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The Lion King (2-Disc Special Platinum Edition) (Bilingual)
The Lion King (2-Disc Special Platinum Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Matthew Broderick
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5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Entertainment, March 5 2004
"The Lion King" is a great animated film. It has a captivating story, a stellar cast of characters, and good songs. The animation is beautiful. The opening sequence is one of my favorites. It is a true modern masterpiece.
You probably know the story, so I'll skip the synopsis. One thing that does bother me is that the editorial review says that this flick is too violent for the little kiddies. What? A simple explanation can put an end to any confusion or fears that your child might have, unless your one of those parents who use the DVD players as a babysitter. My two year old understands that bad things happen in the world. She might not understand that Mufasa dies in this flick, but she knows that Simba is sad and angry about it. Don't let the PC police get in the way of letting your children see a modern classic.
The DVD is loaded with extras. Commentary on just about everything, music videos, and even short explanations on the animals in the movie. The "Circle of Life" video featuring kids from the Disney Channel is okay, but an obvious promo for the Disney Channel. As usual, there are a ton of trailers for flicks coming soon to a theater or DVD rack near you. The Safari game is one of the better games I've seen on a DVD. Granted, the menus may seem confusing to some folks in the crowd, but if you take just a little time to learn how to use them(I picked up the general mechanics on one try), you'll find that there are a lot of extras worth looking into.
The voice talents in this movie are great. Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are perfect as Simba(young and old). James Earl Jones was born to play Mufasa, albeit for a brief time in this movie. Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and the gentleman who plays "Ed" are great as the sniveling sidekicks to "Scar." Ah yes, "Scar" is a perfect villain in "The Lion King." Jeremy Irons is downright vile as the jealous uncle. His performance is flawless. Of course, Nathan Lane stole the show as "Timone," and Rowan Atkinson, as "Zazu," had the driest of wits in this film. The voice talents of the rest of the cast were good as well.
Overall, a grand movie worth owning. Its a modern Disney flick in the classical vein, and that's rare today.

Take Me to Your Leader
Take Me to Your Leader
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4.0 out of 5 stars Newsboys Deliver, March 3 2004
This review is from: Take Me to Your Leader (Audio CD)
"Take Me To Your Leader" is one of those Christian rock albums that sounds unique enough to crossover into mainstream music, which is a good thing because you can't convert Christians if they've already converted. From silly songs like "Breakfast" to edgy rockers like "Cup O' Tea," it's obvious that the Newsboys take their Christianity seriously, but know how to have a good time. "Take Me To Your Leader" is a fine addition to any Christian rock fan's collection. As a matter of fact, it fits pretty well into a secular rocker's bin too.

One Way: Songs of Larry Norman
One Way: Songs of Larry Norman
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Christian Songs, March 3 2004
I have never listened to Larry Norman sing. I have, however, listened to the songs on this album. Not only is the music excellent, but the lyrics are tough, heartfelt and inspiring all at the same time. "The Great American Novel," "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus," "Six O'Clock News," "The Outlaw," and, last but not least, "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" are songs that don't hammer non-Christians, but send a message to all people to look at themselves and study their hearts.
These songs must have been really scandalous in their heyday. I know a lot of Christians today who are turned off by Norman's honesty. I hear a lot of people claim that Christians shouldn't sing songs like "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus" because it is too graphic. Granted, it is graphic, but that's the beauty of this song. Many Christians think that life is always peachy and perfect, but real Christians know that isn't true. The songs herein are the kinds that "poser Christians" don't want to hear. Some of the lyrics are downright scary.
This album is a blessing to anyone who can snag a copy of it. I bought mine when it first came out and it is a true treasure to me.

Pride of the Yankees (Full Screen)
Pride of the Yankees (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Gary Cooper
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 8.82
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courage and Heroism in Perfect Form, March 1 2004
"The Pride of the Yankees" is without a doubt one of the best baseball films of all time. Why? Because it isn't just about baseball. It's about a real person seeking that seemingly impossible American dream and capturing it, only to lose it all too soon. Cooper plays Gehrig with so much heart in this film, that the movie almost seems unreal due to the fact that Gehrig was such a good person, both as a human and as a star athlete.
There are few professional athletes in the world who show so much character and so much love to others as Gehrig did. He faced death with honor and courage. He was and is a true hero. If you're looking for an athlete for your children to look up to, pick the "Iron Man of Baseball."
This film does exceptionally well in capturing the heart and soul of Gehrig. It is a great family film and I highly recommend it. Gehrig might have been in Ruth's(and later, DiMaggio's)shadow, but he was so much bigger than these guys. He was honest, hard-working, and approached people long after the cameras were gone.
Add this one to your collection. It's a keeper, even if you don't know the difference between a baseball and a ball of yarn.

