The Day She Died (2021)- S.M. Freedman

Dundurn Press delivers S.M. Freedman’s thriller, The Day She Died, to my summer reading pile, and it is a gut punch of a book, exploring dark secrets, while exploring the concept of forgiveness of oneself. It’s a captivating read that pulls you in, and drags you along at full-throttle on a white knuckle ride that…

The Dead Zone (1983) – David Cronenberg

Christopher Walken stars as Johnny Smith, a school teacher who ends up in an accident that gives him second sight, allowing him glimpses into the past, present and future in the Jeffrey Boam scripted adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel. Directed by famed director David Cronenberg, the film is packed with recognisable names in front…

M*A*S*H (1976) – Hawkeye, Some 38th Parallels, and The Novacaine Mutiny

Series developer Larry Gelbart and Simon Muntner pen this bottle show (one set, or existing set shoots to save money) that features Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and was first broadcast on 13 January, 1976. After surviving an accident, Hawkeye delivers a seemingly unending and wandering monologue in a Korean home while waiting for a pickup from…

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – Renny Harlin

The Long Kiss Goodnight should be better than it is. It’s got quite the pedigree. Director Renny Harlin had given us Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and a solid entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series with The Dream Master. There’s a score by Alan Silvestri, a script by Shane Black (who is damned reliable…

Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Brother, and New Eden

Captain’s log: stardate 1025.19 Ted Sullivan, Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts pen the season two opener of Star Trek: Discovery, which launched on 17 January, 2019. If the first season proved divisive to Trek fans, the second season upped that ante. Not only is the Enterprise on hand, but it is under command of…

The Music Box (1932) – James Parrott

Philip Kemp’s Movies book leaps a little forward in time to bring me a comedic short starring that iconic pair, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy. In this half hour short, the pair struggle to deliver a piano up a the most imposing flight of stairs I’ve seen since those featured in The Exorcist. Something that…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – E2, and The Council

Captain’s log: date unknown Roxann Dawson directs this episode from a script by Micheal Sussman. With an original airdate of 5 May, 2004, the story sees the Enterprise coming into contact with its future self (from the past) after an accident occurs when Archer (Scott Bakula) and the crew attempt to use a Xindi subspace…

The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965) – Jon Hall

Sometimes bad is bad, but sometimes, sometimes it’s so bad it’s good, and I had a great time with this title which is the next one featured in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Filled with a swingin’ beach soundtrack, this one ended up being delightful, and had me laughing out loud as a dangerous…

Forces of Nature (1999) – Bronwen Hughes

Ten Bad Dates With De Niro brings me another title from the list of films that it’s painful to like. In this case the Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck romantic comedy, Forces of Nature. This list doesn’t have to worry about me liking it. It wasn’t so great. Despite that, it’s got a helluva cast, alongside…

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1971) – Werner Herzog

I dug into another title from the Movies That Cause Trauma chapter of the Ten Bad Dates with De Niro book, and I have to say, having watched this offering from Herzog, I may not be traumatised, but I am definitely unnerved and put off by some of his work to be sure. Shot in…