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Styx: The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live [Blu-ray]
Styx: The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Styx
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prog-rock ambassadors prove they can still kick it, Feb. 15 2012
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

Styx were one of the those arty bands you listened to through headphones, sitting on the edge of your bed, basked in the eerie black-light glow while trying to get inside of their hypnotic album cover.
It was in the late 70s when the boys really found their sound with the classic albums The Grand Illusion (1977) and Pieces of Eight (1978).
Led by founding member Dennis DeYoung and relative newcomer Tommy Shaw they would hit the charts with songs like 'Come Sail Away,' 'Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),' 'Renegade' and 'Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).'
But for a true Styx fan it was necessary to listen to the whole CD. The band took this a step further by performing November 9, 2010 at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, and playing song by song, both these albums in their entirety for the first time.
My friends at Eagle Rock Entertainment had the foresight to capture this event on DVD. The DVD also includes the bonus feature 'Putting On The Show,' an inside look at the people and equipment needed to stage such a massive spectacle.
They announced that they'd also be touring the UK'with Journey and Foreigner in 2011.
Dennis hadn't played with the rest since 1999. The rift was over the remaining members of the band, who were using the Styx name without his consent. The suit was eventually settled with the agreement that DeYoung could bill himself as 'performing the music of Styx' or 'formerly of Styx.'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere and suspense rule in gritty cop thriller, Feb. 15 2012
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

I liked The Son of No One. Apparently I'm in the minority.
There's no new ground covered here, but after all, Adam is the only man who can say he had an original thought.
It's a cop movie. It's a movie about secrets made long ago that two kids from the projects hoped would never surface. It's got the star power of Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes and relative new comer, Channing Tatum, who plays one of the youth, turned cop with the secret.
Jonathan White (Tatum) is a cop assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up. As a boy, in 1986, he killed a junkie because the junkie kept taking his grandmother's social security check. Jonathan's best friend Vinnie (played young by Brian Gilbert, old by Tracy Morgan) lives with his mother, who is addicted to both men and drugs. Her current boyfriend forces young Vinnie to have sex with him. The boys are desperate to escape this environment. Vinnie knows where the boyfriend has stashed $1,000 so they plan to take the money and run. During the theft they are interrupted by a thug, who is owed $300 by the addict Jonathan had killed earlier. They scuffle and in the process, the thug kills Jonathan's dog and Jonathan, in return, knocks him down the stairs. The thug dies.
Jonathan's father was a cop, who died in action, so he's left with just his grandmother, and his godfather Detective Stanford (Al Pacino). Stanford know the kids have something to do with the murders, but let's them slide.
Now year's later, in 2002, letters start coming in to the police station and the press, questioning these killings that happened so long ago.

Freak Flag
Freak Flag
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brown proudly displays his true colors, Feb. 15 2012
This review is from: Freak Flag (Audio CD)
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

Greg Brown has always been one of my personal favorite singer songwriters. So I was really happy to see Freak Flag come in the mail.
It had been four years since his last album, Yellow Dog. He's had other things on his mind. On November 21, 2002 he married singer-songwriter Iris DeMent and in 2005, Brown and DeMent adopted another daughter from Russia. Greg had three children from a previous marriage.
'I wasn't sure for a while that I would do any more recording,' Greg said. 'I had done a fair amount, and the business is in a shambles. But I thought well, hey--maybe it would be good to put another one out--tender songs for these harsh times.'
A fair amount is a modest answer. The 61-year-old barritone has recorded 30 CDs.
The title cut Freak Flag encourages us all to show our colors and that as long as we're making a positive contribution to society it doesn't mater that we're a little weird. Amen.
When recording this album he turned to his longtime friend and guitar slinger Bo Ramsey. I met Bo a few years back when he was opening for another axe man, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). Bo plays a terrific lead.
Freak Flag is a great CD, dedicated to his wife, Iris.
Greg is an aquired taste but I hope you'll give him a try.

The Thing / La Chose (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
The Thing / La Chose (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Thing prequel horror candy for younger crowd, Feb. 8 2012
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

A lot of critics called this remake of The Thing unnecessary. Admittedly it's hard to beat the 1982 John Carpenter film, especially considering it starred Kurt Russell.
But I don't automatically dismiss remakes. After all, 30 years have passed and to many kids and young adults this will be new.
Also in 1982 there was no CGI (computer-generated imagery).
Now this isn't the best CGI'I've ever seen but it's pretty good.
In this modern version paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and the crew's pilot Carter (Joel Edgeton) discover a mysterious organism buried in the ice.
The team of Norwegian and American scientists are, at first, ecstatic to have found the first proof that we are not alone. Then the thing escapes its icy prison.
They eventually destroy the alien with fire only to find the scorched alien corpse has cells that are still alive and are consuming and imitating whoever it attacked last.
As snow piles up, and tempers strain the crew is faced with finding this predator that is capable of imitating them cell by cell.
I'm sure the producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman began to look at remaking The Thing after successfully redoing Dawn of the Dead. If you think about it, the two films are quite simular.
The Blu-Ray has a unique special segment showing the cast getting trained with flame-throwers.

In Time [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
In Time [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi thriller based on interesting concept, Feb. 8 2012
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

What if the government did away with money? Is it conceivable that we could get paid with time? That's the storyline behind In Time, originally titled Now and I'm Mortal.
It's 2161. Genetic alteration has advanced to a state where humanity stops aging at 25. People must earn more time after 25 or they will die within the year.
The time you have left is visible on your forearm. Those who have a lot of time keep their arm covered so someone won't mug them and take their time.
Society has been divided into 'Time Zones.''The poor live in Dayton and that's where we find 28-year-old factory worker, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake). He lives with his mother Rachel (Oliva Wilde).
One night Will stops by a bar where he sees a rich man (he has 105 years) Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) flaunting his good fortune. Will helps Henry escape, and in return, Henry gives Will his time. Henry then commits suicide or 'timed out.'
Timekeepers, a sort of futuristic police, investigate and soon are led to pursue Will after seeing him in contact with Henry via video surveillance.
Will can't wait to reach his mother to share some time with her. She is running out. Her time expires and she dies in his arms.
Will then remembers what Henry said to him, 'For few to be immortal, many must die, your mind is worn out, even though your body may not be. We want, we need, to die.'
This is one cool movie. Don't miss it.

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