Mission: Impossible (1968) – The Contender: Part 1, and Part 2

Phelps’ (Peter Graves) and his IMF team go undercover to bring down a crooked fight promoter, Charles Buckman (Ron Randell), who not only has some serious control over the boxing ring, but is planning on spreading his influence over other sports as well, as part of a move by organised crime. The story ends up…

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick’s look at the Vietnam War isn’t only a commentary on the war itself, but the dissolution of the self, and the soul of humanity to be replaced by an animal nature that restrains us a species and diminishes who we are. From the introduction to the Marine Corps on Parris Island, South Carolina,…

Heartbreak Ridge (1986) – Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood stars, produces and directs this love letter to the United States Marine Corps. and while fairly engaging, the film embraces stereotypes almost to the extreme at both ends, consequently the characters and tone of the film isn’t as balanced as it could be. Eastwood plays the career marine, Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway. He’s…

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Donald F. Glut

After Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, we were treated to two more novels, Han Solo at Star’s End, and Han Solo’s Revenge both written by Brian Daley. Both novels debuted in 1979, and I read them last year on vacation. And my sister I both owned one, I had Star’s End, she had Revenge. But…

Chuck (2009/2010) – Versus the Ring, and Versus the Pink Slip

Season two of Chuck comes to its conclusion with Chuck Versus the Ring. Written by one of the series creators Chris Fedak and Ali Adler, and directed by Robert Duncan McNeill, it first aired on 27 April 2009. Chuck (Zachary Levi) may in fact be rid of the Intersect, thanks to his father, Steve (Scott…

Star Trek: Discovery (2017) – Choose Your Pain, and Lethe

Captain’s log: December 2256 Kemp Powers pens the teleplay for Choose Your Pain from a story by Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts and Kemp. It first aired on 15 October, 2017, and sees a familiar character return to this version of the Trek Universe. While Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) starts to worry about the pain…

Chuck (2009) – Versus the Lethal Weapon, and Versus the Predator

Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) adventures in his personal and professional life continue this week as Cole Barker (Jonathan Cake) the MI6 agent that seems to have some chemistry with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) resurfaces in Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon. Written by Zev Borow and Matthew Lau, the episode first debuted on 9 March, 2009. It sees…

Mort (1987) – Terry Pratchett

This week, I dug into another Discworld novel for the Book Shelf. And I’ve said it before, but I’m glad I waited until now to read them, I wouldn’t have appreciated them, and their wonderful humour when they were originally released. And now, I also don’t have to wait a year or two for the…