The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) -Garth Jennings

Grab your towel and Don’t Panic! Douglas Adam’s classic tale gets a big screen adaptation, of his book/screenplay, which had previously been so well used by the BBC as a miniseries, and before that a radio programme. There are things that work in this version, and things that don’t, but the effort is there to…

28 Weeks Later (2007) – Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Seems I can’t really get away from the zombie genre lately, and the Sci-Fi Chronicles let me catch up on the sequel to Boyle’s classic 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, which obviously, picks up 6 months after the events of the first film. This one is packed with recognizable faces and names, Jeremy Renner,…

The Prestige (2006) – Chrisopher Nolan

The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been a welcome addition to my library, and I was delighted to see that the next subject for me to cover is director Christopher Nolan. I’ve written about most of his other films, and all the ones the book recommends previously, but for The Prestige, and one other film. So…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Holmes Is Where the Heart Is and On Face Value

This week’s check-in with Thomas (Tom Selleck) and the gang, finds both episodes showing the friendship that exists between Magnum and Higgins (John Hillerman). Higgins carries the first episode, Holmes is Where the Heart Is, written by Judy Burns and Jay Huguely, with an original airdate of 8 March, 1984. Higgins is transcribing a rather…

Hot Docs 2015: The Visit – Dr. Michael Madsen

If alien life landed on our doorstep, would we be ready? Would we know how to handle it? Are there procedures in place? The simulated experience of an alien’s (the audience) arrival on Earth is put up onto the screen by Madsen, as he puts the United Nations in the spotlight, as the only body in the…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) – The Claws of Axos

The Master (Roger Delgado) stirs up more trouble this week for the Doctor (Pertwee), Jo (Katy Manning) and UNIT, when he arrives with a biological UFO whose inhabitants have designs on the planet Earth and whose power the Master wants to use to repair and steal the Doctor’s TARDIS. This four part story was written…

Solo (2013) – William Boyd

Bond is back in this continuation of the original Ian Fleming novels featuring 007. It’s 1969, and James Bond has just celebrated his 45th birthday when he is given his latest assignment by M. And thus begins an adventure that is far more in line with the literary Bond than his big-screen interpretation, that paired…

Toronto After Dark 2013: Stalled – Christian James

I haven’t seen a movie where things go so wrong at Christmas since the days of Gremlins and Die Hard.  In Stalled, a custodian-type everyman, W.C. (writer/star Dan Palmer) finds himself trapped in the women’s washroom at a company party on Christmas Eve when the zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out.  Soon he’s barricaded himself into…

Hot Docs: Teenage – Matt Wolf

Using Jon Savage’s Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture as a launching point, Wolf’s film, which screened at the Lightbox yesterday, serves as a perfect companion piece to Savage’s work. Through the use of varied voice overs from the UK, the U.S. and Germany, the film charts the growth of a new creation, that of adolescence at…

Toronto After Dark – Cockneys vs Zombies – Matthias Hoene

Playing to a sold-out theater last night at The Bloor Cinema, which seats 700 (!), Cockneys vs Zombies took the Toronto After Dark Film Festival by storm. This must have delighted the film’s director, Matthias Hoene, who was on hand for it, to no end. Does the film add anything new to the zombie genre? No….

Toronto After Dark – Grabbers – Jon Wright

The opening film selected for Toronto After Dark this year was the Irish Sundance hit, Grabbers!  Directed by Jon Wright, this little comedic gem had its Toronto premiere at the festival last night, and seemed to be the perfect film to set the tone for a festival that’s now known to boast “blood, beasts, and…