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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune 15 New DVDs reviewed in this column will be released Oct. 28, 2013 ICOUCH TH EATE PICKS OF THE WEEK "Monsters University" (G) - Before they were professional monsters, Mike (the green, one-eyed guyvoiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (the furry one'voiced by John Goodman) were college students with barely a clue. Sully comes from a long line of elite scarers, so he expects to float to the top in his education. Mike puts meticulous effort into his studies, but there's a lot he can't get from books. Of course, the duo must also join an offbeat fra- ternity of misfit monsters. This isn't PIXAR's finest, but it shows they still know how to lay on-the whimsy and won- der. The visual gags, the goofiness of the mon- ster world, it's enough to wow kids, while still having funny details to reward attentive adults. "Byzantium" (R) - Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) is a teenage girl who is especially self- posessed and even alittle detached. It all goes back to her relationship with her mother (Gemma Arterton) and how the two-of them are vampires, going on more than 200 years old. Before you lump this one in with the "Twilight" disciples, know that this is a differ- ent shade of vampire movie - - moreAlong the lines of the creepy and cerebral "Interview with a Vampire" and "Let the Right One In." The heart of the film is in the relationship Eleanor strikes up with a sickly, awkward, mortal boy named Noel (Daniel Mays). "Free Samples" (R) - Inside an ice-cream truck offering free samples, there sits lillian (Jess Weixler), a bitter, hungover law-school dropout who can't scoop ice cream without expressing her contempt for humanity. While she is a sourpuss, it's hard to blame her when so many of her customers are creepy and/or pathetic. ]illian agrees to take over the ice- cream truck for a day as a reluctant favor for a friend, and winds up learning a few important lessons about herself and her shallow, directionless life. DOG OF THE WEEK "ILI.P.D." (PG-13) - Nick (Ryan Reynolds)'is a sharp young detective who meets his end when his partner (Kevin Bacon) kills him. Saoirse Ronan in "Byzantium" Nick's soul is pulled in'to the sky, where the "Rest In Peace Department" informs Nick about his new career: He's part of a super- natural police force that hunts down the evil dead who refuse to move on to the afterlife. Nick is partnered with Roy (Jeff Bridges), a 1. Who had a hit with disco song "Got to Be Real"? by ci ndy elavsky co-star (jennie) after a witness to a crime refuses to talk to anyone except the infa- mous Mystery Girls." And although I think "Us" meant to use the word "notorious" and not "infamous," I think you get the idea of what the sitcom is about. Dg/d: Now that "Breaking Bad" is over,What's next for Christian Bale? - what s next for Bryan Cranston? - Barry T., Minneapolis F., via e-mail A-." of Christian's current projects, the A ! The in-demand actor has loaned I ]kone I am most eager to see is the / ]khis voice to the H2 original series gritty thriller called " Out of the Fumace," "Big History." HJ, an. offshoot of the His- which opens Dec. 6. Boasting an all-star tory Channel, will premiere the 10-hour series on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 p.m. ET. "Big History" will dare to reveal one grand unified theory for how every event throughout history is connected. Each episode will begin with an iconic topic from the pages of traditional his- tory, such as the Great Pyramids, Titanic or the American Revolution, but then will spin into surprising journeys through other fields, weaving together insights and evidence from various disciplines such as astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, history and eco- nomics. "Big History" will pull together thepuzzle pieces from all 16 half-hour Jennie Garth episodes into an epic two-hour finale, re- vealing the unifyinglinkamongall events, cast of Christian, Woody Harrelson, For- "Iwasaskedtobethevoiceofl3.7billion est Whitaker, Casey Affleck, Willem years of history," said Bryan Cranstoo, Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepartl, "Sure, I've got the .time, give or take a the story centers on Russell Baze (Chfis- billion years. As l read the material, Ireal- tian), whose younger brother, Rodne ized that this new series gives a surprising (Casey), mysteriously disappears. When and unique look at our world. I'm excited law enforcement fails to (or is too afraid to be a part of it." to) follow through, Russell decides gravel-voiced lawman who joined the R.I.P.D ** * search for justice himself. in 19thcentury. I was surprised to see Peter *** , The above paragraph was