Review of “The Invisible Man Returns” (1940)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. The leading man spent most of his time invisible and in the buff. We tried a new wine last night, something called Lirac. It was nice, but definitely a one-glass wine. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot:The friends, family, and staff of Geoffrey Radcliffe (VincentContinue reading “Review of “The Invisible Man Returns” (1940)”

Review of “Charlie Chan in Egypt” (1935)

Our Saturday pizza and bad movie night was something a little different. We chose a silly Charlie Chan movie, Charlie Chan in Egypt. Plot: In the opening scene, men dressed as stereotypical archaeologists pry a plaque inscribed with hieroglyphics off a stone wall inside some undefined underground space. Professor Arnold (George Irving) digs through theContinue reading “Review of “Charlie Chan in Egypt” (1935)”

Review of “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins

Plot: On his way to London before taking a job referred to him by an excitable Italian acquaintance, Walter Hartright comes across a distraught woman dressed all in white, late at night on a lonely road. Hartright sees she’s agitated and walks with her to where she can get a cab to her friend’s house.Continue reading “Review of “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins”

Review of “The Black Scorpion” (1957)

I had never heard of The Black Scorpion before we watched it for our Saturday pizza and bad movie night. It promised to be a winner, and it did not disappoint. The chardonnay wasn’t half bad either. Plot: The movie opens with shots of a volcano erupting and demolished buildings. Locals kneel in prayer, notContinue reading “Review of “The Black Scorpion” (1957)”

Review of “Black Angel” (1946)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie night was a little different. Svengoolie was a re-run, and I was in a noir-ish mood. We tried a movie I’d never heard of before, Black Angel from 1946. Plot: Inside a richly-appointed Los Angeles apartment, famous singer Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling) nags her maid (an uncredited MaryContinue reading “Review of “Black Angel” (1946)”

Review of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” by G. K. Chesterton

I am the man who knows too much to know anything, or, at any rate, to do anything.Other than its title, this book bears no resemblance to the Hitchcock films of the same name. This is a collection of eight mystery/detective short stories that feature well-connected Horne Fisher. His friend, journalist Harold March, serves asContinue reading “Review of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” by G. K. Chesterton”

Review of “Our Mortal Undressing” by Hamilton Perez

Plot:There really isn’t much of a plot, but a presentation of five vignettes of death’s encounter with humans throughout human prehistory and history. Death is alone and wants the companionship humans seem to share. It is capable of taking human form, even to the point of having sexual encounters with humans. It wants to knowContinue reading “Review of “Our Mortal Undressing” by Hamilton Perez”

Review of “Decoherence is a Lady” by Lynne Sargent

Plot:At a party, the narrator meets the perfect woman. The perfect woman then goes to study abroad for a semester. When she comes home, things are still good between them, though they have changed. If they weren’t in love before, they are now. They move in together. The fights start. Thoughts: Heard this one before?Continue reading “Review of “Decoherence is a Lady” by Lynne Sargent”

Review of “The 39 Steps” (1935)

This week’s offering for Saturday pizza and bad movie turned out to be a pretty good movie. The pizza wasn’t half bad, either. Plot:Mr. Hannay (Robert Donat), a Canadian visiting London, stops by a music hall. One of the acts is Mr. Memory (Wylie Watson), who claims to have an enormous number of facts committedContinue reading “Review of “The 39 Steps” (1935)”

Review of “The Beast with Five Fingers” (1946)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot:Around the turn of the twentieth century, renowned American pianist Francis Ingram (Victor Francen) suffered a stroke. He lives in isolation in a villa near the remote Italian village of San Stefano. Though he uses a wheelchair and remains paralyzedContinue reading “Review of “The Beast with Five Fingers” (1946)”