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Lions For Lambs (Widescreen Edition)
Lions For Lambs (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Tom Cruise
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3/12 stars, April 18, 2008
I enjoyed my High School Goverment class with eyes that made it fun,so,here me out...

"Lions for Lambs" does have very strong potential-that very strong potential standing on top of the importance that it covers. It is a film dealing with all of the issues of our current Goverment. Take a look at how "Lions for Lambs" deals with the Iraq war...and the flak that both senators and journalists deal with...and you can find it all here. A good education,right?

The answer to that question is right:halfway right. With "Lions for Lambs",Robert Redford(the first person to knock the Oscar out of Martin Scorsese's hands,I might add)does a very good job at taking three seperate lives(a Senator,a TV journalist,and a professor)and blending them all into one(Redford's character is just a connection to the characters of Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep-you'll see the connection and what I mean). What these three characters deal with and how they get entangled in what is blamed on the Government and the Bush administration-does show the world we live in today(more,though,if you are against the war in Iraq-this is not a film for Iraq war supporters). Robert Redford does open viewers' eyes more a little bit to the career of a senator and a journalist in this current world. That,right there,is very positive and gives "Lions for Lambs" a strong,metal ground to stand on.

The main problem,though,is that "Lions for Lambs"(aside from what I already mentioned)is nothing about the Gov. we don't know already. The stuff that doesn't open our eyes and make us understand is what has been running in the headlines. It's the basis of the majority of "Lions for Lambs". And,unfortunately,"Lions for Lambs" does become slow and boring in getting its required expression out not too long after the film has settled in(and that's most of the film). Had LFL been kept at its required pace(Robert Redford and Meryl Streep themselves claimed that they had several problems on the set with Tom Cruise that caused this damage)and been kept at a good and even balance,the news of today might have a little more life summarized better. Remember that ten to twenty years from now,when "Lions for Lambs" will be the past headlines of a very important and controverisal time in history(with a lot of resemblance to Vietnam,as we already know).

Worth a look,and don't ignore it because of Tom Cruise-but be prepared of the dominating detours that are too be found here.


The Secret Scroll
The Secret Scroll
by Ron Cutler
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Idea couldn't have been better,but....., March 22, 2008
This review is from: The Secret Scroll (Hardcover)
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"The Secret Scroll",I must say,has great promise. The novel's concept is very intruiging...in the same way that "The Da Vinci Code" was.

In "The Seceret Scroll",we meet Josh Cohan. Cohan,a disgruntled archaeologist,finds himself given an assignment in Jerusalem,following a row with his supervisor. He finds himself called to a cave where he unearths a scroll. What makes this scroll special? The fact that the scroll,if authentic,can alter the world's historical view of Jesus Christ.

However,although the plot is intricate and developed well,a lack of character development brought me to apathy. I found myself wondering "Why did he do that",but furthermore,"who cares?" Had there been remarkable and intelligent character development--and had Ronald Cutler's various inspirations("The Da Vinci Code","Indiana Jones",Star Wars",and "Rosemary's Baby")been borrowed appropriately and creatively--not being recycled--you'd have a novel that was beautifully done.

A hardcore fan of history and a lover of thriller novels,I must say--remain fascinated with the plot and,if you can,learn more of the "history".


Bertolli Premium Pasta Sauce, Summer Crushed Tomato & Basil, 13.5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)
Bertolli Premium Pasta Sauce, Summer Crushed Tomato & Basil, 13.5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty and Unique!, March 16, 2008
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As much as I love pasta sauce,I have to say--most brands aren't that different from each other. For quite a while,it's been time for some new,original work in pasta sauce.

And now,we have that new,original work:Bertolli Premium Pasta Sauce.

Betolli Premium Pasta Sauce gives one the same delight that any regular pasta would. Yet,there is something additional to it:you get summer crushed tomato and basil as a part of it. So,you get a combination of tomato and pasta sauce in one. It's a very unique flavor,that has produced some of the best pasta sauce on the market. A little runny before put on top of spaghetti(which is what I had it with). But,once it's on the Spaghetti(or whatever Italian plate you choose to put it on)--it's all perfect. Gives quite a strong and unique taste when tasted alone,as well.

Add this to your shopping cart. If you are an Italian food fan,it's a decision you certainly won't regret.


