M*A*S*H (1972/1973) – Edwina, Love Story, and Tuttle

The first pair of episodes up this week have some similarities, especially when aired back to back, and I have to wonder if that was intentional, or just the way the series was made. Edwina was written by Hal Dresner and first debuted on 24 December, 1972. The story centres on a calamity-centric Edwina (Arlene…

Annabelle: Creation (2017) – David F. Sandberg

Over the course of four films, Warner Brothers has created a cinematic universe that imbued studio horror movies with a sense of fun. And now, the fourth film in the Conjuring Cinematic Universe comes home with the release of Annabelle: Creation to blu-ray and DVD. Serving as a prequel to the previous film, the first…

Quantum Leap (1990) – Pool Hall Blues and Leaping in Without a Net

  Sam (Scott Bakula) ends up shooting some stick in this week’s episode to save a young woman’s bar. Pool Hall Blues was penned by Randy Holland and originally aired on 14 March 1990. It’s 4 September, 1954 and Sam has leaped into Charlie “Black Magic” Walters, who, we learn, taught Al (Dean Stockwell) in…

The Kid (1921) – Charlie Chaplin

  Great Movies 100 Years of Film is going to be an interesting book, having viewed The Gold Rush, I’m now looking at the films that came with it as recommendations. To be honest, I enjoyed The Kid much more than The Gold Rush, it’s fun, dramatic, has some great moments, and has some very…

The Newsroom S02E04 – Unintended Consequences

  The episode’s title is completely apt this week, as we see unwanted and unexpected consequences plague the ACN team. We finally get to see what happened to Maggie (Alison Pill) in Uganda, causing her to be called back from Africa to be debriefed and under review, and it’s a little terrifying. We follow Maggie…

Bermuda International Film Festival – Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu

There’s a reason this film won the best screenplay prize at Cannes and the two leads shared the best actress prize and the audience at Liberty Theater in Hamilton, Bermuda found out why Sunday afternoon as it made an appearance at the Bermuda International Film Festival. It’s a brilliant adaptation of Tatiana Nicolescu Bran’s non-fiction…

The Orphanage (2007) – Juan Antonio Bayona

I can’t think of a better movie to finish the 101 Horror Movies list than The Orphanage. Guillermo del Toro served as executive producer of this ghost story, in a tale that shows that great beauty can be found in things that may initially scare us. I’d seen it before, but this time around the…

The Devil’s Backbone (2001) – Guillermo del Toro

There are secrets here, in this boys’ orphanage. And there are truths. Guillermo del Toro is one of those filmmakers that I will watch his films no matter what he does. He’s masterful, and makes poignant emotive pieces that seem to transcend genres, but I’m glad this ghost story, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil…