A Gathering of Shadows (2016) – V.E. Schwab

The second installment in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy transports me easily, and enjoyably back to Red London, as well as fiving us glimpses of White and Grey Londons, but before you pick it up, a little warning… this is book two of a trilogy, you have to know that this one is going…

M*A*S*H (1975) – Bulletin Board, The Consultant, and House Arrest

Alan Alda steps behind the camera to direct Bulletin Board, a bit of a vignette episode written by Simon Muntner and series developer Larry Gelbart. It debuted on 14 January, 1975. Trapper (Wayne Rogers) is writing a letter home to his kids (and occasionally smooching a nurse or two), Frank (Larry Linville) and Margaret (Loretta…

Jack Ryan: Season 2 – Blu-Ray Review

John Krasinski returns as the Tom Clancy created CIA analyst turned action hero, Jack Ryan in the second season of the addictive and smart series from Paramount Pictures. The blu-ray which arrives today is a two disc set that contains all eight episodes of the Amazon Prime aired show. Sleek, beautifully shot (stunning transferred to…

Hearts in Atlantis (1999) – Stephen King

I delight in digging into Stephen King books, and ones I haven’t read are becoming fewer and far between, Hearts in Atlantis, however, was one I hadn’t read before. Composed of two novellas and three short stories this is King taking on the 60s, and examines it as only King could, with an ear for…

Blinded By The Light (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

It’s hard to tell which songs will speak to you, which ones will define your existence, which will resonate, and inspire you. That’s the basis of Warner Brothers new film Blinded by the Light which comes home on blu-ray and DVD today. This time, the music that touches a soul is that of Bruce Springsteen…

The Mule (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Clint Eastwood stars, produces and directs The Mule, which is available now from Warner Brothers. Inspired by a true story, the film is a huge step up from the iconic legend’s previous film, the lackluster, The 15:17 to Paris. Eastwood stars as Earl, a Korean vet, and horticulturalist who gets mixed up in the drug…

In Which We Serve (1942) – Noel Coward and David Lean

As I continue to explore The Movie Book from DK Canada, I find myself diving into the What Else to Watch list after the book’s recommendation of Das Boot (and who doesn’t love that movie?). Noel Coward not only stars in this film, he wrote, produced and directed it (alongside David Lean) as we follow…

Alfie (1966) – Lewis Gilbert

Micheal Caine is charming and roguish as the philanderer Alfie. Bill Naughton pens the script from his play of the same name. Popping up on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning for the very enjoyable The Movie Book from DK Canada. Breaking the fourth wall on…

Ugetsu (1953) – Kenji Mizoguchi

The next title recommended by the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Ran, is this brilliant film that follows the fortunes of two peasant families during a civil war. Operating a kiln, and making wares, Genjuro (Masayuki Mori) sees a chance to get rich with the selling of his…

Life is Beautiful (1997) – Roberto Benigni

Walking away with Oscars for Best Foreign Film, Best Original Score, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Benigni, Life is Beautiful is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Schindler’s List. In this partly whimsical tale that touches on true humour while facing…