Quantum Leap (1993) – The Beast Within and The Leap Between the States

Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself in rural Washington state on 6 November, 1972. Despite the fact that he is mistaken for bigfoot in the episode’s opener, we soon learn he’s a Vietnam vet, named Henry, who has been living in the woods. The Beast Within was written by John D’Aquino, who previously played Frank in…

From Here to Eternity (1953) – Fred Zinnemann

  An all star cast brings James Jones sprawling book to the big screen, and is my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my revisit with Casablanca for the Romance and Melodrama genre. Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Claude Akins and Jack Warden bring…

Quantum Leap (1989) – Good Morning, Peoria and Thou Shalt Not…

  Sam (Scott Bakula) gets to be a DJ this week, in a riff on Good Morning, Vietnam. Written by Chris Ruppenthal with an airdate of of 8 November, 1989, Good Morning, Peoria, finds Sam leaping into radio personality Chick Howell on 9 September, 1959, in the small town of Peoria. Broadcasting from WOF, Sam…

Out of Africa (1985) – Sydney Pollack

  Meryl Streep and Robert Redford headline this romantic drama  that is based on a true story, and is a recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Gone With the Wind. Claiming a number of Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Score (by John Barry), Screenplay, and obviously, Cinematography,…

Corner Gas: The Movie (2014) – David Storey

One of Canada’s most beloved sitcom had a theatrical release this month, and now, it’s been released to DVD and Blu-Ray. Corner Gas: The Movie, takes us back to Dog River, and catches us up with all of our old friends, Brent (Brent Butt), Lacey (Gabrielle Miller), Hank (Fred Ewanuick), Oscar (Eric Peterson) & Emma…

Blade (1998) – Stephen Norrington

The 101 Action Movies and Marvel bring us this entry on the list. David S. Goyer pens this adaptation of the Marvel legend, and Wesley Snipes brings him to life. Blade is half-human, half-vampire, and he and is his assistant, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) hunt down the vampires who are preying off the unsuspecting public, and find…

Night of the Living Dead Live

I don’t get to see enough stage and theater productions, but it’s shows like this that are guaranteed to get me out and sitting excitedly in a seat. At the beginning of its three-week run, Night of the Living Dead Live, currently on stage at the Theatre Passe Muraille on Ryerson Ave, is not only…