Rope (1948) – Alfred Hitchcock

I dig into another classic Hitchcock today, and despite the fact that James Stewart gets top billing, he is almost a supporting role, not really taking centre stage until the final act of the film that was adapted from a stage play by Patrick Hamilton, partially adapted by Hume Cronyn. Brandon (John Dall) and Phillip…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) – The Battle, and Hide and Q

Captain’s log: stardate 41723.9 The Ferengi are back. The Battle, penned by Herbert Wright from a story by Larry Forrester, see the little aliens getting a bit of a better deal this time around than their first appearance, but it’s the learning about Captain Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) earlier service aboard the Stargazer, and his legendary…

Mysterious Island (1961) – Cy Endfield

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues its exploration of the cinematic Jules Verne. I’ve previously covered the highly enjoyable Walt Disney version of 20,000 Leagues, so up next is Mysterious Island, which serves as a bit of a sequel to Leagues as it sees the appearance of Captain Nemo; this time played by Herbert Lom…