Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Interface, and Gambit Part I

Captain’s log: stardate 47215.5 Airing on 4 October, 1993, Interface is a Geordi (LeVar Burton) story written by Joe Menosky. When the Enterprise’s Chief Engineer receives news of the disappearance of his mother’s, Captain Silva La Forge (Madge Sinclair), starship, it affects his current assignment of using a virtual reality probe to explore and rescue…

Game Night (2018): Blu-Ray Review

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are Max and Annie in Warner Brothers’ Game Night, which comes home on DVD and Blu-Ray today. They and their group of friends have a regular game night, but tonight their game takes on a new level when they find themselves caught up in an actual mystery. The game night…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Lessons, and The Chase

Captain’s log: stardate 46693.1 Jean Louise Matthias and Ronald Wilkerson penned this episode that first aired on 5 April, 1993. It is a Picard (Patrick Stewart) story that sees the captain discovering love with one of his crew members, the head of the stellar science services, Nella Daren (Wendy Hughes). As their relationship blossoms, and…

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar winning film noir, coached in cartoon terms, is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Toy Story. Melding the live action and cartoon world, the film follows detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) as he takes a case he doesn’t even want to…

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…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Devil’s Due, and Clues

Captain’s log: stardate 44474.5 With an airdate of 4 February, 1991, this episode, written by Philip LaZebnik, from a story by LaZebnik, and William Douglas Lansford, has always been a fun one for me. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Data (Brent Spiner) find themselves in a mystery when they answer a call from a planet that…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Impossible Horror – Justin Decloux

Having its world premiere tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is this odd and strange film shot here in Toronto. With a runtime of just over an hour, there isn’t a lot to it, and at times it seems experimental, while at others, to paraphrase one of the…

Minds of Winter (2016) – Ed O’Loughlin

An ode to the stark, beautiful ice covered unexplored reaches of the globe as much as to the human soul and its search for knowledge, discovery and connections; swathed in furs and driven by sledges , Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter delves into the history and exploration of the distant poles and ice floes while…

Magnum, p.i. (1986) – Novel Connection and Magnum On Ice

  It’s crossover week in Hawaii with this pair of episodes! First up, Novel Connection, which aired 19 November 1986, and was penned by Jay Huguely, sees Thomas (Tom Selleck) helping out Murder She Wrote’s Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) when anĀ attempt on Higgins’ (John Hillerman) life as well as those of some guests of the…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – The Treasure of Kalaniopu’u and Blood and Honor

  There’s some fun, and some intrigue in this week’s installment of our favourite Hawaiian based private investigator! First up is The Treasure of Kalaniopu’u, which aired 11 November, 1985, and was written by Reuben Leder. Thomas (Tom Selleck) is pulled in to serve as security and protection for Amy Griswald (Nancy Stafford) who is…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Mac’s Back and The Legacy of Garwood Huddle

  Thomas (Tom Selleck) is having a rough time of it as Mac’s Back opens. Written by Bellisario, with an airdate of 11 October, 1984, this is an episode that is almost a direct continuation of the events from the previous episode, something that didn’t happen a lot in episodic television during the 80s, but…