The Sword and The Dragon (1956) – Aleksandr Ptushko

The next title in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, as I continue to delve into Dragons and Dinosaurs, takes me to Russia, where the legendary hero Ilja Moromez (Boris Andreyev) is brought to life in the first Russian film to be shot and shown in Cinemacope. It was released in ’56 in Russia, and…

Goliath and the Dragon (1960) – Vitorrio Cottafavi

I move to Italy for the next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book as I explore the chapter on Dragons & Dinosaurs. Dubbed in English to reach the North American audience, this Italian sword and sandal (and sorcery) ‘epic’ follows Goliath (Mark Forest) who has his hands full as we join him…

Ulysses (1954) – Mario Camerini

Kirk Douglas stars in this Italian sword and sandals (and sorcery) epic that also features Anthony Quinn, and is the next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book as I explore the chapter on Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales. Using Homer’s epic poem as its basis, the film follows Ulysses (Douglas) on his…

Miami Vice (1989) – To Have and to Hold, and Miami Squeeze

The final season of Miami Vice continues this week as we bid farewell to a couple of characters. To Have and to Hold was written by William Conway, and debuted on 10 February, 1989. The episode sees the final apparance of Sonny Crockertt’s (Don Johnson) ex-wife Caroline (Belinda Montgomery) and his son, Billy (Clayton Barclay…

The New World (2005) – Terrence Malick

Terrence Malick brings his arthouse visual style to the tale of Pocahontas (Q’Orianka Kilcher) and Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) in the next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, following its recommendation of Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Joining Kilcher and Farrell in the tale of the…

Underworld (2003) – Len Wiseman

Kate Beckinsale kicks ass and looks stunning doing it as she plays Selene, a death dealer, or vampire, in Underworld, the next recommendation from DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies by legendary director, John Landis. There has been a war raging around humanity for centuries as vampires and werewolves, or death dealers and…

Space: 1999 (1976) -Catacombs of the Moon, and Space Warp

Apparently evangelicals (of a sort) continue to exist in space when they rear their head in this episode of Space: 1999 written by Anthony Terpiloff. It first aired on 25 November, 1976. Patrick Osgood (James Laurenson), one of the engineers on Alpha, is looking for teranium in the depths of the moon. Just a few…

This Sporting Life (1963) – Lindsay Anderson

Richard Harris headlines the next film in the What Else to Watch list featured in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, following the recommendation of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Harris stars as Frank Machin, a miner who eventually finds success on the rugby field, something he’s wanted for a long time. He lodges in the…

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) -Karel Reisz

DK Canada’s The Movie Book moves onto the ‘angry young English man’ section of cinema with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Albert Finney stars as Arthur, the stereotypical angry young man. He works hard at the factory all week, drinks hard on the weekend and is involved with two different women. He walks a fine…

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968) – Freddie Francis

I’m starting a new movie book today, and this one should be a lot of fun. DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies by John Landis is going to bring me a lot of joy I think. There is going to be good films, bad films, schlock, gore, and general awesome-ness. The first section of the…

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish (1984) – Douglas Adams

So I felt it was time to check in with the gang from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy again, and dove into book four of the trilogy. This one seems a bit shorter than the previous tale, and to my chagrin, Ford Prefect is barely in it, Marvin makes only an appearance, and Zaphod…

The Trap (2015) – Melanie Raabe

  There is an immediacy to Melanie Raabe’s debut novel, The Trap, which sees its English release this week, via House of Anansi Press here in Toronto. Translated from German the captivating tale draws the reader into the world that she has created, much as her character, author Linda Conrads, is drawn into the situations…