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…

Time Bandits (1981) – Terry Gilliam

Back in 1981 or 1982, on a free Super Channel or First Choice weekend I received my first introduction to the cinematic stylings of Terry Gilliam with Time Bandits. An odd, decidedly British science fiction adventure film, it is also one of the recommendations (following T2) as I return to the Action genre of the…

Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (1979) – Terry Jones

  I was looking forward to this recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of The Ten Commandments; the gang from Monty Python taking on religion. Brian (Graham Chapman) was born on the same day as Jesus, just in the stable next door, and consequently, spends his life…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – City of Death

  This week’s Doctor Who installment features, perhaps, my favorite Tom Baker story. It gets us out of the studio for a couple of days location shooting in Paris, has a time travel story, has some fun with said story, and has a great actor, Julian Glover, cast as the baddie. Running from 29 September…

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…

Toronto Fringe: High Tea

So my first Fringe Festival came to a close yesterday, and I have to say, I want more. And after seeing some amazing pieces of work over the past week and a half, a few of which walked away with awards, I don’t think I could have chosen anything better¬†to end my first Fringe experience…

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) – Kenneth Branagh

  The final version of Frankenstein to be suggested for viewing by the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is this 1994 adaptation by actor/writer/director Kenneth Branagh. He takes on this version of the tale by¬†creating a lush and beautiful looking period film. Despite the films he would later make, this one feels restrained, not quite stuffy but…

Trailer Tracks: Time Bandits (1981) – Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits was my first introduction to Terry Gilliam films, and by extension, Monty Python as well. I caught this one night during a SuperChannel free weekend event, back in the early 80s, and while I liked it, I definitely didn’t ‘get’ all of it. Now, it’s come a bit of a treasure for me,…

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

I spent some time with some old friends… I decided to revisit The Great Muppet Caper. If The Muppet Movie is a generalized version of how our friends all met and decided to go to Hollywood to get rich and famous, then The Great Muppet Caper is the first film they make after they’ve signed…