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Morning Grins

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 21, 2006

!I just don't get to YouTube often enough. But checking in this morning, I saw a great rant about Pachelbel's ''Canon in D'' (and I say that as someone who has an old record of ''Canon in D'' somewhere in the collection. Anyway, go here:

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For Your Consideration ...

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 19, 2006

As I mentioned in the post below, I am not keen on the idea of ''The Prisoner'' being made. And this weekend, my younger son watched the updating of ''Miami Vice'' and pronounced it bad; I can't remember if he ever saw the original but that and the ''Prisoner'' situation have me asking this question:

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DVD Beats VCRs

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 19, 2006

More of today's mail:

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''Prisoner'' Remake: Not Good News

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 19, 2006

This arrived in e-mail today:

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A Reminder to Blog Readers

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 18, 2006

Earlier today I deleted a comment about a ''Little People Big World'' post because it included an e-mail address and a phone number for the commenter. Please do not put that information in your comments, since anyone trolling the Internet can see it and may take bad advantage of it.

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''Survivor'' (With Finale Result)

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 17, 2006

Not sure how deeply I care about the finish, but I'm watching. Am tired of the parade of fallen contestants -- still standard in each series -- and the big final immunity challenge was another endurance test involving standing on a post, which just isn't all that dramatic.

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Changing Christmas Times

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 17, 2006

Here's a link to my second annual collection of oddball Christmas songs -- including some audio samples with my spoken introduction. Today's Beacon Journal also has my long rumination on ''Rocky.'' (I'll have a review of the movie on Wednesday.)

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Peter Boyle

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 13, 2006

''Everybody Loves Raymond'' was a golden part for Peter Boyle, who has died, and he filled it ably. In his book ''You're Lucky You're Funny,'' ''Raymond'' mastermind Phil Rosenthal says that there was concern at first about ''Raymond'' being ''too ethnic'' -- a fear about TV shows that goes back to the 1950s, when TV began breaking out of the urban areas that embraced ethnicity into so-called Middle America, where homogenization was the dream. Or so TV executives thought.

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''Dreamgirls''

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 13, 2006

About half an hour into a screening of ''Dreamgirls'' tonight, I was wondering when I would get to see it again. The Oscar hype is fully justified, up to and including a best picture nomination.

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Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 10, 2006

       You should be able to find my reviews of ''Apocalypto'' and ''Blood Diamond'' on ohio.com. The ''Apocalypto'' review came out all right, I thought, although some readers didn't appreciate one example of my sense of humor. I wish I had another crack at the ''Blood Diamond'' piece; I had to write it on the run because I had forgotten when it was opening, and the review could have used a little more work. I'm still not hugely enthused about the movie, but I probably could have explained myself better.

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My Life at the Movies (with a Touch of TV)

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 5, 2006

I have been thinking about putting in a cot at a theater up near Cleveland. Heaven knows I have been spending enough time there. Fortunately, though, I won't need the cot, since the leg room is good enough that I can stretch some.

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''Amazing Race'' (With Spoilers)

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 3, 2006

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