Hannibal (2001) – Ridley Scott

Anthony Hopkins returns to his iconic role of the cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lector in the sequel to the brilliant The Silence of the Lambs. This film shows up in Ten Bad Dates with De Niro on a list of films that it is painful to like. Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme elected not to…

Beowulf (2007) – Robert Zemeckis

I’m enjoying exploring DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, and the current chapter on Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales is bringing me all manner of film to partake in. Today, it brings me Robert Zemeckis’ take on the epic poem Beowulf. Always a technically inovative director, Zemeckis decided to make the film with computer…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Face of Evil

  Part of the Doctor’s (Baker) past comes back to haunt him this week. Though it would have had a bit more of a punch if this were a sequel to a previously televised story. This four-part tale was written by Chris Boucher and had originally ran¬†from 1¬†January to 22 January, 1977. The Doctor and…

Citizen Kane (1941) – Orson Welles

  I first saw this movie in my film studies class at university. I was bored out of my skull. How was this considered one of the greatest movies ever made? In fact most of that course put me off film for the better part of a year. So I was curious to see what…

Children of Men (2006) – Alfonso Cuaron

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list comes to an end with Children of Men, and I honestly couldn’t think of a better film to end it on. Director Alfonso Cuaron brings an adaptation of P.D. James novel to life in a vivid way, combining all that is the best of humanity, our callousness, our greed,…

Primer (2004) – Shane Carruth

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies let me settle in and re-watch and re-examine the convoluted, interweaving story that comprises the time-travelling conundrum that is Primer. This one isn’t one for a mindless afternoon on the couch, you need to pay attention, keep threads straight in your head, and try to follow the technically thick dialogue,…