Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – Hayao Miyazaki

The final entry on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Spirited Away is another brilliant Miyazaki film, Howl’s Moving Castle. This was my first time watching this one, and I can now admit to rating this one as high as I do Spirited Away. It’s…

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) – Hayao Miyazaki

Following my screening of Spirited Away as recommended by DK Canada’s The Movie Book, I was delighted to move on to the What Else to Watch list and dive into a number of Miyazaki films I was aware of, but had never seen. Today, I dug into Laputa: Castle in the Sky. And found myself…

Van Helsing (2004) – Stephen Sommers

After his fairly positive success with two Mummy movies, and the cult favorite Deep Rising, Stephen Sommers looked to do an homage to the Universal Monsters and hopefully launch a new tentpole franchise with the Hugh Jackman led Van Helsing. This is the next recommendation from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies by John Landis,…

First Men in the Moon (1964) – Nathan Juran

My time with DK Books’ The Movie Book pays off big time with the What Else to Watch list associated with Melies’ A Trip to the Moon – it brought me this 1964 oddity, which is based on H.G. Wells’ story. A multi-national crew is making the first manned landing on the moon. Imagine the…

Doctor Who (Paul McGann) – The Movie

Seven years after Sylvester McCoy’s last story, Survival, a weird co-production involving Fox television and the BBC, introduced Paul McGann as the Doctor when McCoy regenerated into him after being shot in San Francisco (actually Vancouver), at the end of the 20th century. The story is deeply flawed, conflicts with canon in a number of…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – The Mark of the Rani

  The Master (Anthony Ainley) returns to menace the Doctor (Baker) this week in The Mark of the Rani. This one was written by Pip and Jane Baker, and aired in two parts from 2 to 9 February, 1985. The Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) arrive in 19th century England in the small village of…

Wild Wild West (1999) – Barry Sonnenfeld

  Ahh, the late 20th century, when Will Smith the comedic actor was at the top of his game having come off of the incredibly successful Men In Black, which was directed by Sonnenfeld, who was having a string of good luck himself, with MiB, Get Shorty, and the Addams Family movies. So, they paired…

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – Stephen Norrington

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles plunges us into the world of Alan Moore’s graphic novels with this film adaptation of his work directed by Stephen Norrington, which suffers from a bit of a haphazard script that hinted at great potential, and just failed horribly to have it pay off. It’s a great idea (mostly), using characters…

Steamboy (2004) – Katsuhiro Otomo

  I can’t seem to pull myself away from the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and was very appy to settle in for this one that combined anime and steampunk, and ran with it. Now, don’t judge me, but I watched the dubbed version, I usually prefer watching a film in the original language, but I only…

Polaris 26

Polaris is a fan run convention and has been going solidly for 26 years. It is a quieter more intimate affair than the wondrous eye-dazzler that is Fan Expo. This year, Sue and I were offered media passes to the event thanks to the show’s head of media Evelina Kuczer, and were delighted to attend…