The Rockford Files (1979) – Kill the Messenger and A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights

  Jim Rockford (James Garner) is in for a lot of fun this week. First up is Kill the Messenger, written by Juanita Bartlett. This one aired 27 October, 1978. The phone gag features a very early version of phone tag. Dennis (Joe Santos) is getting ready to take his lieutenant’s exam, and is suffering…

Relic (1995) – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

  I read this one back when it first came out, though I definitely didn’t recall much in the way of details, I think because after I read it, I saw the film adaptation, which, in my opinion dropped the ball (though now that I have read the book again, I may rewatch the film,…

Laura (1944) – Otto Preminger

  The recommendations in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for the title Pandora’s Box allowed me a chance to see this classic, which I had never sat down to view before. Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is working the homicide of the lovely Laura (Gene Tierney) in this wonderful noir title….

The Hypnotist (2009) – Lars Kepler

  It’s been a while since I talked about something I’ve read, and i really want to start making that a regular habit, no matter what I read, and I read a lot! This novel, The Hypnotist, did something a book hasn’t done for me in a long time, filled me with dread and I…

I, Robot (2004) – Alex Proyas

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list is coming to an end, only a couple of titles left. Alex Proyas, the director of The Crow and Dark City work off of Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman’s screenplay that was inspired by Isaac Asimov’s writing, and incorporates his 3 Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being…

Murdoch Mysteries S07E02 – Tour De Murdoch

  Tonight Season 7 of Murdoch Mysteries continues with this enjoyable episode, that as always entertained, made me laugh, and captivated. Inspector Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is testing out some augmentations he’s made to his bicycle by entering a local race, that features some professional cyclists including Major Taylor (Defiance’s Dewshane Williams).  Barely has the race…

The Frankenstein Theory (2013) – Andrew Weiner

  Anchor Bay Canada was kind enough to send me a copy of this thinking it may interest me. So, I dutifully threw it into my player and had a look. I’m not a huge fan of found footage films, but I do find them easier to watch on the small screen, in a theater…

Orphan Black S01E09 – Unconscious Selection

It’s hard writing reviews for this show each week, because one runs out of ways to describe Tatiana Maslany’s stellar performances. She continues to stun and shine in every incarnation she embodies on the show, and this week was no different. In the season’s penultimate episode Alex Levine’s script puts Graeme Manson’s and John Fawcett’s…

Dirty Harry (1971) – Don Siegel

“I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask…

The Killing: Season 2 Premiere/Day 15

  One of television’s best written and most intelligent shows is back for a second season, having already begun with its two-hour premiere on AMC this past Sunday night.  So much happened on the finale last season that I had more than a few “oh YEAH” moments during the initial catch-up sequences, but then I…