Robert Wm. Gomez's

Anthem by Ayn Rand (5/10)

Having read her other books, I felt obliged to read this novella. It's a fairly literal take on individualism that would have benefited from a little world-building and character development. The sci-fi premise is that the world has regressed back into a primitive technological state. The collective is all-important. People are known only by numbers and their preferred pronoun is we. As expected, the hero is the character who begins to view himself as an individual only to be shunned by his peers.

Grand Voyage 13: Going Under

I have had this wood block sitting around for years and years now. Every year I would make a resolution to finish it and, like all resolutions, never followed through. Until now! I was able to squeeze this in before the ball dropped in 2018 and now my twelve print Grand Voyage series is a thirteen print series.

Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls (6/10)

If you've seen my Planet Pimp Records site, then you know all about this movie. Planet Pimp regular Michael Lucas directed this homage to rock and roll era, juvenile delinquent B-movies with a radical feminist twist. Read my overview for some of the story behind the making of this film. I've finally had a chance to watch Blood Orgy after all these years and it is about what I expected.

Flower Drum Song (6/10)

A musical with no memorable musical numbers. There are a couple of nice dreamy dance moments. I think the key to a movie musical is the complete disregard for realism. This is why The Wiggles Movie is the greatest musical movie since Fiddler on the Roof. The problem with this movie is that the story and characters never go anywhere. There is no motivation behind why the male lead falls for the female lead other than she is the closest female. It was surprisingly nice to see Asian characters played by Asians in 1961.

The Man Who Would Be King (8/10)

I've never used this word ever in my life, but the best description of this Sean Connery/Michael Caine adventure movie would be rollicking. Nowadays I suppose it would also be called problematic from it's depiction of foreign cultures and the ease by which they accept Westerner's bullets in the belly.

Esther and the King (5/10)

Epic Biblical story which was partially directed by Mario Bava. Joan Collins is a bride to be who is stolen from the altar then falls in love with her captor, the king of Persia. It's mostly a love story and the action is few and far between.

A Simple Plan (7/10)

Sam Raimi directed this serviceable bit of 90s noir in which a trio of Minnesota lads discover a gym bag full of cash and make a plan to wait for the heat to die down before splitting it up. Of course they are idiots and do everything they possibly can to screw things up. These sorts of stories are so frustrating to me. This is basically every Walking Dead plot line (and why I stopped watching that show).

Far Cry 4 on PC (8/10)

Far Cry Kill Kill Kill!

All these Ubisoft open-world games (Assassins  CreedWatch Dogs, etc.) follow the same basic formula. Main story which you can take your time completing, lots of side activities and missions, and collectible stuff that gets you nothing in the end. Each is enjoyable up to a point, but then they wear out their welcome and become tedium. But despite the flaws, I genuinely enjoy the Far Cry games. I am a sucker for the FPS/stealth mix in which you can approach any conflict from a large number of paths. Each outpost I conquer without tripping the alarms feels like a real achievement.

Swap Clubs by William and Jarrye Breedlove (8/10)

Published in 1964, this book presents itself as a scientific analysis of swinger culture. The opening chapters are filled with various statistics about the numbers of couples who participate in swap clubs, their social class, education levels, etc. Of course none of this data is cited so who knows if any of it is legitimate. Surely the, ahem, Breedloves are thoroughly committed to scientific rigor?