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Interrobang articles on the topic of Movie reviews

Summer Watchlist: <em>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)</em>
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a martial arts superhero film. The whole plot of the movie is that the turtles are on a quest to save Master Splinter with their new friends April and Casey. They are working together to save Master Splinter from The Shredder and his gang. Read this article

Summer Watchlist: <em>John Wick</em>
John Wick is a film starring Keanu Reeves. The plot follows John Wick, who is searching for the two men who broke into his house, stole his vintage car and murdered his puppy, which was a gift given to him by his recently deceased wife. Read this article

Summer Watchlist: <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>
There are many reasons why the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz has grown into an LGBTQ2S+ mainstay over the years. Read this article

Summer Watchlist: <em>Brokeback Mountain</em>
Brokeback Mountain depicts the story of two cowboys named Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in the year 1963. The two men were hired by Joe Aguirre to tend sheep on some pastures on Brokeback Mountain. Read this article

Summer Watchlist: <em>Guys and Dolls</em>
This week I am sharing my thoughts on the1955 movie musical, Guys and Dolls. Guys and Dolls is about a group of gamblers in Manhattan. Read this article

Summer Watchlist: <em>Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope</em>
Growing up the Star Wars franchise never really interested me, but seeing as it is an iconic franchise, I figured I'd put it on my summer watchlist. Read this article

Summer Watchlist: <em>Say Anything</em>
This week, I decided to watch the 1989 romantic classic Say Anything, starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. Read this article

Summer Watchlist: <em>My Neighbor Totoro</em>
Over the summer, I have made it a goal for myself to watch 100 films that I have not seen before. Each week I will be writing my honest thoughts on some of the movies I have watched over the course of the next few months. Read this article

<em>Bliss</em>: Drug-induced madness
Shudder's latest exclusive horror, Bliss, has recently splattered its way onto screen. Read this article

Review: <em>Sonic the Hedgehog</em>
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie hit theatres on Valentine's Day - and not many people were expecting it to be as good as it was. Read this article

<em>Polaroid</em>: Say cheese and die?
Polaroid might remind you of certain nostalgic Canadian TV shows, but still stands up on its own. Read this article

Netflix Fix of the Week: <em>To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You</em>
There’s a lot to smile about in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, but not a whole lot else. Read this article

<em>Jacob's Ladder</em>: An attempt to recreate madness
Although the original Jacob's Ladder has rightfully gained cult status, you can take a hard pass on the remake. Read this article

<em>The Furies</em>: A gruesome version of The Hunger Games
This year’s horror genre finally finds its footing with Shudder's The FuriesRead this article

<em>The Marshes:</em> A sinking failure
The first Shudder original of 2020 has finally been released, and is an Australian horror titled The MarshesRead this article

<em>The Fanatic</em>: Travolta like you've never seen before
John Travolta's latest film, The Fanatic, is psychological thriller without any thrills or psychological insights. Read this article

Netflix Fix of the Week: <em>The Knight Before Christmas</em>
The Knight Before Christmas has arrived to give you some yuletide joy along with some time-travelling. Read this article

<em>3 From Hell</em>: An unnecessary failure
We hate to break it to you, but 3 From Hell was not worth the wait. Read this article

Netflix Fix of the Week: <em>Let It Snow</em>
Kick off the holiday season with the latest rom-com Christmas movie Netflix has to offer. Read this article

<em>Eli</em>: An Unexpected Thriller
As the Halloween season is still very alive, tons of new horror movies are popping up all over, including a Netflix Original, EliRead this article

<em>Joker:</em> A devastating masterpiece
The much-anticipated film dedicated to the iconic DC Comics villain, Joker, finally hit theatres this October. Read this article

<em>In the Tall Grass</em>: An exhausting maze
Netflix's latest horror movie release, In the Tall Grass, is one of the latest film adaptations of a Stephen King book. Read this article

Netflix fix of the week: <em>Unbelievable</em>
Unbelievable, Netflix's newest release starring Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette and Merritt Wever, is a true crime drama that will take your breath away. Read this article

<em>The Harvesting:</em> A failed harvest of horrors
Not only do I love to watch indie horror movies, I love a good psychological thriller. When I heard about 2018's The Harvesting and found out it was both of those things combined, I was ultimately intrigued. Read this article

<em>Belzebuth</em>: A failed exorcism
Try as it may, Belzebuth falls short in wholly satisfying its horror-hungry audience. Read this article

<em>IT Chapter 2</em>: Floating its way to the top
The highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's iconic story, IT, has finally hit theatres. Read this article

<em>John Wick 3: Parabellum:</em> Will another dog die?
I think we all need to realize that it is not his kind-hearted or down-to-earth vibes that makes Keanu Reeves so successful. He is an extraordinary actor that really has a passion for making movies. Read this article

You've never had a friend quite like Genie
The big blue Genie is back, this time in 3D in the live-action version of the classic cartoon, AladdinRead this article

I Choose You <em>Detective Pikachu</em>!
Detective Pikachu is a quirky, fun live-action movie starring everyone's favourite pocket monster. Read this article

<em>Twinsanity</em>: Double the awful
Twinsanity, also known as Downward Twin, is the latest psychological thriller released on Netflix this month. Read this article

<em>Don't Leave Home</em>: An atmospheric mystery at best
Don't Leave Home is a Shudder (like Netflix but with only horror films) exclusive that has been compared to the likes of the iconic movie, Get OutRead this article

Netflix Fix of the Week: Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Wish to know what it's like to live your life at 300 kilometres per hour? Then, this Netflix special is just for you. Read this article

<em>May the Devil Take You</em>: A tepid love letter to <em>The Evil Dead</em>
Though skilled in the art of gore-tastic filmmaking, Indonesian director Timo Tjahhanto appears to have fallen for this trap with his disappointing follow up, May the Devil Take YouRead this article

<em>Velvet Buzzsaw</em>: One of Netflix's best
Netflix's latest original, Velvet Buzzsaw, is masterfully created, visually stunning and has a fresh plot with just the right amount of twists and turns. Read this article

Suspiria: A test of patience
After a limited release in Canada, Suspiria (a remake of the iconic original in 1977), has finally been released nation-wide. Read this article

Only Mine: A tame thriller and tragic story
Only Mine, released on Jan. 15, is one of the latest thrillers to appear on Netflix. Read this article

Look Away: A non-thrilling psychological thriller
Look Away, written and directed by Assaf Bernstein, is a recently released psychological thriller that had so much potential to be good, but ended up falling short. Read this article

Apostle: Exhaustingly gruesome
One of Netflix's latest original horror movies, Apostle, is a drawn out yet bizarrely intriguing period piece laced with gut wrenching brutalities. Read this article

14 Cameras: Surely to Get Under Your Skin
While most people are starting to transition their movie selections over to something more cheerful and in the holiday spirit, there are some new horrors that are being released under the radar. Read this article

Halloween: Slashers make a comeback
Probably one of the most anticipated horror movies this season, Halloween, slashed its way into theatres on Oct. 19. Read this article

Seven in Heaven truly horror-ible
With too many holes in the plot, flatline characters and overall not enough explanation of certain aspects of the film are about, Seven in Heaven is not the best horror film to check out. Read this article

Unfriended: Dark Web
After the great success this movie franchise saw back in 2014, the second installment, Unfriended: Dark Web, has now been released worldwide. Read this article

