My favourite action movie of all time has got to be Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, or—as it was known in Canada when it first hit theatres in 1982—The Road Warrior. I remember walking out of the Granville strip moviehouse I saw it in—I think it was the Vogue—and feeling like everything I saw and heard around me seemed a little more vivid than it did two hours earlier. 

It's the same sort of mental buzz I would get four years later from one of my all-time fave horror flicks, The Hitcher.

There's something about brilliantly shot, suspense-stoked chase films that just does that to me, I guess.

Here's some interesting news for horror fans. Apparently Sam Raimi—director of the original Evil Dead films and other genre gems like Darkman and Drag Me to Hell—is developing a TV series based on his Evil Dead franchise.

According to the website bloodydisgusting.com, Raimi let slip earlier today at the San Diego Comic-Con that he is currently writing the series along with his brother Ivan and original Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell.

A couple of years back I came across a fun little word game called What's Your Blues Name?, where you use your first, middle, and last names to find yourself a cool blues-musician-type name.

Mine was Blind Dog Thompkins.

Just today I came across another one of those wacky things called How Would You Die in a Horror Movie?

Turns out I'd be "knocked off by Lucille Ball at a drive-in movie."

That's a pretty lame way to go, I gotta say. It's nothing like the fate awaiting Straight movies editor Adrian Mack, who is destined to be "eaten by Miley Cyrus at a cabin on the lake."

Poor guy.

BREAKING: through sources that will remain nameless, the Newt has managed to aquire a photo of evil L.A. gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg trying to corrupt innocent Canadian TV character "Bubbles" with what looks like a marijuana cigarette, or "joint" as the Yankee drug fiends like to call it.

The shocking incident apparently occured at the Pemberton Music Festival over the weekend.

If you're planning on seeing the conscious capitalism documentary Not Business As Usual at Your Kontinent Festival, you might want to read this rather scathing review—to put it mildly—by the Georgia Straight's Adrian Mack.

But you might also want to watch this panel discussion about the film and the concept of conscious capitalism that was held at the Vancouver International Film Festival Forum after a screening of the film on April 8.

The panel included:

• Joel Bakan, writer of the book and documentary The Corporation and UBC law professor

• Mark Brand, entrepreneur and Save-On Meats owner

I was just watching an old Seinfeld rerun—a 1996 episode called “The Shower Head” where Jerry and his buddies are forced to purchase “black market” showerheads through Newman because they can’t get enough water pressure to decently rinse their hair—and noticed something interesting.

At the part in the show where Elaine corners Jerry’s mom on the way to his washroom so she can intercept some of her pee for a drug test, you can clearly see some of the VHS titles on the bookshelf to their left.

Fans of Asian cinema will want to get out to the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) this evening for two Taiwanese films in Mandarin with English subtitles.

As part of the 2014 Your Kontinent International Film & Media Arts Festival, there will be a 20-minute short, "Magagahai", starting at 6:30 p.m.

It revolves around an encounter between an American cyclist and another rider of Amis descent. The Amis are one of 14 recognized aboriginal groups in Taiwan.

This morning the Internet—or at least the part of it populated by unrepentant nerds—is abuzz over the latest video uploaded to the official Star Wars YouTube channel. In it, Episode VII writer-director J.J. Abrams gives a final pitch for the Force for Change campaign, which raises funds for UNICEF and will give one lucky donor the chance to be in the latest Star Wars flick. (Almost certainly as an extra; you're not winning a chance to play Anakin Solo here.)

Everyone wants to be happy in life. But what price are you willing to pay for it?

The biographical documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton previously screened in Vancouver at the 2013 DOXA Film Festival. But if you missed it, now's your chance to catch it again on the big screen on July 20 and 23 at the Cinematheque.

James Broughton was an American filmmaker and poet who touted the message "Follow your weird" and became a pioneering figure in both experimental cinema and the gay rights movement.

The fourth annual Your Kontinent Film & Media Arts Festival takes place at the Richmond Cultural Centre from July 17 to 26. The celebration of arts, culture, as well as personal and global interconnectedness profiled notable and emerging Canadian and international media artists.

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