Insomnia (1994) – Stephen King

Every time I had read the blurb, or cover jacket for King’s Insomnia there was nothing about it that really caught my interest, nothing leaped out at me, and I was afraid that perhaps this one wouldn’t be enjoyable to me at all when I finally dug into it. I was delighted to be wrong….

The Babadook (2014) – Jennifer Kent

The final film in the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Picnic at Hanging Rock for DK Canada’s The Movie Book is this terrifying Australian film The Babaook. A widowed mother, Ameila (Essie Davis) and her young son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman) are put through the wringer by director/writer Jennifer Kent, as Samuel’s…

Pet Sematary (1983) – Stephen King

This week’s great Stephen King re-read brings me the horror classic, Pet Sematary, which I read in the mid-80s, shortly after I had discovered the prolific writer. I remember greatly enjoying it, and being very unnerved by King’s riff on the famed horror story The Monkey’s Paw. This time around I was entertained by it, but…

Fate (2019) – Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton has crafted a series of novels about a forensic accountant, Ava Lee, who is Chinese-Canadian, and each one has been a fantastic ride, as well expanding on her character, and the world she lives in they’ve also introduced us to a variety of characters, some of whom have gone on to be fan…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – Hard Time, and Shattered Mirror

Station log: stardate unknown Robert Hewitt Wolfe writes the teleplay for this episode from a story by Daniel Keys Moran and Lynn Barker. It first aired on 15 April, 1996. This Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney) story is exemplary, and stunning, The Chief tries to integrate back to station life, and deal with implanted memories of…

The Vampire Lovers (1970) -Roy Ward Baker

Hammer Films stepped up their game once they realized blood, fangs, boobs and sexuality can mix. The Vampire Lovers, which features Peter Cushing is the next stop in the vampire chapter of DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies by legendary director John Landis. Referred to as the first film in the Karnstein trilogy,…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Interface, and Gambit Part I

Captain’s log: stardate 47215.5 Airing on 4 October, 1993, Interface is a Geordi (LeVar Burton) story written by Joe Menosky. When the Enterprise’s Chief Engineer receives news of the disappearance of his mother’s, Captain Silva La Forge (Madge Sinclair), starship, it affects his current assignment of using a virtual reality probe to explore and rescue…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Face the Raven, and Heaven Sent

Trouble comes to the TARDIS in this week’s episode, as well as heartbreak as the Time Lord (Capaldi) and his Companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman) face the raven. Written by Sarah Dollard this episode first aired on 21 November, 2015, and saw the return of Rigsy (Joivan Wade) and Ashildr (Maisie Williams). RIgsy gets in touch…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Emissary

Station log: stardate 46388.2 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted on 3 January, 1993, and the series creators Michael Piller and Rick Berman penned the pilot episode which was debuted as an feature length series opener. Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is given command of Deep Space Nine (and an all new Starfleet uniform) in…

Seven Fallen Feathers (2017) – Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers is a defining book. It is a haunting, distressing and angering discourse on racism and loss in Northern Ontario, and across Canada. Talaga, a dedicated and insightful journalist turns her investigative eye, shining it like a spotlight onto a piece of Canadian life that many of us are loathe to discuss, accept,…