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The Oscar-Winning Actress Who Inspired Al Pacino’s Performance in Scarface

Did you know Al Pacino, hesitant to take on the role of a Cuban immigrant in Scarface (1983), decided to take it on after seeing Meryl Streep's Oscar-winning performance in Sophie's Choice (1982)? … Read More

Secrets & Lies: Mike Leigh’s Unique Filmmaking Process

The films of Mike Leigh often make a big splash come awards season, but outside of fans and the UK, they tend to fade from the limelight in North America. While he has been nominated for seven Oscars,… 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

Croaker, Queen: How Sarah Michelle Gellar Slayed Expectations with I Know What You Did Last Summer

When we first meet Helen Shivers, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character in teen horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), she is centre stage. As she steps up to take part in the question and… 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

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