The Best and Worst of Sherlock: Series 4

The Best and Worst of Sherlock: Series 4

Sherlock, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories, is what one would consider a modern revamp of the classic tales. Created by Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Homes, and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. The series can be noted for helping usher both Cumberbatch … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The War Machines

A Special Look at: The War Machines

This post begins a series based upon classic Doctor Who serials, and what better way to begin than with one of my favorite of the earliest serials: The First Doctor’s story, The War Machines. It’s a wonderful story with a classic science fiction trope: Computers taking over the world, which, though seems silly now, was … Continue reading

On The Santa Clause

On The Santa Clause

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen The Santa Clause, as it was very popular like Mrs. Doubtfire, at the time of it’s release. Much like Mrs. Doubtfire,this heartfelt holiday film is wrought with some serious problems in it’s storytelling. Sure, it is an original story, and Scott Calvin (S.C.) is equally … Continue reading

On Grey Gardens

On Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens is a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles, featuring the eccentric Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”), and Edith Bouvier Beale (“Little Edie”), the aunt and first cousin to former First Lady Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier). In 2010, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National … Continue reading

Methuen, Massachusetts

Methuen, Massachusetts

For two years, I also had the pleasure of living in Methuen, Massachusetts, where I had worked a few jobs. Methuen is also the only place in the world, named just that. No other city or town bears this name. According to The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and Sciences, Literature, History, … Continue reading

Tower Hill, Lawrence

Tower Hill, Lawrence

For twelve years I lived at Tower Hill, in Lawrence, MA, for nearly 14 years. I was close to the Reservoir, and Bellevue and Immaculate Conception Cemeteries. The most distinctive feature though, was the High Service Water Tower, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. According to Municipal History of Essex County … Continue reading

On Super Mario Bros. 2

On Super Mario Bros. 2

Continuing from Super Mario Bros. 3 is it’s predecessor, Super Mario Bros. 2, which adds the ability to lift and toss enemies and objects—a defining feature of its earliest prototype, and adds many characters into the greater Mario universe, such as Birdo, Pokeys, Bob-ombs, and Shy Guys. According to the Arstechnica article, “The secret history of Super Mario … Continue reading

On A Diva’s Christmas Carol

On A Diva’s Christmas Carol

Certainly, the best adaptation of A Christmas Carol, IMHO. Where can you go wrong with Vanessa Williams, Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, and Kathy Griffin? You just can’t. Let’s also not forget Scrooged. According to the ApeCulture review: Jesus Christ, enough with the Diva crap! I don’t think I can stand it anymore. But hey, this isn’t … Continue reading

A Special Look at: A Christmas Carol

A Special Look at: A Christmas Carol

What would Christmas be without Doctor Who? Since 2005, it simply wouldn’t be, so in appreciation of this, and the relative theme of the day, we’re taking a look at the first Christmas Special featuring Matt Smith (and without David Tennant), and written by Steven Moffat (not written by Russell T Davies): A Christmas Carol. … Continue reading