Raging Bull (Special Edition)
Raging Bull (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Robert De Niro
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate set--for the ultimate film, March 8, 2008
Jake LaMotta:one of the most talented and successful boxers of his time. Also,one of the most turbulent boxers of his time,who's personal life would,eventually,work its way into his career.

And,in "Raging Bull",all of that is covered here. Shortly after "Raging Bull" has opened(the opening scene may be in 1964,but that really doesn't take part until the end of the film),we are taken back to 1941,at the start of(Jake)La Motta's boxing career. Here,it all begins. Back and forth on "Raging Bull",we see several fights of Jake La Motta documented. Everything--the personal part of the fight--the violence and grittiness of the fight--and the fight itself--are rolled up into one. It's really quite impressive. It's like watching an actual fight,De Niro and all of the actors having their complete emotion rolled into it. The suspense and "beauty" really work well here. Not only did Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler(who won the Best Picture Oscar at the 1977 Academy Awards for "Rocky")produce "Raging Bull",the creativity/imagination of Martin Scorsese and the brilliant technique used by Scorsese(only one camera to film the boxing,as opposed to three,the usual method)really help a lot.

The parts that focus on La Motta's personal life stand out quite well,also. With the screenplay,direction,and acting of Robert De Niro,you get to see who Jake La Motta was as a person:violent,angry,and crude,how he preferred to be with people "he liked",and how he preferred to be with people he "didn't like". "Raging Bull" succeeds on focusing on every other person of Jake La Motta's life and giving them enough recognition,without forgetting who the film is about. Joe Pesci can get annoying at times,but otherwise,the acting in "Raging Bull" is richly executed and contributes to the beauty of the film.

It's worth noting that most of(minus about ten-thirteen minutes)of "Raging Bull" is shot in black and white. Some people may be iffy towards actions like this for a film. But,here,it's brilliant. Through the black and white,you get immersed in the 40's,50's,and 60's. You see what the life of Jake La Motta was completely like,the time period for which it was being documented the way it is helping a lot(history fans are in for a treat with this aspect of "Raging Bull"). "Raging Bull" actually has the characteristics of any "old" film from the time period in which it takes place. Yet,it still has the same,modern standards of any film made today.

As you may have noticed,this is the two-disc,special edition of "Raging Bull". The title lives up to itself. The extras(three audio commentaries--one from Martin Scorsese and Editor Thelma Schoonmaker,the Cast and Crew Commentary,and the Storytellers Commentary,four behind-the-scenes feauturettes,and "The Bronx Bull" making-of documentary)really do spread one issue--learning about the making of the film--out. It's a very successful method. The eight bonus feautures let viewers of "Raging Bull" learn every aspect of the film being made(thumbs up for letting the real Jake La Motta have a helping hand),and all offer a fair amount of interesting and intruiging facts. The newsreel footage of Jake La Motta defending his title and the shot-by-shot comparison of Robert De Niro and Jake La Motta are impressive touches. The booklet is also quite nice with fun trivia/facts and some pictures that happen to stand out,while the actual "case" that holds the DVDS has a lot of creative and strong touches to it,as well.

If you are a harcore,American Film institute film fan,"Raging Bull" is one film not to miss.


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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting work of art, February 26, 2008
"Rambo",the fourth and new film in the "Rambo" series,reintroduces us to one of America's several troubled Vietnam War veterans:John Rambo(Sylvester Stallone). It's been ages since Rambo has been in action. Now,an old man,Rambo spends his time in Thailand,living a more peaceful life.

And then,before Rambo knows it,his past becomes his present. This is when Rambo receives a request from Christian missionaries to go to Burma. The reason? For the past sixty years,Burma has been in a gruesome war. With all of John Rambo's intelligence and everything that Rambo was able to survive in Vietnam,he is one thing:the best--and only--man for the job.

So,wanting to help,Rambo takes the mission. And,before he knows it,the event will be another brutal experience--with more to it than Rambo ever expected.

It's not hard to see why some people didn't take "Rambo" seriously before its release. With Sylvester Stallone having the statistics of a sixty-one year old man and actually being one,the idea of Stallone reprising his years as a so-called "action star" almost makes for a funny joke. Yet,despite that,Stallone has pulled "Rambo" off quite remarkably.

