James Bond and Moonraker (1979) – Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood brings us the novelisation of his screenplay for 007’s adventure in Moonraker, here titles James Bond and Moonraker so as not to be confused with the original Ian Fleming tale. Once again, Wood makes efforts to find a happy balance between the literary version of the spy and his silver screen incarnation. And…

Chuck (2010) – Versus Operation Awesome, and Versus First Class

Chuck (Zachary Levi) has his hands full again this week as he has to help out Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) in all things spy, when his brother-in-law, grabbed by enemy agents of The Ring, Sydney (Angie Harmon) at the climax of last week’s episode, needs help. Chuck Versus Operation Awesome was written by Zev Borow and…

Strange Weather (2017) – Joe Hill

Joe Hill delivers another great read with this collection of four short novels, all of whom, in some form or another tie in with strange weather. Each of the stories are about one hundred pages each, and completely captivate with Hill’s addictive narratives, and engaging characters, details, and horrifying moments. Snapshot delves into a bit…

Forces of Nature (1999) – Bronwen Hughes

Ten Bad Dates With De Niro brings me another title from the list of films that it’s painful to like. In this case the Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck romantic comedy, Forces of Nature. This list doesn’t have to worry about me liking it. It wasn’t so great. Despite that, it’s got a helluva cast, alongside…

Before Sunset (2004) – Richard Linklater

I return to the brilliant The Movie Book from DK Canada, as I continue to work my way through the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Boyhood. I got a bottle of wine, and settled in for the follow up to Before Sunrise… Before Sunset. Nine years after the release of Before…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Zygon Inversion, and Sleep No More

Peter Harness and Steven Moffat pen the conclusion to the story begun last week in The Zygon Invasion, airing on 7 November, 2015, the episode left the Doctor (Capaldi) in a precarious predicament, the Zygon replacement of Clara (Jenna Coleman) had just launched a rocket at the President of Earth’s (the Doctor) plane – with…

Seven Fallen Feathers (2017) – Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers is a defining book. It is a haunting, distressing and angering discourse on racism and loss in Northern Ontario, and across Canada. Talaga, a dedicated and insightful journalist turns her investigative eye, shining it like a spotlight onto a piece of Canadian life that many of us are loathe to discuss, accept,…

At The Mountains of Madness (1931) – H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft’s unnerving novella, At the Mountains of Madness was my next read, and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. It’s dark, frightening, and immensely enjoyable. An Antarctic expedition finds something they don’t expect, and from there the tale descends into horror and madness. I feel that the story influenced the short story of…

The Twilight Zone (1961) – The Arrival, The Shelter and The Passerby

The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series from Paramount Pictures takes me further this week, as we move deeper into Season 3. First up is The Arrival, penned by series creator, Rod Serling, ┬áthis episode had its debut on 22 September, 1961. Grant Sheckly (Harold J. Stone) is an aviation investigator, but even he’s not sure…

Home Alone (1990 ) – Chris Columbus

I return to the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book and venture back into the family genre. And despite the fact that it’s May, it’s apparently time for a Christmas movie. I’m a little bit divided on this one. It has so much working for it. It’s written and produced by John Hughes,…