Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – Maneuvers, and Resistance

Captain’s log: stardate 49208.5 Kenneth Biller penned this Chakotay (Robert Beltran) episode that first aired on 20 November, 1995. When the Voyager picks up a signal that is using Starfleet codes, they tumble right into a trap set by Seska (Martha Hackett) who after fleeing the starship has continued to align herself with the Kazon….

Countess Dracula (1971) – Peter Sasdy

The history (and legend) of Elizabeth Bathory gets the Hammer Films treatment in Countess Dracula the next vampire film for review in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis. Countess Elisabeth (Ingrid Pitt) ‘mourning’ the recent loss of her husband, rules her part of Europe with cruelty and the…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) -Life Support, and Heart of Stone

Station log: stardate 48498.4 Ronald D. Moore pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Christian Ford and Roger Soffer. Debuting on 30 January, 1995, the story follows a number of story threads, Bashir (Alexander Siddig) attempts to save Vedek Bareill’s (Philip Anglim) life after a docking accident. Kira (Nana Visitor) is anxious…

Blood and Roses (1960) -Roger Vadim

John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies takes a more sensual turn as I return to the coffee table tome available now from DK Canada. Blood and Roses is a French film with a its own take on the vampire legend. Set on the estate of the Karnsteins, the tale follows a well to do family…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Crossover, and The Collaborator

Station log: stardate unknown The Mirror Universe gets another look this week, the first time since The Original Series, in this episode penned by Peter Allan Fields and Micheal Piller. The episode first aired on 15 May, 1994. Major Kira (Nana Visitor) and Doctor Bashir (Alexander Siddig) end up in the mirror universe when something…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Mission of the Darians, and Black Sun

Johnny Byrne pens this episode that first debuted on 30 October, 1975, that sees Moonbase Alpha encountering yet another alien life form (something that they take way too easily in stride as a series. There should be wonder and discovery associated with these things, but instead we just dive into the story – although there…

Sophie’s Choice (1982) – Alan J. Pakula

The recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for my screening of Schindler’s List are all powerful and exceptional films, and the first one featured some truly stunning performances. Adapted from the novel by William Styron, Pakula adapted and directed this moving and stunning film that sees Meryl Streep, in an Oscar…

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Blake Edwards

Based on the novel by Truman Capote, and featuring music by Henry Mancini, this romantic classic stars Audrey Hepburn, and George Peppard. It is also the next stop on the Romantic and Melodrama chapter of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film. The film, as solid as it is, features Mickey Rooney’s racist and…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – Denis Villeneuve

Villeneuve’s stunningly beautiful sequel to the seminal, and iconic, 1982 Ridley Scott film is released to blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers. With Scott serving as executive producer, and a story by original film scribe Hampton Fancher (joined by Michael Green), Villeneuve working with cinematographer Roger Deakins brings us another tale set in the…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Poor Agnes – Navin Ramaswaran

The second feature screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is another new favourite. Poor Agnes, having its Toronto premiere this eve, is a disturbing drama that haunts and troubles even as its story captivates. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a serial killer, and she is a master at…

The Killing (1956) – Stanley Kubrick

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of Rififi is this classic Kubrick film, which before today, I’d only heard of and never seen. That being said, I can now say I’ve seen and enjoyed it, and love the way the film shuffles back and…