Altered States (1980) – Ken Russell

William Hurt is on the search for the purest truth, and that, in this case, places him squarely in the mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s very enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Eddie Jessup (Hurt) is a scientist seeking the ultimate truth, and finds himself experimenting with isolation chambers and a ritualistic, possibly hallucinogenic…

Ju Dou (1990) – Yimou Zhang and Fengliang Yang

The beautiful, romantic and tragic Ju Dou is the next title on the What Else to Watch list as I continue to work my way through the immensely enjoyable The Movie Book from DK Canada. Following my screening of Raise the Red Lantern, this was one of the book’s recommendations. Starring Li Gong as the…

Forrest Gump: 25th Anniversary – 4K/Blu-Ray Review

Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, is somehow twenty five years old this year. I don’t want to go over the math on that one, I’d rather simply enjoy this Paramount Pictures released, Bob Zemeckis masterpiece. Presented in stunning 4K or a completely remastered blu-ray, the film is just as brilliant as you remember it. Over…

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Anniversary Edition: The Signature Collection

The Little Mermaid arguably launched the Disney Renaissance, and it is now thirty years old, and what better way to celebrate it than with an all new Signature Edition bli-ray from Walt Disney. Featuring fantastic songs by Howard Ashman, and Alan Menken, fantastic voice performances, including Jodi Benson, Rene Auberjonois, Buddy Hackett and Samuel E….

Legend of the Werewolf (1975) – Freddie Francis

Peter Cushing headlines the next werewolf flick highlighted in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis.  That being said, he doesn’t do a lot until the halfway mark of the film, but prior to that he serves as the film’s narrator. Set in the French city of Paris where everyone speaks…

V – The Series (1984) – The Overlord, and The Dissident

While Julie (Faye Grant) confronts allegations of treason, Donovan (Marc Singer), Elias (Micheal Wright) and Tyler (Micheal Ironside) could be walking into a trap when they agree to help a small mining town take on some Visitor backed villains. The Overlord was written by David Abramowitz, and first aired on 30 November, 1984. The town…

Werewolf of London (1935) – Stuart Walker

It’s time for things to get a little hairy as I move on to the werewolf chapter of DK Canada’s highly enjoyable coffee table tome, Monsters in the Movies by John Landis. I dug into this 1935 film, that is thankfully short, and can’t seem to decide how funny it wants to be with some…

Smile of the Wolf (2018) -Tim Leach

Getting its Canadian release this month from Anansi Press, Smile of the Wolf by Tim Leach is a powerful Icelandic tale set against a backdrop of ice and revenge, where honor is the only law. Kjaran is a poet, and spends winters in the homes of those who would take him and hear his songs…

Underworld (2003) – Len Wiseman

Kate Beckinsale kicks ass and looks stunning doing it as she plays Selene, a death dealer, or vampire, in Underworld, the next recommendation from DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies by legendary director, John Landis. There has been a war raging around humanity for centuries as vampires and werewolves, or death dealers and…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Lifesigns, and Investigations

Captain’s log: stardate 49504.3 Kenneth Biller wrote this Doctor (Robert Picardo) story that first aired on 26 February, 1996. The Voyager comes across a lone Vidiian, Danara Pel (Susan Diol). The Doctor and Kes (Jennifer Lien) work to save her life. The Emergency Medical Hologram creates a holographic version of her (the only time we…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – Crossfire, and Return to Grace

Station log: stardate unknown Rene Echevarria pens the first episode up this week, which originally aired on 29 January, 1996. First Minister Shakaar (Duncan Regehr) comes aboard the station, and complications ensue for Odo (Rene Auberjonois) as he must confront his feelingss for Major Kira (Nana Visitor) when she begins to fall in love with…

The Little Vampire (2000) – Uli Edel

Even family films get into the vampire act as I learn with the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, the coffee table tome by legendary director John Landis. That film is The Little Vampire, based on the book by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. Starring Jonathan Lipnicki, following his endearing turn in Jerry Maguire, the…