Reviews by PBS
Watch for Commentary! The Musical
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You might be wondering to yourself, "Why should I check out the DVD of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, when I can just get it online?" The answer is a bonus feature on this DVD, Commentary! The Musical. That's right, not only is the feature a musical, but the commentary is also sung. This amazing project is very successful, making fun of musicals, commentaries, and itself, with such songs as "There's No Asians on TV," "Ninja Ropes," and "I'm Better than Neil." Enjoy!
I'm faithful yet unbelieving
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This book is more a life philosophy than a work of fiction. Yet its place as a book of life philosophy is at odds with the events that transpire in the book, which are more fiction than a life philosophy. While the statement of life philosophy through fiction may not be a problem with some books, the blurring between reality and fiction makes it more problematic here. While there are certainly spiritual insights to be gained from this book, as well as the importance of optimism in the face of trials and danger, I'm not convinced that following this book's ideas (if that is possible) is the only recipe for a happy life. Additionally, for a book that seems to be about discovering yourself and the worth of a spiritual life, there's quite a focus on earthly treasures.
Food for thought
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It is amazing how compelling a movie can be that consists of two friends talking over dinner. The conversation starts with acting but soon bridges to issues of living a modern life. The tension and pacing (which does exist) are accomplished entirely by the dialogue. This movie will give art lovers many things to ponder. Watch when you are not tired, and buy the action figures!
Bloody Fairy Tale
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This young adult book is a good retelling of several Grimm fairy tales combined into one narrative. The book is quite self-aware (perhaps overly so) of how gory it is. This is not a PG book, or even PG-13. The interjections of the storyteller are informative and offer interesting interpretive points, though somewhat overdone, and the story itself is compelling and has an air of authenticity.
Autism Fiction
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This book begins as a detective novel from the point of view of an autistic child, but turns into something else quite different by the end. Haddon does an excellent job of putting the reader in the mind of something with autism. Haddon also uses the book to talk about family relationships, parenthood, and marriage through a different lens than the normal fare. The pacing of the book is also excellent.