Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – Homefront, and Paradise Lost

Station log: stardate 49170.65 ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe pen this episode that first aired on 1 January, 1986. Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) returns to Earth after a terrorist bombing that occurs there is believed to have been the act of Changelings, which would mean the Dominion have completely infiltrated Starfleet, and pose…

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004) – Stephen King

The penultimate volume of Stephen King’s magnificent fantasy western opus is on the book shelf this week, and leads us along many roads, some hauntingly familiar, all troubling. With the abduction of the pregnant Susannah by Mia, the daughter of none, mother of one, at the climax of the previous book, everything is set up…

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) – Tay Garnett

The first title on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Ossessione for The Movie Book, from DK Canada, is the first U.S. adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel, which also served as the basis for Ossessione. The film stars Lana Turner and John Garfield as Cora Smith and Frank Chambers. Frank…

Ossessione (1943) – Luchino Visconti

DK Canada’s The Movie Book brings me a tale of love and jealousy as I settled in to take in Visconti’s Ossessione. When a drifter named Gino (Massimo Girotti) arrives at a restaurant, he finds himself caught up in a romance with the repugnant owner, Giuseppe’s (Juan de Landa) wife, Giovanna (Clara Calamai). Both characters…

The A-Team (1983) – Diamonds ‘n Dust and Recipe For Heavy Bread

  It’s time for Season 2!! The A-Team is back, and they are all here, Hannibal Smith (George Peppard), Face (Dirk Benedict), Murdock (Dwight Schultz), B.A. (Mr. T) and Amy Allen (Melinda Culea)… and they are on their way to Africa in Diamonds ‘n Dust. Written by Patrick Hasburgh, this episode originally aired 20 September,…

East Side Sushi (2014) – Anthony Lucero

  Starting a theatrical run in select cities State-side, is this perfect little concoction that delighted, entertained, and fired my appetite. Director Anthony Lucreo has whipped up a splendid little offering that is wonderfully cast, doesn’t cheat or talk down to its audience, and makes us feel for all of the characters involved. At the film’s…

Magnum, p.i. (1983) – A Sense of Debt and The Look

  A young Shannen Doherty arrives in Hawaii in this week’s installment. She plays Ima, daughter of Leon Platt (Denny Miller) in A Sense of Doubt which was written by Jay Huguely and aired 1 December, 1983. Thomas (Tom Selleck) after some persuading of T.C. (Roger E. Mosley) is off to Detroit to recover some…

Mildred Pierce (1945) – Michael Curtiz

Joan Crawford stars in this recommendation following my screening of Les Enfants du Paradis for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. I’ve never been a huge Crawford fan, but quite enjoyed her turn in this film, a strong drama, that starts with the murder of Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott). Told through her statement…

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) – Luis Bunuel

The next recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for my screening of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, is this increasingly surreal French film. Three couples seem to have insurmountable problems in getting together for a dinner party. Amorous couple, the Senechals, Alice (Stephane Audran) and Henri (Jean-Pierre Cassel), the…

The Rockford Files (1976) – Joey Blue Eyes & In Hazard

Jim Rockford (James Garner) is at it again in this week’s installment. First up, we have Joey Blue Eyes, written by Walter Dallenbach, which aired 30 January, 1976. The phone gag this time around is actually rather funny, in that it’s a fellow named Stan, who is actually calling for Rocky, letting him know that…