War of the Worlds (1990) – The Deadliest Disease, and Path of Lies

The battle for Earth wages on, in this week’s installment of the science fiction series, War of the Worlds. The Deadliest Disease opens this week’s pair of episodes. It was written by Carl Binder from a story by Wilson Coneybeare. It debuted on 12 February, 1990. A fantastic, revolutionary ‘med cell’ (this actually sounds like…

Day of the Dead (1985) – George A. Romero

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies brings me a Romero zombie classic, the last installment of the original trilogy, Day of the Dead, as I continue to explore the chapter focusing on the walking dead, the zombie. With makeup effects work by Tom Savini, and a cool score by John Harrison, Romero’s classic is a…

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) – Kathyrn Bigelow

The multi-Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty (out of six nominations, it only took home Best Sound Editing) is the next title on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of The Battle of Algiers for DK Canada’s highly enjoyable The Movie Book. Kathryn Bigelow puts Jessica Chastain front and center as Maya, in…

Patton (1970) – Franklin J. Schaffner

George C. Scott’s Oscar winning turn as controversial military commander, General George S. Patton is my next stop as I explore the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Movie book following my screening of Saving Private Ryan. Based on a history of Patton as well as Omar Bradley’s (portrayed by Karl Malden…

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) – Tony Richardson

The events leading up to British involvment in the Crimean war are the focus of The Charge of the Light Brigadd the final recommendatiin from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia. Based in part on the historical text, The Reason Why by Cecil Woodham-Smith. Featuring…

Quantum Leap (1992) – Killin’ Time and Star Light, Star Bright

Sam (Scott Bakula) is in for an interesting ride this week in Killin’ Time. Written by Tommy Thompson with an original airdate of 20 October, 1992, Sam finds himself in the person of Leon Styles, a violent escaped convict on 18 June, 1958. He’s troubled by the fact that Al (Dean Stockwell) hasn’t shown up…

X2: X-Men United (2003) – Bryan Singer

  From apes, I move onto mutants with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Having previously covered X-Men for the blog, I leapt ahead to X2. Picking up a few months after the ending of the first film, director Bryan Singer expands on the world he helped bring to the screen in the previous film. This time…

Stargate (1994) – Roland Emmerich

  The adventures continue with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, as I kcik back and enjoy Kurt Russell and James Spader in this science fiction actioner that seems to be heavily influenced by Chariots of the Gods, and wonderfully marries Egyptian mythology, with action, and space opera. Long before the successful television series, Colonel Jack O’Neil…

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1

Releasing today from Anchor Bay is Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, the new show from creator Robert Kirkman. Collecting all 6 episodes of the first season, the series, not so much a spin-off as it is a prequel (for now), promises to explore how the world got to the state it is when…

Hot Docs 2015: The Visit – Dr. Michael Madsen

If alien life landed on our doorstep, would we be ready? Would we know how to handle it? Are there procedures in place? The simulated experience of an alien’s (the audience)¬†arrival on Earth is put up onto the screen by Madsen, as he puts the United Nations in the spotlight, as the only body¬†in the…