Robot Monster (1953) – Phil Tucker

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, by director John Landis brings me a 50s title that is so bad, it’s come around to good, passed that and slapped it for being out too late and travelled back to bad again. It’s also become iconic, in that the monstrous ape, the chapter I am currently…

Miami Vice (1985) – Back in the World, and Phil the Shill

Detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson who also serves as director of this episode) recalls his time in Vietnam, when an old friend, Stone (Bob Balaban) resurfaces with a story about some heroin that made it out of Saigon and is now resurfacing in Miami. Back in the World was written by Terry McDonnell and first…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – Caretaker

Captain’s log: stardate 48315.6 Micheal Piller and Jeri Taylor penned the series opener from a story they came up with alongside Rick Berman, and the Trek universe was introduced to its newest captain, Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and her Intrepid-class starship, Voyager, NCC-74656. She and her crew, including a helmsman recruited out of a Federation…

The Wild One (1953) – Laslo Benedek

It’s time to dig into the What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of A Streetcar Named Desire, and it’s time for another Marlon Brando film. Over a career that includes tons of iconic roles, this one must be near the top, and yet, it’s still not enough…

The Golden Compass (2007) – Chris Weitz

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of The Fellowship of the Ring is this adaptation of the first book in His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. It’s obvious that the film was planned as the first in a trilogy, much in the…

Alexander Nevsky (1938) – Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitriy Vasilev

DK Book’s The Movie Book suggested one more Key Film for Sergei Eisenstein following my screening of Battleship Potemkin; the classic Russian film Alexander Nevsky. Starring Nikolay Cherkasov in the titular role, the film is incredibly engaging, and well-produced, and if nothing else you can tell that the composer Sergei Prokofiev’s score influenced such composers…

The Postman (1997) – Kevin Costner

It’s time to return to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book as we journey to the far distant year of 2013!! The Postman, directed by Costner, and starring Kevin Costner, feels like another attempt to turn himself into a hero in the post apocalyptic world. Based on the novel by David Brin, the epic film, it’s three…

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…

The Stepford Wives (1975) – Bryan Forbes

  Katharine Ross headlines in William Goldman’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, which is the next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Ross is Joanna Eberhart, a smart, beautiful woman, who is much put-upon by her husband, Walter (Peter Masterson), who wants his wife to be more ‘ahem’ traditional. Packing up the family, they leave…

Life’s A Breeze (2014) – Lance Daly

  Released towards the end of last month, this little gem, Life’s a Breeze, isĀ available now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Fionnula Flanagan is Nan, an elderly woman who lives in a cluttered home and puts up with her layabout son, Colm (Pat Shortt), who collects his weekly welfare, andĀ dreams of winning the lotto. She also…