Michael Jackson’s This Is It is an homage to what a really superb entertainer Michael was. The music and dancing are fantastic, and the scope of what this concert production was going to be is exciting to see. I recommend you watch it in surround sound if you can!
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Check out the movie Beulah Land, an epic dramatizing the lives of two passionate families during the early to mid 1800s in Georgia. Follow the Kendricks of Beulah Land and the Davises of Oaks Plantations as both families love, prosper and live during and after the Civil War.
Checkout this fantastic, soulful CD called Rockferry by Welsh singer Duffy. She has a retro-blues, 60′s sound. Duffy reminds me of Dusty Springfield or Lulu. All the tracks are simultaneously soothing and rhythmic. This unique, expressive singer will definitely beguile you.
Appaloosa, a western directed by Ed Harris, takes place in a dusty town suffering under rancher Randall Bragg, played by Jeremy Irons. Appaloosa officials hire two friends, renegade lawmen Virgil Cole and Everette Hitch, to arrest Bragg. The arrival of a young widow complicates relationships between all the menfolk.
Jodi Picoult has done it again! She has written another page-turner that grabs at your heart. In her most recent book, Handle with Care, we encounter Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe’s struggle to care for their daughter, Willow, who was born with brittle bone disease. To make matters worse, Charlotte decides to sue her obstetrician, who happens to be her best friend. Willow’s older sister, Amelia, adds difficulties to the group dynamic as she tries to handle the major issues that surround the entire family. Once more, Picoult takes us on a rollercoaster of hope, regret, tension and surprise.
Grey Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens are must-see documentaries. We are pulled into mother Edith’s and daughter Little Edie’s fascinating relationship. They also happen to be Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ relatives! The pair lived in a deteriorated mansion in East Hampton with their cats, raccoons, and their captivating stories.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles is a wonderful new DVD adaptation of the classic novel by Thomas Hardy. Excellent acting and entrancing film-making turn this mini-series into a marvelous piece of work. Our spirited heroine, Tess, is hurt by one man and forsaken by another. The actress playing Tess is fantastic.
David Ebershoff’s intriguing, timely story, The 19th Wife, weaves together the past and present drama of polygamy in the Mormon Church. The author connects you with Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, and a modern-day mystery in which another wife is accused of murdering her polygamous husband.
Now on DVD, James Michener‘s Centennial is one of the best made-for-TV mini-series ever produced. The acting is superb, the photography is amazing, the costumes and portrayals of the Native Americans are well researched and brilliant. A great epic to watch with your family — they don’t make TV movies like this anymore.
I loved The 5 Browns’ Browns in Blue. Brothers and sisters play extraordinary piano along with other musicians. They have a great mix of selections from Chopin to Gershwin. Many varied and emotional musical shades are in store for your listening pleasure!