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Good Guys Wear Black
Good Guys Wear Black
DVD ~ Chuck Norris
Prix : CDN$ 9.29
11 used & new from CDN$ 2.71

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Norris's first big hit., Nov. 22 2003
This review is from: Good Guys Wear Black (DVD)
This low-budget 'gem' from 1977 (I even remember there being a novelization, got to look for it) was a modest hit and pretty much made Chuck Norris a star. Playing John T. Booker (the way the credit is listed mades me wonder if there would be more John T. Booker movies, alas not to be), Norris is a former CIA commando whose dark past comes back to haunt him when the politician that set him up in a raid turned death trap needs to erase that unpleasent part of history. This is an old school action movie, back when they bothered to have plot and mystery prior to the fist fights and car chases, and it will probably bore many expecting wall to wall kung-fu action. Nothing happens until nearly an hour into the movie, then the pay off begins. Good Guys Wear Black was sold on the strength of one big stunt, Norris (or a double) leaping onto a car and kicking through the windshield to get at the assassin driving. It was impressive then, today it is routine. As I said, it is a low budget movie, one with Southern California locations filling in for Vietnam (sandy trails and eucalyptus trees in Vietnam???) as well as East Coast locations. Pretty giggle inducing. But the movie still works when watched in the context of its era (70s exploitation) and director Ted Post (Hang 'Em High, Magnum Force, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, etc.) keeps the movie professional looking, at least. One shocking bit of trivia, one of the movie's screenwriters is Children of A Lesser God author Mark Medoff. Wow. Recommended only to Norris fans on a nostalgia kick.

Terry:: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism
Terry:: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism
by George McGovern
Edition: Hardcover
38 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A harrowing and heartrending tale of alcoholism., Nov. 21 2003
Former South Dakota senator, and one time Presidential hopeful, George McGovern relates the sad story of his daughter Terry, who's alcoholism finally killed her when she passed out in a snowfilled alley outside of a bar one cold December night. With an objective honest and insight into both his daughter and the nature of addiction, McGovern tells how him middle daughter grew up and became mired in an inescapable quicksand of addiction. Having recently lost my wife to the ravages of this disease (ironically this book was one of hers and one she quite enjoyed reading) I can relate to McGovern's feelings of anger, frustration, and helpless regret over how the disease warped both his daughter's spirit and mind. This book is an essential for anyone who has ever had to battle, or has a loved who battles, this wretched, life eating disease. Highest recommendation.

The Exorcist III (Widescreen)
The Exorcist III (Widescreen)
DVD ~ George C. Scott
Offered by OMydeals
Prix : CDN$ 37.16
16 used & new from CDN$ 1.81

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Flawed yet fascinating continuation of the Exorcist story., Nov. 21 2003
Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty adapted his novel Legion, an honest attempt to further study the nature of faith as well as good and evil, and, thankfully, he managed to capture some of the novel's powerful concept. There is also several good seat jumping moments sprinkled throughout what is essentially a character driven story. Until the end, when the special effect exorcism takes over. That part isn't in the book, if I'm recalling it correctly, and it cheapens the over all feel of the movie. Nonetheless, this is an intelligent thriller that wants to do more than just shock and scare you. Highly recommended.

Creepshow (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Creepshow (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ DVD
Offered by vidsale
Prix : CDN$ 4.58
39 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 "The most fun you'll ever have being scared!", Nov. 20 2003
I doubt a truer ad line was ever concocted. Back when it was made, Creepshow was a serious happening. The world's bestselling horror writer and the respected and fiercely independent director of two icons of horror cinema [Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead] had joined forces to make a horror movie. Needless to say, more than a few stars were willing to take a trip out to The Burg for the honor of getting rubbed out by zombies, crate monsters, weeds, or cockroaches. King's script (his best in my opinion) is simplistic as a comic should be and Romero's direction is highly stylized (great care was taken to give the sets a simplistic look, as if they could be drawn instead of photographed), thus making Creepshow one of that last truly great anthology horror movies. No fan of King, Romero, or horror movies should be without a copy. Highly recommended.

Creepshow
Creepshow
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Prix : CDN$ 76.95
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the 80s truly great 'lost' scores, with extras., Nov. 18 2003
This review is from: Creepshow (Audio CD)
I'll admit it, I love John Harrison's scores for both Creepshow and Day of the Dead. The main theme for Creepshow alone is a classic worth buying the disc for. This was another old Varese Sarabande vinyl that slipped through my teenaged fingers and, for years, I thought it would remain so. Thank goodness the good people at Lalaland Records have corrected this error and one of the very best low (or modest) budget horror movie scores is now available again. That being said, the extras are not Harrison at his best and, sadly, the last three are not very good at all. Collectors such as myself will love the opportunity to have these little items, but I doubt that they will get the same amount of play as the Creepshow soundtrack will. Highly recommended.

