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Skadoosh!

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 29 June 2008 05:18 (A review of Kung Fu Panda)

An incredibly delightful film about a panda, Po, raised by a goose (Which they never explain.) who yearns to do more than be a noodle maker. At once an homage to martial arts film and a parody of them, it follows Po on his journey to become the legendary Dragon Warrior. Plenty of laughs, some well done pathos and extraordinary animation make this a "watch again" for me. Suitable for all but the smallest and most sensitive children.

Oh, and stay to watch the credits.


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Excellent Reference!

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 1 October 2007 05:01 (A review of The Magician's Companion: A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism)

Very complete guide to magical and religious symbolism. A must for the casual or serious student of the occult!


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The Shroud of Turin is REAL?

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 29 September 2007 03:46 (A review of The Jesus Conspiracy: Turin Shroud and the Truth About the Resurrection)

A thoroughly enjoyable ramble through history that was written with an eye toward the dramatic. The authors have set out not to disprove that the Shroud of Turin was the burial cloth of Jesus, but to prove he didn't die and the resurrection, as it is believed in, was a fake.


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NOT Princess Bride

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 28 September 2007 09:28 (A review of Stardust)

I'm afraid I have to start this review by saying that the director failed. By his own admission he set out to make a new Princess Bride, for a new generation. And, not sadly, he failed totally. Stardust is as far from Princess Bride, as much as I love Princess Bride, as 2001 was from Mars Needs Women. Princess Bride is an adult, tongue in cheek look at fairy tales. Stardust is, in every sense, a true fairy tale.

There is so much to love about this movie. But I think what I loved best was that for two hours I was transported to a world where there was truly only good and evil, where the questions of life were simple and the answers even more simple. I was transported back to the world of my childhood where you knew who to trust, where nothing could stop Love and where, even if he was afraid, the Hero did what was right.


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I, Human?

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 19 September 2007 07:35 (A review of The Robots of Dawn)

The third in Asimov's Robot series, Robots of Dawn sees Elijah Baley once more called upon by the Spacers to solve a crime, in the case the "murder" of the human-form robot. Asimov is deft in his doling out of clues as the detective struggles to adapt to an exotic, foreign culture that challenges the reader to evaluate our own culture. Although worthy of praise as a whodunit, this novel examines many issues still relevant today and what it means to be human.


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20th Century Vamps

Posted : 10 years, 2 months ago on 18 September 2007 03:23 (A review of Children of the Night)

Not your average vampire tale, this fast paced story takes you from the beautiful foothills of Boulder, Colorado to dark Transylvania. Alternating between the quest of a young doctor to save the child she has adopted and the first person memories of Vlad himself, Simmons, as always, leaves you with the feeling you have actually been to the places he takes you.

Definitely a page turner (I stayed up to 4 am to finish it) that brings Dracula into the 20th century!


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