Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants (1991) – Rob MacGregor

Scotland 1925 I jump back into adventure with the man with the hat, as my travels with Indiana Jones continue in the officially licensed (and therefore canon until films prove them otherwise) series of novels that fill in the time between Hollywood Follies (The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones) to The Temple of Doom. Tying…

Dracula’s Daughter (1936) – Lambert Hillyer

John Landis Monsters in the Movies, available from DK Canada, keeps the fangs coming with this next title from the Vampire section of his book. This 1936 film is supposed to pick up shortly after the close of 1931’s Dracula (despite the fact that it was set in the 19th century, and this film is…

Cycle of the Werewolf (1983) – Stephen King

Reading like a cross between Our Town and The Wolfman, Stephen King’s too short novella, Cycle of the Werewolf is on the Book Shelf this week. Serving as the basis of the 1985 film, Silver Bullet, Werewolf reads as a not fleshed out enough short story. That’s not to say it doesn’t work. It does….

The Wild Bunch (1969) – Sam Peckinpah

The next big stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Historical chapter, is Peckinpah’s ultra-violent, wonderfully bloody take on the Hollywood Western. A group of professional outlaws out of step and out of time looking for one last score find themselves fatally wandering the line between…

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) – Sergio Leone

The Great Movies – The 100 Years of Film book returns me to the western genre with this Sergio Leone epic that stars Jason Robards, Chalres Bronson, Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale. Playing against type, Fonda is the villain, Frank, who is working for the railroad, and trying to drive a woman, Jill McBain (Cardinale),…

Quantum Leap (1992) – The Last Gunfighter and A Song for the Soul

Sam finds himself in the form of aged gunfighter, Tyler Means, in The Last Gunfighter. Written by Sam Rolfe and Chris Ruppenthal and airing on 5 February, 1992, Sam find himself on 28 November, 1957. Tyler Means is 82 years old. He likes his whiskey, and he likes his tall tales, especially the ones centring…

Winchester ’73 (1950) – Anthony Mann

  The next western recommendation following High Noon in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this Jimmy Stewart classic. The film tracks a Winchester rifle as Lin McAdam (Stewart) attempts to hunt it down after it is stolen by a murderous fugitive. The hunt begins in Dodge City where Wyatt Earp…

Jurassic World (2015) – Colin Trevorrow

  The Park is open! It’s time to go back to Isla Nublar to take a look at the latest update to the world created by Steven Spielberg (who serves as Executive Producer), and author, the late Michael Crichton. And while it is fun to see dinosaurs on the big screen again, there is only…