Shoeless Summer: The Summer of 1923 When Shoeless Joe Jackson Played Baseball in Americus, Georgia
Shoeless Summer: The Summer of 1923 When Shoeless Joe Jackson Played Baseball in Americus, Georgia
by John Bell
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Memorable Summer, Feb. 20 2004
"Shoeless Summer" is an excellent account of Shoeless Joe Jackson's days in Americus, GA, where he played semi-pro baseball in 1923. It gives you a day-to-day, inning-by-inning description of the events that brought about the creation of the South Georgia League, the "scandal" surrounding the signing of Shoeless Joe by Americus, and the eventual victory of Americus in the Little World's Series.
This book includes player statistics, game-day statistics, and a brief account of each individuals' accomplishments before and after the summer of 1923. It also includes a map of the South Georgia League, photos of players, the only known photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson with the Americus club and game-day posters offering a two dollar game for the bargain of fifty cents.
For the average reader, this book provides a nostalgic look at a brief period of time in the history of Americus which probably would have gone unnoticed outside of that town had it not been for the signing of an "outlaw" ballplayer. If you aren't a fan of baseball, the inning-by-inning descriptions of games may seem boring or possibly confusing. For baseball fans, this book is so much more. If you love the game, Bell's descriptions of "four-six-three" double plays and guys with nicknames like "Lefty" and "Big Bill" will pull you in right away. You can picture the games at Play Ground park in your head as you read about them. There's also a taste of the modern game foreshadowed here when Bell talks about the way rumors were abound in the league that the Americus players were receiving high salaries. Some(like Shoeless Joe) were getting paid upwards seventy-five dollars a week! For some reason, the NY Yankees come to mind.
Also included in this book is information about the campaign to get Shoeless Joe Jackson reinstated to Major League Baseball so that he can be recognized at Cooperstown. In my opinion, he deserves to be there.
Overall, a good read for Shoeless Joe fans and baseball fans in general. If you're not into baseball, this book may be a little overwhelming with its terms and statistics. If you're a nostalgia buff, this book is worth the price for the pictures and posters alone.
Play ball.

Spice World (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual)
Spice World (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Melanie Brown
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 18.15
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3.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Guiltiest Pleasures, Feb. 19 2004
Everybody has something that they enjoy and just can't explain. They might even be a little embarassed to admit that they like it. Well, I'm not embarassed to admit that the Spice Girls are one of my guilty pleasures. Granted, their music may be a little hokey, but they sure are fun to listen to. In "Spice World," the girls take on a world tour with Bond-esque style. This movie isn't fantastic, but it is fun enough for the whole family to watch. It's silly, it's goofy, and, at times, it is brilliant. You get a feel of what these ladies had to put up with on a daily basis, albeit in a grand and over-the-top style. There are cameos abound in this flick as well. The acting isn't that bad and the girls seemed to enjoy making the movie.
Funny moments abound in this flick, but some of my personal favorites are when the girls first get on their tour bus and they complain about how hot it is. They say that they could use a fan and, in perfect British comedic style, a young, pre-teen girl comes through the door screaming with glee and then runs back out the door. The girls sigh with comfortable relief. Another funny moment is the expensive, special-effects laden tour-bus jumping a draw-bridge with Posh behind the wheel scene. Finally, in the end credits, the girls "interact" with the audience. They remark on people making out, wonder why folks watching their video can't find anything good on the "telly" and audience member clothes. The entire movie is just a fun little trip.
Alan Cumming(X-Men 2, Josey and the Pussycats) takes a turn as a reporter attempting to document the lives of these ladies. George Wendt(Norm, of 'Cheers' fame)is a movie producer looking for a film to put the girls in and cash in on their fame. Meatloaf is the bus driver for the girls. Some of the better-known cameos that American audiences will recognize are Elton John, Bob Hoskins and Roger Moore. If you're a die-hard fan of British film and television, you'll recognize many of the other cameos as well.
The only reason I'm giving this movie three stars is because,obviously, this movie isn't for everyone. In fact, many people might think that this movie is just too silly to watch. On my personal scale, I would give this flick four stars for the simple fact that I love to watch it and because the Spice Girls don't take themselves too seriously in the movie.
Overall, this is a silly, blatantly cheesy movie that lets you laugh at and with the Spice Girls. They poke fun at themselves and have a good time doing it. A good movie to watch when you have a little time to kill or just want to forget about the world(but not the 'Spice World') for awhile.

