The Living Daylights (1987) – John Glen

It’s time for another Bond film to join the 007 on the book shelf. And we come to one of my favourites, and the first one I ever saw in the theatre. Until this one came along, I had worked my way through the James Bond films in no semblance of order, as I was…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Bounty, and The Expanse

Captain’s log: 21 March, 2153 Roxann Dawson directs this episode that was written by Mike Sussman, Phyllis Strong and Hans Tobeason from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 14 May, 2003 and continued the Archer (Scott Bakula) arc featuring his trial and prosecution by the Klingons. Captain Archer is…

Hard Boiled (1992) – John Woo

The Directory, filling out the last section of DK Canada’s marvellous The Movie Book, brings me a 90s action classic. One that set the standard for Honk Kong cinema, and found fans all over the world with its style of balletic violence, beautifully crafted shots, and fantastic set pieces. Not to mention, the exemplary Chow…

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…

Miami Vice (1988) -The Cows of October, and Vote of Confidence

If there was any doubt that season four of Miami Vice showed that the series had lost its edge, The Big Thaw, Missing Hours, and this episode, The Cows of October definitely cemented that into fact. Written by Ed Zuckerman, the episode first debuted on 5 February, 1988, the story follows a canister of bull…

Miami Vice (1987) – Like a Hurricane, and The Rising Sun of Death

Anything has to be a step up after last week’s abysmal Missing Hours, and Like A Hurricane is a little bit more on track, but is a very Crockett (Don Johnson)-centric story. Written by Robert Palm, this episode first aired on 20 November, 1987. Vice detective Sonny Crockett is given babysitting duty. He’s supposed to…

City of God (2002) – Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund

City of God, based on a true story is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Taxi Driver. Brutally violent, jarring in its depictions, and beautifully made the film is a one of a kind experience that takes us into the slums just outside of…

Unforgiven (1992) – Clint Eastwood

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Wild Bunch, is my all-time favourite western, Eastwood’s multi-Oscar winning film (Best Director, Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman). An ageing gunfighter, William Munny (Eastwood) wants to tend to his tiny parcel…

Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese

Goodfellas is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Godfather. Here’s the thing, the gangster genre has never been my favourite, or even high on my list of films I enjoy. But, I remember reading the original non-fiction book written by Nicholas Pileggi back…

Current TV Shows I Most Enjoy – Part I

I was going to try and come up with a clever title or gimmick for this, like Sue’s Top 12 of 2012, or something.  But I didn’t want to restrict myself with a number, and the fact is, one of the reasons we started the Mind Reels was because we felt that things we loved…

Music To Spy To – Scoring 007

I love movie soundtracks! I’ve been enchanted with them, since I realized that I could have a Star Wars soundtrack of my very own, and play it over and over again. This was in 1978, and it wasn’t really the Star Wars soundtrack by the AWESOME John Williams, it was the album Star Wars and…