Moonraker (1979) – Lewis Gilbert

Oh Moonraker. Sigh. When I was first getting into Bond films, at the age of twelve, I thought Moonraker was great – I didn’t see it during its original release in ’79, but I remember seeing images, and some of the toys and cards – because space, and lasers, gadgets and James Bond! Coming to…

Hannibal (2001) – Ridley Scott

Anthony Hopkins returns to his iconic role of the cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lector in the sequel to the brilliant The Silence of the Lambs. This film shows up in Ten Bad Dates with De Niro on a list of films that it is painful to like. Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme elected not to…

Soul of the Border (2019) – Matteo Righetto

Releasing this week from House of Anansi Press is the English translation of Matteo Righetto’s Soul of the Border. Released in Italy in 2017, the novel became a bestseller and is now getting it’s English release. A brisk, cinematic tale; it’s short chapters deliver a story that sees a young woman in search of her…

Indiana Jones and the Unicorn’s Legacy (1992) – Rob MacGregor

New England. 1928. Indiana Jones is back in the next novel by Rob MacGregor, but this one feels a little lackluster and doesn’t come up to snuff for either the film series, the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles or the previous novels. Indy finds himself travelling from New England to Cortez, Colorado to investigate petroglyphs and…

Bicycle Thieves (1948) – Vittorio De Sica

It had to happen sooner or later. Working my way through two film books at the same time, one of the titles would have to synch up… And as I continue exploring the fantastic The Movie Book from DK Canada, and delve into the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, this is the…

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1993) – The Perils of Cupid

Young Indiana Jones (Corey Carrier) learns about love this week in The Perils of Cupid. Combining two episodes this television movie first aired on 19 September, 2000. Vienna, November 1908 Written by Matthew Jacobs, this portion of the television movie, originally aired as an episode on 10 April, 1993. The Jones family, with Mrs. Seymour…

The Trial (1962) – Orson Welles

I return now to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, where their next big title recommendation is Orson Welle’s opus, Citizen Kane. Having previously reviewed it, I moved right along to the What Else to Watch section, and discovered a Welles film that I hadn’t watched or reviewed before. Based on Kafka’s novel, The Trial features…

Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 3

  Releasing from Anchor Bay today is the final season of David S. Goyer’s series that follows the times and trials of a young Leonardo Da Vinci. The ten episodes, spanning three discs, bring the series to a satisfying conclusion, though I will be sad to see Tom Riley leave the series behind, I quite…

The Demonologist (2013) – Andrew Pyper

  I was recommended recently to pick up this book, and I was happy to learn he’s yet another Canadian author I had not heard of, but can now add to the list of writers I enjoy. This Demonologist follows Canadian professor David Ullman, who teaches at New York’s Columbia, and is one of the foremost…

Spring (2014) – Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

  Available today from Anchor Bay is this unique film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, their follow-up to the delightfully mind-bending Resolution. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray this is a gentle, and beautifully filmed concoction that marries the romance film with the monster movie. At the story’s heart is Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), whose…