The Defiant Ones (1958) – Stanley Kramer

The next big film for me to watch in DK Canada’s informative and entertaining The Movie Book is Bonnie and Clyde, but having reviewed that one previously, I jumped right to the What Else to Watch list and found a title that I hadn’t seen yet, Stanley Kramer’s The Defiant Ones. Boasting a stellar cast…

Proxima Command – An Evening’s Sci-Fi Adventure

Ever since I was a kid and first discovered Star Wars, Star Trek, and science fiction in general, I had dreams of stepping onto the bridge of a starship, or spaceship, and exploring, seeking out new life forms, engaging in intergalactic battles, or watching the stunning starscape slip past my windows. I remember sitting at…

Space: 1999 (1976) – Seed of Destruction, and The AB Chrysalis

Broadcast on 11 November, 1976, Seed of Destruction, penned by John Goldsmith lets Commander John Koenig (Martin Landau) indulge into that classic sci-fi trope, the evil twin. He and Carter (Nick Tate) are investigating a strange asteroid that Maya (Catherine Schell) reports is giving off a strange energy reading. While Carter works on the Eagle,…

Vampire Circus (1972) – Robert Young

Vampire Circus, a Hammer Film (read as blood, fangs and nudity) is the next title from Monsters in the Movies by director John Landis. The book is available from DK Canada, and has been extremely entertaining. I really liked this one, it’s not lengthy, it falls short of an hour and a half, but I…

The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands (1991) – Stephen King

This week I continue my journey with Roland of Gilead’s ka-tet as they continue their journey to the Dark Tower. He, Eddie and Susannah travel onwards, and things start to get really good. They discover one of the twelve legendary guardians, the Path of the Beam, they recite the catechism that becomes ingrained in the…

Ready Player One (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

If there’s a movie that will serve easter egg hunters by being released to blu-ray (and DVD) then it’s Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s iconic, nostalgia inducing science fiction romp, Ready Player One, available today from Warner Brothers. Tye Sheridan stars as Wade, a young dreamer, who like everyone in his generation, living amongst…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Dark Page, and Attached

Captain’s log: stardate 47254,1 Airing on 1 November, 1993, this episode sees the return of Deanna Troi’s (Marina Sirtis) mother, Lwaxanna (Majel Barrett) returns for another visit, and also features an appearance by a young Kirsten Dunst as a young telepathic alien named Hedril. Written by Hilary J. Bader, the story gives a little more…

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…

The Deer Hunter (1978) – Micheal Cimino

Micheal Cimino’s examination of the effects of war, framed around the Vietnam conflict and a small industrial town in Pennsylvania is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. Laying out the scars, physical, mental and unseen that affected those who fought in it,…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Hollow Pursuits, and The Most Toys

Captain’s log: stardate 43801.4 First airing on 30 April, 1990, this episode, written by Sally Caves introduced fan favourite Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz) to the Trek Universe. Barclay is smart, but shy, suffers from some anxieties, and releases them through escapes to the holodeck. In fact, he slips away every chance he gets, as, within…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – The Hunted, and The High Ground

Captain’s log: stardate 43489.2 Airing on 8 January, 1990, this episode featured the first appearance of James Cromwell in the Trek universe. Here he plays Prime Minister Nayrok in an episode written by Robin Bernheim. An escaped prisoner, ┬áDanar (Jeff McCarthy) gives Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the Enterprise a run for its money after he…

The Twilight Zone (1963) – Valley of the Shadow, and He’s Alive

It’s time to venture further into The Twilight Zone, as I delve deeper into season 4 of The Complete Series on blu-ray now available from Paramount Pictures. First up this week is Valley of the Shadow. Written by Charles Beaumont, this story sees reporter, Philip Redfield (Ed Nelson) finding himself stuck in a strange small…