V – The Miniseries (1983) – Part Two

Part two of the iconic science fiction mini-series V, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, aired on 2 May, 1983.  It aired the following night after part one, no week’s wait, not even a couple of days. This was an event, and for two nights it ruled television. Continuing it’s sci-fi retelling of Nazi Germany…

Miami Vice (1984) – Brother’s Keeper

1984. This was a big year for me. It featured one of the biggest most influential moves of my life, as well as helping to define the person I would become. I became more and more immersed in pop culture. When Miami Vice came along, it was getting into pop music in a big way,…

His Girl Friday (1940) – Howard Hawks

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, is the incredibly enjoyable Howard Hawks film, His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. The film is based on the play The Front Page, with the key change of making one of the leads a woman. From there, history takes over, and the…

Quantum Leap (1990) – The Great Spontini and Rebel Without a Clue

After the heavier subject matter last week, The Great Spontini is a bit lighter fare (partially, though it does deal with a heartbreaking reality for families, divorce and custody battles) for Sam (Scott Bakula). Written by Cristy Dawson and Beverly Bridges, this episode first aired on 16 November, 1990. Sam finds himself as a magician, Harry Spontini,…

Quantum Leap (1990) -Maybe Baby and Sea Bride

Sam (Soctt Bakula) is a kidnapper? This week out time traveller is on the run in Maybe Baby. Penned by Paul and Julie Brown, who also portrays Sam’s travelling companion, and stripper, Bunny, in this episode that aired 4 April 1990. It’s 11 March, 1963, and Sam as Buster, the bouncer from Bunny’s bar, and…

Hell or High Water (2016) – David Mackenzie

  Director David Mackenzie and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) update the western for the modern age, while tweaking and twisting it into this crime drama. Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby (Chris Pine) are brothers. Tanner is a career criminal, and Toby, like those in his family before him, is dirt poor. Like so many places…

Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite (2015) -Svyatoslav Podgayevskly

  It’s always interesting to see what genre films look like from other countries, and this Friday at select cities across the country, and on VOD on the 19th, we can have a look at Russia’s Queen of Spades. A riff on the Bloody Mary urban legend that is seemingly as old as mankind, the…

Magnum, p.i. (1986) – Kapu and Missing Melody

  Thomas (Tom Selleck) finds himself on the forbidden island of Kapu in the first episode ip this week. It was written by Deborah Dean Davis, and had an original airdate of 26 November, 1986. While attempting to serve some papers, Thomas comes to the aid of a young Hawaiian woman, Alealea (Deborah Calbero), saving…

Magnum, p.i. (1986) – Little Girl Who and Paper War

  It’s back to Hawaii! And Thomas (Tom Selleck) is in for a bit of an emotional ride this week. First up is Little Girl Who. This one was penned by Deborah Pratt and had an original airdate of 5 November, 1986. Emotions and memories are brought to the fore, when Michelle (Marta DuBois), Magnum’s ex-wife,…

The Invasion (2007) – Oliver Hirschbiegel

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me the latest update of the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers tale, and after years of hearing terrible things about it, I think my expectations going into it were low enough that I was actually fairly entertained by it. Except for the need for a happy Hollywood ending… I…