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NYPD Blue: Season 6
NYPD Blue: Season 6
DVD ~ Dennis Franz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classic show., July 23, 2014
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This review is from: NYPD Blue: Season 6 (DVD)
Simone dying, Danny Sorensen coming on & Dennis Franz getting his casting credit first are some of the things that make this show such a pleasure to re-visit after all these years. Many of the crime stories depicted in each 45 minute episode (yay, no commercials) are lurid, occasionally heart wrenching & always entertaining.
Season 6, like the others that preceded it, just goes to confirm why I think this show is a bit better than "Breaking Bad" on my all-time top TV show.

Behind the Curtain: An Insider's View of Jay Leno's Tonight Show
Behind the Curtain: An Insider's View of Jay Leno's Tonight Show
by Dave Berg
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun with some heft to it --sort of like dark chocolate., July 23, 2014
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Most of the rave reviews emphasize how fun this book is to read. There is no denying that. However this book is a bit heavier than one might be lead to believe. Berg does a nice job at portraying the non-stop pressure there was on everybody to put on "The Tonight with Jay Leno" just about every night (because Jay is adverse to vacations). He doesn't shy away from ripping critics of the show, detailing much of the tension between Jay & Dave & he doesn't soft pedal Helen Kushnick's reign of terror during the show's early years. Granted some of this was covered in Bill Carter's excellent "The Late Shift", but Berg brings another point of view to the "battle for Carson's seat".
There is a very poignant chapter on JFK Jr. that is almost worth the entire price of the book. He also shares some very entertaining takes on other celebs from the many fields that the show included. This is not a "tell all". Jay is portrayed as a workaholic that just anybody would love to work for. (I met him & spoke to him for about 20 minutes a few months before he just the permanent & tell you that Jay is a great guy.)
Until Jay one day decides not to be such a nice guy (which will happen when the Cubs win the World Series) & write a memoir about the show & about what how he really felt about the unfair raps on him & the show & the guests ("friends of the show" & others) & the corporate politics that helped save the show while almost trying to sink at the same time we have this really fine book written by one of his top people.
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The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer)
The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer)
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Approaching Boschian heights., December 28, 2013
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I am a huge fan of retired Detective Harry Bosch.
Mickey Haller aka "The Lincoln Lawyer" is Harry Bosch's half brother, but there is nothing "half" about how good the 5 novels featuring him are. They are getting better & better.
This 5th "Lincoln Lawyer" novel is flat out excellent & is the best of this series.
Connelly gives Haller's character a few more shadings. The plot is as fast paced as any novel he has written which includes 16 Bosch novels & the outstanding pair of Jack McEvoy books -- "The Poet" & "The Scarecrow". The story builds tension as expertly as any Paul Greengrass directed movie. The ending does not disappoint.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book is the peppering of humor throughout --some of it at the expense of the author himself & his character. Southern Californians will enjoy the local references that Connelly usually puts into his work.
It is a helluva ride.

Rush: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rush: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer at his peak., December 19, 2013
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Hans Zimmer is argueably my favorite film composer working right now. His music for "Inception" & his collaboration with James Newton Howard on "The Dark Knight" are stunning. His score for "Man Of Steel" is quite good.
His work here on this great movie may have topped those scores. He captures the headlong rush of Formula racing when it was a far more risky proposition than it is now. Zimmer's music is as propulsive as any rock song I've heard this year. There are echoes of his earlier work in this score. You hear shades of "Mobassa"'s killer drumbeat from "Inception" & & a haunting theme from "The Dark Knight Rises" used to great effect.
This music for "Rush" is a...well, you know.

NYPD Blue: Season 5
NYPD Blue: Season 5
DVD ~ Dennis Franz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still my all-time favorite TV series., December 19, 2013
This review is from: NYPD Blue: Season 5 (DVD)
Now that my obsession with "Breaking Bad" is finally waning I've come to realize that "NYPD Blue" is still #1 on my all-time viewing list.
"NYPDB" had 13 excellent seasons whereas "BB" had 4 (the 1st season of "BB" was very good, but not quite excellent). It is about bloody time that this series beyond season 4 is getting released in the States.
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Deep Water
Deep Water
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hubris versus the ocean in a stunning tale., August 3, 2013
This review is from: Deep Water (Amazon Instant Video)
This is easily one of the best docs ever made. I guess you can put it the same category with "Grizzly Man" because it deals with a man's (misguided) relationship with nature & his attempt to redeem himself in his own mind & how he feels he must appear to his family, friends & society. It is also every bit as excellent as Herzog's legendary piece.
I don't want to give much away. Simon Crowhurst's tale is fascinating by itself. It is told through the eyes of history & family members tragically affected by his failure to realize & accept that he was getting in too far over his head. (I actually think that Crowhurst is a more sympathic figure that GM's Timothy Treadwell who, let's face it, got is girlfriend horribly killed.) We all have some Crowhurst inside of us but not to this degree.
This doc also explores the siren call of the open seas, a world when techno-saturation was still in its infancy (no ONSTAR for your cork in the ocean)& a nation's pride. It is also a tale about a thrilling sailing competition & another sailor/navigator who didn't get lost in his least he didn't apparently die chasing them. Curiously, it may very well be that Crowhurst didn't ultimately die either, but he did get forever lost.
If "Deep Water" were fiction you'd have a hard time believing it.

