V – The Series (1985) – The Rescue, and The Champion

How the mighty have fallen. V The Series continues this week, and is barely recognizable when compared to the two miniseries that inspired it. It is now all about the melodrama, and has lost any of its credibility as a struggle for the planet Earth. The Rescue was written by Garner Simmons and debuted on…

V – The Series (1985) – The Hero, and The Betryal

Carleton Eastlake pens this episode that first debuted on 11 January, 1985. Nathan Bates (Lane Smith) has created a new police force to keep the open city of Los Angeles safe, but more importantly to keep the Resistance under control. When they seize a group of rebels including Robin (Blair Tefkin), a deadly plan is…

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – Mike Newell

Mike Newell ably directs from a sharp script by Richard Curtis, and what we are delivered is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Pretty Woman. This one is sharp, and enjoyable, though if I am blatantly honest, I’ve never been a fan of the…

Whistle Down the Wind (1961) – Bryan Forbes

As I return to the Family Genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I come across a number of recommendations from a screening for E.T. which I’ve previously covered Whistle Down the Wind is a British film that focuses on a group of young children, including Charles (Alan Barnes), Nan (Diane…

Super 8 (2011) – J.J. Abrams

  Spielberg takes on the Executive Producer role in J.J. Abrams 80s-filled nostalgia thrill ride which is the next stop on the journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Having Stranger Things to compare it to isn’t necessarily fair, they get to tell their story over a season, Abrams and company only had a two hour…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – Rupert Wyatt

  Ten years after the last film, Fox reinvigorated the Planet of the Apes series as I continue my exploration of it with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Featuring a stunning performance by mo-cap superstar, Andy Serkis, and emotional performances from both James Franco, and John Lithgow, the film gets the series back on track after…

Beetlejuice (1988) – Tim Burton

  The next family recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Wizard of Oz is this classic Tim Burton film starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder. Baldwin and Davis are a loving married couple, Adam and Barbara. They…

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) – Jack Clayton

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book (and I am enjoying it so much) next brings me to Ray Bradbury, and the screenplay he wrote, which he adapted from his own classic story. Dark and moody, this one is definitely a family horror movie, this came from the period in the 1980s, when Disney started to play…

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) – Hugh Hudson

  The Oscar-nominated Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is the next film suggestion from the Sci-Fi Chronicles as I continue my time with Edgar Rice Burroughs most famous creation, in this version portrayed by Christopher Lambert. This film is based in more reality than earlier explorations of the character, and by…

Hudson Part II – Saying Goodbye and Letting Go

  My first post about Hudson the polar bear cub received a lot of attention – in a great way!  Thanks so much to everyone who read and commented and otherwise showed their support for me, and affection for the bear.  Knowing that the story touched so many people definitely helped to take some of…