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Patriotic Country
Patriotic Country
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5.0 out of 5 stars The highest degree of music, artists...and subject, July 5 2004
This review is from: Patriotic Country (Audio CD)
One of the best collections of patriotic country music I've found. However, some songs on this CD aren't exactly patriotic, per se. They're more like "slice of life in America" songs. I would have traded these for others like Martina McBride's "Independence Day", Toby Keith's "American Soldier", and perhaps "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue".
God Bless the U.S.A. 2003 - Lee Greenwood, (3:30): Greenwood's famous song is still just as good as ever, and if you haven't heard it, this could become one of your favorite tracks.
My Town - Montgomery Gentry (4:27): It's just a simple song about being proud to be in "my town"
Till My Dyin' Day - Brooks & Dunn (3:06): A more beaty song about appreciating life, the beauty of living, and standing up for our rights when it comes time, "till my dyin' day".
God Bless America - Martina McBride (3:31): With very orchestral and spirited music, Martina McBride sings as well as ever. *Sarcastic warning* This song includes an invocation of blessings from God.
Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly - Aaron Tippin (3:48): I just love this song. It just sums up being "proud to be American" perfectly. It's sort of mildly boasting about the best that America offers, and the freedom that Americans live and die for. American pride at its best.
I'm Already There - Lonestar (4:14): Lonestar does some great songs, and this one is a popular, sort of tear-jerking song. Not exactly patriotic (not that it's UNpatriotic) but it sings of a father on the road calling back home and talking to his family, telling them that he is, in essence, "already there" in spirit. It's just a nice family love song, and nice to hear, but it's just one of those slice-of-life songs, not about America. Then again, one could easily argue that's a good part of what America is about.
America Will Always Stand - Randy Travis (3:58): Just a quiet song, singing of love for the American flag, and what she stands for, and standing stongly united under its banner, and under God.
American Child - Phil Vassar (3:13): I really like this song, too, even though it is kind of from a personal angle, as in, singing of (assumingly) Phil Vassar's upbringing in a poor town, his success, and being thankful that he and his family grew up an "American Child".
Back Where I Come From - Kenny Chesney (4:11): Recorded live, it is introduced by Kenny Chesney, and sings of a love for country roots, the background for many of these music stars, and a lot of Americans.
Born Country - Alabama (3:18) Again, another song of pride for country roots and surroundings from which singers and others come from.
I'm Your Biggest Fan - Neal McCoy (4:05): A very loving song to the troops, evidently recorded recently, overseas if I had my guess. Each and everyone of us that is proud to have our American soldiers fighting to keep us free could sing this to the troops, and mean it with all our hearts.
America Will Survive - Hank Williams Jr. (4:42): This is one in the style of "Angry American", and modified from the original "Country Boy Can Survive", it's about gritty resolve that a ragtag bunch of terrorists won't drive us out, or make us run. This song contained the D-word, in case you're concerned about content.
Days of America - Black hawk (3:00): Another okay song about normal American life...neighbors banding together to protect their businesses from corporate takeovers, farms from bank foreclosures...just neighbors taking care of each other.
This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag - The Charlie Daniels Band (3:32): Once again, in the style of "Angry American", Charlie Daniels' gravely voice gets down and dirty, warning terrorists that they're about to face up to the consequences for daring to attack this big dawg country. If you liked "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue" (which I did -- in spite of the bad word, I loved it), you're going to love this one too. I love it because there IS a time to express the anger that Americans store up for terrorists that behead our troops and plot harm against u.s. Again, if content is a concern, the style is sort of heavy-metal, but it's a heavy metal that I'm okay with -- and I don't like heavy metal. It also calls the terrorists mild names like "dog", "fool", and "dirty little mole", which shouldn't bother anyone -- they're terrorists.
Hey Mr. President - The Warren Brothers (4:17): A quiet song (perhaps needed to calm yourself down after venting some anger in "Ain't No Rag"), just a nice little memo in song-form to the President, thanking him for the job he's doing, It bridges party lines, too, not favoring one side or the other, although presumably it thanks President Bush, because we owe little thanks to Clinton for degrading our military prior to 9/11.
