The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

I am not ashamed to admit that I didn’t bother to watch this movie until I was in college. When I finally watched it, I was simply amazed. Shawshank is still the highest rated movie on IMDb and for great reason, this is a fantastic story about best friends, prison life, and finding a way to stick it back to the man. This film has a lot of awards to its name because Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins are the heartbeat the film and they show us that there’s no way to stop a man with an imagination.

Lean on Me (1989)

Morgan Freeman will always be a bunch of characters to a lot of people, but to me he will always be Joe Clark, the principal at East Side High. Based on a true story, Lean on Me focuses on one man’s journey to clean up one of the worse schools in the country. Backed by outstanding performances from the supporting cast, this inspiring film will leave you singing, laughing, and crying as the kids from East Side High tackle the hardships of high school and real life.

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Birth of a Nation was exactly what you would expect from a movie about slavery. Violence is the main driving point of the story, which focuses on the very cruel physical and mental abuse of the times. There was supposed to be a biography, about Nate Turner’s life, yet once the rebellion started the main point of the story disappeared. I wish I could say this was a good movie about slavery, but when you’ve seen the award winners, it’s tough to follow in the genre.

Queen of Katwe (2016)


If I had to describe Queen of Katwe in a three words it would be; inspiring, heart breaking, and cliché. Disney rarely breaks free from the under dog over coming the odds story and that model always works for them. The cast does a fantastic job of telling this story which is all about heart and soul. I learnt something new about culture differences and feel inspired to play chess again, but wouldn’t want to watch this film again.

Ladder 49 (2004)

Firefighting is a dangerous job. No matter how they depict it on-screen, it will only be a glimpse of the real stuff. Movies have gotten better and Ladder 49 really stands out with Backdraft as the two films that best give ordinary people a glimpse of the lifestyle. In this film, we get to see how random men assigned together become brothers, while they try their best to cope with the drama and heart-break of the job.

The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers is the most terrifying movie I’ve ever seen. Despite what you or the general public think, I still get freaked out watching this creepy movie that really messes with my emotions. This film builds up a lot of fear because the story is about ordinary people, tortured by ordinary people, which could realistically happen to any of us. My advice is don’t watch this alone, and don’t watch it when you’re at a house in the middle of no where.

Man of Steel (2013)

Superman came back in an enormous way in 2013. Man of Steel may be hands down the best Superman picture to date, with no offense to the original four. Times and special effects have changed which allowed DC to do things they could only have wished for back in the 1980s. Henry Cavill was a fantastic choice to play the man of steel thanks to his rugged appearance, while Amy Adams is great as Lois Lane. The bad guys and Clark Kent’s human story really mesh well together creating a very entertaining movie going experience.

The Accountant (2016)

No matter what his faults are, Ben Affleck does make extraordinary movies. The Accountant showcases his skills like The Town and Argo did. This story has many twists and turns, which left me confused a bunch, but the story adds up perfectly in the end. The Accountant isn’t all about numbers or terrorists, there’s a lot of action and blood shed, all for good causes. The premise of the film really doesn’t do it justice because there’s a really deep plot here that takes the full two hours to unravel, and we still only have a glimpse of who The Accountant actually is.

Two Night Stand (2014)

My hope was that the ever so funny Miles Teller and the charming Analeigh Tipton would give us one heck of a comedy. Instead this straight to Netflix original idea really wasted the talent of its two leads. I’ve watched a bunch of these kind of movies and sometimes you find a diamond in the rough, sometimes they are very lackluster and don’t leave an impression, like Two Night Stand.

Superheroes Hockey Team – 2016

superherosrinkToday the National Hockey Leagure returns for their 100th season. For the third straight year, I have put together a hockey team made up of our favourite super heroes. Check out my new creative writing piece by clicking on the logo on the left hand side. Have a good laugh and always remember – keep your stick on the ice!