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reviewed Harry Potter and the Order of the Pho.... June 23, 2003
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I understand that this book has sold more copies more quickly than any book in history, and that Amazon took pre-orders for around $3 million for it. Impressive. The story itself is not quite that awe-inspiring, …
reviewed The Hobbit (novel). June 10, 2003
The Hobbit- First Edition
The art is fantastic the story is more complete than one would expect.This is the trade paperback version of a 3 issue set that came out about 12 years ago. You would have to go to Tim Truman's Wilderness …
Stardust (novel)
"Stardust" won the Mythpoeic Award for best adult fairy tale. After all, fairy tales are not just for kids. And they're not for wimpy adults, either. Just read "The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales" …
reviewed Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). May 18, 2003
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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
This is the cutest little story with unbelievable characters, and beauftiful art. I couldn't help but totally love Kiki, and when she was sad, I wanted to cry for her. Gigi, her black cat, is hilarious! …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secre.... April 23, 2003
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In a nutshell: Chris Colombus can't direct for toffee. This is a dreadful rendering of a damn good read. Acting: By and large, dreadful - as you would expect from twelve year olds, but very disappointing …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secre.... April 13, 2003
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Everyone knows that when you wait anxiously for a movie for a long time your expectations grow higher by the minute and you often go to the theater and become disilusioned due to your exagerated expectaions. …
reviewed Monty Python and the Holy Grail (2-di.... April 08, 2003
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Special Edition
For those who don't "get" the humor in this movie, it may seem like a 90 minute detour into one of the outer circles of hell. Actors playing multiple roles, idiots smacking coconut shells together to …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.... March 25, 2003
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
It's now been some years since the "Harry Potter" books first came out. Unless I am mistaken, book # 5 is due on shelves soon. In addition, two major motion pictures have now been produced.During this …
reviewed Troll (1986). February 09, 2003
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Troll (1986)
TROLL takes place in a suburban apartment complex. The Potter family (more on that later) moves in to their new home in the bottom apartment. On the day of their move Wendy Ann Potter stumbles into the …
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE is the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series and (so far) is also the longest and most dark. I had enjoyed the previous three books immensely, but had heard …
Dreams Underfoot: The Newford Collection
No matter how much one reads, there's always an author or two that always seems to manage to slip through the cracks. For me, it was de Lint. I had read some stories by de Lint in Year's Best volumes, …
reviewed Princess Mononoke (1997 Japanese Anim.... January 27, 2003
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Princess Mononoke (Dub) (1999)
The artwork of this film is astonishing. Set primarily in the forests of ancient Japan, the scenery is lush with life, vivid with depth and detail. The scenery is in some cases so gorgeous it will take …
reviewed The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship.... January 02, 2003
DVD front
I must admit that the first time I saw Lord of the Rings, I fell asleep.. assuming that my falling asleep meant I didn't like the movie, I didn't attempt to watch it again until I saw this DVD set and …
reviewed The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. January 02, 2003
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Pros: Lives up to the hype, and even surpasses it     Cons: Liv Tyler's scenes drag on     The Bottom Line: I said I'd review this when it came out, didn't I? I …
reviewed The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. December 20, 2002
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Pros: Visually stunning, Some characters wonderfully portrayed      Cons: Uneven pacing, relies on familiarity and then discards the familiar.      The Bottom Line: …
reviewed Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie). December 12, 2002
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Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie)
Pros: It's an animated film from Disney      Cons: Disney hasn't made one as good yet      The Bottom Line: Some classics never die.      …
reviewed The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship.... November 10, 2002
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DVD front
There are DVDs. There are special edition DVDs. There are special edition DVDs loaded with extras. Now, there is THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING SPECIAL EXTENDED DVD EDITION. I don't …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secre.... November 10, 2002
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Pros: Great story and fx lots of fun.      Cons: May be to dark and scary for younger fans.     The Bottom Line: A true classic that will delight and entertain …
reviewed American Gods. November 06, 2002
American Gods: A Novel
This book seems to have everything: old "gods" fighting new "gods", the dead walking, animals that talk, temporal displacement, eerie dreams, etc.. It sounds all quite confusing, and in the hands of a …
reviewed Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie). October 30, 2002
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Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie)
Just when we thought nothing could top last year's deluxe edition of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, Disney have outdone themselves. This sparkling new 2-disc of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been well worth …
reviewed The Phantom Tollbooth. October 23, 2002
The Phantom Tollbooth
I think the buildup that I got for this book was too high to allow me to enjoy it fully. Had I not read the voluminous streams of unabashed praise from r.a.b.bers (that is the rabble that inhabits rec.arts.books) …
reviewed Clash of the Titans (1981 film). September 24, 2002
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Clash of the Titans
I remember watching this film in awe and rapture the first time when I was at school, studying Greek mythology. This classic good-defeating-evil story is always a dizzying adventure from start to finish.CLASH …
reviewed The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship.... August 13, 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
In the devided land of middle earth, a new force breath's life. A ring of pure power is uncovered. A journey of epic grandeur is begun. You all know and love Lord of the Rings. And how exciting to know …
reviewed The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship.... August 08, 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
It is always difficult to translate the Big Screen to the small screen (no matter how good your TV and stereo are) but, in the opinion of this reviewer, the drama of the movie comes across well. Much …
reviewed Devil's Backbone. July 03, 2002
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The Devil's Backbone
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE is a visually elegant, beautifully photographed, seamlessly written and directed tale of ghosts. As the film's narrator explains, ghosts are bad deeds that never go away, are like …
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