Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – David Yates

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends at Hogwarts are ready for another year at the magical school, one that will shape them, and set them on a course towards a final confrontation with Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and will change everything. The sixth film in the series once again ups the stakes for all of…

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (2007) – David Yates

Director David Yates takes over the big chair for the next instalment in the Warner Brothers’ adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s magical novels, and he’d best get comfortable, because he’s going to see Harry Potter through the rest of his cinematic trip, over the course of the next four films. Much like Goblet of Fire, the…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Chris Columbus

The magic of Harry Potter continues in Warner Brothers’ second instalment of what would go on to be an insanely profitable franchise. Director Chris Columbus returned for a second outing, with this adaption of the second book in the series (which was still being written at the time – can you remember the time when…

Galaxy Quest (1999) – 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Somehow, the now iconic science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest is turning twenty this year. That doesn’t seem possible. It’s as if someone enhanced the Omega 13 and shot us forward in time rather than in reverse. You see, I remember seeing it in the theater, laughing aloud at the realization that these filmmakers, these actors,…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my return to the family genre and my screening of The Fellowship of the Ring is another franchise that captured hearts and imaginations. Looking back, as I rewatch this film, there is no way that this movie could fail. It’s based…

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Matthew Vaughn

    Matthew Vaughn has shown an ability to handle the fine line of directing comic book films, embracing their uniqueness while grounding them in the reality of the world they exist in. His latest effort is Kingsman, based on the comic series The Secret Service by Mark Millar and David Gibbons. The film heavily embraces its cinematic progenitors…

Doctor Who S07x02 – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

  Genocide, piracy, Egyptian queens, big game hunters, the Ponds, stupid robots, Harry Potter alumni, and DINOSAURS!!! This was so my kind of Doctor Who episode! Penned by Chris Chibnall this episode is just good fun! The Doctor (Matt Smith) throws together a gang (“I’ve never had a gang.”) when he recieves an alert from the…