Star Trek: Final Frontier (1988) – Diane Carey

The Human Adventure continues… I’ve mentioned before that when I was growing up in Bermuda, Trek books were a big thing for me. I would hit the local shops, tracking down novels as they were released, and hunting down ones I’d missed. I remember when this one came out, it was the third in the…

Rampage (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Rampage, adapted from the video game from 1986, hits blu-ray today from Warner Brothers. Video game adaptions, as people know don’t always work so well. I for one though was quite happy to give this one a fair shake for two reasons, Dwayne Johnson and Weta Workshop. That being said there are things that I…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – Night Terrors, and The Girl Who Waited

After all the heavy stuff of the past few episodes it’s time for the TARDIS to encounter something that is just plain spooky and doesn’t have the weight of the universe on it. Consequently Mark Gatiss penned this episode, based on his fear of  dolls. The episode first aired 3 September, 2011. The Doctor (Smith), Amy…

A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – Richard Lester

Before Richard Lester ruined the Superman franchise he brought one of the best and most enduring music groups to the screen not once, but twice. His first entry the mockumentary A Hard Day’s Night is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Jailhouse Rock. Re-watching this…

Quantum Leap (1993) – Liberation and Dr. Ruth

Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himsef in the form of a women’s lib protester, Margaret Sanders on 16 October, 1968. Liberation was written by Deborah Pratt and Chris Abbott, and aired on 12 January, 1993. According to Al  (Dean Stockwell), Sam has a lot on his plate this leap, as he has to save the leader…

Alien Nation (1988) – Graham Baker

Before District 9, Earth took in the Newcomers, and as they attempted to fit into our society, despite racism, prejudice, and simple confusion in customs, a pair of cops, one human, one newcomer, try to work together. This one is the next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles as I spend some more time with James…

Jetsons: The Movie (1990) – Joseph Barbera & William Hanna

  Decades after the original series left the air, though it was reinvigorated in the 80s, the Jetsons found their way to the big-screen and that is my next stop with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Set in the late 21st century, George (George O’Hanlon), wife, Jane (Penny Singleton), daughter, Judy (my teen crush, Tiffany), son…

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) – Orson Welles

This is the first time I’d seen this one, and honestly, it was the first time I’d ever heard of it. That being said, I quite liked this film by Welles, which serves as one of the recommended follow-up titles to my viewing of Citizen Kane from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film…

The Pink Panther (1963) – Blake Edwards

The recommendations from Le Vacances de Monsier Hulot in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, allowed me to revisit a fun film I haven’t seen in years. Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner…. this is a pretty good pedigree to start with, throw in the lovely Claudine Cardinale (who sadly had to have her lines dubbed)…

Canadian Screen Awards Gala #1 – Press Room Adventures!!

Thanks to the amazing work at Touchwood PR (you know who you are!), Sue and I were invited to cover the Canadian Screen Awards this week. The week is filled with lots of things for the Canadian broadcast, film and television industry, all of it culminating in the broadcast Sunday evening, hosted by Martin Short,…

The White Queen (2013)

Today, Anchor Bay Canada releases Philippa Gregory’s lavish and sumptuous interpretation of the War of the Roses comes to life in this Starz/BBC co-production that is a gorgeous rendering of visuals, story and actors. Based on a trio of novels, The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter, the ten episode miniseries, The…

Bringing Up Baby (1938) – Howard Hawks

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn pair up in this hilarious comedy, the next title featured in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film. Filled with Howard Hawk’s signature rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue, there are witty remarks, cross-dressing, a goofy love story, a leopard names Baby, and a missing Brontosaurus bone. Grant is one of my favorite…