Miami Vice (1987) – God’s Work, and Missing Hours

Castillo (Edward James Olmos) gets a bit of the limelight in this episode written by Edward Tivnan, which first aired on 6 November, 1987. When the son, Felipe (Esai Morales) of a drug dealer, Jorge (Juan Cejas – who will always be a Joan Wilder fan to me) returns to town, the team is trying…

Quantum Leap (1991) – Private Dancer and Piano Man

Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself in the body of a male stripper, Rod ‘The Bod’ in Private Dancer. Written by Paul Brown this episode first aired on 20 March, 1991. As Rod, Al (Dean Stockwell) informs Sam that he is there to help a young, deaf, waitress, and hopeful dancer, Dianna (Rhondee Beriault) and stop…

Philadelphia (1993) – Jonathan Demme

The next title following my screening of On the Waterfront for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this classic drama that features the combined star power of Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. I hadn’t seen this one since it was in the theater, and I was eager to have another look…

The Normal Heart (2014) – Ryan Murphy

There’s a complete naturalness to everything Mark Ruffalo does on-screen, and he brings that to the brilliant Emmy-nominated The Normal Heart, available today on Blu-Ray and DVD from HBO. I’ve been a fan of Ruffalo’s for a while, and I simply love how he throws himself completely into each role, and the way he brings…

The Navigator (1988) – Vincent Ward

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brings me this medieval plague tale, that interweaves dreams and reality, into an odyssey of hope. In the 14th century the Black Plague is sweeping across Europe, and young Griffin (Hamish McFarlane) fears for his tiny village, even while he longs for his brother Connor (Bruce Lyons) to return to…

Hot Docs: God Loves Uganda – Roger Ross Williams

I knew going in that this one was going to make me mad, which is why I planned to see something relaxing and enjoyable right after, but this presentation at Hot Docs left me infuriated, and left me with no doubt in my mind that the evangelical Christian right has blood on their hands, as…