Being There (1979) – Hal Ashby

DK Canada’s The Movie Book continues to expand my cinematic knowledge, and today helps me fill in a glaring error in my viewing history, as I settle in for the Peter Sellers classic dramedy Being There. Featuring a screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski, who also penned the original novel, the story follows Sellers (in an Oscar…

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – Michael Curtiz

As I continue my time with the Musical chapter in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I dove into the biographical film, Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney. That gave me a pause. Despite everything I had ever heard about the film, I’d never seen him do anything like this. It was…

Geostorm (2017) – Dean Devlin

Dean Devlin and his frequent collaborator, Roland Emmerich have a long history of cinematically destroying iconic landmarks and wreaking international havoc in their films all while A and B list actors run around trying to save the day. Geostorm, Devlin’s latest directorial effort, releasing on blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers today, is no different….

Evita (1996) – Alan Parker

Let’s face it, they can’t all be winners. I’m enjoying the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and have always enjoyed a good musical. Unfortunately, this one, Evita, a recommendation following my screening of West Side Story just couldn’t hold my attention. A theatrical adaptation of the long running stage musical featuring music…

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978) – Madeleine L’Engle

The third book in the Wrinkle in Time series is quite possibly my favourite of the lot so far. Set some years after the previous tale, A Wind in the Door, it was nice to catch up with the Murry family again. Meg is now married to Calvin, and is pregnant, the twins are continuing…

The Twilight Zone (1963) – The Parallel, and I Dream of Genie

Paramount Pictures pulls me further into the fourth season of The Twilight Zone as I continue my journey through The Complete Series on blu-ray. First up this week is The Parallel. Written by series creator Rod Serling, with an airdate of 14 March, 1963 the story follows Robert Gaines (Steve Forrest), who returns to Earth…

Escape From L.A. (1996) – John Carpenter

I love me some John Carpenter, and his work with Kurt Russell is always enjoyable, but this next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book isn’t as good as it could have been, but I still enjoy parts of it, I mean there’s Kurt as Snake Plissken, again. This time the year is 2013, L.A. has…

Deep Impact (1998) – Mimi Leder

Releasing the same year as Michael Bay’s big budget, small story, extravaganza, Armageddon, Deep Impact got a little lost in the rubble. But with Steven Spielberg’s name attached to it as executive producer, it’s my next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles. Eschewing the flash-bang, style over substance, popcorn nature of Bay’s film, Deep Impact, ably…

Veep: Season 4

  Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns as Selina Meyer, now interim president, while also trying to run her own campaign for the presidency in the latest season of Veep, being released to DVD and Blu-Ray today from HBO. The Emmy Winning comedy , Outstanding Comedy, as well as awards for Louis-Dreyfus each season, continues to bring a…

Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) – Don Taylor

  Where do you go after the literally explosive ending of the last film? Why back in time of course! My exploration of the Planet of the Apes series continues with the massive Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Using the spacecraft from the first film, somehow recovered and repaired before the climax of Beneath the Planet of…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Invasion of Time

  We come to the conclusion of season 15 of the classic series, with a six-part story by David Agnew, that ran from 4 February to 11 March, 1978. The story sees the Doctor (Baker) return to Gallifrey, and also by story’s end, sees the departure of Leela (Louise Jameson) and this model of K9. There’s…