The Mosquito Coast (1986) – Peter Weir

Featuring a unique performance by Harrison Ford, this adaption of Paul Theroux’s novel is the next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Aguirre, Wrath of God. Featuring an all-star cast alongside Ford, including River Phoenix, Helen Mirren, Martha Plimpton, Peter Weir directs Ford…

Platoon (1986) – Oliver Stone

Walking away with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Sound, Platoon is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of Apocalypse Now. The film serves as a commentary on the horrors of war, even as two sergeants seem to be fighting for the…

Predators (2010) – Nimrod Antal

Predators takes us back to the jungle with a varied cast as I continue my adventures with the dangerous alien in my journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Alice Braga, and Topher Grace are among an elite group of killers who are abducted and dropped into a jungle. As…

The Jungle Book (2016) – Jon Favreau

  Opening this weekend is Disney’s update of their classic film, which lifts moments and characters from both their original 1967 film, and the source material as penned by Rudyard Kipling. Favreau’s camera moves throughout the jungle, never ceasing for a moment, as we enter a photo-real jungle, filled with the most photo-real computer generated…

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) – Werner Herzog

  So as I continue my exploration of the War genre with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I dive into a recommendation for my viewing of Henry V, this one lets me take in a Werner Herzog film, and it’s simply stunning to watch, though runs a bare 93 minutes. The…

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) – Hugh Hudson

  The Oscar-nominated Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is the next film suggestion from the Sci-Fi Chronicles as I continue my time with Edgar Rice Burroughs most famous creation, in this version portrayed by Christopher Lambert. This film is based in more reality than earlier explorations of the character, and by…

Tarzan and His Mate (1934) – Cedric Gibbons

  Continuing the exploration of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, we settle in with the most famous of Edgar Rice Burroughs creations, Tarzan. I’d previously reviewed Tarzan the Ape Man, so I jumped forward to the next title recommendation in the book, the first sequel in the successful series. Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton) is returning to…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) – Planet of the Daleks

  This week’s story, Planet of the Daleks, was written by Dalek creator Terry Nation, and ran for 6 episodes, from 7 April to 12 May 1973, and it picks up where last week’s episode ended. The Doctor (Pertwee) sends a warning to the Time Lords via the TARDIS’ telepathic circuits before collapsing into a…

The Jungle Book (1967) – Wolfgang Reitherman 

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following Snow White is quite possibly my second favorite classic Disney cartoon (the first is Robin Hood), bearing only a passing resemblance (and that’s only if you squint) to its source material by Rudyard Kipling, Disney’s The Jungle Book is filled…

Hot Docs 2014: In Country (Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara)

Screening for the second time of the festival today at 12:30pm at the Lightbox is this reality blurring documentary about a group of veterans as well as some everyday people, who reenact the Vietnam War. Weaving through the footage shot in Oregon with newsreels, sounds and images from the actual war, the line between what is…