Dr. No (1958) – Ian Fleming

I dig into another classic James Bond novel by Ian Fleming this week. Up this time is the sixth novel in the series, and one that served as the basis for the first film. The story stays fairly close to what has been explored in the film, with a subplot involving bird guano and conservation,…

The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918) – Willis O’Brien

It’s more dinosaurs as I journey through the Dragons & Dinosaurs in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. This time I have a look at the early silent short, The Ghost of Slumber Mountain. Clocking in at eighteen minutes, this little title must have been made to show off the special effects of the time,…

Aladdin (1992) – Ron Clements and John Musker

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Lion King, is yet another modern Disney classic, and once again like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid features music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Featuring a wonderfully manic performance by Robin Williams as…

Hot Docs – The Messenger – Su Rynard

The Messenger is a beautiful, thought-provoking film which takes a look at the rapidly-depleting global population of songbirds, and what that likely means not only to the planet, but to our survival as a species, as well. Director Su Rynard deftly takes us all over the world, speaking with various birders and ornithologists about bird…