A FOUND FOOTAGE EXORCIST: THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE

THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE Pros: Not terribly bad as a mockumentary horror flick Cons: Story covers familiar territory and the ending is a letdown “Dr. Henry West founded the Atticus Institute to study telekinesis, clairvoyance, and other psi-related phenomena. Thousands of subjects were tested using the scientific method, many of whom expressed supernatural abilities that defied

SCARY AND SADLY, STILL VERY RELEVANT: PETER WATKINS’S THE WAR GAME

THE WAR GAME Pros: Harrowing, realistic, thought-provoking, and still very timely Cons: There’s a reason why this wasn’t broadcast on British television back in 1965: it is quite disturbing and grim On this 70th anniversary of the Trinity nuclear test, I present this review of Peter Watkins’s The War Game.  From the early 1950s onward, it

OH IT’S THIS MOVIE AGAIN…NIGHTINGALE TREADS DOWN A BEATEN PATH

NIGHTINGALE Pros:  Oyelowo at least tries to generate interest… Cons: …but his efforts of undermined by a script that’s entirely predictable and lacks genuine insight. Made for HBO and first aired in 2015, Nightingale is virtually a one-man-show that tells the story of army veteran Philip Snowden. From the opening moments of the film, it’s clear that

“AT THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET, THE DEAD WILL RISE”…CUE THE TRUMPET: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW Pros: Claustrophobic settings and nice photography make it effectively suspenseful Cons: Goes overboard in the last act, getting pretty goofy in the process One of the better recent found footage horror flicks, 2014’s As Above, So Below follows a team of would-be archaeologists and urban explorers deep in the extensive maze of catacombs

GORGEOUS COPPERY BEAUTY

Iris germanica Copper Classic Note:  while i do not find Copper Classic on Amazon, I do find many other varieties Pros: easy to grow, lovely, hardy, returns year after year, does not need a lot of care or attention Cons: My favorite flower; wish blossoming time were year round Botanical Name for this lovely Iris germanica : Copper

US TORTURE TRAINER INTERROGATED (NOT TORTURED)

New Criterion Release of Costa-Garvas “State of Siege” Pros: Montand, Weber, blue look Cons: torture class made me squirm I saw Costa-Gavras’s (1972) “State of Siege” on its original 1973 American release, before the overthrow of Salvadore Allende, who personally approved shooting in Chile the movie about what had happened in Uruaguay a few years

“…OUT WITH A WHIMPER…”: THE SHARK WEEK 2015 FINAL WRAP-UP

SHARK WEEK 2015: Final Wrap Up – Sharksanity: The Return and Shark Island on Discovery Channel Pros: Shark Island paints a detailed portrait of a population in the midst of a genuine shark crisis Cons: Sharksanity is a waste of time After numerous “big-hitter” programs premiered early and had been repeated throughout Shark Week 2015, this annual block of Discovery Channel programming

THE BEST (TOP 121) “RACING & DRIVING” GAMES FOR ORIGINAL PLAYSTATION (PS1/PSX) FOR ADULTS AND OLDER KIDS (COLLECTOR’S COMPLETE LIST)

Pros:  Used PS1 racing games are generally quite affordable and easy to find via trustworthy online vendors (e.g., Amazon and eBay). And there are well over a hundred PS1 racing titles – which are compatible with all PS2 and (presumably) PS3 consoles. Cons:  Fifth-generation-console racing games’ graphics arguably aren’t as exciting as their counterparts for more recent systems. And