(Note: this originally appeared in The Globe and Mail in December, 2012.) The things one loves in life are the things that fade. – The poster tagline for Heaven’s Gate By the time my friends and I took our seats in the University theatre in Toronto for the Canadian...

(William Wiard, U.S.A., 1980): Steve McQueen was only eight months from death when this, his second last movie was released, and Tom Horn is one level a look straight in the eye of death: McQueen, 49 when the movie was shot, was already in advanced...

(Alex Cox, Great Britain, 1986/2010): It doesn't get any better, and that's not meant in the sense you might hope. Despite being re-visited, re-polished, re-colored and digitally splatter-enhanced, the grim fact is that Alex Cox's seat-of-the-pants quickie spaghetti knockoff/parody remains the larky in-joke it always...