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Monday, January 29th, 2007

Subject:Blood and Chocolate-Not as bad as I thought it would be.
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:5:48 pm.

Blood and Chocolate, based on the book by Annette Curtis Klause, directed by Katja von Garnier is an interspecies romance based in modern day Bucharest. Writers Ehren Kruger and Christopher Landon take us down a path as interesting as driving in the Great Plains.

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Subject:The Departed-This film is full of unexceptional things.
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:5:12 pm.

“The Departed,” is a cop, snitch, mob drama centered in Boston. Directed by Martin Scorsese, “The Departed’s” screenplay, written by William Monahan, Siu Fai Mak and Felix Chong, leads the audience through a brilliantly written maze of lies, violence and vengeance. Even a strong screenplay can’t save the movie from Martin Scorsese’s unnecessary gore and the actors’ melodrama.
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Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Subject:Pan’s Labyrinth is a mystical and whimsical fairy tale wrapped in horrifying war story
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:2:00 pm.

Pan’s Labyrinth, or El Laberinto del Fauno, is a mystical and whimsical fairy tale wrapped in horrifying war story. Set in World War II in Spain, Guillermo del Toro’s story will make you fascinated and leave you with your mouth wide open.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Subject:The Queen - Its screenplay is the epitome of UK personality.
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:11:03 pm.

“The Queen” attempts to make British Royalty understandable in typical British style; with diverse but subdued emotions. Finely directed by Stephen Frears, and complexly written by Peter Morgan, “The Queen” tries to offer an explanation to the strange behavior of the royals after Princess Diana’s death. “The Queen” is a teeter-totter story of the balance between old and new.

Queen Elizabeth the Second, regally portrayed by Helen Mirren, strikes an uncaring and cold cord to the British people and the world when Princess Diana is killed. She refuses to address the nation. She refuses to allow her grand children to go to Paris to see her body. She even refuses to allow Prince Charles, Alex Jenning’s character, to fly on the royal jet to see Diana while she is in critical care. When Diana finally dies, she doesn’t want a public funeral. The British people cry out for her attention and she provides none.
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Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Subject:Charlotte's Web - A sweet movie based on a sweet story.
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:2:00 pm.

Charlotte’s Web, based on the book by E.B. White, directed by Gary Winick, film story by Earl Hamner Jr. and screenplay by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick is a heart warming story of friendship, loyalty and acceptance.

When a runt pig is born, a little girl, Fern, talks her father out of slaughtering the pig. Fern, played by Dakota Fanning, raises the pig, Wilbur, by hand until the pig is too large to stay in the house. She takes Wilbur, voice by Dominic Scott Kay, to live with her uncle. It is only after Wilbur goes to live with her uncle that Fern realizes that her pig will be slaughtered for Christmas dinner.
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Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Subject:Climates - can a movie have nothing happen, and have bad actors, and still be a good movie.
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:12:13 pm.

“Climates”, or “Iklimler”, directed, written, and staring by Nuri Bilge Ceylan as well as Ebru Ceylan, is a Turkish movie, about an aging, self absorbed professor and his failing relationship with his girlfriend. “Climates” answers the age old movie question; can a movie have nothing happen, have bad actors and a bad script and still have a good movie?

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Subject:The Italian-This movie gives Russian film makers a good name!
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:11:10 am.

The Italian or Italianetz, is directed by Andrei Kravchuk, and written by Andrei Romanov, is the story of a Russian orphan child who will do anything to find his biological mother, even if it costs him everything. This movie gives Russian film makers a good name!
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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Subject:Proves a spy movie can be as dull as a documentary on aluminum foil
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:11:47 pm.
The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro, written by Eric Roth, and staring Matt Damon, and Angelina Jolie is one person’s hum-drum story as part of the beginning of organized espionage in the United States. Contrary to cinematic history, “The Good Shepherd” proves a spy movie can be as dull as a documentary on aluminum foil.

While he, Edward Wilson, is in college he falls in love with a deaf woman, played by Tammy Blanchard, who fills his heart. Edward Wilson, Matt Damon’s character, is recruited into the Office of Strategic Services or OCC (international espionage) out of the Skull and Bones Organization while in college.

