Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, or: Movies, Wargames, and Headaches Do Not a Tuesday Night Make


My Tuesday Movie Night: Dinosaurs, Locusts, and Commie Invaders This morning I updated my Collection page in my Member profile at http://www.bluray.com and moved three titles – Jurassic World Dominion – Steelbook (Expanded Edition), Jurassic World: Ultimate Collection, and Red Dawn: Collector’s Edition from the Ordered section to Owned. The package with those pre-orders arrivedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, or: Movies, Wargames, and Headaches Do Not a Tuesday Night Make”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: Looks Like Tomorrow I Will Have an Embarrassment of (Blu-ray) Riches….


Well, if all goes well tomorrow, my Blu-ray collection will be somewhat larger once my three – yep, three – Amazon pre-orders arrive here in lovely Lithia, Florida as scheduled. I was originally only expecting one, the Shout! Factory’s Collector’s Edition 4K UHD release of 1984’s Red Dawn. It’s one of my few “guilty pleasures”Continue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: Looks Like Tomorrow I Will Have an Embarrassment of (Blu-ray) Riches….”

Movie/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘The Final Countdown’


The Final Countdown (1980) Directed by: Don Taylor Written by: David Ambrose & Gerry Davis and Thomas Hunter & Peter Powell. Based on a story by Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell, & David Ambrose Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, , Charles Durning, Ron O’Neal, Soon Teck-Oh, Victor Mohica Lasky: Think of theContinue reading “Movie/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘The Final Countdown’”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: Keeping My Eye On ‘Maid In Sweden’ and Other Pre-Orders


It’s mid-afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on a cloudy – and at times rainy – Tuesday in August of 2022, and as I sit here in the semi-darkness of my small bedroom/writing room, I’m checking on Amazon if my pre-order of Maid in Sweden has shipped yet. Well, as of 5:20 PM Eastern, the Blu-rayContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: Keeping My Eye On ‘Maid In Sweden’ and Other Pre-Orders”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 6, 2022, or: Old Movies, a TV Set, and Me on a Summer Friday Night in Florida


Another weekend, another hot and stormy day in the Tampa Bay area. Last night was yet another somewhat unexciting and lonely evening; the Caregiver has taken to staying in the master bedroom after work hours, supposedly grieving over the recent death of her boyfriend and spending countless hours by herself. Sometimes she reads nothing butContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 6, 2022, or: Old Movies, a TV Set, and Me on a Summer Friday Night in Florida”

Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)


West Side Story (2021) Directed by: Steven Spielberg Written by: Tony Kushner Based on: The Broadway musical West Side Story, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Jerome Robbins. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Produced for the stage by Robert L. Griffith and Harold Prince. West Side Story itself isContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)”

Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22


Well, with the end of July only a few days off, it’s time for an update on my To Be Watched (TBW) and To Be Read (TBR) lists for the seventh month of 2022. As you know, July is not my favorite month of the year. My mother died on July 19, 2015, after herContinue reading “Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: The Starship Enterprise’s Original Crew Gets the 4K Treatment in Paramount’s Upcoming ‘Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, July 7, 2022. It is a hot, humid summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 88°F (31°C) under mostly cloudy conditions. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, the heatContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: The Starship Enterprise’s Original Crew Gets the 4K Treatment in Paramount’s Upcoming ‘Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: Paramount to Release ‘Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set in September


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. It is a hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 92°F (33°C) under mostly sunny conditions. With the wind blowing at 2 MPH (4 KM/H) from the north-northwest and humidity at 64%, the heat indexContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: Paramount to Release ‘Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set in September”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘Catch Me if You Can’ Turns 20 this Year (and Other ‘Tempus Fugit’ Musings)


Hello, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, June 13, 2022. It is a hot, humid, and cloudy early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Today’s forecast is typical for our wet season; the current temperature is 84°F (29°C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 84% and theContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘Catch Me if You Can’ Turns 20 this Year (and Other ‘Tempus Fugit’ Musings)”