Black Rain (1989) – Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott remains one of my favourite technical directors, and it’s been awhile since I settled in for this crime thriller, that stars Micheal Douglas, Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw, and Ken Takakura. Douglas plays Nick Conklin a less than clean New York bigoted cop currently under investigation by Internal Affairs when he and his partner…

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) – Alfred Hitchcock

James Stewart and Doris Day find themselves caught up in international intrigue and a political assassination in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, a remake of his own film from 1934. While on a working holiday that takes the family to Paris, Casablanca and Marrakesh, Dr. Benjamin McKenna (Stewart), his wife, Jo (Day)…

The Red Shoes (1948) – Micheal Powell and Emeric Pressburger

The Directory in DK Canada’s The Movie Book continues to introduce me to classic films I haven’t seen, and today they introduced me to the Oscar winning film, The Red Shoes. Taking home awards from the Academy for Art & Set Direction as well as Best Music, the story follows the life and career of…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A space age fairy tale. No matter the themes, social commentary or underpinnings we wish to assign the Skywalker Saga, culminating with the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars has always been a space age fairy tale – there are princesses (turned general), knights (both good and bad), evil lords, fortresses,…

The Changeling (1980) – Peter Medak

Next up in DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies, is the classic Canadian horror (shot in Vancouver and featuring some homegrown talent), The Changeling, a wonderful addition to the ghost chapter I am currently delving into. After his wife and child are killed in an accident while on vacation, composer John Russell (George…

Forrest Gump: 25th Anniversary – 4K/Blu-Ray Review

Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, is somehow twenty five years old this year. I don’t want to go over the math on that one, I’d rather simply enjoy this Paramount Pictures released, Bob Zemeckis masterpiece. Presented in stunning 4K or a completely remastered blu-ray, the film is just as brilliant as you remember it. Over…

War of the Worlds (1989) – Choirs of Angels, and Dust to Dust

The morthren have a new plan to immunize themselves against Earth’s bacteria that still proves a threat to them, and they are implanting a message in music to brainwash anyone who listens to it. Choirs of Angels was written by Durnford King, and first aired on 16 January, 1989. The focus of their musical plot…

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

In 2012, Disney brought us the unluckily hero Wreck-It-Ralph as voiced by John C. Reilly, and pairing him with Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) made for a fantastic combination. A sequel seemed inevitable but Disney took its time, letting the film’s creators come up with the right story (one that will appeal to both kids and adults),…

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Anniversary Edition: The Signature Collection

The Little Mermaid arguably launched the Disney Renaissance, and it is now thirty years old, and what better way to celebrate it than with an all new Signature Edition bli-ray from Walt Disney. Featuring fantastic songs by Howard Ashman, and Alan Menken, fantastic voice performances, including Jodi Benson, Rene Auberjonois, Buddy Hackett and Samuel E….

Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018) – Blu-Ray

Paramount Pictures invites you to bring home the next (and biggest – to date) assignment from the IMF as Mission: Impossible Fallout comes home on blu-ray. We’ve followed Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise)  since 1996, over the course of fifth films, and now, the sixth film, is probably the biggest, most impressive entry into the franchise…

Lifeforce (1985) – Tobe Hooper

Special effects wizard John Dykstra, legendary composer Henry Mancini, Alien scribe Dan O’Bannon, Sir Patrick Stewart, and the lovely Mathilda May are all part of Tobe Hooper’s sci-fi vampire movie. And you’d think that with credits like that, including Steve Railsback and Peter Firth would make this a solid entry in the Monsters in the…