Foundation and Empire (1952) – Isaac Asimov

The second book in the foundation series ups the stakes for humanity a bit, as we get a glimpse inside the still crumbling Empire, and the reclusive Foundation and the traders that have sprung from it. We learn that the Foundation is in someways becoming corrupt as well, as some despotism is occuring, and it…

The X-Files (1998) – The Red and the Black, and Travelers

“Resist or Serve” Series creator, Chris Carter, serves as a director of this mythology episode which he co-wrote with Frank Spotnitz. It debuted on 8 March, 1998. While Mulder (David Duchovny) struggles with his belief, and is convinced his life has been wasted pursuing a lie covering a government agenda, Scully (Gillian Anderson) undergoes hypnosis…

Mother Riley Meets The Vampire (1952) – John Gilling

This comedic title which features the next machine menace in DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies is a film that could have been filed under vampires or robots (though the vampire is definitely in it a lot longer than the robot). Apparently Mother Riley films were a thing in the UK, the character is played…

Road to Bali (1952) – Hal Walker

The comedic entries continue in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book as I delve into one of the iconic Road movies of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, co-starring Dorothy Lamour. When George (Crosby) and Harold (Hope) end up unemployed in their chosen art, show-biz, (because of some fraternisation with a couple of local sheilas)…

The Nun (2018) – Blu-Ray

Warner Brothers guides us back into the dark of the Conjuring universe with The Nun (Bonnie Aarons), which looks into the character that haunts Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) in the first two Conjuring titles, detailing her personal history, and possession by the demon that corrupts her soul. Set in 1952, this film marks, to date,…

Jerry Lewis: 10 Films Collection

No matter one’s opinion of Jerry Lewis, you can’t deny he had an effect on slapstick, and comedy during the 50s and 60s. Paramount Pictures now releases a ten movie collection spanning that era that showcases Lewis’ talent both in front of and behind the camera in a set that shares some of his classic…

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) – John Frankenheimer

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Dr. Strangelove is Frankenheimer’s incredible thriller that still has the power to chill to this very day. In fact, it seems even more relevant today than when it was released. It’s 1952, during the Korean War. An American…

High Noon (1952) – Fred Zinnemann

  I have been long overdue to watch this movie, so I was very happy to dive back into the action genre of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. This one leads off a number of westerns that I have either never seen or longing to rewatch. This one, however, was well…

The Crimson Pirate (1952) – Robert Siodmak

  The recommendations for Adventures of Robin Hood from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book brings me yet another high adventure with some pirates. This time around Burt Lancaster is center stage as the very colorfully dressed Captain Vallo. As the Crimson Pirate, Vallo seems to only be interested in intrigue, acrobatics,…

Hot Docs 2014: An Honest Liar (Justin Weinstein & Tyler Measom)

Put this one at the top of your list of films to check out today! With one last screening at the Lightbox at 6:30 this brilliant film is nothing short of engaging, powerful, funny, and heartfelt. I went into this one almost blind, knowing that it was about a former stage magician and escape artist,…