War of the Worlds (1989) – The Last Supper, and Vengeance is Mine

The war rages on this week, and Team Blackwood is seeking other experts who may be able to help. The Last Supper was written by Tom Lazarus and first aired on 6 March, 1989. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin), Norton (Philip Akin), Suzanne (Lynda Mason Green) and Ironhorse (Paul Chaves) are overseeing a gathering of supposed…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – The Muse, and For the Cause

Station log: stardate unknown Rene Echevarria writes the script for this episode form a story by Echevarria and Majel Barrett Roddenberry. It originally aired on 29 April, 1996. Honestly, I knew this one was gonna be a little bad. I think Lwaxanna Troi (Barrett Roddenberry) has overstayed her welcome as a character. This time she…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Defiant, and Fascination

Station log: stardate 48467.3 While Star Trek: Generations floundered a bit at the box office, Trek continued it’s small screen adventures on DS9. It brought a couple of carryovers from Next Gen as well that show up in the episodes this week. First up, Defiant, written by Ronald D. Moore. Airing on 21 November, 1994,…

Stalag 17 (1953) – Billy Wilder

This is a film I had been eager to see, and was glad to see it come up under the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as a recommendation following my viewing of The Great Escape. My eagerness to see it was twofold, I like Billy Wilder’s work, and Stalag 17 is the…

The Glass Key (1942) – Stuart Heisler

The journey into film noir continues with the recommendations from my Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for my screening of The Big Sleep. Alan Ladd is Ed Beaumont, the right hand man, and best friend of corrupt politician Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy). When Madvig shuts down a gangster, Nick Varna (Joseph Calleia) the…

True Detective – Season 1

Released today on Blu-Ray and DVD from HBO is the first season of the stellar police thriller, True Detective. Created and completely written by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey with the entire 8 episode series directed by Cary Fukunaga¬†this show is intelligent, dark, captivating and gritty. Set in Louisiana, the series…

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – John Huston

The recommendations¬†from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for Greed, brought me the opportunity to rewatch this Bogart classic that I haven’t watched in years! A tale of greed overtaking humanity features Humphrey Bogart as Dobbs, a down on his luck American in a small town in Mexico. When he and Curtin (Tim Holt)…

Notorious (1946) – Alfred Hitchcock

Of all the Hitchcock films, and it is a pretty amazing body of work, my favorites are the ones starring Cary Grant. Suspicion, To Catch A Thief (featuring the gorgeous Grace Kelly), my favorite – North By Northwest and Notorious. I decided to revisit Notorious the other night. A taut spy thriller with a heart-wrenching…