Erik the Viking (1989) – Terry Jones

Monty Python alum Terry Jones writes and directs (as well as making an appearance) in the next film in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book as I continue to explore the chapter on Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales. Tim Robbins is the titular Erik, a Viking who isn’t sure about the looting…

Mystic River (2003) – Clint Eastwood

The next film from DK Canada’s The Movie Book as I tackle the What Else to Watch list following my screening of The Sweet Hereafter is this exemplary film from Clint Eastwood. The movie stars Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. The film follows three childhood friends,…

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Frank Darabont

If there is a near perfect drama film for me, it is the next recommendation in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont, who wrote the screenplay as well, basing it on the short story by Stephen King. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman headline at the iconic King-universe prison, Shawshank,…

Howard the Duck (1986) – Willard Huyck

  A long time before Marvel Entertainment got their act together to bring us one superhero extravaganza after another, George Lucas (the next stop on the journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book), served as executive producer on Willard Huyck’s terrible adaptation of Howard the Duck from the comic series. There are a couple of upsides…

War of the Worlds (2005) – Steven Spielberg 

  I dive back into more HG Wells cinematic adaptations with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, settling in to rewatch the Spielberg take on the classic invasion tale, done so well in the previously reviewed 1953 film. Spielberg’s updated take on the story is a modern, post 9/11 version which tries to walk the line, mostly successfully between modern sensibilities…

Code 46 (2003) – Michael Winterbottom

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brought me this little film that is set in the not too distant future, where DNA is monitored, travel is tightly controlled, and those without cover are forced to live outside cities as non-citizens. Tim Robbins plays an investigator, William Geld, who is on the trail of a forger of…

Top Gun (1986) – Tony Scott

The 101 Action Movies brings this flag-waving American classic back into my life. With Tony Scott’s typical super colour-saturated framing, quick editing, fantastic rocking score, Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise), struggled to prove his the best of the best at the fighter pilot school known popularly as Top Gun. Tons has been said about…

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

At first blush, this horrific, paranoid thriller more than earns its place on the 101 Horror Movies list, because some of the imagery is frightening, couched as it is in everyday surroundings. When viewed knowing the film’s ending, and in this day and age, it’s kind of tough not to, and even if you don’t…