Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) – Roger Corman

Another atomic mutation menaces in today’s venture into DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Produced and directed by Richard Corman, I enjoyed this one much more than his Day The World Ended. This one is so bad, you can’t help but to enjoy it. It also features Russell Johnson, recognisable to most as the Professor,…

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…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Countdown, and Zero Hour

Captain’s log: 13 February, 2154 Robert Duncan McNeill directs the penultimate episode of the third season, which was written by Andre Bormanis and Chris Black. It debuted on 19 May, 2004. The crew of the very battered Enterprise work with members of the Xindi Council and some of the species’ factions, to stop the arming…

Urban Cowboy (1980) 40th Anniversary Edition – Blu-Ray Review

John Travolta was a hot commodity in the late 70s, and early 80s. He had a hit sitcom in Welcome Back, Kotter, had starred in two box office hits, Grease, and Saturday Night Fever, and he and director James Bridges sought to personalise the story of the modern cowboy with Urban Cowboy which sees its…

Octaman (1971) – Harry Essex

Harry Essex who wrote the Universal Monster classic, Creature From the Black Lagoon, goes back to the well with this tale that he wrote and directed, and also features some early work by Rick Baker, who had his hand in the design and build of the monster costume. Octaman is the next title up in…

Heat (1995) – Micheal Mann

I continue my time with Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, as I explore a list of Ten Scenes Where Shouty Al Shows Up, and yes, Pacino does yell a lot in this movie, but it is also a masterful epic that, for the first time, saw Al Pacino and Robert De Niro sharing scenes…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – The Breach, and Cogenitor

Captain’s log: date unknown Chris Black and John Shiban pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Daniel McCarthy. It’s a Phlox (John Billingsley) episode that first aired on 23 April, 2003, and was directed by Voyager’s Robert Duncan McNeill. Phlox finds himself in an ethical dilemma when the Enterprise is summoned to…

Chuck (2007) – Pilot, and Verus the Helicopter

This week I begin a revisit with the awesomeness that is the television series, Chuck. I remember being completely enraptured with it from the first episode, which debuted on 24 September, 2007 – right when I needed some fun and joy. The pilot for the series was written by series creators Josh Schwartz and Chris…

Whale Rider (2002) – Niki Caro

The beautifully crafted film, Whale Rider, adapted for the screen and directed by Niki Caro from the book by Witi Ihimaera is the next title up in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, as I work through a list of titles that will make you cry. Set amongst the Maori people in Whangara, New Zealand,…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Dawn, and Stigma

Captain’s log: date unknown Roxann Dawson directs this Trip (Connor Trinneer) episode written by John Shiban. Originally airing on 8 January, 2003 this episode riffs on the science fiction classic, Enemy Mine. Of course, it’s also been done previously in Trek, most notably in The Next Generation episodes, Darmok and The Enemy. And they were…

Love Actually (2003) – Richard Curtis

The most painful title to admit to liking on a list I’m working on in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro is the saccharine sweet Love Actually from writer/director Richard Curtis. Telling a plethora of love stories, the film features a stellar cast of top-notch British actors, and that alone makes the film worth a…

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…