Revelation Space (2000) – Alastair Reynolds

Growing up I loved science fiction movies and television (still do) but as far as reading went I stuck to Star Wars and Star Trek novels before finally letting Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001, and Frank Herbert’s Dune open my mind up a little more. Still, I wouldn’t delve much deeper than that for a number…

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010) – The Academy, Assassin, and ARC Troopers

“Those who enforce the law must obey the law.” The Mandalore corruption storyline continues in this episode written by Katie Lucas and Steven Melching. First airing on 15 October, 2010, the episode sees Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) travelling to Mandalore to serve as a tutor at one of the leadership academies. While she’s there, she…

Firestarter (1980) – Stephen King

It was going to happen sooner or later, I came across a Stephen King that really didn’t do it for me. There’s an idea at the core that I really enjoy, but it felt like King wasn’t exactly sure he wanted to go completely dark, in his telling of this tale. Little Charlie McGee is…

Miami Vice (1988) – Honor Among Thieves?, and Hell Hath No Fury

Vice Detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) are on the edge of having their cover blown when they are involved in a hunt for a serial killer. Written by Jack Richardson, this episode first debuted on 4 March, 1988, and sees Paul Delgado (John Bowman) abducting girls, tying in with…

Miami Vice (1986) – Free Verse, and Trust Fund Pirates

While Crockett (Don Johnson) is busy testifying, Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) and the rest of the Vice team have their hands full in the first episode up this week. Free Verse was written by Shel Willens and Jim Trombetta, with Trombetta penning the teleplay. First airing on 4 April, 1986, the episode follows a political…

Miami Vice (1986) – One Way Ticket, and Little Miss Dangerous

Vice detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) go after lawyers and drug dealers in the first episode of Miami Vice this week. Written by Craig Bolotin and John Mankiewicz, this episode first aired on 24 January, 1986. When an attorney friend is murdered, Sonny discovers that it was because they…

Miami Vice (1984) – The Great McCarthy, and Glades

Vice cops Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) enter the fast-paced world of speedboat racing, when they go undercover to stop a drug smuggler who is using the race to funnel drugs into Miami. The Great McCarthy was written by Joel Surnow and Philip Reed. It debuted on 16 November, 1984, and added…

Miami Vice (1984) – Calderone’s Return Part I & II

This two parter sees the threat of the pilot episode come back to wreak revenge on Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas). The first episode, originally aired as The Hit List was written by Joel Surnow, and first broadcast on 19 October, 1984. Sonny is due in court for a divorce…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989/1990) – The Vengeance Factor, and The Defector

Captain’s log: stardate  43421.9 The Vengeance Factor, a Riker (Jobathan Frakes) episode first aired on 20 November, 1989. The Enterprise is transporting Sovereign Marouk (Nancy Parsons) to a meeting with an offshoot tribe of her planet’s inhabitants, known as Gatherers. Picard (Patrick Stewart) is hosting peace talks between the troubled sides, and is hoping that…

Toronto After Dark 2017: The Villainess – Byung-gil Jung

The hyper-kinetic assassin thriller The Villainess, has it’s Toronto premiere this evening at Toronto After Dark, screening exclusively at Scotiabank Theatre. This South Korean film is nothing short of a high-octane thriller that recalls Besson’s La Femme Nikita with overtones of Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Ok-bin Kim stars as Sook-hee, a violent woman with a violent…