Review of “Attack of the Puppet People” (1958)

This week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering is a black-and-white science fiction horror flick involving miniaturized people trying to escape the clutches of the “kindly” old doll-maker who shrank them and holds them captive for his amusement. Yeah, it could happen. Plot:The movie opens with a Brownie troop visiting Dolls Incorporated. The receptionist,Continue reading “Review of “Attack of the Puppet People” (1958)”

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”

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)”

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)”

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)”

Review of “Alien Species” (1996)

Plot: This opens with a white blob approaching earth from space and a voiceover about a prophecy about a mighty armada dominating the earth in the year 1999. A whole lot of trouble happens. The destruction of all mankind, blah, blah, blah… Max Poindexter (Aaron Jettleson) (good character name) and Holly Capers (Barbara Fierentino) areContinue reading “Review of “Alien Species” (1996)”

Review of “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a sequel to 1957’s The Amazing Colossal Man. It’s worth a second glass of wine to dull the pain. Plot: The dramatic over-the-top opening score with piccolos and tympani lets the viewer know within a few frames that this movie will be chock full of melodrama.Continue reading “Review of “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)”

Review of “Time Walker” (1982)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. We watched it with Svengoolie. The pizza was good. Plot: An earthquake strikes a modern archaeological dig at King Tut’s tomb, knocking down a wall into a previously unknown room. (Yeah, it could happen.) Inside are multiple skeletonized remains and a sarcophagus. Never mindContinue reading “Review of “Time Walker” (1982)”

Review of “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie selection. Although the premise was iffy, the movie moves beyond that. The pizza was good, and the wine helped. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: Scott Carey (Grant Williams) and his wife of six years, Louise (Randy Stuart), are vacationing on a boat. He tries toContinue reading “Review of “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957)”

Review of “All is Not Lost” by Kathryn Smith

Plot:The narrator’s (presumed) husband once bought her a one-of-kind diamond ring for 10,000 credits. Every time she throws it into the river behind their house, the CopyCat tries to console her by telling her, “Don’t worry. Nothing is lost. Everything can be found.” Out pops a new ring. With so many copies—flawless as they are—theContinue reading “Review of “All is Not Lost” by Kathryn Smith”