Aquaman (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Despite the fact that the DCEU seems to be in a bit of a shambles, there have been two truly shining stars in the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman, and now, Aquaman. Due in part to the star’s, Jason Momoa, charm and presence, and the fact that this time around the story doesn’t feel rushed,…

Daybreakers (2009) – The Spierig Brothers

The next entry in the vampire section of DK Canada’s very entertaining Monsters in the Movies book is a but of a unique tale. Set in the far future of 2019, vampires are the dominant life form on the planet after a virus has swept the world. Humans are dying out, and those that aren’t…

Platoon (1986) – Oliver Stone

Walking away with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Sound, Platoon is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of Apocalypse Now. The film serves as a commentary on the horrors of war, even as two sergeants seem to be fighting for the…

Finding Nemo (2003) – Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo, the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Lion King was the Pixar film that cemented my love for them. Yes, I totally enjoy Toy Story 1 & 2 as well as A Bug’s Life, but Finding Nemo made my affection for Pixar…

The English Patient (1996) – Anthony Minghella

  Minghella brings forth a top notch cast in his adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s beautiful novel (one I remember reading, and being stunned by how closely the images in the film matched those in my mind from when I read it), which is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film…

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese

  Paul Schrader adapts Nikos Kazantakis’ powerful novel about the life of Christ (portrayed powerfully by Willem Dafoe) comes to life under the sure hand of Martin Scorsese, bringing the Christian character to life in a way unseen on the screen before this. Raising questions not only about the concept of Christ, as well as…

Wild at Heart (1990) – David Lynch

The final road movie from my viewing of Easy Rider for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is this classic David Lynch film, that I hadn’t seen in years, and was very much looking forward to seeing again. Sailor (Nicholas Cage) is feverishly in love with Lula (Laura Dern, who is stunningly…

Mississippi Burning (1988) – Alan Parker

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of On the Waterfront is this dramatic film featuring standout performances from Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as FBI agents investigating a highly charged case in the South. In 1964, two FBI agents, Ward (Dafoe) and Anderson (Hackman) head…

Trailer Tracks: To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) – William Friedkin

This is a movie that I love to revisit, with a wicked soundtrack by Wang Chung, and a gritty yet glossy look at cops (well, agent) and criminals in Los Angeles, specifically William Petersen and Willem Dafoe, this movie rocks in every way. And this trailer still rocks!  

Odd Thomas (2013) – Stephen Sommers

Anchor Bay was kind enough to send along a copy of the Blu-Ray release of Odd Thomas to me. Sue Maynard and I were lucky enough to catch a screening of it at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year. Check out her original review here. While predominantly a supernatural thriller, Odd Thomas has…

Spider-Man (2002) – Sam Raimi

The 101 Action Movies list brings yet another comic book hero to its fold with this fun adaptation of the Marvel comic by director Sam Raimi, perhaps best known until that point for his Evil Dead films (watch for Bruce Campbell’s cameo!). The Marvel Universe is brought to wonderful life in this film, Tobey Maguire…

Toronto After Dark 2013: Odd Thomas – Stephen Sommers

Before I get into last night’s early feature at Toronto After Dark, I want to say a quick blurb about the short film that screened before it. ¬†Every year, a Canadian short will screen before each feature film of the festival, and last night’s film was paired with a wicked little short by Adam Schafer…