The Changeling (1980) – Peter Medak

Next up in DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies, is the classic Canadian horror (shot in Vancouver and featuring some homegrown talent), The Changeling, a wonderful addition to the ghost chapter I am currently delving into. After his wife and child are killed in an accident while on vacation, composer John Russell (George…

The Fog (1980) – John Carpenter

The venture into the paranormal continues as I delve into the chapter on ghosts in DK Canada’s very entertaining Monsters in the Movies book. This time, it’s John Carpenter’s take on what plays out as a classic ghost story. The story itself is basic, and in the hands of Carpenter we get a creepy little…

Theeb (2014) – Naji Abu Nowar

  Opening today at the Lightbox here in Toronto, as well as Vancouver and Calgary, with additional locations to follow on December 18, is the latest work from award-winning director Naji Abu Nowar. Shot in Jordan, and being submitted as their official Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2016 Academy Awards, comes this…

Fringe Toronto: Caws and Effect

Being presented at the Factory Theatre is this singularly stunning piece combining music, masks, puppetry and layered projections. Chloe Ziner and Jessica Gabriel, known collectively as Mind of a Snail Puppet Company, from Vancouver, provided one of the most unique and beautiful shows on offer at this year’s festival. Assuming the personalities of two crows,…

The Disciple of Las Vegas (2011) – Ian Hamilton

  I’m so glad that when I bought the first Ava Lee novel, I had the next one on my bedside table ready to go, because as I mentioned in the previous post, I am reading these voraciously. I haven’t been devouring books this quickly since my introduction to the Expanse novels! Picking up just…

Hot Docs 2014: Everything Will Be (Julia Kwan)

This evening at 7pm, at the Lightbox, there is the world premiere of Julia Kwan’s gorgeous documentary, Everything Will Be. Set in Vancouver’s Chinatown, the film shows both the beauty and the grit of a dying locale, as condos and new businesses begin to take up residence in what was once a thriving and colorful community….

Continuum Catch-Up

  After trips, film festivals and catching up with some dear friends, I finally had time to catch-up on my Continuum, as season 2 started while I was away. So I settled in and caught up on the 3 episodes I’d missed so far. The first thing I realized was that despite having a huge…

The Crimes of Mike Recket (2012) – Bruce Sweeney

Every now and then a movie comes along that takes you completely by surprise. Award-winning filmmaker Bruce Sweeney’s new film The Crimes of Mike Recket does just that. A neo-noir police procedural thriller dealing in murder, real estate fraud, dogs, a crook who believes his own lies and two stalwart cops. Nicholas Lea plays the titular Mike…

Continuum S01E06 – Time’s Up

This week, our favorite CPS protector, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), Alec (Eric Knudsen) and Carlos (Victor Webster) get involved with the Occupy movement. As always we open in the 2070s, and Kiera and her partner Elena (Caitlin Cromwell) are on riot patrol, and find out that Liber8 is stealing food from a company Piron, that…

Continuum S01 E04 – Matter of Time

This week’s Continuum has the ‘A’ Story falling solidly into the term – ‘police procedural’ although Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), still using her cover as working for Section 6, uses some of her tech, specifically her heads up display ocular implant. We start in pre-2077, as Sam is still a baby, and Greg (John Reardon)…

Continuum S01 E02 – Fast Times

  Continuum throws us right back into it this week, putting us right back in the year 2077 with Kiera (Rachel Nichols) getting outfitted as a CPS Protector for the first time, we learn some info about her, her CPS ID – 116914 and see her getting her tech issued, including her wicked pistol, her…

Continuum – S01 E01 A Stitch In Time

  Tonight Showcase brings us its summer sci-fi show Continuum, scheduled to run for 10 episodes, it tells the story of a group of terrorists as well as protector (read as police officer) from the year 2077 who get thrown back in time to 2012 Vancouver. The terrorists are planning to use this escape to…