Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)

Midway (2019) Directed by: Roland Emmerich Written by: Wes Tooke Starring: Ed Skrein, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Evans, Etsushi Toyokawa, Aaron Eckhart, Jun Kunimura, Nick Jonas, Peter Shinkoda, Mandy Moore, Hiro Kanawaga, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid From Smight to Emmerich In the summer of 1976, as the United States prepared to celebrate its Bicentennial, Universal Pictures released Midway,Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)”

Music Album Review: ‘John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits’

John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits is a two-CD compilation of the best songs written or performed by the late singer/songwriter/activist John Denver (1943-1997). Produced by Rob Santos and put together by Gary Pacheco for BMG Heritage and Denver’s original label RCA, this 24-track collection was dropped on October 4, 2004 – the 35th anniversaryContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits’”

Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ (UK Import)

From a young Anakin Skywalker’s descent into the dark side to the rise of the Resistance and their struggle to restore peace in the galaxy, the story that electrified a generation comes to a striking conclusion. The saga will end. The story lives forever. – Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga publicity insert. On Monday, April 20, BuenaContinue reading “Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ (UK Import)”

Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition’

In December of 1978, Warner Bros. Records released Superman: The Movie – Music from the Original Soundtrack, an album produced by the man who composed and conducted the score, John Williams. Warner released the album in three formats, each one slightly different from the other. The vinyl LP version consisted of two 33 rpm recordsContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth’

I would as eagerly kiss a Wookiee’s lips. – Leia Organa, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth, Act I, Scene 1 On March 18, 2014, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books (home of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) published William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back, Star Wars Part the Fifth. WrittenContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth’”

Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Limited Edition Collectible Steelbook’

On March 31, Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) and Lucasfilm Ltd. released the Limited Edition Collectible Steelbook three-disc set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker exclusively through Best Buy. This bundle presents director J.J. Abrams’ 2019 film – the conclusion of both the Sequel Trilogy and the nine-film Skywalker Saga – in two Blu-rayContinue reading “Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Limited Edition Collectible Steelbook’”

Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’

On June 1, 2008, Abrams ComicArts published Wacky Packages, a collection of the first seven series of Topps Chewing Gum Company’s irreverent trading cards that featured parodies of American consumer goods. Created by a team of artists that included Art Spiegelman (Maus), Norm Saunders, Jay Lynch, Kim Deitch, and Tom Sutton, Wacky Packages became aContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Wacky Packages’”

Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Star Trek: The Compendium’

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Paramount Home Media Distribution released Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc box set with two reissued Blu-ray discs (BDs): the 2009 Star Trek “Kelvin reboot” and a “new and improved” home media version of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Coming out less than a year after Paramount’s original home mediaContinue reading “Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Star Trek: The Compendium’”

Documentary/Music Special Review: ‘Great Voices Sing John Denver’

Great Voices Sing John Denver (2013) Written and Directed by: Kenneth R. Shapiro Produced by: Elisa Justice, Milton Okun, Rosemary Okun, Peter Primont, Kenneth R. Shapiro, Mark Shimmel Music Arranged and Directed by: Lee Holdridge Music and Lyrics: John Denver Starring: Danielle de Niesse, Placido Domingo, Placido Domingo Jr., Rodney Gilfry, Denyce Graves, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Daniel Montenegro, Barbara Padilla,Continue reading “Documentary/Music Special Review: ‘Great Voices Sing John Denver’”

Review of YouTube Short “Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss” (Denise Longrie)

Originally posted on Reviews of Old and New Stories. Mostly Old:
Plot: This amusing and enjoyable short depicts the fireworks that erupt when the Ronderos’ son Jerry (Anthony James Hernandez) comes home from college for a visit. Mom Veronica (“Ronnie”), played by Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez, lays down the law to her husband Guillermo (Juan Carlos…