V – The Miniseries (1983) – Part One

Writer/director Kenneth Johnson gave us a modern retelling of the Nazi Third Reich in the event mini-series that so impacted me, and countless others, when it first debuted on 1 May, 1983. It was all I talked about in school, finishing up the sixth grade. I didn’t get to see it all when it aired,…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) – Encounter at Farpoint

Captain’s log: stardate 41153.7 Set decades (78 years altogether) after the events of Kirk and company, Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired on 28 September, 1987. Launching us into the 24th century, a script by series creator Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana introduced us to an all new U.S.S. Enterprise, a Galaxy-class starship, and…

Star Trek: 1974 to 1987 – The Wait

I boldly waited for more Star Trek. Having discovered the series in the early 70s as a child, it became a large part of my life. I loved my weekly forays with the Enterprise. Every week they were there. Sometimes more than once a week. But then there were no new episodes. I needed more…

Hot Docs 2015: Chuck Norris Vs Communism – Ilinca Calugareanu

  Screening today at the Hart House theatre at 9:30pm is this masterful, and highly enjoyable documentary that plays like a Cold War thriller. The year is 1985. The place, Romania, a country under strict control by its socialist/communist government, there’s one television channel for the nation, and it broadcasts nothing but state propaganda. The…

American Ninja (1985) – Sam Firstenberg

My exploration of B-movie 80s action movies continues with American Ninja. And what a surprise this one came from Canon and Golan and Globus as well. I think they must’ve made out alright in the 80s with all the goofy little low budget action movies they were making. It may be hard to believe but…