Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs (1996) – Max McCoy

1933 Indiana Jones, the globe-trotting archaeologist, sets out on his tenth novel adventure, and the second one by Max McCoy, and much like its predecessor, the author continues to show that he knows how to tell a fairly solid Indy story, marry it with history, mythology, and legend and tie it in to what has…

Indiana Jones and the Philosopher’s Stone (1995) – Max McCoy

Nicholas Flamel. The Philosopher’s Stone…. No, I’m not re-reading the Harry Potter books, at least not yet, I’m digging into the next Indiana Jones adventure. Coming two years before the first Harry Potter novel, Max McCoy’s first stab at an Indiana Jones story melds the legendary tomb of Hermes, and the enduring myth of alchemy,…

Little Women (1933) – George Cukor

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is the Civil War epic Gone With the Wind, which I had previously reviewed, so, once again, I moved onto the always educational What Else to Watch list to delve into other titles. That brought me to Cukor’s adaptation of Little Women from 1933. Despite,…

Zero de Conduite (1933) – Jean Vigo

The next stop in DK Canada’s brilliant, and highly enjoyable, The Movie Book is a collection of films by French auteur Jean Vigo. The first one highlighted and serving as gateway to the rest of his work is the short, Zero de Conduite, or Zero for Conduct. Running at a brisk forty-one minutes the film…

In the Garden of Beasts (2011) – Erik Larson

  After I finished Erik Larson’s latest book, Dead Wake, I made sure to go out and track down another one. Not since Stephen Ambrose have I enjoyed a historian’s storytelling method, and it was with great delight that I picked up In the Garden of the Beasts, even the subtitle on the cover was…

42nd Street (1933) – Lloyd Bacon

  My foray into musicals continues with 42nd Street, the first recommendation to come from my viewing of Gold Diggers of 1933. Yet another film that was delightfully enjoyable, though I tended to enjoy some of the antics the girls got up to in Gold Diggers a little more. Having said that, the musical numbers,…

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) – Mervyn LeRoy

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book brings me back round to musicals again, and I was quite happy to dig into this 1933 gem that I had heard of, but had never seen. Featuring some wonderful choreography by Busby Berkeley, this had one was a complete delight. Set in the depression,…

Queen Christina (1933) – Rouben Mamoulian

  My time with Greta Garbo continues as I continue to explore the recommended titles from my viewing of Anna Karenina for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. This time, it’s 1933’s Queen Christina. High melodrama to be sure! Garbo plays the titular Christina, a 17th century Swedish Monarch, who is put…

Son of Kong (1933) – Ernest B. Schoesdack

  As I continue my exploration of Sci-Fi Chronicles, I found myself looking forward to taking in the next bunch of film recommendations this one supplied me with in that I had only ever seen the original King Kong, which I reviewed previous to this, and the Jackson remake (thoughts on that one will follow…

The Invisible Man (1933)

We’re already into the talkies in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list! What a film to start with! From the Universal vaults, who brought us the most reognized visions of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf-man, the also gave us this version of H.G. Well’s story of The Invisble Man. Claude Rains, who will always be Casablanca’s…