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Movie Review: WALL-E

By billpetro / June 28, 2008 /

MOVIE REVIEW: WALL-E What a sweet movie, what a cute film. Who else but Pixar could make a movie that’s animation, science-fiction, comedy, spaceships, green — and romance…and make it all work? And the tributes to other movies of this genre! In the same way that Pixar’s The Incredibles paid tribute to early James Bond…

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History of Iron Man

By billpetro / May 4, 2008 /

HISTORY OF IRON MAN I had the opportunity to catch the midnight premier of what is likely to be the initial “summer blockbuster” of the 2008 season. Iron Man has since this debut had the second biggest non-sequel opening day in history, trailing only Spider-Man. Last summer had 14 sequels, this summer only 7. More…

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To Twitter Two Twitters To Tweet

By billpetro / March 3, 2008 /

To Twitter Two Twitters To Tweet I love movies, and I love the Academy Awards show. I’ve watched it each year for decades, but I did something this last Sunday that I’ve never done before. I tracked comments on the show via Twitter. There were about a thousand “tweets” on subjects related to what people…

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History of The War: TV miniseries

By billpetro / November 5, 2007 /

THE WAR: TV MINISERIES In January I wrote about my conversation with Ken Burns, award-winning producer of The Civil War documentary, about his upcoming miniseries about World War II called simply The War. This presentation took place at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He was at that time previewing his 7-part, 14.5-hour series…

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Concert Review: Diana Krall at Red Rocks in Denver

By billpetro / August 29, 2007 /

CONCERT REVIEW: DIANA KRALL AT RED ROCKS IN DENVER I discovered this singer several years ago while traveling through Canada when my wife played me her CD. I asked her “Who is this fabulous old black singer? She sounds like Ella Fitzgerald.” When she showed me the CD cover, I was stunned. Diana Krall is…

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Book Review: The Children of Hurin

By billpetro / July 9, 2007 /

Book Review: The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien Perhaps the saddest book I’ve ever read, the first “new” J.R.R. Tolkien book in 30 years, is “…long and sad in the telling, as are all tales of Middle Earth.” While it is beautiful in its composition and profound in its scope, it contains at all…

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History of Spider-Man

By billpetro / May 4, 2007 /

HISTORY OF SPIDER-MAN There is something about being first in line for the midnight showing of the premiere of a summer blockbuster, not to mention that I was probably the oldest person in the theater. The Experience: A young friend of mine insured our place at the front of the line by camping out since…

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at Red Rocks in Denver

By billpetro / July 18, 2006 /

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG AT RED ROCKS IN DENVER The show called “An Evening with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,” Freedom Of Speech ’06 was one of three sold-out events at the Denver Red Rocks open-air amphitheatre. Their first tour since 2002 started in July in Philadelphia. Their 2000 reunion tour was their first…

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Movie Review: Mission Impossible:III

By billpetro / May 4, 2006 /

Mission: Impossible: III I was privileged to see a private sneak preview of the third installment of the Mission Impossible franchise and what is arguably the first blockbuster popcorn movie of the summer of 2006. Let me say from the onset that it starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. It’s non-stop action from…

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History of a Sacred Oratorio

By billpetro / December 7, 2005 /

HISTORY OF A SACRED ORATORIO The genteel reception accorded the original debut performance stood in marked contrast to the savage hostility which greeted the work less than a year later in the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, London. The English aristocracy and churchmen began an unrelenting campaign against the work and its creator. They…

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By billpetro / November 19, 2005 /

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I had the opportunity to catch a private pre-screening of this movie. What a treat! It opens in black and white with a dark and stormy night and the Warner Brothers logo. Then a snake slithers along the ground… and then the title. But soon afterward,…

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Concert Review: Paul McCartney at Pepsi Center in Denver

By billpetro / November 13, 2005 /

PAUL MCCARTNEY AT PEPSI CENTER IN DENVER Sir Paul McCartney last visited the Denver Pepsi Center in 2002, where he performed what has now been captured on his album Back in the US. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been going to major concerts for 35 years. Why was this?…

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