Spy Game (2001) – Tony Scott

This week’s spy thriller is a fantastic film from Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. I remember being blown away the first time I saw this one, though I’ve always been a fan of Scott’s work, and the score by Harry Gregson-Williams felt perfectly suited for a techno-thriller, though admittedly this is…

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) – Guy Hamilton

Roger Moore’s sophomore effort as Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service agent, James Bond, 007 is a a bit of a mixed bag. Moore’s iteration of the character is still trying to find it’s groove, and its style, sometimes descending into camp, while still celebrating what makes a Bond film work – action sequences, dazzling locations,…

Foresight (2020) – Ian Hamilton

This week, Ian Hamilton takes us back to another chapter in ‘Uncle’ Chow Tung’s life. Originally created for the Ava Lee book series, Uncle served as Ava’s mentor and partner. Now with this new series, Hamilton continues to fill out this character’s back story with his signature whip smart dialogue and frenetic story pacing. It’s…

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) – Rob Cohen

There is a fun, if not a good movie somewhere in this mess of a mummy film that is my next stop in the mummy chapter of DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Unfortunately there are a number of things holding it back, there are some casting changes that affect onscreen chemistry,…

The Mountain Master of Sha Tin (2019) – Ian Hamilton

I’ve been hooked on Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee books since I first discovered them. I devour them voraciously as I follow the brilliant, and brave young woman on her adventures. She continues to work, somewhat, as a forensic accountant, but her life has changed a lot since I first met her, and she has become…

Yellow Earth (1984) – Kaige Chen

The What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book is always filled with great selections, and today I dig into selections following my screening of Raise the Red Lantern. Yellow Earth is a somewhat familiar tale, as it follows a young Communist soldier, Cuiqiao (Bai Xue) in 1939 China. He has been…

Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (1999) – Max McCoy

1934. The final Indiana Jones adventure set before the first trio of films is on the book shelf this week. It is also the shortest adventure in the series, not even breaking 200 pages, and the macguffin this time around is one created by the author, the Omega Book, though bases on things hinted at…

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – Blu-Ray

Crazy Rich Asians, based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, comes home on blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers Pictures today. A brilliantly funny rom-com, the film is a delight, and features a delightful all Asian cast, including Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., Henry Golding and Gemma Chan. The story…

Mulan (1998) – Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Lion King is this exceptional tale from Disney that brought a story little known to the North American world. This Disney version of an ancient Chinese folktale tells the story of a young woman, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen…

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – Roger Spottiswoode

Pierce Brosnan’s second outing as Ian Fleming’s James Bond, 007, is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following a screening of Goldfinger, and I quite happily make the argument that this may be Brosnan’s best outing in his four Bond films. From the opening White Knight sequence, to…

The Conquest of the Pole (1912) – Georges Melies

Using Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires series as its inspiration, the next stop in DK Books’ The Movie Book is the highly enjoyable The Conquest of the Pole from the brilliant French showman, Georges Melies. The film follows a muktin-national team of explorers, occasionally interferered with by a group of Suffragettes who are planning on exploring…