War of the Worlds (1990) – Totally Real, and Max

Debi (Rachel Blanchard) gets another shot at the limelight with Totally Real, an episode written by Jim Trombetta which first aired on 23 April, 1990. While the production value again skirts the noir/apocalypse and the ‘classy’ future look, young Debi finds herself enjoying a fight simulator hologram that was created by the morthren to study…

War of the Worlds (1989) – Loving the Alien, and Night Moves

Debi (Rachel Blanchard) gets a little more of the limelight in this episode written by Janet MacLean. It first aired on 13 November, 1989. The morthren seem to be increasing their ground assaults, or at least in this episode they seem to be more in to waging a shooting war, and they also seem to…

War of the Worlds (1989) – Breeding Ground, and Seft of Emun

The morthren leader Mana (Catherine Disher) is proving to be a real threat as we dive into this week’s installment of War of the Worlds. Breeding Ground written by Alan Moskowitz first aired on 30 October, 1989 and sees Mana coercing a dying surgeon, Emil Gestaine (Gerard Parkes) into experimenting on his patients. In an…

War of the Worlds (1989) – Doomsday, and Terminal Rock

The increasingly dark war for the planet continues this week, as Team Blackwood, and the entire planet suffer from a heat wave, and the aliens have cut off the water supply! Doomsday was written by Tony Di Franco and first aired on 16 October, 1989. The morthren, specifically Mana (Catherine Disher) discovers the bible, and…

War of the Worlds (1989) – The Second Wave, and No Direction Home

The second season premiere of War of the Worlds happened on 2 October, 1989 and was written by Micheal Michaelian and Jonathan Glasser from a story by Michaelian. The differences are noticeable right from the off, a new theme and opening credits sequence sets up the seemingly post-apocalyptic nature of the ‘almost tomorrow’ timeline. To…

Ole Timey Radio Presents: The Giant’s Stair

The Giant’s Stair Original Broadcast: December 1, 1938 Starring: JULIAN RICHINGS (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm0724995/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Twitter: @JulianRichings) JESSICA GRECO (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm0337466/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Twitter: @TheJessicaGreco) EMILY SCHOOLEY (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm3191505/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Twitter: @EmilySchooley) For video version: youtu.be/HTTHwPpOo4w For extra content, become a Mind Reels Patron today! www.patreon.com/TheMindReels

War of the Worlds: The Complete Series

Back in the late 1980s, I was first discovering classic science fiction film and was completely taken in by George Pal’s original War of the Worlds film from 1953. I was in my late teens, and as soon as I heard that there was a new series coming along picking up decades after the original…

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – Brett Ratner

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues its travels with the X-men, but this time around the mutants aren’t guided by the sure directorial hand of Bryan Singer. Taking the helm this time around is Brett Ratner, and you can tell from the off that it doesn’t have the same emotional depth, or action beats that…

Reelies 2015 – Final Round – Favourite Film Actor

  We’re back from our brief hiatus covering Canadian Screen Week! Still exhausted, but back! As before, this one is for all the nuggets, and every vote counts! Voting for this round will be open for one week only, so make sure to come back and vote often to ensure your favourite film actor comes…

Ejecta (2014) – Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele

  Our friend Julian Richings gives a tour de force performance in the first release from Anchor Bay this week. The film itself, Ejecta, is a bit of hit and miss b-movie affair, but Richings, himself, is perfectly on point giving his all, and elevating every scene he’s in, which is practically all of them….

Hellmouth (2014) – John Geddes

  Also available from Anchor Bay today is this interesting tale from the writer of Pontypool, Tony Burgess and director John Geddes. This one is going to be a fairly polarizing film, you’re either going to like it or hate it, and it all depends on your mind-set going into it. There is mythology at…