The Lodgers: Beautiful and deeply disturbing
Originally featured at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), The Lodgers, directed by Brian O'Malley, has finally been released onto Netflix for all of Canada to experience. Read this article

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
Almost 30 years after the initial release of the cult classic film, Puppet Master, the thirteenth installment, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, graces us with its ridiculous presence once again. Read this article

Little Italy shines light on family, love and Toronto
A film about love, lost, pride and of course family with a little rivalry is just a snippet of what the movie Little Italy is all about. Read this article

Terrifier: The bar has risen for clown horrors
Looking for something over the top? Suspenseful? Gory enough to make you cringe throughout basically the entire film? If your answer is yes to all of those, then Terrifier is the movie for you. Read this article

Summer 2018 Movie Guide
Get ready students because summer is here and with it, a whole slew of new movies to enjoy this break. Read this article

Mom and Dad: Frivolous and twisted
What was first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in 2017, Mom and Dad finally got its international release in 2018. While this film is definitely not Oscar worthy, it had a twisted plot and was a lot of fun to watch. Read this article

Annihilation: Insightful film that takes time to understand
Annihilation is a thought-provoking science fiction horror film that will leave the audience wondering about various events of the film long after they have left the theater Read this article

Hellraiser Judgement: A gory rebirth
Hellraiser Judgement takes a fresh look on the series where three detectives are trying to hunt down a gruesome serial killer who is terrorizing the town. Read this article

Veronica: Scary, but over-hyped
One of the most talked about movies this month has been Veronica. All over social media were posts about how it was the scariest movie of all time and that people couldn't even get half way through the film before turning it off. Read this article

The Ritual: A fresh take on horror
The Ritual, a Netflix exclusive that was released on Feb. 9, has been the refresh the horror genre was in definite need of. With such great attention to detail, truly frightening scenes and an unforgettable monster, The Ritual is a must see. Read this article

Winchester: A haunting masterpiece
Probably one of the most underrated releases this month, Winchester, was an absolutely brilliant haunted house film with the perfect amount of realism. Read this article

Delirium: A haunted house without a good haunt
Haunted house horror movies are often among some of the scariest horror movies out there. Delirium tried really hard to be one of these movies, but unfortunately missed the mark. Read this article

No Solicitors: Move on to the next one
What had a very limited initial release back in 2015, No Solicitors, directed by John Callas, just received its full launch this month. Read this article

The Open House: Beware of the critics
One of Netflix's latest releases, The Open House, has caused quite a commotion and an onslaught of negative reviews. People were claiming it was the worst movie they have ever seen and that the ending was nonsensical. Read this article

Jeepers Creepers 3: A long-awaited disappointment
If you are a horror buff you may have heard through the grapevine that a new Jeepers Creepers movie was coming to theatres but then never heard anything about it again. Read this article

Slumber: A Familiar Nightmare
Have you ever woken up in a dream feeling like someone was sitting on your chest? Or dreamt you were running, but were actually not getting anywhere? Read this article

Mother Krampus: A Horrible Holiday Horror
The newly released holiday horror, Mother Krampus, (also titled The 12 Deaths of Christmas) tried to bring some Christmas scares back to life this year. Read this article

Happy Death Day: Familiar Story with New Twists
Happy Death Day, directed by Christopher Landon, had a perfect launch date of Friday the 13th, which helped give the film that much more hype. Read this article

Friend Request: Accepted
Friend Request, directed by Simon Verhoeven, does an excellent job at shedding light on some of the real life horrors associated with social media and the dark web while incorporating a pretty creepy witchcraft, supernatural twist. Read this article

A review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Boasting a much larger and renowned group of actors, including Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum, The Golden Circle manages to capitalize on the theatrical elements that made the first film an enjoyable experience. Read this article

The Houses October Built 2: A potential franchise killed
If a late night thrill is what you are looking for, then the newly released 'horror' film, The Houses October Built 2, directed by Bobby Roe, is definitely not it. Read this article

I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore reminds us that we always have a choice
Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey), the main protagonist of the recently released Netflix crime-comedy film I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore directed by Macon Blair, is an easy target for bullying. Read this article

Power Rangers sits right in the Goldilocks zone
Director Haim Saban's Power Rangers is a superhero action film reboot of the Power Rangers franchise based on the children's TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, produced by original creator Saban, after regaining ownership of the franchise following seven years of ownership by Disney. Read this article

Have you ever left a movie feeling scammed?
Kong: Skull Island is an action, adventure, monster movie and reboot of the King Kong franchise in which a group of explorers are stranded on a never before explored island called Skull Island. Read this article

Logan is a bold, mature and heartfelt take on a superhero film
Logan is the 10th installment in the X-Men superhero film series and the third and final to feature Wolverine in which he embarks on a road trip in the dystopian future of 2029 to save a young mutant girl with powers similar to his own. Read this article

Get Out is the movie we need and deserve right now
The thriller film Get Out was written, co-produced and directed by Jordan Peele, previously best known for his comedic work on Mad TV and Key & Peele. Read this article

Fifty Shades Darker is a pandering, misleading, hedonistic soap opera
Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, is an erotic romantic drama film about the abusive relationship between Anastasia Steele, a girl who works as an editor at a publishing company, and billionaire Christian Grey. Read this article

The Space Between Us is an astounding, accidental parody of itself
The Space Between Us is a romantic science fiction film set in the future about the relationship between two teenagers: Gardner Elliot, a boy who grows up in isolation on Mars and a girl named Tulsa from Colorado raised in the foster care system. Read this article

Fear For Thought: The Love Witch casts a spell of dark feminism
She may not ride on a broomstick, but Elaine, the eponymous main character of director Anna Biller's The Love Witch, epitomizes everything it means to be a witch. Read this article

We watched the worst movies of 2016 so you don't have to
The Razzie Awards recognize the worst Hollywood had to offer us, from worst movie to worst ensemble. For some reason, Interrobang columnists Nick and Kerra thought it would be a good idea to voluntarily watch all six films nominated for Worst Movie. Read this article

Gripping performances and thrilling drama
The psychological horror film Split is about a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb who has 23 different personalities. Crumb kidnaps three teenage girls and the movie follows their ensuing struggle to understand the situation and escape. Read this article

Fear For Thought: The Handmaiden is beautifully bizarre
On the surface, The Handmaiden is as high-brow as cinema comes. It is a two-and-half hour-long foreign language costume drama with lush cinematography and an orchestral soundtrack. Read this article

Visually stunning, yet righteous and insensitive
Patriot's Day is a dramatic action thriller depicting the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev. Read this article

Fear For Thought: Supernatural horror mixes with harsh realities in Under the Shadow
The plot of Under the Shadow revolves around Shideh, an ambitious medical student who has been barred from classes due to her involvement in pre-revolution demonstrations. Read this article

Vampires, werewolves, generic action and confounding pointlessness
Taking place in a gothic world of vampires versus werewolves (called lycans), Underworld: Blood Wars follows vampire Selene as she is pursued by both the waning vampires in search of revenge for the killing of their elders and by the lycans in search of her vampire-lycan hybrid daughter in order to generate a powerful army of hybrids. Read this article

Fear For Thought: Lights Out sheds light on life with a mental illness
The twisted monster of the recently released film Lights Out closely stalks its victims when the lights are on and makes its move once they are switched off. Read this article

Fantastic beasts, not so fantastic cast
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a new Harry Potter spin-off movie series written and produced by J. K. Rowling. Read this article

Mind-blowing special effects and missed opportunities
With the desperate-seeming, though well received appearance of Antman, abandoned Superman reboots and stubborn failed attempts at making a cool Hulk movie, the state and significance of super hero films in recent years has begun to appear questionable at best, desperate at worst. Read this article

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is slick, stylish and entertaining yet limited
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is stylish and modern in a way that feels like it isn't trying to hard to conform too or establish a trendy aesthetic. Read this article

Fear For Thought: Spider Baby is a creepy, crawly classic
In the mood to watch something delightfully offbeat, twisted and depraved with just a hint of social commentary? Jack Hill's Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told is the epitome of American horror/exploitation. Read this article

The paranormal jump scare movie that delivers
Ouija: Origin of Evil is a paranormal horror film about a little girl named Doris who is possessed by evil spirits channeled through a Ouija board. Read this article

Five nights of Netflix
Interrobang has compiled a list of modern horror movies and thrillers that will make this Halloween the scariest (or creepiest) one yet. Read this article

A bold yet ineffective marriage of action and autism awareness
The Accountant is a confusing, action thriller that tries awkwardly to promote better public understanding about autism. Read this article

A heist comedy too good to be true
Masterminds is an engaging, entertaining comedy based on the real events of the bank robbery of $17 million that took place in 1997. Read this article

An epic yet overdone modern western
The 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven is a visually and sonically stunning film that sacrifices believability to give the audience what they want. Read this article

Fear For Thought: Father knows crazy in Eyes Without a Face
It's a wonder that Eyes Without a Face was not deemed a cult classic any sooner than it has been. Not only does it make for an elegant sample of horror film history, but also its themes of patriarchal control over the feminine subject make for interesting post-viewing conversation. Read this article

Blair Witch tries too hard to be good
Blair Witch is a sequel to the 1999 independent horror film The Blair Witch Project, one of the most successful independent films of all time. Read this article

Self-actualize with the weirdest sex comedy
The 2001 film Human Nature is a collaboration between screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Michal Gondry, both heavyweights in the modern independent/art film world. Human Nature is a wonderfully quirky, surreal and emotionally charged sex-comedy drama. Read this article

A truly epic audio-visual experience
The 2011 guided meditation film Samsara is a unique and thoughtfully crafted collage of gorgeous high definition footage documenting a variety of human behaviors, natural and unnatural sensations from around the world set to an intense world music soundtrack. Read this article

A stereotypical, low-budget horror film
If you are into low budget, stereotypical horror films, then the 1986 film Critters is for you. Read this article

An abundantly better love story than Twilight
It’s a premise that’s practically been done to death in many a medium: a misfit human finds love in the arms of a misfit monster. United by their shared weirdness as outcasts in one another’s respective communities, they overc... Read this article

Curses, claws and the original cat woman
A woman walks down a street darkened by the cover of night. Her gait is confident at first, but she can’t help suspect that she may not be alone. Casting a glance behind her, she finds nobody is actually there. Her pace quickens, and sud... Read this article

Dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight
Exiled from their town and shunned by their society, a small family tries to make a new life on a small farm in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, this is the 1630s in New England, and all the tales you’ve heard, of pacts with the Dev... Read this article

David Bowie, the vampire
From mime to music, there wasn’t a medium of art that the late and great David Bowie could not master throughout his esteemed career and there was never a genre that he did not shy away from as an actor. We’ve all seen Bowie dan... Read this article