Riding With Private Malone - David Ball (4:34): Not very patriotic, exactly, but again, it's not unpatriotic either. It's just a song about a former military fellow who buys a car from a lady, and finds a note in the glove compartment from another boy who died in one of the wars, and used to own the car. The singer fixes up the car, but he sings about how he always felt while driving that he was "riding with Private Malone".
One Last Time - Dusty Drake (3:49): A tear-jerker if I ever heard one. It's about one of the passengers on one of the doomed airplanes on 9/11, calling home to his wife to say goodbye -- "one last time". Very emotional, very touching.
Homeland - Kenny Rogers (3:34): A fitting close, singing again of love for American homeland, standing strong and free.
Whether you like country or not, this album makes you proud -- nay, thrilled -- to be American. I strongly recommend it for anyone.

Spiderman The Movie 2
Spiderman The Movie 2
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1.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT do whatever a spider can., July 4 2004
This review is from: Spiderman The Movie 2 (Video Game)
I'm just a simple gamer who enjoys a few video games in his spare time. I don't need a big machine for my gaming; a simple PC, or in my case, laptop, will do. But is that any reason to punish me? Spider-Man II is probably the worst PC game in my very small stack. I had heard rumors that programmers were making changes to the minor complaints like A) it was dumb to make Spidey unable to walk on the street, and B) it seemed a little odd that Spidey was swinging on webs attached to thin air. But the improvements cost too much in the overall quality -- I'll take my inaccessible streets and nonexistent web attachments.
First, it's obvious programmers concentrated too much on the environments. Yes, you CAN walk on the street. You can even bump into people who will get mad at you. The people also try to walk around you otherwise, and occasionally get stuck. Also, you can block cars, making them stop and blow their horns. Otherwise, you can hop on and ride them.
Good: The environments ARE better. The few video clips, including the introduction, are quite lifelike, even though they are animated. Spider-Man has a shadow, too. The sound effects, if you stop and pay attention, are really well-placed, although it was disappointing that they didn't use the unique web-squirting sound effect that the first game (and movies) use. One of the big selling points is that they used Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and Alfred Molina (Spidey, MJ, and Ock from the movies), but there's not quite as much interaction which would make this a huge bonus. The climbing action is better developed and used more, since you can hop onto the sides of buildings and scale them to the top.
Bad: Spidey has absolutely NO fighting combos, no web combos, few choices of any kind. It's also a REAL bummer that you can't use a game pad for this game. I'm more dextrous with a keyboard when playing games, believe it or not, but playing Spider-Man (especially playing as Green Goblin!!) called for a game pad. This game incorporates the keyboard and the mouse, which is stupid. Yeah, it's great that now Spidey can only swing on certain web icons attached to buildings, but this leaves me, right-handed, piloting his direction with my right hand, and navigating his movements and ducking with my left hand.
There's also not as many wisecracks as there were in the first game. And for whatever reason, the developers saw fit to give the bad guys bright pink ray guns. Perhaps to make it more kid-friendly, but I don't see the point since you run up to the bad guys and beat them up anyway. The violence, since I mentioned it, isn't much of a concern if you are wondering if your kids can play. The bad guys get knocked back once defeated, and then disappear. There's a couple of monster-mutants that Spidey has to battle which might be a tad frightening, but that's about it.
I DID have advance warning about how bad it might be, though. First, I filled out the box top on the Cheez-its promotion, to get the demo. (A drastic move since I don't even like Cheez-its) Then I found out that the exact same demo came with the Spider-Man 1 special DVD release. Either way, I found the demo a little lame, but I figured it was a demo, you know?
