Toy Story (1995) – John Lasseter

As I return to the Family section in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I am delighted to dig into another Pixar movie. In fact, the first Pixar feature film. Since 1995, Pixar has released incredible films that have become a treasured part of modern culture. It’s hard to believe that it…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – Going Home and Paniolo

  Thomas heads to Virginia in the first episode up this week, Going Home, which aired 31 October, 1985 and was penned by Gene Donalds and Chris Abbott. He returns to Virginia for his grandfather’s funeral, and it opens up a slew of memories, pains, and troubles amongst the family. He’s never been a fan of…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Tran Quoc Jones and Luther Gillis: File #001

  It’s back to Paradise for the Thursday visit with Thomas and company… Up first is Tran Quoc Jones. This episode was penned by Chris Abbott and had an airdate of 29 November, 1984. The titular character, Tran Quoc Jones (Roland Harrah III), is an illegal Amerasian boy, who sells knick knacks on the streets…

Magnum p.i. (1982) – The Elmo Ziller Story and Three Minus Two

Season two of Magnum p.i. comes to a close with the two episodes this week. First up is The Elmo Ziller Story, which aired 25 March, 1982, and was written by Robert Hamilton. Thomas (Tom Selleck) thinks Higgins (John Hillerman) is him on when he’s asked to protect Elmo Ziller, who looks exactly like a…

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) – Jimmy T. Murakami

With the advent of Star Wars in the late 70s, every studio, almost every writer, wanted to get in on the sci-fi band wagon, including Roger Corman. Known for his exploitation films with incredibly low budgets, Battle Beyond the Stars, was his biggest budgeted film, and was my introduction to the story of the Seven…

Who Killed Jessie? (1966) – Vaclav Vorlicek

The 101 Sci-Fi movies has brought me this unexpected treasure. This is a wacky 60s sci-fi romp that is just an absolutely hoot, verging on madcap hilarityof the Blake Edwards variety. Jessie (Olga Schoberova) is a busty, brainy, blonde beauty (how’s that for alliteration?) who has created a pair of anti-gravity gloves, unfortunately she’s consatantly being…