Back to the Future: Part III (1990) – Robert Zemeckis

My last stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is the final trip with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in Back to the Future: Part III. From the film’s opening credits you know this will be a different adventure, the triumphant theme by Alan Silvestri gives way to a stirring romantic…

Magnum, p.i. (1984/1985) – Kiss of the Sabre and Little Games

  We start out with something really fun this week, with this episode, Kiss of the Sabre, written by Jay Huguely with an original air date of 13 December, 1984. Magnum (Tom Selleck) is being seriously put-upon by author Betty Windom (Cassie Yates) who has been given leave to stay at the estate by Robin…

Tarantula (1955) – Jack Arnold

  My time with director Jack Arnold continues, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles. This time around, we find ourselves int he middle of the desert menaced by a giant spider. But don’t worry, things work out in the end, and we’re all saved by Clint Eastwood. Really. Near a small desert town, Professor Gerald Deemer…

Crimes of the Heart 

  In the tiny, intimate space of The Theatre Machine, Toronto’s Sterling Theatre Company is presenting a production of Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart. Under the able direction of Miriam Laurence, the audience is transported back to the 1970s, and the lives of the Mississippi born and raised MacGrath sisters. We were interested in…

Airwolf (1985) – Santini’s Millions and Prisoner of Yesterday

  Airwolf takes to the sky again this week as String (Jan-Michael Vincent), Dom (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin (Jean Bruce Scott) take on a whole new week of adventure. First up is Santini’s Millions, written by Michael Halperin, this episode was originally broadcast on 2 February, 1985. Dom is flying Airwolf on a mission of mercy…

Airwolf (1985) – The American Dream and Inn at the End of the Road

  Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent), Dom (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin (Jean Bruce Scott) are back at it this week, flying their supercopter in to more danger! First up is The American Dream, which was written by Dennis Foley, and aired on 12 January, 1985. Our trio is attending a Vietnamese wedding. The groom, Minh (Magnum’s Soon-Tek…

Hot Docs 2014: In Country (Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara)

Screening for the second time of the festival today at 12:30pm at the Lightbox is this reality blurring documentary about a group of veterans as well as some everyday people, who reenact the Vietnam War. Weaving through the footage shot in Oregon with newsreels, sounds and images from the actual war, the line between what is…

Girls – Season 1 & Season 2

  HBO was kind enough to send me a copy of Girls Season 2 this week on blu-ray, which is the only excuse I needed to run out and pick up season 1. I’d been intrigued by the idea of the show since a number of guests mentioned it during our interviews, so I was…