Tiamat’s Wrath (2019) – James S.A. Corey

I say this every time I review one of these books. I love them! I love travelling with this crew, I love the way the story gets doled out, the way not only the action beats play out, but the emotional ones as well. And this book, literally had me cheering, laughing and weeping. After…

Toronto After Dark 2019: Homewrecker (2019) – Zach Gayne

Toronto After Dark brings another Canadian film into their Film Festival with Zach Gayne’s Homewrecker, starring Precious Chong and Alex Essoe, and pairing these two actors on screen brings this somewhat familiar premise to an electric conclusion. Essoe is Michelle, a young millenial in a marriage she’s unsure of with the hopes of building a…

Miami Vice (1989) – Jack of All Trades, and The Cell Within

The streets of Miami aren’t going to police themselves so for a few more weeks, I’ll be riding with Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) as they work their last few cases. Jack of All Trades was written by Ken Solarz from a story by Robert Ward. It first aired on…

Blood of the Vampire (1958) – Henry Cass

There are more mad scientist stories afoot in DK Canada’s horror film tome, Monsters in the Movies, and I dig into another, today with Blood of the Vampire. I’ve either seen too many of these films, or had an uncanny sense of deja vu, because the first twenty minutes of this film I was convinced…

Apocalypto (2006) – Mel Gibson

DK Canada’s The Movie Book brings me a fantastic adventure film as the next title on the What Else to Watch list following its recommendation of Aguirre, The Wrath of God. And let’s be clear, no matter what one thinks of Mel Gibson, personally, one has to recognize he does have a talent for acting…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – Hard Time, and Shattered Mirror

Station log: stardate unknown Robert Hewitt Wolfe writes the teleplay for this episode from a story by Daniel Keys Moran and Lynn Barker. It first aired on 15 April, 1996. This Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney) story is exemplary, and stunning, The Chief tries to integrate back to station life, and deal with implanted memories of…

TAD 2018: Prospect (2018) – Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl

It’s Sci-Fi Night for Toronto After Dark, and Scotiabank Theatre is ready to blast off, starting at 7pm! Up first tonight is Prospect (the first film being released by Dust the sci-fi arm of the Gunpowder & Sky production house), starring Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal and Jay Duplass. There’s a lot going on production and…

The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960) – Renato Polselli

The next title I exhume from the grave for DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis is an Italian film that got chopped up by North American censors to remove any untoward imagery (like nudity) to make it suitable for what they saw as the viewing audience… the matinee crowd. A…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Guardian of Piri, and End of Eternity

Computer is causing problems, and Moonbase Alpha has drawn close to a strange planet which is having adverse effects on the Alphans. Guardian of Piri was written by Christopher Penfold, and first debuted on 13 November, 1975. As the moon draws closer to a odd world, computer’s data, and mechanical instruments become increasingly unreliable, Eagle…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Interface, and Gambit Part I

Captain’s log: stardate 47215.5 Airing on 4 October, 1993, Interface is a Geordi (LeVar Burton) story written by Joe Menosky. When the Enterprise’s Chief Engineer receives news of the disappearance of his mother’s, Captain Silva La Forge (Madge Sinclair), starship, it affects his current assignment of using a virtual reality probe to explore and rescue…

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…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – The Passenger, and Move Along Home

Station log: stardate unknown Morgan Grendel, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Micheal Piller pen this episode from a story by Grendel that first aired on 21 February 1993. This episode, while not stellar, balances the A and B story of the episode nicely, and builds the characters a little more. Kira (Nana Visitor) and Bashir (Alexander…