First, you start with training. The same sarcastic guy helps you train, but the training is very short. After that, you have to chase a van to a prison, where you help stop a jailbreak. After defeating the villains, Rhino breaks out, and you must battle him. Then you have to foil a bank robbery. The bank level is probably the most enjoyable, if you can keep your head amidst dozens of rooms and hallways that all look alike. Your objective is to defeat the bad guys and protect Aunt May, then find a way into the basement to stop Ock. In trying to reach him, you have to complete this odd tune-recognition sequence to open the vault he locked himself in. Then you have to fight him, dodging his tentacles and turning off the electricity when he turns it on. Once you beat him up a little, he runs off and you have to rescue Aunt May from being taken hostage by the remaining robbers. Then you have to make your way downtown. Apparently a while later, time-wise, Peter is walking with MJ when her car is stolen. He runs to "call the police", and then Spider-Man chases after the car. It turns out to be a trap by some bad guy named Puma, whom you take a few levels to defeat. After that, you have to catch up with Ock, who oddly enough has escaped to Oscorp. You chase him from there to a lab, defeating bombs he's placed in the building. You have to defeat Rhino again, then go through a bizarre bout with Mysterio, which is just more showing off of environment creations. Then catch up with Ock after he kidnapped MJ. The end of the video game spoils the end of the movie, so make sure you see the movie first.
There are absolutely no peripherals like the training levels of the first game, but along the way you can look for and stop escapee prisoners, and radioactive/genetically altered spiders for bonus points. It's not a big challenge, and there are more stop-and-save progress points so that, if you die, you won't be in anguish over the huge amounts of progress you already got through. Overall, it would seem that less realism, more video game has gone into this, exemplified in jumping from platform to platform and tune recognition.
Cheap graphics, and boring fights make me agree with most of the other negative reviews: do NOT waste your money on this.

The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers: Piano/Vocal/Chords
The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers: Piano/Vocal/Chords
by Howard Shore
Edition: Paperback
8 used & new from CDN$ 24.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack-to-piano music...Rohan is to die for, July 4 2004
It's books like this that made me wish I had the natural talent for music, or had at least studied and practiced hard enough to develop talent. The motion picture score that Howard Shore composed for The Lord of the Rings trilogy is absolutely brilliant, and while nothing can match his magnificent orchestra, there is something unique and incredible about hearing the same music played on a simple piano -- coming from your very own fingers.
The front cover is one of the promotional posters (NOT the DVD cover as was the case with the other two piano books from the trilogy) showing Saruman from the back commanding his 10,000 Uruk-hai. If you look on the right, although it is geographically incorrect, you can see Edoras in Rohan in the distance. Inside the book are forty pages, eight of which are movie pictures. Once again, there are some gruesome orcs pictured inside, in case you have little hobbits around the house that might get scared.
The music includes:
- Gollum's Song, the end-credits song of the movie. Not very enjoyable to play, I'd say...it's a rather mournful and melancholy song.
- Evenstar, which is all-Elvish, but surprisingly doesn't provide the translation. Shouldn't be too hard to dig one up on the internet, however. The tune is pretty, the background for Aragorn's dream/vision of Arwen in The Two Towers.
- Isengard Unleashed, which begins as the soundtrack score does, with the lament for Haldir upon his untimely death in the battle for Helm's Deep. Then it moves on to the score for the Ents as they march to war. This is probably the longest in the book, maybe of all three books. Afterwards, they give the translation of the war song of the Ents.
- Breath of Life, the quiet but stirring tune/song that you hear when Aragorn lies wounded after a battle, and receives another vision/dream of Arwen that gives him a (let's all say it together now) "breath of life". Elvish lyrics, English translation at the end.
- Forth Eorlingas, my favorite one (at least to HEAR), the tune that shows the rousing of the remaining soldiers at Helm's Deep, their death plunge out the causeway, and Gandalf's near-biblical arrival to the rescue. The second-best in this book, in my opinion.
- Rohan, which was an absolutely necessary piece to include in this book. It's short, *almost* simple enough for a beginner like me to pick my way through, and beyond gorgeous. It begins with the noble theme for Éowyn, and peaks into the majestic score for the kingdom of Rohan. This one alone is worth getting the book for.
