Douglas Quaid is a construction worker that dreams about Mars. He also wants to actually visit Mars, having never been. But the cost is too much so he tries a company called Rekall who will implant the memory of a great vacation without the hassle of space travel. Just for fun, he buys the secret agent add-on. But before the memory can be totally implanted, they run into a memory block that can only have been implanted by the government. And Quaid turns out to really be a secret agent… or is he?
This is a classic Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi film that was popular in those days. The film stands up to time and has even been remade.
IMDB Score 7.5/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5
The gang is called in to handle both a leak in the police department and a string of robberies plaguing the city. Captain Harris is not excited when a new task force, headed by Commandant Lassard, is brought into his precinct because of his lack of progress with the crime wave.
This one is less comedic and more of a mystery and is a fun film. I think the IMDB score is a bit on the low side and lean toward the Amazon take on the film.
IMDB Score 4.1/10
Amazon Score 3.8/5
In this dramedy, Shawn Spencer is a psychic private detective that isn’t psychic, but is very observant and can put the pieces together before the police can. Joined by Gus Guster, a pharmaceutical sales rep/P.I., they consult with the Santa Barbara P.D. and make the streets safe for the world.
This is just plain funny. The mysteries are good as well.
IMDB Score 8.4/10
Amazon Score 4.6/5
As much as I like Corbin Bernsen, this movie just can’t be saved. It starts out in the future, 2000, and rockets into the past, 1970, with bad acting and a run of the mill plot to save the future of a boy who grows up to be a gangland murderer.
Corbin, the dad on Psych, plays the dad on this movie too, but doesn’t rescue the film.
IMDB Score 5.1/10
Amazon Score 4.2/5
In this fifth installment, we are missing Steve Guttenberg as Mahoney, but the rest of the crew is there to rescue Commandant Lassard who has been kidnapped by jewel robbers after the bag with the diamonds gets switched with his.
This one is less gratuitous than number 4 and is fun and should be bought in a collection.
IMDB Score 6.7/10
Amazon Score 3.9/5
In the distant future, a warring race destroys Earth and it is up to one man to save the human race by recovering a ship long hidden.
This is an animated Sci-Fi film that stands up OK.
IMDB Score 6.6/10
Amzaon Score 4.1/5
Harry is the postmaster in a small town, her cat and dog (Mrs. Murphy and Tucker) help. They go with her everywhere and when citizens of the berg end up dead, they help solve the mystery.
The book is chatty, which takes a little getting used to, but is a good read.
Amazon Score 4.2/5
Thriftbooks Score 5.0/5
Lassard has instituted a new community program: Citizens on Patrol. Of course, Captain Harris thinks the program is misguided. And while Lassard is managing the program, Harris takes over administration of the Academy.
This one wasn’t as good as the previous ones, but still had its moments.
IMDB Score 4.8/10
Amazon Score 3.9/5
A team of archaeologists follow their professor back through time to rescue him. Things go horribly wrong and they are fighting for their lives.
Based on the book by Michael Crichton.
This is a fun movie with intrigue and action. The book is great also.
IMDB Score 5.6/10
Amazon Score 3.5/5
Single father Dracula moves to modern day Britain with his two kids. Young Vlad doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, instead wanting to be “normal.” Vlad befriends a vampire-loving goth neighbor to the displeasure of his father.
I’ve only just started this series from the BBC, but it is promising.
IMDB Score 7.9/10
Amazon Score 4.3/5