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Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Uncut Version) <b>DVD</b> ~ Will Friedle
(Note: I'm referring to the uncut version with the black border.)
I beg to differ with other reviewers: this film, while not for 5 year olds and similarly-aged tykes, is well suited for older kids, because it teaches them a valuable lesson about the entertainment they're accustomed to--one they must learn anyway to avoid a world of make-believe and patronization. It teaches them the truth behind the popular fantasies of superheroes--namely that even the best and brightest of us can grow dimmer with age, and suffer trauma and horrifying memories; that even the best and brightest of us are prey to the fundamental limitations involved in being human.
With television we allow our… Read more
The Galton Case: A Lew Archer Novel by Ross Macdonald
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Boy, Jan. 22 2002
This novel was also anthologized in the "Archer At Large" omnibus, which contains a revealing, fascinating foreward by MacDonald, who stated that The Galton Case was his "break-through book." And then he diclosed the numerous--and poignant--autobiographical parallels he had with the novel.
The Galton Case has a realistic, painful and angry intensity not present in any other Archer novels I've read--perhaps because MacDonald had put more of his life and sorrows into this book than in any other; into the examination of how the sins of the fathers ruin their sons' lives. For MacDonald every family is riddled with moral cancer: skeletons can never be fully shoved into the closet,… Read more
Dream Boy: A Novel by Jim Grimsley
Dream Boy: A Novel by Jim Grimsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done, Oct. 9 2001
This short, remarkable book moves with a style of its own, and is quite an achievement. Grimsley is an assured stylist who gets away with what a lot of writers usually don't--continually using the present tense and sounding natural. Lots of people have used the adjective "dreamy" in regards to "Dream Boy"--like a dream the book is both ambiguous, hazy and soft and also truly vivid, hallucinatory, and deeply felt. Grimsley has the gift of quickly establishing character in a few strokes, and his protagonists Roy and Nathan are both spectres and boys you probably encountered growing up.
It's possible to say that a book sounds "right" without having personal… Read more