Thunderball (1961) – Ian Fleming

The ninth book, and eighth full novel,in Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 series is up this week. And this one is a bit of a special case. It was originally concocted as a screenplay, and early editions gave sole credit to Fleming, whereas future editions, much like the film(s) that would later be developed from…

Chuck (2008) – Versus the Gravitron, and Versus the Sensei

Chuck (Zachary Levi) is going to have problems this week as Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) have learned Jill’s (Jordana Brewster) secret. Chuck Verus the Gravitron was written by one of the series creator’s Chris Fedak, and first aired on 25 November, 2008. Casey and Sarah have learned that Jill is a Fulcrum…

A View To A Kill (1985) – John Glen

Since there was a James Bond novel on the book shelf this week, it means I get to revisit a Bond cinematic adventure that I haven’t previously covered for the blog, and that brings me to 1985’s A View To A Kill. This is a bit of a mixed bag for me, and will always…

Chasm City (2001) – Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds next science fiction novel, Chasm City, takes place in the same universe as Revelation Space but is not a sequel, instead we are given a future noir tale of revenge, and the human ability to commit good and horrible acts, redemption, and discovery. We visit a couple of planets that were mentioned in…

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

From the opening moments of Dark Fate, this does feel like the Terminator film we’ve been waiting for, because as much as the film series has been about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800, it’s also, when it’s at its best, about Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton, who returns to the series in style).¬† Or rather, the balance of…

Gemini Man (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

It should have worked. An Academy Award winning director (though action is not his forte), a bankable lead actor, a solid supporting cast, and the seed of a solid story.¬†Will Smith gets his Bourne on (a couple of times) in Gemini Man, the Ang Lee action film that comes home on blu-ray and DVD from…

The Brothers Grimm (2005) – Terry Gilliam

Arguably Terry Gilliam’s most commercial film, The Brothers Grimm is the next stop as I explore Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales as portrayed in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. The film features Heath Ledger and Matt Damon as the titular Grimm Brothers, and the always stunning (and underused) Monica Bellucci as the evil Mirror…

Dawn of the Dead (2004) – Zack Snyder

It takes guts to want to remake a Romero zombie classic, but that’s where we are with the next zombie film featured in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Zack Snyder, a wonderfully visual director, who never actually seems to be able to handle story and character (or any measure of subtlety)…

Shazam! (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has been a little shaky since its launch, but with Wonder Woman, Warner Brothers and DC Comics proved they could do it right, and tell an empowering story. Then there was the fumble that was Justice League. Aquaman showed that they could do a big budget, CGI-filled action set piece…