The Magic Sword (1962) – Bert I. Gordon

Basil Rathbone stars in the next film featured in DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. As I delve into the chapter on Dragons & Dinosaurs I’m, so far coming across a number of films I had never even heard of.¬†This family fantasy adventure is another one. Rathbone plays the evil wizard Lodac,…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A space age fairy tale. No matter the themes, social commentary or underpinnings we wish to assign the Skywalker Saga, culminating with the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars has always been a space age fairy tale – there are princesses (turned general), knights (both good and bad), evil lords, fortresses,…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Robot of Sherwood, and Listen

The Doctor (Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) embark on a bit of a lark with Robot of Sherwood. Written by Mark Gatiss this episode first aired on 6 September, 2014. Clara has always wanted to meet Robin Hood, which the Doctor insists was made up. To prove the point he takes her to Sherwood Forest…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Battlefield

The 26th and¬†final season of regular Doctor Who got under way with this four part story written by Ben Aaronovitch which aired from 6 to 27 September, 1989. The Doctor (McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) are joined in this adventure by a familiar face, the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) and UNIT. I love that there is…

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) – Tay Garnett

  So far, my purchase of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been well worth it, I’ve watched some great films, have added books to my bedside pile, rediscovered favorites and stumbled across new ones… like this one. Based ever so loosely on the tale by Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain himself, this time travel tale from…

M is for Magic (2007) – Neil Gaiman

  I love the way Neil Gaiman writes. Anytime I try to be creative, I read something he does, and I’m simply gobsmacked. I’m always happy to curl up with one of his books, and this collection of short stories is no exception. Composed of ten stories, and one poem, this collection is a fairly…