The Diamond Queen of Singapore (2020) – Ian Hamilton

Somehow, with all the wackiness that was happening last year, I missed the House of Anansi Press’ release of the next Ava Lee novel by Ian Hamilton. Of course, that just meant I could catch up on it now, and I won’t have quite as long a wait (theoretically) for the next one. This time…

Panic (2014) – Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver’s Panic is a page-turner on a monumental scale. I can’t remember the last time I was so swept up in the narrative of a story. I had to find out what happened next. As much as I have been enjoying my foray into the tales of Ian Fleming’s 007, and the writings of…

Cliffhanger (1993) – Renny Harlin

Somehow I feel this actioner from the early 90s doesn’t get enough love. In fact I think it can honestly be looked at and said it has improved with age, while some 90s action flicks should be better left forgotten. Directed by Renny Harlin, who had two big successes already at the time, Nightmare on…

At the Circus (1939) – Edward Buzzell

The comedic section of the chapter on Monstrous Apes in the fantastic DK Canada book, Monsters in the Movies, brings me a Marx Brothers classic which I had never seen, and consequently as delighted to settle in for. Groucho, Harpo, and Chico lend their hysterical aid to the owner of a circus, Jeff Wilson (Kenny…

Moonlighting (1987) – I Am Curious… Maddie, and To Heiress Human

Things heat up between Maddie (Cybill Shepherd), David (Bruce Willis) and Sam (Mark Harmon) this week in the penultimate episode of the third season, I am Curious… Maddie. Written by series creator Glenn Gordon Caron and Jeff Reno from a story by Ron Osborn, Karen Hall, Roger Director and Charles H. Eglee, this episode debuted…

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) – Chan-wook Park

The What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book continues to serve me well. Following my screening of Oldboy I dug into the list and was very happy to see another of Park’s Vengeance Trilogy in there. I have seen this movie only once before, when it first came to home video,…

Moonlighting (1985) – Knowing Her, and Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Ron Osborn and Jeff Reno pen the first case for Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) and David (Bruce Willis) this week. Knowing Her, debuted on 12 November, 1985, and sees the Blue Moon Detective Agency taking a case from one of David’s old girlfriends, Jillian (Dana Delaney). She hires them to find a missing locket, but David,…

Moonlighting (1985) – Pilot

I decided to lighten it up a bit now that I’ve finished Miami Vice, and I definitely wanted to dig into another classic 80s series. I remember only seeing a couple of Moonlighting episodes when it originally aired, and of course, the pilot when it was released to home video as a feature length film….

Fargo (1996) – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

The next big title in DK Canada’s very enjoyable The Movie Book is the Coen Brothers’ classic, Fargo. Supposedly based on a true story, it’s not, the film follows the inept kidnapping and subsequent murder all organized by a car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy). It seems Lundegaard is in a bit of financial…

Han Solo’s Revenge (1979) – Brian Daley

A year before we were given the second installment in the Skywalker Saga, Brian Daley gave us the second book in his Han Solo trilogy. Remember, this was long before the film series took off. When this book came out, there was no internet, and as a kid I had no way of knowing that…