Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Chris Columbus

The magic of Harry Potter continues in Warner Brothers’ second instalment of what would go on to be an insanely profitable franchise. Director Chris Columbus returned for a second outing, with this adaption of the second book in the series (which was still being written at the time – can you remember the time when…

TIFF 2021: Dune dir. Denis Villeneuve

Magnificent. Triumphant. THIS is the movie I saw in my mind’s eye when I first read Dune in 1984 when I was anticipating the Lynch film (which I love for its own reasons). The visual aesthetic, the sound and production design, the score (I swear Hans Zimmer isn’t the only one throwing a few nods…

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (2009) – Daniel Alfredon

The third installment in the Millennium Trilogy, based on the novels by Stieg Larsson delivers a white knuckle ending to the film series that is just as engaging and character driven as the books on which they are based. Noomi Rapace returns as Lisbeth Salander, who is in the hospital, and then arrested following the…

The Expendables (2010) – Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone stars, directs and writes (alongside Dave Callaham) in The Expendables, and he brings along a brilliant ensemble cast of classic action heroes, wrestlers and actors. Padding out a fairly simple story with some explosive set pieces this is just a mostly brainless action flick that serves as homage to the action films that…

Shogun (1980) – Disc 1

Ah the late 70s and early 80s, the age of the television mini-series, an almost forgotten television event, though slowly being rediscovered by the advent of the limited series. It’s slightly different of course, because back then, there were only a few channels available, making a mini-series an event over consecutive nights. Shogun was based…

Moonlighting (1988) – Eek! A Spouse!, and Maddie Hayes Got Married

So Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) is married, and David (Bruce Willis) despite blowing up last week, seems to be handling the news better than the rest of the office in Eek! A Spouse! Written by Ron Osborn and Charles H. Eglee from a story by Roger Director, Kerry Ehrin, and Jeff Reno, this episode debuted on…

Moonlighting (1987) – Cool Hand Dave: Part 1 & 2

Tired of waiting for Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) to return, David (Bruce Willis) flies to Chicago to confront her, after Agnes (Allyce Beasley) spills the pregnancy news to Bert (Curtis Armstrong) who in turn shares it with David. The episode aired on 17 November, 1987, and was written by Roger Director and Charles H. Eglee. Unfortunately,…

Magnum P.I. (2018) – DVD Review

Jay Hernandez is NOT Tom Selleck (and he never said he was). He’s likable, sure, but he doesn’t have Selleck’s 80s era charm, delivery, and smooth ability to break the fourth wall. That has stopped the series from relaunching late last year and coming home on DVD today. I had always made the argument that…

The Battle of Algiers (1966) – Gillo Pontecorvo

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is a film that, perhaps, resonates with even more importance now than it did when it was first released. Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is a fascinating, brutal, and dark watch that shows us the true face of war and it’s effect on all sides…

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) – Ed Wood Jr.

While not necessarily a vampire movie, Plan 9 From Outer Space, undeniably one of the worst films ever made (which in turn made it a cult classic), is the next title in the vampire section of John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. The film does feature a plan to resurrect the dead,…