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reviewed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. June 25, 2012
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Near the end of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, there is a scene that explains for me the ultimate message of Abraham Lincoln:  offered the tainted immortality of vampirism to use to fight for good …
reviewed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. June 24, 2012
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
** out of ****    Honest Abe himself tells us early on in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" that one very significant portion of his life will not be remembered throughout American …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). June 24, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Brave
I have never been a huge fan of Pixar’s films. I liked them, but I’ve never exactly loved them; save for a select few such as “Ratatouille”, “The Incredibles”, “Toy …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). June 23, 2012
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Brave
Star Rating:         After taking a slight misstep last summer with the amusing but superficial Cars 2, the creative teams at Disney/Pixar have thoroughly redeemed themselves. …
reviewed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. June 23, 2012
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Star Rating:         Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Don’t you just love a title that plainly spells it all out for you? Say it to yourself, and you’re instantly …
reviewed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. June 23, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
When I review a film, comic book or a book, I usually try to find a way to relate to the material to find a common point as to find the things I usually look for in its story. I really wasn’t certain …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). June 22, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Brave
  Pixar has been one of the most brilliantly run studios in Hollywood for some time.  They churned out movie after movie which grossed them over 100 million dollars, sold more in toys, …
reviewed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. June 22, 2012
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
By Joan Alperin Schwartz   Most of the time, when you see a film, after you've read the book, you feel let down. The movie usually pales in comparison to the novel.      …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). June 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Brave
BRAVE Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman Written by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi Voices by Kelly McDonald, Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly   Princess …
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
This Springsteen lyric came to mind when reading Diamond's environmental history of major societal collapses.  From his study of ancient collapses like Easter Island, the Mayan empire of Central …
I last read Ball Four in high school, at which point in time and my life it seemed daring, and even dirty.  Reading it again now it seems surprisingly tame, but even better than I remembered.   …
reviewed The Devil of Shakespeare. June 02, 2012
The Devil of Shakespeare
I tend to be a hard reviewer, but in respect to the difficulty of good writing I seldom give the lowest possible ranking of a book I read, but this waste of paper has earned it.        …
Yesterday's Train: A Rail Odyssey Through Mexican
Planes, trains, and automobiles (and buses) take Pindell and translator/traveling companion Lourdes Ramirez Mallis on a coast to coat and north to south tour of Mexico.  This book is a companion …
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500
The treasure is the inheritance of the 500 years of Western cultural life of Barzun's subtitle that is at my fingertips today.  The map is Barzun's lifework documented in 800-plus pages of …
Southern Invincibility: A History of the Confederate Heart
Sword slices off a big topic with this ambitious history of the heart of the Confederacy, the disunited southern half of the U. S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.  His title gives an accurate assessment …
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of
While I find Chabon a good, at times amazing writer, all of his books I've read to date suffer from what seems a labored effort to go beyond just good, to amazing and beyond.        …
From Battlefields Rising: How The Civil War
From the subtitle of this book, I was expecting a broad-scope discussion of how American literature before and after the American Civil War was changed.  In fact the focus and appeal of this book …
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
That is a line from a song on Elvis Costello's excellent debut album.  Now that I might have just established a bit of hip cachet, I'm going to destroy it by saying I've never gotten …
How To Survive The Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay
On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic (the ship's name a shorthand for both the event and its importance) is a poignant story that unlike so many about the ship is fresh and powerful in its impact.  …
Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide
   I never like those "Men are from . . . . Women are from . . . . " formulations because they are usually trite and forced, and Dowd would agree.  She is from everywhere in this …
reviewed Special Topics in Calamity Physics. April 18, 2012
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
I remember reading glowing reviews of this book when it was published a few years ago, but now that I finally got around to reading I find myself merely whelmed.  While the writing is sometimes fresh, …
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland      Kicking a hornet's nest is not a recommended approach to dealing with life's problems, but Lisbeth Salandar is no ordinary girl …
reviewed The Girl Who Played With Fire (book). April 07, 2012
The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
   Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland      I was a bit disappointed with how Dragon Tattoo ended.  It took a long time to wrap the Wennerstrom story, and it …
reviewed Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob D.... April 05, 2012
posted in Music Matters
Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
I finally got a copy of this homage to Dylan, on the occasion of Amnesty International's anniversary, and as probably the biggest Dylan fan on this or most posts you had to know I was going to come …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. April 04, 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland      I was late coming to the massively popular and critically-acclaimed novel (now a Major Hollywood Movie), and while I was thoroughly …
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