This book makes an excellent addition to your piano library, or an excellent gift for your musically-inclined hobbit-heads. Go for it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Johnny Depp
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pirate movie? What�s it rated, arrrrr?, July 3 2004
Will Turner (Orlando Bloom, hubba hubba) is a blacksmith in the town of Port Royal. He and the governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) share a mutual love, but in the classic story setup, a more ideal husband, a Captain in the Navy, also has his eye on her. Enter Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who is just about guaranteed to hit you with a stroke of laughter from his first appearance, and keeps it up for the rest of the movie. He's a pirate and a scalawag, but proves he's not all bad when Elizabeth passes out because of an over-tight corset and plummets into the ocean. Sparrow dives to the Depps (sorry, I mean depths) to rescue her, but since he's a pirate, he is met with hostility from the Captain, Governor and their British troops nonetheless. Sparrow then uses Swann as a hostage to escape, and dodging the ensuing manhunt, he ducks inside Will Turner's blacksmith shop. Turner and Sparrow have a duel but the soldiers catch up with Sparrow, and take him to prison. That night, a dark ship sails into harbor, bearing murderous pirates that pillage and plunder the town. Their point of interest, however, is the governor's mansion, specifically the gold medallion that Elizabeth wears around her neck. The gold calls to the pirates (shades of The One Ring here), being the last piece of an ancient treasure. They capture Elizabeth and take her on board their ship, The Black Pearl. Will wants to go after the ship, but everyone else knows it's a suicide errand. Will springs Depp in exchange for his help, and the two of them set sail to rescue Elizabeth.
BAD: One might expect that, with cutlasses, parrots and pirates, this would be a film no worse than Lord of the Rings. However, despite having been warned from previews, the scenes with the cursed skeletal crew belong more in a horror flick than in a Disney action movie. There are several moments where the shock attempts are obvious, but effective. A disembodied skeletal hand, severed from its owner, crawls after a man. One pirate continually fiddles with a glass eyeball, which he drops, rolls around, pulls in and out, and even gets a fork impaled in at one point. The skeleton crew often appear in their human form, then step into moonlight which morphs them into undead. Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) in his skeletal form guzzles wine, which leaks down his skeletal throat before our very eyes, drenching his ribs and spine and pelvis and legs before spilling on the deck. Elizabeth stabs Barbosa in his human form with a knife, which he looks at half-interestedly before yanking it out of his chest. Directly after that is the most graphic scene of the pirates, all in skeletal form, as Elizabeth is pushed out among them is pushed around. Definitely destined to cause some nightmares if your little buccaneers are allowed to watch. The violence comes in the form of generally non-bloody stabbings etc. The pirates invade a town and kill and rampage at will -- and at Will! Will throws a tomahawk at one pirate, which appears to kill him, but Will later encounters the same pirate. We see Elizabeth get slapped brutally by a rather orc-like pirate, and later we see her hand sliced and the slightly bloody result. We see someone get shot with a pistol, and a close-up of the hole in the shirt from which blood quickly seeps out. There's no immorality, but there are a few suggestive phrases. The pirates threaten that unless Elizabeth dines with the captain privately, then she'll dine with the whole crew and she will be naked. (She dines with the captain) A few women in revealing dresses slap Jack when he arrives on the pirate haven of Tortuga. There are some swear words as well, but most of them were muttered so that I failed to catch them.
GOOD: Will is truly a hero, a handsome young fellow (a fact which won't escape most teenage female viewers) who works hard at an honest trade. He displays a hatred for pirates, and attempts to fight for his city. When he learns Elizabeth was kidnapped, he is daringly goes after the dreaded Black Pearl to save her, telling Jack he is willing to die for her. He fights heroically, and sacrificially to save Elizabeth. Jack is of course, a scoundrel, but as I said, he demonstrates his quality by saving Elizabeth, proving he does have a good side to him. And of course, he'll keep the laughs rolling throughout the film as well.
THOUGHTS: You don't have to have ridden Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean ride to enjoy this movie, but if you have, you'll recognize a few elements. While trying to escape from prison by coaxing a key-holding dog, prisoners are chided by Jack, saying "that dog is never going to move", a reference to the Disney ride. Surprisingly, the attraction's main theme, A Pirate's Life for Me doesn't make but a brief mention in the film, when Jack sings a few snatches of the tune and pledges to teach his whole crew to sing it, "and then we'll sing it all the time."
