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Sitting Pretty
Sitting Pretty
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Kern, as presented here., July 15 2014
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If I had reviewed this cast recording ten years ago, I might have given it a five star rating. I love Jerome Kern, I enjoy almost all of the singers on this CD. But in ten years it has been surpassed by several handfuls of other 'forgotten' shows, and now is more Vienna than Broadway - which leaves me a little cold. It is Kern with a harness on his horses, a straightjacket on himself. The genius is there but it simply doesn't breathe the way "Show Boat" and several others of his works do. It is lovely, but stiff, as though everyone decided that they were recording a masterpiece and had to give it the respect it deserved for having been rediscovered. Perhaps. But it also needed much more of a sense of fun and vitality.
Nice to have, but certainly seldom to be played.

Playing By Heart
Playing By Heart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, July 15 2014
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There isn't a single moment that I do not love within this CD. It is not what I normally listen to, but then this is not "jazz" as usually performed and listened to. Each number is a melodious and lovely journey escorted by brass instruments in the lead, and everything else gorgeously behind them. The album can relax me totally, or stir me up to face problems and the world, or anything in between. I most highly recommend it to those who want to hear beautiful music played to perfection. I only wish that I had discovered it years earlier.
Since purchasing it, the album has not gone into the caninets I use for storing my CDs. It stays near at hand so that almost every evening I can put it on and listen to it. A total miraculous gem.

A Baby in the House 9 Months Later
A Baby in the House 9 Months Later
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1.0 out of 5 stars I suspect books like this are a part of the reason Harlequin is in trouble., July 12 2014
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My wife bought this one, I believe as a part of a series. In any case, she lost three hours reading it, and then took it to a thrift shop and dropped it off and out of her bookcases. Apparently it is so juvenile in writing technique, character development, and silly coincidences and dumb choices, that it almost a nasty insult to women. Ouch.
But, if you haven't a life, maybe you'll like this one. Ouch, and double ouch.

The Wolf of Wall Street [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
The Wolf of Wall Street [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
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2.0 out of 5 stars Such a waste of talent., July 12 2014
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I expected a great deal more of this movie than I got. Supposedly, it is based on fact. I seriously doubt that. Somewhere there may be a grain of truth in that someone's career inspired the writer to cobble this one together but the plot has too many holes and lapses of logic, even for a schemer being involved. A solid director, but he never really has a handle on this one and a superfluous number of swear words don't cover up the glaring mis-steps. I know that some have thought this to be one of Dicaprio's best performances. No. They're just comparing it to "The Great Gatsby" where they managed to take a classic and turn it into dross because they didn't really know what the book was about. Dicaprio was a zombie there. Here he is Frankenstein's monster - hardly a step up.
Five years from now this will be a totally forgotten film, sunk deeper than the real Titanic.

Gotta Sing Gotta Dance
Gotta Sing Gotta Dance
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3.0 out of 5 stars A curio and a short journey to nowhere., July 12 2014
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This review is from: Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (Audio CD)
Poor dear Twiggy. She wants so much to be a musical-comedy star, and she comes so close, but never manages it. She came close with Tommy Tune to guide her through "My One and Only", but Tommy is almost completely retired now. The first problem is that though she likes the 30's, her choice of songs that are right for her, is poor. Now and then she stumbles on a good one, but listening to her try "Ten Cents a Dance" here make you realize that she stumbles into serious trouble far too often. Listen to the Doris Day version from "Love Me Or Leave Me" and you'll know what the song should sound like and what it tells us about the singer. But not here. Still, a lot of wishful singers end up doing much worse.
Nothing to get excited about, and a few too many numbers that you'll wish had not been included - "Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?" - too long, too tedious, too dull, for one more example, though I imagine she had fun doing it. Unfortunately we don't get the humour and the joke is on her.
Disappointing? Yes. Totally a lost cause? No. Worth buying? As long as it is under $10.00 you won't feel robbed.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Ralph Fiennes
Price: CDN$ 14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it isn't caviar., July 12 2014
It was nice to see Ralph Fiennes doing comedy again, and this time with a script that someone had thought about so that he wasn't wasting his time and talent. Actually, the only reason I didn't give 5 stars for this movie is that there were just a few moments where they could have played it a bit more for laughs, not stupid jokes but clever wit. But it is highly enjoyable, with a solid cast, though one doesn't enough of some of them and few hardly register at all. Why wasn't more made of the title? Those who have seen the film will know what I mean, but for the rest, perhaps just a trifle dull or misleading.
However, unlike most of the recent films, this is not one of those where I felt I had wasted not only my money but my time. Everyone involved seems to have done their best to make it an intelligent, witty comedy, with a few serious moments, and they have succeeded admirably.
Those who buy it will not watch it time and time again for the first month or two and then relegate it to the bottom of their stack. It will slip into your DVD player at least twice a year, every year, and be fresh and new.

