Aaron's PicksBooks, Music, and Movies
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Welcome to Aaron's Picks!
This is my chance to share some of the things I enjoy with the rest of the world, books I love to read and reread, music I enjoy listening to, and movies I love to watch.
There are three sections to this page. I highlight one item from each category. If you want to browse all the items in a category (books, music, or movies), scroll down to the category and click in the link right above the highlighted selection.
Since this web page is generated dynamically from a database, each time you visit, a selection from each category is randomly chosen as the highlighted item.
Dave at Night
Gail Carson Levine
I ran across this book at my parents' home. It came highly recommended to me by my mother and sister, whose opinions I so often agree with. And since it was written by the author of the immensely fun Cinderella retelling, "Ella Enchanted," I had to read it.
It's the story of always-in-trouble Dave, whose father dies and who is left by his step-mother at the Hebrew Home for Boys, where strict rules and a battering bully of a headmaster make life miserable. Dave, at night, escapes to Harlem (in the 1920s) where adventures ensue.
This is a must have.
The Four Seasons
Vivaldi - Gil Shaham & The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
I wanted my own CD recording of "The Four Seasons" for quite some time, but hadn't yet got to it. Then my sister, who had raved and raved about her CD recording of Orpheus' performance, brought it over to my home. I was instantly captivated as I listened to track 10, Allegro non Molto from Winter. I had to have my own copy of the CD. Needless to say, I was soon the owner of my own copy and I've not regretted it even the least bit.
I love it, in fact.
I usually preferred a small ensemble performance over a larger group unless the larger group has insane precision and clarity, both in choral works, and string works. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's crisp precision backing Gil Shaham's own amazing accuracy and skill blend together making this a recording that I give a whole-hearted rating of 5.
This is recording of "The Four Seasons" is a must have for any collection. Get it!
Hilarious! The computer animated movie "Ice Age" was a blast to see in the theater, so it was a no-brainer that I would be buying it on DVD as soon as it came out. Or so I thought...
Since it came out before Christmas, my roommate, Scott, informed me that he was buying me this DVD as a Christmas gift. Woohoo! I couldn't turn down a deal like that. As we were both dying to watch it, I didn't have to wait until Christmas before enjoying the DVD. It was all of two seconds after getting home from the store before the DVD was in the player.
Of times, I, like my sister, have an illogical aversion to any animated movies where the main character is an animal. I can't explain it. My sister's aversion, however, runs more deeply which is why she never saw this movie while it was in the local theaters. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that since I enjoyed this movie so much and it contains animals as main characters, it must be good. And it is.
The dialog is funny and the voice acting superb. The various creatures' voices were well cast, and the animators did a superb job bringing the characters to life.
If you haven't seen this, rent it or borrow it from someone who has it. If you're like me, you'll want to buy it.
My rating: 4 out of 5