Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Battle Lines, and The Storyteller

Station log: stardate unknown Written by Richard Danus and Evan Carlos Somers from a story by Hilary J. Bader, this episode first aired on 25 April, 1993. It follows Commander Sisko (Avery Brooks), Major Kira (Nana Visitor) and Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) as they give the Bajoran spiritual leader, Kai Opaka (Camille Saviola) a look…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Before the Flood, and The Girl Who Died

Before the Flood is the conclusion of the cliffhanger to last week’s underwater base/ghost episode from last week. Penned by Toby Whithouse, and first airing on 10 October, 2015, it finds the Doctor (Capaldi) travelling back in time to before the underwater base was flooded, and the deserted sunken village they were investigating is alive…

Lord Jim (1965) – Richard Brooks

Peter O’Toole finds himself in yet another epic film, as I continue my exploration of the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia. Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad the film doesn’t have the same sweep and expanse that Arabia does, but it…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – The Mark of the Rani

  The Master (Anthony Ainley) returns to menace the Doctor (Baker) this week in The Mark of the Rani. This one was written by Pip and Jane Baker, and aired in two parts from 2 to 9 February, 1985. The Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) arrive in 19th century England in the small village of…

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) – Ishiro Honda

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues to pay off as I now get to spend some time with that kaiju known the world round as Godzilla. I’ve previously reviewed the original film here. His competition in this film, Mothra, had a film of its own, but in this one, the two beasts go head to…

Spring (2014) – Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

  Available today from Anchor Bay is this unique film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, their follow-up to the delightfully mind-bending Resolution. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray this is a gentle, and beautifully filmed concoction that marries the romance film with the monster movie. At the story’s heart is Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), whose…

Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Guiseppe Tornatore

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of The Last Tango in Paris is actually more than worthy of its own entry in the book, and should have been highlighted as one of the main titles. This is one for every film lover, it’s an…

Padre Padrone (1977) РThe Taviani Brothers 

  The next film from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book’s recommendation for my screening of Last Tango in Paris, is this rather somber film, that is based on the true story of its author, Gavino Ledda. Often dark, the film follows Gavino (Saverio Marconi), a young Sardinian, trying to be his…

The Book Thief (2013) – Brian Percival

  I read the book for this one some time ago, and had forgotten enough of it so that I was coming in to the story fresh, and wow did I enjoy this one. Great performances, a stirring score, thank you John Williams and an emotional and human tale from a script by Michael Petroni,…

Sunrise – A Tale of Two Humans (1927) – F.W. Murnau

  Following on the tail of Pandora’s Box, this recommendation from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film,a splendidly¬†filmed silent movie, is a moving and involving drama, that follows two characters on their rediscovery of their love for one another, and the threat of its loss. Set in a small village, frequented by city dwellers,…

Le Boucher (1970) – Claude Chabrol

  The final recommendation that accompanied Greed in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is a slow burn of a drama, that moves to an inescapable and lonely climax. Jean Yanne is Paul Thomas ‘Popaul’, a vet who has returned home to the village in which he grew up, to run the local butchery….