The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

I watched the Illumination Entertainment 2016 animated comedy on Netflix DVD today. It is directed by Chris Renaud (Ice Age, Despicable Me, Minions) and Yarrow Cheney (The Lorax, The Grinch) and written by  Brian Lynch (Puss in Boots, Despicable Me, Minions) and  Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (Despicable Me, Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax). Max, a Jack Russell Terrier hangs out with his pet friend all day but then his owner gets another dog Duke, a Newfoundland mix.

Continue reading “The Secret Life of Pets (2016)”

Armed Response (2017)

I watched this 2017 action horror movie on Netflix DVD. Armed Response is directed by John Stockwell (Cat Run, Seal Team 6: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, Countdown, Cheaters, Blue Crush) and it was produced by Gene Simmons (Kiss), Michael J. Luisi and Wesley Snipes (Major League, Demolition Man, Blade, Chaos, Expendables 3).

Continue reading “Armed Response (2017)”

John David Wilson Cartoons

I never missed an episode of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The music was great and was always really funny. John David Wilson was the animator for the show with his production studio, Fine Art Films based in England and Hollywood. Wilson did the opening animation and several musical segments with Sonny and Cher vocals. He did the opening to the movie Grease, The Carol Burnett Show, Mr. Magoo, Space Cats, Lady and the Tramp and more.

Continue reading “John David Wilson Cartoons”

The Thing From Another World (1951)

I watched this 1951 RKO Pictures release, The Thing From Another World, on Svengoolie. It is a horror/Science Fiction thriller directed by Christian Nyby (Big Sleep, Red River, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train) and produced by Edward Lasker (Big Sky, Tulsa, Reign of Terror) and

Continue reading “The Thing From Another World (1951)”

Chessie System

When I was a kid, and there was a train coming, I always wanted it to be a Chessie System train. I didn’t live near tracks so I had to be on the road with my parents to get a chance. I would hear my Dad sigh when the crossing signals started but I wanted to see it and would even count the cars.

Continue reading “Chessie System”

Skeleton Lake Mystery

Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India is also known as Skeleton Lake. In 1942 a Indian forest ranger discovered the lake and reported skeletons in the water. Authorities, at the time, thought they might be Japanese invasion soldiers but was later ruled out.

Continue reading “Skeleton Lake Mystery”

Advent Calendar

I was in Aldi the other day and I bought my cat, Cort, an Advent calendar with cat treats. I asked my friend Kelly how an Advent calendar worked and she said I was supposed to give him a treat from behind each number for that day in December. Cort suggested that we rip them all open now. I decided to do a little research.

It seems that the modern day Advent Calendar emerged from Protestant Christian context. Advent is from the Latin word adventus, meaning arrival or coming. Beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day and leading up to December 25, Advent is intended to be the time in which to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

The popularity of Advent calendars spread with the help of a German printer named Gerhard Lang. Having grown up with a homemade calendar, Lang began designing cardboard Advent calendars around the turn of the century and, later in the 1920s, came up with the idea of cutting out little doors that could be opened each day.

Behind each door, a devotional picture or Bible verse was hidden. With this innovation, Lang is considered the father of the modern Advent calendar.

Batman vs Robin (2015)

I watched this 2015 DC Universe, direct-to-video, animated superhero film on Netflix DVD. This story is partially based on Batman: The Court of Owls story arc written by  Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion. Bruce’s son Damian is now going out as Robin and gets involved with the Owl’s assassin Talon. Batman has to go against his own son to solve this mystery. Jason O’Mara is Batman/Bruce Wayne (Life on Mars, Agents of SHIELD),

Continue reading “Batman vs Robin (2015)”

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

I watched the Universal 1948 comedy horror Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein on Svengoolie. The movie stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as baggage clerks that receive two packages, Dracula and Frankenstein for McDougal’s House of Horrors wax museum. Larry Talbot (The Wolfman) is trying to stop the delivery because he knows they are really alive.

Continue reading “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)”