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Rating system:
 
* Stuck at home and stuck in a rut.
 
** Working to save money, but looking forward to that big trip at the end of the year.
 
*** A class trip to the next country over. Your parents are paying.
 
**** Backpacking around the world with your best friend on paid vacation time.
 
***** An all-inclusive free trip to anywhere in the world with a free guest, or two. With a shopping spree, World Cup tickets or unlimited massages.

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Music

Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
  by Jewel
     ~Reviewed by
         Poeticsoul
 
****

Jewel returned to her roots with this album, after her failed attempt to be something that she's not and go mainstream. This is Jewel at her best. 
 

Reminiscent of her debut album reseased over 10 years ago, Goodbye Alice in Wonderland' has been described as "Jewel's most personal and autobiographical record so far." This CD contains gritty, raw, emotional, and soulful music.

Although some of the songs sound similar, it is an essential CD for fans of Jewel's early work. If you like a folk-rock type sound, I would recommend this CD.

     Submitted July 3, 2006

Books

The Glass Castle

  by Jeannette Walls

     ~Reviewed by

       Splinteredwalls

 

*****

 

Candle flames on a Thanksgiving table dancing along the border between turbulence and order bear a remarkable resemblance to the life of Jeannette Walls. Her memoir, The Glass Castle (1995) tells the story of four siblings leaning on each other for survival despite having two intelligent parents who boasted a 20-plus-year marriage.

 

A father who is always running from one authority or another, the FBI, the bill collectors, etc., leads the Walls family through a mobile life of poverty, chaos and education. Destructive bursts of anger and unemployment stem from his alcoholism and leave the grocery funds dry. Sober, he instills the value of education into his children by teaching them physics and math.

 

By his side stands a free-spirited mother who would rather concentrate on artwork and writing than take on the duties of family life or make use of her teaching degree. Her eccentric personality and unique values make her a friend before a mother-figure. Artwork and supplies clutter the living space but also cheer up a shabby new home.

 

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     Submitted July 2, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

  by Dan Brown

     ~Reviewed by Ndiwa Mukelabai aka Sparksnm

 

*****

 
Will have you turning pages at the speed of light. This is quite possibly the best thriller ever written. This book has everything: suspense, intellgiegnce, betrayal...This time believe the hype...Dan Brown take a bow!
 
My housemate borrowed the book from me last sunday night, and by monday night he was done; he couldnt stop reading.True Story.
 
     Submitted June 18, 2006

Movies

The Descent
~Reviewed by
 
*****

After a tragic accident, six women meet up again a year later for some fun, easy spelunking in the Appalacians; a good bonding experience.  Once inside the cave though, a cavein occurs that blocks the way they were planning to exit.  Now the six friends must try and find another way out as they struggling to stick together without turning on one another.
 
      The director (Nail Marshall) does an excellent job portraying the claustrophobia the women feel.  Tension between the friends escalates the longer they are trapped in the cave, and in the panic to find sunlight, secrets begin to leak.  Just as it appears things couldn't get any worse, about half way through the film, Marshall adds another twist.  Something else is lurking in the dark shadowy corners of the cave.  Something with agility and strength.  Something that has a mighty strong appetite…for human flesh.
 
      The movie is relentlessly shocking, and will have you coming out into the lobby with your heart pounding in your chest.  The title not only refers to the descent the women make into the hellish nightmare that lies beneath, but also the psychological descent the women make into their deepest survival instincts.
 
      The movie deserves to be applauded for avoiding the stereotypical role most women play in horror films.  These are women that are finally worth rooting for, as they don't just sit around and hope the nightmare passes; they fight ruthlessly for their right to live. 
 
