Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan the BarbarianA friend came over for the day and helped me with a project. I made homemade pizza for dinner and insisted we watch Conan the Barbarian. I think I probably got the better end of the friendship deal that day. Read More…

Creed (2015)

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As stated previously (and enthusiastically), if Sylvester Stallone is in a movie, I’m going to watch it. So it shouldn’t be any great surprise that Creed is on my list of must-watch movies. Well, must-watch in the way that free movies are a must-watch. And, no, I don’t mean ‘free’ as in illegally downloaded versions of movies. Read More…

Intermission: I Heart Kurt Russell

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A youthful Kurt Russell plays likeable Drew Stephens to Meryl Streep’s nuclear whistleblower Karen Silkwood.

I watched The Hateful Eight at the theatre a few months ago. There are a lot of things to say about that movie but I really only want to talk about how much I love Kurt Russell. I love Kurt Russell. Not in a romantic way, no, in a purely ‘he’s so cool’ kindof way. Because, he is. So very cool. Read More…

Spectre (2015)

I’m not going to sugarcoat this review. Spectre was both underwhelming and disappointing, and as a major Bond fan (who until recently had the whole collection on VHS) I was totally saddened by this. Totally. I put the blame on director Sam Mendes. A big chunk of it anyway. Read More…

It Follows (2014)

Like a lot of teen slasher horror movie story lines, It Follows is a cautionary tale about the dangers that befall sexually active young women. Basically a keep-it-in-your-pants-or-bad-things-will-follow-you-around-until-you-die kind of movie. In a lot of horror movies, sexually active women are marked for death but we could expand that to society’s grossly differing expectations and prescribed gender roles for young women versus young men. Anyhoo… Read More…

Blow Up (1966) vs. Blow Out (1981)

I look forward to August in Vancouver not only for the welcome heat and sunshine but mostly because August means Film Noir at the Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique, a local non-profit film institute known as The Cinematheque. There’s nothing quite like spending hot summer nights inside the cool and shady world of corruption, cynicism, and murder. Read More…

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