Star Trek: Voyager (1995) -Parallax, and Time and Again

Captain’s log: stardate 48439.7 Brannon Braga pens the first episode following the series opening, from a story by Jim Trombetta. It debuted on 23 January, 1995. Voyager has begun its journey home, and as the Starfleet and Maquis crews attempt to integrate, they receive a distress call from a ship, a ship stuck in a…

When Harry Met Sally (1989) – Rob Reiner

The first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of Pretty Woman for the romance and melodrama chapter of the book is one of my favourite rom-coms of all time. And personally I think it should have been the main title over Pretty Woman. Set over the course of…

Mamma Mia! (2008) – Phylida Lloyd

The final recommendation for my screening of Jailhouse Rock for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is the beloved stage musical, Mamma Mia! Using the catchy tunes penned by cherished pop group, ABBA, the tale is a but of a post-modern Philadelphia Story as a young woman, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is on the…

Home Alone (1990 ) – Chris Columbus

I return to the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book and venture back into the family genre. And despite the fact that it’s May, it’s apparently time for a Christmas movie. I’m a little bit divided on this one. It has so much working for it. It’s written and produced by John Hughes,…

*batteries not included (1987) – Matthew Robbins

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book brings me to the next stop on my continued exploration of the genre, and this time around I’m checking in with Steven Spielberg. I’ve covered some of his other films prior to this, and it also gives a few he served as executive producer on, including this film from ’87…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Android Invasion

  This week finds us visiting the small village of Devesham in this four-part story penned by Terry Nation, which aired from 22 November to 13 December, 1875. The Doctor (Baker) and Sarah-Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) arrive back in the right time, 1980, but still not quite to London. Instead they discover the little town of…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Terror of the Zygons

  The 13th season of Doctor Who, and Baker’s second, starts off this week with this four part story that was written by Robert Banks Stewart and ran from 30 August to 20 September, 1975. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, but overall pretty enjoyable, though doesn’t have as many fun lines or moments…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Revenge of the Cybermen

  Tom Baker’s first season as the Doctor comes to a close this week with this four-part tale written by Gerry Davis that aired from 19 April to 10 May, 1975. It sees the return of the Doctor’s other most famous enemy, the Cybermen (and also marks their last appearance in the series (barring flashbacks) until 1982!)….

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Genesis of the Daleks

  The Doctor (Tom Baker) encounters the Daleks, once again, but in a completely new way, in this landmark, six-part story written by Terry Nation that aired from 8 March to 12 April, 1975. When the transmat beam from Earth back to the Ark is intercepted, the Doctor, Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter)…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Sontaran Experiment

  This week we take on the shortest Doctor Who story in the 1970s. This two-parter was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and aired from 22 February to 1 March, 1975. Tying in with the previous story, The Ark in Space, the Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah-Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) transmit down to the Earth…

The Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Ark in Space

  The Doctor (Tom Baker) gets off-planet right away, though he may not have travelled very far in space… Time however… He, Sarah-Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) find themselves aboard a space station that is orbiting Earth some time in the far-flung future in this four-part story that was written by Robert Holmes…