Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Face the Raven, and Heaven Sent

Trouble comes to the TARDIS in this week’s episode, as well as heartbreak as the Time Lord (Capaldi) and his Companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman) face the raven. Written by Sarah Dollard this episode first aired on 21 November, 2015, and saw the return of Rigsy (Joivan Wade) and Ashildr (Maisie Williams). RIgsy gets in touch…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Robot of Sherwood, and Listen

The Doctor (Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) embark on a bit of a lark with Robot of Sherwood. Written by Mark Gatiss this episode first aired on 6 September, 2014. Clara has always wanted to meet Robin Hood, which the Doctor insists was made up. To prove the point he takes her to Sherwood Forest…

Shrek (2001) – Andrew Adamson, and Vicky Jenson

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Toy Story is Dreamworks’ Shrek. While funny, skewering fairy tales and Disney characters and motiffs with a sly eye, the film hasn’t aged well. Sure the cast is outstanding Mike Myers in the titular role, Eddie Murphy as…

Frozen (2013) – Chris Buck, and Jennifer Lee

The last title on the What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this this update of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen. Featuring an enjoyable cast of characters, as well as a number of songs that have…

The Devil’s Castle (1896) – Georges Melies

I dig into a new book this week, DK Canada’s The Movie Book. It will take us through a gamut of decades and titles, and there is so much to watch. There are titles I’ve seen, and those I haven’t – so it’s going to be a fun ride. Since I’ve seen the first film…

La Belle et la Bete (1946) – Jean Cocteau

The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book returns me to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre, and this time, it’s to plunge me into this wonderfully imagined fairy tale. Long before Disney retold the story, first in animated format, then a stage musical, and then in a live action film, French director Cocteau…

Where Eagles Dare (1968) – Brian G. Hutton

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Dam Busters features a story and script by Alistair MacLean and stars Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton. Burton is Major Smith, Eastwood is Schaffer an American Ranger working with a British squad that is coming up with…

Red Rising (2014) – Pierce Brown

  With hints of the Hunger Games, Battle Royale, Ender’s Game and the guise of an educational setting, Pierce Brown’s science fiction novel, Red Rising, the first of a trilogy, is strongly written and completely engrossing. I’ll admit it took me about the first third of the book to get really hooked on the story,…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – State of Decay

  The second tale in what is known as the E-Space trilogy finds the Doctor (Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward), Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) – though they don’t know he’s stowed away on the TARDIS yet – and K9 taking on vampires! This four part story was penned by Terrance Dicks, and originally ran from 22 November…