His decision to join the world of the covert takes a heavy toll on his and his family’s personal life. In a moment of weakness though he sleeps with Clover Russell, Angelina Jolie’s character, and she gets pregnant. Wilson and Russell marry just before he is sent off into the world of the OSS. Wilson and Russell are parted for six years in which time their child is born and begins to grow up. His wife even changes her name and he doesn’t know.

Wilson’s adventures in intrigue begin by picking his assistant, Arch Cummings, played by Billy Crudup. The criteria for the assistant to a European OSS officer is as follows: 1. You must be a smart ass to your potential boss. 2. You must be able to answer the phone. The scene to find his assistant is lengthy and in the end pans out to be completely excessive. In the end his assistant could have been a gorilla painted blue for all it matters to the plot of the film.

Following the Cliché Movie Plot 101, we then meet arch nemesis, Stas Siyanko, nicknamed Ulysses. Siyanko, played by the striking Oleg Stefan, and Wilson have a respectful and surprisingly amorous relationship. Their relationship is the only part of the movie that doesn’t encourage you to study the back of your eyelids.

Wilson finally returns home to live a long and unsatisfied life with his wife and son until his wife leaves him.

The only “plot twist” is twisty as spaghetti. Who is the bad guy? Is he really a bad guy? What will Wilson do? Who cares? Not me.

The wildly passionate “moment of weakness” made me as hot as bowl of rocky road. In the world of movies today it is hard to think of two less beautiful or sexy actors as Jolie and Damon. Even so, their independent sexuality does nothing for their chemistry as a couple. Their one sex scene is awkward and cold. It left me wondering what they would look like if they were having sex with Ben Affleck.

It isn’t surprising that their sex is absent of all heat because Damon plays Wilson like a walking corpse. In the opening scene Damon walks stiffly into the frame. He must have skipped starching his clothes and chose instead to starch himself. I believe that De Niro was trying to make a point about the focused, simple demeanor of the people of the CIA and the OSS. Even so, we could have gone to a movie about how to paint a bird house if we wanted to be bored stiff.

Jolie is a beautiful and as good an actor as ever in this roll. Beauty and good acting can’t save a poorly written character. Jolie’s character is bazaar. Her life is a ping-pong game of emotional irrationalities. I expected Clover/Margaret/Who-ever to get naked, and run through the sprinkler in her front yard before renting a bazooka from the local fisherman and killing her husband with it.

Eric Roth and Robert De Nero should be congratulated for creating a new genre of spy movie, the Blah-spionage. It is a rare group of people who can de-sexify Angela Jolie, can un-hunkify Matt Damon, can bore-ify being a spy and create a tremendously idiotic plot twist. I don’t know if you have to go to school to become this drab or to gain the skills to unwind natural talent but if you don’t, Roth and Di Nero should open one.

If you decide to see “The Good Shepherd” bring someone with you. Every fifteen minutes or so take turns pinching each other or poking each other in the eye so you don’t fall asleep.

~LaRae Meadows
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Monday, December 18th, 2006

Subject:Eragon, The Perfect C
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:12:06 am.
I waited with baited breath for the climax of this film. I was left to finish myself off because there was no cinematic orgasm. The film at the end of movie didn’t wrap anything up for the audience and leaves the sneaking suspicion that there will be a sequel.

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Friday, December 1st, 2006

Subject:For Your Consideration
Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:8:04 am.
This movie does not blow a goat, it in fact blows several goats. “For Your Consideration” is worth seeing if you are suicidal but unsure you can go through with it and need a little push over the edge or if you have someone to make out with.

“For Your Consideration”, directed and co-written by Christopher Guest and co-written by Eugene Levy is a comedy based in Los Angeles about a bunch of washed up “C List” stars who find out there is internet Oscar buzz about the ridiculous movie “Home for Purim” they are currently filming. The buzz makes the actors and everyone else connected to the film lose their minds.
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Posted by:laraemeadows.
Time:7:34 am.
This movie is insightful, disheartening and the acting stirring.

“Bobby” directed and written by Emilio Estevez is set on the day of the California Presidential Primary Elections in 1968. Set in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, William H. Macy, Shia LaBeouf and many others share one location with seemingly loosely related story lines. Actual footage of Bobby Kennedy is spliced into the movie, mostly to give context to the times that the characters are currently living in.
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Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

Posted by:breakinthelaw.
Time:5:12 pm.
the rolling stone cd was excellent, i listened to it a few times, i still have it for like two more weeks. i give the cd

the byrds cd was also very good and long too!

i havent really read the who book yet, but it has some very good pictures..

