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Mix Music for the Very Young

April 19, 2009

I am a parent of children under the age of 3. Thus much of the “entertainment” I question is for them. There is a “kids book” post on its way, but for now… I make mix cds for them in the car. I want to use the cds to have fun in the car as well as exposing them to many stiles of music and giving them lyrics that are innocent to good for them. (Some times it’s just clips of things I think it would be fun if they started saying.) All while making sure it is nothing that will make me retch.

Thus it also ranges from kids music to “regular” music, so there may be something for everyone here.

This is the track listing of the disc that just went in the car:

Let us know what you think.

  1. Dragnet intro
  2. The Shortest Song in the Universe

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  3. Joshua 24:15
     
  4. books of the Old Testament Song
  5. books of the  NewTestament Song
  6.  Gingerbread man by Tunebuggy
  7. klaatu barada nikto from

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

  8. The Cheese Rap
  9. Tiger by William Blake from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  10.  William Blake by Erin Echo from

    When Worlds Collide: A Tribute to Daniel Amos
  11. Symphony No. 41 in C, 

    Baby Einstein 

  12. Gavotta. Non troppo allegro – Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  13. Barnyard Dance LISTEN

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  14. Snuggle Puppy sung by Eric Stoltz LISTEN

    Philadelphia Chickens

    Sandra Boynton

  15. Lordy Child (Say ABBA) (Romans 8:15)

    1956 Soul Junk

  16. Books I like to read from

    Fascinating Creatures

    Frances England

  17. Frodo’s Song in Bree READ BY J.R.R. Tolkien! from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  18. Elephant Swing by Beau Young from Wild Aninmalz
  19. Not much of a tail
  20.  Screen Door (Rich Mullins cover)

    Emperor’s New Band

    This Train

  21. Red Will Dye These Snows of Silver

    The Otherly Opus

    Joy Electric

  22.  Fur Elise, Woo 59 –

    Baby Beethoven

    Baby Einstein

  23. old testement bible dance WTB – Amnesia CD – Old Testament

    Walk Thru the Old Testament

  24. Gospel Bible Dance (This was a free MP3 down load. I am still trying to find the link again.)
  25.  Trust (Reprise) (Proverbs 3:4-6)
  26. Three Little Birds –

    You Are My Little Bird

    Elizabeth Mitchell

  27. But for You Who Fear My Name (Malachi 4:2)

    Welcome To The Welcome Wagon

    The Welcome Wagon

  28. Barve Strong Song

  29. Speed Turtle Brian Wilson LISTEN

  30. Blue Moo

    Sandra Boynton

  31. Conjunction Junction

    Schoolhouse Rock!

  32. The Four-Legged Zoo

    Schoolhouse Rock! 

  33. peoplego.mp3
    Moses: RAMESES!! LET MY PEOPLE GO!!

  34. may my toung be stuck up on the roof of my mouth (Colossians 2:20-22)

    1955

    1955

    Soul-Junk – 1955

  35. filled the hungry with good things

    Download MP3 from http://souljunk.com/

  36. What We Have Learned

    Veggie Tales

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08 Top picks for 08 from Q&E Co-host Abby Rooney

December 31, 2008

Abby Just sent me her picks:

The order goes from 1 the best to 8 the least, however my top three are really more like a tie.

  1. The Dark Knight 

  2. C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian   

  3. The Day the Earth Stood Still 

  4. The Incredible Hulk 

  5. Iron Man 

  6. Wanted 

  7. M. Knight Shyamalan’s The Happening 

  8. Cloverfield
    (Yes, I’m serious…I really liked it!)

    Now I’m going to see what yours were!

    Abby Rooney

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Top Picks from the 2008 Pile

December 31, 2008

Looking at all the issues – Film Making – Acting – Message – Etc. These are my 08 picks for best films of 2008

(Check back, reviews are on the way for all of these films.)

  1. C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian 
  2. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
  3. Cult of Sincerity 
  4. The Day The Earth Stood Still
  5. Fireproof 
  6. Twilight *
  7. Iron Man *
  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray 

Most of these movies were fun and entertaining with good messages. The only one here to make my list of Must See Movie Recommendations was The Picture of Dorian Gray and that movie was released in 1945 but was finally released on DVD in 2008. Since the pickings are so shallow this year, and this movie is so good, I’m deciding that the DVD release makes it eligible if only to raise the quality of this list! (I did have Kit Kittredge: An American Girl  in at one point, but I nixed it to make room for Fireproof.)

* Twilight and Iron Man are movies I like now but am fearful that the sequels will make me regret putting them on this list.

Give us YOUR PICKS in the COMENETS!

(Check back, reviews are on the way for all of these films.)

  1. B001EDOC5Q The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  2. B001BYLFFS Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
  3. B001MBTT3U Cult Of Sincerity
  4. B001KZIRK4 The Day the Earth Stood Still
  5. B001KEHAFI Fireproof
  6. B0018CERHQ Twilight
  7. B001C08RHA Iron Man
  8. B000OHBCI8 The Picture of Dorian Gray

honorable mention

B000WGVEAC Kit Kittredge – An American Girl

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

November 21, 2008

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What Is It?

This is a bizarre movie about a court case. It is a standard format. We see the lawyers chosen and hired. Then the case goes on, each side presenting their interpretations of the situation followed by a scene of the event they were describing with the slant of the particular presenter.

This becomes interesting when you find out that the court case is a negligent homicide case against a Catholic Priest. It seems that under the Priest’s council, Emily Rose and family decided that her condition was not epilepsy, but demonic possession. They then stopped her medication in favor of an exorcism…. An exorcism that didn’t work. Soon after, she was dead. And now the priest who tried to save her puts his freedom on the line simply to use the court procedure to tell Emily’s story. A story that is based on a true court case that happened in Germany

How Was It?

