Retro-Musings for Halloween: Mario Bava’s “Black Sabbath” (1963)…

When I was a kid, I was (and still am) a big fan of horror anthologies. Beyond vintage TV series such as “Thriller”, “Twilight Zone” or “The Outer Limits”, I loved the British Amicus films (“Tales From The Crypt” “Vault Of Horror” “House That Dripped Blood”) and Dan (“Dark Shadows”) Curtis’ 1975 TV movie “Trilogy…

Star Trek: Short Treks 2.2; “The Trouble With Edward” gets in a lot of tribble…

****SPOILERS!!**** The latest Star Trek: Short Trek has beamed down from CBS-All Access. “The Trouble With Edward” marks the fourth Star Trek story centered around writer David Gerrold’s famed creation, the tribbles (TOS’ “Trouble With Tribbles”, TAS’ “More Tribbles, More Troubles,” and DS9’s superlative “Trials and Tribble-ations”). The tribbles themselves are a species of fast-breeding…

“Joker” (2019) is a gritty ode to 1970s antiheroism…

****SPOILERS**** Director/cowriter Todd Phillips (of the obnoxious “Hangover” movies) offers this latest take on the now 79-year old Batman villain “Joker” in a film so utterly dark, and so morally complex that I actually wish it weren’t a DC comics movie. The movie borrows more heavily from the works of early Martin Scorsese films than…

Star Trek: Short Treks, 2.1: “Q&A” offers a brief, but nice ride…

CBS-All Access has just launched its second series of “Star Trek: Short Treks.” Short Treks are a brief series of webisodes designed to keep CBS-AA from hemorrhaging subscribers before the debut of “Star Trek: Picard” and the third season premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery”; both arriving in early 2020. Last year’s Short Treks were an…

Musings on the 2nd trailer for “Star Trek: Picard”…

****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!***** The second trailer for CBS-All Access’ new series “Star Trek: Picard” unveiled last week at New York Comic Con, and while I wasn’t there personally (wrong coast), I have seen the trailer and have some comments and observations on it, so without further ado… “Engage!” The Trailer. Musings on the trailer. Star…

“Interview With The Vampire,” 25 years later…

My own Vampire Diaries. I have to admit, when the film adaptation of “Interview With The Vampire” first came out in 1994, I had little interest. I hadn’t yet read any of author Ann Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books, and I wasn’t much of a vampire buff (save for a handful of movies). I loved the…

NostalgiaCon80s in Anaheim was a blast from the past…

“Always Something There To Remind Me…” On Saturday, September 28th, at the Anaheim Convention Center (future site of Starfleet HQ, according to the new “Star Trek: Picard” trailer), my wife and I attended an interesting little event that took us back in time a bit to our own ‘wonder years’… a new convention called “NostalgiaCon80s.”…

“Ad Astra” (2019) carries a ‘heart of darkness’ to the stars…

****ROCKET-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!**** Before I begin, I should warn a reader and/or prospective viewer that the trailers for “Ad Astra” are a tad deceptive. If one is looking for for the action-packed late summer thrill ride hinted at in the trailer? You’re outta luck. “Ad Astra” is much more languidly paced and introverted; more “2001/Solaris”…

The Star Trek family loses a beloved brother: Aron Eisenberg, 1969-2019.

Unlike other obituaries I’ve written for this site, I’m truly saddened to say this one is personal. In the last two years, I’d come to know Aron Eisenberg… he was an actor, photographer, husband and father. Aron first joined the Star Trek family in 1993 when he played the wily Ferengi “Nog” on “Star Trek:…

Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood”: Knocking on Wood for 25 years…

“I just want to tell stories…” The real Edward D. Wood Jr. was already well-known to me in 1994, because I’d long been a devotee of crappy cinema. I still remember renting “Plan Nine From Outer Space” (1956) on laserdisc back in the mid 1980s and just about crying with laughter. I later sought some…

“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), back on the main viewer…

Return to Tomorrow… Sunday, September 15th, 2019. A few months shy of the 40th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”’s debut (Dec. 7th), and my local AMC Theatre chain in coordination with Fathom Events had a special weekend screening of this film that I last saw theatrically about 37th years ago (on a double-bill…

A personal tour of Rod Serling’s “The Night Gallery”…

When I was a little boy (far too little to watch horror, anyway), I was madly in love with monsters and the supernatural. I used to build monster model kits with loving patience. “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine was my first magazine subscription and monthly bible (rest in peace, Forry Ackerman). The late Rod Serling’s…