The Hidden Fortress (1958) – Akira Kurosawa

Influencing films like Star Wars, Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress is the next film from the What Else to Watch from DK Books The Movie Book following my screening of Rashomon. A fun, action-filled adventure with dramatic moments, and fantastic performances, the story follows a pair of greedy peasants, Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) and Mastashichi (Kamatari…

Ultimate Lego Star Wars (2017) – Chris Malloy, and Andrew Becraft

Lego, Star Wars, much like chocolate and peanut butter, some things just belong together. Lego has become inextricably tied to everyone’s childhood, and some of us leave it behind when we step towards that thing called adulthood, others will always have a love for it, and sometimes a massive collection to go with it. When…

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) – George Lucas

  The Star Wars films continue as I delve further into George Lucas’ films thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles. This time it is the second instalment in the Prequel Trilogy. And while a considerable step-up from The Phantom Menace, this one is still too clunky and too digital. Jonathan Hale helps Lucas out on the…

Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi (2015) – Kevin Hearne

  More Star Wars!!! Taking place in the early days after the destruction of the Death Star and before the more recently published, The Weapon of a Jedi, we are plunged into a bit of a meandering adventure as author Kevin Hearne puts Luke Skywalker through his paces, as the young man takes his first…

Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi (2015) – Jason Fry

  Ahh Star Wars… I’m writing this on the 12th, so haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, but you’d better believe I am damned excited, and am trying to get my hands on the new, ever-expanding, now canon universe that exists outside the film in the form of books and comics. So I dug into…

Issues Vol. 4

It’s time for that weekly round-up from West End Comics, where Kirk stalwartly mans his post, a bastion of pop culture filled with fantastic images, colours, and inks. Let’s jump right into it this week’s pull list shall we? Low – Vol. 1 Delirium of Hope. Collecting the first 6 issues of this series written…

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Irvin Kershner

Oh yeah, the 101 Sci-Fi Movies is kicking into high gear now, with lots of familiar titles (heck I own a good percentage of them from here on out) so this should be a lot of fun! 1980, I was still living in Borden, Ontario and that was where I first saw The Empire Strikes…

Star Wars (1977) – George Lucas

  The 101 Sci-Fi movies from this point on will, for the majority be movies I’ve seen, and in a lot of cases probably own, but I’m looking forward to revisiting them as the list brings them to me. I’ve spoken about Star Wars on these pages before, the first time i saw it, my…

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Steven Spielberg

The further along we get into the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list the more films I’ve seen, and this one is one of my faves. Spielberg’s UFO classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I’ve always found the idea of UFOs and visitors endlessly fascinating. I remember laying out on the sports field at CFS Daniel’s Head…