Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils (1991) – Rob MacGregor

March 1926. The adventures of Indiana Jones continues as the time between the close of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom are filled in with these canon novels from Lucas Film. Tying in with an actual historical event Indiana Jones, with new bride Deirdre at his side, travels to South…

Schindler’s List (1993) – Steven Spielberg

The next title on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film as I return to the historical section of the book is Spielberg’s heart-wrenching, anguish filled look at the Holocaust through an adaptation of a true story. Over the course of three hours, this black and white film, with only significant and poignant uses…

The Wild Bunch (1969) – Sam Peckinpah

The next big stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Historical chapter, is Peckinpah’s ultra-violent, wonderfully bloody take on the Hollywood Western. A group of professional outlaws out of step and out of time looking for one last score find themselves fatally wandering the line between…

JFK (1991) – Oliver Stone

The final film in the What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book, following my viewing of Battleship Potemkin is Oliver Stone’s three hour historical, and dramatic exploration of the Kennedy assassination in 1963. The film follows Jim Garrison’s (Kevin Costner) real-life investigation into the case, perhaps compiling the most comprehensive look…

Allegiance: A Cineplex Event

George Takei’s passion project, and historically important musical, Allegiance is getting a one night Cineplex Event. Inspired by Takei’s own experiences during World War II, the story, featuring music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Kou, Mark Acito and Lorenzo Thione, follows the Kimura family in America after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor….

The Mind Reels chats with Vikings’ Clive Standen

Sue and I were delighted to get a few minutes with one of the stars of History Channel’s fascinating, and compelling historical drama, Vikings, Clive Standen. This show seemed to come out of nowhere, one moment no one was talking about it, and the next, everyone is. As we mention in our interview, it is…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Black Orchid

  This week’s journey in the TARDIS is interesting for a couple of reasons, first, it’s the shortest story in a long time, only two episodes. They were written by Terence Dudley and aired on the first and second of March, 1982. The second is, that outside of our time travelers, it’s not really a…

Black Sails: Season 1

  The Rockford Files get a brief respite this week, as I take a look at three different television series being released to DVD and Blu-Ray today. The first is the pirate series, Black Sails, available now from Anchor Bay. This lushly produced, and cinematically shot eight episode first season is simply stunning in high-definition,…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Highlanders

  The Doctor (Troughton) finds himself in 18th Century Scotland in the midst of the Battle of Culloden in this week’s trip in the TARDIS. The Highlanders, the last, purely historical story to be featured in the series was written by Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis. This four-parter aired from 17 December 1966 through to…

Boardwalk Empire Season 4

  Releasing today on Blu-Ray and DVD, is the latest installment, season 4,¬†of HBO’s Emmy winning period gangster piece, Boardwalk Empire. I was lucky enough to get a look at it ahead of time, and once again, I love how HBO has pulled out all the stops, to make it the best that it can…

Above All Things (2012) – Tanis Rideout

  This is going to be an interesting review. This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while, and I wanted to wait to be in the right frame of mind to read it, as it’s a bit historical, a bit adventure, and a bit romantic. The book chronicles a single day in…

Bonnie & Clyde (2013) – Mini-series

  Starting this evening, and being simulcast on Lifetime and The History Channel, running for 2 evenings is a retelling of the infamous story of Bonnie & Clyde. Most film buffs know the 1967 version with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the titular roles under Arthur Penn’s direction. This time out, we get a…