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Friday, January 19, 2018

Petrocelli and Mannix

There was a time in the late 1960s up until the late 1970s that tough cops, detectives, lawyers and all-around crime-fighters dominated TV screens.
The shows spotlighted rough and tough individuals who were hard on crime, clever, resourceful, usually ladies men and even in some cases disabled, old or physically rotund (Ironsides, Barnaby Jones and Cannon comes to mind).

I loved them all.  They were anti-heroes cut from a different cloth.

One such hero was Anthony J. Petrocelli, a disgruntled East-Coast lawyer who ditched the fast-paced lifestyle for simpler meadows-the West.

What made the Petrocelli series so unique is that’s its star appeared to have clients that were guilty-only Petrocelli always managed to find that one glitch or fact out of place that proved their innocence.

Author Sandra Grabman and BearManor-Media present the ultimate Petrocelli resource with their new book: Petrocelli An Episode Guide And Much More.

The book is far more than an episode guide although it does supply full episode decriptions, cast and crew listing and airdates.

What makes the book especially interesting is the history of the series, personal recollections by cast and crew, behind-the-scenes tidbits and candid photos. There’s even a foreword by show’s star: Barry Newman and commentaries by the costars Susan Howard and Albert Salmi!

My favorite tough guy series starred Mike Connors as Mannix, the no-nonsense, pistol-packing, fist-swinging private eye with the heart of gold and the wit and know-how to stop the most notorious of bad guys.

It seemed like every week Mannix was knocked unconscious, faced off the bad guys in abandoned warehouses and always discovered the truth, got the girl and saved the day.
What can I say-the formula worked!  I loved it`!

And Now, Back To Mannix, written by JoAnn M. Paul, is a loving tribute to the detective with a heart of gold and fists of steel.  For all-out action the series could not be beat.  If you loved bullets flying, fists flashing, cars racing and crime-busting then Mannix was the series to watch.

The book is not an episode book or a behind-the-scenes expose.  Rather it delves into the character of Mannix, the myth, mannerisms, symbolism, character development and the legend of the detective series that dared to be tough and touching at the same time.

To get a real ‘feel’ of what the series was really about take the time to read each and every line as the book successfully unveils the secrets of the series’ success on so many levels.

Mike Connors provided the foreword with a prologue by David Breckman, the mind behind Monk.


The weather: unpredictable, ever-changing and sometimes deadly.  The Earth has seen its fair share of disastrous weather in the last 20 plus years.  
There are varying opinions why: natural climate changes, man-made climate changes, shifts in the Earth’s magnetic poles and an increase of Sun flares-the list is long and no one is quite sure what is happening.

What if mankind learned to harness the weather and control it.? Imagine being able to stop hurricanes, encourage rainfall, curb cold or hot climates and the like.

Just think of the possibilities: world-wide hunger would be wiped out, airborne and land-bound pollution could be monitored and controlled and the standard of living would increase dramatically for people from all over the world.

Warner Bros.' Geostorm Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack imagines a world where leaders around the globe pool their resources and create an intricate network of satellites to monitor and control the climate.

But, something goes wrong.  Suddenly the system meant to benefit mankind becomes its worst enemy.

The system spirals out of control and as a result the weather intensifies to a point where mankind itself it threatened to be wiped off the face of the Earth.

Is it a glitch in the system or something more sinister?

Geostrom follows the attempt by a stalwart group of scientists, astronauts and government officials to stop the threat and save mankind.

Geostorm is eye-popping cornucopia of visual effects, spectacular stunts and amazing action.

Extras include featurettes about making the film and more.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Wind In The Willows and The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

The classics.  When it comes to books, especially children’s’ book, the classics are hard to beat.
In this age of digital magic, mass media, social media and instant gratification taking the time to sit down and read a book is becoming more and more uncommon.

As a society we pride ourselves on our cleverness and scientific and cultural advances.  Pride might be a misleading description.  It’s more like we fool ourselves.

All too often we assume just because something was created decades or hundreds of years ago it is primitive and (let’s be honest) not worth our time to read or look at.

I beg to differ.

Long before TV, movies, social media and the like existed there were writers who were masters of their trade.  That’s why so many of the ‘classics’ still hold up today and are required reading for anyone seriously going into writing or journalism.

Thunder Bay Press proudly presents two classic collections of children’s stories both beautifully illustrated by famed artist Arthur Rackham.

The Wind In The Willows introduces young readers to Mr. Toad and other woodland and swamp creatures.

These are the tales that have warmed the hearts and thrilled the minds of children for generations.

Written by Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In the Willows is sure to be a surefire hit with kids.
The imagination inspired tales captivates impressionable young minds and are guaranteed to become a family favorite.

Just as imaginative and inspiring is The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales containing such classic fairy tales as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Tom Thumb and dozens more.

Every child is familiar with the time-honored tales and is sure to love this stellar collection.

Both books are lovingly recreated in its classic style with gold embossed cover text; heavy cloth bound bindings, ribbon bookmarks and containing full-color and black and white illustrations by Rackham.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #735, January/February

Jewel of the Heart
Galatea in Utopia
The Donner Party
A List of Forty-Nine Lies           
An Equation of State    
The Equationist
A Feather on Her Cap   
This Way          
Dear Creator    
Books to Look For       
Films: Get Off the Sink and Other Unheeded Commandments    
Plumage from Pegasus: Toy Sorry
Coming Attractions       
Arthur Masear, Bill Long, S. Harris.
Mondolithic Studios for "Galatea In Utopia"

Monday, January 15, 2018

Blade Runner 2049

Finally!  After nearly four decades the long-awaited sequel to director Ridley Scott’s science fiction, cult classic Blade Runner film is continued in a brand new film: Blade Runner 2049.
The film stars Ryan Gosling as K, a Replicant LAPD Officer who unearths a secret involving the Replicants.  It seems one of the long-dead female Replicants was able to have a child.  
Such knowledge jeopardizes the human/Replicant status quo and must be eliminated.

As part of his investigation he tracks down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford reprises his role from the original film) and together they unravel the hidden secret agenda that threatens mankind as they know it.

Along the way they encounter corporate greed, an assassin, a Replicant underground movement and more.

Filled with spectacular practical and special effects the film successfully follows the classic first film with a brilliant script, first-rate acting and a plethora of twists, turns and surprises that are guaranteed to satisfy sci-fi film fanatics and Blade Runner fans.

Beautifully filmed with eye-popping sets and effects Blade Runner 2049 is as good, if not better than the original film, courtesy of Warner Bros. Blu-ray/DVD/Digital extras include several featurettes about the film, prologues and much more.

The future is now and Blade Runner 2049 offers a chilling glimpse at technology gone wild.