Creep, the scariest film of 2015 that you probably missed
For horror movie fans, 2015 was an impressive year of surprise successes with titles including The Babadook and It Follows. Even M. Night Shyamalan managed to blow audiences away with the unanticipated triumph that was The Visit. Indeed, the p... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Sharknado 2 is fin-tastic
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) Unless you have been in solitary confinement over the past year (which studies show only 28 per cent of the readers of this column have been), you have heard of the Sharknado phenomenon. In July of 2... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Sharknado 2 is fin-tastic
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) Unless you have been in solitary confinement over the past year (which studies show only 28 per cent of the readers of this column have been), you have heard of the Sharknado phenomenon. In July of 2013, Sha... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Globetrotters film is a slam dunk
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981) Basketball fever is sweeping over North America. The ongoing NCAA basketball tournament has everyone talking. It is after all the time of year when everyone all of a sudden becomes a... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Doo not miss this Scooby/WWE mashup
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014) Vince McMahon and the employees of his World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) enterprise have faced a great many challenges over the years. There have been steroid trials, a high death toll amongst perfor... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: No Room for improvement
The Room (2003) Martin Scorsese. Steven Spielberg. Dan Aykroyd. Hulk Hogan. Jenna Jameson. All people who have contributed greatly to the motion picture industry, and have attempted, with varying degrees of success, to make the perfect film.... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: The Force is strong in these ones
Jedi Junkies (2010) A long time ago, in a city 3,000 kilometres away, a truly lifechanging film was greenlit. Now, I know the term “lifechanging” gets thrown around a lot. Some people refer to the release of iOS 7.0.6 as life-changi... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Garbage film is anything but rubbish
The Garbage Pail Kids (1987) It is rare that some text in the opening credits alone can sell me on a movie. That was the case, however, with the film I had the privilege to watch this week. For when I saw the words “a Topps Chewing Gum... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A GLOWing review
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012) The Olympics are in full swing, and I couldn't be more excited. Not because I am a fan of events such as Short Track Speed Skating or the Nordic Combined. Let's face it; nobod... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: One clucking good movie
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) Not only am I a cinema connoisseur; I also consider myself to be a chicken connoisseur. I enjoy poultry in many different forms — nuggets, fingers, breasts and balls. Thanks to the fine f... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Little film provides big laughs
Midgets vs. Mascots (2009) The Super Bowl just took place. The Olympics are about to begin. But the biggest news in the sports world is coming from Chicago, where Major League Baseball's Cubs recently unveiled their first mascot in the f... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Pony doc will have you whinnying
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (2012) Gender roles have changed greatly over the past several decades. Men are now free to choose any profession they want, rather than being limited to the choice of becoming... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Excellence meets flatulence
Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (2011) Each year, hundreds of films are produced that feature things being inserted into asses. However, for whatever reason, very few films about things coming out of asses see the light of day. Enter writer/d... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Cross-country Claus chaos
I'll Be Home For Christmas (1998) The holiday season is upon us, and many students will be making it home to join their family to celebrate, well, whatever it is that their particular family celebrates. Christmas. Hanukkah. Kwanzaa. Win... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Santa vs. Satan showdown Yuletide classic
Santa Claus (1959) “He's making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out who's naughty and nice Santa Claus is coming to town” “He lives in outer space He's abducted children of every race... Wait, what???!&rdqu... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Jingle rocks
Jingle All The Way (1996) Christmas is the most wonderful —but unfortunately also the most commercial — time of the year. With all the running around, racking up debt, and obsessing over finding the perfect gift, it is easy to fo... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Heads and shoulders above the rest
The Thing With Two Heads (1972) A wise man once said “two heads are better than one.” That man was Andre The Giant. Philosophers have argued over the exact meaning of this statement for decades. Some believe that it means that mo... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: You won't regret going Commando
Suburban Commando (1991) October, the scariest month of the year has come and gone, so now it is time for the hairiest month of the year. Movember, formerly known as November, is a wonderful time of year when men let their appearance go to h... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Campy thriller will have you cheering
Cheerleader Camp (1988) Ripped from today's headlines, the Cinema Connoisseur's Halloween Spooktacular Fright Film Festival concludes with a film featuring plenty of spirit — not the ghost kind of spirit that we think of this t... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Superbeasto is super good
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) The Cinema Connoisseur's Halloween Spooktacular Fright Film Festival is in full swing, and this week, I'll be taking a look at a film that features three trademarks of Halloween: demons, men... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A loving tribute to beloved film Troll 2
Best Worst Movie (2009) We are right in the thick of Halloween season — kids are deciding what costume to wear, radio stations are playing “Ghostbusters” more than they usually do, and stores are beginning to put out their ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Monster Brawl a must see for all
Monster Brawl (2011) October is finally here, and I am so excited! Contrary to popular belief, I have always felt that October is the most spook-tacular month of the year. Most people feel that June holds this title, while some feel it is Fe... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A-peel-ing Apple film is good to the core
iSteve (2012) This week will mark the two-year anniversary of the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. When news of his passing first broke, the Internet went bananas. Take a look at some of these Tweets: @Schwarzenegger (Arnold Schwarz... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A toxic environment
The Toxic Avenger (1984) It is Environmental Awareness Week on campus, the time when we turn the spotlight on Mother Nature. Sadly, an alarming percentage of the population would rather simply drop their coffee cups and candy bar wrappers o... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Boobs, beer and Bigfoot
Bigfoot's Wild Weekend (2012) It's that time of the year when Interrobang releases its annual sex issue (or is that anal sex issue)? The time for the Cinema Connoisseur to share his knowledge of not only celluloid, but sex, or &ldqu... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Watching Gigli would be Ben-eficial
Gigli (2003) In one of the most controversial casting decisions in recent memory, it was announced that the role of Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel will be played by Benjamin Affleck. The news caused a huge uproar — more than 70,0... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Blown away by Sharknado
Sharknado (2013) Mother Nature is pissed. The proof is in the pudding. Just take a look at some of the disasters that have taken place over the last few months: - In June, Alberta suffered a severe flood - In July, Toronto residents also h... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Roller Derby film never goes off track
Blood on the Flat Track: Rise of the Rat City Rollergirls (2007) This has to be the greatest time of the year for sports fans. The Major League Baseball season kicks off in early April. The NHL playoffs usually begin around this time. There... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Reduce your carbon (Big)footprint
Bigfoot (2012) Not only do I love films, but I am also quite fond of the Earth. A few years back, Al Gore released a film that first alerted people that our environment might be in for some tough times in the future. I can't recall what ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Ice skating film will have you on the edge of your seat
The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (2008) The week of March 11 saw London play host to the World Figure Skating Championships, and all I can say about that event is, “wow!” So many unforgettable moments — like the gold ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Domo arigato, killer robotos
Robotropolis (2011) Over the past decade, we have witnessed some incredible technological breakthroughs. Smartphones. iPads. HDTV. Yet the vast majority of the population does not have their own robot butler. Is it just me, or does that seem... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Wham, bam, thank you, Body Slam
Body Slam (1987) It's the end of the world as we know it, and I most certainly do not feel fine. Every four years, the world gathers to witness the majesty of the summer Olympic Games. But the world's biggest stage will never be the... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: The greatest love
I Think We're Alone Now (2008) "I think we're alone now, There doesn't seem to be anyone around" Not so fast, 1980s popstar Tiffany. For you are never alone, as long as you have your legions of fans following you — literally following ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Taking the filth out of film
Cleanflix (2009) Career Week is upon us, which means many of you will be thinking about where you might find yourself next year. Will you become another cog in the wheel, working for a major corporation like 3M, BlackBerry or Arby's? Or wil... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Van Damme and Lundgren soldier on
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) When one thinks of great pairings in cinematic history, certain names come to mind. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. However, for my mon... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Enthusiastic about fantastic plastic classic