The big question is--how? Instead of going "by the book" and keeping "Rambo" true to its three predecessors,"Rambo" remains true its grandfather:the novel that the first film in the "Rambo" series was based off of,1972's "First Blood" by David Morrell. Forget the muscules of John Rambo that played a major role in the action that was to be found in "Rambo:First Blood:Part II" and "Rambo III"("First Blood",the film,is a whole different story). We now see Rambo as a man who takes on his war experiences solely by his mind,without necessarily doing what any ordinary soldier or cop(i.e. Ron Kovic,John McClane)would do in that situation. The character chemistry of Rambo-a man who is angry with himself and unhappy for "the way he took on his duty" in Vietnam(the way he was documented in the novel "First Blood")--is a richly executed concept that works in well with the entire film. It produces a work of creativity and imagination with "Rambo",and contributes to the film's interesting personality and the risky,but catchy and smart arrangement of the film's events. It also brings out fine work from Stallone,that itself and Stallone's age working well together appropriately without the act of "selling out".

If you are a major fan of action films("Cliffhanger","Commando","Predator",etc.)and have no interest or care for the novel "First Blood","Rambo" may not be the film for you. Yet,everyone who likes the "Rambo" films should give this film a try:its the genre of action films being taken ten levels higher than "Die Hard" took them.


Lush Life: A Novel
Lush Life: A Novel
by Richard Price
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty representation of New York City and society, February 23, 2008
This review is from: Lush Life: A Novel (Hardcover)
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New York City:one of the most beloved cities in the world. Also one of the most dangerous cities in the world,a side documented on film several times,mostly by Martin Scorsese.

And,now,we get another angle of New York City from author Richard Price with his latest novel:"Lush Life".

Meet Eric Cash. Eric,a young man,living in Manhattan,has had remarkable times of his life. But--those times are all gone. Eric is thirty-five,single,works in a restaurant,and is working on a film screenplay likely to never be finished. It's a life gone from the word memorable to the word forgettable.

And then,one night,things take a large turn around the corner. This is when Eric Cash is out with another New Yorker,Ike Marcus,and finds himself caught up in a murder:Ike's own murder. Now,Eric will be holding on harder than he ever has before. Certain members of the NYC police department will have their career become as weary as their own personal lives. Add all of that together with the troubled and violent lives of other New Yorkers,and you've got far more than just a night to remember.

"Lush Life" is an intruiging novel. If you like New York City and have enjoyed films like "Mean Streets","Taxi Driver",etc.,"Lush Life" hits the mark for you. And,for what it takes,"Lush Life" stands out firm and tall. The stories of the characters are woven together ideally and keenly,all being unique and,at the same time,standing out with originality and suspense. This keeps "Lush Life" moving on at a rate both interesting and "fun". At the same time,"Lush Life" does a good job at delivering what is expected of it. You do get to see the rough sides of New York City. They are explored well and,with richly executed detail,allow one to successfully envision New York City. All of that,alongside nods to the entertainment industry and good mind chemistry,and with "Lush Life",you have a fine piece of literature.

Give it a shot--it's destined for success upon its release date of March 4,2008.


Two and a Half Men: Season 1
Two and a Half Men: Season 1
DVD ~ Charlie Sheen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let the good times roll.........., January 6, 2008
This review is from: Two and a Half Men: Season 1 (DVD)
The first season DVD of "Two and a Half Men",like every episode of the show,is a major treat.

What you have here is a four-disc set with all twenty-four episodes from the first season of "Two and a Half Men",uncut and unedited. The episodes,while not rocket science,move along chronilogically to an appropriate and certain extent. It may sound like a stretch. Yet,depsite that,it is the fire and energy of "Two and a Half Men". This is the season where Alan Harper(Jon Cryer)was struggling to make ends meet by living with his older brother Charlie(Charlie Sheen)in the middle of his divorce from his wife Judith(Marin Hinkle)and being a single father to his son Jake(Angus T. Jones). The order helps "Two and a Half Men" come to life--in despite of its humor and,throughout certain times,the "dramatic" moments. The overall plot for the first season of "Two and a Half Men" creates antic humor that,instead of running low along the way,just gets better. It is humor that gives the situation several problems for the characters and gives several certain aspects to draw and come to life from. It works more than perfect for the humor written in it. With the richly executed style and talent in which the episodes are written,being brought to life by representation and the performances of the characters,the first season of "Two and a Half Men" is,by far,a winner. An excellent starting place for one of the funniest and most popular shows on television--period.

