Author Archives: Steve Lancaster


TV Series Review: Babylon Berlin

by Steve Lancaster10/2/18
This is a Netflix series that has all the elements to be a failure. Somehow it succeeds in every venue. The series is long, 16 episodes. It is in German with subtitles, it has a train full of gold, Communists, Nazis, Weimar Republic, German nationalists, drugs, criminal underground, sex and corrupt police. More » • (87 views)

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Movie Review: Jurassic World

by Steve Lancaster9/19/18
This is the fifth in the dinosaur rebirth series, and by far the worst. The first movie, Jurassic Park (1993), had a plausible story line and wonderful CG dinosaurs. Even the second movie, Lost World (1997) in the series had some redeeming plot twists and again the CG Dinosaurs were the real stars. More » • (77 views)

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TV Series Review: Bosch

by Steve Lancaster8/26/18
The LA Cop  •  People are intrigued by cops and spies. Every year there are hundreds of books, movies and articles written about them. In the case of police dramas New York and Los Angeles lead the pack. The long running Law and Order series and its spin-offs and the continuing popularity of Blue Bloods are good examples. More » • (213 views)

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Saturday Morning at the Village Inn

by Steve Lancaster7/7/18
My wife is out of town this week, so I am a bachelor and not wanting or needing to cook I have been eating out most of the week. This morning it was breakfast at Village Inn. Village Inn is a national chain of diner style restaurants that serve breakfast 24/7. More » • (76 views)

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TV Series Review: Game of Thrones

by Steve Lancaster7/2/18
Season One  •  The Game of Thrones series has been a great success for HBO in the last ten years. I won’t attempt to analyze the series episode by episode but cover it with the broader themes of season by season. So, this will take several updates to complete, or until we are all bored of it, whichever comes first. More » • (95 views)

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TV Series Review: Fauda

by Steve Lancaster6/6/18
When it comes to Israel, everything is complicated. Politics are complicated, religion is complicated, democracy is complicated, the conflict is complicated. Even the complications are complicated. These are the things that make us shout, and cry, that fill us with hope or plunge us into utter despair. More » • (227 views)

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Confederate Memorial Day

by Steve Lancaster6/2/18
On the first Saturday in June, in some places the second Saturday of June, descendants of veterans of The War Between the States, or The War of Northern Invasion, gather to pay respects to the fallen. This tradition began shortly after the war. More » • (93 views)

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Movie Review: True Confessions

by Steve Lancaster5/8/18
The LA Cop  •  There are many movies and television series about police in LA. Some are iconic like Dragnet and others more of the life of the beat cop, like Police Story. Others do not feature LA police but just as easily could have been made there, Hill Street Blues is one of those. More » • (111 views)

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Roseanne

by Steve Lancaster5/01/18

Tonight, there will be another installment of the Roseanne show. I will not be watching. I never watched the original show, and this is just more of the same. Much has been said, printed and spread all over the media about the current incarnation. That somehow it is a conservative voice in the progressive wilderness. It is not. More » • (106 views)

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A Trip to the Track

by Steve Lancaster4/2/18
Two weeks ago, wife and I made our annual pilgrimage to Hot Springs for the races at Oaklawn racetrack. The drive from Fayetteville takes about three half hours, through gorgeous country. We often travel down highway 71 from Fayetteville to Alma. More » • (232 views)

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Book and Movie Review: Exodus

by Steve Lancaster2/3/18
This is a book and movie that could not be done in 2018 or anytime in the last 30 years. Exodus by Leon Uris was published in 1958. When it was released it became the largest best seller since the publication of Gone with The Wind in 1939. More » • (236 views)

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Series Review: Electric Dreams

by Steve Lancaster1/13/18
By Phillip K. Dick  •  This is an original series from Dr. Evil (Jeff Bezos) Amazon. I have watched the first four of ten stories. I say stories as they lay out as short stories in a book. More » • (286 views)

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