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Comments: 0Thursday, February 11, 2016 06:31:00 PM
Up to Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds’ career was in serious risk of derailing. The number of high profile bombs (R.I.P.D., Self/Less, The Change-Up, and above all, Green Lantern) would have sent any other actor to oblivion (see Taylor Kitsch). Part of the problem was that Hollywood kept on misusing him: The Vancouverite’s sharp comic timing was going to waste as Reynolds was shoehorned in mov
Comments: 0Sunday, February 7, 2016 08:39:49 PM
Cineplex's The Great Digital Film Festival is on right now till February 11 and one of the great films that played yesterday and will be playing again Wednesday February 10 at 7:50 PM is John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China.Released in 1986 where it bombed at the box office Big Trouble in Little China eventually found it's audience on home video. The film stars Kurt Russell who
Comments: 0Sunday, January 31, 2016 07:36:25 PM
French filmmaker Jacques Rivette passed away January 29 at the of 87. Rivette was a French director who was part of the French New Wave although he doesn't quite get the recognition like François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol Agnès Varda and Éric Rohmer do when you mention French New Wave.Like his fellow New Wave filmmaker Rivette started his career as a film c
Comments: 0Sunday, January 24, 2016 07:42:37 PM
Ingmar Bergman had just came off of a couple of big successes when he made The Magician (Ansikte) aka The Face in 1958. Bergman had made The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries in 1957 both masterpieces.The Magician seems to get lost among all his other films but it's still a great film.  The movie follows a traveling magical show with Max von Sydow as Vogler, the magician. Ingrid Thu
Comments: 0Sunday, January 17, 2016 07:41:57 PM
Legendary musician David Bowie sadly passed away this week and while Bowie’s achievements in the music industry have influenced just about every aspect of modern music he also dabbled in acting. And while he didn’t act a lot (most folks who remember him from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth) but he was good in what he did star in and it’s his first acting role that was probably his b
Comments: 0Friday, January 15, 2016 12:49:18 AM
Trying to explain the plot of a Guy Maddin movie is a thankless task. From the bizarre mockumentary My Winnipeg to the feverish Keyhole, one would be hard pressed to understand how Maddin’s mind work. His movies are to be experienced, not analyzed (unless you have a lot of disposable time and rudimentary knowledge of semiotics).Alongside David Lynch, Maddin is one of the few directors to exp
Comments: 0Sunday, January 3, 2016 10:04:50 PM
Quentin Tarantino's latest movie the western The Hateful Eight has just expanded to wide release and in the spirit of westerns today's Sunday Matinee is one of my favourite westerns.Sergio Leone didn't make a lot of movies but the few that he did make were awesome. He gained fame for his western remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars which also catapulted Clint Ea
Comments: 0Sunday, December 27, 2015 07:15:03 PM
2016 is shaping to be a big battle of the kaijus in Japan. There is a new Godzilla movie Godzilla Resurgence, a new Ultraman movie and a new Gamera movie.Gamera was Daiei Film's attempt to jump on the kaiju bandwagon and try to make some of the money that Toho was making from Godzilla. Gamera first appeared on film in 1965 with Gamera, later renamed and English dubbed Gamera The Invincible. Th
Comments: 0Sunday, December 20, 2015 06:46:18 PM
Akira Kurosawa was one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and he influenced many an up and coming director.One of the director's that Kurosawa influenced was a young filmmaker named George Lucas. The movie that Lucas used for inspiration for a certain film that Lucas made that kicked off a massive franchise that even this weekend is breaking records with it's latest installment is Kuro
Comments: 0Sunday, December 13, 2015 07:47:53 PM
Harold Lloyd was one of the silent masters of comedy during the early days of film and while his Safety Last is his most famous movie he did make several excellent ones. His last silent movie from 1928 Speedy has just been released on Blu-ray from Criterion.Much like most of Lloyd's films, the movie mixes slapstick sight gags with some amazing stunt work. Lloyd plays his usual Glasses characte
Comments: 0Sunday, November 29, 2015 08:51:02 PM
When he first appeared in 1962 in what was meant to be just a single film, The Tale of Zatoichi, Zatoichi (Shintarô Katsu) the blind swordsman became a hit with audiences and Daiei Studios decided to make the most of his popularity. They ended up making 25 movies from 1962 to 1973.In 1964 when Fight, Zatoichi, Fight hit screeens, it was already the eighth movie in the series. By now though t
Comments: 0Saturday, November 28, 2015 02:40:02 AM
There is something to be said about a documentary that sympathizes with its subject but also displays its shortcoming and features dissenting opinions. It’s the case of How to Change the World, a superb doc that includes remarkable footage of Greenpeace’s early campaigns and testimonies of everybody involved, even of those who don’t speak to each other.The film’s anchor is
Comments: 0Sunday, November 22, 2015 06:42:51 PM
I didn't mind the Timothy Dalton James Bond movies.  They were trying to change things up but they never really clicked with audiences. Licence To Kill (originally Licence Revoked but there was concerns that nobody knew what Revoked meant so it was changed) was released in 1989 against other more successful action films like Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Lethal Weapon 2.L
Comments: 0Sunday, November 15, 2015 07:46:35 PM
James Stewart plays a former district attorney who now spends his time fishing and drinking while occasionally taking on the odd defense case in this excellent 1959 courtroom drama.Based on a novel written by John D. Voelker, himself a former attorney who based the book on an actual case that he defended, Anatomy of a Murder is one of the best trial films ever made. Stewart stars as Paul Bieg
Comments: 0Thursday, November 5, 2015 04:49:55 PM
(Spoiler alert: While I won’t reveal any of the major plot twists featured in Spectre, some mild disclosures are required to review the film. If you want to go in blind, come back after seeing it.)By most accounts Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes’ final James Bond entry, Spectre bears the responsibility of bringing the current incarnation of 007 to an end. As the specula
