I'm not a documentary filmmaker, but sometimes when alone with my thoughts on a bike ride, I fantasize that I am one. I love the way someone like FOTM Alan Zweig can bring a story to the screen. There are so many great stories to share, and perhaps that's why
One of the great perks of having a Toronto Library Card is a free account with Kanopy where you can stream great old (and not so old!) movies. One great Toronto Christmas movie currently streaming there is The Silent Partner, an unabashedly Toronto flick! It's a great Elliott Gould / Christopher
There's news today that there will be a Weird Al movie, and Daniel Radcliffe will play The Weird One. The biopic is written by Yankovic and Eric Appel, which makes sense, because they teased us with this very film back in 2010. I loved this then, and I love it
Here's the trailer for Stu Stone's new film "Faking a Murderer". You might know Stu from his appearances on Pandemic Friday episodes of Toronto Mike'd. Produced in partnership with Hollywood Suite and Astrolab Studios, the film is set to have its world broadcast premiere on the Hollywood Suite channel on
As a kid, watching The Wizard of Oz seemed like a big deal. The 1939 film was appointment viewing when it would come on TV, and pretty damn epic. I must have seen it a hundred times. Watch this movie on 123 movies. It's the end of an era, as
Every year I tell myself the Oscars are nothing more than an irrelevant circle jerk, but every year I try and see every film nominated for best picture and end up watching the Academy Awards regardless. It's harmless silly fun, afterall. I watched Fences last night and was blown away
Is there a pop culture marker you completely missed? For example, are you in your 40s but have never seen Star Wars? Against all odds, I have somehow never seen Top Gun. I'm willing to bet very few movie-watching guys in this country who are my age can make the
I recently watched Creed, the seventh film in the Rocky series. It reminded me a great deal of The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the Star Wars series. There will be no major spoilers below, but if you really want to see either movie knowing as little as possible,
I saw the new Star Wars film this afternoon. I'm not going to say a word about the film itself, just the experience, as it was a number of firsts for me. This was the first time I purchased movie tickets in advance. I bought four regular tickets for today's
I'm toggling between two stellar documentary series during my free time this holiday break. One is quite old, and the other is quite new. The World at War is a British documentary series about World War II that aired in 1973-74. I only recently discovered this 26-episode series existed, and
My kids will never know a world without the internet. As far as they're concerned, it's always been there, a pervasive connection to a massive database of facts and myths. Periodically, I'll remind them that I didn't surf the web until university. When I was 13, my buddies and I
I just saw the official poster for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and it's left me with one big question. Here's the poster if you haven't seen it yet, then I'll ask my question... Where the hell is Luke Skywalker?
So few directors can actually get me into a theatre these days, but Quentin Tarantino is definitely one of them. Without a doubt, he's my favourite director, and he's yet to disappoint me. His latest film, The Hateful Eight, arrives in December. The teaser trailer was released today.
I attended the Canadian premiere of I Am What I Play at The Royal last night. You might recall me writing about this documentary. It features Meg Griffin, Charles Laquidara, Pat O'Day and our very own David Marsden. Marsden was at the premiere, and we chatted before the curtains went
At the 1:05:00 mark of Police Academy, Hightower is speeding down Lake Shore in New Toronto while Mahoney teaches him to drive. He blasts by a gas station, as you'll see in the screen cap below. That gas station is now Maple Leaf House, a grill & lounge.
I spent most of last week offline enjoying the kids during the March break. We rode our bikes, played some basketball and football, watched a lot of March Madness and had a blast. It was awesome. It also meant I missed a whack of stuff. For example, Adam Sandler's new
For the first time in many years, I've seen all the films nominated for a Best Picture Oscar before the award is handed out. Here's my personal ranking. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments. WhiplashBoyhoodThe Theory of EverythingBirdmanThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaAmerican Sniper
I didn't know I Am What I Play existed until David Marsden told me about it in episode 106. It's a documentary about rock radio DJ's featuring Meg Griffin, Charles Laquidara, Pat O'Day and our very own David Marsden, best known as the driving force behind CFNY in the 1980s.
When the Leafs game went to shit tonight, I started watching ¡Three Amigos! on YouTube. I had no idea it was stylized that way until tonight. I hadn't seen ¡Three Amigos! since the '80s. As I recall, there was a free preview weekend of First Choice / Superchannel and we recorded
With over a week off, I had some time to watch a bunch of movies with the kids. I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy, a summer blockbuster I heard was pretty good. Guardians of the Galaxy was alright, but I was disappointed. The story was awfully shallow, and the
The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced today, and it seems I'm a bit behind on my movie watching. Here are the nominations for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Of these, I've only seen Boyhood, which I loved. BoyhoodFoxcatcherThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingHere are the nominations for Best Motion Picture,
Yesterday afternoon, I watched In Bruges for the first time. In Bruges stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes and was originally released way back in 2008. That's six years ago. Somehow, this six year old movie fell completely below my radar, despite the fact it's precisely the type
Pulp Fiction is my favourite movie of all time. Forever I've had this poster hanging in my bedroom. Over the last few years, my son and I would talk about Pulp Fiction. He's wanted me to watch it with him for a couple of years now but I waited. My
The Canadian Conspiracy was a 1985 mockumentary illustrating a supposed conspiracy to infiltrate American culture through employment in the entertainment industry. It featured John Candy, Lorne Greene, Monty Hall, Doug Henning, Margot Kidder, Eugene Levy, Rich Little, Howie Mandel, Lorne Michaels, Anne Murray, Leslie Nielsen, Morley Safer, William Shatner, Martin