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…

The Battle of Algiers (1966) – Gillo Pontecorvo

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is a film that, perhaps, resonates with even more importance now than it did when it was first released. Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is a fascinating, brutal, and dark watch that shows us the true face of war and it’s effect on all sides…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – The Siege, and Invasive Procedures

Station log: stardate unknown Michael Piller writes the concluding part to the season opening trilogy of episodes. It first debuted on 10 October, 1993. Commander Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his Starfleet crew are dealing with the request that they evacuate the station, while The Circle, the Bajoran xenophobic activist party is revealed to be receiving…

Cabaret (1972) – Bob Fosse

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, following their recommendation of Blue Angel (previously reviewed) is Bob Fosse’s 1972 Oscar winning classic. Starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, the film is set in Berlin. Sally, an entertainer in a local club, is the film’s centre but…

The Accusation (2017) – Bandi

Due out this week from Anansi Press is this beautiful collection of stories, the first fiction to come out of North Korea. They say write what you know, and while I recognise that these stories are fiction, they have their roots in the real world, and as such, give the reader a fascinating glance inside…

Quantum Leap (1990) – Freedom and Good Night, Dear Heart

  Sam (Scott Bakula) engages in more time travelling adventure this week as he leaps into a young Native American, George Washaki in Freedom. This episode was penned by Chris Ruppenthal and aired 14 February, 1990. It’s 22 November, 1970, and Sam finds himself on the run with George’s grandfather, Joseph (Frank Salsedo), with an…

Quantum Leap (1989) – Good Morning, Peoria and Thou Shalt Not…

  Sam (Scott Bakula) gets to be a DJ this week, in a riff on Good Morning, Vietnam. Written by Chris Ruppenthal with an airdate of of 8 November, 1989, Good Morning, Peoria, finds Sam leaping into radio personality Chick Howell on 9 September, 1959, in the small town of Peoria. Broadcasting from WOF, Sam…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) – The Mutants

  The Mutants, the next adventure for Pertwee’s Doctor was a six-part story written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. It ran from 8 April to 13 May, 1972. The Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning) receive a message pod from the Time Lords that needs to be delivered to Solos. This allows the TARDIS to…

Vanishing Point (1971) – Richard C. Sarafian

The first recommended title for my screening of Easy Rider from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this road movie that doesn’t let up until the credits roll. Barry Newman is Kowalski, an ex-cop, a believer in right and wrong, and the freedom that was the American dream that seems to…

Hot Docs 2014: Divide In Concord (Kris Kaczor)

Screening for the 2nd time today at the Lightbox, with one final screening 3 May at 11am at the Isabel Bader Theatre is this wonderful David and Goliath tale, set against the reenactment of the opening shots of the American Revolution in a small town called Concord, Massachusetts. Jean Hill is on a mission. She’s…

Hot Docs 2014: Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case (Andreas Johnsen)

Having its North American premiere this afternoon at the Lightbox at 4:30 is this fascinating documentary that takes us into the monitored home and life of the famous Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei. The government, unhappy with his art, and his outspoken stance on rights and freedoms imprisoned him for 86 days, after that he was put on…