Star Trek: Discovery (2018) – The Wolf Inside, and Vaulting Ambition

Captain’s log: 2257 Lisa Randolph continues the Discovery Mirror Universe arc with The Wolf Inside which first aired on 14 January, 2018. Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in charge of the I.S.S. Shenzou and is ordered to destroy some rebels for the Terran Empire, but she works to do her best to save them all while…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – In a Mirror, Darkly Part II, and Demons

Captain’s log: 18 January, 2155 The mirror universe two-parter comes to a conclusion this week in an episode written by Micheal Sussman from a story by Manny Coto. It first debuted (with its altered opening credits sequence) on 29 April, 2005. Archer (Scott Bakula) has seized control of the U.S.S. Defiant from the Prime Universe,…

Gladiator: 20th Anniversary 4k Review

It’s hard to believe that Gladiator is twenty years old. I can still recall the evening I saw in the theatre, and how the group of friends and I simply loved it. Ridley Scott proved what an amazing and technical director he was, and continues to be, Russell Crowe became a new hero to many…

Twins of Evil (1971) -John Hough

Hammer Films last film in the Karnstein trilogy, Twins of Evil, is the next film to sink my fangs into as I continue to explore John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. Boasting the casting of twin Playboy playmates, Mary and Madeleine Collinson as well as a fantastic performance by Peter Cushing the…

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1992/1993) – Demons of Deception

The Great War still rages around young Indiana Jones (Sean Patrick Flanery) serving in the Belgian army as Henri Defense, and this film, cobbled together from two episodes first debuted on 31 October, 1999. Verdun, September 1916 Written by Jonathan Hensleigh, from a story by series creator George Lucas, this portion of the film originally…

Mulan (1998) – Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Lion King is this exceptional tale from Disney that brought a story little known to the North American world. This Disney version of an ancient Chinese folktale tells the story of a young woman, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen…

Dune Messiah (1969) – Frank Herbert

A substantially shorter novel than the first book in the series, Dune Messiah is on the Book Shelf this week. Published four years after Dune, Messiah is set twelve years after the events that saw Paul Atreides become Emperor, marry a princess in name only, and his Fremen launched their jihad on the galaxy. Paul…

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) – George Lucas

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me to the final entry in the Prequel Trilogy, and arguably the strongest despite some troubling moments. While still suffering from the too clean, too digital, green-screen EVERYTHING, this one feels the closest to a Star Wars movie, and that opening sequence through the space battle over Coruscant is highly…

Star Wars: Lords of the Sith (2015) – Paul S. Kemp

  The new Star Wars canon has turned on some stellar stuff (Lost Stars) and some less than entertaining stuff (Aftermath), but Paul S. Kemp’s action-packed novel falls very comfortably in the stellar category, bringing us a very satisfying tale, that ties a number of Star Wars properties together through references and characters. Taking place…

Star Wars: A New Dawn (2014) – John Jackson Miller

  So far, with the exclusion of Aftermath, sorry to say, Disney has done a nice job handling the Star Wars universe, tying in all the films, television series, comics and books into one full tapestry. I loved the first season of Rebels, and was delighted to hear about Miller’s book that would show us…