To make things even better,the first season of "Two and a Half Men" couldn't have been better packaged. There are a total of three bonus feautures in this DVD set. The first feauturette,"Two Adults,One Kid,No Grown-Ups:Go Behind the Scenes with Cast and Crew",tells how "Two and a Half Men" began and goes behind the scenes of the show's production,providing several interesting and enjoying facts. The second,"Backstage Tour with Angus T. Jones",finds Angus T. Jones giving a tour of the set of "Two and a Half Men",showing how it is filmed and what life on the set is like. And then,you have a Gag Reel--which feautures several memorable and hillarious outtakes from the filming of the first season of "Two and a Half Men". Add all of that together with the ***entire*** set having good photographs from the episodes that are to be found here,alongside a booklet that has info on the episodes,you are in luck with the first season DVD of "Two and a Half Men".

Even if you just watch "Two and a Half Men" occasionally,still,don't forget to buy this DVD. It is the perfect way to sit back,have a good laugh,and be well acquainted with "Two and a Half Men",while no DVD ever represented a show so well.


Barney Miller - The First Season
Barney Miller - The First Season
DVD ~ Hal Linden
Price: $16.02
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good representation, January 6, 2008
What you have here is the entire first season of one of America's most famous and well-liked television shows from the 70's--"Barney Miller". All thirteen episodes are here--digitally remastered!!!!!

Looking at "Barney Miller" today,it's not hard to see why this show still acquires good respect. Set in the 12th precinct of the New York City police department,the episodes find the precinct's officers(Hal Linden's character of Captain Barney Miller,Abe Vigoda's character of Detective Phil Fish,Gregory Sierra's character of Detective Chano Amenguale,Max Gail's character of Detective Stan 'Wojo' Wojchiehowitz,and even though they weren't "official cast members" at the time,Ron Glass' and Jack Soo's characters of Detective Ron Harris and Detective Sergeant Nick Yemana)caught up in their own work and the chaos of their own personal lives(most notably Miller and Fish--that's when the humor really hits hard!). The remarkable thing about "Barney Miller" is how it never runs low on humor and how the show's actors execute the humor to the fullest--with a good serious edge also. The "drama" in some of the episodes of "Barney Miller" take on an appropriate amount of dominance with richly executed talent. It makes the episodes of "Barney Miller" that are to be found here very remarkable and worthwhile--keeping the entertainment coming.

As for the packaging of the first season of "Barney Miller",things here are in good hand. As already mentioned,all thirteen episodes are digitally remastered. On top of that,you get TV-ographies of the cast of the first season of "Barney Miller"(with the exceptions of Barbara Barrie and Gregory Sierra),the theatrical trailer for "Anger Management"(yes,the 2003 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson flick,even if this DVD was released a year after the release of "Anger Management"),television trailers(one trailer for most old television shows from the era that "Barney Miller" was on that are now on DVD,the other trailer for both shows from that era and "recent" shows such as "Mad About You" and "King of Queens",both the shows and the DVDS of them getting equal representation),as well as two booklets(one with info on the episodes that are to be found on this DVD,and one that advertises the DVDS that the first disc of this set advertise). I find it dissapointing that the special feautures give no representation of "Barney Miller" and no recognition to either Barbara Barrie or Gregory Sierra(the same actor who played Julio Fuentes on "Sanford and Son" and Lt. Lou Rodriguez on "Miami Vice",I might add). However,with the special feautures having a memorable gem(who could ever forget "Anger Management"??!!)and offering a good look at television(70's plus)in a nutshell,I can't complain too bad.

Overall,a good way for "Barney Miller" fans to enjoy the first season. Worth the time and the money.


Kiss: Kissology Volume II 1978-1991
Kiss: Kissology Volume II 1978-1991
DVD ~ KISS
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good organization and entertainment, January 3, 2008
"Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991",fortunately,picks right up on where "KISS:Kissology--The Ultimate KISS Collection,Vol. 1:1974-1977" left off. A great treat-correct? Correct!!!! Let's take a closer look at "Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991" has to offer,shall we?

