Review of “The Raven” (1935)

This is our latest Saturday pizza and bad movie night offering, a black-and-white horror mad scientist flick that borrows many Edgar Allan Poe motifs. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: Judge Thatcher’s (Samuel S. Hinds) daughter Jean (Irene Ware) crashes her car and receives life-threatening injuries. The doctors (uncredited Jonathan Hale and Walter Miller) agree onlyContinue reading “Review of “The Raven” (1935)”

Review of “The Haunting of Maddy Clare”

The Stuff: In 1920s London, Sarah Piper gets a call from the temporary agency that employs her. She must meet a man in a coffee shop for the details. Everything about this job screams no, but she is behind on the rent. Wealthy Alistair Gellis proposes an outlandish assignment. Sarah is to travel to theContinue reading “Review of “The Haunting of Maddy Clare””

Review of “The King’s Man” (2021)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie came by way of recommendation the dearly beloved and I watched: The Critical Drinker. He sugarcoated nothing. I do have warn anyone turning to his channel, he’s got a bit of a pottymouth. While his evaluations are frank, they’re more thoughtful than, “This sucks, man.” And they’re funny.Continue reading “Review of “The King’s Man” (2021)”

Review of “The Magnetic Monster ” (1953)

This is our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering, the first of three movies following the doings of the (fictional) “Office of Scientific Investigation” (OSI). The two other later flicks are Riders to the Stars (1954) and Gog (1954). Plot: The opening narration tells the viewer about “new dangers” facing humanity’s existence: sound frequencies thatContinue reading “Review of “The Magnetic Monster ” (1953)”

Review of “The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society 1250-1600” by Alfred W. Crosby

The Stuff: The author says in the first lines of his preface that this is his third book, “in my lifelong search for explanations for the amazing success of European imperialism.” Cyrus the Great, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Huayna Capac were all “great conquerors,” but they were “homebodies” compared to Queen Victoria. HisContinue reading “Review of “The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society 1250-1600” by Alfred W. Crosby”

Review of “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)”

Our latest Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering has a mad scientist on the road to perdition. Back in the day, I watched this flick on broadcast TV. We watched it last night with Svengoolie. Plot: Dr. James Xavier (Ray Milland) wants humans to see further than the “visible” light spectrum. To this end,Continue reading “Review of “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)””

Review of “The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty”

The Stuff: In April 1789, crew members of HMS Bounty mutinied in the South Pacific near Tofua and set their captain adrift in a launch with eighteen loyal crew members. Some of the mutineers would settle on Tahiti. Others would settle on uninhabited Pitcairn. Three would eventually hang. Some would receive pardons, and others wouldContinue reading “Review of “The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty””

Review of “Yongary, Monster from the Deep” original title “Taekoesu Yonggary”(1967)

This is our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering, a Mystery Science Theater gem of a Godzilla imitator from Korea—except there’s more than meets the eye. Time for a glass of prosecco. Plot:The movie begins with a wedding between Astronaut Yoo Kwang-nam (Soon-jae Lee) and the lovely Yoo Soon-a (Jeong-im Nam). As they depart forContinue reading “Review of “Yongary, Monster from the Deep” original title “Taekoesu Yonggary”(1967)”

…And the Spring Clean is Complete

This is my last group of books going to the library. The great spring clean is done. The book cases are not quite as full as they once were. But some nifty books found happy homes; a few went directly to friends. That made me feel great. And I got a chance to flip throughContinue reading “…And the Spring Clean is Complete”

Review of “Count Yorga, Vampire” (1970)

This is our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. Yum. Pizza and prosecco. Plot: While the viewer watches an old-fashioned wooden coffin being hauled in the back of an old-fashioned pickup truck, a narrator describes the legend of the vampire. The truck drives the gates of a large estate. Donna (Donna Anders) has invited someContinue reading “Review of “Count Yorga, Vampire” (1970)”