Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – All Good Things…

Captain’s log: stardate 47988.0 After seven seasons (and just over a year of posts on the blog) Star Trek: The Next Generation came to its series finale with this feature-length episode that was penned by Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (who were also deep into the writing of the first Next Gen feature film…

Life of the Party (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

With a recycled plot that is straight out of an 80s film, the Melissa McCarthy vehicle, Life of the Party hits blu-ray and DVD this week from Warner Brothers. Despite using all of the university and college tropes that have been in play since National Lampoon’s Animal House, the film arguably takes the story and…

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1994) – Hollywood Follies

This week, it’s Sean Patrick’s final turn as Indiana Jones in an adventure written by Jonathan Hales and Matthew Jacobs from a story by George Lucas, which brings the character full circle, in a meta sense as Indy heads to Hollywood! Debiting as a television movie on 15 October, 1994, the story picks up in…

At The Mountains of Madness (1931) – H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft’s unnerving novella, At the Mountains of Madness was my next read, and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. It’s dark, frightening, and immensely enjoyable. An Antarctic expedition finds something they don’t expect, and from there the tale descends into horror and madness. I feel that the story influenced the short story of…

The House (2017) – Andrew Jay Cohen

Releasing to blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers, is the latest comedic effort from Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Somewhere in this film, there is the potential for something really funny, but far too often the dialogue is pushed past the point of hilarity to absurdity, and the story itself could have played as…

Home Alone (1990 ) – Chris Columbus

I return to the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book and venture back into the family genre. And despite the fact that it’s May, it’s apparently time for a Christmas movie. I’m a little bit divided on this one. It has so much working for it. It’s written and produced by John Hughes,…

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – Arthur Penn

As I return to the thriller category of Great Movies – 100 Years of Film, I got to settle into a film that I haven’t seen since my film classes in university. Bonnie and Clyde. The film stars Warren Beatty as Clyde and Faye Dunaway as Bonnie in this cinematic retelling of the famous criminals…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) – Douglas Adams

After re-watching the movie earlier this week, I thought it would be nice to go back and read the original novel (based on the BBC radio play penned by Adams) and go travelling with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect again. This book first came into my hands decades ago, in the early 80s when I…

Casablanca (1942) – Michael Curtiz

  As we move back to the Romance and Melodrama genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, we get to revisit one of my favourite films (many people share that opinion, and who can blame them?!) – Casablanca. It came along at just the right time, had just the right cast,…

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

  Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) swings back into action with this, the second film directed by Sam Raimi about Marvel’s Web-Head. I’d previously covered the first one for the blog for a previous list, so I jumped right into the second one for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Young Peter Parker is having a tough time, he…