Heat (1995) – Micheal Mann

I continue my time with Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, as I explore a list of Ten Scenes Where Shouty Al Shows Up, and yes, Pacino does yell a lot in this movie, but it is also a masterful epic that, for the first time, saw Al Pacino and Robert De Niro sharing scenes…

Strange Days (1995) – Kathryn Bigelow

My time with the films of James Cameron for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book comes to an end with this film that he penned the script for, and gave to the incredibly talented Kathryn Bigelow to direct. Ralph Fiennes stars as Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler, with a charming side that can sell…

Crash (2004) – Paul Haggis

  Walking away with the Academy Awards for Best Picture (controversially – as Brokeback Mountain was the presumptive winner), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, writer/director Paul Haggis’ tale of a cross-section of denizens of Los Angeles, tied together by race, loss and redemption come together in Crash, my next recommendation from the Great Movies…

Armageddon (1998) – Michael Bay

  The 101 Action Movies brings us another Michael Bay cotton candy confection of entertainment featuring an extinction level event, too-rapid cutting, cardboard characters, a power ballad, an all-star cast, and a number of well-placed American flags to show how noble and amazing they are. Bruce Willis leads the cast, playing Harry Stamper an oil…

Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Tim’s Tops

So The Mind Reels’ first year covering The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has come to an end, and it was FANTASTIC! Now that it’s over I thought it would be nice to compile my top 5 films of the festival. I want to be clear, I could have happily included A Fantastic Fear of…

Toronto After Dark – Wrong – Quentin Dupieux

The Coen brothers and David Lynch walk into a pet store… That might sum up Wrong rather nicely… It’s hard to believe that we’re coming up on the end of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival already, it seems like we just got under way! Tonight’s second feature was the next offering from Quentin Dupieux,…

Black Hawk Down (2001)

So as Prometheus draws one day closer, I wanted to watch another of my Ridley Scott faves – so I settled in for Black Hawk Down. This movie is fantastic! But I only own it on DVD, as I refuse to upgrade my copy to blu-ray until Sony releases the deluxe edition as opposed to…