Monday, June 27, 2016

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2016: Classic Horror: The Mummy

I'm back to talking about the Universal Monsters this month as I checked out 1932's The Mummy. On an Egyptian archaeological expedition in 1921, led by Sir Joseph Whemple (Arthur Byron), the mummified remains of ancient Egyptian priest Imhotep (Boris Karloff) are unearthed. When a scroll accompanying the mummy is read by Sir Jospeph's assistant, Imhotep reanimates and walks away with the scroll. Ten years later, Imhotep is masquerading as a modern Egyptian named Ardath Bey, who recruits Sir Joseph's son Frank (David Manners) to dig up the mummy of Imhotep's love Ankh-es-en-amon. After the mummy is located, Imhotep plans to resurrect Ankh-es-en-amon, using her apparent reincarnation Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann).

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

The alien invaders return to Earth two decades after the original attack in Independence Day: Resurgence. Twenty years has passed since the "War of 1996," during which humanity barely survived an alien invasion. However, in the decades following the war, humanity has come together as one and they have used their combined strength and alien technology to help rebuild the planet.

David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) heads up the Earth Space Defense, which builds defenses for the planet, while former President Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman) suffers from psychological trauma and recurring visions. Whitmore's daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe) is an aide to current President Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) and is also engaged to ESD pilot Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth), who flies with war hero Steven Hiller's stepson Dylan (Jessie Usher).

On a UN mission to Africa, Levinson discovers that the aliens sent out a distress beacon from one of their ships and soon enough a new larger mothership arrives to attack. Everyone flees to the ESD base at Area 51 to mount an offensive against these returning alien invaders.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: Tickled

A journalist investigates a competitive tickling league in Tickled. David Farrier is a pop culture journalist in New Zealand, who likes to focus on the weird and bizarre. One day he comes across a video for "Competitive Endurance Tickling" and decides to investigate this apparent tickling league. What he discovers is way bigger than he has ever imagined.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs Receives $5 Million Gift from Rogers Foundation; Bloor Cinema to be Rebranded as Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


This morning it was announced by the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival that they have received a $5 million gift from the Rogers Foundation. $1 million of this gift will be used to establish the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund to provide financial support to documentary filmmakers. The remaining $4 million allows Hot Docs to purchase the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema from the Blue Ice Group, with the cinema now to be known as the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: The Witness

A man seeks the truth surrounding his sister's infamous murder in The Witness. In 1964, a young woman named Kitty Genovese was murdered outside of her New York City apartment. It was later reported by the New York Times that 38 of Kitty's neighbours witnessed her murder, yet did nothing about it. The incident became a symbol for New Yorker apathy and resulted in changes in the way crimes are reported. In 2004, the New York Times began to question the original story, which resulted in Kitty's younger brother Bill to begin the obsessive quest to seek out the truth surrounding the witnesses of his sister's death.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: Central Intelligence

An accountant reunites with an old high school acquaintance, who turns out to be a CIA agent in Central Intelligence. In 1996, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) was voted most likely to succeed at his high school. He was also the only one to show kindness to overweight and bullied kid Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne Johnson). Twenty years later, Calvin is working a dead-end job as an accountant, when he is contacted by Robbie, who is now going under the name of Bob Stone. Calvin quickly finds out that Bob is a member of the CIA, who needs Calvin's help in locating a terrorist. Problem is, Bob was framed for the death of his partner and a CIA task force headed by Agent Pamela Harris (Amy Ryan) is constantly on their tail.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sean Kelly

R.I.P. Anton Yelchin

2016 has turned into quite the terrible year when it comes to celebrity deaths and probably the most tragic is today's news that actor Anton Yelchin has died in a car accident today at the all two young age of 27. My first exposure to Yelchin was in the 2006 thriller Alpha Dog, where he played kidnapped teen Zack Mazursky. He would later become best known for playing the young Pavel Chekov in 2009's Star Trek and its sequels, including this summer's Star Trek Beyond, as well as the 2011 Fright Night remake. Some other notable roles for Anton Yelchin include 2007's Charlie Bartlett, 2011's Like Crazy, 2013's Only Lovers Left Alive, and 2015's Green Room. This is undoubtedly a tragic loss and Anton Yelchin will be missed.

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