Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) – Fran Rubel Kuzui

Before she stormed the small screen for seven years, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was a theatrical film that didn’t quite get what Joss Whedon was trying to do with the genre. Instead, playing more for comedy, this vampire film is the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. The cast is led by…

Star Wars: Rebel Rising (2017) – Beth Revis

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I am truly enjoying the new canon Star Wars series, yes, I mourn some of the lost stories, now relegated to the Legends pile, but the new novels, comics, television series, and of course, the movies, all tie in with one another. Things are checked,…

Fame (1980) – Alan Parker

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Grease is the iconic 1980 film Fame. The movie proved so popular that it inspired a television series, as well as a remake, but there is nothing like the classic. The film follows a group of students at…

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) – Ron Howard

Punch it, Chewie! Ron Howard, a reliable journeyman director takes us back to a galaxy far, far away this week when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theatres. Penned by one of the most reliable of  the Lucasfilm scribes, Lawrence Kasdan, and his son, Jonathan Kasdan, the film introduces Alden Ehrenreich in the role made…

Pokemon Movie Companion (2017) – Simcha Whitehill

You know, until Pokemon Go came out, I didn’t even know that Pokemon was a shortened version of Pocket Monsters. But then again, the phenomenon that swept the world started in 1995 – I was not their target market. A whole generation has already grown up with them, and there are more born every day….

The Magnificent Seven (1960) – John Sturges

That music, that cast… It’s no wonder that Sturges’ Americanisation of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is one of my all time favourite westerns, and the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Wild Bunch. Elmer Bernstein’s rousing and memorable score supports Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli…

Star Wars Made Easy (2017) – Christian Blauvelt

DK Canada unleashes the Force with their playful and entertaining Star Wars Made Easy. Positioning itself as A Beginner’s Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, for that rare person who has never seen any of the films, Vlauvelt’s book is a lot of fun, embracing the fun that is an inherent part of the…

Quantum Leap (1993) – Memphis Melody and Mirror Image

Here we go, the last instalment of Quantum Leap. Sam’s last two leaps… that we know about. In Memphis Melody, set on 3 July, 1954, Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself as The King himself, Elvis Presley. Written by Robin Bernheim, this episode allows us to see Sam sing one last time, with a couple of…

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…

Maximum Ride (2016) -Jay Martin

James Patterson’s young adult novel series, Maximum Ride, takes flight cimematically this week from Paramount Pictures. I read the first book when it came out in 2005. It was fun, engaging. Patterson is a very entertaining and imaginative writer, and Max seemed perfectly suited for exploration in other media. The downside to this big screen…

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000) – Michael Coldewey & Michel Lemire

Almost 20 years after the first film, Heavy Metal 2000 returns with more animated science fiction, as I continue to work my way through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. While the animation may be stronger this time around, everything else seems to suffer. Eschewing the anthology format that served the first film so well, not to…