The Institute (2019) – Stephen King

It doesn’t say it directly, but The Institute, the latest King book I’ve read, could exist in the same world as The Shop from Firestarter, and one wonders if perhaps there’s a connection to the Dark Tower and the breakers or The Dead Zone. The tale follows young Luke Ellis, a bit of a boy…

Hook (1991) – Steven Spielberg

“Oh there you are Peter.” That line makes me mist up every time I hear it, but it’s also from a film that I treasure for a number of reasons, and I got to revisit it for the first time in a number of years courtesy of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book and…

Disney Pixar Character Encyclopedia: New Edition (2019) – Steve Bynghall,Jo Casey, Glenn Dokin, Clare Hibbert, Julia March, Helen Murray, and Catherine Saunders

DK Canda has a knack for creating beautiful coffee table books, whether they are aimed at younger readers, or older fans. Their works are always filled with details and brilliant pictures and illustrations. Their new edition of  the Disney Pixar Character Encyclopedia continues this trend. Broken into sections that guide us through each franchise and…

Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

***SPOILER FREE ZONE*** The super-sized issue twenty-two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hits theaters Thursday, and superhero fans around the planet have no idea what to expect. So take a breath and enjoy that moment. No doubt by the end of opening weekend, tons of people will be spoiling the film for others (intentionally or…

Fan Expo 2018: An Exploration of Fandom, Age,and Being a Geek

There are few things that portend the end of summer for me more than Toronto’s Fan Expo, falling around the Labor Day Weekend it is one last big sendup and celebration of countless fandoms. And this year Expo made sure to pull out all the stops, there were celebrities and panels, parties and purchases that…

Schindler’s List (1993) – Steven Spielberg

The next title on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film as I return to the historical section of the book is Spielberg’s heart-wrenching, anguish filled look at the Holocaust through an adaptation of a true story. Over the course of three hours, this black and white film, with only significant and poignant uses…

The Amber Spyglass (2000) – Philip Pullman

The final novel in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is on the book shelf this week, and I was curious to know if it would have the same effect on me as it did when I first read it eighteen years ago. I remembered nothing of the final half of the book after a…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – Nightmare in Silver, and The Name of the Doctor

Nightmare in Silver gives us another Doctor Who story written by Neil Gaiman. This, the penultimate episode of the seventh series, first aired on 11 May 2013. The Doctor (Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) take her charges, Angie (Eve de Leon Allen) and Artie (Kassius Carey Johnson) on an adventure. They head to Hedgewick’s World…

Uncommon Type (2017) – Tom Hanks

I’ve been a fan of Tom Hanks’ since Bosom Buddies, I’ve watched him grow from a comedic actor to one of my favourite all time actors. I have delighted in his career, and love when he steps away from the front of the camera to work behind it, directing, producing, writing. It was his writing…

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) – John Hughes

Paramount Pictures, in time for both Canadian and American Thanksgivings, released the 30th Anniversary edition of the John Hughes classic, Planes, Trains & Automobiles. John Candy and Steve Martin portray Del Griffith and Neal Page respectively; two travellers thrown together as they try to find their way home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Watching circumstance after…

Star Trek: The Original Series (1968) – The Empath and Elaan of Troyius

Captain’s log: stardate 5121.5 The Empath is an interesting episode, written by Joyce Muskat and with an original airdate of 6 December, 1968, this one uses a bit of minimalist set design to give it an almost surreal feel. Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) find themselves trapped in…