The beatles story dvd was pretty good, a little boring but good..

i went to the library again today, i got:

The beatles, in washington, d.c., feb. 11th, 1964-DVD- ill be watching this tonight..

Led Zeppelin, how the west was won-CD- ive heard some stuff off of this im looking forward to hearing the rest, this is one of the only led zeppelin cds i dont have...

2 REVOLVER Magazines- i just got these because one had an article on velvet revolver and the other had one on slayer.

The book of rock stars-BOOK- this looked okay, so i got it, its a very skinny book, "24 musical icons that shine through history"

The Zombies, The singles collection- robyn got me this one on her card because you can only take out 3 cds, which was led zeppelin. im listing to it right now, i like it ALOT...
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Monday, May 10th, 2004

Subject:I went to the library today..
Posted by:breakinthelaw.
Time:8:47 pm.
Mood: sweaty.
I went to the library today. i had lost my card a few moths ago. i had to pay a dollar to get a new one, but thats ok. i got:

The Beatles story- DVD, planning on watching that tonight... or tommorow night.

The Essential Byrds- CD, planning on listening to this soon..

Rolling stones: Beggars banquet- CD, also planning on listenm to this soon...

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, The Comple Chronicle of The Who: 1958-1798- book: i looked at some of the pictures it looked good, so i got it. its a pretty huge book.

well thats what i got on my trip to the library..
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Sunday, May 9th, 2004

Posted by:senomar.
Time:5:46 pm.
Mood: tired.
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Posted by:senomar.
Time:5:04 pm.
Mood: good.
Here's a quick instruction manual for how to use your local library.

Step 1: Entering The Library: Remember to have a library card. Many an idiot (including myself) arrive at the library without a card and ultimately get themselves furious and leave. If you don't have a card, register one so you can use it. Sometimes you'll need a parent to register if you're under a certain age. If not, I.D. is a good thing to have on you.

Step 2: Searching For a Subject: Seek out any computers. If the library has them, try to find their catalog or search directory, and look for whatever you think you might be interested in. By searching, for example, 'rock n roll', you can find a great selection of rock videos, biographies, and albums. If you have any other concerns with searching, ask a reference librarian. Their desk is usually marked with 'Reference' or a variation of the term.

Step 3: Finding Your Item: If you have trouble finding your item(s), then you should consult a reference librarian. 8 times out of 10, they can find it. Otherwise, you'll get the disappointing words, "Oh, it was JUST taken out earlier."

Step 4: Checking Out: Go to the checkout desk (it's usually at the front of the library) and hand them your card, followed by what you'll be renting. They hopefully will give you a slip of the date(s) in which your items need to be returned. It is CRUCIAL that you return the stuff, because fines can get disgustingly high (I once had an 18 dollar fine, yeugh) in a number of days, and also, consider the other people who want to rent those things!

More tips:

Find the library hours and the library's phone number or reference desk number to plan your trips in the future. It helps to know when they open and close so you have enough time to get there, look around, and even spend a few hours reading, if you'd like. A typical trip to the library takes about 15 minutes to an hour.

You can't expect certain libraries to have modern, excellent material. A good chum of mine searched 'Bam Margera' on the search directory. Well, of course nothing showed up besides a DVD of 'Grind'.

If you want to speed up the process and make a few people happy, you can donate things. The library loves donations. They'll accept pretty much anything and you can expect to see it on the shelves and database in about a week or two subsequent to your donation.

Be wary of some library bathrooms.

For Christ's sake, wash your hands when you exit the library, for your own safety. People are always leaving the library and going to eat Ethiopian food with their hands twenty seconds later.

You can use the library as a way to advertise. Posting flyers for concerts, benefits, dinners, etc. can be done, as libraries have arrays of bulletin boards. If you talk to them, they will gladly tape your advertisement on one of the boards, or something similar.

Also, read the bulletin boards and flyers, because they offer information about programs, community services, excercise classes, and other opportunites.

Ask about book sales. They're an amazing way to acquire incredibly cheap books and other miscellaneous items. Some good antiques, as well.

I know this is a routine procedure for most of you, but there are some people who need instruction. Well, maybe not, but I figured it would be a good introductory post.
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