Dumbo (1941) Directed by Ben Sharpsteen (supervisor) Synopsis Baby circus elephant Jumbo Jr. is given the derisive nickname “Dumbo” on account of his big ears.  After his mother is locked up for defending him from abuse, he is forced to become a clown.  After getting drunk, he learns that he can use his ears to … Continue reading Dumbo


Innerspace (1987) Dir. by Joe Dante Starring Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Martin Short Plot An experiment in miniaturization is interrupted by a gang of corporate raiders attempting to steal the technology.  One scientist escapes, and ends up injecting the test pilot, intended for a rabbit, into the body of a grocery store clerk.  The pilot is … Continue reading Innerspace


Fantasia (1940) Directed by Joe Grant, Dick Huemer and Ben Sharpsteen (supervisors) Synopsis Seven dialogue-free animated shorts, each inspired and accompanied by a piece of classical music, with introductions to each short done in live action featuring music critic Deems Taylor. The shorts are: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanied … Continue reading Fantasia

Short Circuit

Short Circuit (1986) Dir. by John Badham Starring Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens and Austin Pendleton Plot An experimental military robot gains sapience when it is struck by lightning after a demonstration of its fighting capabilities.  Escaping from the compound of the tech contractors who created it, it befriends a food truck owner, who begins … Continue reading Short Circuit


Pinocchio (1940) Directed by Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske (supervisors) Synopsis After an elderly woodcarver wishes for his recently-completed marionette to become a real boy, he is visited by the Blue Fairy who grants his wish.  The next day, Pinocchio is sent to school, accompanied by a cricket to be hi “conscience.”  He is repeatedly … Continue reading Pinocchio

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter (1984) Directed by Nick Castle Starring: Lance Guest as Alex RoganRobert Preston as CentauriDan O'Herlihy as GrigCatherine Marie Stewart as Maggie Plot Synopsis Alex Rogan, a teenager in Middle-O-Nowhere, California, spends the summer after graduating high school doing odd jobs around the trailer park where he lives, and playing way too much … Continue reading The Last Starfighter


It is currently Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. As I type this, most of America is currently under quarantine due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Pretty much all out-of-home forms of entertainment are closed. This includes libraries - an unfortunate turn of events, given that I'm a librarian by profession. Since all of my places of … Continue reading Welcome!