Bloomer Girl
Bloomer Girl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a bit too long in the tooth...but the teeth are white and much here was brilliant., June 28 2014
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Now, if only someone would make a new recording, for the technical elments are not the best. Even for the time it was recorded, "Bloomer Girl" sounds as though it was not extected to be much and therefore had less attention paid to it than it should have.

But the songs are fun, and sometimes quite beautiful. There really isn't a dud among them, though the oprchestrations let them down too often, especially at the beginning when it appears that no one knew just what period to set the tone of the music in. The score settles down quickly, and there is improvement in much as it progresses. And when I compare it with other recordings of the time, those Broadway shows tend to sound even worse. Movies are cleaned up nicely nowadays, unless 20th Century Fox just dumps a good film, untouched, on the market as it often does, so one should think that before so many older Broadway cast recordings are rereleased, they would get the top treatment that the more recent major shows have received.

The cast is solid. Celeste Holm was never a great singer, but she was a brilliant actress who knew exactly how to take any song and wrap it wround herself so skillfully that it was always a joy. And the supporting cast never lets her down.

"Bloomer Girl" deserves to be in the collections of all those who love Broadway. It will never be restaged, but it would be nice if it could be recorded with modern orchestrations and all the technical knowledge now in the hands of those who produce our CDs.

Where Do I Go From You?
Where Do I Go From You?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers for Chaffin!, June 28 2014
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A delicious mixture of the familiar and unknown, all done splendidly - what more could you ask for? There isn't anything here to complain about. The sound is brilliant, the orchestrations unusual often but always right, the vocals pure perfection. The only problem is the Chaffin is probably not as well known as he should be, and there are so many who would treasure this CD and his others if they only were aware of how wonderful they are.

So, take a chance. But a Chaffin CD and discover that there are beautiful voices out there who know exactly to handle a song formly and yet with the delicacy they often also need.

The man should be a major force is music today. Perhaps...in time...Try it; you'll love it!

Still Of The Night
Still Of The Night
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wopat grows on you., June 28 2014
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The voice is not strong, and the songs listed look as though they are in for a rough ride. But Tom Wopat has learned his way around some of the most difficult of pop classics and though that means that you will hear some sections of some songs presented to you slightly differently than before - amazing how he gets around most of the high notes, then unexpectedly hits one spot on - it is done so well that that you can't help but be amazed at his subtle way with a song. I would have liked one more upbeat number as the ballads do definitely dominate the CD, but I'll settle for what is here since it is so nicely done.
If you like Wopat, you'll love this one. If you haven't discovered him as yet, or at least not in this reincarnation, this is a great place to start and let the joy of the songs wash over you. But beware, if you like the young singers out there with their voices quiverring and wavering up and down, back and forth, and blurring the words that are so poorly written anyway, you won't like this CD. Wopat is defintely a song stylist with respect for the songs, not a man trying desperately to make his voice a producer of strange sounds to sell records to people who will only hear an incessant drum beat anyway. Wopat has arrived.

West Side Story
West Side Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to buy it!, June 28 2014
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There is no more complete version of the Bernstein-Sondheim show on DVD than this new one. And the score has never been so well served. The orchestrations are much like the Broadway orchestrations, not the ones used in the film, but the Original Cast recording abbreviated and cut quite a bit to get as much as they could on an LP. Now, the missing music, and vocal work is restored, and done so beautifully. The leads are both brilliant. They sound like the ages of their characters though they sing much better. They are not opera singers - thank goodness - but among the best possible Broadway vocalists that could have been hired. Smaller parts are handled as if they, too, are leading characters, so that every moment, every note counts here, and some lines that have never been perfectly clear before, now suddenly have lost any sense of being obscure or uncertain.
The movie soundtrack appealed to me, the switching of the two Jet songs making a solid improvement over the Broadway recording. But the Broadway recording was more genuine, more effective, more moving. Yet both have to take a back seat now to this new version which pulls us in even more strongly and reveals the show to be the masterpiece it truly is.
The double CD is, for once, necessary, as so much new material is here, Buy it, enjoy it. It is a rare gem.

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