Rome, Open City (1945) – Roberto Rossellini

Rome, Open City, Roberto Rossellini’s first film is on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Bicycle Thieves as I continue my exploration of DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Decidedly melodramatic the story is set in World War II Rome, and the story weaves a group of characters together, as they work…

The Sound of Music (1965) – Robert Wise

My return to the Musical chapter of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book sees me settling into Robert Wise’s multi-Oscar winning (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Editing and Best Music) adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. Starring Julie Andrews (in an Oscar nominated performance) and…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – I, Borg, and The Next Phase

Captain’s log: stardate 45854.2 Written by Rene Echevarria and airing on 11 May, 1992, I, Borg is a powerful Trek story. When the Enterprise comes across a lone Borg drone (Jonathan Del Arco) separated from the Collective they bring him on board. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) sees the opportunity to return the Borg to the…

The Imam of Tawi-Tawi (2018) – Ian Hamilton

There’s nothing like starting a new year, with an old friend. And hitting book shelves this week, is my friend Ava Lee, returning in her latest adventure, her tenth novel, by Canadian author, Ian Hamilton. This tale picks up shortly after the last, The Courtier of Milan, with forensic accountant Lee’s love life coming to…

Wonder Woman (2017) – Patty Jenkins

Hitting blu-ray and video today from Warner Brothers is the box office sensation Wonder Woman, the long overdue arrival of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to the big screen. Wowing in the theatre, the Amazon comes home with a gorgeous blu-ray that looks and sounds fantastic and puts your home theatre through its paces. Loved by…

Life, the Universe and Everything (1982) – Douglas Adams

Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Marvin the robot, Zaphod and Trillian find themselves caught up in trouble again as the third Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy book finds its way to The Book Shelf this week. And, just like the preceding novels, this one is a life riot as well. Arthur and Ford are where we…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) – Mark Webb

  The Web-Head, Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is back in his most recent appearance which I take a look at today for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Mark Webb returns as director, Emma Stone returns as Gwen, Sally Field is Aunt May, and this time around spidey-senses are tingling when OsCorp seems to be behind all the…

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

  Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) swings back into action with this, the second film directed by Sam Raimi about Marvel’s Web-Head. I’d previously covered the first one for the blog for a previous list, so I jumped right into the second one for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Young Peter Parker is having a tough time, he…

Orphan Black S03E03 – Formalized, Complex and Costly

  Orphan Black continues to wow, as episode 3 roared across screens last night on Space. The series continues to be filled with amazing character beats, that continue to layer them, expand them, and plunge them into new directions. Art (Kevin Hanchard) is still haunted by Beth’s (Tatiana Maslany) death, and his inability to do…