Dr. No (1958) – Ian Fleming

I dig into another classic James Bond novel by Ian Fleming this week. Up this time is the sixth novel in the series, and one that served as the basis for the first film. The story stays fairly close to what has been explored in the film, with a subplot involving bird guano and conservation,…

Robot Monster (1953) – Phil Tucker

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, by director John Landis brings me a 50s title that is so bad, it’s come around to good, passed that and slapped it for being out too late and travelled back to bad again. It’s also become iconic, in that the monstrous ape, the chapter I am currently…

Moonraker (1955) – Ian Fleming

James Bond is back… On the book shelf. This week, I dig into the third of Ian Fleming’s novels about secret agent 007, license to kill and reveled in the rapid fire pace of the story while being surprised at how confined the story is, while still allowing the plan at the heart of the…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Zygon Inversion, and Sleep No More

Peter Harness and Steven Moffat pen the conclusion to the story begun last week in The Zygon Invasion, airing on 7 November, 2015, the episode left the Doctor (Capaldi) in a precarious predicament, the Zygon replacement of Clara (Jenna Coleman) had just launched a rocket at the President of Earth’s (the Doctor) plane – with…

City of God (2002) – Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund

City of God, based on a true story is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Taxi Driver. Brutally violent, jarring in its depictions, and beautifully made the film is a one of a kind experience that takes us into the slums just outside of…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Invisible Enemy

  The Doctor (Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson) indulge in their own Fantastic Voyage this week. This four-part story, written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin originally aired from 1 October to 22 October, 1977. A three-man rocket is returning to Titan Base when they pass through a strange cloud like substance in space. It…

Issues Vol. 10

  It was a quieter week at West End Comics for my pull list, but happily, Kirk had the first of my Orphan Black Funko figures! Hello Helena! So I dug into two issues of continuing storylines and one new title this week. And as always if you haven’t swung by, pop into West End…

Flash Gordon (1936) – Frank Stephani

As my exploration of the pulp heroes of science fiction continues with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, I thought I should have a look at one of the original Flash Gordon serials starring Buster Crabbe. And let me tell you this… It was so much more fun than I thought it would be! I grew up…

Issues Vol. 6

Kirk continues his sterling work at West End Comics, and sent a couple of new titles my way in addition to my pull list, which wasn’t huge this week, but was very entertaining! First up is Star Trek (IDW) Issue 46. This is written by Mike Johnson, with art by Rachael Stott, colours by Davide…

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – James Gunn

  I have to commend Marvel Studios with what they’ve done in bringing the Marvel Universe to the big screen. By establishing the basics of the universe with the first series of films leading into The Avengers, the collection generated goodwill in the audience by giving them solid stories, solid direction, brilliant production and A-List…

The Fantastic Planet (1973) – Rene Laloux

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies has brought me an animated film! And an odd little film it is. Based on a novel by Stefan Wul, the story is a tale of two races, the giant blue-skinned, red-eyed Draags and the tiny Oms – Humans, who are seen as nothing more than an infestation on the planet,…