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”

Review of “The Killer Shrews” (1959)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie entry. We had pizza and fruit with wine the day after a Christmas dinner of tamales, homemade mac and cheese, and half a cornbread muffin, with homemade pumpkin pie for dessert. Life is good. The movie sucked. Plot: The opening narration warns the viewer: “ThoseContinue reading “Review of “The Killer Shrews” (1959)”

Review of “Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter” by Kent Wayne

Plot: More than a thousand years before the action of this book, the earth was abandoned because of environmental degradation, and humanity settled on the earth-like planet of Echo. Echo has stagnated, its citizens living under the autocracy of the Regime. There is perpetual civil war with the Dissidents. The military is highly developed, withContinue reading “Review of “Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter” by Kent Wayne”

Review of “Travelogue of the Perennially Lost” by Wendy Nikel

Plot:The story is laid out in a series of vignettes that show the lives of a happy couple (who do quarrel) on occasions failing to make it to the destinations they intend. What matters is what they do with once they reach the alternative destination. Miss a concert because the map—or maybe the map-reader—was wrong?Continue reading “Review of “Travelogue of the Perennially Lost” by Wendy Nikel”

Review of “The Thing from Another World” (1951)

And now before giving you the details of the battle, I bring you a warning: Everyone of you listening to my voice, tell the world, tell this to everybody wherever they are. Watch the skies. Everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies.

Review of “Honeybee and the Blot” by Logan Thrasher Collin

Plot:Honeybee remembers first meeting the Blot when he told her she was the most beautiful insect he’d ever seen. He stroked her antennae with a tendril of darkness. He said they belonged together. A machine built to serve humanity, Honeybee never thought of belonging with anyone. The Blot convinced her she is more than aContinue reading “Review of “Honeybee and the Blot” by Logan Thrasher Collin”

Review of “For the Peace” by Uri King-Levy

Plot: Sudhir is leaving, part of a migration to someplace in the sky. Just exactly why isn’t clear until the end. A Scholar, he carries bags with tassels that contain the Memories of many different peoples. He meets a small alley girl, who, much to his dismay, lights a pipe of sweetleaf. He fights theContinue reading “Review of “For the Peace” by Uri King-Levy”