Miami Vice (1987) – Like a Hurricane, and The Rising Sun of Death

Anything has to be a step up after last week’s abysmal Missing Hours, and Like A Hurricane is a little bit more on track, but is a very Crockett (Don Johnson)-centric story. Written by Robert Palm, this episode first aired on 20 November, 1987. Vice detective Sonny Crockett is given babysitting duty. He’s supposed to…

Little Caesar (1931) – Mervyn LeRoy

The next big title from DK Canada’s The Movie Book is the classic crime drama, The Godfather. Having covered that one previously, I moved onto the What Else to Watch list and dived into classic crime films that I had often heard of, but never seen, including the 1931 film, Little Caesar. Before his voice…

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) – Chad Stahelski

When Keanu Reeves stepped onto the screen in the 2014 film, John Wick, cinema lovers and critics met the film with joy and accolades, as it boldly, bloodily and brilliantly updated the revenge films of the 1970s for the 21st century The screen was filled with top drawer stars, and the simplest of revenge stories…

The Italian Job (1969) – Peter Collinson

  The recommendations from my viewing of Rififi for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film keep coming, and this one was highly enjoyable. Michael Caine leads the cast in this comic caper that sees he and a group of thieves organizing a gold heist, worth four million dollars, by causing a traffic jam…

The Sopranos: The Complete Series

Releasing from HBO today, available for the first time on Blu-ray, is the critically acclaimed mobster family drama that wowed and wooed fans and critics alike around the world. HBO was kind enough to give me an early look, and I was happy to dive in. Over the years I’d tried to¬†get into this series,…

Like the Wind (2013) – Marco S. Puccioni

Having its Canadian Premiere screening this evening at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, is this drama featuring a strong performance by Valeria Golino as Armida Misere, and of Italy’s first female prison governors. Told through a series of flashbacks, the film starts with a tragedy, and shows how it impacts the rest of Misere’s life,…

The Rockford Files (1976) – The No-Cut Contract & A Portrait of Elizabeth

This week private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) is in trouble again. The first episode, written by Cannell, himself is a lot of fun. It originally aired 16 January, 1976, and features Wayne Tippit, back as Agent Shore, Becker (Joe Santos), Angel (Stuart Margolin) and Beth (Gretchen Corbett). The phone gag is all in Spanish,…