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The Chimera
The Chimera
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wide Open and Spacious, September 24, 2014
This review is from: The Chimera (MP3 Music)
Interesting piece of scoring. It is brash and bold and adds a hint of mystery. Wide open and spacious. Old school scoring.


Skyfall (Full Length)
Skyfall (Full Length)
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5.0 out of 5 stars SKYFALL reverts to classical Bond, September 24, 2014
This review is from: Skyfall (Full Length) (MP3 Music)
Adele's main title song for SKYFALL is in the traditional classic sense of a James Bond song. It perfectly compliments the interesting score from Thomas Newman. It is unlike his previous scores many which were very lyrical and melodic. There is a mix of action, mystery, intrigue in this introspective score. It is a break from David Arnold's scores for the two previous scores for Daniel Craig's cinematic reboot of James Bond. This score has to grow on you, but it is now an integral element of SKYFALL. Adele's main title song for SKYFALL reverts to the classical Bond era.


Shattered Glass
Shattered Glass
DVD ~ Hayden Christensen
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Much of this Film Is True?, September 20, 2014
This review is from: Shattered Glass (DVD)
SHATTERED GLASS is an interesting film. It is rather engrossing. The characters do seem a bit shallow, but I guess that was the intent of the filmmakers. What is truth, half truths and total fabrication? Good question. These days I hardly believe anything I read based on the intent of the author or supposed author. But then again, perhaps that is the point.


Tasters Choice Instant Decaf Coffee, 7 oz Canisters, 3 pk
Tasters Choice Instant Decaf Coffee, 7 oz Canisters, 3 pk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tasting Decaf, September 2, 2014
I usually stick to Taster's Choice Original House Blend Instant Coffee. This time I wanted to try going to Decaf coffee and decided to stay with Taster's Choice. It has been my preferred coffee for years too numerous to even remember. It has been the standard in my household for years. It is the BEST instant coffee on the market. This I stand by. I prefer Taster's Choice to any perked coffee any day. This 7 Ounce Canister of Decaf was excellent. I hardly noticed any difference from the original standard Taster's Choice. It has great flavor too. I liked it very much. If you like Taster's Choice Original House Blend, you should like their Decaf Blend as well.


Blades Of Glory
Blades Of Glory
DVD ~ Will Arnett
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actually Pretty Darn Funny!, August 29, 2014
This review is from: Blades Of Glory (DVD)
BLADES OF GLORY. Well, it's goofiness is its power. And glory as well, I have to admit. This is one heck of a film. I thought I would have to sit through this and keep looking at my watch. As I actually watched the film, I found myself getting into it. Dumb? It sure is dumb. But it is incredibly funny. It actually is well thought out and filmed for full effect. It is a hoot. I liked it and I recommend it. It is really funny.


Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer's Unique Style Is Powerful, August 29, 2014
Hans Zimmer's unique style is integrated so effortlessly but effectively into MAN OF STEEL. I think this is one of Hans Zimmer's most interesting works. This score is never intrusive. Zimmer's score heightens the tension with a subdued power strengthening the overall drama of the film. Once more Hans Zimmer's contribution to all his films and now with MAN OF STEEL is highly memorable and certainly impressive.


Thunderball
Thunderball

5.0 out of 5 stars THUNDERBALL, August 19, 2014
This review is from: Thunderball (DVD)
THUNDERBALL is a very nostalgic and endearing early Bond Film. This film somehow sums up a feeling of nostalgia and endearment for the way it engulfed audiences, myself included, into the wonderful world of James Bond. Sean Connery did it with such effortless and natural charm and aplomb like no other. He's a tough and resourceful blunt instrument with a level of intelligence sophistication still impressive to this day. The world of THUNDERBALL is elegant where the villains live an opulent style of life which is a veneer for their sinister plans. In a bit of irony James Bond lives in that same world and he is up to the challenge to foil whatever mayhem they concoct.

For the 60's Bond phenomenon THUNDERBALL is the peak, the apex of the James Bond genre for that era.

