TV Review: Gotham 1.01 “Pilot” (FOX)

Killing Time

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The first of four new super hero shows this season (Flash, Gotham, Constantine and Peggy Carter Agent of SHIELD) premiered and, while it wasn’t the instant home run that I was hoping for, I have a feeling Gotham is going to build into something quite special.  I, for one, will be along for the ride in what is an origin story for a city, really.  How did the Gotham City that needed a Batman become to be?  That seems to be the show’s guiding principal question.

The protagonists for the show are very much the members of the GCPD.  Drawing ideas and characters from Rucka and Brubaker’s Gotham Central run is never going to be a mistake and we get Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen a bit in the pilot, but the main focus is on the two lead characters in the show: Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock.  It’s an…

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Minicine at The Mills – October 2014 // THE FRENCH CONNECTION (Audience Choice) – Preview

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The results are in! The winner of this year’s Audience Choice vote is… drumroll… The French Connection (1971), William Friedkin’s classic New York cop thriller starring Gene Hackman (The Conversation, The Royal Tenenbaums) and Roy Scheider (Jaws, All That Jazz).

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From the man who brought us The Exorcist (1973) and more recently Killer Joe (2011), The French Connection follows Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo, a pair of hard-nosed Brooklyn detectives who stumble upon a transatlantic drug operation and set about bringing the elusive Frog One (Fernando Rey) to justice.

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Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s poll. If your choice didn’t win we hope it won’t deter you from joining us this October, it’s still guaranteed to be an enjoyable night (free to Minicine members) headlined by a masterpiece of 70s American cinema.

Based on real life events, the film was…

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Another Frankenstein Film?

A Shared Madness

FrankensteinCandyman director Bernard Rose is making a modern day retelling of the classic story Frankenstein set to star Carrie-Anne Moss ,Danny Huston and Xavier Samuel.

“Frankenstein is set in present-day Los Angeles and told from the perspective of Adam/The Monster (Samuel), who is created by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists only to be met with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him.” – Deadline Hollywood

candyman1Candyman is one of my favourite horror films but I’m not really a fan of modernising classic stories. (Modern day Sherlock for example – no thank you.)
Speaking of Frankenstein, it was revealed last year that our beloved Universal Monsters are being given a series of reboots and just recently it has been announced that The Mummy is the first to receive a facelift. I quite enjoyed The Wolfman remake that came out in 2010 and of all the monsters The…

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September 26, 2014

NOT THE TWINS

Good Morning!

I’ve only been awake for a little bit and I’ve already seen/read four reports on Katy Perry’s new pink hair color.  You know it’s a slow news day when…  However, I have to agree about her uncanny resemblance to Animal from the Muppets.  Fine, make this the fifth report.  Let’s move on.

Most excellent!  Actor and director Alex Winters, (you know, Bill from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) told Yahoo Movies that the third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise is coming, Keanu is on board and now it’s just a matter of time.  He said the guys “will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up.  It’s really sweet and really f*cking funny.”  I can’t wait, but it looks like we’re gonna have to.  Winters added, “It just takes a long time to put a movie together.  Now…

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Movie Review: No Good Deed (2014)

This Too Will Pass

Another crime-thriller on the review, No Good Deed (2014). It’s honestly a disappointment or me due to being so lacking in the essential thriller ingredients.

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After five years, a violent convict Colin, now heads to the his parole board hearing. Due to lacking evidence, he was only convicted at a minor case of involuntary manslaughter instead of the heavier serially killing. The board dismisses his parole plea, thus he tricks his escape, killing his escort guards. Colin tracks his old girlfriend Alexis, only to find her with another man. He sneaks into her house, finding a note from her boyfriend before confronting her. He gets angry and kills her when she admits cheating on him. At night as a storm rages on, Colin accidentally crashes his car onto a tree. He then goes to the house of Terri, a mother of two, which was earlier seen being left by her…

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Rio Grande: Another really enjoyable John Ford & John Wayne classic!

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Rio GrandeRio Grande by John Ford on Cine+ Classic (CanalSat)
My rating: 8 out of 10 stars

Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke commands a U.S. cavalry troop north of the Rio Grande. Indians have been raiding and then fleeing south of the river into Mexico. Yorke is surprised when he learns that the son he has not seen for 15 years, Jeff, has flunked out of West Point. He’s barely digested the information when his son shows up at the camp as a new cavalry recruit. His personal life gets even more complicated when his wife, Jeff’s mother, Kathleen also shows up at the fort intent on taking her son home. As the situation increasingly deteriorates, the women and children are sent to safety but the wagon train is attacked and all the children take forcing Yorke and his men to cross into Mexico to get them back.

In this old classic…

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The Critics Were Wrong-Queen Of The Damned

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In 2002, the late singer Aaliyah was expanding her career to become an actor as well as a singer.

Tragically, she was only able to start her movie career before she died in a plane crash.

One of the movies she starred in was Queen Of The Damned, based on the Anne Rice novel.

Lestat De Lioncourt (Stuart Townsend) has been a vampire for several centuries. Woken up by modern rock music, he becomes the front man for a rock and roll band. Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau) has become fascinated by Lestat and begins to study his past, despite the danger.  Lestat’s music reaches the ears of the first vampire, Akasha (Aaliyah) and wakes her up from her centuries long sleep.

To be fair, I have never read any of Anne Rice’s novels, so I am just going by the movie.

It was sort of campy with a little…

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