Conan the Destroyer (1984) – Richard Fleischer

Three years after Conan the Barbarian hit the screens, Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the role in the follow-up, Conan the Destroyer. The next stop in the list of evil wizards in the chapter on Devil’s Work in DK Canada’s very enjoyable, Monsters in the Movies. Unfortunately due to some unnecessary comedic elements, and a truly…

Conan the Barbarian (1982) – John Milius

DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies brings me another classic film for my viewing pleasure. This one, I’ve wanted to rewatch for awhile, but couldn’t find the time. Happily, it showed up in the chapter, Devil’s Work, under evil wizards. Arnold Schwarzenegger brings Robert E. Howard’s iconic creation, Conan the Barbarian to life…

Alexander Nevsky (1938) – Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitriy Vasilev

DK Book’s The Movie Book suggested one more Key Film for Sergei Eisenstein following my screening of Battleship Potemkin; the classic Russian film Alexander Nevsky. Starring Nikolay Cherkasov in the titular role, the film is incredibly engaging, and well-produced, and if nothing else you can tell that the composer Sergei Prokofiev’s score influenced such composers…

RoboCop (2014) – Jose Padiha

  The other remake I watched this week, after the Evil Dead debacle, was the new Robocop. Lacking the over-the-top violence and comic book nature, not to mention the skewering social commentary of the original, there’s not a lot to redeem this film. And I feel sorry for viewers who come to this one first…

Total Recall (1990) – Paul Verhoeven

Using the short story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick, as a springboard, this entry on the 1010 Sci-Fi Movie list, sees Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a secret agent on Mars, under Paul Verhoeven’s direction, who was last seen on the list for Robocop. Bored with his construction job, and dreaming…

The Hunt For Red October (1990) – John McTiernan

Tom Clancy’s techno-thriller, which I remember reading back in grade 9, when my friend Michael introduced me to it and after that, every Christmas until I 1989, I would receive Clancy’s new novel in hardcover for Christmas, was put to film by John McTiernan. Coming off of the incredible run of success that Predator and Die…

Robocop (1987) – Paul Verhoeven

Yet another film I grew up with has found its way onto the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. With it’s over the top violence and gore, Robocop is like a larger than life comic-book, that has done nothing but get better with age. Verhoeven pushes Detroit police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) past the breaking point, as he…

Jack Ryan

Tom Clancy books were just a part of my teen years as Stephen King novels, Star Trek, and classic 80s movies (course how was I to know they were going to be classics when I was watching them? I just knew I loved them. I got into the books with the first paperback edition of…