Barbie: The Princess and the Popstar (2012) It is that time of the year when film critics put together their lists of the top films released the previous year. This all leads to the culmination in February when the Academy Awards are handed o... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A Christmas miracle
Millions groaned simultaneously when it was announced earlier this year that there would be a direct-to-video sequel to the 1983 film A Christmas Story. And I can't say that I blame said groaners. As I explained in an article published in Inte... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: The importance of seeing Ernest
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) American Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the Christmas shopping season has officially begun, kicked off by Black Friday. I have noticed a disturbing trend in recent years, with more people opting to ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Troll 2 lacks nothing except a troll
Troll 2 (1990) Whether you are filming a $200 million epic, or simply Kim Kardashian getting it on, producing a motion picture is no small task. Sometimes you have to deal with temperamental actors (like a certain Caped Crusader). The projec... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Over $4 billion for Willow? Worth every penny
Willow (1988) Shockwaves were felt recently when it was announced that George Lucas sold his Lucasfilm empire to Disney for $4.05 billion. There were many upset Star Wars fans who took to social media to express their displeasure with the d... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Vampire Dog's bark, bite equally good
Vampire Dog (2012) Halloween is upon us. As an avid cinema fan, this is one of my favourite times of year. There are so many spooktacular films to watch, about chainsaw-wielding maniacs, brain-munching zombies and, of course, 600-year old va... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: D.C. Cab deserves an A+
D.C. Cab (1983) Whenever a limousine or horse drawn carriage isn't available, I am forced to be transported by taxi. It is always an awkward situation. If I am travelling alone, I feel obligated to sit beside this complete stranger and engag... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Nazi spacemen have the Reich stuff
Iron Sky (2012) There are some films that are easy pitches. Like The Avengers, for example. "We'll put a bunch of superheroes together, and blow lots of stuff up!" That idea must have been greenlit within seconds. But then there are other fi... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Lohan film loaded with laughs
There are certain things you can count on every day. The sun will rise. The sun will set. And Lindsay Lohan will be involved in some sort of driving mishap. Just by coincidence, a few minutes before I set out to type up this review, news broke... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Baywatch reunion flick a sexy affair
Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003) Sexual Awareness Days are once again upon us here at Fanshawe. That means that there is going to be a lot of sexual content in this publication — I've heard rumours that the word 'urethra' is actuall... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Lincoln no slave to zombies
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012) With the exception of George W. Bush, no U.S. President is more revered than the nation's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Just look at his track record. He kept the country together during the Civil War, an... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: You'll never tire of watching this film
Throughout the history of motion pictures, audiences have been presented some truly heartless, cruel and dastardly villains. Darth Vader. Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker. That shirtless werewolf guy from the Twilight films. They all pale... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Gender-bender full of splendour
Just One Of The Guys (1985) We live in very uncertain times. The economy is in the toilet. Mother Nature is hurting. Hell, some believe the world could soon be coming to an end. Thankfully, there is one thing we can count on. Nearly every ye... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Stone Cold battles Machete in dream matchup
Recoil (2011) Has there ever been two actors who you really wanted to see make a film together, like Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, or Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson? I bet when they finally did work together, it... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: This bounty hunter is no Dog
Bounty Hunters (2011) Former WWE diva Trish Stratus makes her feature film debut in Bounty Hunters, a film that gives the Toronto beauty another opportunity to kick some booty. Following in the glorious lineage of bounty hunters such as Dog ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Warring pet film is paw-sitively delightful
Cats & Dogs (2001) I am not what you would call an animal lover. Oh sure, I do think that Animal of The Muppets is the greatest drummer of all time. I am a big fan of pro wrestling legend George "The Animal" Steele. And of course I am moved ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Moneyball hits into unassisted triple play
Moneyball (2011) We are just a few short weeks away from Hollywood's biggest night of the year, the Oscar ceremony. As a serious film reviewer who is so close to becoming a voting member of the Academy (if Steven Spielberg and Carrot Top di... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Cena and Kane shine on screen and in the ring
London is set to host an athletic event of monumental proportions that will have all eyes on the Forest City. No, I'm not referring to the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, during which London Mayor Joe Fontana is looking to spend $600,... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Sperm + Hitler = big laughs in Chillerama
Chillerama (2011) Did you ever feel a song, a book or a movie was written just for you? Well, that's the way I feel after viewing the comedy film Chillerama, recently released on home video. Chillerama is a loving tribute to B-movies of t... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Sperm + Hitler = big laughs in Chillerama
Did you ever feel a song, a book or a movie was written just for you? Well, that's the way I feel after viewing the comedy film Chillerama, newly released on home video. Chillerama is a loving tribute to B-movies of the past that gives you four ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A Christmas bore-y
A Christmas Story (1983) Merry Christmas, everyone. It's the most wonderful time of the year, when people of all different backgrounds and beliefs come together to celebrate the birth of Passion of the Christ star Jesus of Nazareth. And nobo... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Fine festive Finnish film
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Kind-hearted. Fat. Jolly. These are words that pop into most people's minds when they think of world-famous Christmas celebrity Santa Claus. You know what words don't usually pop into people's minds when... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Death Race is ace
Death Race 2000 (1975) The Frugal issue (a.k.a. the Cheap Bastard issue) of the Interrobang is one very near and dear to my heart. As someone who can tell you his average monthly expenditures on stamps ($2.28) and hot water ($12.31), there m... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: God-awful
The Godfather (1972) A few weeks back I had the pleasure of reviewing a film titled Captain Eo, which featured Michael Jackson as an intergalactic traveler who conquered evil with elaborate dance numbers. The film was directed by a chap name... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Bride of Chucky is anything but sucky
Bride of Chucky (1998) It is time once again for Halloween, which is sadly the only time of year when 'spooktacular' becomes a common word in everyone's vocabulary. Why can't things be spooktacular in mid- March? I digress. Halloween is a... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Best religious film bar nun
Nude Nuns With Big Guns (2010) Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been a few decades since my last confession. I have coveted my neighbour's possessions. I made an illegal copy of a Chumbawamba CD. I beat a hobo half to death wit... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: You'll love the way Captain EO makes you feel
Captain EO (1986) When the name Michael Jackson is brought up, many things come to mind. His record-breaking album sales. His trademark moonwalk. His alleged obsession with plastic surgery. But, of course, in the later years of his life, a... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: The Beaver is a dam fine film
The Beaver (2011) What a difference a few years make. Believe it or not, there was a time when Mel Gibson was one of Hollywood's most beloved actors. His co-stars loved him for his charming nature and the practical jokes he played on set. ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Crank 2 ranks number one
Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) Ridiculous. Illogical. Over the top. Profane. These are all terms that can be used to describe the film Crank 2: High Voltage, a movie I recently had the opportunity to take a gander at. One more term that can ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Hobo With a Shotgun is number one with a bullet
Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) Warning: If scenes of topless women beating a homeless man to death with sticks as if he were a piata disturb you, then you will probably have no interest in the film I will be reviewing this week. There, now th... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Fox learning to fly, and she does have wings
Passion Play (2010) When one thinks of the term "freak," certain images generally come to mind. Bearded ladies. Giants. People with extraneous limbs. Who doesn't come to mind? Megan Fox. Yet sure enough, in the new to home video film Passion Play,... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Born to Raise Hell is Heaven-sent
Born to Raise Hell (2010) There are certain things you can expect from a Steven Seagal film. These films typically feature titles of four or less short words. They tend to have at least one scene of gratuitous nudity (my favourite type of nudity),... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Dragon film never drags on
Wyvern (2009) The term "made for television movie" has some negative connotations. Whenever I used to hear the term, I would envision melodramatic messes about adoption, marital strife and dying football players. However, that all chang... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Reward yourself by watching ALF
Project: ALF (1996) Over the next few months, cinemas around the world will be invaded by aliens. From Battle: Los Angeles to Paul, to Super 8 to Cowboys & Aliens, we are going see an abundance of extra-terrestrials in films this spring an... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Don't go messin' with these country boys and girls
