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…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – Deja Vu

Season 6 of Magnum, p.i, gets underway with this two-hour opener, that sees Thomas (Tom Selleck) and Higgins (John Hillerman) travelling to England to oversee the staffing and opening of Robin Masters’ recently purchased castle, which he’s promptly named, Robin’s Keep. Deja Vu was written by Bellisaro and Chris Abbott and had an airdate of…

Labyrinth (1986) – Jim Henson 

  Executive produced by George Lucas, directed by Jim Henson, designs by Brian Froud, songs by David Bowie, and a screenplay by Terry Jones… what’s not to like about Labyrinth, first recommendation following my screening of The Wizard of Oz for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book? I loved digging into this one again, this…

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) – John Cromwell

  The next title up for review in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, as we return to the action section was the delightful, and previously reviewed, Adventures of Robin Hood, amongst its recommendations however, was this delightful jewel I had never seen. Ronald Colman takes on double duty as Major Rudolph Rassendyll…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) – The Time Warrior

  Jon Pertwee’s final season as The Doctor begins with this four-part story written by Robert Holmes which ran from 15 December 1973 to 5 January, 1974. There are a couple of noticeable changes right off the bat… there’s a new title sequence, there’s the introduction of perhaps The Doctor’s most famous companion, Sara-Jane Smith…

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) – Rex Ingram

  The War recommendations following my screening of All Quiet on the Western Front for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book get underway with this silent film from 1921. A cattle dynasty in Argentina finds itself in conflict with itself when the Great War breaks out and French and German in-laws take…

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) – Erle C. Kenton

Lon Chaney, jr. takes over the mantle of the Monster from Karloff in this next sequel in the Universal series. Ygor (Bela Lugosi), yet lives and is still causing problems for the hamlet of Frankenstein. The locals want to destroy the castle completely and the horrible creature still seeks revenge against the superstitious villagers. And…