Geoff Pevere, Author at Hollywood Suite

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.

Inventive and Totally Absurd – Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Film critic and writer Geoff Pevere takes a look the fifth and final Monty Python film, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones return the troupe to its sketch come… Read More

The third instalment in the Alien franchise, headed by then relatively unknown David Fincher, was met with fierce criticism. Film critic and writer Geoff Pevere takes another look at Alien 3 now that … Read More

The Last of the Mohicans – The Michael Mann Epic That Launched Daniel Day-Lewis as a Box Office Draw

Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans (1992) is an epic, romantic, period drama, which certainly sets it apart from the thrillers and crime dramas that dominate his other work in the 80s and 90s. Fi… Read More

Dirty Harry: Second thoughts nearly 50 years after my dad snuck me into my first R-rated movie

Dirty Harry, the now-evergreen 1971 Clint Eastwood vehicle that a thousand vigilante cop movies may seem like an odd choice for a sentimental favourite, but my eyes always moisten a bit when it’s on screen. Read More

Death From Above: <i>The Birds,</i> Alfred Hitchcock’s Avian Apocalypse

When Alfred Hitchcock opened the August 18, 1961 edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, he was delighted to spot this headline: “Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes.” The story reported an almost unfathomably strange phenomenon that had occurred... Read More

Boy Meets Girl, Bullets Fly: How Bonnie and Clyde Changed Everything

If Jack Warner had had his way, nobody would have seen Bonnie and Clyde and pop cultural history as we know it would tell an unrecognizably different tale. But by 1967, Warner, one of the last remaini… Read More

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – David Lynch’s Missing Link

Critically hammered when first released in 1992, David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me now looks like something essential: a chapter in the Twin Peaks mythology that fits snugly (if unnervingl… Read More

Tarkovsky’s Stalker: “Full of all the promised wonder of cinema.”

If you saw Alex Garland’s Annihilation earlier this year, you’ve already seen at least traces of Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky’s mesmerizing and baffling 1979 science fiction landmark. Read More

If You Go Down to the Woods Today: <i>Deliverance,</i> The Great Outdoors, and Vietnam Blowback

When John Boorman spoke, as he often did, in terms of his seminal 1972 movie Deliverance, as being about men who return from war, he wasn’t just indulging in hyperbolic metaphor. He was simply acknowledging what might otherwise have remained hidden among Read More

U.S. Male: Kevin Costner Delivers Us From Evil in <i>The Postman</i>

In the post-apocalyptic counter-insurrection survival movie The Postman, Kevin Costner portrays a likeable, mullet-headed scalawag who unwittingly becomes the saviour of a fallen world when he impersonates a postman. Think of this for a moment. Read More

In Tom We Trust: Tom Hanks as Our Better Angel

In 2006, Forbes magazine compiled a list of the 1,500 “most trusted celebrities.” At the top of that list was Tom Hanks. A year later, Hanks made sport of his own rep for iron-plated decency when he appeared in an ad during The Simpsons Movie. Read More

On Film: Michael Mann’s <i>Heat</i>

Film critic and author Geoff Pevere discusses Michael Mann's film Heat (1995), starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Read More

On Film: <i>Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan</i>

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan still stands out as among the best of the crowded sci-fi field of 1982, film critic Geoff Pevere tells us why. Read More

On Film: <i>Being There</i>

Film critic Geoff Pevere unpacks Hal Ashby's Being There (1979), from the legacy of Peter Sellers, to the film's comment on the role of media, to the unlikely parallel to today's political realities. Read More

On Film: <i>Apocalypse Now</i>

Unfinished when it won the Palme D'Or at Cannes, and in a sense never really completed, Apocalypse Now (1979) has achieved a mythic status, thanks in large part to its on set troubles and director Francis Ford Coppola's post-release edits. Read More

On Film: <i>Eraserhead</i>

Film critic and author Geoff Pevere takes a look at David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977), including how the director funded the project, and how you need to let go to really appreciate it's dreamlike vision. Read More

Film critic Geoff Pevere discusses Z (1969) from Janus Films and The Criterion Collection, the first film to ever be nominated for both Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture Oscars. Read More

A look at Monterey Pop, the documentary concert film of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival by director D. A. Pennebaker that captures the spirit of the legendary Summer of Love and features performances from The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Read More

Film critic and author Geoff Pevere takes a look at Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) and makes the argument that it's not just Paul Reuben's best film, but also the highlight of Tim Burton's career. Read More

Sniper on the run: Lee Marvin shooting <i>Point Blank</i>

Lee Marvin always had an ambivalent relationship with his own stardom. A Marine sniper who was wounded during the Battle of Saipan, Marvin may have entered acting carrying significant baggage from his past, but he knew how to unpack it and turn it to his Read More

"This is the kind of film that they don't make anymore." Film critic Geoff Pevere takes a look at Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 thriller The Conversation, starring Gene Hackman. Read More

Film critic Geoff Pevere takes a look at Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 thriller The Conversation, starring Gene Hackman. Read More

Steve McQueen loses his cool: <i>The Getaway</i> on and off-screen

By the time he made The Getaway in 1972, Steve McQueen was just about everybody’s idea of the embodiment of cool. Everybody except Sam Peckinpah, that is, and Peckinpah was McQueen’s director. Read More

Interviewing Altman: Remembering a film legend

Standing at the Montreal hotel room door waiting for Robert Altman, I was terrified. It was 1987 and I wasn't yet thirty. Read More

Rite and ritual: Our ongoing obsession with <i>The Godfather</i>

By now, just about everybody knows The Godfather wasn't supposed to be a hit, let alone the movie that would alter the course of Hollywood production and marketing forever. During its long and troubled shoot, Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the world Read More

From Eye to I: Akira Kurosawa and the <i>Rashomon</i> Effect

It's only fitting there are so many stories about the making of Akira Kurosawa's groundbreaking Rashomon, because the movie itself is about the subjective and amorphous nature of narrative: the stories we tell tell stories about us. Read More

The big re-gift: How <i>Black Christmas</i> became a Canadian classic

There's something almost too perfect about the fact Black Christmas was largely roasted by Canadian critics when it opened in 1974. Now almost universally considered a benchmark in genre filmmaking – one of those out-of-nowhere low-budget obscurities that Read More

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


Film critic and author Geoff Pevere shares his thoughts on why he believes director David Fincher​ is "an unusual and focussed talent." Read More

"Not just a better film than the first version of the film, it is a completely different film." – Film critic and author Geoff Pevere on David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 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

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Film critic and author Geoff Pevere examines David Fincher's The Social Network. … 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

Film critic and author Geoff Pevere explains why he thinks In Cold Blood is one of the best films of its genre and of its time. Read More

Film Critic and Author Geoff Pevere discusses Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald. 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

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<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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