The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – Jim Sharman

The mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies brings me the always enjoyable, and sing a long to every song, film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. It’s a musical send-up of science fiction and horror films of the 50s and 60s, that also reveled…

Good Guys (2018) – Steven Brust

Steven Brust is an author I’d never encountered before, but I received his latest as a gift, and reading the blurb I thought it would be something I would enjoy, as it explores magic in the modern era with a trio of working class heroes. We are introduced to Donovan, Susan and Marci, a trio…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Rise, and Favorite Son

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Brannon Braga pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs. It first aired on 26 February, 1997. The Voyager is helping to defend a small colony planet from an assault of asteroids. While carrying out the mission Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) are trapped on…

Summer of Night (1991) – Dan Simmons

This week, I dig into another Dan Simmons horror novel, and decided on Summer of Night. While not necessarily derivative of Stephen King’s It, there are striking similarities, although both prove to be very entertaining. Set in 1960, Simmons novel doesn’t quite mine the nostalgia factor as King did (It made me long for a…

Zombies on Broadway (1945) – Gordon Douglas

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis, moves on to the realm of the mad scientist, leaving werewolves behind. And the first one I dove into was this genuinely funny film from 1945. It’s marred by moments of racism, but the rest of it proves to be very enjoyable. It what…

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – Peter Weir

Mired in legend, and psuedo-history (there were and are many discussion about whether or not this event actually happened), Peter Weir’s adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s haunting novel of historical fiction is the next film recommendation from DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Set in the 1900s the tale is set at the Appleyard Girls’ School in…

L.A. Confidential (1997) – Curtis Hanson

Before we dive in to this one, I want to admit that yes, this one is sullied now because of Kevin Spacey, it doesn’t however change the fact that this is a fantastic film. Chinatown is the next big recommendation from DK Canada’s The Movie Book, but as I’ve covered it previously I jumped right…

Boy’s Life (1991) – Robert McCammon

I remember reading this book in paperback when it first came out. It was summer, and I was in Toronto working to save (a little) money for my post secondary education. I was delighted in the nostalgia in it, and recalled being moved by the tale within its pages. When I came across it in…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) -Tattoo, and Cold Fire

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Micheal Piller pens the script from a story by Larry Brody, that first aired on 6 November, 1995. This is a Chakotay (Robert Beltran) heavy script that sees the Voyager’s First Officer drawn into a mystery that connects his present with his past. While on an away mission, Chakotay comes across…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – The 37s, and Initiations

Captain’s log: stardate 48975.1 Jerit Taylor and Brannon Braga pen the season opener for the second season of Voyager. The episode debuted onĀ  28 August 1995, and took on a mystery that used to boggle many a mind. Strangeness rears its head when the starship, still trying to find its way home, comes across a…

Indiana Jones and the Unicorn’s Legacy (1992) – Rob MacGregor

New England. 1928. Indiana Jones is back in the next novel by Rob MacGregor, but this one feels a little lackluster and doesn’t come up to snuff for either the film series, the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles or the previous novels. Indy finds himself travelling from New England to Cortez, Colorado to investigate petroglyphs and…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Visionary, and Distant Voices

Station log: stardate unknown John Shirley pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Ethan H. Calk that first aired on 27 February, 1995. This O’Brien (Colm Meaney) story is fairly enjoyable, and also plays into the overall arc of the season. A delegation of Romulans arrives on the station to be briefed…