I try to offer reviews covering a wide range of subject matters, from history to philosophy to literature to movies and music, but I especially love horror in all its forms and formats--from Gothic to traditional to modern. I also love fantasy and science fiction of all sorts. My degrees in economics and history profit me little, although I still maintain a deep interest in Southern US history. … Read more
I try to offer reviews covering a wide range of subject matters, from history to philosophy to literature to movies and music, but I especially love horror in all its forms and formats--from Gothic to traditional to modern. I also love fantasy and science fiction of all sorts. My degrees in economics and history profit me little, although I still maintain a deep interest in Southern US history.
I love to hear from fellow Amazonians of all sorts, especially book lovers, and remain ever on the prowl for new sources of reading, watching, and listening pleasure.
If you happen to notice any amazingly short paragraphs or seemingly incomprehensible segments in my reviews, please know that these are the result of often inexplicable and heavyhanded editing. I would never send a one-sentence paragraph out into the world.
After essentially declaring himself the world's foremost expert on the JFK assassination, Jim Moore decries what he describes as the cheap and baseless tactics used by Warren Report critics - then proceeds to engage in those very tactics throughout his entire book. How his personal attacks on those he disagrees with equates with the "just the facts" approach he claims to engage in is a mystery to me. He throws out frequent half-truths, ignores facts and testimony that do not fit his theory, and makes some incredibly dubious assumptions along the way. The arrogance of this man is truly galling. I think Moore's contribution to the JFK assassination literature is best represented by his… Read more
I wouldn’t rank Spaceballs up there with the likes of Blazing Saddles, but it’s a vintage Mel Brooks spoof with a great cast and plenty of comedic elements. I don’t think anyone else could get away with making so many really bad jokes, but Brooks always makes them work. Obviously, the film is a take-off of Star Wars, with its hero Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his sidekick Barf (John Candy) trying to rescue Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). The planet Druidia has all of the fresh air they could ever need locked inside a planetary shield, while Planet Spaceballs is quickly running out of breathable air. President Skroob (Mel Brooks)… Read more
Unlike the Warren Commission and the later House Select Committee on Assassinations, journalist Seth Kantor actually looked into Jack Ruby’s background and closely examined his actions over the two days leading up to his murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. Ruby’s links to organized crime and anti-Castro organizations is well-documented now – but that wasn’t the case when Kantor originally published his book in 1978. Few private citizens were in a better position to do the research. Not only was Kantor a Washington correspondent for Scripps-Howard, he was travelling with the Presidential party in Dallas and was there in Parkland Hospital following the shooting – and he was in the Dallas jail… Read more
I've got nothing against Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and other canine actors, and the true dog heroes are those serving as K9 cops, search and rescue dogs, seeing eye dogs, etc., but my favorite dog of all time is Benji. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve America's Most Huggable Hero, and I am&hellip Read more
Are you tough? Are you a cinematic warrior impervious to the slings and arrows of stillborne theatrical monstrosities? Do you merely laugh at films that send your friends running away in tears back home to their mothers? Maybe you can come away smiling from Plan 9 From Outer Space , and perhaps&hellip Read more