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Bond On Bond: Reflections On 50 Years Of James Bond Movies
Bond On Bond: Reflections On 50 Years Of James Bond Movies
by Roger Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.45
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written by Moore just like he played the character..., February 23, 2013
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...with tongue firmly placed in cheek. As the fourth actor - Barry Nelson played James Bond first in a 50's American television production - to play 007, Roger Moore, having starred in the films more than any other actor, definitely has the expertise to write a book chronicling the 50 years in film of Ian Fleming's creation.

Moore's prose is witty and detailed as he writes about the gadgets, the locations, the actors, and, of course, the Bond girls that made the character and his adventures continue to live in the hearts and minds of film fans since his Bond's film debut in 1962's "Dr. No."

Of course, a good portion deals with the seven films in which Moore starred but the actor devotes a commendable portion of the book to the "other guys" that donned the tuxedo and had that famous drink, "shaken and stirred."

The book's photos alone are worth the purchase, especially near the end when the book presents all of the film posters from the first film to 2008's "Quantum of Solace."

The chapters are as follows: (1) Introduction; (2) Bond on Beginnings; (3) Bond on Villains; (4) Bond on Girls; (5) Bond on Gadgets; (6) Bond on Cars; (7) Bond on Style; (8) Bond on Location; (9) Bond on Bonds; (10) Bond Behind the Scenes; (11) Bond on Screen; (12) Bond on Films; and the index and acknowledgment section.

"Bond on Bond" is a great commemorative volume for the character's five decade anniversary.
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Music @ The Speed Of Life
Music @ The Speed Of Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different from the group's last release but equally as good!, February 23, 2013
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While not quite as commercial-sounding as 2011's Grammy-nominated "7," "Music @ The Speed of Life" further showcases the group's dedication to producing good music. This album - almost a hour in length - is longer than their last effort, which clocked in at less than 50 minutes. The extra length has no "filler" as the 13 tracks flow effortlessly into each other and demonstrate superb songwriting, outstanding musicianship, and, of course, the distinctive sound of lead vocalist Stokley Williams.

The quintet that is Mint Condition continues to produce music that still shows them at the top of their game, even after 20 years in the industry. "Music @ the Speed of Life" makes the listener anxious for the group's next release...which can't come too soon for this reviewer.

Call Me Maybe (Manhattan Clique Remix)
Call Me Maybe (Manhattan Clique Remix)
Price: $1.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good remix..., January 27, 2013
...but it pales in comparison to the original, one of the most infectious songs in musical history.

The close-to-6-minute-long version is sparkling and gets the feet a-tapping and that's what a decent dance track is supposed to do.

The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises)
The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises)
DVD ~ Christian Bale
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4.0 out of 5 stars As Meatloaf's song said, "Two out of three ain't bad", January 27, 2013
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Christopher Nolan had to expertly make a trio of Batman films like no other: truly dark featuring expansive sets, state-of-the-art FX, and, most of all, impressive performances from its stars.

The first of the three, "Batman Begins," sports the best performance by star Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. In the movie, Bale delivers his distinctive turn in the role previously assayed by the likes of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and, of course, Adam West on TV. Bale is very good, demonstrating why he was chosen for the role and why he is constantly in demand in Hollywood.

Bale takes a backseat to the late Heath Ledger in "Batman Returns." In this one, Ledger takes the role of The Joker to a more psychotic level than has ever been presented before. Ledger's take is more frightening and demented than previously has been presented. He deserved the posthumous Oscar awarded him.

Finally, "The Dark Knight Rises" suffers from what befalls many films: it's just too big...too many villains, overuse of special effects and violence at the expense of character, and a hazy plot that appears just thrown together.

Although Tom Hardy's "Bane" is a worthy menace to Batman and Bane does admirably in the role, the film starts rather lacklusterly and ends on a rather predictable note. The first thirty minutes alone move too slowly.

Additional acting kudos should be given to the other regulars common to all films: Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth.

Overall rating: 5 stars for films 1 and 2; 3 stars for the conclusion in the trilogy

The Complete Space:1999 Megaset: 30th Anniversary Edition
The Complete Space:1999 Megaset: 30th Anniversary Edition
DVD ~ Martin Landau

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two seasons, two different shows, January 23, 2013
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At the time of its initial airing, "Space:1999" was one of the most expensive television shows ever produced. It showed, especially in the pilot with its impressive lunar explosions, huge Moonbase Alpha interior set, and the casting of Emmy-winners Martin Landau and Barbara Bain ("Misson: Impossible"), "The Fugitive's " Barry Morse, and guest stars like Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, and others. The story lines were engaging and Barry Gray's symphonic theme and scores were movie quality.

The stories were most cerebral and gave food for thought even with the implausibility of the events that set the moon adrift in the first place.

Surprisingly, one of the better episodes was the first season's "The Last Sunset." In this one, stars Landau, Bain, and Morse took a backseat to fellow cast members Prentis Hancock, Nick Tate, and Zienia Merton. The engaging story has the members of Moonbase Alpha finding a "paradise" on the moon when it develops an atmosphere through otherworldly methods.

Season Two took a major departure from its predecessor. Two new members were added to the cast at the expense of several others first year actors. Fan favorite Tate remained with the cast but his appearances were reduced somewhat as the producers gave a little more screen time to new members Catherine Schell and Tony Anholt.

