The Sand Pebbles (1966) – Robert Wise

Robert Wise directs Steve McQueen, Mako, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough, James Hong, and Richard Crenna in this adaptation of Richard McKenna’s novel, and my next port of call in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia. McQueen is Jake Holman who has just been assigned to…

The A-Team (1983) – Diamonds ‘n Dust and Recipe For Heavy Bread

  It’s time for Season 2!! The A-Team is back, and they are all here, Hannibal Smith (George Peppard), Face (Dirk Benedict), Murdock (Dwight Schultz), B.A. (Mr. T) and Amy Allen (Melinda Culea)… and they are on their way to Africa in Diamonds ‘n Dust. Written by Patrick Hasburgh, this episode originally aired 20 September,…

Magnum, p.i. (1983) – Of Sound Mind and The Arrow That is Not Aimed

  More fun this week in Hawaii as Thomas (Tom Selleck) deals with practical jokers, ninja and samurai!! Of Sound Mind was written by Andrew Schneider and aired 6 January, 1983. When Wilson MacLeish (Donnelly Rhodes), a multi-millionaire and practical joker dies in a fiery explosion, none of his immediate family, or house staff, including…

Trailer Tracks: Conan The Barbarian (1982) – John Milius

My first introduction to Arnold Schwarzenegger was Terminator in 1984, but at that point, I was putting my parents’ video membership to good use, and coming home with 2 to 4 movies every weekend, and I finally got a look at this one. Co-starring James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow, Mako and Sandahl Bergman, this…

Pacific Rim (2013) – Guillermo del Toro

  I’m still grinning. It’s not very often that so-called ‘Event’ blockbuster movies can completely take me in, and fewer still can lay claim to being an actual event. Del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim, does just that. It geeked out the little kid in me, and totally pleased the grown-up film buff as well….