Erik the Viking (1989) – Terry Jones

Monty Python alum Terry Jones writes and directs (as well as making an appearance) in the next film in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book as I continue to explore the chapter on Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales. Tim Robbins is the titular Erik, a Viking who isn’t sure about the looting…

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Extreme Risk, and In the Flesh

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Kenneth Biller pens this Torres (Roxann Dawson) episode that first aired on 28 October, 1998. It also sees the crew, led by Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), begins building a new shuttle christened the Delta Flyer, and they must finish it before the polluting Malon beat them to a planet to recover…

Star Trek: Timetrap (1988) – David Dvorkin

Space, the final frontier. David Dvorkin pens another Trek novel, and this one is a huge step up from his previous effort The Trellisane Confrontation, although the climax of the book plays out pretty quickly once it’s reached. The idea is well executed. The in-story continuity suggests the novel takes place after The Voyage Home,…

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Frank Darabont

If there is a near perfect drama film for me, it is the next recommendation in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont, who wrote the screenplay as well, basing it on the short story by Stephen King. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman headline at the iconic King-universe prison, Shawshank,…

Red Sorghum (1988) -Yimou Zhang

The What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Raise the Red Lantern allows me to dive a little deeper into classic Chinese cinema by introducing me to Red Sorghum, another Li Gong film that is a very entertaining watch. While the story synopsis makes it sound epic,…

Night Watch (2004) – Timur Bekmambetov

The next title from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies as I continue my way through the vampire section of the book written by John Landis, is the Russian visual stunner, Night Watch. Based on the novels by Sergey Lukyanenko, the story gives us a look at vampires and other creatures, all known as Others,…

Space: 1999 (1977) – The Immunity Syndrome, and The Dorcons

This is it, the last week of Space: 1999, and while some of it has been very good, and a number of stories showed some promise, the series, as a whole, has not weathered the decades as well as it could have. The penultimate episode is The Immunity Syndrome (not to be confused with the…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – The Way of the Warrior

Station log: stardate 49011.4 Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe pen the fourth season opener that sees Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) settle into his iconic look, and the Enterprise’s Worf (Micheal Dorn) joining the crew. With an original broadcast date of 2 October, 1995, the season opened with a Klingon fleet arriving at Deep…

The Warriors (1979) – Walter Hill

Set in an indefinable point sometime in the Near Future (when 70s fashions come back in style), Walter Hill’s classic The Warriors is the title up for review on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Rebel Without a Cause for DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Micheal Beck and James Remar play…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Lie of the Land, and Empress of Mars

The conclusion to the Monk Trilogy is our first episode this week. Written by Toby Whithouse, the episode first aired on 3 June, 2017. The Monks have changed history, having assumed control of Earth when power of consent was given by Bill (Pearl Mackie) at the conclusion of last week’s episode, when she had them…