Above Us the Waves (1955) -Ralph Thomas

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s exemplary The Movie Book following its recommendation of the submarine classic Das Boot takes us below the surface again as we join British sailors during World War II as they attempt to destroy a German battleship, Tirpitz, in a Norwegian fjord. Commander…

Overlord (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

As I’ve often claimed, Toronto After Dark is one of my all time favorite film festivals, and I was bummed this year when the J.J. Abrams produced WWII action horror film, Overlord, closed out the festival. But, I finally got a chance to see it, as it comes home on blu-ray and DVD today from…

In Conversation with Adam Bray

Next week, DK Canada unleashes Marvel Studios: Visual Dictionary, filled with a plethora of pictures, a cornucopia of content and tons of trivia, their latest offering takes us deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Written by Adam Bray, who has turned in a number of standout reference books for DK Books the Visual Dictionary is…

The Great Escape (1963) – John Sturges

The next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book sees me back in the war genre, watching one of my all-time favourite WWII films, The Great Escape. Based loosely on actual events there is a lot to love in this film, not only in the movie itself, but for the nostalgia…

Inglorious Basterds (2009) – Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s revisionist WWII film, Inglorious Basterds is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of The Dam Busters. As always, his scripts and films attract some great talent, and this time around we have Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Til Schweiger , Diane Kruger, Eli Roth…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 6

  Today brings us the last day of the short programs for TIFF 2013 here in Toronto, you can catch them screening at 7:00pm this evening or 12:15 tomorrow at the Lightbox. Like the five preceding programs this one if filled with gems and jewels, and one in particular I thought was brilliant! Cory Bowles’…

Slaughterhouse Five (1972) – George Roy Hill

Kurt Vonnegut’s unfilmmable novel is brought to the screen by George Roy Hill, who directed two of my favorite films, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid and The Sting. This entry on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list was a new one, and I’ve never read the original novel either, so am unable to compare and…

TIFF 2012: Lore – Cate Shortland

  Bright new talent Saskia Rosendahl stars as Lore, a young girl who has to make her way across war-torn Germany near the end of WWII, with her much younger siblings in tow, including her infant brother, Peter.  They are trying to get safely to their grandmother’s home in Hamburg after their parents have been…

Oma & Bella – Alexa Karolinski, Germany/USA

  Oma & Bella points a camera into the lives of two Holocaust survivors who remained in Germany after WWII.  Living together now in Berlin, their friendship has survived several decades, and has an enviable strength due to their shared memories and love of cooking.  For both women, food – and the preparation of food…