Authority (2014) – Jeff VanderMeer

The second book in the Southern Reach Trilogy finds its way to the Book Shelf this week as I dive further into the strange realm of Area X first introduced in the book Annihilation, which also serves as the title of the upcoming film adaptation. This sequel, released within months of the first book takes…

Rings (2017) – F. Javier Guitierrez

Paramount Pictures lets Samara (Bonnie Morgan), that creepy ghost girl, crawl out of your television this week on blu-ray and DVD, with their 21st century update on the spooky tale first introduced to most North American audiences with 2002’s The Ring. Based on the Japanese film, Ringu, from director Hideo Nakata, the story introduced horror…

Conversations with Dolphins (2016) – Jerome Julienne and John Jackson

“They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.” –¬†Whales Weep Not! D. H. Lawrece Airing as part of the CBC’s Nature of Things tonight, is this fascinating documentary about one of my favourite mammals on the planet, dolphins. From endurance swimmer Adam…

The Crowd (1928) – King Vidor

  The first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of American Beauty, takes me all the way back to 1928, to this silent film, that follows the tale of Mary (Eleanor Boardman)¬†and John Sims (James Murray), as they struggle to survive and thrive, pursuing their hopes, as…

Star Wars: Lost Stars (2015) – Claudia Gray

  Another step towards Star Wars: The Force Awakens… Claudia Gray’s novel, positioned as a Young Adult title, is highly enjoyable book, and a welcome addition to the new canon of the Star Wars universe. Starting just before the beginning of the original trilogy, and ending shortly after it, at the much rumored about Battle…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Holmes Is Where the Heart Is and On Face Value

  This week’s check-in with Thomas (Tom Selleck) and the gang, finds both episodes showing the friendship that exists between Magnum and Higgins (John Hillerman). Higgins carries the first episode, Holmes is Where the Heart Is, written by Judy Burns and Jay Huguely, with an original airdate of 8 March, 1984. Higgins is transcribing a…