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Geoff Pevere — Geoff Pevere is a critic, author, teacher, lecturer and film festival programmer with nearly forty years experience. A former movie critic with The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, he is currently Program Director of the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto.

Definitely not Bond: 1965’s dark and brooding <i>The Spy Who Came in From the Cold</i>

It took me years to get over an early childhood encounter with The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. My father took me when I was about nine – in keeping with his habit of dragging me along to movies because my mother never wanted to – perhaps thinking it wa Read More

Revenge on the big screen: 1973’s <i>Walking Tall</i>

When it came out in 1973, Walking Tall was what was then called a sleeper hit. It had been made on a low budget, it ran counter to the countercultural faith in non-violent resistance, and it was intended to play mostly at drive-ins and grind houses where Read More

<i>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</i>: Steven Spielberg’s neverending movie

So far, Steven Spielberg has ended Close Encounters of the Third Kind three times. In each version, only one element remains: Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), a Midwestern electrical company employee, after abandoning his family in pursuit of a mysterious vi Read More

<i>The Longest Yard</i>: Burt Reynolds’ end run from Johnny Carson’s couch to King of the World

Watching Burt Reynolds in the first five minutes of The Longest Yard is as good a time capsule of politically incorrect, stale-dated machismo as you could ask for. But that's only one reason it's riveting. Read More

<i>All That Jazz:</i> Bob Fosse’s ultimate showstopper

At perhaps any other moment in movie history, Bob Fosse might have been laughed out of Hollywood and right back to Broadway. But it was the late 70s, and Bob Fosse was Bob Fosse: if anybody was trusted to make a musical out of his own imagined demise, it Read More

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