Posts By: Laura Seymour

Laura Seymour

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Predator (1987)

Monster Mania This film is, bar none, among my favourite creature flicks! The alien monster is the most amazing thing I’ve seen. It is humanish, but it’s also has its own cool alien apparatus, weapons, and sounds. Kevin Peter Hall played the creature. He was an incredibly tall man of 7′ 2″ who died tragically… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Knockaround Guys

Vin Diesel is a supporting player in this film shot partially in Alberta. Unfortunately, the the stark “real” Canadian look is obvious and everywhere: lighting, clothing and sets. Deisel plays Taylor Reese, a Jewish gangster in the mob wearing mostly an undershirt and (finally) fairly tight blue jeans. We get our first look at him… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Pitch Black (2000)

Focus on Vin Diesel A transport ship holding 40 cryogenically frozen passengers is heading to another world for, among other things, creating a settlement: New Mecca. One passenger, Riddick (Vin Diesel), is a hardass criminal being transported to another cell. There is a very cool introduction to him on the ship — lots of mystery… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: A Man Apart

Focus on Vin Diesel This film starts out like a lot of cop films. The lead character is a tough guy cop, Sean Vetter, played by Vin Diesel. He’s dealing with the scum of society, but is different in that he doesn’t hang around cops and he started out on the wrong side of the… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Comedy Film Review: xXx

Focus on Vin Diesel This film is the big action flick that made Vin Diesel a serious name in Hollywood. His salary is now 20 million (supposedly), though I hear the agents, managers and associated expenses chew up the bulk of it. This film has a rather odd effect on me apparently. The following conversation… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Comedy Film Review: The Party

August is Comedy For Dummies month Up on a mountain hundreds of people from India are fighting evil invaders. They are swathed in traditional garb and shooting rifles — shooting at their enemy. Along comes a foolish member of their troop who blows his bugle and keeps blowing. Won’t this fool shut up? No, because… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Comedy Film Review: Big Trouble in Little China

Trivia buffs might want to know that the first few drafts of this script were called “Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World Crime League,” which was the proposed sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) ( For an unknown reason, it was later scrapped. Director John Carpenter has made a huge… Read more »