Category: Music

February 25, 2013 Rhonda
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

There are several older movies that stick with you since you first saw them, and were lucky enough to be treated to seeing them again and again during holidays on TV, before we could instantly view them at any time. There was the Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Yes, Musings did review the latest version of the movie based on the modern classic by Roald Dahl, which starred Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton remake, but this time we are going to focus on the original, and when you get to see this movie exactly how it is meant to be seen, you will wonder why it……

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January 22, 2013 Rhonda
Hello, Dolly! (1969)

Some days, you just need to step back into some nostalgia when things aren’t going so well, and after receiving some disturbing news, which might not be so disturbing, after all, you need to kick back with an old movie. This was in our collection, and hadn’t made it to Musings as of yet, so we thought we’d give it a try. This is a tale of Americana in the 1890s, not in the Wild West, but in New York City and an upstate Hudson River town, Yonkers. Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is the ultimate yenta, and she can arrange just about everything from dates and marriages to dance lessons, but as she is widowed, she has a bit more……

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October 16, 2012 Rhonda
Queen of the Damned : This time there are no interviews.

I read first three book of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles back in the 1980s, and this movie adaptation was far superior to the first movie from the series, but it was more of a melding of the second and third book. Back in the 80s, vampires did not sparkle. Sure they were easy on the eyes, and very charming from a mortal’s POV, but in Rice’s world, it was a whole other world normal people could not be privy to. In this tale, Lestat (Stuart Townsend) is back in his favourite home town of New Orleans, and the the city has grown up around him while he slept. He woke to hear music, and after quenching his thirst on a……

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August 12, 2012 Rhonda
World’s Greatest Temples Mahjong

If you like many variations on a theme in one game, then World’s Greatest Temples Mahjong is exactly what you are looking for. This takes the old-fashioned mahjong solitaire and kicks it up a notch with variations, such as logic match, and match 7, in which you match the tiles with the seven tiles at the bottom of the screen. There is also some historical eye candy to keep you interested as your game takes you through history and around the globe to places like Amenhotep’s Temple of Karnak, and Angkor Wat in Southeast Asia, just as an example. Globetrotting and time-trotting is lots of fun in this game that will keep your mind and eyes sharp and you go……

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July 11, 2012 Cleave
Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

Today I heard the absolute best rock version of The Star Spangled Banner I have ever heard. The song sent chills down my spine and goose bumps on my skin. It was not the old dry and drawn out for ever and a day version you keep hearing at sporting events. No, this one is a celebration of America and a tribute to those that choose to serve this country, not only those that service in the military but also the police and fire fighters as well. They want you to know and feel what those that protect us are doing so proudly and many times at great cost to themselves. Sometimes even their lives. This is a song that……

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