Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Yimou Zhang

The next film in DK Canada’s informative and entertaining The Movie Book is this beautifully shot Chinese film starring Li Gong. Set in the 1920s, Songlian (Li) elects to become the fourth mistress of a wealthy lord, Chen Zuoqian (Jingwu Ma). She soon finds herself enmeshed in the rules of the household, and the scheming…

Summer of Night (1991) – Dan Simmons

This week, I dig into another Dan Simmons horror novel, and decided on Summer of Night. While not necessarily derivative of Stephen King’s It, there are striking similarities, although both prove to be very entertaining. Set in 1960, Simmons novel doesn’t quite mine the nostalgia factor as King did (It made me long for a…

Boy’s Life (1991) – Robert McCammon

I remember reading this book in paperback when it first came out. It was summer, and I was in Toronto working to save (a little) money for my post secondary education. I was delighted in the nostalgia in it, and recalled being moved by the tale within its pages. When I came across it in…

Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils (1991) – Rob MacGregor

March 1926. The adventures of Indiana Jones continues as the time between the close of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom are filled in with these canon novels from Lucas Film. Tying in with an actual historical event Indiana Jones, with new bride Deirdre at his side, travels to South…

Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants (1991) – Rob MacGregor

Scotland 1925 I jump back into adventure with the man with the hat, as my travels with Indiana Jones continue in the officially licensed (and therefore canon until films prove them otherwise) series of novels that fill in the time between Hollywood Follies (The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones) to The Temple of Doom. Tying…

Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (1991) – Rob MacGregor

The man with the hat is back… Before continuing my journey with Roland and his ka-tet, I thought I would go on an adventure with my lifelong friend, Indiana Jones. Officially licensed by Lucas Film, a series of novels were released in the early 90s chronicling the archaeologist’s life from the early 1920s to just…

The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands (1991) – Stephen King

This week I continue my journey with Roland of Gilead’s ka-tet as they continue their journey to the Dark Tower. He, Eddie and Susannah travel onwards, and things start to get really good. They discover one of the twelve legendary guardians, the Path of the Beam, they recite the catechism that becomes ingrained in the…

Thelma & Louise (1991) – Ridley Scott

My return to the Romance and Melodrama section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book brings me this Ridley Scott classic from the early nineties that pairs Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in an all-star extravaganza that details the adventures of a pair of best friends as they plan a bit of…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991/1992) – A Matter of Time, and New Ground

Captain’s log: stardate 45349.1 Airing on 18 November, 1991, A Matter of Time, written by Rick Berman was the last Next Generation episode to air before Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released to theatres. Matt Frewer guest stars as a would-be time traveller and historian from the future, Berlinghoff Rasmussen. Captain Picard (Patrick…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Unification I & II

Captain’s log: stardate 45233.1 Written by Jeri Taylor from a story by Michael Piller and Rick Berman, the first part of this crossover two-parter first aired on 4 November, 1991. With the final voyage of the original Star Trek crew preparing for release in December (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), and the death of…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Disaster, and The Game

Captain’s log: stardate 45156.1 Airing on 21 October, 1991, Ronald D. Moore penned the teleplay for this episode from a story created by Ron Jarvis and Philip A. Scorza. Disaster plays much like an Irwin Allen version of a Star Trek episode. Attempting to push characters outside of their comfort zones, or put them in…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Ensign Ro, and Silicon Avatar

Captain’s log: stardate 45076.3 Michelle Forbes returns to The Next Generation this week. This time, she is playing the fan favourite character, Ro Laren. In this episode we are introduced to the Bajorans, their conflict with the Cardassians, and planting seeds for the upcoming series, Deep Space Nine. Airing on 7 October, 1991, this episode…