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Comments: 0Sunday, March 27, 2016 07:14:33 PM
It's Easter Sunday and it feels like today's Sunday Matinee should be an egg hunt.I've already talked about Ridley Scott's excellent 1979 Alien for 31 Days of Horror so today let's look at the 1986 sequel Aliens.The first film followed a small crew in space that responded to a distress call on an alien planet only to find a derelict alien ship with a dead pilot and a bunch of e
Comments: 0Friday, March 25, 2016 01:26:33 AM
Much like with Michael Bay (but undeservedly so), people seem to be lining up to knock director Zack Snyder down a peg. His crime? Snyder adapts comics into movies, but is not married to the source material. His version of Watchmen wasn’t half bad, but the filmmaker got heck for changing the ending and keeping everything else the same.The Watchmen backlash was nothing nex
Comments: 0Friday, March 18, 2016 01:17:49 PM
Before he found a home on a TV show playing a fairy-tale character, Robert Carlyle was one of the edgiest actors around. Between 1995 and 2005 he embodied the irascible Begbie in Trainspotting, an unemployed stripper in The Full Monty, a cannibal in Ravenous and a wretched patriarch in Angela’s Ashes. Heck, Carlyle was even a Bond villain for good measure.Nearly a decade since his heyday, we
Comments: 0Tuesday, March 15, 2016 09:07:30 PM
A case could be made that Irish actor Jack Reynor belongs in the same group as Tom Hardy, Jack O’Connell and Domhnall Gleeson. Reynor is a reliable screen presence who has delivered strong supporting performances in critical darlings like Macbeth, Sing Street and A Royal Night Out.Unfortunately, most of North America knows Reynor for the horrid Delivery Man and the somehow worse Transformers
Comments: 0Sunday, March 13, 2016 07:44:38 PM
Ray Milland had a long acting career that started in the 1930's and went on well into the 1980's. His biggest success came during the 1940's and 1950's when he was one of Paramount's top leading and paid men.In the late 1950's he started directing. He made a couple of movies and then moved to directing TV. At the start of the 1960's he starred in three films produced Am
Comments: 0Saturday, March 12, 2016 04:50:06 AM
Beating critical darlings like Goodnight Mommy and The Assassin, the Colombian drama Embrace of the Serpent scored a surprising Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year. Not only that, Serpent became the first time ever the South American country made it into the Academy’s short list, an achievement that has opened the distribution market for the film considerably.Th
Comments: 0Sunday, March 6, 2016 05:32:29 PM
F.W. Murnau was probably one of the best and more influential silent filmmakers. He started his career making movies in his native Germany in 1919. In 1922 he made his first masterpiece Nosferatu. His last German silent before he went to Hollywood was this excellent 1926 movie, Faust.Emil Jannings stars as the Devil Mephisto. Mephisto makes a deal with an Archangel that if he can corrupt a righteo
Comments: 0Sunday, February 28, 2016 07:01:58 PM
Fritz Lang's American films tended to be gritty crime thrillers (film noirs) for most of the late 1940's and 1950's. While there was a lot of good ones, my favourite is his 1953 The Big Heat.Glenn Ford is a homicide detective assigned to a case involving the death of a fellow police officer. It looks like suicide, open and shut case. But Ford gets a call from the late cop's mistres
Comments: 0Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:45:20 PM
Marcel L'Herbier was a French filmmaker who made several films during his long career but mostly silent films. His most celebrated work is the 1928 L'Argent which occasionally makes it on the odd greatest film list. But L'Herbier's innovative 1924 L'Inhumaine aka The Inhuman Woman is today's Sunday Matinee.L'Herbier had been trying to make Résurrection in 1923 -
Comments: 0Sunday, February 14, 2016 07:39:22 PM
Fritz Lang made several excellent silent films but his last one came in 1929. Lang returned to the science-fiction genre with Frau im Mond, Woman in the Moon.Woman in the Moon is considered one of the first serious science fiction space exploration movies. Although dated, at the time it tried to be as accurate as it could be for 1929. The movie features a multi-stage rocket that is fired verticall
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