Thursday, May 31, 2007

Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full and Traveling Wilburys

Two new releases are coming up shortly. Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" comes out on June 5. The video for "Dance Tonight" is already available to watch at YouTube. Check out

Also, the virtually complete two-disc set of "The Traveling Wilburys" is available on June 12. Check out

I say virtually because there's other stuff they left off like the extended mixes and the instrumentals. Oh well.

There's supposed to be a new Ringo Starr greatest hits, but I haven't seen it yet.

And probably for Lennon, the 85th greatest hits album for him.

Nothing on group matters at this time.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Hot Fuzz Review

"Hot Fuzz" was a big surprise for me. It's made by the same people who made "Shaun of the Dead", another movie I really liked.

Anyway, I thought that this would just be a silly copper caper, but it turned out to be so much more...and both funny and gruesome too!

My highest rating!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Rocky Balboa

I am one of these strange people that has to see every movie of a particular movie series even after the series goes down the toilet. Strangely enough, the "Rocky" series never did. It's really a matter of taste. Either you like the "Rocky" movies, or you hate them. Jokes aside, Sylvester Stallone is really a great writer and actually writes dialogue and stories that seem plausible. An aging Rocky Balboa reentering the boxing ring years after retirement seems like a ludicrous idea, but Stallone uses real life examples such as George Foreman's latter-day bout and constructs a story that logically creates a reality that one can accept a geezer boxing away. Every Rocky movie is somewhat over the top, so that has to be accepted if one is to watch these. I would consider "Rocky III" (Mr. T) and "Rocky IV" (Dolph Lundgren) to be the craziest of the series, yet somehow even those two movies have one foot based in reality. I don't know how he does it. I also don't know how Stallone takes basically the same story and somehow makes it exciting over and over and over again.

Mark Arnold

Monday, May 07, 2007

Spider-Man 3 and Superman 3

I just saw "Spider-Man 3" and I have to ask, why do all movie series starring superheroes have to get both "over the top" and also "extraordinarily silly" by the time they get to the third film?!? Both "Spider-Man 3" and "Superman 3" (from 1983) qualify for this. Even "X-Men 3", "Star Trek III", "Jaws 3", "Alien 3", etc. all suffer from a serious case of "What do we do next to top ourselves and write us out of a corner? I know, let's make it embarrassingly silly, or so extreme in action, so that we don't have to do a fourth one!"

Superhero movies in general are hard for me to take seriously. I have no problem with the movies being silly (like Adam West's "Batman") as long as that's the precedent established with the first movie of the series.

So, did I like "Spider-Man 3". Yes. In places. But there are scenes that will make even the most die-hard fan cringe.

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