The Sniper (2021) – Chang Kuo-Li

Taiwanese author Chang Kou-Li delivers an action thriller this week. With its North American debut, The Sniper, is available now from House of Anansi Press, features a translation by Roddy Flagg and reads like the best of Hong Kong cinema. There are action beats, police investigations, involving characters and a weaving story that takes you…

The Last Boy Scout (1991) – Tony Scott

Director Tony Scott teamed up with writer Shane Black to deliver a classic action film of the early 90s, The Last Boy Scout, with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans teaming up on screen as a ex-Secret Service agent turned private detective, Joe Hallenbeck, and a former NFL all star, Jimmy Dix. When a client (played…

Demolition Man (1993) – Marco Brambilla

Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes go head to head in this sci-fi actioner from the early 90s. It also features Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Denis Leary, Nigel Hawthorne, Bob Gunton and, sigh, Rob Schneider. Stallone plays a supercop, John Spartan, who has been tracking a psychotic maniac, Simon Phoenix (Snipes) and their confrontation at the…

The Enforcer (1976) – James Fargo

Clint Eastwood returns as ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan for a third time in The Enforcer, the only film in the series not to have music by Lalo Schifrin (Jerry Fielding takes over giving us a jazzy sounding film score) and for the only time, pairs Callahan with a female homicide detective, Kate Moore, played by Tyne…

The Hard Way (1991) – John Badham

Micheal J. Fox has always been one of my favourite actors, I grew up watching him on Family Ties, wanted to be hi in Back to the Future, and followed him to Spin City and beyond, so when his buddy-cop movie was coming out in 1991, you know I was there for it. Fox plays…

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…

Cloud Atlas (2012) – Lana & Lilly Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

I remember hearing about Cloud Atlas while it was in production and that Tom Hanks was being associated with it, as well as the directors of The Matrix. Consequently, I made sure to pick up a copy of the novel, by David Mitchell from the local library and worked my way through it, enjoying how…

Icebreaker (1983) – John Gardner

Ian Fleming’s 007, James Bond, is back in action in the next novel by John Gardner, like his two previous tales, they move fast, and while filled with action beats, and moments, seems, overall, to be a smaller scale than the films that were happening at the same time. This time around, with the barest…

The Living Daylights (1987) – John Glen

It’s time for another Bond film to join the 007 on the book shelf. And we come to one of my favourites, and the first one I ever saw in the theatre. Until this one came along, I had worked my way through the James Bond films in no semblance of order, as I was…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – The Xindi, and Anomaly

Captain’s log: date unknown The serialised Xindi story line that was initiated by the second season finale gets truly underway this week with the launch of season three of Star Trek: Enterprise. The season opener, written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga debuted on 10 September, 2003. The Enterprise has been in the Delphic Expanse…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Bounty, and The Expanse

Captain’s log: 21 March, 2153 Roxann Dawson directs this episode that was written by Mike Sussman, Phyllis Strong and Hans Tobeason from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 14 May, 2003 and continued the Archer (Scott Bakula) arc featuring his trial and prosecution by the Klingons. Captain Archer is…