Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Pendulum, The Western, and Imitation

This is it, the final instalment of Mission: Impossible as I complete my exploration of The Complete Series on Blu-ray, available now from Paramount Canada. The last three episodes of the series are much like those that went before it. They remain episodic in nature, interchangeable with anything that has gone before, and no real…

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) – 4K Review

Tony Scott came off the success of Top Gun with this follow-up to the 1984 hit Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, which is somehow thirty-five years old. To celebrate, Paramount Pictures delivers the high-octane sequel on a vibrant 4K disc. Let’s get this out of the way up front, there are no extras…

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Tony Scott

Eddie Murphy returned to the character of Axel Foley in 1987’s follow-up to his box office smash Beverly Hills Cop. This time around Tony Scott settled into the director’s chair to guide Foley on his next adventure, and while the film was fun, and recognisably Foley, it now had Scott’s signature visual style of saturated…

To Live and Die In L.A. (1985) – William Friedkin

I don’t know how it happens, but between the watching and the re-watching, I constantly forget how awesome To Live and Die In L.A. is. I know it’s good, I love this movie, but I seem to be consistently stunned every time I settle in for this one. Amazingly I didn’t see this film upon…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Detained, and Vox Sola

Captain’s log: date unknown Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 24 April, 2002 and featured Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula’s co-star in Quantum Leap in his only Trek appearance. Archer (Bakula) and Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) are captured by…

Blue Velvet (1986) – David Lynch

The next big title up for viewing in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable, The Movie Book is the David Lynch classic, Blue Velvet. It features a lot of familiar faces to Lynch fans, and in fact served as the launching point of inspiration for Twin Peaks. The Norman Rockwell facade of small town America (the town…

Miami Vice (1985) – Bushido, and Bought and Paid For

Castillo (Edward James Olmos who also serves as the director of the episode) takes center stage in the first episode up this week. Bushido was written by John Leekley and first aired on 22 November, 1985. The Lieutenant is asked by an old friend from the CIA, Jack Gretsky (Dean Stockwell) to help get his…

Paris, Texas (1984) – Wim Wenders

Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell headline as brothers in the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Thelma & Louise. Featuring a fantastic score by Ry Cooder the film is a look at a shattered American dream as Travis Henderson (Stanton) having been missing for…

Stephen King’s Triple Feature

Stephen King has legions of fans, and consequently, every now and again, a studio crafts another run at one of his novels, and while It! is on its way to screens in due course, Paramount Pictures and CBS DVD are releasing a collection of three of King’s mini-series in a very affordable collection. Over the…