Heartbreak Ridge (1986) – Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood stars, produces and directs this love letter to the United States Marine Corps. and while fairly engaging, the film embraces stereotypes almost to the extreme at both ends, consequently the characters and tone of the film isn’t as balanced as it could be. Eastwood plays the career marine, Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway. He’s…

Monsters (2010) – Gareth Edwards

It’s time for another close encounter with alien beings in the next title from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, this time, the creature’s are earthbound, and despite the titles are they really monsters? Or perhaps it’s the humans who are the monsters? Six years ago a space probe returning to earth with samples of…

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) – Roger Corman

Another atomic mutation menaces in today’s venture into DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Produced and directed by Richard Corman, I enjoyed this one much more than his Day The World Ended. This one is so bad, you can’t help but to enjoy it. It also features Russell Johnson, recognisable to most as the Professor,…

The Day of the Dolphin (1973) – Mike Nichols

The next title to be featured on the list of ten films that made me cry from the Ten Bad Dates With De Niro book is this Mike Nichols film from the early seventies. I won’t say that it made me cry by the ending was sad, poignant and necessary. George C. Scott headlines as…

Project Nim (2011) – James Marsh

The What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is proving fruitful with some fantastic documentaries, as they recommend a number of titles following my screening of Man On Wire. In the 70s, a newborn chimpanzee, named Nim, is recruited for a scientific experiment to explore nature versus nurture, to see if…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – The Voyager Conspiracy, and Pathfinder

Captain’s log: stardate 53329 Joe Menosky penned this Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) episode that delves into paranoia as she begins to suspect that the Voyager was intentionally transported to the Delta Quadrant. After augmenting her alcove to assimilate more data, her neural pathways are unable to handle it, and begin correlating facts into vast…

Space: 1999 (1976) – Space Brain, and The Troubled Spirit

A Christopher Penfold script takes us farther out into the universe this week with Moonbase Alpha, in this story that first aired on 29 January, 1976. And in what seems to be a recurring theme throughout the first season, a member of Alpha is taken over by an alien presence, one that is a big…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Witch’s Familiar, and Under the Lake

The Doctor (Capaldi) finds himself confronting a terrible choice when the cliffhanger caused by last week’s episode comes to its resolution in The Witch’s Familiar. Written by Steven Moffat, this episode first premiered on 26 September, 2015. Davros (Julian Bleach) has apparently let the Daleks destroy Clara (Jenna Coleman), Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the TARDIS….

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Redemption Part II, and Darmok

Captain’s log: stardate 45020.4 Season five got under way on 23 September, 1991 in this episode written by Ronald D, Moore. Worf (Michael Dorn) has gone to fight alongside his brother Kurn (Tony Todd) in the Klingon Civil War. Meanwhile, Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the Enterprise are trying to stop the…

Star Trek: The Tears of the Singers (1984) – Melinda Snodgrass

Before she was tapped to join the writers of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Melinda Snodgrass penned this non-canon classic Trek novel, that is one of the best ones I’ve rad to date. There is an ecological element to the tale, music, and alien life plays a major part, and not only are Kirk, Spock…