A Knight's Tale (Special Edition)
A Knight's Tale (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Heath Ledger
Price: CDN$ 11.98
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jousting to "Takin' Care of Business?", Feb. 16 2004
Yes, our young hero trains to be a great jousting knight to the sounds of "Takin' Care of Business" in "A Knight's Tale." That scene, along with the "We Will Rock You" opening, among others, definitely sets this period piece apart from the pack.
"A Knight's Tale" is fun. It has that "poor kid does good" theme running throughout and can be very heroic and sentimental at times. But don't expect this flick to blow you away. It is very good, and quite unique, but the overall story is rather standard as far as knight stories go.
Heath Ledger is perfect as the young hero of this tale. He has a group of bumbling sidekicks, including Geoffrey Chaucer, that support him throughout the movie. There's a love interest, who I really never felt fit the rest of the cast. Then, of course, there's a great villain, who I felt was only there to fill the need of having a villain.
The real story is about Ledger's character becoming something he isn't allowed to be by the standards of the day. It shows how a hero is measured not by his nobility or rank, but by his heart. Along the way, Ledger's sidekicks provide comic relief and the action in the jousting competitions is great.
Overall, a solid movie that only has a couple of holes in it. The villain isn't really that necessary, and the love interest, Joycelyn, is out of whack with the overall feel of this movie.
Rent it before you decide to buy it. I bought it and I don't feel robbed. However, I do think that the story could have been a little better had the villain's role been meated out better.

Trixter
Trixter
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3.0 out of 5 stars Youthful Pop-Rock, Feb. 13 2004
This review is from: Trixter (Audio CD)
"Trixter" is a decent album. None of the songs are too heavy, too pop, or too offensive for the general audience. It sounds like a young group of kids got together and made a good, hard teen rock album. I'm not talking down on these guys, but there's nothing here that really pushes any envelopes or makes you just jump up and want to bang your head. It's all safe, and that's about the only downfall this album has.
It's almost too approachable. It's good, but none of the songs are that memorable, excepting "Surrender." It's the token power ballad that all of the hair bands had to put on their records. I like this album but I just can't suggest everybody go out and buy it for the mere fact that it's average.
I think the easiest way to sum this up is this: "Trixter" is like the kid in school that everybody knew and liked, but they never hung out with him or invited him to their parties. None of the kids really picked on him but they all stuck up for him when he was harassed by others. "Trixter" is just kind of existing. Good band, no major things that made them stick out from the rest of the pack.

Dr. Feelgood
Dr. Feelgood
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Crue Album Ever(Really!), Feb. 11 2004
This review is from: Dr. Feelgood (Audio CD)
"Dr. Feelgood" belongs in the same category as AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Def Leppard's "Hysteria." It's commercially appealing, yet tough enough and unique enough to stand out as a real gem in the metal/hair band genre. Motley Crue was at its best on this album. Every song here is excellent. The title track is clearly one of the best metal songs made to date. "Kickstart My Heart" growls its way through your ear canal and rips your heart apart as the Crue pounds out this tune. "Without You" is also solid.
The Crue danced that fine line of not being too glam and not being too pop with just the right amount of excessive metal injected in to the music. This is a commercial masterpiece. Everyone has heard something off of this album.
A funny thing about this album is that it is the first album the Crue did after they sobered up. That tells you something right there: commercial success/genre cred is a result of cleaning up your act. Aerosmith did the same thing.
Give it to the Crue, this album is above and beyond the rest of their offerings.

Once Upon A...
Once Upon A...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Blue Hair Band of the 80's(No, Really!), Feb. 10 2004
This review is from: Once Upon A... (Audio CD)
"Cinderella" is usually laughed off as "one of those silly, talentless hairbands" of the 80's. Don't count them out just yet. Sure, they didn't have as much success as Bon Jovi or Def Leppard, but Cinderella stuck out when other bands were trying to all sound alike. They might have gotten a little too bluesy for mainstream hairband fans near the end, but "Heartbreak Station" gave these guys some credit as a legitimate rock n' roll band. Besides, Led Zeppelin, who was looked upon as gods in the heyday of hair, are also considered a blues act.
Anyway, this album is a nice addition to anyone's 80's rocker collection. "Shake Me," "Nobody's Fool" and "Shelter Me" are all here. So is "Don't Know What You Got(Till It's Gone)" and a whole plethora of Cinderella hits.
They never dominated the charts, but Cinderella definitely left their mark on the 80's. Give this one a try.

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