DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947

In an animated world where mice, ducks, and even another dog all act like human beings, Pluto is an enigma: a dog who acts like a dog. Long recognized as Mickey’s canine companion and pal, Pluto actually at one time belonged to Minnie. Pluto’s earliest incarnation came in the animated short The Chain Gang whereContinue reading “DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947”

Star Trek: The Empath – The Oxymoron of Torturing People to Teach Love

Written by Joyce Muskat, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Erman When I’m writing these review, I usually watch the episode at least twice to feel like I have a comprehensive understanding of what’s going on in the story. With The Empath, I really didn’t want to watch it a second time. IContinue reading “Star Trek: The Empath – The Oxymoron of Torturing People to Teach Love”

Book Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – Fun Fluff

One thing working nights meant was a lot of time sitting around looking for things to do. I spent some of that time reading. I tried reading a book that was somewhat deep and philosophical and my brain just didn’t want to function in that capacity at two in the morning. I needed something lighter.Continue reading “Book Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – Fun Fluff”

It’s Not Them, It’s You

I keep reading about the problems people are having filling low-wage jobs right now. Those with class privilege have no problem pointing the finger at the current level of unemployment benefits and urge an end to the COVID benefits so they can find staff again (or find people to serve them again). It speaks volumesContinue reading “It’s Not Them, It’s You”

Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger – It’s Always Been Right to Punch Nazis

Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Joe Simon, and Jack KirbyDirected by Joe Johnston There will never be anything like the Marvel Cinematic Universe again. Over the course of more than a decade, a series of films and television shows were created that told not only their own, individual stories, but also an overall story-arcContinue reading “Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger – It’s Always Been Right to Punch Nazis”

Star Trek: Wink of an Eye – Get Me A Flyswatter

Written by Arthur Heinemann, Gene L. Coon, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Jud Taylor I remember one time in a therapy session remarking to my therapist that when you look at our solar system and compare it to an atom with all of its orbiting electrons, I had to wonder if we weren’tContinue reading “Star Trek: Wink of an Eye – Get Me A Flyswatter”

Book Review: Coup d’Etat: The War That Came Early Book 4 by Harry Turtledove

Alternate history is one of my favorite genres. What if something had gone a little differently in history? How would the world be today is that had happened? Harry Turtledove is one of the premier authors of alternate history. Coup D’Etat: The War That Came Early is the fourth book in a six book seriesContinue reading “Book Review: Coup d’Etat: The War That Came Early Book 4 by Harry Turtledove”

Star Trek: Plato’s Stepchildren – That Kiss

Written by Meyer Dolinsky, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by David Alexander Amid an episode that is pretty awful in many ways, we have moments of social justice that Star Trek became known for. Indeed, I don’t know how people can call themselves fans of the series now and align themselves on the sideContinue reading “Star Trek: Plato’s Stepchildren – That Kiss”

DVD Review: New York Episode 8 – The Center of the World 1946-2003

When Ric Burns set out to make a documentary of the city of New York, he had no idea of what world events were about to transpire. Just as the sixth episode was about to air on PBS at the end of September 2001, the city was attacked and the landscape was forever changed. BurnsContinue reading “DVD Review: New York Episode 8 – The Center of the World 1946-2003”

Book Review: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover

The final novel adaptation of the prequel films in the Star Wars universe really hits a homerun when it comes to filling in the gaps that the movie left us with. It’s the longest of the three, probably due to the fact that there was so much needed to make the events of this filmContinue reading “Book Review: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover”