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Exit Elvis
Exit Elvis
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4.0 out of 5 stars This album blew me away..., June 5 2004
This review is from: Exit Elvis (Audio CD)
Tribe of Judah is fronted by Gary Cherone. That's right, the same guy who fronted the hair-band Extreeme in the 80's (remember "More Than Words") and later Van Halen. Gary with Extreeme was nothing special, Gary with Van Halen bombed horribly, so why even give this a try? Because it's completely different than anything he's done, it's well composed, well written and finally Gary has put a piece of his soul into something on tape. What we have here is a dark album, backed by incredible production and industrial very heavy sound that works in non-cliche form. Gary's vocals are very powerful here, it sounds as if he's borrowing from everything he knows (including his Opera experience) to really go over the top. Unfortunately it wasn't a success and the band is no more, but this is still worth checking out, because it's just that good.

Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty (2pc) [Import]
Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty (2pc) [Import]
DVD ~ Matchbox Twenty
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good concert, an ok documentary, May 31 2004
This is an entire concert from one the tour to support the bands 3rd album. It has a good mix of songs, a few surprises. High quality video (shot in digitally with HD cameras), the sound is about average for a 5.1 mix of live concert. SRS adds a bit of depth (if your equipment support sit).
The concert is 16:9 (anamorphic widescreen) so if you have a widescreen TV it looks really good. The documentary is not widescreen and mildy interesting. I was bit disapointed in the documentary part because I was envisioning something more along the lines of U2's Rattle & Humm, but instead got something suited for a VH1 special. Those were my expectations, not something the band promised.

The Battle for Everything
The Battle for Everything
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4.0 out of 5 stars More great songwriting from Ondrasik., Feb. 11 2004
Lots of good songs on here, deep hooks, great writing, you can hear the inspiration of 70's era Elton John pretty heavy, but Five For Fightning retain their uniquess though Ondrasik's signature paino and vocal style while exploring new ground.

Whale Rider (Special Edition)
Whale Rider (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Keisha Castle-Hughes
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so typical girl power movie..., Jan. 9 2004
Why only 2 stars with everyone else ranking it so highly? Well I liked the setting, loved the cinematography and acting and I think with a few alterations it would have made an excellent subject for an animated Disney feature film, but it has some major flaws. First there isn't enough back-story, we just know this grandfather (Rawiri Paratene) wants to begin teaching "the old ways" again and believes his grandson (who is dead) would have been the next chief. His granddaughter turns out to be that person, but we never know why he's just decided to start teaching the old ways again, we don't know what's going to happen except he wants to take a bunch of the youth (males only of course, no girls allowed) and train them in the ways of his ancestors (again without any given reason or goal), the focus shifts onto the lead character (granddaughter) Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and really from early on it becomes just another girl-power movie wrapped in a unique skin (a predictable one at that). To make it more abused we have the wales who Pai is apparently spiritually bound to (she can sing to them and they hear her there is also a hint of telekinesis ability). Again, would have worked great as an animated feature, with live actors it's too unbelievable for a movie clearly aimed at adults. If there is a moral to the story it's that "sometimes you have to break tradition", which is fine and all, but we're talking about ancient tribal acts that only exist to preserve the tradition, that's the main problem with the film. Once this tradition is broken there is no point to it, this shifts the whole point back to "girls have been mistreated for generations and we have to change that...", which we've heard a million times before.

Films About Ghosts
Films About Ghosts
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3.0 out of 5 stars All the radio hits and a few extras, typical "best of", Nov. 25 2003
This review is from: Films About Ghosts (Audio CD)
Counting Crows are one of my favorite bands, I wasn't surprised or let down by the track list of this CD, but I was hoping for something extra. About a month ago there were rumors fof a pack-in DVD or limited edition with a b-sides CD and neither of those ended up happening, instead we get another multi-media enhanced CD (yawn). Die hard fans of this band have all the albums and Counting Crows aren't really a causal fan type of band. With only two new tracks to offer, this CD just doesn't live up to todays standards for what a "best of" should be.

