The 400 Blows (1959) – Francois Truffaut

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book may be my new favourite Truffaut film, and his first full length feature. The story, partially created by Truffaut, follows young Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) a boy living in Paris, where his parents are having problems, and they all feel trapped in their tiny apartment….

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Zygon Inversion, and Sleep No More

Peter Harness and Steven Moffat pen the conclusion to the story begun last week in The Zygon Invasion, airing on 7 November, 2015, the episode left the Doctor (Capaldi) in a precarious predicament, the Zygon replacement of Clara (Jenna Coleman) had just launched a rocket at the President of Earth’s (the Doctor) plane – with…

Sherlock Jr. (1924) – Buster Keaton

The Movie Book from DK Canada continues to provide laughs and entertainment as I take in another Buster Keaton film, Sherlock Jr. as I work through their What Else to Watch list following my screening of Steamboat Bill, Jr. Running at a brisk 45 minutes, this iconic film is everything you would expect from a…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987/1988) – Haven, and The Big Goodbye

Captain’s log: stardate 41294.5 Haven, written by Tracy Torme and Lan O’Kun first aired on 20 November, 1987 This one is a bit of a mixed bag. Deanna Troi’s (Marina Sirtis) mother, Lwaxana (Majel Berrett)  makes her first appearance in the series, accompanied by her manservant, the silent and very entertaining, Mr. Homm (Carel Struycken)….

Point Blank (1967) – John Boorman

Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson headline the next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as we return to the Thriller & Crime genre. Marvin is Walker, a criminal left for dead when he is double-crossed by his partners, Reese (John Vernon) and his own wife, Lynne (Sharon Acker). He sets…

Star Trek: Killing Time (1985) – Della Van Hise

Hey look, it’s another non-canon Trek novel that features villains altering the timeline to change history, and allowing the author to play with established characters in their own way, with heavy slash tendencies (in this case, a Kirk/Spock romance… again). If you can get your hands on an ultra-rare first edition, there is actually more…

La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle

From its opening, marrying classical screen musical tropes and modern times, Chazelle’s film proves that not only is the big screen musical still alive, it is in fact a vibrant event. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as two Hollywood dreamers, Mia and Sebastian. She’s an aspiring actress, he’s a jazz pianist who dreams of…

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese

  Paul Schrader adapts Nikos Kazantakis’ powerful novel about the life of Christ (portrayed powerfully by Willem Dafoe) comes to life under the sure hand of Martin Scorsese, bringing the Christian character to life in a way unseen on the screen before this. Raising questions not only about the concept of Christ, as well as…

Labyrinth (1986) – Jim Henson 

  Executive produced by George Lucas, directed by Jim Henson, designs by Brian Froud, songs by David Bowie, and a screenplay by Terry Jones… what’s not to like about Labyrinth, first recommendation following my screening of The Wizard of Oz for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book? I loved digging into this one again, this…

Magnum, p.i. (1982) – Flashback and Foiled Again 

  This week’s installment features yet another favorite episode of mine (though let’s be honest, I have a lot of those in this series). Flashback was written by Lance Madrid III, and aired 4 November, 1982. Thomas (Tom Selleck) awakes to find himself in 1936, with a strange knowledge of a case he’s asked to…