The Accusation (2017) – Bandi

Due out this week from Anansi Press is this beautiful collection of stories, the first fiction to come out of North Korea. They say write what you know, and while I recognise that these stories are fiction, they have their roots in the real world, and as such, give the reader a fascinating glance inside…

Odd and the Frost Giants (2008) – Neil Gaiman

It’s always a delight to explore a Neil Gaiman book, and though this novella was far too short, it was everything I’d come to expect from this master storyteller. Incorporating Norse Mythology, which is also the subject of his latest book, the story follows a young boy, named Odd, who has an unexpected encounter with…

The Stepford Wives (1975) – Bryan Forbes

  Katharine Ross headlines in William Goldman’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, which is the next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Ross is Joanna Eberhart, a smart, beautiful woman, who is much put-upon by her husband, Walter (Peter Masterson), who wants his wife to be more ‘ahem’ traditional. Packing up the family, they leave…

Kameradschaft (1931) -G.W. Pabst

  The next title up for review in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is one I’d previously covered as I return to the Action & Adventure genre, the fantastic Wages of Fear, so I dove right into the few recommendations for this one that I hadn’t covered yet, starting with this French-German…

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Frank Capra

  It’s the middle of summer, so what better time to take a look at a holiday classic as I dive into the Family genre of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Holiday film or not this one is undeniably a classic, and James Stewart is simply perfection as George Bailey, a…

Banshee: Season 3

  I hadn’t even heard of the Cinemax/HBO series Banshee before HBO sent me season 3. Suffice to say, when I was halfway through the series, I ordered the previous two seasons on Blu-Ray. The series is a pulp novel brought to life, it’s lurid, colorful, violent, sexy (it’s a ridiculously good looking cast), and…

The Last Town (2014) – Blake Crouch

  So I dug into the third and final book of Blake Crouch’s¬†Wayward Pines trilogy, The Last Town. And once again, I was struck how all three books could have made for three separate and amazing seasons on television, instead of being chopped up into one ten episode season. I mean, the first book you…

Tarantula (1955) – Jack Arnold

  My time with director Jack Arnold continues, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles. This time around, we find ourselves int he middle of the desert menaced by a giant spider. But don’t worry, things work out in the end, and we’re all saved by Clint Eastwood. Really. Near a small desert town, Professor Gerald Deemer…

Spring (2014) – Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

  Available today from Anchor Bay is this unique film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, their follow-up to the delightfully mind-bending Resolution. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray this is a gentle, and beautifully filmed concoction that marries the romance film with the monster movie. At the story’s heart is Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), whose…

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 Greatest American Hero (1981) – Hog Wild and Classical Gas

  The effects for the flying sequences are still terrible but the charm of the series remains in this week’s installment! First up, Hog Wild. This one ¬†aired 25 November, 1981 and was written once again by Cannell. Ralph (William Katt) and Bill (Robert Culp) are returning from a communication seminar, something Bill feels was…