Review

The Big Screen
12:31 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Movie Review: Django Unchained

I know many of us have gone to a movie simply because of the “over-hype” where the end product was nowhere nearly as good as the sales job. I have just discovered another arena of disappointment: “over-expectation.” As a big fan of westerns and of the films of Quentin Tarantino, I have awaited Django Unchained as if it were the star on top of the Christmas tree. Imagine my surprise when the film he delivered did not live up to what I envisioned he could deliver. And I’m not saying it’s a bad film, but it has enough little things wrong with it to chalk it up as a disappointment.


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Mark Heyne Reviews
12:32 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Book Review: SI Kids "Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball"

Our Mark Heyne, an avowed baseball (and Reds) fan, reviews the new Sports Illustrated Kids Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball, which provides the youngest fan with lots of fun information about America’s Pastime. For Reds fans, the book lists Aroldis Chapman as one of baseball’s top 3 hardest throwers and Pete Rose in two of its lists: top leadoff hitters and top unbreakable records for his 4,256 hits. 


The Big Screen
12:31 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Movie Review: Hitchcock

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are starring in the story of the Hollywood legend who brought us The Birds, North by Northwest and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock is now playing in local theaters and Larry Thomas has a review.

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For A Fancy Holiday Table
12:32 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Book Review: Top 100 step-by-step Napkin Folds

David Delegator has a review of a book that every party-giver, event organizer, restaurant owner, and caterer should have. Denise Vivaldo has catered over 10,000 events, including the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball, and she has assembled Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds: More than 1,000 Photographs.


The Big Screen
12:31 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Movie Review: Deadfall

Best known for the crime drama The Counterfeiters that won the foreign-language Oscar in 2008, Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky's Deadfall is his English-language debut feature. I was interested in seeing Deadfall since, despite despising cold, snowy Midwest winters, I have a fascination with movies that have a cold, snowy setting. Films like the Swedish vampire masterpiece Let the Right One In, or the Coen Brothers classic Fargo. Deadfall was obviously influenced by Fargo.


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