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009) Hello, my name is Allen, and I have an unhealthy obsession with hillbillies. Phew, it feels good to finally get that off my chest. Yes, from The Beverly Hillbillies, to the banjo play... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Fish film shows the importance of learning to master bait
Piranha 3D (2010) Spring break. For some it is a time to hit the books, and get a head start on studying for exams. Maybe also a time to pick up some extra shifts at a part-time job, to help pay off those crippling student debts. For ot... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Olsen twins horse around in How the West Was Fun
How the West Was Fun (1994) When one thinks of the Western genre of film, images of silver screen legends John Wayne and Clint Eastwood likely pop up in his or her head. Wayne and Eastwood starred in some of the most revered Western films ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Shark flick good for a lark
Deep Blue Sea (1999) It has been called the feel-good story of the year by some: Ted Williams, a homeless man with an incredible voice recently went from rags to riches. A video of Williams cutting radio promos went viral, and soon he foun... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Showgirls is simply sinsational
Showgirls (1995) The term "the greatest" gets thrown around quite a bit. I myself have been guilty of declaring at least 13 different movies in the past year alone to be the greatest movie of all time. Well, it turns out I was wrong. If y... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Santa's Slay spreads yuletide fear
Cinema Connoisseur: Santa's Slay spreads yuletide fear... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Knucklehead features fisticuffs and flatulence galore
Knucklehead (2010) Mixed martial arts is perhaps the fastest growing sport in the world, so it was only a matter of time before Hollywood hopped on the bandwagon. After a few mediocre attempts to cash in on the phenomenon, the sport of MMA... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Turkey engages in fowl play
This Thursday, our neighbours south of the border will be celebrating Thanksgiving. So I thought it would be appropriate to take a look this week at one of the most original movies I have seen in years — ThanksKilling, which sees a blood... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: First Potter film anything but magical
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) Make no mistake about it, Harry Potter is a goldmine. The book series has sold 400 million copies, while the six Harry Potter films that have been released have made nearly $5.5 billion! And t... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Chuck Norris' career goes to the dogs
Top Dog (1995) What do you get when you team up man's best friend with the ultimate man? You get one of the most hilarious, action-packed films this reviewer has ever seen. Chuck Norris' film career goes to the dogs and comes up richer for i... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Eastwood engages in some monkey business
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) When it comes to movie stars, they don't get much bigger than Clint Eastwood. For over 50 years, the man has been raking in big dollars and basking in critical acclaim. He may be best known for his iconic r... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Nothing short of Legendary
It's that time of year when we reflect on all of the things we are most thankful for. In addition to giving thanks for a wonderful family and great friends, I am also grateful that I am able to review one classic film after another, the latest... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Berry makes one damn fine feline
Catwoman (2004) Fanshawe has cat scratch fever! The Fanshawe Student Union's new social network ( allows students to connect and communicate on a wide variety of topics. And what is one of the most popular topics? Kitties. People ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Cougar banging flick disappoints
The Graduate is considered to be an all-time classic. It has been called "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. National Film Registry. The American Film Institute listed it is the seventh greatest film of alltime.... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Crawford rushin' to get way from Russians
Fair Game (1995) Did you know that supermodel Cindy Crawford attended university on a chemical engineering scholarship? Or that she was discovered by a photographer while working a summer job detasseling corn? Or that she played Jon Bon J... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Soccer film gets plenty of respect
Summer will soon be officially over for another year, which means the end of typical summertime activities like barbeques, going to the beach, and participating in sports like baseball and soccer. As far as soccer goes, I say good riddance. ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Made Mel shows sensitive side
Mel Gibson is one lucky man! Oh sure, he's going through some bad publicityagain. His management company dropped him, and he may never get to star in another major motion picture. So why is he lucky, you may ask? The answer is quite s... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A probing look at the porn business
Sex Sells (2005) Porn is big business. How big? Try 100 billion dollars a year — at least that's what the Internet told me, and it has never lied before. While that number may seem staggering, what's even more unbelievable is t... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Shark and octopus film makes big waves
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009) Under the sea, under the sea, darling it's not always better, down where it's wetter, take it from Debbie...Debbie Gibson that is. Now you might quite rightfully be asking yourself, “What th... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Stone Cold's latest film is stunningly good
Damage (2009) One of the biggest stars in the history of the wrestling business, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is back stomping mudholes in asses and walking them dry. These days however, he's doing it on the silver screen, not in the ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Put your Hands together for a classic horror flick
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) When the writer, producer, director and star of a film is a fertilizer salesman, you can normally expect the flick to reek of manure. Luckily this week's film, Manos: The Hands of Fate, manages to break the seemi... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Cruisin' for a boozin'
Cocktail (1988) Long before he was jumping on sofas, pledging allegiance to Xenu and trying to kill Hitler, Tom Cruise starred in some of the most enjoyable films that have ever been committed to celluloid. Films like Top Gun, Days of Thunder, and... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Sorority Row pledges to entertain
Sorority Row (2009) The newly released on home video thriller Sorority Row features many very lovely bodies to look at. However, it is the cold, blood stained one that proves to be the most interesting. The sisters of the Theta Pi sorority are l... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Canadian comedy shocks, inspires
You Might as Well Live (2009) Historically, Canadians have not excelled in filmmaking to the extent that we have in other disciplines, such as hockey, curling and maple syrup production. Sure, there have been the works of Atom Egoyan, and who coul... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Terror runs amok until struck by Chuck
The President's Man (2000) From his early day as a karate tournament competitor, to his rise to stardom as a major motion picture leading man, to his current day status as a World Wide Web phenomenon, Chuck Norris has been an integral part of ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Ho, Ho, Hogan!
We're less than a month away from the big day, Christmas, and I couldn't be more excited. I love this time of year. Not because I receive presents. Well, that's not entirely true. Year after year, Hollywood has bestowed great cinem... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Horror film delivers the baked goods
The Gingerdead Man (2005) Mix two teaspoons of ground cinnamon, a half of a teaspoon of baking soda, two teaspoons of ground ginger, and one Gary Busey portraying a blood thirsty killer, and what do you have? This week's selection, The Gingerd... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Bald head and shoulders above competition
Bald (2008) We live in a world where physical appearances are valued very highly. So it makes sense then that one's appearance is tied in quite closely with one's self esteem. People will often go to great lengths to enhance their outer be... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: All that glitters is gold
Glitter (2001) Mariah Carey is one of the top-selling artists of all-time, with over 175 million albums sold. This puts her in an elite category with acts such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Michael Jackson. This can certainly be attributed to ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Simpson packing major guns
Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous (2008) What do you get when you give a blonde bombshell some live ammunition? You get one of the most heartwarming, original and inspiring comedies this reviewer has ever seen. This week I'll be taking a... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: One Hex of a good movie
Sex Hex (2007) It's that time of year again, when we are visited by ghouls, goblins, witches, slutty nurses, and of course vampires. The latter is the subject of the truly terrifying film I will be reviewing this week, Sex Hex. Sex Hex opens ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Raising children no monkey business
My Monkey Baby (2009) “You took off your panties, now get in your cage!” Those are indeed powerful words from a mother to her daughter. No, this is not an excerpt from a conversation between Britney Spears and her mother Lynne. This ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: LiLo and Tyra star in larger than life film
Life-Size (2000) Over the long and storied history of filmmaking there have been some truly electric screen duos. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Lindsay Lohan and Tyra Banks. Y... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Space Buddies is a blast
Space Buddies (2009) This week's selection combines space travel and dogs, two of my pet (pun intended) peeves. So when the folks at Disney decided to produce a film combining the two, I was baffled. However, after seeing it, I can put all pre... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Hannah Montana makes Miley top banana
Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) She's conquered the worlds of television, music, fashion and lunch boxes, so it was only a matter of time before Hannah Montana was immortalized in the medium of film. Hannah Montana: The Movie hit theatres in ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Cena stars in well-rounded action flick
12 Rounds (2009) Some critics have insinuated that the recently released on home video film 12 Rounds is the biggest disaster to ever take place in New Orleans. However, the Cinema Connoisseur is here to tell you that the John Cena action vehicle ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: The Wrestler piledriven by mediocrity
