Star Trek: Day of the Dove – Peace in Our Time

Written by Jerome Bixby, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenerryDirected by Marvin J. Chomsky The third season of the original Star Trek series was the one that was the most erratic and bipolar. There were some terrific episodes and some of the worst of the series produced this season. The reasons for this generally hadContinue reading “Star Trek: Day of the Dove – Peace in Our Time”

Thoughts From the Mountain Top One Year In

One year ago we were looking at a lockdown for who knew how long. I had all these reviews from my years writing at Epinions sitting in spreadsheets I’d downloaded when it shut down in 2014. My buddy Alex had a successful blog that he was forced to abandon, sort of, due to Conservatives andContinue reading “Thoughts From the Mountain Top One Year In”

Book Review: Designated Targets by John Birmingham – A Military Thriller with a Science-Fiction Edge

In the second novel in John Birmingham’s “Axis of Time” trilogy, he capitalizes on the events which took place in Weapons of Choice knows as “the Transition” or “the Emergence”. In that novel, a multi-national force set on taking on Muslim extremists in the year 2021 get caught up in a science experiment gone awryContinue reading “Book Review: Designated Targets by John Birmingham – A Military Thriller with a Science-Fiction Edge”

Movie Review: Eye of the Needle – The Downfall of a Top-Spy is Almost Always a Woman

Written by Ken Follett and Stanley MannDirected by Richard Marquand I’d never been a big fan of spy thrillers, but Eye of the Needle is a film I’ve watched a few times over the years and enjoyed quite a bit. This was one of the first “adult” films my parents ever took me to see,Continue reading “Movie Review: Eye of the Needle – The Downfall of a Top-Spy is Almost Always a Woman”

Book Review: Settling Accounts: Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove – Tell Me Again, Who Does Mary Pomeroy Hate?

At the point that I began reading Settling Account: Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove, I was well invested in the series. There were seven books to the series before this one. I was looking forward to reading this since Turtledove seems to write much better about wartime than he does about the peace in between.Continue reading “Book Review: Settling Accounts: Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove – Tell Me Again, Who Does Mary Pomeroy Hate?”

Star Trek: Spectre of the Gun – No Phasers at the O.K. Corral

Written by Gene L. Coon, Arthur H. Singer and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Vincent McEveety Ever feel like you just want to be left alone? I have those moments. It’s one of the reasons I love where I live, surrounded by second homes. Lots of peace and quiet and I really don’t have to have aContinue reading “Star Trek: Spectre of the Gun – No Phasers at the O.K. Corral”

New York: The City and the Country – A Documentary Film by Ric Burns

Famed documentarian Ken Burns’ brother embraces the genre with this wonderful offering about the city I grew up just outside of; a place I will always consider my first home: New York. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers, New York: The City and the Country aired on PBS details the rich history of the greatest cityContinue reading “New York: The City and the Country – A Documentary Film by Ric Burns”

Star Trek: Is There In Truth No Beauty? – Beauty and the Beasts

Written by Jean Lisette Aroeste, Arthur H. Singer and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky Back in the episode Friday’s Child, writer D.C. Fontana said her goal was to present a woman who had no desire to be a wife and mother and was a strong female lead. I think her ideal might have been wateredContinue reading “Star Trek: Is There In Truth No Beauty? – Beauty and the Beasts”

Book Review: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Snow Has Never Been This Colorful!

When I was about nine, a friend of the family gave me my first Little House book. I was immediately captivated by the stories within and read them over and over through the years. The copy I had contained wonderful illustrations to accompany the story by Garth Williams. Eventually I was given all of theContinue reading “Book Review: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Snow Has Never Been This Colorful!”

Silkwood – Yes, Let’s Build More “Nucular” Power Plants Part I

Written by Nora Ephron and Alice ArlenDirected by Mike Nichols I have heard arguments lately for less regulations on corporations – that they will do the “right thing” and the regulations are often unnecessary and costly. Everyone who honestly believes that should view Silkwood. It’s based on actual events that took place, and highlights whatContinue reading “Silkwood – Yes, Let’s Build More “Nucular” Power Plants Part I”