The Cat Returns (2002) – Hiroyuki Morita

The next film on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Spirited Away for DK Canada’s The Movie Book is this light-hearted adventure from Studio Ghibli. Shorter than the other entries on the list, this one  is whimsical and a pleasant adventure. The story follows young Haru, who after saving the life…

Tik-Tok of Oz (1914) – Frank L. Baum

A quick trip to Oz has been overdue, so I figured it was time to dig into book eight in the series, and check in with all those old friends, and new ones, to see what was happening in that faraway land. Following in the quest stories which have been the hallmark of the series…

The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913) – L. Frank Baum

It’s been over a year since I travelled to the land of Oz. So I decided to buckle up for a quick jaunt back to that fairyland that shaped the lives of so many children at the beginning of the 20th century. Baum guides us back to his world as we go on another quest…

The Emerald City of Oz (1910) – L. Frank Baum

  It’s been a while, so I thought it was time to return to Oz, and check on Dorothy and the gang, in this, the sixth book, in the series. This was originally intended to be the last book in the series, and by the way it ends, with Dorothy’s message to Mr. Baum, it…

Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Guiseppe Tornatore

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of The Last Tango in Paris is actually more than worthy of its own entry in the book, and should have been highlighted as one of the main titles. This is one for every film lover, it’s an…

The Road to Oz (1909) – L. Frank Baum

  It’s time to go back to Oz, and it had to happen sooner or late. This is the fifth book in the Oz series, the fourth featuring Dorothy, and it ends up being her most disappointing trip yet. Happily, she arrives in Oz this time without having to go through a natural disaster first, and…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) – L. Frank Baum

While I was laid up in hospital a couple of weeks ago for my hernia operation, I decided I would read a children’s book that I had never looked at before. So my Kindle was happy to add the 15 Oz novels by L. Frank Baum to their library, and I had a look at…

The Palm Beach Story (1942) – Preston Sturges

  Preston Sturges wrote and directed this screwball romantic comedy that is one of the recommendations from Bringing Up Baby in the Great Movies – 1oo Years of Film book I am working my way through. This one is a little out there, and deals with sex, love, divorce and money in an entertaining way,…

Dune (1984) – David Lynch

David Lynch is always an interesting filmmaker, and more often than not, his films are wonderfully confusing and eccentric, Twin Peaks will always be my favorite of these, though Mulholland  Drive is probably a close second. The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brought me his adaptation of Dune to rewatch, and while I can appreciate it…

American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) – Sam Firstenberg

I know you’d believe that they made a number of sequels (4 of them all told), but would you believe I watched the second one?! Oh man. Talk about cheesy fun… Golan and Globus have done it again. Our heroes from the first film, Armstrong (Michael Dudikoff) and Jackson (Steve James) are back, and have…