The Mary Shelley Club (2021) – Goldy Moldavsky

So I have been reading a lot of science fiction of late, and wanted to shake it up a bit, and find something a little bit more from the horror/thriller genre, and a top horror novels of 2021 list returned the Young Adult (I hate that term) novel, The Mary Shelley Club. Well I put…

Mission: Impossible (1969) – Illusion, and The Interrogator

Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team go undercover in an Eastern European country, that looks like it gets its uniforms from the Nazis, in Illusion. Written by Laurence Heath, this episode first aired on 13 April, 1969. The team are seeking to remove two political officers, who are scheming against each other for control…

Tell Me My Name (2020) – Erin Ruddy

Dundurn Press keeps my reading pile high, and full of thrills. This week, I dug into Tell Me My Name by Erin Ruddy, a tightly-paced thriller that makes me rethink about wanting to visit cottage country, and re-examining all my past interactions with everyone around me. Ellie and Neil were going to have some time…

The X-Files (1999) – Trevor, and Milagro

John Diehl guest stars in Trevor, an episode written by Jim Guttridge and Kenneth H. Hawryliw that first aired 11 April, 1999. Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) have an x-file on their hand when a convict, Pinker Rawls (Diehl) escapes from a prison camp during a tornado, after having killed the warden, by…

The Exorcist III (1990) – William Peter Blatty

It’s been a long time since I watched William Peter Blatty’s direct his adaptation of his own novel, Legion. After a reshot ending to include an exorcism that didn’t exist in the original novel or screenplay, we are left with an uneven film that does a poor job to illustrate Blatty’s nature as a storyteller….

Torn Curtain (1966) – Alfred Hitchcock

Paul Newman and Julie Andrews star in this thriller from director Alfred Hitchcock. And while the Master of Suspense is still a fantastic director, this one isn’t quite as thrill-packed as the poster would suggest. Which is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, the leads are wonderful, and it’s a very enjoyable story, it’s just…

You Only Live Twice (1964) – Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming’s penultimate James Bond novel, there is one more to come, and then a collection of short stories, was the last one published before his death in August of 1964. Picking up nine months after the events of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service we find 007 a broken man. Still in a deep state…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Cold Station 12, and The Augments

Captain’s log: date unknown Micheal Bryant continues the Augment arc that began in the previous episode, with this story, Cold Station 12, that he wrote. It first aired on 5 November, 2004. With Malik (Alec Newman) at his side, Dr. Arik Soong (Brent Spiner) leads the augments to Cold Station 12 which holds not only…

Hannibal (2001) – Ridley Scott

Anthony Hopkins returns to his iconic role of the cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lector in the sequel to the brilliant The Silence of the Lambs. This film shows up in Ten Bad Dates with De Niro on a list of films that it is painful to like. Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme elected not to…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Fallen Hero, and Desert Crossing

Captain’s log: 9 February, 2152 Supposedly on their way to Risa, the pleasure planet, the Enterprise gets a different mission that keeps shore leave a couple of episodes away. Written by Alan Cross from a story by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Chris Black, this episode first aired on 8 May, 2002. Archer (Scott Bakula)…