Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) – Alejandro G. Inarritu

Micheal Keaton shines in Alejandro Innarritu’s Birdman. He brings a level to his performance that you know is based on personal experience, and delivers an Oscar-nominated virtuoso performance as Riggan Thompson, an actor who walked away from a billion dollar superhero franchise and is now worried about his relevance while being haunted by his past….

The X-Files (1994) – Duane Barry, and Ascension

In its second season, The X-Files really got to show us what it could do, and the first two episodes up this week form a pair of my favourites, in a season packed with standout episodes (and a couple of clunkers). Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Krycek (Nicholas Lea) are called in on a hostage…

In Conversation with John Landis

Today is my birthday, so it seems like the perfect moment to share this wonderful gift DK Canada gave me. Director John Landis has overseen the compilation of a new anthology, Haunted Houses, and it is perfect reading for the Halloween season. It’s a fantastic collection, and DK Canada arranged for me to speak with…

Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Project Daedalus, and The Red Angel

Captain’s log: 2257 Jonathan Frakes returns to direct this episode that first aired on 14 March, 2019 and was written by Michelle Paradise. When members of the Discovery crew infiltrate a Section 31 station, Pike (Anson Mount) and the rest begin to fear they have a leak aboard ship. Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Spock (Ethan…

The Golden Child (1986) – Micheal Ritchie

The next title in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, as I continue my journey through the chapters on the Devil’s Works is a film that features demons, magic,and Eddie Murphy, and I don’t know why, but this, to me, feels like a forgotten film of the 80s, The Golden Child. I remember seeing it…

Star Trek: Discovery (2018) – Will You Take My Hand?

Captain’s log: 2257 Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts write the teleplay for the first season finale of Star Trek: Discovery from a story by Berg, Harberts and Akiva Goldsman, who also directs. It first aired on 11 February, 2018, and ended with a moment that excited some fans, and infuriated others. With Georgiou (Michelle…

Rope (1948) – Alfred Hitchcock

I dig into another classic Hitchcock today, and despite the fact that James Stewart gets top billing, he is almost a supporting role, not really taking centre stage until the final act of the film that was adapted from a stage play by Patrick Hamilton, partially adapted by Hume Cronyn. Brandon (John Dall) and Phillip…

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – Alfred Hitchock

It’s time for a little more Hitchcock as I dive into another old favourite, Shadow of a Doubt starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. A coming-of-age tale with a twist of murder, this film remains completely captivating thanks to the direction, the leading and the wonderful supporting cast which are all recognisable to anyone who…

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…