Miami Vice (1989) – Jack of All Trades, and The Cell Within

The streets of Miami aren’t going to police themselves so for a few more weeks, I’ll be riding with Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) as they work their last few cases. Jack of All Trades was written by Ken Solarz from a story by Robert Ward. It first aired on…

The Twilight Zone (1963) – Passage on the Lady Anne, and The Bard

Season four of The Twilight Zone comes to a conclusion this week with these two episodes as I continue exploring The Complete Series on blu-ray, currently available from Paramount Pictures. First up this week is Passage on the Lady Anne. Written by Charles Beaumont this story first found its way to television screens on 9…

West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins direct the film that brings me back to the musical genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Stephen Sondheim pens the lyrics for this Academy Award winning musical (including Best Picture) that is an updated retelling of Shakespeare’s beautiful tragedy Romeo & Juliet with Richard Beymer…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Smith and Jones, and The Shakespeare Code

A new companion, Martha Jones (Freema Agyemam), a medical student working in a hospital finds herself joining the Doctor (Tennant) in the TARDIS this week. Smith and Jones was written by Russell T. Davies and originally aired on 31 March, 2007. Martha and the Doctor discover that the hospital they are in has been transported…

The Mind Reels chats with This Life’s Torri Higginson

Sue and I were lucky enough to be afforded some time to chat with the always amazing, Torri Higginson. Over ten episodes last year, the CBC introduced us to the Lawson family, living in Montreal, and Natalie (Higginson) who is dealt a blow when the cancer she has beaten has returned, and she has about…

Henry V (1944) – Laurence Olivier

  I dipped back into the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book to check out the next genre and films for me to watch… It’s War, and up for viewing this time around is Laurence Olivier’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play of young Henry V, King of England, and his confrontation with…

Fringe Toronto: Hamlet… A Puppet Epic

So this morning I took in a Fringe Kids event, I mean it was Hamlet. And puppets. Hamlet WITH puppets. How could I resist? Presented by the puppet company Shakey-Shake and Friends, here in Toronto, this company, both human and puppet, are making their home in the George Ignatieff Theatre for the course of the…

Chimes at Midnight (1965) – Orson Welles

So I’m getting back on track with the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and am getting ready to finish up my time with Mr. Welles. I was quite looking forward to sitting down and watching this one, as I do like my Shakespeare, and I was quite interested to see how Welle’s adapted…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Chase

The Daleks are back in this week’s story written by Terry Nation and airing in 6 parts from 22 May to 26 June, 1965. It also, at the end of the story, sees the departure of Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) from the TARDIS as they finally find a way home. After their…

Forbidden Planet (1956)

  This time the 101 Sci-Fi movies brought me Forbidden Planet is smart science fiction. It has a sharp story, top notch acting, and the soecial effects are close to amazing! The starcscapes, the designs, the costumes, and of course Robby The Robot, continue to engage. A sequence featuring our stalwart captain JJ Adams (Leslie Nielsen)…

TIFF 2012: Much Ado About Nothing – Joss Whedon

  The announcement of this little flick’s arrival at TIFF this year caused quite a stir amongst many people I know.  Even I was curious as to what Whedon would have in store for us with this one, since I knew it was something he’d wanted to do for a long time, and that he’d…