Hook (1991) – Steven Spielberg

“Oh there you are Peter.” That line makes me mist up every time I hear it, but it’s also from a film that I treasure for a number of reasons, and I got to revisit it for the first time in a number of years courtesy of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book and…

Cronos (1993) – Guillermo del Toro

del Toro’s first feature film is the next title up for viewing thanks to DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. I recall watching it when it first came to home video years ago, and was more than ready to dive into this take on the classic vampire tale from one of my favorite directors….

The Mummy (1999) – Stephen Sommers

While the updated version of The Mummy blasts into theatres this summer, the 1999 reboot was on the list of recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for follow-up titles to Raiders of the Lost Ark. This version, directed by Stephen Sommers, stars Brendan Fraser, Oded Fehr, Rachel Weisz and Arnold…

King Solomon’s Mines (1937) – Robert Stevenson

The next action recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following the fantastic Raiders of the Lost Ark is this 1937 adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s classic adventure novel. Cedric Hardwicke leads the way as adventurer Allan Quartermain who is persuaded by Kathy (Anna Lee) to help search for her father,…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Dragonfire

The final story of Season 24, and McCoy’s first comes to a close this week, with the three part tale, Dragonfire. Written by Ian Briggs, this serial ran from 23 November to 7 December, 1987. This was Mel’s (Bonnie Langford) last adventure with the Doctor, and a new companion, Ace (Sophie Aldred) joins the Time…

Wall-E (2008) – Andrew Stanton

  Well, as I am working my way through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, I figured I could use a trope of science fiction, and leap forward in time from the point of the book I am in, to the end, and work backwards, bouncing back and forth in time! So I was delighted to be…

Son of Kong (1933) – Ernest B. Schoesdack

  As I continue my exploration of Sci-Fi Chronicles, I found myself looking forward to taking in the next bunch of film recommendations this one supplied me with in that I had only ever seen the original King Kong, which I reviewed previous to this, and the Jackson remake (thoughts on that one will follow…

King Solomon’s Mines (1985) – J. Lee Thompson

Cheesy lines, poor pacing, editing and uninspired action sequences that are poorly shot, and some even lifted from Raiders and the serials of the 30s weigh this film down that not even a score by Jerry Goldsmith can save. Shot back to back with its sequel Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold, the…

Magnum, P.I. (1981) – Billy Joe Bob & Dead Man’s Channel

Well, my computer was being a bit difficult, so I decided (oh the hardship) of continuing with Thomas (Tom Selleck) for another season! Season 2 got underway on 8 October, 1981 with Billy Joe Bob, an episode written by Jeff Wilhelm. Thomas is hired by a Texan, the titular Billy Joe Bob (James Whitmore Jr.)…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Smugglers

Season Four of Doctor Who starts with what I found to be the most uninteresting story to have spilled out of the TARDIS. Written by Brian Hayles, this story ran from 10 September to 1 October, 1966. Maybe it would be better if it existed in some other format than a reconstruction, using production photos,…

Passport To Pimlico (1949) – Henry Cornelius

  The next recommendation in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for Kind Hearts and Coronets is this amusing little film penned by T.E.B. Clarke. Set in the tiny street of Pimlico in post war bombed out London, funny things are afoot. There is an unexploded bomb in the middle of the…