Miami Vice (1987) – Like a Hurricane, and The Rising Sun of Death

Anything has to be a step up after last week’s abysmal Missing Hours, and Like A Hurricane is a little bit more on track, but is a very Crockett (Don Johnson)-centric story. Written by Robert Palm, this episode first aired on 20 November, 1987. Vice detective Sonny Crockett is given babysitting duty. He’s supposed to…

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…

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – Mike Newell

Mike Newell ably directs from a sharp script by Richard Curtis, and what we are delivered is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Pretty Woman. This one is sharp, and enjoyable, though if I am blatantly honest, I’ve never been a fan of the…

The Deer Hunter (1978) – Micheal Cimino

Micheal Cimino’s examination of the effects of war, framed around the Vietnam conflict and a small industrial town in Pennsylvania is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. Laying out the scars, physical, mental and unseen that affected those who fought in it,…

Mamma Mia! (2008) – Phylida Lloyd

The final recommendation for my screening of Jailhouse Rock for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is the beloved stage musical, Mamma Mia! Using the catchy tunes penned by cherished pop group, ABBA, the tale is a but of a post-modern Philadelphia Story as a young woman, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is on the…

The Last Laugh (1924) – F.W. Murnau

I return to DK Books’ The Movie Book to explore the What Else to Watch list following their recommendation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The silent film follows the story of a Hotel Doorman (Emil Jannings). He is a man who takes pride in his work, looks good in his uniform, and feels good…

Doctor Who (Christoper Eccleston) – The Long Game and Father’s Day

The Doctor (Eccleston), Rose (Billie Piper) and Adam (Bruno Langley) travel to the far flung future, to Satellite 5, orbiting the Earth, only to find something has gone dreadfully wrong with future history. The Long Game was written by Russell T. Davies and first aired on 7 May, 2005. The Doctor is sure something has…

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) – Stuart Baird

  It’s time for the cinematic swan song of for the Next Generation cast, as my journeys with Star Trek, via the Sci-Fi Chronicles book continue. Directed by Stuart Baird (a helluva editor, not the best director) the film is nowhere near as strong a film as it could have or should have been. One…

El Cid (1961) – Anthony Mann

  The recommendations for my viewing of Henry V for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book gets underway with this towering film from Anthony Mann. Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren headline in this three-hour epic that chronicles the life and times of El Cid, known in Spain as Rodrigo Diaz (Heston), a…

The A-Team (1983) – One More Time and Till Death Do Us Part

  One More Time, written by Frank Lupo and Patrick Hasburgh from a story by Babs Greyhosky, with an airdate of 12 April 1983, sees Colonel Lynch (William Lucking) finally catching up with Hannibal (George Peppard), Face (Dirk Benedict) and B.A. (Mr. T) on the set of Hannibal’s latest acting gig. After a motorbike chase,…