the pair attending a Klingon ceremony where Worf is advised to encourage his son to become…