difficult to write. Facinelli guest,starring on "Glee" I was wondering if you have any ' R.I.P.D." is just "Men In Black" with a bit of this t'all. It got me to wondering what his news on BodyofProof"? Isitcom- ..... ex-wife, Jennie Garth, is up to now? - Holly ing back? - Robin W., via email Ghostbusters minus any sense of fun. It s hard to go beyond this description, since it's U., Tampa, Fla. A : I'm sorry to report that the Dana all you can think after the first J0 minutes. A : ]ennie is in talks to co-star in a new / M)elany-starring medical drama Zl itcom for ABC Family with former was canceledbyABC after three seasons. "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star Tori Spell- Allthree seasons are available onDVD, if ing. The pilot is called "Mystery Girls," that is any consolation. and it's based on a story that Tori co- wrote with screenwriter Shepard Write to Cindy at King Features Weeldy Boucher. According to Us Weekly maga- Service, P.O. Box 5364 75, Orlando, F zine: "OMystery Gifts' is a comedy about 32853-6475; or e-mail her at a former starlet (Tori) who starts solving letters@cindyelavsky.com. crimes with her former mystery-TV-show 2. Name the group that released "Michael," a version of "Row the Boat Ashore," in 1961. 3. Who wrote "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"? I, 4. John Lennon wrote "Bad to Me" for which group? 1. Gravity (PG-13) Sandra Bullock, George 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: 'q never said you Clooney had to offer me a second chance, l never said l was a victim 2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 of circumstance, I still belong, Don't get me wrong." (PG) animated 3. Runner, Runner (R) Ben Affleck, Justin Answers Timberlake 1. Cheryl Lynn in 1978. The song was co-penned by 4. Prisoners (R) Hugh Jackman, Jake master song craftsman and producer David .Foster. He was Gyllenhaal the magic behind dozens of artists and groups, including 5. Rush (R) Daniel Bruh, Chris Hemsworth Rod Stewart and Josh Groban. 6. Don Jon (R) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett 2. The Highwaymen, a college quintet folk group. Despite Johansson the coming British invasion, The Highwaymen reintro- 7. Baggage Claim (PG-13) Paula Patton, duced solid folk music to millions. Taye Diggs 3. Neil Diamond, who charted with the song in 1967. 8. Insidious: Chapter 2 (PG-13) Patrick 4. Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas Wilson, Rose Byrne 5. "My Life," by Billy Joel in 1978. Chicago band members 9. Pulling Strings (PG) LauraRamsey, Jaime Peter Cetera and Donnie Dacus performed the backing Camil vocals. The song charted around the world and was used 10. EnoughSaid(PG-13)Julia Louis-Dreyfus, asthethemesongforthetelevisionseries"BosomBuddies" James Gandolfini in 1980-82. "Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker" By Stanley Crouch Reviewed by Larry Cox Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker Reconmended lived a mere 34 years, but in that Reding short time he helped redefineAmeri- ~. can popularmusic, but ~cording. Although Parker Parker was born in Kansas City, was tlented and one of the most Kan., in 1920 and began playing the influntial musical figures of the saxophonewhenhewas 11yearsold. 20th entury, he was haunted by Parker was aproduct of Kansas City. drugddiction. He began taking As Stanley Crouch explains in his morpine following automobile well-crafted new biography of accidnt and soon graduated to Parker, Kansas City was a kind of heroi. experimental laboratory where the Parer personified the tortured collective possibilities of American Ame~an artist: a revolutionary rhythm was being refined and ex- pefftraer who internalized all of panded on a nightly basis, poptar music and blew it back Musicians learned to navigate a throqhhissaxophoneintheform constantly changing complex har- - ofnel music known as "bebop." mony and propulsive rhythm to ab- It wa Parker who actually in- sorb and respond to it within sec- ventd the bebop sound, even as onds. This improvised creation of he westled with the drug addic- form and response allowed musi- tionnatwouldulfimatelytakehis clans to create high-quality jazz, an life. exciting new sound. In fact, during Crouch has been writing about the 1930s, the sounds coming from jazzmusicandtheAfrican-Ameri- the jazz clubs of Kansas City made it can experience for more than four the third most important spawning decades, and his crisply written, ground for jazz after New Orleans meticulously researched new and Chicago. book, the first of two planned vol- In 1938, Parker joined Jay umes, goes beyond being a mere McShann?s band, and it was with biography. It is the work of a jazz this group that Charlle made his de- scholar at the top of his game.