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Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 3
Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 3
DVD ~ Jason Priestley
Price: $14.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Complete High School At West Beverly Hills High, November 24, 2014
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No doubt due to Shannen Doherty's behind the camera behavior, this was the season where Brenda/Dylan became history on camera. Having come to the series because of them, I was initially heartbroken as a teenager. Why on earth were the studios doing this to us? I did not understand what was going on at the time.

Now, my only real beef is the music replacement. I did purchase the entire season after all--something the younger me swore she never would do. I was adamant that Brenda and Dylan belonged together forever. Well, There are actually some good episodes in this season.

Like when Brandon and Jordan Bonner prove to their respective high schools that a shooting should not scare high school students off from having fun together ("Home and "Away"). We do see that 'other high schools' besides West Beverly are much different. The Shaw newsroom lacks even early 1990's computers--even though it is in the same school district. But they do have metal detectors, something which I myelf have only used in airports and government buildings.

Or Andrea and Brandon having to grapple with 'workplace politics' when Gill Meyers, the new staff sponsor of the Beverly Blaze initially makes Brandon the sole editor of the paper---and then they are co-editors. It is a very rocky start, and she is so mistrustfull of Mr. Meyers, that she automatically presumes that he is the one who must have abused Sue Scanlon---and she cannot possibly be troubled even after her brother killed himself and his mother is sligthly 'crazy' in the head. Sharing power and responsibility is different than Andrea just curtly ordering people around the newsroom. This is what helps her grow as a character.

The reporter who interviewed Brenda for backstory supposedly had a conciousness raising too. She did not like how the 'expose' on the students of West Beverly Hills High ultimately turned out---so she quit her job---AFTER the airing. By then, the gang had seen the airing and was convinced that Brenda was out to get them. Which was ironic considering what Kelly and Dylan (who was not in the piece) had actually done to her during the summer. Talk about personal projection!!

Dylan gets a solo storyline. He is a so-so student who feels free to just skip classes at will to surf, play pool, and/or drink...etc. But a very good tester, so high scores at an SAT site which is not his usual tesing site raise the concern of test administrators. Like a lot of real-life high schoolers, Dylan is very proud of his accomplishment. So he is reluctant to re-take the test. However, beneath the 'white collar' criminal, Jack McKay is still a proud father. He wants his son to re-take the test and do whatever it takes to prove to people that it is actually his legitimate SAT score.

This season is not my all-time favirote. But at least for completing the high school years and having continuity of the original cast, it is important.

FranklinCovey Classic Serenity Ring-bound Daily Planner Refill - Jan 2015 - Dec
FranklinCovey Classic Serenity Ring-bound Daily Planner Refill - Jan 2015 - Dec
Offered by FranklinCovey
Price: $38.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost there., November 20, 2014
The color palette is great. It matches the color tabs and the widelined notes exactly. And the note space is plentifull. If you have a fluctuating day, the start/stop times are going to be problematic though. This is the only change I'd make to the produt. Other than that--perfect.

Aquafresh Triple Protection Toothpaste with Fluoride, Buy Three 8.2 oz Tubes Get One Free - 4 tubes
Aquafresh Triple Protection Toothpaste with Fluoride, Buy Three 8.2 oz Tubes Get One Free - 4 tubes

3.0 out of 5 stars Does not feel fresh any more, November 3, 2014
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This used to be a really good toothpaste when I was little. I think they changed the formula. Either that or I've gotten older. It's not specifically a 'kids' toothpaste. But it tastes too sugary. I like the cost of the product. But as far as the cleanning and taste, I am sticking with the other brands.

Vintage Fisher Price Lolly Cholly Cloth Doll Baby
Vintage Fisher Price Lolly Cholly Cloth Doll Baby

5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Friend, October 27, 2014
These dolls are SOO cuddly. And unlike the Cabbage Patch dolls then in the stores they did not look like they were going to barf on you. Plus they were much softer than things with plastic heads. And I loved how each doll just happened to have a slightly different rattle. Okay, okay some of that is from years of dragging it practically 'everywhere' concieveable. But if these dolls could talk, I'm sure they'd have stories to tell!!

Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer Hard Cover Book
Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer Hard Cover Book
Offered by Orange Biscuit Books
Price: $3.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars Make Komen Healthy, October 25, 2014
She may miss her sister, but Nancy Brinker also lost focus of 'ending breast cancer'. Today, her organization is all about getting corporate partnerships and publicity for it's sponsors.

This 'pinkwashing' places women's health care and access to women's health care at distant second. Particularly disadvantaged are women who lack independent wealth and depend on her foundation's resources for their survival.

If they cannot afford insurance coverage, they must apply to these foundations for medical care--or postpone critical procedures. Postponement can affect treatment outcome and ultimately survival.

Meanwhile people become desensitized to breast cancer because we see pink everywhere---it is an 'everyday' thing, so we tune it out, much like the prior AIDS 'red ribbon backlash'.

