Category: action

Video: Sly Stallone gets chatty about his career

I don’t get the El Rey Network up here in the Great White North, but I’d definitely add it to my cable subscription just for The Director’s Chair, in which Robert Rodriguez (Machete) interviews filmmakers about their craft and careers. I’d love to get my hands on the John Carpenter episode, in p...

Trailer: VIKING looks to get medieval on your ass

I’m a big fan of the History Channel series Vikings, even if it is just Sons of Anarchy with broadswords and long boats. It’s surprisingly brutal and emotional and mystical, the mushroom-tripping Rollo the berserker is a creature of monstrous beauty, I love the way they handle the different languages that a...

Remember when Burt Reynolds was almost James Bond?

As the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre, hits North American theatres this weekend, the speculation about who will replace Daniel Craig as 007 has shifted into high gear. (Will it be fan favourite Idris Elba?) Craig has made it clear in interviews that he’s turning in his license to kill, although that’s probably just po...

No Peckinpah in John Carpenter’s Vampires

I happened to catch John Carpenter’s Vampires the other night for probably the second or third time. While I love vampire movies—The Lost Boys, Fright Night and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are among my favourites—I’ve never much cared for Carpenter’s take on them. That, despite Carpenter being one of the all-time great genre...

TAD review: The Demolisher delivers a lo-fi Death Wish

The Demolisher. It’s the kind of title that would make Don Pendleton or Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir proud. Like their Executioner and Destroyer novels, it evokes testosterone-fuelled pulp excess: whoever the Demolisher is you can be sure he’ll whip the blindfold off ol’ Lady Justice and inflict maximum damage in th...

TAD review: Gridlocked gets stuck in traffic

Robbing a police evidence locker is not a new premise. It goes back at least as far as John Wayne’s McQ in 1974. Laying siege to a police station is also nothing new. John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13, for example, which was itself inspired by the John Wayne western Rio Bravo. And pairing a

TAD festival preview: Knights, zombies and A Christmas Horro...

El Bosque Negro. Black Forest. That’s reason one why I’ll be checking out this afternoon’s shorts program at Toronto After Dark. I have no idea what the story is about (the trailer, above, is in Spanish and doesn’t have subtitles), other than it has knights and wildling warriors (Harii perhaps) and th...

Michael Ironside and Rooster Teeth save the world at TAD Day...

I’m still recovering from opening night’s double feature of Tales of Halloween and The Hallow (especially latter), but that doesn’t mean I’ve got time to chill. We’ve only just begun. White lace and promises, and all that. Tonight we’ve got Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall, S...

Toronto After Dark best bets

It’s hard to believe that the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has been killing it for a decade, now. Doesn’t seem that long ago that TAD founding dynamo Adam Lopez bounded into my old office at NOW Magazine to talk about this Frankensteinian genre festival he was stitching together. A true passion project for Lopez,...

End of the Snark Age

The late film critic Roger Ebert used to host special screenings during which he would lead the audience in dissecting a film scene-by-scene, shot-by-shot. Dubbed “democracy in the dark,” there was only one rule: anybody could call out “Stop!” and discuss what they were looking at, or whatever thought had j...