V – The Series (1985) – The Wildcats, and The Littlest Dragon

Julie (Faye Grant) and Kyle (Jeff Yagher) have their work cut out for them in the first episode this week, as the battle for Earth and its people continue with V – The Series. Written by David Braff, the episode first aired on 15 February, 1985. It seems a deadly epidemic has broken out, and…

V – The Series (1985) – The Rescue, and The Champion

How the mighty have fallen. V The Series continues this week, and is barely recognizable when compared to the two miniseries that inspired it. It is now all about the melodrama, and has lost any of its credibility as a struggle for the planet Earth. The Rescue was written by Garner Simmons and debuted on…

Cycle of the Werewolf (1983) – Stephen King

Reading like a cross between Our Town and The Wolfman, Stephen King’s too short novella, Cycle of the Werewolf is on the Book Shelf this week. Serving as the basis of the 1985 film, Silver Bullet, Werewolf reads as a not fleshed out enough short story. That’s not to say it doesn’t work. It does….

It (2017) – Andy Muschietti

The crowd-pleasing big screen remake of Stephen King’s 1986 novel, It, brings the scares home today thanks to Warner Brothers. Debuting on blu-ray and DVD the entertaining, updated adaptation will make you float too as you visit the town of Derry, Maine. A town of secrets, and terrors in this wonderful coming of age tale….

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) -Garth Jennings

Grab your towel and Don’t Panic! Douglas Adam’s classic tale gets a big screen adaptation, of his book/screenplay, which had previously been so well used by the BBC as a miniseries, and before that a radio programme. There are things that work in this version, and things that don’t, but the effort is there to…

The Missing (2014) – Season 1

  Releasing today from Anchor Bay, on both DVD and Blu-Ray is the Starz/BBC co-pro miniseries, The Missing, starring James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor, and Tcheky Karyo. Over eight episodes, beautifully presented in HD on blu-ray, with an incredibly sharp and clear image, the viewer is put through a taut, brutal, honest and emotional journey that…

The Hindenberg (2011) – Philipp Kadelbach

Releasing to DVD this week, Anchor Bay oversees the historic disaster that summarily ended the sophisticated age of travel that was the zeppelin, Hindenburg. Filmed as a German mini-series but shot in English, this excursion is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some really good things about this three-hour epic, and there are…

The White Queen (2013)

Today, Anchor Bay Canada releases Philippa Gregory’s lavish and sumptuous interpretation of the War of the Roses comes to life in this Starz/BBC co-production that is a gorgeous rendering of visuals, story and actors. Based on a trio of novels, The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter, the ten episode miniseries, The…

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass appears on the 101 Action Movies as the director of the sequel to the successful The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon reprises his role as the amnesic assassin, this time drawn out in a cat and mouse game that leaves his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente) dead, and has him framed for a murder, as…

V: The Original Miniseries – 30 Years And Counting

  I’m a little late for this 30th anniversary post I wanted to write to partner with Tim’s piece celebrating the amazing and much-loved Kenneth Johnson series, V – but I figure it’s rather fitting, since I was a little late getting on board back when the miniseries originally aired, too.  My father and brother…