Outland (1981) – Peter Hyams

Peter Hyams writes and directs this galactic update of the classic western, High Noon, that sees Sean Connery stepping into the Gary Cooper role of a lone marshall awaiting the arrival of men who are coming to kill him. With a visual look that seems to marry it with the universe of Alien (aided by…

True Grit (1969) – Henry Hathaway

Ten Bad Dates With De Niro brings me a classic western on their list of titles that bring movie tears to the eye. John Wayne delivers an Oscar winning turn as Rooster Cogburn in Henry Hathaway’s cinematic adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel. I won’t lie, I came to the Coen Brothers version of the story…

The Gunfighter (1950) – Henry King

  More western goodness flows from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, as I dig into the first recommendation following my screening of High Noon. The Gunfighter sees Gregory Peck ride into town as the notorious Jimmy Ringo. All he wants to do is see his true love, Peggy (Helen Westcott), who…

High Noon (1952) – Fred Zinnemann

  I have been long overdue to watch this movie, so I was very happy to dive back into the action genre of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. This one leads off a number of westerns that I have either never seen or longing to rewatch. This one, however, was well…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Armageddon Factor

  Season 16, and the Key to Time arc concludes this week with this six-part story written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin that aired from 20 January to 24 February, 1979. The Doctor (Baker), Romana (Mary Tamm) and K9 find themselves caught up in an intergalactic war, as they arrive on the planet Atrios,…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) – The Mutants

  The Mutants, the next adventure for Pertwee’s Doctor was a six-part story written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. It ran from 8 April to 13 May, 1972. The Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning) receive a message pod from the Time Lords that needs to be delivered to Solos. This allows the TARDIS to…