Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Waking Moments, and Message in a Bottle

Captain’s log: stardate 51471.3 Andre Bormanis (who serves as the science consultant for both Voyager and Deep Space Nine) pens this episode that first aired on 14 January, 1998. The crew of the Voyager all seem to be suffering from night terrors, and all of them feature the exact same alien (Mark Colson) . Of…

Tommy (1975) – Ken Russell

As I dig into the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Grease, I got rather excited about what I would see, and if there would be anything I hadn’t screened before. In fact there was. The Who’s Tommy. Playing like an experimental film that is undeniably…

Fantasia (1940) – James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, and Ben Sharpsteen

After Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s Fantasia, from 1940, was quite possibly the studio’s riskiest and definitely their most experimental film. Before 1938, the idea of animated feature was unheard of. The thought that a story could be created, and cartoon characters could be involving enough to carry an entire full length film…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Impossible Horror – Justin Decloux

Having its world premiere tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is this odd and strange film shot here in Toronto. With a runtime of just over an hour, there isn’t a lot to it, and at times it seems experimental, while at others, to paraphrase one of the…

Man with a Movie Camera (1929) – Dziga Vertov

Vertov’s engaging documentary is the next stop in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. It falls solidly and enjoyably in the What Else to Watch list of Battleship Potemkin. A man, Mikhail Kaufman, wanders the city and captures the daily life of the Soviet Union in a brilliantly engaging way, marrying idea to image as only…

Star Trek: The Original Series (1967) – The Deadly Years and Obsession

Captain’s log: stardate 3478.2 The Deadly Years soared onto screens on 8 December, 1967, with a script by David P. Harmon. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Galway (Beverly Washburn) beam down to Gamma Hydra IV. Once there they discover that the entire outpost is…

An American in Paris (1951) – Vincente Minnelli

  Gene Kelly singing and dancing to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, sounds perfect and entertaining. And this Best Picture winner is definitely entertaining, and my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Singin’ in the Rain. I feel bad, because I know this…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Warriors Gate

  This four part story that was written by Steve Gallagher and ran from 3 January to 24 January, 1981 saw, by stories end the departure of Romana (Lalla Ward) as well as K9 from the TARDIS, as the E-Space Trilogy comes to an end. Biroc (David Weston) gets aboard the TARDIS, and steers it…

Theorem (1968) РPier Paolo Pasolini 

  The dive into the drama genre continues with this recommendation from my viewing of Last Tango in Paris for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. There are only 923 spoken words in the entire film, and for the most part, they don’t give a lot of indication of what is really…