Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Juggernaut, and Someone to Watch Over Me

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Bryan Fuller, Nick Sagan, and Kenneth Biller pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Fuller. It first aired on 26 April, 1999 and sees the Voyager coming across a Malon freighter (we’ve encountered them before; they seem to be okay with polluting the galaxy by dumping their toxic…

The Nutty Professor (1963) – Jerry Lewis

The next mad scientist film up for viewing in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book is this classic 60s comedy starring and directed by Jerry Lewis. I remember seeing this one when I was a kid, when our base theater used to have Saturday matinees and this was one of the titles I saw…

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…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Return of Doctor Mysterio, and The Pilot

The Doctor (Capaldi) returned to screens after a year away with the 2016 Holiday Special. Written by Steven Moffat The Return of Soctor Mysterio aired on Christmas Day. This light-hearted adventure follows the Doctor’s encounters with a young boy (and later man) named Grant (Logan Hoffman and Justin Chatwin) who loves his comic books and…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Final Mission, and The Loss

Captain’s log: stardate 44307.3 This episode was penned by Kasey Arnold-Ince and Jeri Taylor from a story by Arnold-Ince.¬†Airing on 19 November, 1990 this Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Wesley (Wil Wheaton) story. Wesley is preparing to leave for Starfleet Academy, but before that happens, he ends up going on one last mission with his captain….

Liv Stein

Combining near cinematic imagery that verges on the iconic and powerhouse performances from its actors, Liv Stein, presented by Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto is sure to wow and elicit discussion. Director Matthew Jocelyn’s sure hand brings Nino Haratischwili’s original German play to the Canadian stage via a translation by Birgit…

Donnie Darko (2001) – Richard Kelly

The final recommendation from this visit to the Family genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is Kelly’s cult film Donnie Darko. While not necessarily suitable for younger viewers, it does involve family and a young troubled boy. This one was one of those films that while I was in the…

Toronto After Dark 2016: As the Gods Will – Takashi Miike

Things got nigh on bizarre this evening at Toronto After Dark, as it continues to entertain at the Scotiabank Theatre here in Toronto. It was Japanese cinema night, and sadly, thanks to work constraints, I was only able to make one screening today, but what a screening! If you aren’t familiar with Miike’s work, it’s…

Into the Wild (2007) – Sean Penn

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of American Beauty is this drama that casts Emile Hirsch in the role of Christopher McCandless. A top student, a promising athlete, Christopher, upon his graduation from Emory University, gives away his money to charity, and begins a…

Quantum Leap (1989) – Star-Crossed and The Right Hand of God

  Sam’s (Scott Bakuka) leaps really get under way this week with Star-Crossed. Penned by Deborah Pratt with an air date of 31 March, 1989, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping into an English Lit professor, Gerald Bryant, in an Ohio college on 15 June, 1972. The professor has a drinking problem, and is involved amorously…

Star Trek: The Entropy Effect (1981) – Vonda N. McIntyre

  It’s time to continue exploring the non-canon adventures of the crew of the starship Enterprise. This is going to be fun, as some of these I haven’t read since I was a kid (reading them as they were published) and some I have never read. So going in order of publication, the first book…