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reviewed Battle for Terra (2007). December 05, 2010
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Battle for Terra (2007)
I don't know what the relationship was between the makers of this movie and the makers of Avatar, but this movie and Avatar seem highly alike, except this one seems like a cheaper, scaled down, more child-friendly …
Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that
Of all the critiques about the Republican Party to appear in the past decade or so, this probably competes as one of the best. The author looks into the personal lives of many of the movers and shakers …
reviewed Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second .... November 19, 2010
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Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second Season (2009)
It is rare that a TV show combines great screenwriting with good special effects and an original storyline. But Pushing Daisies is one of the best there was, and this 2nd and last season was every bit …
reviewed Surface - The Complete Series. November 14, 2010
Surface - The Complete Series
Science fiction is rarely featured on commercial TV, especially by the big 3 of CBS, ABC and NBC. This was a rare exception. Focusing on the hear and now, the show is about the emergence of a marine creature …
reviewed Liberators: Latin America's Struggle .... November 13, 2010
Liberators: Latin America's Struggle for
Being an American and growing up in the American school system, I am disappointed in the lack of coverage of Latin America provided by American schools, whether it be in history, geography, or literature. …
reviewed How to Train Your Dragon. October 23, 2010
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
The viking genre is a perennial one in Hollywood, with about one major release per year. Previous releases include Beowulf, Pathfinder, The 13th Warrior among others. All these previous movies shared …
Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History
I had the privilege of visiting South Korea in 2001 as a tourist. Over the course of my life, I have met several Koreans thru work and school, and have read the occasional news article about the North …
reviewed Avatar (2009 film). October 09, 2010
Avatar
Once in a while a movie comes along that manages to encapsulate an entire subset of human experience within 2 - 3 hours of on-screen entertainment. The Ten Commandments with Charleton Heston is a good …
Star Wars: A Scanimation Book: Iconic Scenes from
This is the first scanimation book that I have ever read. Basically, every 2-page spread is moving scene from one of the Star Wars theatrical movies. And "moving" does not only infer emotional, but specifically …
reviewed George A. Romero's Survival of the De.... September 09, 2010
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George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead
If I watched this movie 20 years ago, I would have thought it a decent zombie flick. But after the releases of films such as "I am Legend" and "ZombieLand", I can only say that this movie is garbage. …
The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That
When I read the title of this book, I was expecting that it would focus primarily on the myths or stories that mention the figure Mithras, and then proceed to show how these stories or myths were either …
reviewed Star Trek (2009). September 07, 2010
Star Trek Poster
If there is one industry that puts out better products every year, it would have to be the global movie industry. In the past decade, Hollywood has put out the best comic book movie ever (Dark Knight), …
The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and
This book is an investigation into the various components of child acquisition outside of plain sexual conception by the intended parents. So the book covers adoption, surrogacy, IVF, cloning, and the …
reviewed The Invention of Lying. August 21, 2010
The Invention of Lying
This is probably one of the most original movies of the past decade. The story is simple enough; mankind has not learned how to lie, and we witness the very first man acquire and use this "talent." Set …
Hello, Everybody!: The Dawn of American Radio
I often wish American schools would use regular books instead of textbooks for the teaching of history. The former are populated with thousands of great reads that cover just about any subject under the …
reviewed The Fourth Kind. August 15, 2010
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Fourth Kind
I saw this DVD during the daytime, and thought it was one of the scariest movies I've seen in a long while. Created as a recreation of actual events, this "docudrama" is about a psychologist's examination …
SuperCroc and the Origin of Crocodiles
One of the spillover effects from the recent infatuation over dinosaurs is increased interest in other forms of prehistoric life. This is particularly relevant for other giant prehistoric predators such …
reviewed The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. August 12, 2010
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Here we have another movie set in NYC, this time in it subway system. Denzel Washington plays the good guy and Travolta plays the bad guy. The plot is simple enough; a group of men take a subway car full …
The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11
For all the examination of America after 9-11, most have dealt with the change in laws, politics and foreign policy. Less attention has been paid to the changes in American culture, specifically with …
reviewed Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. August 08, 2010
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
