Explorers (1985) – Joe Dante

The next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, as it guides me through the interstellar reaches of space exploration with its chapter on Alien Monsters, is Joe Dante’s Explorers. Starring River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Jason Presson with appearances by Amanda Peterson, and James Cromwell, and featuring Dante regulars Robert Picardo and Dick Miller,…

Moonlighting (1987) – Cool Hand Dave: Part 1 & 2

Tired of waiting for Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) to return, David (Bruce Willis) flies to Chicago to confront her, after Agnes (Allyce Beasley) spills the pregnancy news to Bert (Curtis Armstrong) who in turn shares it with David. The episode aired on 17 November, 1987, and was written by Roger Director and Charles H. Eglee. Unfortunately,…

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) – Joe Dante

Is the mad scientist behind the camera or in front of it in this, the next film to be recommended by DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book? Joe Dante, the film’s director has always seemed wonderfully mad, his love of Looney Tune cartoons, and wacky humor always makes his films enjoyable from…

Piranha (1978) – Joe Dante

The next title from the What Else to Watch list as featured in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following the recommendation of Jaws is one of the first films to cash in on the dangerous aquatic animals films. Roger Corman produces a script by John Sayles and cult favorite Joe Dante directs this b-movie schlock…

V – The Final Battle (1984) – Part One

We had to wait a year to see what would happen next in Kenneth Johnson’s V story, but he left the follow-up miniseries due to creative differences. He saw more of a Holocaust-Resistance story and the studio wanted something more gangbusters action adventure in the vein of Star Wars if they could get it. The…

Miami Vice (1986) – The Fix, and Payback

Detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) investigate a dirty judge in The Fix. Written by Chuck Adamson, the episode first aired on 7 March, 1986. When the Vice team busts a dealer, in a buy that goes bad, the judge, Ferguson (Bill Russell), overseeing her case sets a paltry bond,…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) -Past Tense: Part I, and Part II

Station log: stardate 48481.2 Robert Hewitt Wolfe pens this stellar episode from a story he developed with Ira Steven Behr. First broadcast on 2 January, 1995, the story follows Sisko (Avery Brooks), Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and Dax (Terry Farrell) as, thanks to a transporter accident while the Defiant is in orbit around Earth, end up…

The Terminator (1984) – James Cameron

I do love a story that involves some temporal mechanics, and this one always pleases. Yes, T2 is arguably the better and stronger film, but you wouldn’t have T2 without this first film, which I was happy to revisit on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Cameron did a lot of model work and visual effects for various science…

The Howling (1981)

Joe Dante appears on the 101 Horror Movies, not with Gremlins, not with Piranha, but with his werewolf tale, The Howling. This is just a fun film, as most of Dante’s films tend to be. It’s also filled with inside jokes and cameos. If you watch the background, and book titles, and pictures on the…