I am impressed. This took the indie-film making credo and used it to its highest degree. It used plenty of special effects, but never relied on them. Rather the tense and scary mood of the film relies on its cast, script and director to deliver the goods, with effects added as spice.

This movie takes you to places you may have never wanted to go, but gives you reason and hope for bringing you there. I had read that the goal of writer director Scott Derrickson was to make believers question their beliefs and doubters doubt their doubts… I only know my reaction, but he has a firm shot of making his goal a reality with this film.

Is It Good For Kids?

(Spoiler) It is true that most of the horror effects are similar to those used in “Batman Begins.” With Batman’s “Scarecrow,” similar effects were done much more graphically and intense. But as I mentioned earlier, there was a lot more than special effects going into the horror feel.

(Summary without Spoilers) This is a scary movie and will give kids nightmares.

For a complete breakdown of what is on the screen, check www.ScreenIt.com.

How about Spiritual Issues?

Everything in this movie is a spiritual issue. (Slight Spoiler) The judges final ruling has a lot of Christian symbolism (More of a spoiler) Within the letter that Emily wrote to the priest, she explains that she believes that God is allowing this so that Emily can, sacrificially, show the world that the spiritual realm is real.

(Total Spoiler) In the closing arguments the prosecution asserts that all of this can be explained away by scientific means. The defense then offers a compelling summary of the movie. She explains that whatever you believe, there is either a God or there is not, a devil, angels, demons, or there are not. She tells you that you don’t have to believe everything the way the priest does, but would you consider the idea that there is a supernatural realm. The lawyer and the movie ask us to take some time and just consider: Is it possible that these things exist?

This is a perfect Pre-Evangelical movie.

What Is Your Recommendation?

If you can take creepy, see the movie, bring friends, and plan on going out for dinner afterward because you will have a lot to talk about. (It’s scary, not gory. You will be able to eat.) You are made the jury, now you need to go deliberate.

You can now watch the FULL MOVIE on Hulu!

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

November 14, 2008

cadavra

What Is It?

“The movie makers say that they set out to make a parody of bad 1950’s B Sci Fi Movies. They go to say that way they have in fact made WAS a bad 1950’s B Sci Fi Movie. Made in 2001 this black and white film takes place in Cadavera Vallie in the 1950. A scientist and his wife have come to find Atmospherium! He only hopes his discovery of the rarest of materials will make advances in the field of Science, unlike the evil Dr. Roger Fleming. Dr Fleming has come to revive the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and with him… Rule The World. The only glitch, the Skeleton needs Atmospherium to return to full power. Meanwhile, aliens Kro-Bar and Lattis have crash landed in the same Vallie. There violent mutant has escaped in the crash, and they can not repare there ship with out (you guessed it) Atmospherium!

How Was It?

It was just very funny. This is the kind of stupid movie with clever wit behind it. The actors brilliantly play bad actors. The sets and costumes are right out of a 1950’s craft store. The lines and situations just keep getting zanier. When in disguise, Kro-Bar is asked if he is really an Alien from outer space, commenting on the impossibility of such a suggestion he quickly retorts “Aliens? Us? Is this one of your Earth jokes?”

The skeleton is a lab prop that moves with visible strings and walks so close to other actors you would think he was tied to them, or being held up by them. Nothing is realistic, but everything is slyly funny. This movie constantly winks at the audience and lets them in on the joke the characters will never discover.

Is It Good For Kids?

There is a lot of discussion of “Horrible Mutilation” and monsters and skeletons. “Well again I didn’t mean to throw a damper. Believe me that’s the last thing I’d like to throw. I don’t want to throw anything at all really. But when folks are horribly mutilated, I feel it’s my job to tell others. We take our horrible mutilations seriously up in these parts.”  It is all very silly and the creatures themselves are purposely and obviously
fake. Still younger children will not “Get the Joke” and my be scared by the worried characters and people doing the patented 50’s shill scream as the camera shot movies menacingly toward them. Screenit.com did not bother reviewing this one, but the MPAA rating comes from the single two word euphemism for a donkey. Feeling that part of the Camp Charm of these films were there “Boy Scout” nature, they avoided anything racy. Though (Spoiler) when trying to lure the Mutant into a trap, the scientist’s wife does do some suto-sexy poses….

What About Spiritual Issues?

If this movie was at all serious, it would be crawling with spiritual issues. but since it removes us an extra degree by presenting all of the supernatural and alien activity as preposterously silly, it’s just all a big joke with no basses in reality. We are supposed to think “This would never happen” and “Even if these things were real it could never happen.” So as long as you are getting the joke, the movie is very benign spirituality. Though there is something satisfying about the line “Ranger Brad, I’m a scientist, I don’t believe in anything.” Though the good scientist does utter “May God have mercy on us all.” So maybe there is more spirtual going on that I give it credit for… maybe not..

What Is Your Recommendation?

If you have ever seen a 1950’s B Sci Fi Movie – or – You have already memorised all the lines from
Napoleon Dynamite … Then you should get some friends together, get the junk food, and Find the Lost Skeleton! How can you beat Betty rationalizing using herself as human bate for a monster with the line “Well, I suppose if I had wanted a safe life, I wouldn’t have married a man who studies rocks.”

Check out the trailor and other fun things at
www.lostskeleton.com

It’s one of the few trailors that is right on the money.

Now we can all wait for The Lost Skeleton Returns Again

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – Q&E Review Show

October 28, 2008