It used to be that cartoons were never turned into sequels. But it seems Hollywood is running out of ideas, so we have the third Ice Age movie in about a decade. This time we have dinosaurs as both protagonists …
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb  
Rarely does a baby book have rhythm, but this one does. This short, hardcover book has a rhyming verse on every page, usually about musical instruments or playing music with your body parts. The pictures …
reviewed Land of the Lost. August 06, 2010
Land of the Lost
Will Ferrel has a knack for turning a great idea for a comedy into an utterly stupid movie. This remake of the old classic is a perfect example. Mr. Ferrel plays a mad scientist in this movie, one who …
9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, Fourth Edition
This book is by one of America's premier muckraking journalists over the past 30 years. Focusing on the events of 9-11 and the subsequent War on Terror, the author peels back the layers of government …
reviewed Dragonball: Evolution (2009). August 01, 2010
Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
The Dragonball Evolution story comes from an Asian comic book series. I have never read this comic book, but was recommended to watch this movie by fans of the serial. And so I did, and I was horribly …
reviewed Old Dogs. July 30, 2010
Old Dogs
Another year and another ho-hum comedy from Robin Williams. This time he is paired with John Travolta. Together they play best friends from school who run a business together out of New York City. Life …
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:
For those who say a man must be a good father and husband in order to be a good leader, I recommend this book to you. Authored by one of America's most famous female historians, this book follows the …
reviewed Girlfriend Experience (2009 movie). July 23, 2010
Girlfriend Experience
This movie is the latest in a long line of Hollywood productions to take advantage of America's obsession with escort women. Starring porn star Sasha Grey, this movie follows the life of a high-class …
reviewed Capitalism: A Love Story (2009). July 15, 2010
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
This documentary is Mr. Moore's latest commentary on the American business community. Made in the wake of the real estate bubble burst and the onset of the "Great Recession", this movie feels like a sequel …
reviewed Little Star. July 14, 2010
Little Star
This is a companion book to the TV episode of the same name. The book is big with full color pictures for every page. The text size is adequate, and the text is in complete, correct sentences. No, the …
The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis
50 years ago, before MTV, before rock & roll, and the Internet, America was captivated by individuals who actually accomplished great deeds. Two of them were Charles Lindbergh and Alexis Carrel. The former …
reviewed Valentine's Day (movie). July 11, 2010
Valentine's Day
Leave it to Valentine's Day to get a movie filled with so many famous actors and actresses. The script is simple enough; numerous angelenos undergo a wide variety of experiences on the day of love, many …
reviewed The International. July 08, 2010
The International
Lots of crime movies come out of Hollywood every year. Many of them deal with secret agents gone awol, being betrayed, or doing something they shouldn't be. Many of these films are played out in the context …
Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood
The idea of a man going undercover as a woman is quite old in American culture. Huck Finn did this in Twain's classic, Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis paired up as women opposite Marilyn Monroe in Some Like …
reviewed Surrogates (2009). July 05, 2010
Surrogates (2009)
Bruce Willis is known for two types of movies. The first type are the shoot-em up action flicks as typified by his Die Hard franchise. The second type are the thinking movies, the ones that mark him as …
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight
There are many books about slavery, and several about the abolition of slavery from the Western world. This book focuses on the end of the Atlantic slave trade and the emancipation of slaves in the British …
reviewed The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. July 01, 2010
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
If there is one thing the British are good at, that would be making very original movies, and none excel at this better than Terry Gilliam. Their latest release is this combination of drama, fantasy, …
My Little Book of ABC's
This paperback book goes thru the entire English alphabet, and for each letter, provides a sentence full of simple words starting with that letter. The text size is big, and occupies half of each page, …
reviewed The Princess and the Frog (2009 movie). June 25, 2010
The Princess and the Frog (Single Disc Widescreen)
After watching this movie, I've finally come to understand Disney's movie strategy every year. Basically, every year Pixar releases a movie with either all of the lead roles being male, or half of the …
Mirror Mirror: History of the Human Love Affair
This easy-to-read book examines the role of mirrors and reflection in human history. Covering the fields of optics, astronomy, art, literature and even warfare, this book is insightful, entertaining, …
reviewed Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009). June 20, 2010
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009)
It seems each successive incarnation of Battlestar Galactica becomes more adult-themed and less suitable for children. This is probably for the best, the show matures as the audience matures. The original …
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