Wyrd Sisters (1988) – Terry Practhett

It’s back to Discworld for this week’s book shelf, as I dig into the next titles in the humorous fantasy series from Terry Pratchett. This time around we spend some time with witches. We revisit Granny Weatherwax, and are introduced to Nanny Ogg, and Magrat, collectively christened Wryd Sisters. The trio are concerning themselves with…

Black Sunday (1960) – Mario Bava

Mario Bava’s fantastic gothic feature, Black Sunday aka The Mask of Satan is the next title in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro. This brilliant film, which I had never seen before, has all the enjoyable gothic ambience of Corman’s takes on Poe like The Fall of the House of Usher, and some wonderful gore…

Shogun (1980) – Disc 2

The epic mini-series adaptation of James Clavell’s novel (he also served as one of the show’s producers), Shogun continues this week, as I dive into disc two, which includes episode two and parts of episode three which originally aired on the 16th and 17th September, 1980, following the airing of the three hour premiere on…

A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Ron Howard

The four time Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind, is the next film mentioned on the Ten Films It’s Painful To Like in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro. Now, with five Oscars under its belt, it can’t be that painful to like, yes it rather simplifies mental illness, but conveys it wonderfully on screen. It…

Forces of Nature (1999) – Bronwen Hughes

Ten Bad Dates With De Niro brings me another title from the list of films that it’s painful to like. In this case the Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck romantic comedy, Forces of Nature. This list doesn’t have to worry about me liking it. It wasn’t so great. Despite that, it’s got a helluva cast, alongside…

The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960) – Silvio Amadio

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies brings me one of the great Greek Myths, as I explore the chapter on Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales. This time, it’s the story of the minotaur in this Italian film that has a number of titles associated with it, including Theseus and the Minotaur and The Minotaur. A…

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Andrzej Wajda

Post War Poland is the setting for the next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, as I delve into Ashes and Diamonds from director Andrzej Wajda. Marrying a love story with a post-war thriller, and mixing in some drama, this film is a fantastically made film that delves into the horrors of war…

30 Days of Night (2007) – David Slade

Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Steven Niles and Ben Templesmith, 30 Days of Night, is a fun, and bloody film that is the next vampire flick to come up in John Landis’ Monsters In The Movies, available from DK Canada. Barrow, Alaska, is a remote and isolated Alaskan town. Every…

Mind Reels Chats Badsville (2017)

BADSVILLE (2017) (imdb: www.imdb.com/title/tt4843618/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Twitter: @BadsvilleMovie) Director: APRIL MULLEN (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm0611983/?ref_=tt_ov_dr Twitter: @AprilMullen88) Producer: DAVID J PHILLIPS (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm1707109/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t12 Twitter: @DJ_Phlips) Writers/Stars: IAN MCLAREN (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm3382898/?ref_=tt_ov_wr) BENJAMIN BARRETT (imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm3796579/?ref_=tt_ov_wr Twitter: @BenABarrett) Very Special Guest: EL PERRO For video version: youtu.be/N2Y7mS6f2RU Badsville is now available On Demand, iTunes, VuDu and Amazon Prime For bonus content, become a Mind Reels Patron today! www.patreon.com/TheMindReels

The Scarecrow of Oz (1915) – Frank L. Baum

It’s been a while, so I figured I would get in a quick visit to Oz, as I visited the ninth book in the series, The Scarecrow of Oz. Written in 1915, this is apparently Baum’s favourite of the Oz novels he penned. It also serves to introduce two of his previously created characters, the…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – The Big Bang and, A Christmas Carol

The fifth series of the relaunched Doctor Who comes to a close this week with The Big Bang. Penned by Steven Moffat, this episode is the conclusion of the season long arc featuring the cracks in space-time as well the resolution of the Pandorica cliffhanger from last week. The episode first aired on 26 June,…