The Land That Time Forgot (1974) – Kevin Connor

The next film to be explored in DK Canada’s hugely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book as I continue my sojourn through the chapter on Dragons & Dinosaurs is this 1974 film that not only the land forgot, but time too. I can’t say I ever heard of it, and it should have been the…

Origin (2017) – Dan Brown

It’s been a while since I dove into a Dan Brown book. I do enjoy his Robert Langdon adventures, and I love how he takes elements from the real world, be it organizations, technology, art, architecture, religion, science and marry them into engaging popcorn thrill ride narratives. Origin is no different, but also includes a…

Project Nim (2011) – James Marsh

The What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is proving fruitful with some fantastic documentaries, as they recommend a number of titles following my screening of Man On Wire. In the 70s, a newborn chimpanzee, named Nim, is recruited for a scientific experiment to explore nature versus nurture, to see if…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Alice, and Riddles

Captain’s log: stardate unknown First airing on 20 October, 1999 the teleplay for this Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) episode was written by Bryan Fuller and Micheal Taylor from a story by Juliann deLayne. When the Voyager arrives at a ‘junkyard’ Paris comes across an old racing ship which he convince Chakotay (Robert Beltran) to…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Barge of the Dead, and Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Bryan Fuller pens the teleplay for this Torres (Roxann Dawson) episode from a story by Fuller and Ronald D. Moore. It first debuted on 6 October, 1999. After a shuttle accident, Torres finds herself deceased, and on her way to Gre’thor, the afterlife for dishonored Klingons, and we examine her past…

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Infinite Regress, and Nothing Human

Captain’s log: stardate 52356.2 Robert J. Doherty pens this episode from a story he developed with Jimmy Diggs. It first aired on 25 November, 1998, and sees Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) to suffer from a development of multiple personalities when the Voyager comes across compromised Borg technology. This will affect the developing friendship between…

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) – Wes Craven

My exploration of the zombie genre with DK Canada’s eminently enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book continues with this over-fictionalized adaption of a real anthropological exploration and documentation of real-life zombies by ethnobotanist Wade Davis. Director Wes Craven used Davis’ book of the same name as the launching point for his horror film starring Bill…

War of the Worlds (1990) – Synthetic Love, and The Defector

The morthren are still up to no good, as the War of the Worlds continues. Synthetic Love first aired on 15 January, 1990 and was written by Nancy Ann Miller. The episode sees the aliens developing a new drug to enslave humanity, from our own brain tissue! We see that narcotics have been legalized all…

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) – John S. Robertson

No visit to DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book chapter on mad scientists would be complete without renewing one’s acquaintance with one of the other men of science who fell to their studies, the infamous Dr. Jekyll. This silent film, using Robert Louis Stevenson’s original novel to inspire its tale, features John Barrymore in…

Frankenstein (1910) – J. Searle Dawley

The mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book would be remiss if it didn’t cite one of the most deranged men of science ever created, Frankenstein. And what better way to celebrate than look at the first filmed version of the story created by Edison Studios back in 1910. Using Mary…

Splice (2009) – Vincenzo Natali

The next title in DK Canada’s Minsters in the Movies book, as I continue my way through the chapter on mad scientists is Splice, starring Adrien Brody and the always exemplary Sarah Polley. This film is very much the mad scientist take on parenting with all the mistakes and the oedipal complexes taken to a…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Sacred Ground, and Future’s End: Part I

Captain’s log: stardate 50063.2 Robert Duncan McNeill directs this Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) episode that was written by Lisa Klink from a story by Geo Cameron. It debuted on 30 October, 1996. When Kes (Jennifer Lien) is injured during an away mission to a planet’s sacred ground, the captain undertakes a take quest to help restore…