As for whether or not the movie is worth buying ... well, I'm hoping that the sequel might perhaps be a little more worth it to see than this. I like the action, and swashbuckler adventure, but it comes with all the ghoulish thrills of the Haunted Mansion, which is just a little too high of a cost. There's a reason a lot of folks don't like Halloween or horror flicks, and I look with regret at the fact that I soaked up the spooks along with the fun. For those families concerned about how wholesome a film is, I would regrettably recommend you probably shouldn't watch this. At the very least, not with the kids.

The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring: Piano/Vocal/Chords
The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring: Piano/Vocal/Chords
by Howard Shore
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in soundtrack-to-piano music., July 3 2004
It's books like this that made me wish I had the natural talent for music, or had at least studied and practiced hard enough to develop talent. The motion picture score that Howard Shore composed for The Lord of the Rings trilogy is absolutely brilliant, and while nothing can match his magnificent orchestra, there is something unique and incredible about hearing the same music played on a simple piano -- coming from your very own fingers.
The music on the pages can be described as intermediate level. Beginners will have trouble, but intermediates can slowly pick their way through, depending on their experience, and get better with practice.
The front cover is the same design as the DVD poster, and the original movie promotional art. Inside, 26 pages, including four front-and-back pages containing pictures from the movie.
The tracks you can play are:
- In Dreams, the end-credits song featured in the CD track "The Breaking of the Fellowship".
- The Prophecy, the never-used track that was, I believe, intended for the movie's prologue. The sheet music includes the Elvish lyrics, with the translation following at the end of the song.
- Aníron, the theme for Aragorn and Arwen, as sung by Enya. Again, the Elvish is provided in the music, and the translation at the end.
- Lament for Gandalf, featured in the Lothlorien track. It has the haunting sound that is used for the Elves at that part in the movie, but, as the title suggests, is almost a funeral dirge for Gandalf after the Elves learn of his death. Again, Elvish in the music, translation at the end.
- Many Meetings, the cerebral and heavenly theme for the Elven haven of Rivendell. Probably one of my favorite in the book, and one that, once you learn to play it through, will be something you'll want to play over and over.
- May It Be, the other end-credits song (actually, May It Be is the end credits song, and In Dreams is the *other* one) performed once again by Enya. The lyrics don't make a whole lot of sense, but it's still another quiet one to play. Since Enya only uses a smattering of Elvish in her song, the translation is provided within the music.
I think most fans will agree there were better selections that could have been made for the Fellowship of the Ring sheet music...the Hobbit theme, Moria, and the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm to name a few. But for the Lord of the Rings fans, lovers of gorgeous music, and people who are both, this book makes an excellent gift, or a just-for-you purchase!

The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King: Piano/Vocal/Chords
The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King: Piano/Vocal/Chords
by Howard Shore
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, June 21 2004
It's books like this that made me wish I had the natural talent for music, or had at least studied and practiced hard enough to develop talent. The motion picture score that Howard Shore composed for The Lord of the Rings trilogy is absolutely brilliant, and while nothing can match his magnificent orchestra, there is something unique and incredible about hearing the same music played on a simple piano -- coming from your very own fingers. Or, with today's synthesizer technology, you can orchestrate your own versions!
The cover is the same as the Return of the King promotional photo. Inside, one can find fifty-four lovely pages' worth of selections from his score for Return of the King. Included in that tally are six pages of rich photos from the movie. Thankfully, it's just the heroes this time, there are no frightening pictures of orcs which, as in the case of the first and second books, caused the need to keep an eye on little youngsters who might be a little frightened by the ugly and gruesome orcs. Shoot, they still frighten me! ;-)
The songs include:
- Minas Tirith, the theme for Gandalf's ride to the City of Kings, and Pippin Took's first glimpse of the grandeur of the stronghold. Lyrics are included for the Elvish verses sung in the background, including the Retreat from Osgiliath, and The White Rider. This is one of the best songs, if you ask me, because it includes the gorgeous theme for Gondor.
