And on into April

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Published: Apr 03 2014, 12:43:am

Thursday, April 3, 2014
THE AVENGERS — In the search for something to like about Joss Whedon's super-successful superhero movie, I discovered Cobie Smulders, a Vancouver-born actress with a connection to the VCON convention. (posted April 3)

(Working title) STAR TREK — The story of a leaked memo, dated April 1, 1977, that detailed studio plans to explore the final frontier in a movie that would include none of the original television show's cast. (posted April 1)

VINCENT & THEO  — Recalled on the anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh's birth was director Robert Altman's take on the life and times of the brothers for whom art was their lives, but not much of a living. (posted March 30)

THE GODFATHER — Marlon Brando gave an Oscar-winning performance in director Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 gangster epic, then shocked Hollywood's Academy by refusing their Award. (posted March 28)

STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME —  Though four days younger than his co-star William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy was the first to move into directing features for the popular science-fiction film franchise. (posted March 26)

ROMERO — Gunned down in 1980 for preaching social justice in El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero is remembered in director John Duigan's powerful biopic and honoured in the simple style of the Roman Catholic Church's new Pope Francis. (posted March 24)

STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER — Marking Canadian acting icon William Shatner's 83rd birthday, Reeling Back recalls his feature film directorial debut, and adds a 1973 interview with him in Vancouver. (both posted March 22)

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT - PART 3A celebration of the sidekick, the third (and last) Smokey and the Bandit feature reunited most of the cast in a movie that starred Jerry Reed, elevating his Snowman character to full Bandit status. (posted March 20)

TOMMY — Recognizing the rock opera as a revolutionary opportunity, director Ken Russell turned The Who's concept album into a 1975 movie that reinvented the idea of the screen musical. (posted March 18)