The Secret of Chimneys (1925) – Agatha Christie

Christie’s fifth novel is a bit of a romp filled with double identities, a murder, political issues, an empty throne, a renowned criminal, a love story, a missing diamond, and a week away at a manor known as Chimneys. We are introduced to Anthony Cade when he is working as a travel guide in Africa,…

The X-Files (1996) – War of the Coprophages, and Syzygy

Darin Morgan delivers another fun episode for Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) with War of the Coprophages, which first aired on 5 January, 1996. Mulder, investigating UFO sightings in a place called Miller’s Grove (a play on the Orson Welles’ broadcast of War of the Worlds which took place in Grover’s Mill, when…

Chuck (2011) – Versus the Cat Squad, and Versus the Masquerade

In a bit of a nod to Charlie’s Angels, we get a look at Sarah’s(Yvonne Strahovski) past as Chuck (Zachary Levi) reaches out to Sarah’s old team, the CAT Squad, so she has people there for her engagement party. Written by Nicholas Wootton, this episode debuted on 14 February, 2011. Carina (Mini Anden) returns with…

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) – Frank Oz

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken bring their bring science fiction b-movie musical to the big screen, ably directed by Frank Oz, in this 1986 adaptation that is the next stop in the Monstrous Aliens section of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Rick Moranis plays Seymour, a bit of a schlub with an affectation for…

The X-Files (1995) – Dod Kalm, and Humbug

Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa take Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) to see in their teleplay developed from a story by Gordon. Dod Kalm first aired on 10 March, 1995, and the FBI agents find themselves the rapid onset of a debilitating old age. When a ship’s crew is rescued and brought ashore,…

The Blues Brothers (1980) – John Landis

Director John Landis teams up with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in a road movie with tunes, laughs, and style. This was the movie, that I discovered in the late 80s, that introduced me to soul music, and I loved it. Featuring a who’s who of musical legends like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Cab…

The Music Box (1932) – James Parrott

Philip Kemp’s Movies book leaps a little forward in time to bring me a comedic short starring that iconic pair, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy. In this half hour short, the pair struggle to deliver a piano up a the most imposing flight of stairs I’ve seen since those featured in The Exorcist. Something that…

Love Actually (2003) – Richard Curtis

The most painful title to admit to liking on a list I’m working on in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro is the saccharine sweet Love Actually from writer/director Richard Curtis. Telling a plethora of love stories, the film features a stellar cast of top-notch British actors, and that alone makes the film worth a…

Bad Boys II (2003) – Micheal Bay

I dig into another title in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, this time from a list of films it’s painful to admit you like. I’ve reviewed others on the list before, but hadn’t had a chance to watch Bad Boys II in forever. It’s exactly as I remember it. Maximum Bayhem, but with some…