- The Steward of Gondor, which includes the White Tree "theme" (not a really defined royal theme, unfortunately), and Billy Boyd's solo he sung to Denethor as Faramir rode out on his suicide mission.
- Twilight and Shadow, with is essentially a "poor Frodo" score, but also includes some music for Arwen.
- The End of All Things, the tumultuous but awing cacophony that you hear during the battle on the slopes of Mt. Doom and subsequently before the Black Gates as Frodo attempts to destroy the Ring, and Aragorn leads his troops in a last effort to distract Sauron. (As you can imagine, this, like the others, is not exactly a simple tune for beginners, but I was able to pick out some Lord of the Rings tunes, so middling players ought to be able to do okay) Lyrics are included for the many verses sung in the background of this as well.
- The Return of the King, which begins with Frodo's awakening and the reuniting of the Fellowship, and then Aragorn's coronation. At the end, sheet music fans FINALLY get the music for the Hobbiton theme, which is titled "A Toast in the Shire".
- Into the West, Annie Lennox's endearing song which pretty much sings about heaven, or at least Middle-Earth's version of it.
- Use Well The Days, a bonus because fans haven't yet heard how Howard Shore has arranged this one! It's pretty certain it will be crafted into the Return of the King: Extended Edition which releases around Christmas. From the lyrics, one would infer that it is sort of a benediction that Frodo gives to Sam, although I seriously doubt it is sung that way.
For your piano players, guitar-strummers, and singers, make 'em happy, give them some of the most awesome soundtrack ever to be played for the Lord of the Rings movies.

Veggietales:Snoodles Tale, a
Veggietales:Snoodles Tale, a
DVD ~ Mike Nawrocki
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talent at Big Idea knows few bounds, June 21 2004
This review is from: Veggietales:Snoodles Tale, a (DVD)
A Snoodle's Tale is actually two stories in one, similar to the very first VeggieTales episodes. The first is a spoof of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, called Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly. As Bob and Larry are quick to warn concerned parents, the story is told in a non-frightening manner, making it enjoyable for everyone. Then, after an all-new silly song (!), the Snoodle story is told.
In Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly, Mr. Butterbun (played by the Scottish carrot) and his assistant Poole (Larry) are warily observing the hot dancer Mr. Sly as he shows off his cool moves to groovy music late at night on a dark London street. Once the dynamite dancer makes an exit into the house of Dr. Jiggle, Butterbun feels it is his duty to warn the good doctor. No fear, however, because it turns out that Dr. Jiggle is one of Sly's biggest fans, because Sly demonstrates all of the cool moves that Dr. Jiggle always wished he could perform, but is too embarrassed to attempt because he is so jiggly. Anyone with rudimentary knowledge of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde can guess the rest, but it's an excellent little tale about self-acceptance.
Larry's brand new silly song continues in the spirit of all his others. While the Veggie composers have evidently found a niche for inserting more modern sounds to their songs (some electric guitar and drums, similar to The Cheeseburger Song's wilder moments, or Belly Button), the song still lives up to the silly image. Larry and an unnamed veggie sing of their love for...their SUV's? It's a great song, and it's obvious that not all of the lines in there are intended for the younger generation, if you get my drift.
A Snoodle's Tale is, of course, what the movie is named after, although it's just half. But it's a surprisingly touching story told in a style identical to the story about the shoe-wearing citizens of Flibber-o-loo (which is included on the DVD, by the way), told in rhyme from beginning to end. The intent is to tell the tale as Dr. Seuss would have told it, but the style is not as readily recognizable as Dickens was in An Easter Carol. The story is of a young, newly-created Snoodle who begins his life in the city of Snoodleburg in the world of Galoopse. He is immediately thrilled about life, and begins trying out the gifts he arrived with: a kazoo, an art kit, and his wings. He is a little clumsy starting out, and the other Snoodles quickly gather around and point out that young Snoodle-doo isn't good at any of these. Seeking refuge, Snoodle-doo flees to Mt. Ginches, where he runs into the Creator of Galoots, who has an important message of self-worth to give to young Snoodle-doo.
