Miami Vice (1986) – Better Living Through Chemistry, and Baby Blues

Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) gets his cover blown in Better Living Through Chemistry. Written by Dick Wolf and Micheal Duggan from a story by Ken Edwards and Larry Rosenthal. It first aired on 14 November, 1986. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs are working to bring down a dealer who claims to have perfected…

Quantum Leap (1991) – 8 1/2 Months and Future Boy

Sam (Scott Bakula) leaps into a very pregnant teenager this week in the episode 8 1/2 Months. It was penned by Deborah Pratt and had an original airdate of 6 March, 1991. It’s 15 November, 1955 and Sam is Billie Jean Crockett, 16 years old. And he’s there to not only make sure the baby…

Magnum, p.i. (1987/1988) – The Love That Lies and A Girl Named Sue

  The Love That Lies opens Magnum’s (Tom Selleck) case book this week. Originally airing on 18 November, 1987, this episode was written by Jeri Taylor (who would later go on to work on both Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Voyager). Brenda Babcock (Eileen Brennan) hires Thomas to find the child she…

Raising Arizona (1987) – Joel Coen  

  The family fun continues with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book with this recommendation following my screening of Way Out West. It has been years since I originally watched Raising Arizona, and I had forgotten, for all intents and purposes, all of it, so I was eager to dive into a…

Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman crafts a delightful little film working from a script by Diablo Cody and starring Ellen Page in this recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film and my screening of Rules of the Game. Ellen Page is the titular Juno, a junior high school student, who after a night with her best…

TIFF 2013 – Philomena – Stephen Frears

  Usually, I try to get to the first screenings of films at TIFF. The Q&A’s and the experience of watching a movie with the people who made it is often as much fun as the film itself. With Stephen Frear’s Philomena, however, I was determined to get to any screening at all, just to…

My Name Is Faith – Tiffany Sudela-Junker, USA

  “The years before five last the rest of their lives”, or so the saying goes.  But what happens when the years before five are spent in an environment of neglect, abuse and unsafe conditions?  Can a child so broken in their formative years that they are unable to trust, relate to those around them,…