CONCERTS:These concerts(one representing the KISS line-up of Gene Simmons,Paul Stanley,Ace Frehley,and Eric Carr,two representing the line-ups of Gene Simmons,Paul Stanley,Eric Carr,and Vinnie Vincent and Gene Simmons,Paul Stanley,Eric Carr,and Bruce Kulick)are the heart and soul of
"Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991". They have the power and energy of any KISS concert(no matter how many line-ups and musical changes the band went through!),offer klassic KISS songs live and at their best,and do an ideal job at showing who the men onstage really are/were as musicians.

THE EUROPEAN VERSION OF KISS MEETS THE PHANTHOM OF THE PARK:KISS IN ATTACK OF THE PHANTHOMS:Corny? Absolutely. But,that doesn't stop the fun and "laughter". That doesn't change a rare gem being available on "Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991",either!!!!!!!

TELEVISION FOOTAGE:From regular,known/unkown footage to the best known and rarest(the CNN interview with Peter Criss that was conducted the same year that Criss was fired from KISS,KISS unmasking on MTV for the first time ***ever*** in September 1983,and the "Day in Rock" "special" that was once used to announce the death of Eric Carr the day after his passing),KISS fans can dig into KISS on television--enjoying the rare stuff,and ***finally*** having the rare footage that all of us would have liked to own for years!!!!!

MUSIC VIDEOS:It may just be the videos for "Shandi" and "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II". But,they are great videos that are now just as easy to find as the "Heaven's On Fire" and "Tears Are Falling" videos,and make sure that "Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991" doesn't end the day being incomplete!!!!!

BOOKLET:Colored photos,notes on the tracks from either Gene Simmons,Paul Stanley,Ace Frehley,and/or Bruce Kulick,this booklet is just as much of a fun treat as it is informative.

COMMENTARIES:The three discs of "Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991" contain a commentary,all three of which were recorded by Gene Simmons,Paul Stanley,and Bruce Kulick. Even if you know all the information,here is a good place to turn to for additional good,interesting information ***and*** insight.

EASTER EGG:Insert disc three,go to the "KISSOLOGY" logo on the screen,hit "enter",and you have an interview that was conducted with Mark St. John and Gene Simmons in 1984 regarding St. John's arrival in KISS. Unfortunate that this is the only real tribute that Mark St. John got,considering that "Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991" focuses a large part of its core on Eric Carr and his passing,alongside the fact that St. John passed with way less credit in KISS than Carr did. But--something is better than nothing. What you have here is worthwhile. Even though "Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991" could have done an overall better job at paying needed homage to ***both*** of the two fallen members of KISS,it still does its job.

OVERALL:
"Kiss:Kissology Volume II:1978-1991" succeeds in showing the latter years of KISS in a nutshell with richly executed selctions. Everything here is well organized and arranged--a good way to know and understand how KISS changed(personally and careerwise)once the infamous "Gene/Paul vs. Ace/Peter" show had taken its final toll on the band. A DVD that belongs right in the collection of KISS fans,and is well worth the time and the money.


Basic
Basic
DVD ~ John Travolta
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential--ruined, January 2, 2008
This review is from: Basic (DVD)
Out of all of the films that I have ***ever*** seen,"Basic" is one with some of the strongest potential. The plot(a DEA agent investigates the dissapearance of one of his former military colleagues and learns two seperate stories about what happened,creating trouble)is just as intelligent as it is brilliant. Add that together with suspenseful scenes,twists,turns,and even dialogue,alongside a top-notch cast(John Travolta,Samuel L. Jackson,Connie Nielsen,Tim Daly,Giovanni Ribisi,Brian Van Holt,Taye Diggs,and Harry Connick,Jr.,with "Die Hard" and "The Hunt For Red October" director John McTiernan being the man behind the camera),and You've got quite a lot to make something very proficient.

Yet,despite all of the strong and admirable qualities of "Basic",there is something about it that fails. As opposed to "going by the book","Basic" takes crucial parts of its story and takes the road less traveled and expected. Sure--it is something that can work great and make a film/television show/television show episode richly executed,if not better than the regular road. But,for "Basic",it completely fails. It is a method that turns "Basic" from being intelligent to being dumb--not making any sense in the end and leaving a bad aftertaste. Sure--it only applies for a few scenes. But--it applies for some of the most crucial scenes of "Basic". Once it is finished,there is no turning back. It is as dominant to "Basic" as anything in a real military base would be.

Overall,a film where the gamble didn't pay off. Worth to see for the unique and creative qualities--but be prepared for a large dissapointment in the end.

2 1/2 stars


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