Blu-Ray Round-Up: 8/5/13

This week at the video store we check out new Blu-Rays for recent releases Trance, To the Wonder, Oblivion, and Olympus Has Fallen, and two new Criterion releases for The Devil’s Backbone and Lord of the Flies.

Interview: Danielle Harris

We talk to horror movie icon Danielle Harris about her return to battle against Victor Crowley in Hatchet III and her directorial debut with the dark comedy Among Friends. We talk about her struggles as a working actor, why she’s at peace with the horror genre now, how the future of her acting career led her into directing, and how she pushes actors as a director in ways she always wished she was pushed.

Computer Chess Review

While at times relying perhaps a bit too heavily on period nostalgia, the freewheeling mumblecore comedy Computer Chess is still unquestionably one of the most original films of the year.

Blu-Ray Round-Up: Early July 2013

This Blu-Ray round-up for early July takes a look at the new releases of the rebooting of Evil Dead, the award winning documentary The Gatekeepers, the bizarre Southern fried sleaze of The Paperboy, and a different take on the already much talked about Spring Breakers.

Blu-Ray Round Up: 7/1/13

This week, we look at Blu-Rays of horror classics Lifeforce and Phantasm II, one of Steven Spielberg’s most underrated films, Empire of the Sun, the metal and cardboard documentary Skull World, and the bizarre worlds of Stoker and Spring Breakers.

This Week on Toronto Screens: 6/21/13

It’s a busy weekend at Toronto theatres, so here’s some brief looks at some other films opening this weekend: the British crime saga Ill Manors, the biopic Hannah Arendt, the mournfulOrthodox Jewish arranged marriage story Fill the Void, the rock doc The Sheepdogs Have at It, and several films playing the Female Eye Film Festival.

DVD Round-Up: 6/14/13

Our latest round-up of home video offerings takes a look at the new release of Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, and new Blu-Rays for classics Medium Cool, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Safety Last!, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and… Airheads.

Interview: Justin McConnell

We talk to filmmaker Justin McConnell about following around his buddy Greg Sommer, creator of the battle-tastic Box Wars for his documentary, Skull World, opening in Toronto this weekend.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment hopes to answer fans’ burning questions about who would win a straight-up fight between Superman and Shazam, or the Joker and Bane. The answers are about as satisfying – and silly – as you’d expect.

Hot Docs 2013 Kicks Into High Gear

With Hot Docs 2013 in high gear after last night’s opening we come back today with our biggest assembly of reviews yet. Here for your reading pleasure are a look at 17 more films playing this year at one of the biggest all documentary festivals in the world.

The Indies:
Slick Entertainment

Vancouver-based Slick Entertainment took on the challenge of designing in-app purchases in a “non-evil” way. Find out how they earned the respect of their peers and how they approach indie game development.

This Week in DVD: 4/2/13

This week at the video store marks the arrival of three European imports – the Swedish gangster saga Easy Money, British cop thriller The Sweeney, and the comedic Irish slasher Stitches – as well as the home video debut of the HBO original movie Hemingway & Gelhorn.