Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Warriors Gate

  This four part story that was written by Steve Gallagher and ran from 3 January to 24 January, 1981 saw, by stories end the departure of Romana (Lalla Ward) as well as K9 from the TARDIS, as the E-Space Trilogy comes to an end. Biroc (David Weston) gets aboard the TARDIS, and steers it…

Gone With The Wind (1939) -Victor Fleming, George Cukor and Sam Wood

  A gorgeous score by Max Steiner welcomes me to this towering four hour epic based on Margaret Mitchell’s classic (albeit incredibly racist) tale of the south. This was one I had never seen, but as I dove back into the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, specifically the romance and melodrama section,…

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) – Ryuhei Kitamura

  It’s time to dive back into the Sci-Fi Chronicles book… and spend some more time with that big green monster, Godzilla. This time around, it’s his 50th anniversary, and the 2004 feature wanted to pull out all the stops as Godzilla confronts almost all of his old enemies but also a new one known…

Godzilla 1985 (1984) – Koji Hashimoto & R.J. Kizer

  I continue my time with that man-in-a-suit monster, Godzilla, as the Sci-Fi Chronicles jumps forward a couple of decades and introduces me to the revitalized version of the monster, that screened in 1984, some thirty years after the original film. For the most part, it disregards any of the previous films, but for the…

King Kong Eacapes (1967) – Ishiro Honda

  My time with that big ape continues with my exploration of King Kong titles thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. The fun, goofiness of King Kong Vs. Godzilla would be hard to top, and this film can’t quite seem to do it, though it does introduce the pretty cool, and drastically underused Mechani-Kong!! The…

King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962) РIshiro Honda 

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has proven itself to be an absolute joy so far, and I am loving diving deeper into things I only knew peripherally. For instance… King Kong! This installment sees the colossal ape (much bigger in this version than he’s been in the American films to date, but his size seems…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) РFrontier in Space 

  The Doctor (Pertwee) and Jo (Katy Manning) find themselves in the midst of a burgeoning intergalactic war as we dive into this six-part story that was written by Malcolm Hulke that ran from 24 February to 31 March, 1973. This is also the last story to feature Roger Delgado’s Master before the actor’s death….

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) – Fred Niblo

The next film up on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film list of recommendations following my screening of Intolerance is this tale of Ben Hur (Ramon Navarro), a young Jewish prince intent on vengeance for the ruin of his family at the hands of the Romans, interwoven around the tale of Christ (Claude…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Space Pirates

Some fun model work and a plethora of space helmets highlight this penultimate tale of Troughton’s Doctor. The Space Pirates was written by Robert Holmes and ran from 8 March to 12 April, 1969. It’s bit of a lighter story, but I’m willing to take that in stride because the Doctor’s next adventure, is 10…

Firefox (1982)

I’m not a fan of remakes, but if there was one that I would get behind, it would be Firefox. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this was one of the first grown-up movies I got to see on my own. For that there will always be a happy memory of this movie in my head, I…