Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – The Fight, and Think Tank

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Joe Menosky penned this Chakotay (Robert Beltran) episode from a story by Micheal Taylor. It first aired on 24 March, 1999. As the Voyager travels through a region of ‘chaotic space’ wherein the usual laws of physics don’t always apply, Chakotay begins to have visions, which may be an attempt by…

Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Yimou Zhang

The next film in DK Canada’s informative and entertaining The Movie Book is this beautifully shot Chinese film starring Li Gong. Set in the 1920s, Songlian (Li) elects to become the fourth mistress of a wealthy lord, Chen Zuoqian (Jingwu Ma). She soon finds herself enmeshed in the rules of the household, and the scheming…

Hollow Man (2000)- Paul Verhoeven

Rape and murder are the results of another invisible man experiment, and my next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis. The film features a fairly solid and recognizable cast led by Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Shue. Joining them are Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick and…

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) – Roger Corman

Ray Milland assumes the mad scientist mantle as I continue to explore the dark corners of the fabulous Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. Milland plays Dr. James Xavier. He is fascinated with eyesight, particularly in humans, as we see so little of the world and the light spectrum around us. He has developed…

She-Wolf of London (1946) – Jean Yarbrough

June Lockhart stars in the next entry in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book as I continue working my way through the chapter on werewolves. That being said, there is a distinct lack of lycanthropy in this film, as it is only hinted at, but that’s okay, the film’s runtime, one hour,…

Wake in Fright (1971) – Ted Kotcheff

The next film, based on the novel by Kenneth Cook, is from the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its suggested viewing of Picnic at Hanging Rock. It’s a dark, violent tale that strips the civility and education of man away from him as he is plunged into darker…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Threshold, and Meld

Captain’s log: stardate 49373.4 Brannon Braga pens the teleplay for this episode, which first aired on 29 January, 1996,  from a story by Micheal De Luca, and it marks the first real time that transwarp drives have been discussed, in any real way, since Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill),…

Throne of Blood (1957) – Akira Kurosawa

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Kurosawa’s Ran is another classic film from the legendary director, Throne of Blood. Toshiro Mifune, Akira Kubo and Isuzu Yamada star in this action-fantasy-drama. Mifune stars as Taketoki Washizo, while Kubo stars as his childhood friend, and fellow…

Ran (1985) – Akira Kurosawa

I return to the War section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and settle in for Ran, Kurosawa’s epic opus. Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare’s King Lear, the film is a visual masterpiece delving into tragedy, drama and action. It is also one of the top recommendations on the What Else…

At The Mountains of Madness (1931) – H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft’s unnerving novella, At the Mountains of Madness was my next read, and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. It’s dark, frightening, and immensely enjoyable. An Antarctic expedition finds something they don’t expect, and from there the tale descends into horror and madness. I feel that the story influenced the short story of…

The Bounty (1984) – Roger Donaldson

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my return to the action genre and my screening of The Pirates of the Caribbean, is The Bounty. This one has everything working for it, a score by Vangelis, an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis,…

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Francis Ford Coppola

The brilliant, Vietnam epic, an update on the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness, is the next stop in the War genre as I continue my cinematic journey with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. The story behind the film is almost as incredible as the film itself. Boasting a cast that…