Reviews: One Rock Superstar, One TV Movie

Posted on: July 27, 2010
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Music Review

Elton John
In concert at Cricket Amphitheater,
Saturday, July 24, 2010

A few of us were fortunate to have box seats at Cricket for what I might call the concert of a lifetime — to witness in person a living legend of the singer/songwriter/piano man genre (my all time fave is Billy Joel, and my other all time fave, on the guitar, is James Taylor).

Elton is in his 60s. His vocal chords won’t let him hit the highs like they used to. He’s not as thin as he once was. And this particular night, he was suffering from a stomach virus that had him running off stage for a moment after gamely finishing one of his songs.

But, Elton was very much in top form.

His piano playing was top notch, soulful, beautiful. He played just about every hit you could want, right on up to his coup de grace, Song for You (Your Song). Tunes included “Candle in the Wind,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Daniel,” “Saturday Night’s Alright,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “Benny and the Jets,” and a lot more…too many to list here.

His band was as tight as can be, with an all-star group that included his original drummer (since 1969) and his guitarist since 1971. That’s a long time to be making hits together!

Here’s a clip from the show. If you get the chance to see Sir Elton the next time he comes around, we wholeheartedly recommend it.







Television Movie Review

“Within”
Airing Saturday, July 21, 9 PM Pacific Time on Lifetime Television

When representatives for Lifetime asked if we’d review their upcoming movie for you, our audience, we said, “Sure, why not!” In fact, you can count on more movie reviews, as well as reviews of arts and culture, to help you with the scene.

Today’s review is of a movie about a young girl named Rachel who tragically sees her mother murdered right in front of her — and also sees evil spirits in people. Not a happy place to be! After losing her mom, her dad takes her out of LA to live in a small town to get away from it all. Unfortunately, they don’t get away from it, they instead right back into it. Rachel is befriended by Michelle at school, who turns out to be inhabited by the evil spirit of her own dead sister. It’s a dark and a little scary of a movie, and if you’re a fan of this genre, you might enjoy this.

Honestly, our group of reviewers found the movie a little formulaic and forced in its approach. I personally thought the acting and cinematography were pretty good, and the little girl actors were very good for their age. At the same time, we couldn’t escape the feeling of a “made for TV movie.” It’s a respectable effort, and if you’re settling in for a Saturday evening on the couch, this just might be your thing. Just don’t expect “The 6th Sense.”

More information:

Lifetime ››

Official Movie Website, with trailer ››

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