Brinker does not address the bad policy decisions inside her organization. Like decisions to encourage low-income women to help fight breast cancer by purchasing fast food. Kentucky Fried Chicken was selling pink 'buckets for the cure', where a 'portion' of the sales would go to breast cancer research.

This was inspite of research that eating a high fat diet filled with fast food is one of the worst things which women can do for their breast health. Why did Komen not instead push for more access to a healthy diet---the advice of the medical community? Why were low income women being encouraged to help by eating high fat and greasy fast food?? The resulting publicity damaged Komen's public reputation. They were no longer a respectable organization.

It's possible to love and still miss a family member while still not having the foggiest idea how to successfully run a non-profit in order to benefit others.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike
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2.0 out of 5 stars Looses Some Of the Magic, October 23, 2014
This review is from: Magic Mike (Amazon Instant Video)
After months of waiting, I finally got a copy of this movie--which I missed in theatres. Apparently I was not missing much. When you don't bypass all of the non-stripping scenes, there is basically nothing to view.

Yes, I did feel for Mike (because of today's economic climate) that his loan application was denied by the bank. The guy is infact working a steady job. He should be allowed to take out money to open up his own business and participate in the American dream.

But profound moments like that are jammed in there between the half naked men---and you have to remind yourself that it's a 'workplace' (like when he's shaving his legs).It's not exactly a riveting comming of age story.

And this is how he feels about stripping. Initially very proud of it, he very quickly sees the dark side of the 'odd' job.

Mike and Adam had gotten involved in the drug culture of the club and it's attendees, but Mike ultimately decides to walk away Dallas does not mind that he has left the club at all. Mike is just promptly replaced by Adam, the very same boy he had ironically promised to look after. He is only a piece of meat!

The club owner only regards the dancers as comodities to make money. Dallas has no interest in maintaining their well being or personal needs/safety. He is not a friend.

The movie is good in that respect, but the acting of the actors can get campy. The script for this movie was much better than the actual screenplay. Read the script if you are soul searching or looking for something deep. You're never going to find it on the DVD.

Quaker, Corn Bran Crunch, 15oz Box (Pack of 3)
Quaker, Corn Bran Crunch, 15oz Box (Pack of 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness, October 22, 2014
I don't understand why this is not sold anywhere publically anymore. It's not even organic--or a small 'health' company. It should not be that hard to market and manufacture. If you get your hands on this, it's REALLY good. This is a cereal that kids and adults will love to eat. My mom had to ration the bowls we ate when we were little because otherwise me and my brother would gobble this stuf up very fast. And a high profit margin should be even more reason for stores to sell it. Oh well, at least it is still available somewhere on Planet earth and not completely discontinued.

The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series
The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Mindy Cohn
Price: $179.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars School's Back In At Eastland Academy, October 22, 2014
This NBC series holds the very important distinction of being much more successfull than the show (Different Strokes) it spun off from. After retooling the first season---and adding a new girl---it definently became a blockbuster hit for the network.

Even a change in venues, from Eastland Academy, to Edna's Eddibles, and then finally Over Our Heads really didn't sink the show. Or Blair and Jo leaving for college. The writers of this series figured out how to succesfully transition the series so all the girls could continue hanging out together and having credible storylines.

Their stories addressed important issues which teen comedies even now are too frightened to openly cover such as teen prostitution, suicide, parental death, and abortion. Good luck trying to get this on a sitcom in today's lineup. TV has gotten so scared of talking with young adults--particularly girls. It now only talks down to them. When there were essentially only three networks and a lot less competition for ratings, television writers had much more room to experiment.

Ever-present tension between Jo Polniaczek and Blair Warner addressed socioeconmic issues. Both characters initially chafe at the idea of becomming roommates together at Eastland. Talking Blair and the others into taking a school van out to a bar, Jo ultimately gets the entire 'gang' to have to room together---to pay off incurred damages. They will have to work under Mrs. Garett's watchfull eye in the school cafeteria as their punnishment for the first seasons. They are quickly placed on KP duty!!

As you can imagine, this horrifies the group--including rich Blair, who is not used to either washing dishes or serving up food. She now has to wait on and others!! This immediately seem worse than any trick Tootie could have ever pulled.

Finding out they all liked living together after all, the girls proactively decide to continue the living arrangement after probation ends and the repairs are completed. They can ultimately agree to disagree. But now they cannot stand the thought of living apart from each other!!

They continue rooming in college (when people are supposed to change) and even post-college. When Mrs. Garett leaves Eastland and opens up her own gourmet shop, they decide to follow her over. They are no longer doing community servic like at Eastlad---but her friends who want to work for her and make sure Edna's Eddibles succeds.

When the shop mysteriously burns down after people are away on vacation, the series is refreshed by opening up a late 1980's gift shop (check out the neon...etc!). A very young George Clooney guest stars as hunky repairman George, who is more interested in flirting with the girls than properly completing the job on time.

