The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) – Rob Cohen

There is a fun, if not a good movie somewhere in this mess of a mummy film that is my next stop in the mummy chapter of DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Unfortunately there are a number of things holding it back, there are some casting changes that affect onscreen chemistry,…

The Mummy Returns (2001) – Stephen Sommers

Two years after Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Evy (Rachel Weisz) returned the Mummy (Arnold Vosloo) to the ground, director Stephen Sommers brought him back for another adventure, and it serves as the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, as I explore the chapter on Mummies! Despite only taking two years between…

TAD 2018: The Dark (2018) – Justin P. Lange

Having had its Toronto premiere last week at Toronto After Dark, writer/director Justin P. Lange’s film, an Austrian-Canadian co-production hits VOD today. Despite its bloody and horrific trappings, The Dark is a gentle tale that sees a young girl, Mina (Nadia Alexander, best known for her work in The Sinner) become a monster because of…

Persepolis Rising (2017) – James S.A. Corey

The seventh volume in the brilliant, and highly enjoyable science fiction series, The Expanse, finally finds its way to the Book Shelf this week, and it was so worth the wait. I love this series so much, and this book, Persepolis Rising does two things that haven’t really happened in the series before: there’s a…

The House (2017) – Andrew Jay Cohen

Releasing to blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers, is the latest comedic effort from Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Somewhere in this film, there is the potential for something really funny, but far too often the dialogue is pushed past the point of hilarity to absurdity, and the story itself could have played as…

Babylon’s Ashes (2016) – James

It’s time to go back to the ‘verse of the Expanse, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have missed these characters. Within a few pages, I was back into that world, recalling all that had happened before, and worrying about the new dangers and old enemies that the crew of…

Togetherness: Season 1

  Also releasing on Blu-Ray and DVD from HBO today is season 1 of the new dramedy series from Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Steve Zissis. The series stars Zissis, Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet. Brett (Duplass) and Michelle (Lynskey) Pierson have been married for a while, with two children, Alex (Zissis) is…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – The Treasure of Kalaniopu’u and Blood and Honor

  There’s some fun, and some intrigue in this week’s installment of our favourite Hawaiian based private investigator! First up is The Treasure of Kalaniopu’u, which aired 11 November, 1985, and was written by Reuben Leder. Thomas (Tom Selleck) is pulled in to serve as security and protection for Amy Griswald (Nancy Stafford) who is…

The Anomaly (2014) – Noel Clarke 

  Releasing from Anchor Bay, available on both DVD and Blu-ray today is this sci-fi actioner written by Simon Lewis, and directed and starring Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke. It’s an interesting concept, and for the most part, fairly well executed, so kudos to Clarke for that. Clarke plays Ryan, an ex-soldier, who when he was recovering from a…

Fatal Attraction (1987) – Adrian Lyne

The final film in the recommendations from my screening of Les Enfants du Paradis for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is this dramatic thriller from the late 80s, that saw Michael Douglas mucking up his marriage to Anne Archer, and Glenn Close boiling a pet bunny. Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, happily…

Cibola Burn (2014) – James S.A. Corey

June 2015 is too far away, and with a working title of Nemesis Games you know something seriously cool is going to be happening in it. I read them all too fast. Book Four of the Expanse series, Cibola Burn, is done. And now, I’ll be climbing the walls, waiting impatiently for the fifth gargantuan book…