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You might think the contrast between the early gangster movies of the 1930's might be a stark contrast to today's swear-and-blood festivals. You would be quite right about that, too. Yet, going back and watching some of those early gangster movies shows that there isn't all that much of a difference between the classics of Lon Chaney and James Cagney as you might think. There is, after all, a reason … more
Young Pip has a hard life: His parents have died, he lives with his shrewish sister, and he's destined to be a lowly blacksmith. Fate smiles on him, however, when a mysterious old lady pays him to play at her estate. It's there he meets the love of his life, the beautiful, but heartless, Estella. This is a great Dickens story, full of emotional ups and downs, following … more
Since February of 2006, I've had a love-hate relationship with Opeth. This honestly has annoyed me a lot over the years because at least with run-of-the-mill nu-metal and metalcore sewage like Korn, Killswitch Engage, or Disturbed, I knew immediately to loathe them after some extremely unpleasant exposure, but with Opeth, I've been constantly conflicted on whether or not to like them because … more
Getting the most out of Shanghai Knights involves ignoring a few bad storytelling tropes which are played all the up to eleven: The martial artist going out to avenge his dead father, the whole younger sibling/older sibling dynamic, and a precocious little scamp of a kid you just want to fucking smack. Let's face it, though: Anyone who watches Shanghai Knights isn't doing it … more
This was a good chamber event over all since most matches were good. I always enjoy these events and the chamber matches in particular. You get some good special features with the DVD so that is always a plus.
WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER 2010 1.[ELIMINATION CHAMBER WWE TITLE]SHEAMUS VS JOHN CENA VS TRIPLE H VS KOFI KINGSTON VS RANDY ORTON VS TED DIBIASE-excellent opener right here that was also the first time all six participants made it into the match without an elimination. There is of course many great moments in the match but the big story here … more
This was a good event that had some good matches on it. Not everything was great and some matches were cut short but overall it was a good event. There were at least two really good to great matches here. Plus we get a bonus match in which Bret Hart wins the US title.
WWE OVER THE LIMIT 2010 This was a good event that had some good matches on it. Not everything was great and some matches were cut short but overall it was a good event. There were at least two really good to great matches here. Plus we get a bonus match in which Bret Hart wins the US title. 1.[I-C TITLE]DREW MCINTYRE … more
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I'm familiar with all the jokes made about this guy, but they don't change what he was in his prime: A fantastic, gifted singer with a versatile voice and a gift for some of the best storytelling through songwriting on the planet.
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT THE 1938 NOVEL...NOT THE 2008 MOVIE. TPK 05/03/2013 =-=-=-=-=-=-= English writer Winifred Watson (1906 - 2002) published six novels between 1935 and 1943. MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY (1938) was her third and an instant publishing success. The titles of the novel's sixteen chapters are nothing beyond the mere times of parts … more
With all the historical baseball films out there this is one of the best! During WW II there was a dearth of "male" players to fill the minor league rosters. As a result there was an interest in having something to take the place of these games. Someone came up with the idea of selling a women's baseball league. This film uses an all-star cast to magically show … more
The film chronicles the rise of the Shanxi merchants towards the end of the Qing dynasty in China. Called the "wallstreet of China" and based on the novel "The Silver Valley", director Cristina Yao leads Aaron Kwok in a grandiose epic blended with a filmmaking style that mimics historical reportage. There is a lot of things to take in with this film, both … more
Felt like re-watching something that I did not need to think about and decided to see something familiar, yet I know that the replay value would be good. Based on the manga inspired by the life Choi Bae-Dul (aka. Matsutatsu Ayama), “Fighter in the Wind” presents great, hard-hitting martial arts choreography and a wonderful score. Called the “Godhand” … more
Sent to the Earth from the planet Vegeta as a newborn baby. The Saiyan child Kakarot was programmed to destroy the planet. After losing his memory in the spacepod landing, he was found by a martial arts master and renamed to Goku. Goku was trained very well by his master Gohan, and he eventually grew up to become the planets savior. He now dedicates his life to protecting … more
If you could go back to 2006, you’d find yourself smack dab in the middle of the talking animal computer generated feature film era. Blue Sky was riding high on the Ice Age films, DreamWorks had Madagascar & Over the Hedge, Sony had Open Season and even Disney wanted in with The Wild. Nickelodeon/ Paramount Pictures wanted in on the action and that leads us to Barnyard- The Original … more
Dan Rooney is the same age as the Pittsburgh Steelers his father Art started as one of the founding franchises of the NFL, which outgrew its birthplace in a Canton, OH car dealer into a multi billion dollar industry bigger than most countries. So he grew up with the league, and is able to tell nearly the whole history of the league in first person. The Rooneys, the team, and the … more
The Dark Man and Others:15 Journeys Into The Weird And The Fantastic by Robert E. Howard is packed with stories substantially derived from Celtic themes. One of the bloodiest stories is the Gods of Bal Sagoth. The story begins with Turlogh engaging in free-wheeling combat with an ax. He is taken hostage and chained aboard a crippled dragonship. His captor, Athelstane … more
At this point, it's hard for me to say who's my absolute favorite rap artist/group, but I know for a fact that Eric B. & Rakim are in the top 3 of my personal favorites. Despite having a pretty meager discography consisting of four studio albums, nearly all of their songs are on the money, so in the end, it ultimately shows that quality trumps quantity. … more
Upon finishing Gorge RR Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire" a friend recommended that I read one of the all-time classics of the fantasy genera, The Wheel of Time. Upon reading up on the series, and looking up the reviews for the first book, I was very much intrigued. By all accounts it seemed to take what were obviously omissions in the world Tolkien created and create a world that focused … more
Star Wars: The Clone Wars works best if you're able to accept it as what it was: The pilot episode for the TV show. Much as detractors can be loathe to admit it, The Clone Wars is a necessary part of the Star Wars canon. Think about what we actually KNOW about the Clone Wars when Obi-Wan Kenobi first mentioned them in the original Star Wars: It's a war that involves clones. … more