 

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     Submitted August 11, 2006

You, Me, and Dupree
  ~Reviewed by
     Tim Bronx
 
***
 
Meet Molly (Kate Hudson) and Carl (Matt Dillon), two newlyweds who have just begun to settle down with stable jobs, a beautiful house, and nice neighbors.  Meet Dupree (Owen Wilson), the party loving, childish bachelor who happens to be Carl's best friend.  Watch Dupree loose his job.  Watch Carl convince Molly to take Dupree in.  Watch Dupree ruin their lives.
      
      This movie is a classic case of people living together who just aren’t compatible, very much in the tradition of The Odd Couple except here it's The Odd Triple.  Dupree manages to screw up in every way possible, whether it's ordering HBO without asking first, lying around the house naked, walking in on the couple during intimate moments, or burning down their house.  While many of these situations are humorous, you can't ride a movie on these alone and when taken to the extreme these situations just aren’t funny (Does anyone find amusing watching a couples house burn down in flames?).
 
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     Submitted July 21, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

  ~ Reviewed by

        Tim Bronx

 

****

 

Arghhhhh, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back and better then ever.  Along for the ride are a giant sea monster, an all star cast, sea battles, ghost ships, sword fights, cannibals, a voodoo enchantress and pretty much everything else you could want from a Pirate film.  Oh wait, did you want it to actually have a intricate plot?  No!  We just wanted to be entertained, and the movie does a pretty damn fine job of that.

 

On the eve of their wedding night Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightly), are taken into custody for helping good ol' Jack Sparrow escape in the previous film.  Will Turner has to retrieve from Jack a very important and unique compass on behalf of the East India Trading Company, or it's off to the Gallows for both him and his fiancÚ.  So Will goes after Jack, and eventually Elizabeth goes after Will, leading up to Will, Jack, and Elizabeth all meeting up for fantastic sword fights, witty banter, and a bit of love triangle.  Along the way are Davy Jones (played spectacularly by Bill Nighy) and his crew of sea creatures, to whom Jack happens to owe his soul.

 

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     Submitted July 11, 2006

 

Superman Returns

     ~Reviewed by

       Tim Bronx

 

**** 

 

The Superman Saga returns after a long absence with new actors, new little story twists (Lois Lane with a son?), and new top of the line special effects; but boy it looks better then ever.

 

Superman (Brandon Routh) returns after a five year absence, during which he went searching for his home planet Krypton (although it is never clear why it took so long).  The inhabitants of earth welcome him back enthusiastically, and he manages to fit back into his old lifestyle for the most part, both as Superman and Clark Kent.  Some things though have changed.

 

In the time he was gone, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) got hitched and gave birth to a five year old son, Jason.  She also won a Pulitzer for her editorial titled "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman."  With the release of Lex Luthor (the wonderful Kevin Spacey) from jail though, and another diabolical scheme of his to rule the world, she might just change her mind.

 

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     Submitted July 6, 2006

 

Memoirs of a Geisha

  by Arthur Golden

     ~Reviewed by
         Splinteredwalls

 

****

 

Geisha don’t walk, but float like silk cherry blossoms caught in the current of a stream.

 

Or at least they do in director Rob Marshall’s controversial film, Memoirs of a Geisha, based of the best-selling book by Arthur Golden which also inspired some debate during its release in 1997.

 

Though it is bursting at the seams with gorgeous scenes, this romantic portrait of traditional Japanese culture is distorted through the lens of American media. Instead of implementing subtitles, the actors and actresses (who are mostly Chinese) speak English, instantly stripping off a layer of the film’s authenticity.

 

Golden’s book, written after 15 years of research, is translated in 32 languages, but incorporates Japanese words and phrases, and of course, a multitude of details and metaphors that are nearly impossible to recapture perfectly on screen.

 

The protagonist, a young girl named Chiyo (played by Suzuka Ohgo) is devastatingly separated from her older sister when they are sold to a trader by their father. Chiyo, who is then sold to an okiya, or geisha house, in Koyoto, becomes a renowned geisha who is renamed Sayuri, played by famous Chinese actress, Ziyi Zhang.

 

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     Submitted on June 24, 2006

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