Monday, November 27, 2006
Cars with Owen Wilson
Cars--directed by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft which stars Owen Wilson and Paul Newman--is an animated movie about a race car. While on the way to a big race, the car crashes and destroys many belongings in a community. Because of this error, the car is sentenced to community service and during this service it bonds with the community's residents.
- It's an original children's movie that actually appeals to a larger audience thanks to its wit
- The detailed animation is impressive
- Cars provides a good lesson
- Aside from getting used to a speaking stock car, there isn't too much
Cars is another strong effort from Pixar. It's original, witty, and provides a good lesson. If you like animated films, it's worth a rental or purchase.
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Thursday, November 23, 2006
Apple's iPod Shuffle
The new Apple iPod Shuffle is a compact and affordably priced iPod. The device is just 1.62 x 1.07 x .41 inches and it weights just half an ounce. The device can be clipped on to any piece of clothing so you can easily use it while you're active.
- Affordably priced
- Very small and portable
- There's no screen due to its size, so you can't see what song you're playing on this iPod
The Apple iPod Shuffle is a great addition to the line of iPods. While not having a screen is a bit of a negative, its compact size and low price point are hard to ignore.
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Friday, November 17, 2006
The Simpsons--The Complete Ninth Season
The Simpsons--The Complete Ninth Season, directed by David Silverman, is a four disk set that consists of over 20 episodes. The season has several classic episodes, including one hilarious one that pitted Homer against the City of New York. New York prevailed as he left tired and frustrated. "Lisa the Simpson" and "Bart Star" are among the other strong episodes.
- The Simpsons is a hilarious show and some feel this season was around the series' peak
- There aren't many weak episodes included in this season of The Simpsons
- There are not many unless you aren't a fan of the show
The Simpsons--The Complete Ninth Season is a strong season of the show. If you're an avid fan of the series, this is worth purchasing or renting.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama is a book where he highlights many of his ideas on how the nation can return to its former glory. Senator Obama is a fairly centrist Democrat who is empathetic and willing to work with everyone. He provides ideas on how the government can get back in touch with the people.
- It's a thoughtful analysis that avoids using divisive terms like "us" and "them"
- His ideas seem realistic and applicable; even if special interests might make their application challenging
- There aren't many--even those on the right seem to feel that he did a nice job on this book
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream is a great read. Many believe Senator Obama could be a future president, and it's hard to disagree. I'm excited about that prospect after reading this book.
Monday, November 06, 2006
An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore
An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore is a sobering documentary about global warming and its potential impact on the planet. The film highlights facts and helps encourage action so people can fix the current environmental issues before it's too late. The format is interesting, as Gore puts on an interesting lecture, although the film cuts away to some short off-site pieces periodically.
- It's an entertaining and compelling documentary about global warming that utilizes a unique format
- An Inconvenient Truth could encourage citizens to make changes to have a positive environmental impact
- I don't see many--some tried to throw politics into this, but environmental issues shouldn't be political when the science behind it is sound
An Inconvenient Truth is definitely worth watching. If everyone watches this movie and acts upon the findings, we'll all be better off. Kudos to Gore for continuing the fight against senseless pollution and waste.
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Sunday, November 05, 2006
Small Is the New Big by Seth Godin
Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas by Seth Godin is a series of essays on numerous business and marketing topics. He encourages readers to take risks and execute what makes sense to create truly remarkable products and services. He also addresses more broad topics such as management and change.
- It's easy to read thanks to being broken up into essays
- Small Is the New Big is also pretty broad, so it's very applicable
- You may find yourself thinking a lot of it is quite intuitive--although not everyone applies what is intuitive
Small Is the New Big is a great read if you're a marketer or someone involved in creating and managing change. The topics it covers aren't rocket science, but it certainly is interesting and important.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep
The Devil Wears Prada is an adaptation of the book by Lauren Weisberger. The storyline is fair simple as it involves a recent graduate who takes a job as an assistant at a fashion publication. She wasn't into fashion, but she saw it as an opportunity to get into journalism. However, during her time there, she becomes obsessed with fashion and loses sight of her priorities. Meryl Streep plays the role of the editor-in-chief of the magazine and the movie is directed by David Frankel.
- It's an entertaining movie with a pretty good humor
- It has a good lesson, although that lesson is far from unique in Hollywood
- It doesn't break any sort of new ground
If you're a fan of light comedies/dramas, The Devil Wears Prada is worth watching. Just don't expect anything groundbreaking.
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