Fairy Tale (2022) – Stephen King

Fairy Tale, Stephen King’s latest, available now from Simon & Schuster Canada feels unique in his bibliography. It takes the concept of those long beloved tales of Grimm and Andersen and gives them his unique twist. At its heart, the book seems to be an amalgam of things King loves. It is a story of…

The Eyes of the Dragon (1984) – Stephen King

1984 was the year I discovered Stephen King through ‘Salem’s Lot, my first King novel. But I remember my mother was a big King fan (still is) and we had arranged to get her The Eyes of the Dragon as her birthday or Xmas present. It wasn’t your usual King story, and I think that…

The Rocketeer (1991) – Joe Johnston

Special effects wizard Joe Johnston’s second directorial effort is probably my favourite, as there is just something about The Rocketeer that I love. The style? Art deco is a fave. The score? James Horner! The cast? Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly (who I have crushed on FOREVER), Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin, Paul Sorvino. The source material?…

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – Steven Spielberg

I love the Indiana Jones films (yes, even some parts in the fourth) and while Raiders of the Lost Ark will always be my favorite, Last Crusade is etched in my memory for personal reasons. It was the summer of 1989, I had just graduated high school, it was my last summer living in Bermuda,…

Red 2 (2013) – Dean Parisot

Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, and John Malkovich are back in Red 2, a sequel that came hot on the heels of the previous film, and added some more star power to its roster with Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-Hun, Steven Berkoff, and David Thewlis. Frank (Willis) gets the band back…

The Lost City (2022) – 4K Review

Paramount Canada brings home The Lost City on 4K today, the Sandra Bullock/Channing Tatum adventure comedy ventures over some familiar ground, but the chemistry and casting carry it through to make it an enjoyable romp. Commenting on fame, reading, what defines masculinity, and romantic expectations the film follows Loretta (Bullock) a romance adventure writer as…

Red Notice (2021) – Rawson Marshall Thurber

Despite being weighed down in tons of green screen work, Red Notice, actually serves as a solid piece of popcorn entertainment. There’s a story about three golden eggs originally belonging to Cleopatra, but most of it is trappings for action beats, and for Gal Gadot to look absolutely stunning, and bring her acting chops into…

Gwendy’s Final Task (2022) – Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Stephen King pairs up for a second time with Richard Chizmar to deliver the final book in the Gwendy trilogy. The book solidly ties itself into The Dark Tower universe as Gwendy now a junior senator, and about to be an astronaut because once again, the enigmatic Mr. Farris has shown up with the increasingly…

Umboi Island: A Creature X Mystery (2022) – J.J. Dupuis

Three Creature X novels in, J.J. Dupuis comes across as a more relaxed and confident author this time round. And while the monster aspect of the story is mostly sidelined to cater to a jungle adventure, Dupuis does some worldbuilding as Laura Reagan continues her television series on cryptozoology, introduces a possible new ongoing villain,…