City On A Hill: Season One – DVD Review

The Showtime series starring the incredibly versatile and always fantastic Kevin Bacon and SAG Award winner Aldis Hodge, City On A Hill: Season One comes home on DVD from Paramount Canada. The ten episodes tell an engrossing tale that follows a corrupt, but hardworking Bureau agent, Jackie Rohr (Bacon) form an uneasy alliance with the…

Erik the Viking (1989) – Terry Jones

Monty Python alum Terry Jones writes and directs (as well as making an appearance) in the next film in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book as I continue to explore the chapter on Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales. Tim Robbins is the titular Erik, a Viking who isn’t sure about the looting…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Alice, and Riddles

Captain’s log: stardate unknown First airing on 20 October, 1999 the teleplay for this Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) episode was written by Bryan Fuller and Micheal Taylor from a story by Juliann deLayne. When the Voyager arrives at a ‘junkyard’ Paris comes across an old racing ship which he convince Chakotay (Robert Beltran) to…

Toronto After Dark 2019: Contracts (2019) – Alex Chung

Tonight’s entry in the Toronto After Dark film festival is the one film in this year’s lineup that I find a little dubious. I love that the festival embraces genre films from all over the world, and that they showcase some fantastic films, but Contracts seems like a bit of misstep. In a post-John Wick…

The Conversation (1974) – Francis Ford Coppola

Gene Hackman stars in one of the What Else to Watch list following my screening of The Lives of Others as I work my way through DK Canada’s exceptional The Movie Book. Written and directed by Coppola, the film features some very recognizable names including Harrison Ford (playing the closest he’s ever been to a…

The Haunting of Hill House (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Last year Netflix dropped the addictive, binge it all at once series, The Haunting of Hill House from writer-director Mike Flanagan. And now it comes home on blu-ray with extended episodes and commentary tracks to enhance the viewing experience as one of the most famous haunted house tales comes home in a new way. Taking…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Juggernaut, and Someone to Watch Over Me

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Bryan Fuller, Nick Sagan, and Kenneth Biller pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Fuller. It first aired on 26 April, 1999 and sees the Voyager coming across a Malon freighter (we’ve encountered them before; they seem to be okay with polluting the galaxy by dumping their toxic…

Rocketman (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

The fantasy biopic about musical legend (and one of my favorite artists) Elton John has come home on blu-ray and DVD thanks to Paramount Pictures. Taron Egerton who is bound to be nominated for an Oscar (or should be) IS Elton John in this jukebox musical that tells the musician’s personal history in a fantastical,…

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) – Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan’s heartbreaking, and powerful film (something I was fortunate enough to be able to tell the director in person) is the next stop in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Based on the novel by Russell Banks, which Egoyan adapted as well as directed the film features great performances by Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) – Profit and Lace, and Time’s Orphan

Station log: stardate unknown Alexander Siddig directs this Quark (Armin Shimerman) episode that was written by Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler, which first aired on 13 May, 1998. Female rights aren’t a thing in the Ferengi end of space, but Grand Nagus Zek (Wallace Shawn) wants to change that, and begins promoting equal rights….

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Living Witness, and Demon

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Tim Russ directs this episode from Bryan Fuller, Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky from a story by Braga. It first aired on 29 April, 1998. This is a great Doctor (Robert Picardo) story as the episode follows a backup version of the Doctor that is activated some several hundred years in…