After a one-film hiatus SPECTRE returns. So has Sean Connery as he was finally groomed to perfection as the definitive screen incarnation of James Bond in GOLDFINGER. Terence Young is also back as director. However, he seems to have been influenced over the fine-tuning that Guy Hamilton brought to the main character and overall tone of GOLDFINGER. Due to that film's success Young seems to be floundering here being diverted from his vision of the character that he helped bring to the screen. Young is 180 degrees from being the auteur he envisioned himself to be.

The film seems loosely constructed and leisurely acted. Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo looks the part but he never seems a real threat to Bond. In fact he seems to lose every encounter with Bond whether it be at the gambling tables or engaging in idle banter on the merits of women vs. guns. Bond outdoes him in skeet shooting without even looking at the target. What makes the film very memorable is John Barry's rich score and Lamar Boren's beautiful and colorful underwater photography. The two went hand in hand. I also thought the villains' plot to hijack a Vulcan jet was extremely well filmed and executed. This film has a very British feel to as it should have.


Goldfinger LASERDISC (NOT A DVD!!!) (Full Screen Format)
Goldfinger LASERDISC (NOT A DVD!!!) (Full Screen Format)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic GOLDFINGER Laserdisc on FOX, August 19, 2014
GOLDFINGER contains a well-balanced level of depth and action leaving one emotionally charged, thrilled and entertained. This is Sean Connery's finest James Bond film and perhaps the definitive James Bond film of the entire series giving the outstanding and underrated ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE serious competition in that department after much contemplation.

The golden girl, Oddjob's bowler hat, Goldfinger's lethal laser, the Astin Martin DB5 with modifications introduced by Q, and Shirley Bassey's legendary rendition of the theme song belted out over the titles immediately became an integral part of the James Bond lore and remained in the psyche of the public.

Director Guy Hamilton, screen writers Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn and editor Peter Hunt were able to produce a solid, well balanced, entertaining film that does not rely totally on the spectacle and whimsy that would weaken the subsequent entries in the series.

Production designer Ken Adam and art director Peter Murton gave the production a stunning and lavish distinction. The Fort Knox set and Goldfinger's playroom at his stud ranch was a testament to imagination and achievement. John Barry finally honed his distinctive style to perfection with this memorable score and set a benchmark of distinct and stylistic scoring for the James Bond series.

Sean Connery's performance as James Bond is a well honed mix of determination, humor and dedication to that end of getting the job done at all costs. He brings a wry humor to the role in this film, demonstrates compassion for the opposite sex (despite what he detractors may say) and eliminates all those who present evil and malevolence to our way of life with cold detachment. He is that blunt instrument of his government but Connery does it with such aplomb.

Perhaps Sean Connery gave his definitive performance as James Bond in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. In GOLDFINGER Sean Connery added more cynicism and humor to the role giving the character, this film, and the entire series a new dimension. That humor somehow takes a bit of the realistic edge off of the character. With 2006's CASINO ROYALE, a level of realism was added to the series that had never been seen up to then. And so we reflect back on what Sean Connery had established and that is strictly an observation and a retrospective contemplation on my part.


Hercules (Gold Collection)
Hercules (Gold Collection)
DVD ~ Barbara Barrie
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5.0 out of 5 stars HERCULES Still Goes the Distance, July 19, 2014
This review is from: Hercules (Gold Collection) (DVD)
HERCULES still goes the distance. I took my daughter to see this when it was released and I immediately fell in love with this Disney film. The combination of animation, story and characters is perfect. I really enjoyed the Hercules character and the song "Go the Distance." This song works and drives the narrative so well. Michael Bolton's version is probably one of the best songs he ever performed and truly complements this memorable film. It was a shame that this did not do better at the box office and is somehow overshadowed and overlooked by other Disney animated films of that era. For me, HERCULES still goes the distance.


Love Me Two Times
Love Me Two Times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctively The Doors, July 19, 2014
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This review is from: Love Me Two Times (MP3 Music)
Love Me Two Times is distinctively The Doors in every sense. The sound of the lyrics, the voice the instruments has always been and continues to be so definitive to what defines The Doors. I love this song.


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