SIXKILL – ROBERT B. PARKER – LAST, BUT DEFINITELY NOT BEST

Sixkill by Robert B. Parker Pros: last of an era Cons: dull story – the “case” is a total dud! Sixkill is the 39th book in Robert Parker’s Spencer series.  Sadly, it’s last book penned by Parker, himself.  Parker passed away after this book came out.  And while the Spencer series lives on through other authors, Sixkill is that last true Parker/Spencer adventure.

TWO HIGHLY SUSPECT (POLISH) PASTS

“Ida,” Oscar-winning best foreign-language film Pros: cinematography, saxophonist Cons: lack of character development even with startling revelation about title character’s past I had not heard of the movie “Ida” before it received the Academy Award for best foreign-language film (which should have gone to “Timbuktu”). If I’d known that it was another confrontation with the

BIKINI SPRING BREAK DELIVERS PLENTY OF T&A, BUT IS NO FUN WHATSOEVER

Pros: Attractive female eye candy along with lots and lots of bare breasts Cons: That’s literally all the film has going for it. While primarily known for their horror and sci-fi films (Sharknado 1 and 2 and Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus among them) and so-called “mockbusters” which are patterned after major-release Hollywood films, in recent years production company The Asylum

CAPTAIN LAWRENCE FROST MONSTER – A WARM IMPERIAL FOR THESE FROSTY AND CHILLY DAYS.

Captain Lawrence Frost Monster Pros: Full bodied stout with a wonderful taste Cons: Aroma not exactly to my liking, better stouts out there Captain Lawrence Brewing Company from NY delivers a pretty good Imperial Stout calling it Frost Monster, which indeed grabbed my attention for these terribly cold winter days. I had a feeling this

DECODING SATELLITE IMAGERY ON SCIENCE CHANNEL’S WHAT ON EARTH?

WHAT ON EARTH? on Science Channel Pros: More science and evidence than is common for this type of speculative documentary; fine presentation Cons: Recycling of topics from other shows; no real answers provided Filling the void left when shows such as America Declassified (which hasn’t returned following its first season in 2013-14) and The Unexplained Files aren’t delivering new

EXCRUCIATING STORY OF POVERTY EARLY IN THE PAX TOKUGAWA

Miike’s remake in color of “Harakiri” Pros: actors Cons: trying to improve on a perfect movie I think that Mike Takashi’s 3-D color 2011 “Hara-Kiri” is a pointless remake of Kobayashi Masaki’s very great (1962 b&w) version of Takiguchi Yasuhiko’s novel Ibun rônin-ki. I was surprised that it was shorter than the original (128:133 minutes). Both

ANOTHER WINNING SOUNDTRACK FROM TRENT REZNOR AND ATTICUS ROSS: GONE GIRL OST

GONE GIRL: SOUNDTRACK FROM THE MOTION PICTURE by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Pros: Works extremely well as an atmospheric dark ambient album Cons: Overlong – the final handful of tracks here are forgettable Though it’s perhaps one of the most polarizing projects in the repertoire of Trent Reznor, the 2008 release Ghosts I-IV (from Reznor’s main