Robert Wm. Gomez's

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (7/10)

An entertaining read that pretty much says everything funny that can be said about food. I've read a couple of these books by comedians lately and the problem is that the inner voice in my head that is reading these books just doesn't have the comedic timing of a Jim Gaffigan.

Star Trek Beyond (5/10)

The destruction of this venerable brand continues in this latest reboot sequel. This is not the contemplative sci-fi of the original series. It's balls-out action all da way. As such, it's enjoyable trash but the chemistry of the original crew is gone and the plot is your basic "stop the doomsday device" trope. The use of a Beastie Boys song in the climax is the worst of the worst. Simon Pegg should be ashamed.

I Malamondo / La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero by Ennio Morricone (7/10)

Format: 
CD

I originally bought this dual soundtrack CD because I wanted the music from La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero. That soundtrack is great and I eventually got a better. more complete version of it. The highlights from that score are included here. The other score included, I Malamondo, has a decidedly lighter tone to it. At times it sounds like a sixties sitcom theme song or circus music. Not my favorite of the Maestro's work.

Macchie Solari by Ennio Morricone (8/10)

Format: 
CD

The title track of this giallo soundtrack is a fantastic piece of somber Morricone pop. The rest of the CD is typical creepy atmospherics with the occasional bass groove and breathless victim noises.

Return of the Evil Dead (6/10)

The follow-up to Tombs of the Blind Dead is only slightly less bad than the original in that there is more gore, a little more tension, and there's this guy:

Murdo

Nothing better than a b-movie creep-a-zoid. Still, the blind dead are even less of a threat than slow-moving Romero zombies. Just run away ya idiots.

Tombs of the Blind Dead (5/10)

Spain's answer to Night of the Living Dead is slow moving and pretty stupid. These aren't straight-up zombies. They are the reanimated Knights of the Templar complete with swords and horses. There's a skeletal hand prop that is used about twenty times over the course of the movie to reach around corners and poke through window panes.

War for the Planet of the Apes (8/10)

The third and final(?) Apes reboot sequel isn't quite as epic as the title suggests. All in all, I enjoyed it but the Apocalypse Now references were just a bit too on-the-nose and distracted from the story. Glad to see Hollywood effects companies have mastered the ability to make an animated ape scowl through 99% of its virtual performance.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (8/10)

Pretty daring for a mainstream big budget sequel to be mostly subtitled. Kiddies, if you download this from the dark 'nets make sure you grab the .SRT file too!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (7/10)

I watched this with the intention of seeing the third film in the theater soon thereafter. As far as reboots go, this is probably as good as they come. The sadistic zookeeper was a bit much. I mean, why is there even a home for stray apes in San Francisco?

You're Better Than Me by Bonnie McFarlane (8/10)

Another comic's memoir, but this time it's actually funny. The first half is really is much better, in which she details her life in rural Canada. The rest is about finding success in show business as a comedian and it is not quite as interesting.