Comments: 0Sunday, November 1, 2015 09:10:12 PM
Before we say farewell to Hammer Films here's one last movie. Not really a horror film but during their success with adapting classic horror tales they decided to adapt Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1959.Several centuries ago the cruel Lord Baskerville chased after a woman who spurned his advances on the moors. When he finally caugh
Comments: 0Saturday, October 31, 2015 04:09:04 PM
If The Quatermass Xperiment started Hammer down the path towards becoming masters of horror it was 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein that secured their title as the "house of horror".Directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster, this is a loose adaptation of Mary Shelley's story. Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is in prison awaiting execution. A priest has arrived
Comments: 0Friday, October 30, 2015 03:21:01 PM
After the massive success of The Curse of Frankenstein it was only natural for Hammer to want to make a sequel. But instead of merely repeating the formula like Universal Studios did with their Frankenstein series, monster runs amok over and over, Hammer decided to do something else.  Starting with the last scene from The Curse of Frankenstein, the movie starts with Frankenstein escaping the
Comments: 0Thursday, October 29, 2015 03:18:05 PM
Nobody can swap out brains like Dr. Frankenstein.After having his latest laboratory discovered Dr. Frankenstein goes on the run. Hiding under the alias Fenner, Dr. Frankenstein finds out that a colleague of his, Dr. Brandt (George Pravda), who had invented a better transplant method that Frankenstein wants has been locked up as insane.Frankenstein ends up blackmailing his landlord Anna ( Veronica
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 28, 2015 03:01:56 PM
Frankenstein doesn't really create a woman nor does he create a "Bride of Frankenstein". What the good doctor does do is something much more twisted.This time out Dr. Frankenstein (Cushing) is interested something more than just resurrecting corpses, he's looking into the human soul.  The movie starts with a young Hans witnessing his father get guillotined. The story th
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 27, 2015 07:10:55 PM
There is an argument to be made about heavy metal audiences being the best ones out there: They are committed to the band, open to new material and very involved at concerts. The documentary Wacken 3D: Louder than Hell is a snapshot of the communion between hard rock groups and their public. It may not be all that insightful, but makes up for it with top tier bands and plenty of music.Wacken is a
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 27, 2015 02:53:09 PM
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is the last of the Hammer Frankenstein films. Dr. Simon Helder (Shane Briant) is caught performing experiments on the dead and sentenced to an insane asylum. Helder is excited because his hero Dr. Frankenstein is being held there. When Helder arrives he's told the Frankenstein died some time ago. Then he meets Dr. Victor aka Dr. Frankenstein who faked his
Comments: 0Monday, October 26, 2015 02:42:28 PM
Hammer's Frankenstein movies are some of their best work. The series as a whole is brilliant especially because they focus on the exploits of Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and not the monster. Cushing starred in six of the seven Frankenstein movies that Hammer produced. The second last, the 1970 Horror of Frankenstein was actually a more comedic remake of the first film with Ralph Bates as
Comments: 0Sunday, October 25, 2015 04:58:55 PM
We are heading into the home stretch and for the last week of October I'll be focusing on Hammer's brilliant Frankenstein movies. But before that one last excellent Hammer movie that always seems to get lost in Hammer's massive output of monsters and vampire movies, 1968's The Devil Rides Out.Dennis Wheatley was a very prolific writer in England from the 1930's to 1960's an
Comments: 0Saturday, October 24, 2015 03:03:23 PM
Ok this is a bit of guilty pleasure for me. This 1974 movie was Hammer's last of its Dracula movies and it tried to mix the standard Hammer horror with the Shaw Brothers kung fu.Having watched all of Hammer's Dracula movies, there was steady decline as the series progressed. That's not to say that there wasn't enjoyable films in the series and enjoyable ideas but the movies in gene
Comments: 0Friday, October 23, 2015 02:56:59 PM
Changing things up from their standard Dracula or Karnstein vampire movie, Hammer introduced Kronos to the world in 1974. The movie was actually made in 1972 but it took a couple of years to find a distributor for the film.In the 1800's in a small village young girls have killed by someone in cloak and all the victims have the same condition. They've all been robbed of their youth and turn
Comments: 0Thursday, October 22, 2015 02:54:17 PM
Hammer's 1971 Countess Dracula isn't a vampire movie. It's actually a retelling of the Elizabeth Báthory legend. While she wasn't a vampire she still needed blood. Lots and lots and lots of blood.Ingrid Pitt stars as Countess Elizabeth Nádasdy. A vain elderly woman whose husband, the count, has just passed away. During the reading of the will Elizabeth discovers that
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 21, 2015 03:06:55 PM
At the start of the 1970's Hammer decided to up their game with more sex and violence than they previously had featured in their films. The reason was that the industry had changed and while the studio was the forerunner of horror and gore in the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's they were now seen as old fashioned costumed dramas. Films like Rosemary's Baby had started changin
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 20, 2015 03:12:10 PM
With Dracula a huge hit for Hammer they naturally wanted to make a sequel but Christopher Lee was reluctant to return to the role. So instead of resurrecting the Count, Hammer decided to follow the adventures of Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) for the next movie.While traveling to a school to become a new teacher there, young Marianne (Yvonne Monlaur) is forced to stop for the night at an inn. The
Comments: 0Monday, October 19, 2015 03:03:27 PM
When Hammer found itself with a massive hit on their hands with The Curse of Frankenstein, they quickly decided to try and recreate that success by tackling another legendary horror classic, Dracula. Created by the same team that worked on The Curse of Frankenstein, writer Jimmy Sangster, director Terence Fisher and stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, the success of this film would help make