Miami Vice (1987) – The Big Thaw, and Child’s Play

All series have their handful of weaker episodes, but most Miami Vice has been solid storytelling, but of course they are going to stumble on occasion. And this, The Big Thaw,  is definitely one of those. Written by Joseph DiBlasi (Michael Duggan), it aired on 23 October, 1987. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson), Ricardo Tubbs (Philip…

Quantum Leap (1990/1991) – A Little Miracle and Runaway

Sam (Scott Bakula) is Reginald Pierson, the valet of one Michael Blake (Charles Rocket), a Scrooge-like character in Quantum Leap’s take on A Christmas Carol. A Little Miracle aired 21 December, 1990 and was penned by Sandy Fries and Robert Wolterstorff. It’s Christmas Eve, 1962, and Sam is feeling a little flustered serving Blake, who…

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) – Bryan Spicer

I never quite got into the Power Rangers, nor understood the appeal, but they are my next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. I never really saw much of the television show, and anything I did see, seemed fairly low-end, but the film tries to embrace a big budget theatrical look with a Point Break…

The A-Team (1983) – Steel and The White Ballot

The A-Team gets into all manner of trouble in this week’s double episode… First up is Steel, written by Frank Lupo, with an original airdate of 29 November, 1983, our boys find themselves hired by Randy Stern (Mary-Margaret Humes), when her uncle, Mickey (Norman Alden) encounters problems in his construction job. The team agrees to…

Black Christmas: Season’s Grievings Editon (1974) – Bob Clark

  Some people love the happy joyous type of films at Christmas, and while there is something to be said for all that good-will, happy endings and schmaltz that seem to highlight most of them, that morbid, macabre underside of humor and the holidays seem to be more appealing… As much as I loved Scrooged,…

The A-Team (1983) – Holiday in the Hills and West Coast Turnaround

  The A-Team bounces from one coast to the other again this week… First up is Holiday in the Hills, written by Babs Greyhosky, with an airdate of 22 March, 1983. Hannibal (George Peppard), Face (Dirk Benedict), Murdock (Dwight Schultz) and B.A. (Mr. T) are finishing up a mission in Guatemala, and are flying out…

Easy Rider (1969) – Dennis Hopper

The next drama title for review in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this generation-defining film that not only stars Dennis Hopper, but he directed it, and wrote the script with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Fonda plays Wyatt, though he’s referred to through the entire film as Captain America,…

Pumpkinhead (1988) – Stan Winston

The always so cool Lance Henriksen stars in this creature-feature, cabin-in-the-woods horror film that was the directorial debut of the late, and much-missed Stan Winston. In a film packed with people I recognize, two of them from my favorite television show ever, Quantum Leap, the film plays within the typical B-movie tropes, but with a…

Toronto After Dark Shorts Program

On a Saturday afternoon, there’s nothing better than curling up and enjoying some cinematic entertainment, and this afternoon, I let those festival programmers at Toronto After Dark pick my entertainment, with 9 specially selected from over 450 entries and there were some strong choices. The collection started with an odd little two-minute computer generated film…

Predator (1987) – John McTiernan

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies currently has me smack-dab in the middle of the 80s and I am loving it, especially when I get to revisit films that send me back down that nostalgia road. Predator does exactly that. I remember watching this John McTiernan film when it came out on the American Naval Base in…

48 Hrs. (1982) – Walter Hill

The 101 Action Movies brings me one of the classic buddy action movies, and despite the fact that it’s really good, it’s really tough to like any of the characters in it. Almost all of them come across as coarse, racist, and unlikable. Nick Nolte plays Jack Cates, a bit of a loose cannon of…

TV You Should Be Watching – Seed

  I tend to be very picky about my comedy, so for me sitcoms that I can actually watch are few and far between, and the ones I do watch always get compared to Arrested Development or Brit-coms like The IT Crowd. So I wasn’t necessarily worried about watching the new television series Seed, but…