Friday, June 11, 2010

Gran Torino DVD

Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) has just lost his wife and his children want him to move out of the old neighbourhood and move into a senior citizens' home. Walt doesn't want to move even though more Asian people live in his Detroit neighbourhood than Americans. Walt has a problem with Asians ever since he fought them in the Korean War. This prejudice explodes when Thao, the teenage son of the Hmong family next door, tries to steal his mint condition 1972 Grand Torino car. Thao (played by Bee Vang) was pressured by an Asian gang to steal the car as an initiation rite. To regain the family's honour, Thao is forced to work for Walt. Walt begins to protect Thao from the gangs and soon he becomes a target (from the distributor).
This film has been added to my list of favourites. The subject of this story is not an easy one to work with, but this film does well. Walt is as tough as old boots and is not afraid to stand up for others that are being harassed.
Rated 5/5 GREAT!!
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Reviewed by Michelle @ admin

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dinner with Fox by Stephen Wyllie

A thin fox grows plump dining on his neighbours until an unexpected dinner guest arrives and gives him his just desserts. Features pop-up and movable illustrations (from the publisher).
An old favourite of mine that I would read with my siblings when we were young. Very interactive book with all the pop-ups and other bits and pieces that make up this book. Thinking back though, this book may explain why my brother believed that foxes were peaking through his bedroom window and looking at him...
Rating - I give this 5/5 GREAT!!
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Reviewed by Michelle @ admin