When the job is finally completed, Mrs. Garrett stays for a couple of more episodes, but aware that the girls did not need a 'mother figure' anymore and this is all she personally knows how to do, leaves the series. This is perhaps the most dramatic cast change because Mrs. Garrett was the person who initially spun off this series. Younger sister Beverly Ann (Cloris Leachman) moves in. She is more of a friend and counselor rather than a parent. Beverly Ann would later take in Andy Moffet (Mackenzie Astin) as a delivery boy for the shop.

It's a testament to both the writers and actors that this series premise was convincing through so many season and cast changes. Many a real-life friendship ends after high school simply because people do change as they do get older. This ensemble made it look so cool and desirable, like the 'in thing' to do---rather than a bunch of old fuddy duddies who cannot properly grow up. And it's not just because this was the era when there were 3 networks either.

The only thing (other than the computers and fashion) which is incredibly dated are cloying attitudes whenever Geri Jewell comes on screen. She makes guest appearances throughout the series as 'cousin Gerri', Blair's handicapped cousin'.

Because ADA wasn't on the books yet, Eastland does not even have to accommodate Cousin Gei. It is presumed that merely because she talks funny that she cannot intellectually perform the same work as Blair. Nobody ever decides to see if she infact has the same academic skills. The main cast just kind of tolerate her when she is on screen. They all are trying to be nice, but are not sure how to correctly respond after one of her public statements about being different.

She finally gets a 'leadership' role in 'All by herself" when she and Blair are fundraising for a school for disabled children. Fundraising itself would be impossible without skills such as organization and conviction. Blair is not embarassed by Geri, but is 'concerned' that she will have a harder time--which actually given what existed in the 1980's is a realistic assessment. It upset and puzzled me watching the episodes while I attended a public school, but I now understand the idea of 'reasonable accomodation' and what a private school did and did not have to do without any disability law.

Lee Daniels' The Butler
Lee Daniels' The Butler
DVD ~ Forest Whitaker
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3.0 out of 5 stars African American Forrest Gump, October 22, 2014
This review is from: Lee Daniels' The Butler (DVD)
Rising from servant and runaway/criminal, a young man gets the fortunate opportunity to become a White House butler. He happens to be in the right places at the right times.

Several of the presidents look nothing like their real life counterparts. I think that the film was supposed to focus on the family and the African American experience. So it doesn't pay too much attention to trying to match up the white actors. It kind of defeats the purpose of having this specific screenplay. You could have had the story set anywhere instead of Washington D.C., instead of the White House. I think these were just token reminders.

I also did not like the 'conflict' with the son about how to create change. He goes from being a freedom rider to black panther and then anti- apartheid activist--while dad is a White House butler. Because the activities actually would have come under the surveilance of then FBI director J Edgar Hoover and likely have cost dad White House clearance (at least for part of the story), it does not make sense. I've also heard that this was thrown in and was a plot inconsistency itself. It did not even happen to the original person who this movie is allegedy based off of!

And they spend so much time on this part of the story while just whizzing through the Ford through Carter years. Since he was working for Reagan, what happened?? Were they not able to find actors remotely close to those presidents??

Yes Obama is the first African American president--but I at least thought that they'd have something about Bill Clinton and George W. Bush who were themselves both from the south. If this story (or part of it) is actually based on a real-life book, seeing the character's inevitable observations of these 'southerners' who came in after legal-cultural changes---would have been interesting. Both men were governors the generation after segregation had been struck down.

The Jacksons: An American Dream- The Complete Miniseries
The Jacksons: An American Dream- The Complete Miniseries
DVD ~ Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Offered by megahitrecords
Price: $21.22
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy As 123, October 20, 2014
If I were a 'fan' I would not like this series. It basically explains why beneath their hard-working exterior, the Jacksons are messed up.

Joseph Jackson morphs from a fast-talking flirt into an abusive father who does whatever he wants whenever he wants. The family has ragged clothes and no power. But Joe buys brand new equipment for them to play music anyways. He does not hear his wife's desperate pleas.

He also laughs when young Michael is heartbroken over loss of a 'pet'. After his son did do everything asked--and even won a competion trophy, Joe Jackson still was arrogant. Of course everybody has issues with a dad, But it takes something without a soul to laugh off a child's grieving. Even taking liberties' the rat's death a very sad movie scene.

Of course Michael Jackson is going to be the Jackson with issues to work through. You can practically see it in the storyline. The only way it could have been more obvious was if an announcement flashed across the bottom half of the screen. Everything is not 'fine'.

The movie timeline ends in the 1980s. The biggest issue it covered with Jackson's appearance was the 'accident' from the Pepsi commercial where his hair accidentally caught on fire. Special effects during the commercial had gone wrong. There is nothing else included.

It's a long movie, but the acting is good. There are some theatrical/technical tweaks. Overall, it's a decent view which also makes a memorable impression.

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