Reviews – December 2009

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CDs

NorahNorah Jones – The Fall
Blue Note Records

Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on The Fall, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of collaborations, including Jacquire King.

shakiraShakira – She Wolf
Epic Records/Sony Music

A truly global superstar of our time. Her musical style can be called “pop fusion,” characterized by her eclectic tastes, from Middle Eastern beats to heavy metal guitars – and new songs like the slinky, percussive “Long Time” or the rocked-up kiss-off “Mon Amour” illustrate her commitment to remaining a sonic omnivore.

Family-ChristmasA Family Christmas
Putumayo

Few things evoke more holiday spirit than festive Christmas songs. On A Family Christmas, Putumayo offers a collection of yuletide favorites by a fascinating array of artists that every family is sure to enjoy while trimming the tree or sharing a holiday dinner. Includes “Holly Jolly Christmas”, “Let It Snow”, and many more.

MercedesMercedes Sosa – Cantora
Sony Music

Mercedes Sosa canta lo que le gustaría gritar a los cuatro vientos a las mayorías que permanecen en silencio. Un álbum conmovedor que celebra la vida y la música de la inolvidable cantante folklórica argentina Mercedes Sosa. Contiene duetos con Diego Torres, Lila Downs, Shakira entre otros.

ElanElán – Recuerdos y Tequila
Warner Music

Para enmarcar la celebración del Bicentenario de la Independencia de México, Elán interpreta 13 temas que celebran la vasta y diversa herencia cultural de México y rinde homenaje a la riqueza de la lengua española y su relevancia alrededor del mundo. Incluye “Te solté la rienda”, “Pero te extraño”, “Ojalá que te vaya bonito” entre otros.

DVDs

Lion's_DenLion’s Den
Strand Releasing

After Julia is sent to the penitentiary for the murder of her lover, she gives birth to a son. Bringing up a child in prison is difficult. Her fellow inmate Marta becomes her ally; her mother Sofía, her opponent. One helps her; the other wishes to take over rearing the child, so that he should grow up outside prison, in freedom.

my_sister'sMy Sister’s Keeper
Warner Home Video

Sara and Brian’s life is forever altered when they learn that their daughter Kate has leukemia. They conceive another child, Anna, who is specifically intended to save Kate’s life. The sisters endure various medical procedures and hospital stays. Until Anna, now 11, says “no.” Seeking medical emancipation, she hires her own lawyer, initiating a court case that divides the family and that could leave Kate’s rapidly failing body in the hands of fate.

Angels&DemonsAngels & Demons
Sony Pictures

Expert symbologist Robert Langdon follows ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by the deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the Cardinals’ lives on the line, and the Camerlengo desperate for help, Langdon embarks on a nonstop, action-packed race through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, and the most secretive vault on Earth!

bajo_la_salBajo La Sal
Maya Home Entertainment

El comandante Trujillo, un policía capitalino viaja a Santa Rosa de la Sal, un pueblo cercano a una salinera, para resolver el misterio de una serie de asesinatos. En el lugar descubrirá los secretos que guarda el pueblo, y conocerá a Víctor, un joven oscuro, quien podría ser la clave para encontrar la verdad.

we_were_one_manWe Were One Man
Water Bearer Films

Guy is trying to live a simple life during World War II. He lives in a small farmhouse outside a sleepy village in France. That is until one day when he stumbles across Rolf, an injured German soldier. Guy brings Rolf home and nurses him back to health. Their lives intertwine, each happy to be sheltered, that is until the war asserts itself back into their lives.

Books

Bob's_worldBob’s World: The Life and Boys of AMG’s Bob Mizer
TASCHEN

Bob Mizer spent 48 years making photos and films for his Athletic Model Guild, and 41 years publishing Physique Pictorial, America’s first, and most explicitly gay physique magazine. His diaries, kept from the age of eight, make it clear that he was openly homosexual from his late teens, but until the age of 42 he lived and worked in his mother’s L.A. rooming house, where his strict ethical code prevented him from fully expressing his fantasies. For 24 years he worked in black and white and never showed a completely naked man, but following his mother’s death in 1964 Mizer built a kingdom dedicated to the pleasures of male flesh, and photographed fully nude men in explicit poses and psychedelically saturated colors.
Hardcover + DVD, 24.5 x 32 cm (9.6 x 12.6 in.), 288 pages
www.taschen.com

Men_I_mightMen I Might Have Known
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Most people have experienced that moment when you lock eyes with a perfect stranger and feel a shiver of requited lust. Usually, those opportunities slip by unexplored. In Men I Might Have Known, Brad Saunders uses this as a jumping off point, turning “what if” into “what happened” – playing out these chance encounters in uninhibited stories that tap into our deepest fantasies.
www.kensingtonbooks.com

52-ways52 Ways to Create an AIDS-Free World
Fresh Air Books

Based on experiences traveling and working as founder and executive director of the Center for the Church and Global AIDS, Donald Messer suggests 52 ways people from all walks of life can make a difference in eliminating this pandemic.
www.freshairbooks.com

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