On Movies: My Favorite Movies From ‘Before My Time’

All good things, the saying goes, must come to an end, including this through-the-decades look at my favorite movies in my Blu-ray collection. According to the colorful pie chart in the Statistics page of My Collection in my Blu-ray.com account, I don’t have too many movies from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Of the 330Continue reading “On Movies: My Favorite Movies From ‘Before My Time’”

On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 1960s

I was born in 1963, eight months before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. I started going to the movies in 1969; the first movie I remember seeing theaters was John Sturges’ 1963 World War II/POW action-adventure film The Great Escape. I saw that in a now-closed Bogota movie theater, the Almirante,Continue reading “On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 1960s”

On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 2010s

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Except for 2020 and the first quarter of 2021  – the Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic – I have gone to the movies in theaters as often as my circumstances allow. Even when I livedContinue reading “On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 2010s”

On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 2000s

Well, Dear Reader, having covered my favorite movies from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, we have reached “the turn of the century” and the 2000s, otherwise known as the “two thousands,” the “oh-ohs,” or the “double aughts.” Turning again to that most useful visual aid – the colorful pie chart on my Blu-ray.com account’s MyContinue reading “On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 2000s”

On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 1990s

Hello, Dear Reader, and welcome to another installment of On Movies. Today we’ll continue our ongoing look at my favorite movies[1] across the past 50 years – this time around, we’ll be covering the 1990s. According to the Statistics chart in My Collection page on Blu-ray.com, 14.9% of the 381 titles (328 theatrically released films,Continue reading “On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 1990s”

Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut’ (2016)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut  (2016) Written by: Jack B. Sowards, Nicholas Meyer (uncredited) Based Upon: Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Kirstie Alley, Ricardo Montalban, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Paul Winfield On June 7,Continue reading “Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut’ (2016)”

On Movies: My Favorite Films from the 1980s

According to a pie chart in the Statistics page of my Blu-ray.com Blu-ray Collection, 17% of the movies I own were produced and released in the 1980s. That’s the third-largest percentage overall (eclipsed only by the 2000s [23.5%] and 2010s [22.4%] and the biggest wedge of movies made in the 20th Century. For me, theContinue reading “On Movies: My Favorite Films from the 1980s”

Blu-ray Review: ‘Superman: The Movie’ (2006 BD Release)

Reviewer’s Note: This is not a review of Richard Donner’s film, Superman. Its focus is the 2006 Blu-ray, which was the first release of the 1978 classic on the then-new high definition home media format. On November 28, 2006, Warner Home Video released Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman,[1] the spectacular live-action adaptation of DC Comics’ mostContinue reading “Blu-ray Review: ‘Superman: The Movie’ (2006 BD Release)”

Documentary Miniseries Review: ‘Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’

Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (2011) Written by: Geoffrey C. Ward, based in part on Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, by Daniel Okrent Produced by: Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, and Lynn Novick Directed by: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Narrated by: Peter Coyote Featuring (as on-screen commentators orContinue reading “Documentary Miniseries Review: ‘Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 23, 2021, or: ‘The Day After’ Makes You Think About the Unthinkable

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. It’s cool here; right now the temperature is 65˚F (19˚C) under hazy conditions. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H) and humidity at 82%, the chill factor is 63˚F (17˚), Today will beContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 23, 2021, or: ‘The Day After’ Makes You Think About the Unthinkable”