MOST BIZARRE MOVIE EVER? MAYBE, BUT IT’S ALSO PURE GENIUS: 1977’S HOUSE

HOUSE (a.k.a. HAUSU) Pros: Cheerfully deranged and gloriously imaginative = shows the limitless potential of cinema.  DVD package is outstanding. Cons: To say that some people wouldn’t like this movie is putting it nicely Starting off with a fairly typical haunted house-type story, director Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House (released by the Japanese Toho Studio in 1977)

THE WEIRD SIDE OF THE SOVIET UNION: MONSTERS BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN

MONSTERS BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN on Animal Planet Pros: Well-organized; interesting variety of subjects; more level-headed and objective than is usual for this type of program Cons: It’s a speculative documentary: some folks just won’t appreciate it; sensationalist title doesn’t represent the material very well Refreshingly straight-forward in both its presentation and in the various

SNIP, SNIP, SNIP

Gilmour® Ltd, a division of Robert Bosch Tool Company  Anvil Hand Pruners. Pros: readily available, cost under $20, good sturdy tool, easy to use Cons: none noted Gilmour® Ltd, a division of Robert Bosch Tool Company offers a wide range of garden supplies including  short handled, handy anvil and by pass pruners. This is the time of

THE TRUE STORY OF THE AMITYVILLE HORROR REVEALED! HIGH HOPES: THE AMITYVILLE HORROR MURDERS

HIGH HOPES: THE AMITYVILLE HORROR MURDERS on Reelz Channel Pros: A Comprehensive examination of a fascinating murder case; doesn’t get caught up in the ghost story Cons: Awkward in the way the film is constructed; seems a bit like a self-serving project; clumsy reenactments Just in time for Halloween comes a 90-minute (two hour with

SWEET RETREAT FROM SUGARY TEMPTATIONS

Werther’s Original Sugar-Free Caramel Coffee Candies Pros: Satisfying coffee flavor laced with caramel Cons: The “laxative effect” of sugar substitutes It isn’t easy for a diabetic sugar junky, especially as Halloween draws near. In my pre-diabetic days, I would only have to wonder about how to make costumes for the kids without sewing or spending more

D.O.A.: KILLING BIGFOOT

KILLING BIGFOOT on Destination America Pros: Fairly serious and more credible than the lot of similar programs Cons: Everything is very familiar and I simply can’t for the life of me condone this show’s message With the current, rather pathetic wave of cryptozoological (read: monster) related reality television shows coming to an end and a

NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME BY MARY HIGGINS CLARK – SUFFERS FROM TOO MANY FLAWS

Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark Pros: Started with a reasonable premise Cons: but suffers from too many flaws I usually enjoy Mary Higgins Clark’s books, even if they’re not examples of great writing. Normally they are at very least entertaining thrillers.  But Nighttime Is My Time failed to hold my interest.  By the end,

A FAIRLY UNIQUE BUT PROBLEMATIC UNSOPHISTICATED RPG FOR THE NES: TIMES OF LORE

TIMES OF LORE for the Nintendo Entertainment System Cons: Graphics; battle system; familiar storyline; difficulty level; relatively short Set in medieval-like fantasy land of goblins, ghouls, wizards, and dragons, Times of Lore seems less a typical NES-era role-playing game and more an unconventional adventure game. Originally developed by Origin Systems (known for the Ultima series of games) and ported