Jiggle and Sly is good, the silly song is great, but A Snoodle's Tale is exceptional. It truly is a modern day parable, and I think it has the capacity to give any viewer of any age a bit of a new lease on life.
With no scary elements at all (besides the occasional crack of thunder in Jiggle and Sly), A Snoodle's Tale joins the list, perhaps at the top, as another great VeggieTales story. If you have kids to use as an excuse to buy this, then lucky you. If you don't...well, you'll come up with some excuse for buying this.

Spider-man
Spider-man
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does whatever a spider can..., April 23 2004
This review is from: Spider-man (Video Game)
"Welcome to true believers and newcomers alike!" announces Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, beginning the first of his game-long narrations for the player. That "newcomers" bit would be talking to me, since I didn't really think or care too much about Spider-Man, or his comic-book exploits. When the movie released, it contained a surprisingly low amount of blood and gore (as compared to your average blood-sport flick), and I thought the action was cool. Who wouldn't love webs shooting out his wrists, and battling villains who had little chance against your super-quick spider senses? The answer is, very few. And since current technology does not afford the throngs of fans the ability to be able to string webbing, the video game will have to work.
When I first heard about Spider-Man video games, I thought it would be spectacularly cool to be able to run around the streets of New York, soaring above when need came. But the truth is, the entire ground is inaccessible, thanks to a symbiote fog released by the super-villains. So you're "limited" to building-top action for the first two stages of the game. Your first mission is to dispatch some thugs on the way to stop a super hi-tech bank robbery from taking place. Once you get inside the bank, you must find and disarm the bomb, all the while rescuing the hostages and dispatching more thugs. After that, it's on to more complicated events, rescuing J. Jonah Jameson from the throes of Scorpion, evading the NYPD (probably the least enjoyable part of the game) and seeking to stop the dastardly plans of Dr. Octopus and his cohorts!
BAD: As far as graphics go, I don't have a huge stash of video games in the hopper to compare it to. I think they're pretty good. Of course, no game is without flaws, and I've a few. The bomb will freeze in mid-air occasionally, if you aren't careful, you will fall into some dark video game abyss underneath a cubicle chair in the first bank interior level. But it's all good in the end. If you're trying to figure out whether or not your younger kid (who is undoubtedly a whiz at computer games and can beat you with half his brain tied behind his back, just to make it fair) can play it, the violence is bloodless...you knock down, web, or throw your bad guys down until they disappear. Later on, you do battle with some lizard-like creatures and stuff, but they can probably handle it.
GOOD: Who wouldn't want to be Spidey, swinging from building top to building top?? It's really fun. The more you learn about how to play, the better it gets. With a slew of cheat modes available (don't look for them until you've played the game all the way through, that's an order), it's great fun to replay it. You don't even have to look for cheat modes at first, because once you complete the game, you have the option of doing the whole thing over again in a Venom suit, which gives you unlimited web. If you finish the whole game that way, you get another suit where you can turn invisible.
I suggest starting out on "Easy" mode first. Kid Mode is a little too easy, and you can't skip the animations. Also, you have to use the "Jump" key (I always assign the space bar for that) to swing on web too, versus "Easy", where you use a different button. Don't forget to combine punching and kicking attacks, if for nothing else than to look cooler.
Buy this game (make sure you understand that this is the PC version!), have fun, and don't forget: with great power comes great responsibility.

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
VHS
5 used & new from CDN$ 16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hurray, it's Easter! Um, Rabbit? Why do we celebrate Easter?, April 4 2004
Spring time is in the air, and the beloved characters from the Hundred Acre Wood are gathering together to enjoy a new season. But something is rotten in the state of Pooh Corner. Rabbit, who always takes the role of the Easter Bunny, has decided that there shall be no Easter this year. Disheartened, the creatures all return to their homes after escaping Rabbit's commands to clean his house instead. Roo, however, is quite upset, and Tigger decides to approach Rabbit about the matter. By looking back in the book, Tigger learns that Rabbit grew bitter towards Easter because the previous Easter, everyone managed to ditch him and his ever-finicky plans to have everything in order, and have fun on their own.
