Nov 6th - 13th Downloads
& DVDs
  • Papillion:

    This remake of the 1973 classic surprised me at how much I had actually forgotten about the first movie, but still I just could not get Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman out of my head as I watched Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malik taking on those roles.  The story is true, and it recounts the exploits of Henri Charrier, aka Papillion, French for butterfly, because of a large tattoo at his throat.  Set in France in the 1930s initially, we meet "Pappy" who is a thief who just can't wait for his next score, whether it be stealing diamonds and fencing them, or breaking into safes.  His luck turns bad and he is arrested, in this case for a murder he didn't commit, and is sent to a brutal prison colony in French Guiana.  The punishment for misdeeds in this place are great - step out of line, and you get two years in solitary.  Do it again, and it's five years in solitary.  Kill someone and you get the guillotine.  It's in this prison that he meets Louis Dega (Rami Malik) a studious looking convicted counterfeiter who seeks the protection of tough guy Pappy, as a protector from those who would do the meek and mild bespectacled Dega grievous harm.  They become friends, in a way, although all Pappy really wants to do is escape.  After two stints in solitary, and another escape attempt over 8 years, Pappy is sent to Devil's Island off the coast of South America where the only way out is through the shark-infested ocean.  But that doesn't stop him.  The story is epic, and it's all true, based on the best-selling book, published in 1969, by Charrier.  Good movie, easy to recommend.  Rated 14A. 


  • The Incredibles 2:

    It has been 14 years since the Pixar animated film The Incredibles racked up profits for the company, which makes this a long, long time between sequels.  One might think that this movie would be strictly kid stuff.  It is not.  As I watched the story spin out about this family of superheroes, I repeatedly forgot that I was watching animation, slipping into the story as though these were real people.  Mr. Incredible (voice of Craig T. Nelson) is the costumed superhero who, along with his super family, wife Elasti-Girl (Holly Hunter) daughter Violet, and young sons Dash and Jack-Jack, are facing a familiar theme, one that we saw in The Transformers, Avengers and Justice League movies - superheroes have been outlawed because the do more damage to the city they are saving than would occur if the baddies just had their way.  The family is in hiding, along with their ally Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), because they have to stay under the radar, making this the perfect opportunity for a new villain, the Screenslaver, to enter the picture.  One of the funniest scenes in the movie takes place early on when Elasti-Girl takes on an assignment leaving Mr. Incredible in charge of the kids overnight.  Baby Jack-Jack has powers too, unbeknownst to anyone, and an encounter in the backyard with a wandering raccoon is absolutely priceless, especially if you have had such an encounter in your own yard ... well-played, true to life, and very funny.  This movie works for any age.  Rated PG.

  • BlackkKlansman:

    Based on the autobiographical novel by Ron Stallworth, this Spike Lee film tells the true story of a 1970s police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado, and eventually became its leader.  John David Washington plays Stallworth - he is the real-life son of actor Denzel Washington.  Also stars Alec Baldwin, Topher Grace, and Adam Driver, with an appearance by Harry Belafonte.  Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival, it received a 15 minute standing ovation there.  Rated 14A. 

  • Hell or High Water (2016):

    Nominated for Best Picture, as well as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, a strong cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, and Chris Pine, indulge in a cat-and-mouse game in this modern western.  Pine and Foster are the Howard brothers.  They are on a bank robbery spree but seem, in the early going at least, to be polite and kind to their victims as they go from bank to bank.  We don't know their motivation initially, but it becomes clear that this is a revenge movie with the Howard family having been wronged by one particular bank creating near-irreparable damage to their mother.  Marcus Hamilton (Bridges) is an about-to-retire sheriff who takes an interest in the case, which soon becomes an obsession.  Scripted by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Wind River).  Rated 14A, but a lot of rough language.


    The Cabin in the Woods (2012):

    In an attempt to revitalize the slasher genre, director/writer Josh Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) dishes up more blood than a packing plant killing floor as a group of college students led by a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth find their way to the titular cabin and soon find themselves at the mercy of blood thirsty zombies and a host of monsters that are actually being controlled by unseen operatives.  Dana (Kristen Connolly) finds a book in the basement, clearly a witchcraft tome, and begins reading incantations off a random page.  Not wise!! She awakens the spirits of those who tortured people in this facility, and that leads to more monstrous behaviour.  Squeamish viewers take note that this is also a parody of torture porn movies, and it's not for the faint of heart at any level.  Rated 18A.

It's Suppertime with Mattie Matheson (Season 1):

If you're a foodie of a traditional sort, you might want to break the mould for this series from the American Viceland cable channel that stars Canadian Chef Mattie Matheson, who wrote and produced this series, as well as being its star.  His approach to making food is just a little unorthodox as he treats his audience to such dishes as "Everyone Loves Ramen," "Holy Schnitzel," and "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner."  The tattooed and pierced chef is pure entertainment ... and his meatloaf looks pretty intriguing too!  Rated M for mature audiences.



Event Horizon (1997):

An outstanding sci-fi thriller that predates the DVD era, and much of the CGI era is all the better because of the imagination required to manage the story, taking place on a space ship near a black hole.  A space vehicle enters the hole, and returns, somehow ... with something very strange on board.  Stars Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, and Kathleen Quinlan.  Interstellar, 18 years later, used similar science to explain its encounters with black holes.  Rated 18A.