One of last year's most critically acclaimed films is soon to be released on DVD. Beginning April 21st, you can purchase your copy of The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke. The question is though, should you purchase it? When I first heard that t... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Silence is golden
Dead Silence (2007) What do you get when you team Donnie Wahlberg up with a group of creepy dummies? If you said a hit album and a sold out concert tour, you are correct. However, if you said the greatest and scariest horror film of all-time, you ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Start spreading the Mewes, Bottoms Up is tops
Bottoms Up (2006) Big news everyone — movie star Jason Mewes is coming to Fanshawe this week. That's correct, the Jay half of the Jay and Silent Bob tandem immortalized in such films as Clerks and Dogma will be in Forwell Hall this Tuesd... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Baby needs to be changed
Million Dollar Baby (2004) It's my favourite season of the year — award season! The Academy Award nominees were announced this week, although that occurred after this article was written. Unless I have totally misread the situation, we s... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Child abduction and mass destruction highlight latest Star Wars production
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) A long time ago (last August), in a galaxy that couldn't be closer, a film was released that far too few went to see. It was especially disappointing considering this film is the continuation of the most financ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Top 10 Holiday Movies
Christmas is a time for giving, but more importantly, it is a time for receiving gifts. With that being said, I truly believe the greatest gift of all is the gift of entertainment. So I have compiled this last of the 10 greatest Christmas films of... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: No flaws in this film about Claus
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) We're just a few short weeks away from Christmas, and I couldn't be more excited. I love all kinds of movies, but one of my favourite genres is the Christmas film. There have been some terrible ones... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Pooch film is doggone terrific
Karate Dog (2004) Move over Jackie Chan. Step aside Jet Li. Shave off that beard Chuck Norris. There is a new king of karate on the silver screen. He's less than four foot tall, full of personality, and is covered in hair. No, I'm not talk... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Zombie film offers blood, boobs and Bush (George W. Bush that is)
Zombie Strippers (2008) History was made this week when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. Barack promises change — but what if there was no change? What if George W. Bush was allowed to serve a third, or even fourth-te... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: All you need is Love Guru
The Love Guru (2008) Just in time for Christmas, the biggest movie of the year has landed at your local retail outlet. That's correct - you can own your very own copy of the Mike Myers instant classic The Love Guru. Oh sure, a few films made ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: One Heaven of a good vampire flick
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001) Halloween is just around the corner, which means it is time to watch only the spookiest of films. There have been many scary villains in the history of cinema — Freddy Krueger, the Wolf Man, Leatherface, ju... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Paradise full of monkeys, nudity
Paradise (1982) It's Sexual Awareness Week here at Fanshawe, which means that this publication will be chalk full of invaluable information about sexual harassment, contraceptives, and sexually transmitted diseases. So I could not think of a b... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: The Gambler comes up aces
“You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away and know when to run. You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table. There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done” The Gambl... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Connoisseur's ripe with excitement
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) Tomato lovers across North America were in despair this past summer when their beloved vegetable was taken away from them temporarily after a salmonella outbreak. “Tomatoes never hurt anyone” was a ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Paris in a romantic comedy? That's hot!
The Hottie and the Nottie (2008) Is there a more useful, talented and likeable celebrity walking the face of the Earth than Paris Hilton? I certainly cannot think of one. So when I heard that Ms. Hilton was following up her hugely successful debut... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Diaz and Kutcher hit the jackpot
What Happens in Vegas (2008) This week's Cinema Connoisseur column is going to be a little different. I'll be reviewing a film, which not only has been released in the past decade, but is currently in theatres! This is real cutting edge st... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Hollywood delivers two bundles of joy
We're coming up to the end of another school year, and you know what that means - many of those ladies who got drunk and engaged in unprotected intercourse at the beginning of the school year are now into their pregnancy's third trimester. Co... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Donkey Kong doc is a barrel of fun
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) The recent Academy Awards ceremony saw a battle for the coveted Best Documentary statue between films dealing with the following subject matter: - Interrogation and torture of suspected terrorists - The... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: An ode to Road House
Recently the entertainment world was rocked by two tragic bits of news. The first one was the death of Canadian jazz and blues-rock musician Jeff Healey. The second was the revelation that actor Patrick Swayze had been diagnosed with pancreatic cance... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Luck of the Irish strikes again in Leprechaun 2
Leprechaun 2 (1994) In honour of St. Patrick's Day, this week's review will focus on the story of a devious and peculiar little man who uses deception and sorcery to trick a beautiful woman into being his bride. No, this week's film i... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Spy Kids 3-D is A-1
Spykids 3:D (2003) Director Robert Rodriguez has been one of the most acclaimed directors over the better part of the last two decades. Audiences and critics alike have praised his visceral approach to filmmaking, showcased in films such as Sin Ci... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: 1960s beach flick is all wet
Dear Mr. Musicworld, It was with great sorrow that I learned of the financial troubles you were having, which led to the closing of your many locations. I was a frequent customer of yours, spending upwards of $125 in your stores over the past decade... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Hulk takes viewers on one wild ride
Three Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998) Every so often in Hollywood, two legends are brought together, and magic is created. I'm sure you all remember when Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro shared the screen for the first time ever in Heat. ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Black Sheep rises above the heap
Terror has a new face. And that face is attached to the three-foot tall, wooly frame of an animal known quite simply as the sheep. New Zealand has 45 million of these animals. In fact sheep outnumber people 11-to-one in that country. No problem, rig... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: These idols deserve golden tickets
From Justin to Kelly (2003) It's that time of the year again — the start of another season of the most popular show on television, “American Idol.” I don't know about you, but I have Idol Fever. Yep, I have all of the sy... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Killer snowman flick Jack Frost has bite
Jack Frost (1996) Winter is upon us. Sure, it has been unseasonably warm this year, but sooner or later, we are bound to be up to our knees in snow. Is there anything worse than shoveling snow, or trying to walk through it? Yes, there is somethin... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Movie starring KISS, and make-up, is a can't miss
KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park (1978) There are a lot of people fretting these days about global warming, terrorists and deadly viruses that have the ability to wipe out millions of lives. I myself am not particularly worried. Why am I not wor... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: He-Man and She-Ra show that It's a Master-ful Life
As I think back to my days as a young cinema connoisseur at Christmas time, I recall that some of my favourite presents, aside from the lovely gifts of socks and underwear, were the Masters of the Universe series of toys. Whether it was He-Man, Sk... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Funky Monkey a champ among chimps
Funky Monkey (2004) Over the past several decades that I have spent reviewing films for this publication, I have seen thousands of gems that I have declared “the greatest film of all-time.” Some have accused me of hyperbole. Some have ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Like Mike is, like, fantastic
Like Mike (2002) Once every few decades, a standout orphan turned basketball star film is released. Like Mike, starring Lil Bow Wow, is this generation's crowning achievement in the genre. Never has a film tackled such complex issues as adopti... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Fantasies fulfilled in made for TV film, turned series
Return to Fantasy Island (1978) “The plane, the plane.” Need I say more? I guess only if you wanted to know what the hell I am talking about. Those four words (technically two words, each said twice) kicked-off every episode of the c... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Wham, bam, thank you Kazaam!
Kazaam (1996) It is that time of the year when the stars of the NBA hit the hard court and battle it out to determine who gets the opportunity to win the coveted Larry O'Brien trophy. One star will shine brighter than all the rest in this Con... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Elvira titillates and terrifies
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) October 31 is fast approaching, and that means it is time for the scariest, spookiest and kookiest day of the year Halloween. This time of year always gets me thinking about all of the great horror personaliti... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: LiLo: Gifted starlet or filthy harlot?
From The Parent Trap to I Know Who Killed Me, Lohan's career has been as versatile as her urine samples Each week this column is usually dedicated to one of the finest films that Hollywood has to offer. This week's format is going to be di... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Flintstones will (Bed)rock your socks off
