TIFF Bell Lightbox Celebrates 50 Years of Star Trek

Space, the final frontier… Star Trek has been a part of my life for a long time, wait until you see the posts that are coming up next Wednesday if you don’t believe me! The iconic series has transcended geekdom and become a mainstream touchstone, even those who have never seen the show are aware…

Star Trek: Corona (1984) – Greg Bear

A xenophobic, small planet reporter, Mason, is assigned a story aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, and finds herself caught up in an eye-opening adventure as I continue to Boldly Go with the non-canon Star Trek novels from Pocket Books that have been coming out since 1979! Penned by Greg Bear the story takes place just after, or…

Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (1979) – Terry Jones

  I was looking forward to this recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of The Ten Commandments; the gang from Monty Python taking on religion. Brian (Graham Chapman) was born on the same day as Jesus, just in the stable next door, and consequently, spends his life…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – Robert Wise

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles lets me settle in to enjoy another one of my favorites… featuring one of my favorite film scores, this one by Jerry Goldmsith, the U.S.S. Enterprise leaps from the small screen to the the theatrical one with this first film which isn’t for everyone, but the older I get, the more…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Dream a Little Dream and I Witness

And just like that we come to the end of season 4 and what a pair of episodes to end on… First up is Dream a Little Dream, written by Reuben Leder. With an airdate of 29 March, 1984, this one was directed by T.C. himself, Roger E. Mosley. The result is a poignant episode…

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) – Daniel Haller

  As I continue my travel through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, I was given the opportunity to revisit the incarnation of Buck Rogers that I was most familiar with. Released as a theatrical feature in March of 1979 as well as a television pilot, which led to a two season run, from Glen Larson, the mind behind…

Radio On (1979) – Chris Petit

The recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book continue with the road movies following my screening of Easy Rider. This time out, we take on the British road movie with this black and white drama from 1979. Robert (David Beames) is a radio announcer, who gets new tapes of cool bands…

Trailer Tracks: Alien (1979) – Ridley Scott

Another classic trailer! This one runs for only 2 minutes, and the first minute doesn’t even include any footage from the film, but it so sets a creepy tone for what is essentially a sci-fi riff on the old dark house routine… I love this movie, and after having watched THIS trailer, I think it’s…

Time After Time (1979) – Nicholas Meyer

I love a good time travel movie, and this one is up there. Nicholas Meyer makes his first appearance on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list as the writer/director of this highly enjoyable film, but it won’t be his last! Wonderfully combining historical biographical information, and time-travel the film follows Herbert George Wells (Malcolm McDowell) from…

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

  14 years before the Nostromo took flight to terror in Alien in 1979, the Argos and it’s sister ship the Galliot were heading to a mysterious planet they call Aura, investigating a signal that has been transmitting for two years (I don’t know if that means they have FTL travel but I guess for…

Prometheus!!

Summers come and go, and with them of course is a slew of popcorn films that sometimes are easily forgotten, leaving your mind as soon as you toss your empty popcorn bag into the garbage. It is also when some fantastic films get released as well, tentpoles, and the occasional amazing and surprising stand alone…