Archive for October, 2010

In honour of my blog’s first Halloween, I’ve decided to tackle the ultimate question around this time of year: “What is my favourite horror movie?” (more…)

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Noomi Rapace in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestThe final chapter of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, is being released in theatres just 18 months after the first film was issued. This tight turnaround is uncommon, but a welcome change of pace from the traditional multi-year wait between related features. The story of Lisbeth Salander is so compelling it’s a relief not to have to wait to see the conclusion (despite the availability of the books on which the films are based). In this picture, all of the injustices that came to light in the previous film are brought to the forefront and the depth of the conspiracy against Lisbeth is revealed. (more…)

A season of thrills and chills calls for the release of equally spine-tingling entertainment. The inclusion of a few laughs, animation and some film classics makes for a well-rounded and notable month of releases. (more…)

Winnebago Man poster“The Winnebago Man,” a.k.a. “The Angriest Man on Earth,” is a character made infamous in the ’80s and ‘90s via the exchange of dubbed VHS tapes and later on YouTube with millions of hits and counting. The man behind the sensation is Jack Rebney, an elderly hermit who lives atop a mountain in California. We now know this because University of Texas film professor Ben Steinbauer made Rebney the subject of his first feature documentary, Winnebago Man. (more…)

Tales from the Darkside: The MovieThough I am a huge horror movie buff now, I must confess I didn’t watch my first true scary movie until I was 13 (save for a terrifying viewing of Stephen King’s It that resulted in irreversible and paralysing-to-this-day coulrophobia, but that’s a story for another time). While my cousin of the same age was watching Child’s Play and Halloween, I was watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit. However, I was able to watch a number of horror anthologies without waking up in the middle of the night startled by some disturbing nightmare (mostly). They remain one of my favourite horror subgenres because you get several chilling tales in one neat little package. So below is a list of films that presented at least one story that stuck with me through the years. (more…)

A scene from Deliver Us From EvilThe title Deliver Us From Evil applies to several of the film’s characters to varying degrees and in different ways. Nonetheless, evil is a pervasive force that comes in many forms in this small town and it is unleashed full force over a 24-hour period. The result is a film that conveys a variety of emotions very successfully, even though the events that inspire these feelings are not necessarily cohesive. (more…)

This week’s releases spans a spectrum of genres: an early holiday issue with lots of extra goodies; an intriguing tale of murder and mystery; and an indie film about doing what’s right in life and love. (more…)