The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) -Tony Richardson

The angry young British man films continues with the iconic The Loneliness of the Longd Distance Runner, a title from the What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay) is a young offender, busted for robbing a bakery, ends…

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – Michael Curtiz

As I continue my time with the Musical chapter in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I dove into the biographical film, Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney. That gave me a pause. Despite everything I had ever heard about the film, I’d never seen him do anything like this. It was…

The Killers (1946) – Robert Siodmak

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is the classic film, Laura. Having previously reviewed it, I dove into the What Else to Watch list for this title, and discovered this fantastic little noir film starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. Two hitmen arrive in a small town and kill a gas…

Chaplin (1992) Richard Attenborough

As I return to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, the next film they highlight is the Chaplin classic, City Lights. That is a title I’d previously reviewed, and so I dove write into What Else to Watch, as I had already reviewed his key movies, and the first one on the list I hadn’t previously…

Point Blank (1967) – John Boorman

Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson headline the next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as we return to the Thriller & Crime genre. Marvin is Walker, a criminal left for dead when he is double-crossed by his partners, Reese (John Vernon) and his own wife, Lynne (Sharon Acker). He sets…

Quantum Leap (1991) – Dreams and A Single Drop of Rain

Deborah Pratt writes the first episode up for review this week, Dreams. It aired on 13 November, 1991, and finds Sam (Scott Bakula) on 28 February, 1979. Sam has leaped into a police detective, Jack Stone, who is working a murder case, but is also suffering from some terrible flashbacks. These trace memories are throwing…

Into the Wild (2007) – Sean Penn

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of American Beauty is this drama that casts Emile Hirsch in the role of Christopher McCandless. A top student, a promising athlete, Christopher, upon his graduation from Emory University, gives away his money to charity, and begins a…

Finding Dory (2016) – Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane

  Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the short-term memory loss suffering blue tang is back in the latest entry from Pixar, that sees her on the journey to find her parents, with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence) helping her out, and going out on an adventure of their own, when Dory gets lost…

Orphan Black S04E02 – Transgressive Border Crossing

  Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is back in Toronto tonight as Orphan Black roars on to screens courtesy of Space. After the revelations of last week, tonight’s episode jumps right into the rush, the science, the terror and a bit of body horror. Sarah gets into contact with Cosima and Alison (both Maslany) and reveals the…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Dream a Little Dream and I Witness

And just like that we come to the end of season 4 and what a pair of episodes to end on… First up is Dream a Little Dream, written by Reuben Leder. With an airdate of 29 March, 1984, this one was directed by T.C. himself, Roger E. Mosley. The result is a poignant episode…