War of the Worlds (1989) – The Last Supper, and Vengeance is Mine

The war rages on this week, and Team Blackwood is seeking other experts who may be able to help. The Last Supper was written by Tom Lazarus and first aired on 6 March, 1989. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin), Norton (Philip Akin), Suzanne (Lynda Mason Green) and Ironhorse (Paul Chaves) are overseeing a gathering of supposed…

Miami Vice (1987) – Like a Hurricane, and The Rising Sun of Death

Anything has to be a step up after last week’s abysmal Missing Hours, and Like A Hurricane is a little bit more on track, but is a very Crockett (Don Johnson)-centric story. Written by Robert Palm, this episode first aired on 20 November, 1987. Vice detective Sonny Crockett is given babysitting duty. He’s supposed to…

Mulan (1998) – Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Lion King is this exceptional tale from Disney that brought a story little known to the North American world. This Disney version of an ancient Chinese folktale tells the story of a young woman, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen…

The Sand Pebbles (1966) – Robert Wise

Robert Wise directs Steve McQueen, Mako, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough, James Hong, and Richard Crenna in this adaptation of Richard McKenna’s novel, and my next port of call in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia. McQueen is Jake Holman who has just been assigned to…

Magnum, p.i. (1987) – Solo Flight and Forty

  It’s back to Hawaii! This week we start off with Solo Flight, which originally aired on 4 February, 1987, and was written by jay Huguely. When Thomas (Tom Selleck) can’t resolve a case and is fired from it, he decides to take some alone time, and after spotting an old World War II fighter…

The A-Team (1984) – The Maltese Cow and In Plane Sight 

  The A-Team comes to the aid of a friend in The Maltese Cow. This episode was written by Thomas E. Szollosi and Richard Christian Matheson, and had an original airdate of 3 January, 1984. With some of their earnings, Hannibal (George Peppard) has asked Face (Dirk Benedict) to invest in their friend, Sam Yeng’s…

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) – Scott Derrickson

  The next title up for my perusal in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is The Day The Earth Stood Still, I’d previously reviewed the 1951 classic here, so now it was time to take on the remake. And sadly, the updated version would rather focus on visual effects rather than the characters or story or…

Trailer Tracks: Tango & Cash (1989) – Andrey Konchalovskiy

Sometimes you just want a guilty pleasure movie, and this one is very much one of those, featuring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance, James Hong and Brion James this is pure 80s cheese, and is perfect for those Monday morning blahs…

A Safe Bet

I’m a Jason Statham fan. Have been since I saw Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. When you go into one of his films, well, anything after the first Transporter movie (an admittedly guilty pleasure series for me), you know exactly what you’re going to get. Statham is the action star of the new century….