The Messenger
The Messenger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare rock genius on display., March 30, 2013
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This review is from: The Messenger (Audio CD)
This is the kind of straight up guitar driven rock-n-roll that I love & is rarely made these days. I have never listened to Morissey or any of Marr's previous bands. The only music I've ever heard from him (before this) is his brilliant contributions to Han Zimmer's outstanding score for the movie "Inception".
I knew to expect great guitar playing given his "Inception" work. It is here (or "hear") in full force, but I was really surprised by all the irresistable hooks & melodies throughout this entire 12 song set. Thre is not a weak cut here that you skip past. There are echoes of The Who (the opening 20 seconds of the 1st cut sound exactly like The Who from "Who's Next") & The Church but it is all Marr.
It is a great album that you'llbe playing over & over again.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for fans of Thom Yorke's other band., March 10, 2013
This review is from: Amok (Audio CD)
Simply put drop 6 letters letters from the words "Atoms For Peace", rearrange the letters you have left & then fill in the blanks with the correct letters to spell out R-a-d-i-o-h-e-a-d & then you get the best album Thom Yorke has been a part of since Radiohead's "Hail To The Thief".
"Amok" is a Radiohead record. Yorke's bandmates may be different, but Atoms For Peace has produced work that is sinuous, a bit fragmented & constantly evolving before your very ears. There is no rock'n'roll here. It's jazzy & subliminal while toying with being minimal at times. Yorke's voice has rarely sounded so velvety. It is hypnotic without ever being narcotic. The musicianship is impeccable just like on any Radiohead album.
There is not a weak song among the 9 cuts.

Not Your Kind Of People [Deluxe]
Not Your Kind Of People [Deluxe]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait!, May 23, 2012
We should all detest Shirley Manson & the boys for keeping us waiting so damn long for another album, but you know we still love them. This album roars with a ferocity that pop music rarely ever attains.
Garbage has always had more of an edge than any other pop group I can recall. This work features some their hardest sounds yet. Like my favorite bands (U2, Radiohead for excample) they've never tried repeating themselves. "not your kind..." has the sound that you love & sets Garbage apart, but it is different from their other stuff.
Manson is a tough cat to characterize. She has never reminded me of any female singer I've ever heard. On this disc she sings with a fire & passion that reminds you why you have missed this band sooo much & why you practically did back flips when they suddenly announced early this year that they were back.
Her "boys", Duke Erikson, Steve Marker &, of course, Butch Vig, attack every tune with an industrial, post-punk vengence that signal that they may have been mad my by their own absence. Even the slower stuff (which there isn't much of) has a sense of danger to it. They go to the outer edge of their sound without sacrificing the melodies & hooks that make them so bloody much fun to listen to. Strangly enough my least favorite song is their single, "Blood For Poppies", & I really like that song. "Battle In Me", "I Hate Love", "Control" & "Automatic Systematic Habit" absolutely kick you-know-what. These are among the best songs they've ever produced on what may be a better album than their awesome debut.
It is certainly their best album in 7 years. (The 15 cut longer edition is definitely worth whatver extra $$$ you have to shell out.)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Under the radar & outtasight!, May 15, 2012
This review is from: IV (Audio CD)
Veruca Salt exploded on the scene for me with "American Thighs". Every single cut on that album is freaking great! It rates in my top 10 rock albums of all-time.
Their next album, "Eight Arms...", was a big let down. Would VS go by way of Elastica? Would the split between Louis Post & Nina Gordon kill this band?
Then out of boredom one night I saw VS had released "IV". I knew that Gordon was gone but I had to sample a cut or two & really liked what I was hearing. So I bought it.
This albums kicks major you-know-what! It may not be in the same stratosphere as "...Thighs". Not every song soars, but the rockers here prove that Post can carry this group without Gordon. "Centipede" improves upon "Seether" insidious melody. "Closer" & the opening cut --along with the rest of the uptempo tunes-- are as good as any of the similarly adrenalized songs on "...Thighs". Post rawer edge is not countered by Gordon purer voice for a slightly different kind of rush. I really only missed Gordon on the slower tunes which Post doesn't seem to have her heart in (pun not intended).
You may find yourself skipping around after the 4th listening, but overall this is an almost great album.
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