The season also "lighted up" the set as well as added more levity and action, making it more "kid-friendly," much to the detriment of the seriousness of the initial season. Another change was the new music, composed by Derek Wadsworth. While Gray's music was, for the most part, timeless, Wadsworth disco-like score made the program appear dated.

The picture quality and sound on the DVD could be a little crisper. Extras include trailers for films culled from four episodes and a mini-episode that "wraps up" the events that occurred during the show's two-year run.

Season One comes highly recommended (five stars) while the show's second serie barely gets three.

Supernatural: Season 7
Supernatural: Season 7
DVD ~ Jared Padalecki
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vast improvement over the previous season, January 5, 2013
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This review is from: Supernatural: Season 7 (DVD)
There are bound to be fans who disagree with this reviewer's disappointment with season six as season seven got the show back on track. There is so much Castiel (Misha Collins) that one can stand and the seventh season's introduction of the Leviathan was a breath of fresh air, especially in the casting of James Patrick Stuart as "Dick Roman," a force to be reckoned with. This season also saw the departure of a cast member but it was well-handled, befitting the status of the character to the Supernatural mythology.

As always, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki are their usual superb selves, still needing to be recognized by the Emmy folks. Fans of the show will have to be content that they know real talent when they see it even when the nominating folks just don't get it. Mark Shepard's frequent appearances as Crowley are also a pleasure to watch. The season also boasts some great guest appearances by James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter ("Shut Up, Dr. Phil) and "The X-Files" Nicholas Lea ("Time after Time").

Speaking of the latter episode, one of the special features deals with the composing of the music for the landmark episode: an episode that has Dean working with Eliot Ness of "The Untouchables" fame. This extra is quite informative about scoring and how essential it is to the overall production of the series.

This is an excellent season and whets the appetite for the succeeding ones, of which the series will, no doubt, continue for years to come as long as its production/writing values remain the same.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume 4 (DC Comics Classic Collection)
Batman: The Animated Series, Volume 4 (DC Comics Classic Collection)
DVD ~ Kevin Conroy
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5.0 out of 5 stars New look, same great series, December 20, 2012
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Though the series took a change in its look - opting for a less "film noir" look - the series, which actually aired first as "The New Adventures of Batman and Robin," later alternating with Superman episodes, it still carried on the tradition of great storytelling, wonderful voice acting, and continuing to offer a show that appeals to both young and old.

This set features the familiar rogues' gallery, still featuring bravura performances from Mark Hamill (Joker), Paul Williams (Penguin), Scarecrow (Jeffrey Combs), Richard Moll (Two-Face), David Warner (Ra's Al Gul), Michael Ansara (Mr. Freeze) and the wonderful Arlene Sorkin (Harley Quinn), among others. In fact, four episodes feature Quinn and that's enough to make this a keeper.

One-time only appearances are made by genre favorite Malachi Throne and the late Elizabeth Montgomery in what would be her last television performance.

There are some really exceptional episodes but the truly standout installment is the delightfully weird "Chemistry." In this one, Batman, Robin, and Batgirl must deal with a villain unlike any other that they have faced. The late Peter Breck, known by baby boomers as Nick Barkley on the old "The Big Valley" show of the 60's, really threw himself into the role as a character twice-removed from Jed Clampett. The episode comes complete with commentary and what a wonderful commentary it is.

Great packaging and clarity of picture and sound!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
by Jane Yolen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful homage to dinosaurs and childhood, November 24, 2012
Hands down, this is an A-1 children's book! It is wonderfully illustrated with a whimsical poetic text that both engage the young reader, making him or her wanting to turn the pages.
The dinosaur creations are eye-catching and appealing to young eyes, never appearing threatening whether they have a mouth full of meat-eating teeth or not. The fact that the dinos-in-question interact with their human "relatives" make this another worthwhile plus.
The book comes highly recommended for Christmas shoppers and others alike!

ROBBIE NEVIL C'est La Vie 12"
ROBBIE NEVIL C'est La Vie 12"
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's Life and That's Good Music!, October 14, 2012
Charting at number 2 on the Billboard Pop Chart when it was released in '86, Robbie Nevil's "C'est la Vie" still has it as a time capsule for the last great musical decade. So familiar is the song that the producers of the ABC telefilm about the making of the 80's soap opera "Dynasty" used the song in a very pivotal scene about Joan Collins, played in the movie by Alice Krige.

Good tune from the glory days of pop!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best dance track featuring the lead singer dancing with an animated cat!, October 14, 2012
Paula Abdul had a number of hits in the late 80's and "Opposites Attract" was one of her biggest, heightened by a truly unique video wherein the singer/dancer shared screen time with an animated "hip cat." The song by itself is really catchy and a body mover.

The 12-inch vinyl single offers six versions of the song: (1) Opposites Attract (street mix) - 4:28; (2) Opposites Attract (12" mix) - 5:40; (3) Opposites Attract (Dub Version) - 6:25;(4) Opposites Attract (Magnetic mix) - 4:53; (5) Opposites Attract (club mix) - 6:01; and (6) Opposites Attract (Party Dub) - 3:09.

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