Review of “Trilogy of Terror” (1975)

This is our latest Saturday pizza and bad movie offering, a made-for-TV flick consisting of three independent stories. Plot(s): Karen Black plays the main character in each of the three segments and plays a total of four separate roles. In the first segment (“Julie”), Julie Eldridge (Karen Black) is a dowdy literature teacher at aContinue reading “Review of “Trilogy of Terror” (1975)”

Books Spring Clean #17

This is this week’s group of books for the library. As often happens, re-reading passages brought back a lot of happy memories. I will miss the books, but saying goodbye is an enjoyable experience. I hope to pass the same enjoyment on to other people. This Stuff: The narrative opens in the author’s laser lab.Continue reading “Books Spring Clean #17”

Banned Books Week

The American Library Association (ALA) held its year Banned Book Week this year from September 18-24. It highlights books challenged at schools or removed from reading lists or libraries. Book banning is, alas! back in style, especially when it comes to school libraries and books for classrooms. According to American Library Association, in 2019, thereContinue reading “Banned Books Week”

Books Spring Clean #16

This is the next group of books going to the library for donation. As always, there are great memories here. Writing these summaries gives me the chance to say goodbye and remember the great things about reading these books. I hope they go to happy homes and I’m able to share these happy memories withContinue reading “Books Spring Clean #16”

Review of “House of Dracula” (1945)

This is this Saturday night’s pizza and bad movie offering. We’d seen this before but barely remembered it. Many things—and actors appeared in other movies. Plot: It’s not Dracula’s house. It’s the seaside castle-like estate of one saintly Dr. Franz Edelman (Onslow Stevens) outside the (fictional) village of Visaria. One night a large bat fliesContinue reading “Review of “House of Dracula” (1945)”

Books for the Library #15

This is my next group of books for donation. With this bunch, another milestone—I’ve cleared off another shelf! YIPPEE! Hey, I take my victories where I can. I hope these guys find happy homes. The Stuff: This examines in painful detail the 2002-2003 plagiarism and fabrication scandal involving New York Times reporter Jayson Blair. AnContinue reading “Books for the Library #15”

Review of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (2022)

Last night, we watched this for our Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. The pizza and wine were good. Plot:In 1932, “Magizoologist” Newton “Newt” Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) tracks a beast known as a qilin in the jungles of China. She gives birth. The newborn looks something like a fawn with long mustaches and aContinue reading “Review of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (2022)”

Books for the Library #14

This is the next group of books set aside for donation to the local library. I’ll be dropping this set off on September 15. If anyone wants any of these between then and now, let me know, and I’ll get it to you. As always, re-reading these books brings back happy memories. I hope theyContinue reading “Books for the Library #14”

Review of “What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?” (1968

For our Saturday pizza and bad movie, we chose one the dearly beloved recalled seeing in part some years ago. It wasn’t all that good, but it was lighthearted. Plot: A Greek ship remains in quarantine in New York harbor because most of the crew is sick. You wouldn’t know it by looking at them.Continue reading “Review of “What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?” (1968″

Spring Clean Books #13

This is my next batch of books for donation, lucky #13. As always, lots of fond memories. I hope these guys find happy homes. The Stuff: The memoir/autobiography is relatively short. Loftus describes himself as one to throw himself into things wholeheartedly. He got into trouble as a teenager but found God and later becameContinue reading “Spring Clean Books #13”