Stardust (2007) – Matthew Vaughn

Neil Gaiman’s fairy tale fantasy, Stardust, is the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book as I venture into the realm of witches. Gaiman is one of my favourite authors, and it always bothers me that more people don’t know his work, and I think that’s one of the reasons this film…

Faust (1926) – F.W. Murnau

Man can Murnau make a film, and I was more than delighted to sit down and watch the director’s silent film version of the story of Faust as the next title in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Filled with special effects that feature a number that still stand up today, the story follows a…

Star Trek: Picard (2020) – Blu-Ray Review

The latest iteration of the long enduring Star Trek franchise, Picard, comes to blu-ray this week from Paramount Canada, and it’s gorgeous. While the series could be construed as a sequel to Star Trek: The Next Generation and the The Next Generation films as it focuses on the show’s lead character, Jean-Luc Picard played by…

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) – Guillermo del Toro

del Toro and Ron Perlman have always seemed like the perfect match for the Mike Mignola created Hellboy. They balanced the sense of horror and humour in the first film, and then expanded on everything in the second, which is my next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. If the first film was…

Narbos Guide to Being a Broomhead (2020) – Pat Mastroianni

Last year in June of 2019, fans from around the world descended in a buzz of excitement and nostalgia on the Westin Toronto Airport hotel for an intimate weekend with the cast and creators of the iconic Canadian series Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High. Passionate fans came from as far away as Russia and…

The Spy Who Loved Me (1962) – Ian Fleming

The tenth James Bond book, and the ninth novel, is this week’s 007 Book Shelf entry, and it’s a bit of a unique creation. It’s a small, almost non-event in the life of secret agent James Bond, and is told from the first person perspective of the heroine of the tale, French-Canadian Vivienne Michel. Recently…

Chuck (2008) – Versus the Gravitron, and Versus the Sensei

Chuck (Zachary Levi) is going to have problems this week as Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) have learned Jill’s (Jordana Brewster) secret. Chuck Verus the Gravitron was written by one of the series creator’s Chris Fedak, and first aired on 25 November, 2008. Casey and Sarah have learned that Jill is a Fulcrum…

Urban Cowboy (1980) 40th Anniversary Edition – Blu-Ray Review

John Travolta was a hot commodity in the late 70s, and early 80s. He had a hit sitcom in Welcome Back, Kotter, had starred in two box office hits, Grease, and Saturday Night Fever, and he and director James Bridges sought to personalise the story of the modern cowboy with Urban Cowboy which sees its…

Licence to Kill (1989) – John Glen

Timothy Dalton’s second and sadly final outing as James Bond is this week’s 007 feature to buddy up with the Bond Book Shelf. This one came along at an important point in my life. It was my last few weeks in Bermuda, I was in love for the first time with my first girlfriend (Tracey)…

From Russia With Love (1957) – Ian Fleming

This week I dove into Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel, and the one that was most closely adapted for the big screen, though SPECTRE is slipped into the film version, whereas in this tale it is simply east versus west as SMERSH, the Russian spy organisation comes up with a plan to humiliate the…