Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’

The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem Written by: Jack Mitchell Illustrated by: Jessica Benhar Publisher: Abrams Image, an imprint of Henry N. Abrams Publishing Date: September 28, 2021 Spirit of learning, angel of the Force, In grief, in longing for your tender touch, I call you to my side: let sorrow cease, LetContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem’”

On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night

October is, of course, the month that ends with Halloween. Since that holiday is only 11 days off (as I write this), it’s a good excuse opportunity for me to tell you about my favorite horror films and TV miniseries. Of the 414 Blu-ray titles – including ones that I have multiple versions of –Continue reading “On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 18, 2021, or: Of Moms, Birthdays, and My ‘Maybe Later’ Pile

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Monday, October 18, 2021. It is a nice fall day; the current temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 38% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 18, 2021, or: Of Moms, Birthdays, and My ‘Maybe Later’ Pile”

On Film and Film Watching: My (Inadvertent)Saturday Night Diane Lane Film Festival

“Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.”― Tim Burton, Burton on Burton  LastContinue reading “On Film and Film Watching: My (Inadvertent)Saturday Night Diane Lane Film Festival”

On Film and Film-Watching: Revisiting ‘The Hunt for Red October’ in 4K…and Listening to the Commentary Track

Well, it’s early afternoon in New Hometown, Florida on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Even though it is ostensibly autumn, because we are in the subtropical zone it is summer-like hot outside. The current temperature is 86˚F (30˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 41% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 8 MPHContinue reading “On Film and Film-Watching: Revisiting ‘The Hunt for Red October’ in 4K…and Listening to the Commentary Track”

On Film and Film-Watching: A Little Bit of Apocalypse…and a Little Bit of ‘A Little Romance’

Hi there. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Friday, October 15, 2021. We are off to a fall-like start to the day. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 3 MPH (4 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “On Film and Film-Watching: A Little Bit of Apocalypse…and a Little Bit of ‘A Little Romance’”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, or: Shatner Boldly Goes to Suborbit, and My Blu-ray Collection Expands (a Bit)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. It’s gray and somewhat cool outside; the current temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 48% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H),the feels-like temperature is 74˚F (22˚C). TheContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, or: Shatner Boldly Goes to Suborbit, and My Blu-ray Collection Expands (a Bit)”

For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library

Last night I watched George Lucas’s first box office hit, American Graffiti (1973). It was a last-minute choice; I originally planned to watch the 1994 miniseries The Stand, the first adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel about a government-engineered “super flu” that kills 99% of humanity and sets up the survivors for an “end ofContinue reading “For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library”

On Blu-ray Collecting: A Quick Update About ‘The Stand’ Blu-ray Set’s ETA

It’s mid-afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Except for the sound of the big TV out in the common room – Alfred, The Caregiver’s boyfriend of over a year, is watching the Paramount Network and he has the volume cranked up – the house is quiet. My bedroomContinue reading “On Blu-ray Collecting: A Quick Update About ‘The Stand’ Blu-ray Set’s ETA”

On Blu-ray Collecting: A Glimmer of Hope in the Continuing Saga of Late Pre-Orders

For those of you who are following the continuing saga of Perpetually Delayed Pre-Ordered Blu-rays, I have an optimistic update regarding the ship-out date of The Stand (2020). If you recall, July was a busy month for pre-orders on Amazon, at least for me. Some were of books that will be published between early OctoberContinue reading “On Blu-ray Collecting: A Glimmer of Hope in the Continuing Saga of Late Pre-Orders”