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The Blind Side 

Thankfully, the Holiday season is over. For Bongo And the Point it was a hectic time. Much rehearsing and many gigs as well as all the normal Holiday season rush made it very, very busy. We didn't see many movies. We did see "Avatar" but that was about it. There's been plenty already written about "Avatar," so I'll only say it was beautiful, but the story was a rehash of many other sci-fi/fantasy stories I've read; and sci-fi/fantasy is one of my favorite genres. If you don't read much of it, “Avatar” may…Read more

A Christmas Carol 

How many times can one story be told? If it’s “A Christmas Carol” I’ve lost count. But now Jim Carrey stars in yet another version, this one released by The Walt Disney company. What makes this one different? First off is the fact that this one is computer animated. If you saw “The Polar Express” a couple of years ago then you have an idea of the technology used and now you can see how far it has progressed. Quite far, as it turns out. And I think the technology advanced even during the making of this film…Read more

Noble Things 

So when we were at the Hollywood Rose on Thursday, the manager, George Jones, suggested we come back on Friday night to see a film called, “Noble Things.” He said that the producer, Ruben Neubuaer, and the writer/director/star Brett Moses would be there for the Texas Premier and he wanted to introduce us. So Bree and I went back Friday. (Dee couldn’t, as she was judging a music contest in Winsboro Friday night.) Rueben and Brett are great guys and we had a nice talk with them.

Here again is a movie I would…Read more

2012 

Last Thursday I wrote that we weren’t going to the movies that night but we finished our vocal practice and were able to go after all. As often happens, because I don’t pay that much attention to entertainment news and don’t see a lot of trailers I was under the wrong impression about what this was going to be. The year 2012 is a year that has significant meaning to many. The Long Count Calendar of the Ancient Mayans ends on Dec 21, 2012. There isn't much information regarding what the Mayans thought would…

Don't Listen To Me - I'm An Idiot! 

This week it looks like we’ll be unable to go to the movies; we’re beginning to rehearse Christmas songs for upcoming concerts during the Holiday season, and that is taking up every spare minute we have together. But, what the hey?

It has come to my attention in the last couple of weeks that some folks aren’t going to see some movies I haven’t particularly liked and are giong to see some of those I have. I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. Don’t listen to me! What do I know? When I wrote my first review I…

The Men Who Stare At Goats 

The Men Who Stare At Goats” starring, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey.

We went to see Disney’s new version of The Christmas Carol last night. But at the last minute we changed our minds and went to see “The Men Who Stare At Goats” instead. Why? That’s what some in our party wanted to see and, after all, how could you not be curious about a movie called “The Men Who Stare At Goats?” And besides, I was concerned I might be disappointed with yet another re-telling of Dickens’…

Astro Boy 

So, for me this picture had two things going against it before I went to see it. First, I don’t care for anime. Second, I didn’t know the backstory. Who is Astro Boy and what does he do? I don’t know.

I’ve always been an animation fan; as a child, as an adolescent, as a teen ager, and even now. But I never liked anime from the first time it came on TV back in the ‘60s. I remember one show about a lion, I think it was called Kimba. No thanks. The other one I remember was Speed Racer. At that time I was…Read more

Where the Wild Things Are 

I’ve been putting off writing this for almost a week. Why? Because I really only like writing positive reports. And on the positive side I can say that the creatures and the interaction with the Max, the little boy, are stunning. I attended a speech given by Jim Henson around 1985. During the question and answer period I asked him how long it would be before we would see muppets who would appear to be alive and actually speaking. I guess the answer was 25 years. Live puppetry and computer animation make…Read more

Pandorum 

We accidentally went to see “Pandorum” last week. I say accidentally because we didn’t know what kind of movie it was. We knew it was science fiction but we didn’t know that it was really a horror film set in a space ship. It would be better titled “PanGORum.” If we had known what it was going to be we have chosen something else.

Now my mother used to say if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all. So it has taken me a few days to think of something nice to say about this movie; it…Read more

Surrogates 

In the first five minutes we learn what has happened. An inventor who is wheel chair bound invented a means whereby he and people like him could still participate in society. By placing a device on his head he could control a “surrogate,” (a robot controlled by the power of the mind), and vicariously be a normal “human being.” Of course, the military immediately took the device to develop it as a weapon. That in turn brought the price down so that consumers could afford such devices. This is a repeatable…