Donald Rubinstein
Donald Rubinstein
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Prix : CDN$ 54.95
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Martin....Martinnn....Martinnnnnnn...., Nov. 18 2003
This review is from: Donald Rubinstein (Audio CD)
I picked up the original soundtrack release of Martin back in the early 80s simply on the strength of it being a George A. Romero movie, nothing more. I knew very little about the plot, but I remembered the rave review it got from Newsweek back in 1977, and I loved Varese Sarabande's release of the Dawn of the Dead soundtrack, so that was good enough for me. Right away the haunting opening theme took me away to a dark, secret place where magic, folklore, and insanity mixed together into something new and almost intoxicating. Although that scratchy old vinyl soundtrack was lost (or given away to a friend for some stupid reason), I remembered the music clearly over the years and regret it slipping from my teenaged fingers. Now that soundtrack is back in my library and, once again, I can marvel at this offbeat and haunting jazz score. Believe the raves, this is one of the top 100 film scores of all time. Beautiful, creepy, and an essential in any film music collectors library. Highest recommendation.

Time Flies
Time Flies
by Bill Cosby
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 9.49
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Is growing old funny?, Nov. 17 2003
This review is from: Time Flies (Mass Market Paperback)
Not really, although some of Cosby's shared lessons are amusing, I just did not find this book as humorous as the others by him that I have recently read. Learning to live with aches and pains, not to mention new dietary habits and a befuddled mind, just isn't as funny as, say, Fat Albert (who may not have reached the "Big-Five-O", considering what he was packing away) or Chocolate Cake for Breakfast (those were the days, right Cos?). Still, Cosby is a funny commentator on life and his observations are worthwhile reading, even if the funnier stuff can be found on his Bill Cosby: 49 routine. Recommended.

Childhood
Childhood
by Bill Cosby
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Bill Cosby has never really grown up..., Nov. 16 2003
This review is from: Childhood (Hardcover)
...and that is a good thing. In this book, his fourth, Cosby again collects some of his material from his comic routines to compare and contrast his childhood with that of his children. I have alway found Cosby at his funniest whenever he shares the misadventures of his youth in the projects. The book also has a warm, nostalgic feel for a time long past. Sadly some of my favorite routines (i.e. "Chicken Heart" and the one where he and Weird Harold stay far longer at a horror movie than they should have) are absent, something that keeps the book from getting five stars. Nonetheless the book is a laughter inducing read. Recommended.

Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition)
Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition)
DVD ~ Lori Cardille
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Prix : CDN$ 60.83
12 used & new from CDN$ 5.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 The darkest day of horror a bright spot for Romero., Nov. 14 2003
Romero's maligned third Dead movie [following Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead] suffered from both fans high expectations for another Dawn like action epic and the then popular comedic slant in horror [i.e Return of the Living Dead and Re-Animator] is, in my opinion, the best movie in the series. The world has now been overrun with zombies and the last vestiges of humanity are hidden away in an underground bunker, slowly going stir crazy. This is grim, dark stuff far closer in tone to Night of the Living Dead than the comedic cult classic that was Dawn of the Dead.
Anchor Bay has done an almost perfect job restoring the movie. The picture is gorgeous, the extras a delight, and the packaging sweet. But the audio, oh the audio. There are six little alterations that, for someone like me, who knows the movie by heart, can irritate (it just sounds 'off'). So I dock the DISC a star, the movie itself retains a five star rating, but this edition would get 4 and a half stars. Nonetheless, fans of Romero, or of intelligent and darkly serious horror movies, need this in their libraries. Highly recommended.

Fatherhood
Fatherhood
by Bill Cosby
Edition: Hardcover
150 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Coz shares insights and anecdotes about Fatherhood., Nov. 12 2003
This review is from: Fatherhood (Hardcover)
Anybody who has a passing knowledge of Bill Cosby knows he has five children, for they are the focus of many of his beloved comic routines. In fact, reading Fatherhood is almost like reading a transcript of one of his shows, because so much of the material in this slim book is lifted word for word from them. From The Breathing Cosbys to Chocolate Cake For Breakfast to Kill The Boy, it is all here, sprinkled with an earnest message for fathers to always love and, just as importantly, be there for your children. Rereading the book makes me smile and shake my head just thinking about the trials and tribulations I will face with my son, who, sadly, is just like me when I was a boy. No doubt there will be lots of fresh gray hairs in my future. The only saddening thing about the book is the obvious love Coz had for his late son. No doubt the loss was shattering for the man and his wife. Fans and expectant fathers would benefit greatly from reading this comic report from the trenches of parenting. Highly recommended.

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