Review of “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” (1956)

This is another of our Saturday pizza and bad movie offerings. We watched the flick with Svengoolie. This flick was a super serious, if a bit improbable, good ol’ rendition of those horrible critters from Outer Space who want our earth, donchya know.  Plot: Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) is riding back to work atContinue reading “Review of “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” (1956)”

Spring Clean #4 Five More Books

Spring cleaning continues with the fourth donation run set for next Tuesday of the following five books. It’s my way of saying goodbye to books I read a while ago. Most of them I loved. Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out (2008) compiled and edited by Susan Crimp and Joel Richardson This isContinue reading “Spring Clean #4 Five More Books”

Three Book Recommendations and How They Worked

Short Wave is a popular science (as opposed to a scholarly science) podcast put out by NPR I listen to occasionally. It covers a wide range of topics in 10-15 minute segments that are light, often funny, and usually quite informative. Veering off their usual foray into the natural world, the hosts on December 22Continue reading “Three Book Recommendations and How They Worked”

Spring Clean #3 Five More Books

The spring cleaning continues. I say goodbye to five more books. They’ll be donated to the local library on Tuesday. As before, there is no theme with these books. They were arranged alphabetically and they’re going to the library alphabetically. Title: Gods, Graves, and Scholars: The Story of ArchaeologyFirst published: 1951, rev. 1967 This isContinue reading “Spring Clean #3 Five More Books”

Review “Frogs” (1972)

This is an “eco-horror” film from 1972 with a message: the critters of the world have had their fill of pollutin’ humans, and it’s payback time. The dearly beloved and I watched it as our Saturday bad movie and pizza offering. The $7.99 bottle of cab from Costco grew on me. Plot: The movie opensContinue reading “Review “Frogs” (1972)”

Spring clean: Five more books

This is the second group of books to be donated. I ‘ll miss some of them more than others, of course. I hope they all find happy homes. There is no theme. The books are arranged by alphabetic order on the shelf, so they’ll be going to donation in alphabetical order. This is sort ofContinue reading “Spring clean: Five more books”

Review of “Curse of the Fly” (1965)

This is the second sequel to the 1958 classic The Fly. No original cast members appear, but the movie carries over concepts and the family name. Plot: The first thing the viewer sees is window glass breaking. A dark-haired woman (Carole Gray) crawls out the window wearing nothing more than her underwear. While the creditsContinue reading “Review of “Curse of the Fly” (1965)”

Spring Cleaning Begins Part I

I’ve decided to close my amazon seller account down and gradually donate the one hundred twenty books left to the local library, five books a week until they’re gone. I’ll leave a short (for me) write-up before I donate the books as a way of saying goodbye. These are all books I read and, forContinue reading “Spring Cleaning Begins Part I”

Review of “Return of the Fly” (1959)

This is the black-and-white sequel to last week’s movie The Fly. We borrowed it too from our local library—and in the same collection, no less. Here, Philippe, the now-adult son of the unfortunate Andre Delambre from the first film, can’t leave well enough alone. Plot: The film opens with the funeral of Helene Delambre, theContinue reading “Review of “Return of the Fly” (1959)”

Review of “The Fly” (1958)

We borrowed this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering from the library. Plot: This 1958 color horror film is based on a short story by George Langelaan, first published in June 1957 in Playboy—yes, that Playboy. I guess someone read the articles. The movie opens with Gaston (an uncredited Torben Meyer), night watchmanContinue reading “Review of “The Fly” (1958)”