Managed DirectX 9 Kick Start: Graphics and Game Programming
Managed DirectX 9 Kick Start: Graphics and Game Programming
by Tom Miller
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding DirectX9 Introduction., Nov. 23 2003
Sams Kick Start series boast being "quick, concise" and "practical" those words adequately describe this book, I have read five other books on the subject of DirectX programming and Managed DirectX 9 Graphics and Game Programming is a unique gem, it is an excellent introduction to the Direct3D, DirectPlay and DirectSound APIs. It effectively covers the fundamentals and fills the gaps left by the Managed DirectX9 SDK Sample applications. Beyond the fundamentals Tom's explanations are very focused, for example, the Direct3D API is much too large for one book to cover and he does an outstanding job of providing the least amount of information you need to know in order to build a 3D game program, this was precisely what I was hoping for when I bought this book.
Microsoft recently reviled that in the next version of Windows they will replace the Win32 API with the .NET Framework Class Libraries as the OS building blocks. This shift along with the rise of 64-bit processors will push Managed code to the forefront. If you're thinking of making the switch this book would make a good companion to a .NET fundamentals book, it would help make the experience more enjoyable and would provide a real-world example of how writing Managed code is in many regards much simpler than Unmanaged. One word of caution, you must have C# or VB.NET experience to get anything from this book. It makes extensive use of the .NET Framework class libraries, also you'll need Visual Studio.NET 2003 edition to open the sample files (the pervious version of Visual Studio.NET is incompatible with the solution files) although the full Framework SDK is included with command line tools to achieve the task, no make files are included. So if you do not have Visual Studio.NET hopefully you understand how to build and link your source code using the command line tools, again if you're new to .NET/Managed code, this isn't the place to start.

Heavier Things
Heavier Things
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Heavier here, Sept. 10 2003
This review is from: Heavier Things (Audio CD)
I was hoping John would go for something a little different with his second album, or at least that it would live up to it's title "Heavier Things", unfortunately this album does neither. I was hoping we would get at least one or two guitar heavy tracks (since John has been credited as being such an outstanding guitarist), but here we get enough samples and loops to qualify this CD as pop. If you're looking for a repeat of Room For Squares that's what you get here, for many that will be an excellent thing, for me it wasn't.

The Lord Of the Rings: The Two Towers (Full Screen Edition)
The Lord Of the Rings: The Two Towers (Full Screen Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond its genre and one of the best movies made., Aug. 26 2003
oFF ALL three films that tell of The Lord of the Rings story, this one may be the greatist. Excellent casting, Excellent acting, excellnnt dialog. Peter Jackson has blown us away again, proving he has the best attributes of Spielberg and Lucus combined. Although he didn't write the story, this film adaption was a massive undertaking that could not have been better without sacrificing some of it's on screen perfectiom.
So far, the best adaptation to date, and one of the greatist films made.

Home Design Quick & Easy 2.0
Home Design Quick & Easy 2.0

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best floor planner for features vs ease of use., July 25 2003
I'm having a new home built by a major builder and wanted software that would allow me to easily recreate the floor plan to scale then walk through it in 3D and add furniture, lighting, window dressings, shelfs, plumbing, etc.. I tried three programs before I came across this one, and Home Design Quick & Easy is by far the best! It's so easy it doesn't come with a printed manual and it doesn't need one! The video tutorial gets you started and from there you can drag and drop a basic floor plan, then go in and knock out alls, add angled walls, add doors, etc. The user interface is incredibly intuitive, it's nothing like traditional CAD software. In fact, it took me only four hours to create a virtual, to scale mock up of my floor plan and I was learning to use the software during that period. The program does exactly what I wanted it to, but it also has many other features: It includes a huge library of prebuilt floor plans (all of which have blueprints available for purchase), most of the fabric textures can be purchased (supplier information is includedd with web links), and you can even scan in your own textures for carpet,wallpaper, paint, etc. It allows you to export a floor plan that can be taken to a professional architect and turned into a blueprint. Highly recommended

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4.0 out of 5 stars The movie will make you forgive the "fake" looking hulk., June 20 2003
The movie isn't what I expected. I figured at best it would be a good action movie, loaded with special effects and a loose story with a few dozen cheesy lines of dialog. You know, that scene in Spiderman where the adult in you chringed a little and you realize after all it was just a comic book character from your youth. To the credit on Ang Lee (who has taken a lot of criticism for this movie), Hulk transcends its genre and gives us something fresh There's nothing super intellectual about this movie, but it makes you think. In that regard, I would rank it more along the lines of the first Matrix movie than Spiderman or X-Men. Unlike the trailer (which paints Hulk as an action movie), this film moves at a much slower pace that say X-Men or Spiderman, instead it builds into the action and puts focus on character development and story first (in the end this effort is only somewhat a success as the second half of the movie has to come eventually; the action has to start sometime) For the most part the dialog is well written and some of the acting is outright fantastic. The interaction between the human actors and the computer generated Hulk is flawless and make up for any lack of realism in his computer generated screen person.
I'm not sure what happened between the trailer and now, but there was only one or two shots were I really noticed the computer Hulk looking bad, and again the movie that's taking place around him makes him a lot more believable and it's the story (albeit different from the comic book origin) that make this movie work so well.

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