Jim Toms

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (9 of 11)
Location: W. Frankfort, IL (USA)
In My Own Words:
I am married to my wonderful wife Gina, who is also the mother of our four year old daughter Allison. I am 34 and live in W. Frankfort, Illinois (USA). I teach at a juvenile detention center and am a licensed sports official in basketball, baseball, and softball. If you've read any of my reviews you know what I like.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 485,548 - Total Helpful Votes: 9 of 11
Spellbound (Bilingual) <b>DVD</b> ~ Angela Arenivar
Spellbound (Bilingual) DVD ~ Angela Arenivar
In the past, I've occasionally stumbled upon ESPN's live coverage of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee contest conducted in Washington, DC. I never paid much attention because the event never seemed to be all that exciting. However, this 2002 documentary of the 1999 National Spelling Bee is anything but boring.
In the beginning, the viewer is given brief but informative backgrounds on each of the film's eight subjects. The one thing that begins to come across almost immediately is how much these kids care about competing and succeeding and the fact that the parents of each care almost as much (or perhaps even more in some cases) as the kids themselves. Most of the parents… Read more
Field Day ~ Marshall Crenshaw
Field Day ~ Marshall Crenshaw
Whenever I pop this disc in I know I'm really going to be enjoying the next thirty-something minutes. This is probably MC's best album and the "big" sound can be said to have something to do with that. "Whenever You're on My Mind" is one of MC's best ever and it doesn't stop there. "Our Town" is maybe one of the album's more underappreciated tunes (since the previous song is a tough act to follow), and "Try" is one of the slower songs on the album but still one of the best, as are "For Her Love" and "One Day with You".
The final four songs are all MC gold. I personally love "Monday Morning Rock" which is one of the most up-tempo songs here (along with "Hold It") and has a great guitar… Read more
Marshall Crenshaw ~ Marshall Crenshaw
Marshall Crenshaw ~ Marshall Crenshaw
While this is a very good first album from MC it isn't even his best which should tell one a great deal. Of course there's the great, the good, and the not so good among these songs, but in the end the whole is greater than its parts, adding up to a solid 4 stars.
"There She Goes Again" is classic Crenshaw and sets the tone for the entire album (he does this on most albums). It's followed by "Someday, Someway" which received considerable airplay at the time if memory serves. One of my favorite songs among the bunch is "Girls", which my wife thinks qulaifies as disco (trust me, it doesn't). "Cynical Girl" and "Mary Anne" are also A list… Read more