Nobody Lives For Ever (1986) – John Gardner

Ian Fleming’s 007 James Bond is back in action in this 1986 thriller penned by John Gardner who carried on the series for the Fleming estate and updated the secret agent by retconning his early adventures into the late 60s and 70s allowing his Bond, slightly older, to prowl and protect the world of the…

Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Point of Light, and An Obol for Charon

Captain’s log: stardate 1029.46 First airing on 31 January, 2019, Point of Light was written by Andrew Coville. It sees the surprise arrival of Micheal Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) adopted mother, Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirshner) aboard the Discovery to ask for help regarding her son, Spock (Ethan Peck, still not seen), who, as we learned, is…

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963) – Ian Fleming

The eleventh 007 book, and tenth novel, by Ian Fleming is this week’s entry on the Book Shelf, and you could see how the film series would begin to influence the continuing novels as we get a mention of Bond’s parentage, with his father being a Scot, and there is an increasing sense of Connery…

The Couturier of Milan (2017) – Ian Hamilton

Next Monday, the adventures of Ava Lee continue in Ian Hamilton’s latest instalment in the addictive, page-turning series that began with The Water Rat of Wanchai and continues now with book nine(!) and one novella – The Couturier of Milan. Over the course of these books, I have grown to consider Ava Lee a friend,…

Batman: The Animated Series (1994) – Sideshow, Avatar and Trial

  Killer Croc (Aron Kincaid) is the center of the first episode this week, in Sideshow. This one had an original airdate of 3 May, 1994, and saw Croc escaping from a prison train, and finds solace and refuge with a retired circus show that takes pity on him. Amongst the sideshow carnival is May and June,…

The Princeling of Nanjing (2016) – Ian Hamilton

  Ian Hamilton. You sir, know how to write a story. I remember last summer when I binge read the entire Ava Lee series as it existed at that point, and loved every minute of them. Whip-smart, frenetically paced and completely addictive, I had no idea how I was going to survive until January before…

We Are Still Here (2015) – Ted Geoghegan 

  Coming out today from Anchor Bay, available on both Blu-Ray and DVD is this film that is bound to be a divisive one for the horror community. If you’re a gore hound, love your jump scares, or just have a short attention span and a need for instant gratification, this may not be the…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E04 Eye-Spy

  This week’s episode, scripted by Jeffrey Bell, who’s writing credits include Angel, Alias and The X-Files, is the strongest episode of the series so far. It seems to be improving every week, so my hopes are starting to climb for the rest of the season. Directed by Star Trek alumni Roxann Dawson (who played…

Police Story (1985) – Jackie Chan

For this entry on the 101 Action Movies, Jackie Chan directs, stars, and choreographs in a no holds barred, knock-down stunt-filled flick. With an opening sequence that Bay stole for Bad Boys II, which sees a trio of vehicles busting their way through a shanty town, Chan keeps the action and the humor coming full…