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…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) – Peak Performance, and Shades of Gray

Captain’s log: stardate 42923.4 Peak Performance, which aired on 10 July, 1989 was penned by David Kemper and is a very enjoyable episode that sees the Enterprise being assigned a round of war games overseen by master strategist the rather prideful Sirna Kolrami (Roy Brocksmith). Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Riker (Jonathan Frakes) are paired against…

The A-Team (1984) – Chopping Spree and Harder Than It Looks

  You know if they didn’t follow the predictable arc of needing to make something in the last act of each episode, both of these stories this week could have been really solid. I mean they work for A-Team stories, but if they had played with their formula just a bit… I had a bit…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Seeds of Doom

  And just like that we come to the end of Season 13 of Doctor Who, and we close it out with a 6 part story by Robert Banks Stewart that plays, initially like a riff on the classic, The Thing From Another World. This serial ran from 31 January to 6 March, 1976. It…

The Day of the Triffids (1963) – Steven Sekely 

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me yet another film I’ve never seen, and yet feel I know, because it shows up everywhere, The Day of the Triffids. based on the classic science fiction tale by John Wyndham. This adaptation fairly mangles the original novel, tagging on a Hollywood Happy ending, or as happy as a…

Leon – The Professional (1994) – Luc Besson

  Luc Besson returns to the 101 Action Movies list, bringing the exemplary Jean Reno with him in a role that was inspired by his turn in Besson’s Nikita. Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is an 11 year-old girl living with her family in a New York apartment building, she smokes, swears, and flirts with her blossoming sexuality, and…