REEL CHAT 9.0 – 2015 OSCARS SPECIAL

“Birdman” flies high! Welcome to Episode 9 of “Reel Chat” – the podcast that promises week in / week out, the “Reel World as we know it.” This week we have something a little different for you – our first departure from our regular “film-of-the-week” format. This week the “Reel Chat” team brings you the “2015 Oscars Post-Show Roundtable Special.” Host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill, Stuart Wilson and Michael Hadjion (yes, 5 of us!) to look in detail at every film fan’s night of nights. But do people actually have any interest in it … More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW – WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” has aged remarkably well. 27 years after it’s release, in a time when mixing live-action with CG creations is commonplace, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is still relevant. The way the live-action characters – Bob Hoskins specifically – interact with the animated characters is just as believable as modern day movies that are working with exponentially more technology than Robert Zemeckis had in 1988. It wasn’t the first time that animation and live-action were mixed, but it was the best. Zemeckis gave an interview in 2013 in which he discussed how they were able to create the … More…

REEL CHAT 8.0 – WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)

Welcome to Episode 8 of “Reel Chat” – a podcast that promises week in, week out – the “Reel World as we know it.” On this eighth installment of the “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, we look at 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” – and what a bloody great gem of a forgotten film this is! Host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and the returning Michael Hadjion to look in depth at what can only be described as a timeless classic. But even if you feel that this film is now beyond you, and feel like … More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW – ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)

Roman Polanski made his American debut with “Rosemary’s Baby,” a slow-burn of a thriller that started a filmmaking trend throughout the 1970s with themes about the supernatural and black magic. The director was already known throughout Europe for his exquisitely manufactured work in “Repulsion” and “Knife In The Water,” but American audiences were unprepared for the auteur’s creative and highly stylistic approach for generating suspense. A straightforward plot concerning a young woman’s suspicions of her husband and neighbours is made into an unsettling and often mind-bending trip through paranoia and terror. Part of the radical filmmaking techniques growing at the … More…

REEL CHAT 7.0 – ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)

It’s not what you’re expecting! Welcome to Episode 7 of “Reel Chat” – an exciting new movies podcast that aims to share the “Reel World as we know it.” On this seventh installment of the “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and first-time guest Michael Hadjion (known among the “Reel Chat” team as “The Effervescent”), to look back at one of the great drama, horror mysteries of the 20th century – 1968’s “Rosemary’s Baby.” Michael is on fire here in his debut appearance. You can’t help but get swept up in … More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW – SIGNS (2002)

“Signs” represents the zenith of several of my favorite genres, including alien invasion, tension-based horror (as opposed to splatter horror), lost faith renewed, and the notion that everything in life serves a purpose. The latter isn’t necessarily a genre or sub-genre, but it is a device found in many movies. Sometimes the audience will be shown a glimpse of something odd and our movie radar, built on years of watching films, tells us that that snippet of information will be crucial in the end. While “Signs” follows this convention, it’s not in-your-face obvious for the first time viewer, and despite … More…

REEL CHAT 6.0 – SIGNS (2002)

It’s happening! Welcome to Episode 6 of “Reel Chat” – a new podcast that’s completely focused on the “Reel World as we know it.” On this sixth installment of the “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, host Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard, Andrew McCaskill and the returning Stuart Wilson to look at the first film to cut itself right through the middle of the “Reel Chat” team – 2002’s “Signs.” Even if you’re not a huge fan of this film… whatever you do… don’t let this episode discourage you. For the first time on the show, hear the team’s … More…

BLU-RAY DISC REVIEW: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)

The year is 1981, the year “An American Werewolf in London” was released, and the words “horror” and “comedy” were considered two incompatible cinematic beasts. Sure, one could always find some humour (of the blackest variety) in the classic Universal monster movies of yesteryear, but if you wanted to laugh as well as scream, it was strictly an old episode of “The Three Stooges” or vintage “Abbott & Costello” – and those were straight spoofs. It wasn’t until John Landis’ “An American Werewolf In London” that a mainstream American picture would arguably succeed at equally balancing the laughs and the … More…