The Flintstones (1994) This past summer, the long running primetime animated series “The Simpsons” made the leap to the big screen with a great amount of fanfare. This certainly isn't the first time this happened. Long before Homer... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Connoisseur expresses disdain for Kane
Citizen Kane (1941) Perhaps no film in history has been as adored by the critics as Citizen Kane. It has been hailed by both the American and British Film Institutes as the number one film of all-time. But that can't be true, you may say. Cit... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Beerfest brews up big laughs
Beerfest (2006) The Broken Lizard gang that brought you the cult hit Super Troopers returned to the big screen in 2006 to tackle a subject that is very near and dear to my heart, and a great deal of yours as well — beer. Making a film about... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Fight flicks feature Stone Cold, foxes
After a one-week absence, the Cinema Connoisseur is back. The authorities seized my typewriter last week, but rest assured, they didn't find any evidence in it to pin the rap on me. So to make up for last week, I will be reviewing two, count &ls... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: 80s flick boasts burgers, bosoms and Butkus
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986) It's a couple of weeks into the school year now, and I'm sure most of you have come to the realization that things just aren't working out. You have made a horrible mistake. Fear not, all you have t... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: It's Pat is a tender gender bender
It's Pat (1994) Over the past decade, there have been several high profile films that have tackled the issue of people dealing with gender issues. In 1999, Hilary Swank starred in the film Boys Don't Cry, which told the tale of a young la... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: New Moore film shows differences between Canada, U.S.
Canadian Bacon (1995) London, Ontario recently played host to the North American premiere of Michael Moore's documentary Sicko, a film that puts the healthcare industry under the microscope. London was chosen as the host because several key sc... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Hazzard prequel includes keywords ‘buxom,' ‘moonshine'
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007) One of my favourite television programs growing up was “The Dukes of Hazzard,” so I was thrilled in 2005 when a major motion picture based on the series was released, starring Jessica Simpson,... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Facial hair highlighted in classic kung fu flick
Shaolin vs Ninja (1983) This week I'm kicking it old school. The emphasis on kicking, because there is a lot of that in this week's feature, Shaolin vs. Ninja. Shaolin vs Ninja tells the tale of a group of skilled Shaolin monks living in ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: No redemption for Shaw-stank
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) I recently visited the popular website The Internet Movie Database (, and checked out their list of the top 250 movies of all time. This is a list that is compiled based on voting from regular folks like yo... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Mike Myers makes a fine feline
Cat in the Hat (2003) You can find just about anything on the World Wide Web. Need to find out how to submit a letter to the Editor of this publication? Then just head over to www.fsu.on.c... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Relationship strain on set of Rollerball due to intense roles
Rollerball (2002) Sports and the cinema have long enjoyed a successful marriage. There are classics from the baseball diamond, such as Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. There have been unforgettable boxing pictures - Raging Bull and Rocky come to m... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: With some luck from the Irish, this Leprechaun strikes gold
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) Top o' the morning to ya. St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, so this week I have decided to showcase one of the Emerald Isle's most acclaimed films. This week I take a look at Leprechaun 4: In Space. ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Film shows Britney with hair, underwear
Crossroads (2002) She may be a head shaving, crotch flashing, umbrella wielding, hard drinking, chain smoking, baby endangering train wreck these days, but Britney Spears wasn't always like that. As little as five years ago, Britney was on top... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Take a chance on this Vanilla romance
Cool as Ice (1991) All right stop, collaborate and read this Connoisseur's back with a flick you can't dismiss Cool as Ice is the name of this hit You want romance, yo, it's got it To the extreme, this news will make you tinkle... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Thunder offers beaches, babes, biceps and boats
Thunder in Paradise (1993) It's almost spring break time — are you ready to par-tay?!?! Are you ready to travel to some far off hot spot? Are you ready to have a fling with the bartender at the resort you are staying at? Are you ready fo... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Super Mario Bros. sparks poet in Connoisseur
Super Mario Bros (1993) Madonna. Cher. Sting. Arsenio. There are certain individuals who are so universally recognized that they only need one name. One of those individuals, Mario, almost single-handedly revitalized the video game industry. Supe... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Double your dose of Duff, consumerism, in Material Girls
Material Girls (2006) Can you simply not get enough Duff? Well, you are in for quite a treat then. This week's selection features not only one Duff. Not only two Duffsoh no wait, it does only feature two Duffs. The dynamic sisterly duo of Hil... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: The Naked Mile brings complexity, nudity, straight to DVD
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006) It's hard to believe it's been over seven years since we were first witness to the offbeat shenanigans of a group of teenagers whose throbbing libidos had us all in stitches in American Pie. Th... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Leonard takes Cosby to an all new L-E-V-E-L
Leonard Part 6 (1987) It's the beginning of a New Year. Here are a few dates that you will want to mark down: - Sunday, April 8th is Easter - Saturday, May 5th is the birthday of the Cinema Connoisseur (I'm registered at the Dollarama) ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Santa's Slay spreads yuletide fear
Santa's Slay (2005) Move over Miracle on 34th Street. Step aside It's a Wonderful Life. See you later Ernest Saves Christmas. There's a new film that can claim the title of the greatest Christmas movie of all time, and that movie is Sa... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Christmas comes early for Star Wars, Bea Arthur fans
Star Wars: The Holiday Special (1978) So you think you know the whole Star Wars saga? Sure, maybe you've seen all six Star Wars films. Maybe you've watched the “Clone Wars” cartoons. Maybe you've read all of the countless S... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Anime blends dinosaurs, tennis, to create perfect harmony
Prince of Tennis: Futari No Samurai (2005) Being a graduate of the Dom DeLuise School of Film Studies and Air Conditioning Repair, I consider myself to be somewhat of a cinema buff, or even connoisseur. I've explored many different genres over ... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: He-Man master of his domain, Universe
Masters of the Universe (1987) The Yankees versus the Red Sox. The Canadiens versus the Maple Leafs. The United States versus Iraq. Nicole Richie versus Steven Seagal. These are all great rivalries, but there is one feud with more drama, more emot... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Sly wrestles his way to the top
Over the Top (1987) “Perhaps no film better illustrates the complex relationship that exists between a father and his son.” “If there is a finer film about arm wrestling, I surely have never seen it.” I know what you'r... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: A spook-tacularly too-rrific sequel
More frightening than Frankenstein. More bloodthirsty than Count Dracula. Less calories than Count Chocula. The werewolf has been a staple of the horror genre for decades. In 1985 a new kind of werewolf was introduced to the masses - a young, hip we... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Dorm Daze 2 promotes awareness, tits
Welcome to this special sex-ified edition of Cinema Connoisseur. It's sexual awareness week, so I thought it would be appropriate to review a film that addresses many of the sex related issues that today's students have to deal with in a fran... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Doggie-style film barks up right tree
Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) Dogs are stupid. I've never really liked them, and I probably never will. Before you start sending hate mail to, let me say that the above st... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Estevez shines, as usual, in the original Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks (1992) It's October, which means it is time for the start of another hockey season. Starting this week, twenty-nine Stanley Cup contenders and the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the ice. One of the top contenders this year is th... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Spice Girls are what you want, what you really-really want
Spice World: The Movie (1998) When I heard that Meat Loaf, Norm from Cheers (George Wendt) and James Bond (Roger Moore) were going to be in a movie together, I was ecstatic. After I found out that they were going to be joined by five very special cas... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Chimp makes movie magic in Spymate
When I heard about the release of the movie Spymate, about a chimpanzee that is also a secret agent, my first thought was “alright, somebody has been reading my diary”. My second thought was “I could sure use some chicken fingers ri... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: No Holds Barred holds nothing back
No Holds Barred (1989) With 24” pythons, a truckload of charisma and a moustache that put those of Tom Selleck and Saddam Hussein to shame, Hulk Hogan was on top of the world in 1989. He was the World Wrestling Federation champion, and his imag... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Leprechauns steal more than lucky charms
As someone who comes from a predominantly Irish family, I have become quite sick of Hollywood's typical depiction of my people — the harmless, fun loving drunk with a heart of gold. Thankfully, in 1993, director Mark Davis showed us there i... Read this article

Cinema Connoisseur: Crazy for Swayze's Roadhouse
In Dirty Dancing, Sir Patrick Swayze danced his way into our hearts. In this week's film selection, Road House, Swayze rips our throats out, sticks his hand through our oral cavity, and grabs hold of our hearts once again.

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