Red Sorghum (1988) -Yimou Zhang

The What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Raise the Red Lantern allows me to dive a little deeper into classic Chinese cinema by introducing me to Red Sorghum, another Li Gong film that is a very entertaining watch. While the story synopsis makes it sound epic,…

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Warner Brothers brings home the new Lego playset today with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on blu-ray and DVD. Mike Mitchell takes over directing duties that sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) encountering a whole new series of problems as the young boy who plays with the set, Finn (Jadon Sand) now has to share…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – In the Cards, and Call to Arms

Station log: stardate 50929.4 Micheal Dorn directs this, the penultimate episode of the fifth season. It was written by Ronald D. Moore, from a story by Truly Barr Clark and Scott Neal. It debuted on 9 June, 1997. This episode is a bit of a breather before the plunge into the season finale. It follows…

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) -Jacques Demy

I was a little unsure of what to expect when I settled in for the next big film in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. IMDB describes it as a drama, musical and a romance. All of which I am okay with, I was just wondering how it would translate for an English viewer who would…

Father Figures (2017) – Blu-Ray Release

Hitting blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers this week is this goofy, semi-sweet, adult-humoured quest story from first time director, but experienced cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. Helms and Wilson play fraternal twin brothers, Peter and Kyle, who lead separate and different lives from one another and the rest of their…

That Lady in Ermine (1948) – Ernst Lubitsch & Otto Preminger

The final title from the What Else To Watch list as featured in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of To Be Or Not To Be is this fantasy/musical/comedy starring Betty Grable, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Cesar Romero. Grable is Angelina, a ruling countess, who just go married to Count Mario (Romeo). It…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – The First Duty, and Cost of Living

Captain’s log: stardate 45703.9 Airing on 30 March, 1992, and written by Ronald D. Moore and Naren Shankar, The First Duty is a superior episode, and it’s just unfortunate that Robert Duncan McNeill’s character wouldn’t be the same one he played in Star Trek: Voyager. That would have made for some great continuity connecting the…

His Girl Friday (1940) – Howard Hawks

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, is the incredibly enjoyable Howard Hawks film, His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. The film is based on the play The Front Page, with the key change of making one of the leads a woman. From there, history takes over, and the…

The Deer Hunter (1978) – Micheal Cimino

Micheal Cimino’s examination of the effects of war, framed around the Vietnam conflict and a small industrial town in Pennsylvania is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. Laying out the scars, physical, mental and unseen that affected those who fought in it,…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – The Poisoned Sky, and The Doctor’s Daughter

The Poison Sky is the conclusion to last week’s cliffhanger. Written by Helen Raynor this episode first aired on 3 May, 2008. The Doctor (Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate) save Wilf (Bernard Cribbins) from hit ATMOS car, and our heroes plunge into a full-on confrontation with the Sontarans and their errand boy, Luke (Ryan Sampson)….

Mamma Mia! (2008) – Phylida Lloyd

The final recommendation for my screening of Jailhouse Rock for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is the beloved stage musical, Mamma Mia! Using the catchy tunes penned by cherished pop group, ABBA, the tale is a but of a post-modern Philadelphia Story as a young woman, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is on the…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Doomsday and The Runaway Bride

It’s time. The second series of the reinvigorated Doctor Who comes to a close this week, as things pick up exactly where the previous episode ended. Doomsday aired on 8 July, 2006 and was penned by showrunner Russell T. Davies. The Doctor (Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) find themselves in what will become known as…