War of the Worlds (1990) – Totally Real, and Max

Debi (Rachel Blanchard) gets another shot at the limelight with Totally Real, an episode written by Jim Trombetta which first aired on 23 April, 1990. While the production value again skirts the noir/apocalypse and the ‘classy’ future look, young Debi finds herself enjoying a fight simulator hologram that was created by the morthren to study…

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…

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) – David Twohy

  The adventures with the Sci-Fi Chronicles continues with the second Riddick film, once again written and directed by David Twohy. In all honesty, of the two films so far, I like this one more. There was more world-building, the introduction of a mythology for the character and the universe, though lets call the mystical…

Chicago (2002) – Rob Marshall 

  Rob Marshall not only directs the next title in the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, he also choreographed it as well, bringing the classic musical to the big screen with this Best Picture Oscar-winning version of Chicago, based on the musical play by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb….

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) – Kenneth Branagh

To round out the remake/reboots I’ve been watching this week I thought I’d take a look at the latest Jack Ryan film. Based on the characters (not any of the books) created by Tom Clancy, Chris Pine steps into the shoes previously filled by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin. What starts out fairly decently, sadly…

Canadian Screen Awards 2014 – Gala 2

  Okay, I had a much different post planned, but then I got caught up doing stuff for my day job (you know, the one that pays me), and am quickly running out of day, so I’ve decided instead to just list as many highlights as I can think of to share with you all! …

Face/Off (1997) – John Woo

  Hong Kong action meets big budget Hollywood in this entry on the 101 Action Movies list as John Woo fills the screens with stand-offs, explosions, and his signature balletic gunplay. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage play interchangeable roles as FBI agent Sean Archer and terrorist Castor Troy. Travolta as Archer is desperate, and obsessed…

Jack Ryan

Tom Clancy books were just a part of my teen years as Stephen King novels, Star Trek, and classic 80s movies (course how was I to know they were going to be classics when I was watching them? I just knew I loved them. I got into the books with the first paperback edition of…