JFK (1991) – Oliver Stone

The final film in the What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book, following my viewing of Battleship Potemkin is Oliver Stone’s three hour historical, and dramatic exploration of the Kennedy assassination in 1963. The film follows Jim Garrison’s (Kevin Costner) real-life investigation into the case, perhaps compiling the most comprehensive look…

The Great Escape (1963) – John Sturges

The next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book sees me back in the war genre, watching one of my all-time favourite WWII films, The Great Escape. Based loosely on actual events there is a lot to love in this film, not only in the movie itself, but for the nostalgia…

55 Days at Peking (1963) – Nicholas Grey and Guy Green

Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven headline this recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia. The Boxer Rebellion of 1900 is at the heart of the story, as a cast of characters are swept up into the drama, and terror of the siege…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Remembrance of the Daleks

Season 25 gets underway this week that sees the return of the Doctor (McCoy) to 76 Totter’s Lane as well as the return of his most nefarious foe, the Daleks! This four part story ran from 5 to 26 October, 1988 and was written by Ben Aaronovitch. The Doctor and Ace (Sophie Aldred) arrive on…

The Day of the Triffids (1963) – Steven Sekely 

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me yet another film I’ve never seen, and yet feel I know, because it shows up everywhere, The Day of the Triffids. based on the classic science fiction tale by John Wyndham. This adaptation fairly mangles the original novel, tagging on a Hollywood Happy ending, or as happy as a…

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) – Don Chaffey

  Ray Harryhausen brings his stop-motion magic, and Bernard Hermann brings his musical touch to this film that retells the story of the famed Greek hero in this next recommendation from The Thief of Bagdad in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Todd Armstrong is Jason, a hero prophesied to become the king…

Trailer Tracks: The Great Escape (1963) – John Strugess

This film was my first introduction to Steve McQueen, and I love to revisit it. Based on the true story, and packed with a fantastic cast… Richard Attenborough, James Garner, James Coburn, Donald Pleasance, Charles Bronson… just fantastic!

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Daleks (aka The Mutants)

  Terry Nation wrote this story, broadcast as The Mutants, but rebranded as The Daleks when it was released to home video, for William Hartnell’s Doctor, and introduced the series most enduring villains… The Daleks. Aired in 7 parts from December 21, 1963 to February 1, 1964, the titles hinted at what you could expect…