Tigger learns the reason, but he can't remedy the situation. No one can. No one, that is, until the ever-present Narrator steps in, this time taking Rabbit to the Pages That Haven't Been Written Yet. In Dickens style, he shows Rabbit that if he had his way (no Easter, everything his way), then the other friends in the Wood would leave. Will Rabbit repent? Is it too late for him to change?
It's true, the plot might be a bit above and beyond the average toddler's capacity to comprehend. In the effort to mimic the allegory by Dickens, they stand a chance of losing their younger viewers. But it's not exactly a high crime, in my opinion.
This film also fails to capture the true essence of Easter. Not that I expected it to, you understand! But it might be a good idea to remind your young viewers that Easter is about more than eggs and bunnies, ribbons and flowers. It's a time to celebrate new life yes. But to celebrate the new life that is given us by God, through his Son Jesus!
The film is still cute - although certainly not among the best stock that Disney has produced. I think kids will enjoy this, but I also think it would be important to find something that reminds them of the true reason to celebrate Easter. I would suggest "An Easter Carol", from Veggie Tales.

Veggie Tales An Easter Carol [Import]
Veggie Tales An Easter Carol [Import]
DVD ~ Rebecca St. James
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Hope of Eastah!"(Eastah = St. James' version of Easter), April 4 2004
Ebenezer Nezzer is one of the richest vegetables in town. He owns half the town (including the town church), and runs his own egg factory, which was given to him by his grandmother right before she died. The town loved Grandma Nezzer, as did the chickens that were in her factory. But ever since Grandma died, the chickens slacked off, and Nezzer became a greedy loner. He is determined to make Grandma last forever, and replaces the chickens with plastic ones, the inevitable result of which is plastic eggs, so they will truly last this Easter. Ebby's perception of the true meaning of Easter is as hollow as his factory's plastic eggs.
Factory workers Cavis and Milword (Bob and Larry) are concerned about Nezzer's attitude, but they are more concerned about getting time off to attend the church's Easter service, and subsequent unveiling of the new stained glass window. When Ebby is paid a visit by the Reverend and his little boy, who invite him to church, Nezzer has a surprise for him instead; plans to replace the church with his own version of Easter, Easterland, in honor of Grandma's favorite holiday.
Everyone wants to stop him, but since he owns the property, they are powerless.

Nezzer is resolute; until the small music box on his mantle comes to life, turning into a musical, but somewhat feisty angel named Hope (voiced by Rebecca St. James). It's up to Hope to teach Nezzer the true meaning of the Hope of Easter - before it is too late!!
BAD: There's absolutely nothing bad about this film, except perhaps that younger kids who don't know better might be frightened by Grandma's appearance, protruding from the large painting of her above Nezzer's fireplace. (Grandma quickly explains that there's no such things as ghosts, it's just a vision)
GOOD: It's all good! The film actually deals with serious issues that aren't often explored in children's movies and films, such as life and death. But I think it's great that VeggieTales takes a very healthy approach to the whole thing, and gives a positive outlook on it, as well as the message of Hope.
THOUGHTS: VeggieTales keeps making advances and one-upping themselves, and An Easter Carol certainly does that. Great music (strange for the two guys who don't know how to read music!!), great teaching, great animation. The sequence wherein Hope demonstrates the story of Jesus for Nezzer via the stained glass windows of the church is absolutely gorgeous. I kept expecting her song to turn loud and raucous like some of her more contemporary ones, but it didn't. It really has given me a bit of a new appreciation for Easter.
It's also wonderful to see VeggieTales proclaim Jesus' name. While presenting awesome Biblical values, they've stopped short of mentioning his name in several of their features, but there's no more of that.
Among all the ideas and commercialism asserting that Easter is about bunnies, ribbons, and eggs, it's certainly wonderful to see the message of Easter, even if we've come to expect it from our friends at Big Idea.
Great buy, and a must have. Keep on the lookout for DVD Easter eggs!!

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