George Pal Double Feature – 4K/Blu-Ray Review

If you missed the gorgeous War of the Worlds Criterion Edition blu-ray, then Paramount Pictures has you covered with their 4K version which is upgraded from the same elements giving fans a whole new look at the classic science fiction film. Sure that means you can see some of the wires moving the alien ships…

Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Pendulum, The Western, and Imitation

This is it, the final instalment of Mission: Impossible as I complete my exploration of The Complete Series on Blu-ray, available now from Paramount Canada. The last three episodes of the series are much like those that went before it. They remain episodic in nature, interchangeable with anything that has gone before, and no real…

Fringe (2011/2012) – Wallflower, and Back to Where You’ve Never Been

Olivia (Anna Torv) is suffering from migraines. Peter’s (Joshua Jackson) intrusion into the timeline is making things difficult for everyone, and there is trouble on the horizon. Olivia doesn’t have too much time to worry about that when she and Lincoln (Seth Gabel) are thrown a case that sees an invisible man killing people to…

Mean Girls (2004) – Blu-Ray Steelbook Review

Paramount Pictures delivers a fun new edition of Mean Girls on blu-ray, in a collectible steelbook designed to look like the film’s Burn Book. Mean Girls, which has since inspired a stage musical, is still a delightful, and incredibly funny film written by Tina Fey, about high school and specifically teenage girls, their cliques and…

1408 (2007) – Mikael Hafstrom

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in this big screen adaptation of the Stephen King short story. Cusack, who has always been a favourite of mine, is Mike Enslin, a writer who cranked out one good (and seemingly forgotten novel) and after a personal tragedy, which had him walking out on his grief-stricken wife…

Amistad (1997) – Steven Spielberg

Spielberg returns to another examination of humanity and history with his 1997 film Amistad. Based on an actual event in 1839, the film explores a revolt of Mende captives aboard the Spanish ship La Amistad. When the captives take over the ship they demand that the surviving crew take them back to Africa, but instead,…

Hill Street Blues (1981) – Jungle Madness, and Hearts and Minds

The two-hour finale to Hill Street Blues inaugural season first aired on 26 May, 1981. It was written by series creators Steven Bochco, Michael Kozell and story editor Anthony Yerkovich. There’s a lot going on, Washington (Taurean Blacque) and LaRue (Kiel Martin) are running up leads and suspects in the shooting by a racist officer,…

Robin Hood (2010) – Ridley Scott

Director Ridley Scott does away with the romp and romantic adventure that has permeated the Robin Hood myth down through the ages, and through a number of onscreen iterations to tell a more historical-based version of the tale. He packs it with stars, but the lack of derring-do may have kept audiences away, who knew…

Fringe (2011) – Novation, and And Those We’ve Left Behind

While the shapeshifter, Nadine Park (Michelle Krusiec) hunts down Massive Dynamic scientists in an attempt to stop her translucence. Peter (Joshua Jackson) is trying to figure out why no one knows him, while Fringe Division tries to figure out he knows so much. Novation was written by J.R. Orci and Graham Roland and first debuted…

Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Fighter, and Speed

It’s my penultimate instalment of Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series. Five episodes to go. First up this week is The Fighter. Written by Stephen Kandel and Nicholas E. Baehr from a story by Orville H. Hapmton, this episode first debuted on 9 February, 1973. It starts out with a fun guest star, Herbert Jefferson…