Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Trial, by Reverend Rickey McDonald (2011)

(nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) Whenever I read certain books about spirituality and religion, and the book speaks to God doing something like sitting in judgment—say over Sodom and Gommorah—I always … Continue reading

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Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, by Lee Child (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) One of my favorite things about Jack Reacher is his combination of intelligence and toughness. He has wits, training, and experience—as former Commander of the … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby (2013 film)

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald would have shit a Duesenberg had he seen Baz Luhrman’s film, “The Great Gatsby;” I think Zelda would have loved it. Luhrman has definitely put his particular spin on the classic book. There are bright … Continue reading

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Eight Miles High (Das Wilde Leben) (2007)

(note: I chose to watch “Eight Miles High,” because it dawned on me that I’d watched movies with the number Eight in their title two consecutive nights. Could I make it a third? You betcha. The good thing is that … Continue reading

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Top Down, by Jim Lehrer (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) I made one huge mistake with Jim Lehrer’s new book, “Top Down.” I started reading it with the idea that I’d get through a few … Continue reading

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Super 8 (2011)

(nb: Thanks Brother Marky for making me watch this) “Super 8” is director J.J. Abrams’s loving tribute to Stephen Spielberg’s films of childhood wonder, films like “E.T. The Extraterrestrial,” “Close Encounters of The Third Kind,” and “The Goonies.” It’s sort … Continue reading

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Eight Men Out (1988)

One of my favorite scenes in “Eight Men Out” comes near the final act. The baseball owners—all of whom have figured out that the 1919 World Series was fixed—have selected Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis to be the new Baseball Commissioner, … Continue reading

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