Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) – Joel Allen Schroeder

Calvin & Hobbes. Just reading the name brings a smile to my face. I came to this strip a little late, right around 1990, when I came across Something Under The Bed Is Drooling. I was gob-smacked, I had never come across a comic strip like this, one that reflected my own childhood, and my…

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

When I first saw this title pop up in my Netflix queue, I was a little dubious, how could a genre-bending Rodriguez/Tarantino film that ran shorter than two hours be expanded out into a 10 episode series, and would it be a stand alone season, or the beginning of all new adventures for the Gecko…

The Dust Bowl (2012) – Ken Burns

  Ken Burns is a highly talented documentarian, and I was delighted to see a number of his films have been recently added to Netflix, so I decided to settle in this weekend and work my way through one, with the intention of making my way through every one that is currently available on the…

Jack Reacher (2012) – Christopher McQuarrie

  Ok. Let’s get this out-of-the-way first… the bus stop gag does not work, and is downright silly. I took a quick break from my lists today to hit Netflix and have a look at the latest Tom Cruise vehicle, Jack Reacher. I’d read a couple of the books by Lee Child, and was interested…

Hot Docs: Maidentrip – Jillian Schlesinger

Laura Dekker wants to sail around the world. Alone. She’s 14. (When I was 14 I had a ridiculously early curfew – RIDICULOUSLY(!) – and wasn’t allowed to do a lot of after school activities, and we were living on a 23 square mile island!) 519 Days, 27,000 nautical miles. Alone. No support crew, no follow…

Flash Gordon (1980) – Mike Hodges

  Queen’s thrumming soundtrack, garish colors, unusual costumes, hokey special effects, and more than a healthy dose of camp are all part of this addition to the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Flash Gordon is over-the-top, and has acquired a huge cult following, and you either get it or you don’t. It’s done with flair and…

Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie (2010) – Martyn Pick

This week, Anchor Bay unleashes the animated version of the Games Workshop tabletop game and brings unfamiliar viewers into an expansive, dystopian, and violent world. The downside to the film is that CG films have such high standards now, set by Pixar, Dreamworks, and others, that I expected a higher level to the facial textures…

Chronicle (2012) – Josh Trank

I’m tired of hand-held, found footage type films. That being said, I rather liked this film, though I personally would have preferred it was shot without the hand held stuff, though some of it does work really well! It’s a nice updated take on the basic superhero/super-villain story, and the final battle put me in…

Iron Sky (2012) – Timo Vuorensola

I remember first hearing about this film when it was just a fun little trailer on YouTube. It just looked so terribly goofy, and yet the computer generated effects looked pretty damned good. And how does this not sound like B-movie goodness… Nazis on the moon with flying saucers?!?! It practically writes itself! This would…

Act of Valor (2012) – Micke McCoy & Scott Waugh

  Act of Valor is an interesting little experiment of a film. The very things that make it awesome are also the same things that make it a bad as well. It’s a film that feels equal parts action flick, documentary and Call of Duty: Black Ops (right down to the first person shooter view-point)….

Justified – Season 1 (2010)

Elmore Leonard is one of the most prominent American crime writers and his short story, Fire In The Hole serves as the jumping off point for the series Justified. It was developed for FX by Graham Yost. Yost has had his fingers in a number of projects I’ve enjoyed, most notably Band of Brothers and From The Earth…