Topaz (1969) – Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock takes on Leon Uris’ novel Topaz in this film adaptation of the same name. It’s not quite on the level of a Tom Clancy techno-thriller, but the subject material, centring around the Cuban Missile Crisis and a Russian spy ring within the French intelligence community is pretty engaging stuff. Unfortunately, for me, it ended…

Peninsula (2020) – Sang-ho Yeon

I remember seeing Train to Busan back in 2016, at my fave film fest, Toronto After Dark, and was excited to see it just from the buzz around it at the festival. I was completely wowed,and have since recommended it constantly. I loved what Yeon did with the film, the way the story played out,…

Sawkill Girls (2018) – Claire Legrand

So I needed to try something different this week, to break up the cycle of books I’ve been reading, but obviously, I had to find it interesting and enjoyable. Claire Legrand’s Sawkill Girls is just that. I came across the title in a list of books to fill that Stranger Things craving, and was duly…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Bounty, and The Expanse

Captain’s log: 21 March, 2153 Roxann Dawson directs this episode that was written by Mike Sussman, Phyllis Strong and Hans Tobeason from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 14 May, 2003 and continued the Archer (Scott Bakula) arc featuring his trial and prosecution by the Klingons. Captain Archer is…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Judgement, and Horizon

Captain’s log: date unknown Archer (Scott Bakula) has some problems with the Klingons, who make a return appearance in this episode written by David A. Goodman from a story he developed with Taylor Elmore. It first aired on 9 April, 2003. Archer is captured and told to stand trial by the Klingons. He is charged…

Onward (2020)- Dan Scanlon

Pixar films have been magic for the audience since Toy Story first graced theatre screens, or one could argue, when Luxo Jr., made his first appearance. With their latest offering, Onward, Pixar takes us into the world of magic. It seems magic exists, we’ve just let it slide away because it was too much work…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – Q2, and Author, Author

Captain’s log: stardate 54704.5 LeVar Burton directs this episode that sees the return of Q (John de Lancie). Written by Robert Doherty from a story by Kenneth Biller, it first debuted on 11 April, 2001. Q shows up on the Voyager, much to Janeway’s (Kate Mulgrew) chagrin with his son (Keegan de Lancie) in tow….

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) – Nathan Juran

Setting aside the obvious whitewashing of the cast, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the next film in the Dragons & Dinosaurs chapter of DK Canada’s extremely entertaining Monsters in the Movies is a lot of fun. And one that I have a bit of a history with. Growing up we moved around frequently (being in…

The Croning (2012) – Laird Barron

This week’s book shelf brings a bit of cosmic horror as I delve into Laird Bannon’s novel, The Croning. The story spans the decades of one man, and the horrors that are around him, and the realization that these nightmare terrors are real. It’s unnverving, as we are introduced to geologist Don Miller, and his…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – Shattered, and Lineage

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Chakotay (Robert Beltran) gets the chance to take the centre stage in this episode written by Micheal Taylor from a story concocted by Taylor and Micheal Sussman, that first aired on 17 January, 2001. Following an accident, Chakotay seems to be able to travel through temporal distortions that are plaguing the…