Goliath and the Dragon (1960) – Vitorrio Cottafavi

I move to Italy for the next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book as I explore the chapter on Dragons & Dinosaurs. Dubbed in English to reach the North American audience, this Italian sword and sandal (and sorcery) ‘epic’ follows Goliath (Mark Forest) who has his hands full as we join him…

Meddling Kids (2017) – Edgar Cantero

When I was a kid I loved reading the Hardy Boys (I could knock out a book in a day – which to me at the time was amazing, and I loved those little blue hardcover books). Between ages 11 and 12, I danced around the edges of things that could be interpreted as scary,…

The Colorado Kid (2005) – Stephen King

I’m a fan of Stephen King, as most people who follow the blog would know, as they have seen me revisit some of my favourite stories and novels. I was also a huge fan of the television show, Haven, when it aired, delighting in the tie-ins it made to the worlds King had created. But…

The King and I (1956) – Walter Lang

Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr light up the screen in the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Oklahoma! The Rogers and Hammerstein musical soars to life in a stunning adaptation that doesn’t sacrifice story for musical numbers. Instead, the story is just as important, if…

The Tournament (2013) – Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly brings his thrill-a-minute style of writing back to the 16th century as he populates his novel with historical figures caught up in intrigue, lust and a legendary chess tournament in the heart of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople. A young English princess, Elizabeth Tudor, Bess, all of thirteen years old, accompanies her teacher Roger…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Ribos Operation

Welcome to Season 16! The first story of the season was written by Robert Holmes, consisted of four parts, and ran from 2 September to 23 September, 1978. This is the first season that introduced the idea of a season long arc, as the Doctor (Baker) is recruited by the White Guardian (Cyril Luckham) to…

The Crimson Pirate (1952) – Robert Siodmak

  The recommendations for Adventures of Robin Hood from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book brings me yet another high adventure with some pirates. This time around Burt Lancaster is center stage as the very colorfully dressed Captain Vallo. As the Crimson Pirate, Vallo seems to only be interested in intrigue, acrobatics,…

Defiance Set Visit

It’s December and Showcase has conspired to give Sue and I an early Christmas gift. We’ve been invited to the set of one of my favorite shows of the year, Defiance. We’ve been asked to come out, have a look around and chat with some of the cast. (Sadly, we weren’t permitted to take pics…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Crusade

The TARDIS travels back to the Crusades, and meets up with King Richard the Lion Heart himself, played by a very familiar face to genre fans… Julian Glover, who played in The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Game of Thrones, and menaced James Bond in For Your Eyes Only. This four-part…