Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) – Richard Donner

1989. I graduated high school and was living on my own for the first time, and my movie collecting addiction was swinging into full gear and this film, along with Last Crusade and Batman were some of my purchases that year, making me choose for the first time between proper meals or cinematic confection. It…

Licence to Kill (1989) – John Gardner

James Bond returns this week in John Gardner’s adaptation of the 1989 film, Licence to Kill. This is probably the most disjointed of his novels as he tries to marry his version of the literary 007 to the big screen version, and it doesn’t always work. In fact, throughout the book Bond thinks he must…

Win, Lose or Die (1989) – John Gardner

John Gardner’s eighth 007 novel is on the book shelf this week, and honestly, as much as I have been enjoying his take on James Bond, I think this may be my favourite one so far. Bond finds himself facing off against a terrorist organisation known as BAST who have plans to infiltrate a Russian/American/British…

Black Rain (1989) – Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott remains one of my favourite technical directors, and it’s been awhile since I settled in for this crime thriller, that stars Micheal Douglas, Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw, and Ken Takakura. Douglas plays Nick Conklin a less than clean New York bigoted cop currently under investigation by Internal Affairs when he and his partner…

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – Stephen Herek

Coming up pretty soon in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book is the most triumphant sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, coming under the Faces of Death subheading in the chapter on the Devil’s Work, so I thought this would be a most opportune time to revisit the original Excellent Adventure starring Alex Winter…

Leviathan (1989) – George Cosmatos

The first of the underwater movies to be released in 1989, Leviathan, a fun little creature feature with monster work Stan Winston, is the next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies for my viewing pleasure. Shooting dry for wet,as opposed to James Cameron’s exemplary The Abyss, the film follows a crew of deep-sea…

Licence to Kill (1989) – John Glen

Timothy Dalton’s second and sadly final outing as James Bond is this week’s 007 feature to buddy up with the Bond Book Shelf. This one came along at an important point in my life. It was my last few weeks in Bermuda, I was in love for the first time with my first girlfriend (Tracey)…

Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru (1989) – Julia Ecklar

With a framing story set after the events of The Motion Picture, but with the uniforms introduced in The Wrath of Khan, so sometime during the second big mission, The Kobayashi Maru is more a collection of short stories as each member in a damaged shuttle tells a tale of their encounter with the famous…

Moonlighting (1989) – Perfetc, and When Girls Collide

This week brings us the penultimate instalment of my Moonlighting exploration. It all wraps up, somehow, next week. But first let’s get through these two episodes. Up first is Perfetc. Written by James Kramer, Chris Ruppenthal and Jerry Stahl from a story by Jeff Reno and Ron Osborn it debuted on 9 April, 1989. David…

Star Trek: The Cry of the Onlies (1989) – Judy Klass

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise… I dug into another Trek novel this week, and for the most part I enjoyed it, or at least the way it tied into The Original Series. Set during the original five year mission, this novel serves as a bit of a sequel to the episodes Miri,…