Dragonslayer (1981) – Matthew Robbins

Vermithax Perjorative. Was there ever a better name for a dragon ever? DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book brings me this classic film from ’81 as I continue my exploration of the dark chapter on dragons and dinosaurs. Boasting some fantastic creature effects, Vermitax may be the best looking dragon to ever be presented…

The Colour of Magic (1983) – Terry Pratchett

Over the past few years I’ve tried to get into Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, especially after I read Good Omens which he co-wrote with my favorite author, Neil Gaiman. I couldn’t do it. I could just never get an in, I wasn’t hooked, I couldn’t get through the prologue. This time, however, the stars must…

The Magic Sword (1962) – Bert I. Gordon

Basil Rathbone stars in the next film featured in DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. As I delve into the chapter on Dragons & Dinosaurs I’m, so far coming across a number of films I had never even heard of.┬áThis family fantasy adventure is another one. Rathbone plays the evil wizard Lodac,…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A space age fairy tale. No matter the themes, social commentary or underpinnings we wish to assign the Skywalker Saga, culminating with the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars has always been a space age fairy tale – there are princesses (turned general), knights (both good and bad), evil lords, fortresses,…

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – Hayao Miyazaki

The final entry on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Spirited Away is another brilliant Miyazaki film, Howl’s Moving Castle. This was my first time watching this one, and I can now admit to rating this one as high as I do Spirited Away. It’s…

Moonlighting (1985) – Knowing Her, and Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Ron Osborn and Jeff Reno pen the first case for Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) and David (Bruce Willis) this week. Knowing Her, debuted on 12 November, 1985, and sees the Blue Moon Detective Agency taking a case from one of David’s old girlfriends, Jillian (Dana Delaney). She hires them to find a missing locket, but David,…

Good Guys (2018) – Steven Brust

Steven Brust is an author I’d never encountered before, but I received his latest as a gift, and reading the blurb I thought it would be something I would enjoy, as it explores magic in the modern era with a trio of working class heroes. We are introduced to Donovan, Susan and Marci, a trio…

Indiana Jones and the White Witch (1994) – Martin Caidin

London 1930 The adventures of Indiana Jones continue with Martin Caidin’s second novel featuring the heroic archaeologist. Coming on the tails of the previous book, Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates, this story shows that Caidin is more comfortable with the the set pieces that pop up in the iconic series, but it still seems…

Boy’s Life (1991) – Robert McCammon

I remember reading this book in paperback when it first came out. It was summer, and I was in Toronto working to save (a little) money for my post secondary education. I was delighted in the nostalgia in it, and recalled being moved by the tale within its pages. When I came across it in…

The Dark Tower IV.V: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012) – Stephen King

Published eight years after the last volume of The Dark Tower series, Stephen King created another tale to share of the gunslinger Roland Deschain of the line of Eld. Following their escape from the castle that was not the Emerald City from Wizard and Glass, Roland, Susannah, Jake, Eddie and Oy the billy-bumbler take shelter…

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997) – Stephen King

I rejoin Roland’s ka-tet this week as I continue my journey to the Dark Tower. Released six years after the previous novel, we rejoin Roland, Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and the billy-bumbler named Oy right where left them… aboard Blaine the Mono, preparing to engage in a deadly game of riddles. From there we continue our…

POPnology at the Ontario Science Centre

It’s summer vacation, time for camps, bike rides, beaches, family trips, seemingly endless days spread out before the young to enjoy, to forget the long reach of scholastic achievement, teachers, and books. So how can you make learning fun, and ensure that the entire family is entertained? Combine education with entertainment, with movies, and pop…