Young Guns (1988) – Christopher Cain

A fun cast gives a bit of a young update on a classic western tale as Emilio Estevez climbs into the saddle as Billy the Kid in Christopher Cain’s Young Guns. Featuring a high-profile cast that included Lou Diamond Phillips, Kiefer Sutherland, Dermot Mulroney, Terence Stamp, Jack Palance and Terry O’Quinn. John Tunstall (Stamp) has…

The Equalizer (1986) – A Community of Civilized Men, and Joyride

McCall (Edward Woodward) loses a potential romantic partner after resolving her issues at the beginning of A Community of Civilized Men when she’s murdered and McCall has to help her daughter, Valerie (Jennifer Grey) survive and elude a professional agent, and killer. Written by Daniel Pyne and Scott Shepherd this episode was first broadcast on…

The Equalizer (1986) – Dead Drop, and Wash-Up

When an innocent bystander, flower shop owner Barry (James Murtaugh) gets involved in a smuggling operation that is using mailed packages as a dead drop, he’s targeted for a quick end. But McCall (Edward Woodward) may be up to the task of helping him in Dead Drop. Written by Maurice Hurley and Joel Surnow, this…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Subway, and Versus the Ring: Part II

Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) world starts to fall apart in this very emotional episode that serves as the penultimate story of the third season. Written by Ali Adler and Phil Klemmer from a story by Matthew Miller, Chuck Versus the Subway debuted on 24 May, 2010. Shaw (Brandon Routh) is back, and he has an intersect…

Cujo (1983) – Lewis Teague

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1981 novel, Cujo, is the next title up in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, and I find myself a little divided on it. The majority of the film is, in fact, faithful to the novel until we reach the final act of the film. But we’ll get to…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) – Encounter at Farpoint

Captain’s log: stardate 41153.7 Set decades (78 years altogether) after the events of Kirk and company, Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired on 28 September, 1987. Launching us into the 24th century, a script by series creator Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana introduced us to an all new U.S.S. Enterprise, a Galaxy-class starship, and…

Body Snatchers (1993) – Abel Ferrara

  My time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues as I examine the next iteration of the classic sci-fi tale of the Body Snatchers with this 1993 update. This version features Gabrielle Anwar in the lead supported by Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker and R. Lee Ermey. Anwar is young teenager Marti Malone, who is on…

Antisocial (2013) – Cody Calahan

  Opening today at the Carlton Cinema is a new horror film from director Cody Calahan that puts a creepy spin on social media. Featuring a new take on the much-used zombie, frenzied┬ádead, the film follows a group of students on New Year’s Eve, as they plan to drink post pics, tweet, vid chat and…

Chronicle (2012) – Josh Trank

I’m tired of hand-held, found footage type films. That being said, I rather liked this film, though I personally would have preferred it was shot without the hand held stuff, though some of it does work really well! It’s a nice updated take on the basic superhero/super-villain story, and the final battle put me in…