Gamera vs. Barugon (1966) – Shigeo Tanaka

The kaiju battles continue as I delve deeper into the chapter on dragons and dinosaurs in DK Canada’s fabulous Monsters in the Movies. With some fun modelwork, and man in a monster suit action this one is fairly predictable, and the human story gets too much in the way of the monster action, but it’s…

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) – Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid

As I explore the final pages of DK Canada’s immensely informative The Movie Book, I’ve moved into the last section of this catalogue of films. Herein lies another title from The Directory, a selection of titles that are exceptional but didn’t make the cut for the main body of the text. Meshes of the Afternoon…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A space age fairy tale. No matter the themes, social commentary or underpinnings we wish to assign the Skywalker Saga, culminating with the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars has always been a space age fairy tale – there are princesses (turned general), knights (both good and bad), evil lords, fortresses,…

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Night, and Drone

Captain’s log: stardate 52081. 2 Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen the season five opener which first aired on 14 October, 1998. The Voyager, continuing its journey home, they are passing through a region of space with no planets, no stars, just an empty void for two months, and it is beginning to wear on…

In the Tall Grass (2012) – Stephen King and Joe Hill

This week I decided to dig into something quick, and unnerving, and settled in for Joe Hill, and his father, Stephen King’s short novella, In the Tall Grass. And it’s wonderfully unnerving, bloody, and frightening.┬áThe concept of the story is so simple, and that is where some of the true horror lies. Cal and his…

Captain Marvel (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

Marvel Studio’s first female led superhero movie comes home on blu-ray and DVD today. Delighting audiences worldwide, the film introduces us to Brie Larson as one of THE most powerful characters within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Set in the 90s, the film gives lots of nostalgic nods to the time period while giving fans a…

Space: 1999 (1977) – The Immunity Syndrome, and The Dorcons

This is it, the last week of Space: 1999, and while some of it has been very good, and a number of stories showed some promise, the series, as a whole, has not weathered the decades as well as it could have. The penultimate episode is The Immunity Syndrome (not to be confused with the…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Prototype, and Alliances

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Jonathan Frakes directs this episode from a script by Nicholas Corea that sees the Voyager picking up an automated life form floating in the vastness of space. First airing on 15 January, 1996, the story let Torres (Roxann Dawson) step to the fore. Torres is sure that they can reactivate the…

Proxima Command – An Evening’s Sci-Fi Adventure

Ever since I was a kid and first discovered Star Wars, Star Trek, and science fiction in general, I had dreams of stepping onto the bridge of a starship, or spaceship, and exploring, seeking out new life forms, engaging in intergalactic battles, or watching the stunning starscape slip past my windows. I remember sitting at…

Space: 1999 (1976) – A Matter of Balance, and The Beta Cloud

Pip and Jane Baker pen the first episode up this week, as Moonbase Alpha deals with young crushes, Tony’s (Tony Anholt) desire to perfect a drinkable beer, and a strange planet whose surviving aliens are incorporeal beings who are using a young Alphan botanist, Shermeen (Lynne Frederick) as a conduit which may result in the…