Argo review

Directed by Ben AffleckWritten by Chris Terrio from a Joshuah Bearman article in Wired MagazineThis is a story I'm familiar with. My folks were in the Canadian diplomatic corps, so Canadian Ambassador to Iran in 1979, Ken Taylor, was something of a big deal in Dad's business. Taylor and his wife, Pat, helped get six…Read More

Blade Runner locations: My Los Angeles Visit

2nd Street TunnelI'm back in Canada now, having spent four days in Los Angeles. I was just getting comfortable with driving those massive freeways before I had to go, managing the distances between destinations.As I mentioned, I really enjoyed the nights in LA. Something about the cosmopolitan nature of the city, the lights, the diversity…Read More

50 Years of James Bond 007

Fifty years ago (yesterday) Dr. No opened in cinemas, and movies were never quite the same. That was years before I born: James Bond has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents enjoyed the movies and they let me watch anything they were watching. It's kind of funny…Read More

The Master review

Written and directed by Paul Thomas AndersonThe release of a PT Anderson movie is an event, every single time. Every one since his first, Hard Eight; Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood. With this collection, Anderson can stake a claim as the finest American filmmaker working today.So, what to make of his…Read More

10 Great Jack Nicholson Roles

Jack Nicholson has had an enviable career. He's been an A-List actor and leading man for so long he's practicality carved out of stone on Mount Rushmore. His leering mug for years was a staple of the front row at the Oscar telecast—though, interestingly, not recently. Maybe he's in semi-retirement, having gone way OTT in…Read More

Looper review

Written and directed by Rian JohnsonRemember the question that came up in Dead Zone? The one where Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) asks his doctor friend (Herbert Lom) if he had the power to go back in time and kill Adolf Hitler, would he? And his friend says yes, absolutely, or something to that effect. There's…Read More