Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Tommy

This month I watched Ken Russell’s 1975 film based on the rock opera by The Who. Tommy (Roger Daltrey) has been supposedly death, dumb, and blind since witnessing as a kid his stepfather Frank (Oliver Reed) kill Tommy’s father, who was thought to have been killed in war. Frank and Tommy’s mother Nora (Ann-Margret) try in […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Rebel Without a Cause

This month I delve into the film that immortalized James Dean. Jim Stark (Dean) is a rebellious and angst-ridden teen, whose family just moved into town. Jim befriends fellow outsider John ‘Plato’ Crawford (Sal Mineo) and feels an attraction to local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Jim is targeted by a local gang, whose leader Buzz (Corey Allen) […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

This month I watched a debut studio effort by sexploitation king Russ Meyer with Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Kelly MacNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella “Pet” Danforth (Marcia McBroom) are members of an all-female rock band, who travel along with Kelly’s manager boyfriend Harris Allsworth (David Gurian) to Los Angeles to seek […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: The Night of the Hunter

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS It didn’t take long for me to get to this month’s selection, which is Charles Laughton’s 1955 film noir The Night of the Hunter. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a corrupt, self-described preacher in 1930s West Virginia, who has married and killed many widows for their money. While serving a month-long sentence […]

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: The Holy Mountain

I’m kicking off my 2018 edition of the Blindspot Series with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 surrealist fantasy The Holy Mountain. A Christ-like thief (Horacio Salinas) finds his way to the home of The Alchemist (Alejandro Jodorowsky), a mysterious figure living in a tower. Along with seven other individuals, each representing a planet of the solar system, The Alchemist […]

Blindspot 2017: Canada 150: Last Night

As an appropriate end to my yearlong venture through classic Canadian cinema, this month I watched Don McKellar’s 1998 apocalyptic dark comedy Last Night. In six hours time, the world will come to an end at the stroke of midnight. Patrick (Don McKellar) is content with facing the end alone in his apartment. However, he comes […]

Announcing Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s

Back in 2013, I did a cult film themed Blindspot series, picking films from the book “101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die.” For my 2018 edition of the series, I have decided to return to the book and pick 12 more cult films to see. This time around, I decided to focus […]

Blindspot 2017: Canada 150: Polytechnique

Before he moved to Hollywood with films like Sicario and Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve made a film about one of the darkest moments of Canadian history with Polytechnique. On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman (Maxim Gaudette) walked into Ă‰cole Polytechnique in Montreal and shot 28 people, killing 14 women, before killing himself. This semi-fictionalized recreation of the […]

Blindspot: Canada 150: Rituals

This month I delve into the Canadian tax shelter era with the 1977 wilderness survival/horror film Rituals. Harry (Hal Holbrook), Mitzi (Lawrence Dane), Martin (Robin Gammell), Abel (Ken James), and D.J. (Gary Reineke) are five doctor friends, who go for a camping trip in an isolated stretch of wilderness. After the first night, the the men’s […]

Blindspot: Canada 150: Double Happiness

This month, I watched the 1994 dramedy Double Happiness, by Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Mina Shum.  Jade Li (Sandra Oh) is a young Hong Kong born woman living in Vancouver with her strict Chinese family. Jade’s parents (Stephen Chang and Alannah Ong) frown at her ambitions to be an actress and they would rather that she find a […]