Reviews by DBJC
As a viola player I was very excited to see a huge book of viola songs. However, when I go the book, I was a bit put off because I didn't know most of them. All the songs are very easy to play, but they sound bland without an accompaniment, either a piano or CD accompaniment. For example, "Clocks" is one of the songs in this book, but the only thing arranged is the melody. If you've heard "Clocks" you would know that there's a moving base line. So just playing the melody sounds kind of strange. But I did enjoy playing "Love Story", "Colors of the Wind," and "Theme from Schindler's List" because they sounded fine. The arrangements are easy as I said before, which means that they won't sound exactly like you heard them on the CD, movie, or whatever. But you can just play them however you want. It's a good book to learn the basic melody, but if you're planning on using this without an accompaniment I would think twice.
I've seen this movie multiple times and it is definitely worth all the times that I've seen it. Russell Crowe plays his part as John Nash EXCEEDINGLY WELL. But the one thing that I loved the most was how complicated yet beautiful Nash's mind is. Yes, I used the word "beautiful" because there isn't any other word that I could use to describe his mind. He's haunted by this illness but yet his mind explodes in numbers and twisted configurations that only his mind can understand. He cracks codes just by looking at them because his mind is constantly moving. The other part of this movie that I LOVED was the soundtrack by James Horner. It will ALWAYS be one of my favorites because of how Horner composed the music. Beautiful, yet calculating...and Charlotte Church's voice adds to the beauty. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. Yes, yes, yes.
I'm not a child, but I love these little books about different nations and cultures. I mean I REALLY like them. I figured that it would take too much time to read a full book on one country, so I picked up these little books to direct me on my way. They are VERY HELPFUL in directing research. If you don't anything about a country, I would recommend reading books like these because they help get you started. India is the one that I happen to pick up first because I have always wanted to know more about India. Of course it doesn't tell you everything, but the little facts and overviews are very informational. They also give a good overview of major historical events that happened as well. Since these books are also labeled as "youth," they're good for children as well. Probably those in 5th grade and up because of the vocabulary.
I'm not very good with math, so I picked this up as a companion to my calculus class. Boy, was that a mistake. They don't explain much in this book, especially when it comes to the Chain Rule. Please, for the safety of your grades find something else to help you with your homework. I wish I could recommend something else, but I haven't gotten to reading all the other calculus books. But, just don't get this one.
This movie was embarrassingly predictable. So much that it hurt. It was actually going fine until a "plot twist" that drove the movie down. Way down. The only good thing about this movie was the music. The ending was also terribly unsatisfying and kind of made me angry that I took the time to go see it. I desperately wish that this movie was better, way better. It really could have been promising if they didn't choose a route that included several items from the book of science fiction cliches. The plot could have been better, the action could have been better, the characters could have been more fleshed out. Some people that I've talked to said that they liked it but it wasn't for me. At least check out the soundtrack by M83.