Bee Gees – One For All Tour Live in Australia 1989

Originally published here at The Green Man Review!

I’m a gal of a certain age.  Which means that I grew up listening to the Bee Gees.  I remember those summers, waiting for  my local pool’s Adult Swim to wrap up so I could get back in – how dare they take a break every three hours to give people over the age of sixteen fifteen whole minutes for themselves? – and hearing “How Deep is Your Love” or “Jive Talking”.  Those harmonies soothed my savage beast, and let me focus on the important things.  Like my quickly melting bomb pop.

Even now, whenever I hear the Bee Gees, I stop for a moment to sink into their gorgeous melodies. Then I have to take a moment, because twins Barry and Maurice are no longer with us.  My heart still breaks every time I remember that fact. So getting to see their performance in 1989 was a rare treat, and one I’ll savor again and again.

First thing? This footage is BEAUTIFUL. The video is crisp and clean in close up. The audio is focused on the band, with the audience reactions turned up at the end of each song. And focusing on the band let’s you hear all the beauty of each voices, that gorgeous melding of vocals… It took me back to summer ’78, listening to Saturday Night Fever on repeat.

“Ordinary People” opens the set (you can get the complete listing here), and getting such a powerful song to start their set was a great choice.  While they do play the hits they’re best known for, I now have new Bee Gees songs that I absolutely adore, like “New York Mining Disaster 1941”, “Juliette”, and “You Win Again”. (I am aware that these are not new, but they’re new to me, and I love them.)

It’s easy to see their joy in performing, and that joy is infectious. Plus, that harmony y’all. Bonus? That goofy sibling banter between (and sometimes during) songs is a bit of fun that really gave me a “I can pretend I was there” vibe. And they sound amazing. Absolutely amazing. This has been called their best concert video, and I believe it. The brothers Gibb at the top of their vocal game, playing just about everything. It’s truly a joy to listen to.

I love the stage design – minimal, with slight touches of 80s geometric design at the base of the risers. The camerawork makes the most of this, with shots above, below, and all around the performers.

And oh man – when they dedicated “How Deep is Your Love” to their brother Andy, who had died the year before? No, YOU’RE crying. Hand me a tissue.

While I never had the pleasure of seeing them live, with this beautiful Blu-ray, I can pretend. And if you’re a fan, or just want to relive those days sunning at the pool with a popsicle, with One For Allyou can pretend too.

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All hail “Black Panther”

Nutshell: Fabulous performances, fabulous soundtrack, fabulous visuals.  And a story with ideas that’ll have you contemplating what goes on in the world – and your backyard – long after the end credits. Go. Grade: A

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

Story: T’Challa, prince of the African nation of Wakanda, must take the mantle of King ‘- and Wakandan guardian Black Panther – after his father’s death. However, his father’s actions in the past have consequences that affect the young king.

Genre I’d put it in: Kickass Cinematic Universe Game-Changers

Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Based on the comic book series of the same name.  Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Gringo”!

Ready for a screwball comedy with a slew of groovy actors?  (Seriously, peep that poster!) Well, I’ve got passes for Gringo, and the trailer is hilarious.  Synopsis!

An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of back-stabbing business colleagues back home , local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth — or two steps ahead?

Ready?  Let’s go!

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Annihilation”!

The Southern Reach Trilogy is a crazy, cool sci-fi book series, and I’m stoked that the first book, Annihilation, is coming to theaters.  I’ve got passes for my  cool peoples who are just as stoked.  But first for the noobs, synopsis!

Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.  Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

Ready to walk on the wild side?  Let’s go!

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Wayback Review – a trio of romance novels (spoiler: only one worth reading)

A trio of reviews for The Green Man Review, written back in 2005 and re-released last Sunday. I never got another book from Luna, which while unsurprising, is kind of disappointing. I actually liked Poison Study, and often think about picking up that series where I’d left off. I still have that Advance Reader Copy.

Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study
Michelle Sagara’s Cast In Shadow
Deborah Hale’s Destined Queen

Mary Sue (n.) : (1) A type of story where characterization, plot and theme is supplanted by the author’s quest for his or her own wish fulfillment. (2) any character that is a thinly disguised idealized version of the author when the story suffers from such usage. The term is almost always derogatory.

When my editor let me know that three new bodice-rippers had just come in, I eagerly snapped them up. I was looking forward to a bit of light reading; Staying Dead, another book in Luna’s line of fantasy romances, was an enjoyable diversion. Hey, I read romances from time to time (I used to go through two Harlequins a night back in high school — hooray for used bookstores!) How bad could this be?

Hoo boy.
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“Fifty Shades Freed” – well, that’s over.

Nutshell: Looks Dakota Johnson is growing into her acting chops.  Unfortunately, Freed doesn’t give her much to work with. A messy plot with a drummed-up antagonist that takes away from the light-hearted chemistry between the two leads. Grade: D+

“It’s boobs in boobland!”

Story: Well, Christian and Anastasia have tied the knot.  Mazel!  But looks like Anna’s former boss – the pervy one that Christian fired – is back for what else?  Payback. *da-DUM*

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: BLACK PANTHER!

UPDATE – WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.  THANK YOU TO ALL MY “SECRET SQUIRRELS” WHO ENTERED!!!

*cues up Janet Jackson’s “Black Cat”*

Let’s do this y’all – it’s time to go to Wakanda and get our T’Challa on! I’ve got TEN admit-two passes for the Columbia screening of Black Panther! Synopsis!

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

I’d make a comment about the incredibly good looking cast, but why not just get to things. Ready?  Let’s go!

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