The Darjeeling Limited (2007) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s films are always delightful and quirky, but The Darjeeling Limited is arguably his most emotionally grounded film. Featuring a script he wrote with Roman Coppola, and star Jason Schwartzman the film follows the journey of three brothers are they attempt to find a way to reconnect, and getting over the loss of their…

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson transposes his quirky family dramas and characters, and that wonderful eye for details into an undersea adventure that pays homage to, and pokes fun at, the ocean adventure films that rose to popularity with the works of Jacques Cousteau. Bill Murray stars as the titular Steve Zissou, a Cousteau wannabe who, aboard his…

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)- Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright takes the iconic Canadian graphic novel adventure of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and adapts it brilliantly and energetically to the big screen, casting Michael Cera in the titular role as Scott. Using iconic Toronto locations as a backdrop the story follows Scott in his quest to win the heart of the beautiful…

Fringe (2012) – The Recordist, and The Bullet That Saved the World

The hunt for the tapes containing Walter’s (John Noble) plan continues. The team finds Tape 3 in the lab and sets off on a mission because of it. Along the way they encounter a group of infected humans who work as archivists, cataloguing human history. Written by Graham Roland, The Recordist first aired on 12…

Salem’s Lot (1979) – Tobe Hooper

So since I recently reread Stephen King’s 1975 novel, ‘Salem’s Lot, I thought I would watch the 1979 television miniseries that was directed by Tobe Hooper. Broken into two parts, the three-hour story was broadcast on two consecutive Saturdays, 17 and 24 November, 1979. Even at three hours, the series doesn’t feel like it’s done…

Fringe (2009) – The No-Brainer, and The Transformation

No-Brainer, written by David H. Goodman and Brad Kane first aired on 27 January, 2009. Olvia (Anna Torv), Peter (Joshua Jackson), and Walter (John Bishop) get called into a strange case that involves the death of two people whose brains seem to have liquified. The only connection between the two is a strange computer file…

Nightmare Alley (2021) – Guillermo del Toro

Based on the novel of the same name del Toro’s latest is a lush, shining example of the noir genre, and features strong performances and visuals. I loved how faithful it was to the spirit of the novel, there were a few necessary changes, but none that change any of the overall arcs for any…

Diablo Mesa (2022) – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Grand Central Publishing was kind enough to send me the latest Preston & Child thriller, Diablo Mesa, which came out in February. It had been a long time since I dug into a Preston & Child book, but back in 2014, I was plowing through their Pendergast series until my pile of To Be Read…

Eternals (2021) – Chloe Zhao

The MCU unveils its latest film this week, and Chloe Zhao delivers the most diverse, and inclusive cast and storyline that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen to date. It’s also one of the comics in the Marvel family that I don’t know very well, but that allowed me to go into the film blissfully…

Apostle (2018) – Gareth Evans

There’s a lot to unpack in Gareth Evans’ film, Apostle, there are concepts of religious tenets, blood, sacrifice, family, worship, deification, and faith, all of it wrapped up in a character driven tale starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen. If you try to take it as the straightforward tale that the film’s plotline offers, you’re…