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Great!

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 30 November 2006 02:37 (A review of The Legend of Drunken Master)

This is a fun martial arts movie! The Drunken Boxing Style is absolutely fun to watch. The way Jackie Chan moves his body while in the Drunken Boxing Style is simply amazing. He is fluid, graceful and at the same time, comical.

The action scenes are choreographed wonderfully and there is a terrific scene where Chan's character and the guard are up against an entire ax gang all by themselves. Jackie Chan, of course, is a master of humor. The movie is funny, and the plot actually works. It moves along quickly and doesn't disappoint.

The movie has a good re-watchability factor, too. It's fun to watch over and over again. :)

Some people might be upset about the beating Chan's character receives from his father and the treatment of the step-mom. Personally, I think it's in character with the time period of the movie and the step-mom, to me, seems like a comic and opportunistic character.

Well, I loved the movie and highly recommend it.


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Very easy to understand

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 19 November 2006 06:21 (A review of Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension)

I'm an artist. I went to art school and my math skills are not very advanced--at all.

However, this book is very easy to understand. Dr. Kaku explains hyperspace, higher dimensions and superstring theory in a very visual way. He evens provides excellent comparisons to art and literature to help people understand what he's talking about.

Excellent book. Highly recommended!


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Really bad

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 19 November 2006 04:05 (A review of Tom and Jerry)

When I was a kid, I remember watching Tom and Jerry with my dad and thinking it was a really funny cartoon. Now, that I'm much older, I'm really horrified by the cartoon. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those people that goes around saying TV makes kids bad... blah, blah, blah.

But all the same, the violence and meanness of this cartoon are way out of proportion. I think it's the meanness that bothers me more than anything: the gleeful revenge, the evil plots to destroy the "enemy." I think the meanness is the worst part, actually. There's a lot of hatred in these stories.

So that's my take. I don't let my kids watch it anymore.


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Wonderful!

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 19 November 2006 02:32 (A review of Heroes)

I have never seen such a wonderful TV show. It has everything: adventure, mystery, sci-fi and drama. The characters are wonderful, truly diverse and realistic. Every episode leaves me wanting more. The special effects are excellent. There is really nothing bad to say about Heroes, except that I wish it were on every day!


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Excellent for Anyone esp. parents of aut

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 30 October 2006 01:57 (A review of Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism)

This book is simply amazing. My daughter has moderate autism and even though I finally had a "label" that helped me understand a little of what was going on in her head, it didn't help me enough.

When I read Grandin's book, it opened my eyes and helped me understand the autistic mind in so much more detail and understanding.

The writing is interesting and easy to follow. It's an incredible story of her own personal journey, but also lends insights into the minds of animals and other autistic individuals.

Temple Grandin is responsible for creating over 1/3 of all livestock and slaughterhouse equipment. Her designs are humane and her perspectives on life and death are very interesting.

This book is great for anyone with an autistic individual in their lives, but it will also be a super read for just about anyone.

Highly, highly recommended.


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Pretty fun, but can get boring

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 30 October 2006 01:06 (A review of Sacred Gold)

In this game, you pick one of several character classes, each with their own powers, strengths and weaknesses. I chose the Wood Elf, and so that's where my experience lies.

This game is pretty typical of the sort of game where you walk around, do some quests and kill a lot of creatures and people. There are, however, some cool features.

You can go on foot, or buy (or steal) a horse. Going on horse has a lot of advantages, including speed. One character, the demon, can fly.

Another interesting thing about the game is that the creators of it have a super sense of humor. Opening graves can be just hilarious. You'll have to play to see. ;)

The disadvantages of the game are that you can level your character up so quickly that many regions become incredibly easy to get through, making the challenge pretty low.

If you're bored and want to play a game that won't challenge your mind too much, this is it! It's pretty fun, but not too challenging.


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Coming of Age Story

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 30 October 2006 12:24 (A review of The Longest Way Home (Gollancz S.F.))

Joseph is a boy who is a member of the Master race on a planet called Homeworld. In the beginning of the story, the subjugated race, known as Folk, kill the Masters where Joseph is staying. He escapes and begins a journey that is thousands of miles long on foot. Along the way, he meets intelligent native life-forms and learns more about the Folk.

As the story progresses, he becomes a very changed person.

To me, the most enjoyable parts of the story are the Indiginies and their philosophy of life which is very strange.


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Excellent Culture-Clash!

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 13 October 2006 04:12 (A review of Invader)

The humans are the aliens on the atevi world. This is the second book in the series, and it's actually really important to read the first book, Foreigner, to get what's going on.

The differences between the atevi and humans are subtle, but even these small differences cause huge problems.

The story takes place from Bren Cameron's viewpoint. The way he constantly has to shift thinking about the world in a human way and then in an atevi way is interesting, realistic and well done.


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Romance Movie that doesn't suck

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 13 October 2006 03:53 (A review of The Tao of Steve)

I used to like Romance movies. Then I realized they all follow the same formula:
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Warning, may be SPOILERS!!!
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1. Two people who would make an unlikely couple meet.
2. They flirt and there are complications to them getting together.
3. Sexual tension.
4. Conflict--oh noes! Will they ever see that they're made for each other?
5. Resolution. They fall in love.
6. End

This movie follows the same formula. However, instead of the same old pretty girl and hot guy, we have a fat part-time kindergarten teacher and a smart opera set designer. Sure, the opera designer, Syd, is thin, but she's not a perfect movie diva. Dex, despite his slacker lifestyle and his girth, is a hit with the ladies. But not with Syd. Of course, like I said, this is a Romance movie, so you know what's going to happen.

The thing that sets this apart is the humor and the dialogue. The things that Dex says are interesting and watching him change feels very real.

The characters are real. I know people like these people. It was fun to watch and I recommend it to anyone who thinks they can't watch a Romance movie anymore. It's a good one.


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Simply wonderful

Posted : 10 years, 9 months ago on 26 September 2006 05:35 (A review of Transamerica)

This is a terrific movie. The visuals are great and the acting is pretty good, too. The best part is the journey that a father and son make across the country from New York to LA. It's wonderful.

The film uses a lot of cliches, but it uses them in a way that's interesting and original. It plays off of stereotypes and turns them inside out.

It's funny how many people talk about "family values" as if it means a man, a woman and their kids. This movie had true family values, if the term is even a valid one. Family values as presented here are about accepting the ones you love for who they are.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!


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