War of the Worlds (1989) – Loving the Alien, and Night Moves

Debi (Rachel Blanchard) gets a little more of the limelight in this episode written by Janet MacLean. It first aired on 13 November, 1989. The morthren seem to be increasing their ground assaults, or at least in this episode they seem to be more in to waging a shooting war, and they also seem to…

The Birch Wood (1970) – Andrzej Wajda

As I return to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, I dive into the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Ashes and Diamonds. Directed by the same film maker, Andrzej Wajda, The Birch Wood is a gentle character piece set in prewar Poland. The story follows Stanislaw (Olgierd Lukaszewicz), a young man suffering…

Quantum Leap (1992/1993) – Promised Land and A Tale of Two Sweeties

Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself back in Elk Ridge, Indiana, his home town on 22 December, 1971. Directed by Bakula, this episode was penned by Tommy Thompson and Gillian Hovarth, and aired on 15 December,1992. Sam leaps into Willie Walters, jr. who is in the process of robbing the local bank with his brothers Neil…

Whistle Down the Wind (1961) – Bryan Forbes

As I return to the Family Genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I come across a number of recommendations from a screening for E.T. which I’ve previously covered Whistle Down the Wind is a British film that focuses on a group of young children, including Charles (Alan Barnes), Nan (Diane…

Quantum Leap (1990) – M.I.A. and The Leap Home: Part 1

Season 2 comes to a poignant end this week, with one of the most important stories in the Quantum Leap universe. M.I.A. was written by Bellisario and aired 9 May, 1990. Al (Dean Stockwell) isn’t telling Sam (Scott Bakula) why he’s really leaped into the body of undercover police officer Jake Rawlins on 1 April,…

The Emerald City of Oz (1910) – L. Frank Baum

  It’s been a while, so I thought it was time to return to Oz, and check on Dorothy and the gang, in this, the sixth book, in the series. This was originally intended to be the last book in the series, and by the way it ends, with Dorothy’s message to Mr. Baum, it…

Field of Dreams (1989) – Phil Alden Robinson

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Raging Bull is this beautiful and highly enjoyable film from Phil Alden Robinson who wrote and directed the film based on the book Shoeless Joe Jackson by W. P. Kinsella. Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella, an Iowa…

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) – Sidney J. Furie

  It’s more tights and flights as I continue with the exploration of the cinematic version of Superman with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book as my guide. Christopher Reeve’s time portraying the character of Superman comes to a close with this film, and he so needed a better movie to go out on. The only things…

Issues Vol. 4

It’s time for that weekly round-up from West End Comics, where Kirk stalwartly mans his post, a bastion of pop culture filled with fantastic images, colours, and inks. Let’s jump right into it this week’s pull list shall we? Low – Vol. 1 Delirium of Hope. Collecting the first 6 issues of this series written…

Spring (2014) – Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

  Available today from Anchor Bay is this unique film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, their follow-up to the delightfully mind-bending Resolution. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray this is a gentle, and beautifully filmed concoction that marries the romance film with the monster movie. At the story’s heart is Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), whose…