Star Trek: Timetrap (1988) – David Dvorkin

Space, the final frontier. David Dvorkin pens another Trek novel, and this one is a huge step up from his previous effort The Trellisane Confrontation, although the climax of the book plays out pretty quickly once it’s reached. The idea is well executed. The in-story continuity suggests the novel takes place after The Voyage Home,…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) -Waltz, and Who Mourns for Morn?

Station log: stardate 51408.6 Ronald D. Moore pens this episode that first aired on 8 January, 1998. Captain Sisko (Avery Books) is on assignment, escorting Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) to trial, for war crimes during the course of the ongoing Dominion War. Dukat is a changed man, he’s lost control of his empire, been ousted…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Basics: Part II, and Flashback

Captain’s log: stardate 50032.7 Micheal Piller writes the season opener which resolves the season two cliffhanger. Debuting on 4 September, 1996, viewers are quickly reminded that the majority of the Voyager’s crew has been marooned on a remote planet after the Kazon-Nistrim, with Seska’s (Martha Hackett) assistance seized control of their starship. Tom Paris (Robert…

The African Queen (1951) – John Huston

The thing I am truly loving about DK Canada’s The Movie Book is that as I work my way through the titles and recommendations, I get to revisit films that I may have seen before, but never had a chance to cover for the blog. And that gives me a great opportunity to catch up…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Prototype, and Alliances

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Jonathan Frakes directs this episode from a script by Nicholas Corea that sees the Voyager picking up an automated life form floating in the vastness of space. First airing on 15 January, 1996, the story let Torres (Roxann Dawson) step to the fore. Torres is sure that they can reactivate the…

Rinkitink in Oz (1916) – Frank L. Baum

Before I ride out one last time with Roland Deschain and his ka-tet in the final volume of the I needed to buy a little more space on the blog (it’s a big book), I decided for another quick trip to Oz and enjoy the storytelling of Frank L. Baum, in Rinkitink in Oz, the…

TAD 2018: The Inhabitant (2017) – Guillermo Amoedo

It’s unfortunate that The Exorcist is considered the gold standard in horror films, because the film having its Canadian Premiere at the Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is no doubt going to draw comparisons because of it’s subject matter. And that is unfortunate, because the Mexican/Chilean coproduction of The…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Tribunal, and The Jem’Hadar

Station log: stardate 47944.2 Avery Brooks directs this episode from a story by Bill Dial that sees O’Brien (Colm Meaney) stuck in a Kafka-esque nightmare when he seized and arrested by the Cardassians, purportedly for working with The Maquis. Charged with an unknown crime, all we know from past experience is that Cardassians courts, are…

Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Out of all of Scorsese’s work, I think Taxi Driver, the next stop on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Thriller genre, is my favourite. It also features one of my top performances by Robert De Niro. Much has been said and written about Taxi Driver since…

The Golden Compass (1995) – Philip Pullman

Having just recently rewatched the film version of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, I was eager to revisit the novel, which I had read only once about twenty years ago. I remember enjoying the series, but can’t remember anything that happened in the third book of the trilogy, only recalling that I cried a lot….

The Golden Compass (2007) – Chris Weitz

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film following my screening of The Fellowship of the Ring is this adaptation of the first book in His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. It’s obvious that the film was planned as the first in a trilogy, much in the…