Miami Vice (1985) – The Dutch Oven, and Buddies

It’s back to the glitzy yet dangerous streets of Miami as Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) continue delving into the world of vice. First up this week is Ditch Oven, written by Maurice Hurley. This story first debuted on 25 October, 1985. When Trudy (Olivia Brown) has to take a…

London After Midnight (1927) – Tod Browning

Tod Browning’s London After Midnight has been lost, burned in a fire that cleared out a percentage of the MGM vault in 1965. That doesn’t stop it from making it into John Landis’ brilliantly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies, available from DK Canada. A reconstructed version, created from film stills, and a script was released…

Heaven Can Wait (1943) – Ernst Lubitsch

The always likeable Don Ameche stars in Heaven Can Wait, the next title from the What Else to Watch list featured in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following their recommendation of To Be Or Not To Be. Ameche stars as the recently deceased Henry Van Cleave. He’s just arrived in the rather luxuriously appointed Hades,…

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) – Barry Levinson

Robin Williams headlines the next film recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. After the previous recommendations Good Morning, Vietnam comes across as a little too light and clean a depiction of Vietnam. It is also heavily fictionalised, as Williams’ portrayal of real life Adrian…

The Twilight Zone (1961) – Back There, The Whole Truth and The Invaders

Paramount Pictures makes sure that you know the signpost is up ahead as they continue shepherding me through The Complete Series on blu-ray. Up first this week is Back There. With an airdate of 13 January, 1961, this episode was penned by Rod Serling.  The story follows Russell Johnson’s (back for another tour) Pete Corrigan….

The Devil’s Castle (1896) – Georges Melies

I dig into a new book this week, DK Canada’s The Movie Book. It will take us through a gamut of decades and titles, and there is so much to watch. There are titles I’ve seen, and those I haven’t – so it’s going to be a fun ride. Since I’ve seen the first film…

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish (1984) – Douglas Adams

So I felt it was time to check in with the gang from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy again, and dove into book four of the trilogy. This one seems a bit shorter than the previous tale, and to my chagrin, Ford Prefect is barely in it, Marvin makes only an appearance, and Zaphod…

S. (2013) – Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

  This week’s book was a wonderful, experience, part art, part mystery, part collectible, all enjoyment. Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams collaborated to create this wonderful book, that once removed from its protective slipcase, for all intents and purposes, looks like a library book. The book is titled The Ship of Theseus by V. M. Straka, and…

The Road (2009) – John Hillcoat

  We jump genres now in the Great Movies – 100 Years of film book, and I dive into Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Horror (though I would argue they could all be separate categories. The first title, Metropolis (such a gorgeous film), and almost all of its recommendations, I have reviewed previously for the blog, so the one recommendation left…

The Kid (1921) – Charlie Chaplin

  Great Movies 100 Years of Film is going to be an interesting book, having viewed The Gold Rush, I’m now looking at the films that came with it as recommendations. To be honest, I enjoyed The Kid much more than The Gold Rush, it’s fun, dramatic, has some great moments, and has some very…