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Under One Umbrella

Arguably the most popular song of 2007 is Rihanna's "Umbrella".

I remember dismissing (and dissing!) it as another annoying club track when it was first released.

Then, when Mandy Moore did a cover of the song sometime this year, I found myself liking the song more and more.

From there, I discovered a couple of interesting covers of the song.

Rihanna recently released an acoustic version of "Umbrella". I personally prefer Marie Digby's version. Which cover do you do you prefer?

Rihanna's version:

Mandy Moore's version:

Marie Digby's version:

Ooo! And this one's just wrong. Tee hee!! :

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Blades Of Glory Movie Review

Blades Of Glory is released in the cinemas on March 30, 2007. Blades Of Glory is a comedy film about figure skating directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck.

Blades Of Glory stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as two rival solo figure skaters who got themselves permanently banned for life from solo figure skating competitions due to an all-out brawl between the two during a tie for first place at the 2002 World WinterSport Games. Three years later, the two find themselves pairing up as the first same-sex skating team in order to participate in pair skating competitions.

Blades Of Glory is a must watch movie! The comedic antics of Ferrell and Heder is off the roof hilarious! Blades Of Glory is very funny with high entertainment value.

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 5/5

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Reign Over Me Movie Review

Reign Over Me is released in the cinemas on March 23, 2007. Reign Over Me is an emotional drama written, directed and stars Mike Bender.

Reign Over Me cast members include some of Hollywood's big names including Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows and Donald Sutherland. Reign Over Me tells the emotional drama of Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) of how he comes to terms with his grief over his loss of his family during the attacks that took place on September 11th.

Reign Over Me is a good emotional drama with its light moments in lieu of its heavy emotional plot. Reign Over Me comes highly recommended for movie fans.

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4/5

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The Simpsons Movie Review

The Simpsons Movie is released in the cinemas on July 27, 2007. Based on the award winning long running animated television series The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie is directed by David Silverman and produced by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully and Richard Sakai.

True to its roots, The Simpsons Movie successfully brings the essential essence of The Simpsons television series onto the big screen, with its querks and antics fans have come to know and love.

With a great plot focusing on Homer's casual misdemeanor causing a huge uproar in Springfield, The Simpsons Movie is guaranteed to bring lots of laughther and joy to movie fans. Remember, its The Simpsons Movie we are talking about here! Woohoo!

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 5/5

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Sunshine Movie Review

Sunshine was released in the cinemas on July 20, 2007. Sunshine is a suspence sci-fi movie directed by Danny Boyle based on a screenplay written by Alex Garland.

With an international cast including Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong and Michelle Yeoh, Sunshine tells the story of how a spaceship with a crew of 8 is trying to reignite the Earth's diminishing sun in the year 2057. Standard "trapped in space with no where to escape while trying to save the world" fan fare is in play here.

Sunshine is an average suspence sci-fi movie at its best but with the recent shortage of space sci-fi movie releases, Sunshine is able to satisfy the demand.

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Tales From Earthsea Movie Review

Tales From Earthsea is the latest anime film from Studio Ghibli, released in Japan on July 26, 2006. An American release date has yet to be announced but Tales From Earthsea will be distributed in the USA by Walt Disney Pictures.

Tales From Earthsea is the classic tale of light and darkness, good versus bad. There is a good wizard and an evil wizard where the later plotted to achieve eternal life by the means of darkness. The animation and art direction is top notch as per Studio Ghibli's high standards. Tales From Earthsea is a must watch for all movie goers.

Tales From Earthsea is based on the third and fourth books of the Earthsea series written by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4/5

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I Think I Love My Wife Movie Review

I Think I Love My Wife is released in the cinemas on March 16, 2007. I Think I Love My Wife is directed by and starring Chris Rock as Richard Cooper who tries very hard to fend off his attraction towards his old friend while remaining loyal to his wife.

I Think I Love My Wife is a good comedy drama highlighting certain aspects of married life on loyalty and physical attraction. I Think I Love My Wife also stars Steve Buscemi, Kerry Washington and Gina Torres.

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My Lofe For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Magicians Movie Review

Magicians is released in the cinemas on May 18, 2007. Magicians is a British comedy film directed by Andrew O'Connor and written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.

Magician stars British actors Robert Webb and David Mitchell as two rival stage magicians competing together in a magic competition, the Shield. Joining the cast of Magicians include Darren Boyd, Jessica Hynes, Peter Capaldi and Steve Edge.

Magicians is an average British comedy movie with its perky querks and quick one liners. The acting is standard British comedy flare so do not expect much.

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 2/5

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Mr Bean's Holiday Movie Review

Mr Bean is up to his usual hijinks again second time around in his latest movie outing Mr Bean's Holiday. The movie was released in the cinemas on 24 August 2007. Starring British actor/comedian Rowan Atkinson as the (in)famous Mr Bean, the movie is lots of fun to watch.

Joined by big names such as Willem Dafoe and Emma de Caunes, Mr Bean's Holiday serves up a bunch of laughs and joyful scenes to watch for the whole family. Mr Bean's Holiday comes highly recommended as a great family movie for everyone to enjoy.

Mr Bean's Holiday Movie Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4/5

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The Last Mimzy Movie Review

The Last Mimzy was released in the cinemas on March 23, 2007. Directed by Bob Shaye and featuring an ensemble cast including Joely Richardson, Timothy Hutton, Michael Clarke Duncan and Rainn Wilson, The Last Mimzy is a wonderful science fiction family film.

The Last Mimzy is about how two children came in contact with a mysterious box containing strange devices which they assumed to be toys. Little did they know that these "toys" were actually high tech devices sent from the distant future to find untainted 21st century DNA which future mankind can utilize to rectify a fatal mutation in their DNA.

The Last Mimzy starts off slow at first but peaks at the end. It is a good movie for the whole family to watch on a cosy evening but some parts of it might be a bit scary for the youngsters.

The Last Mimzy Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5

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Blind Dating Movie Review

Blind Dating is released in the cinemas on November 3, 2006. Blind Dating is a romantic comedy film starring Chris Pine, Anjali Jay and Eddie Kaye Thomas.

Directed by James Keach, Blind Dating portrays the life of a charming and young blind man played by Chris Pine and his quest to find true love dispite his disability. While signing up for an experimental procedure that may help him regain partial vision, he falls in love with the East Indian nurse played by Anjali Jay.

Blind Dating is a lot of fun to watch. It might not make the critics happy but it is a good movie in its own right.

Blind Dating Movie Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5

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The Number 23 Movie Review

The Number 23 was released in the cinemas on February 23, 2007. With a stellar cast of hollywood stars like Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen and Danny Huston, The Number 23 was released on DVD format on July 24, 2007.

The Number 23 is a psychological thriller revolving on the 23 Enigma which states that all events and happenings are directly connected to the number 23, certain permutation of the number 23, or a number related to the number 23. Jim Carrey plays Walter Sparrow, an animal control officer whose indulgence in the 23 Enigma began with the book "The Number 23" given to him by his wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen).

The Number 23 is true to its nature as a suspenseful and thrilling mystery movie. Movie goers will be kept at the edge of their seats through out the movie.

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4/5

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Live Free Or Die Movie Review

Live Free Or Die is a dark comedy released in 2006. It stars Aaron Stanford as John "Rugged" Rudgate as a clueless wannabe criminal who is the laughing stock of his town. Written and directed by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin (both writers of Seinfeld) Live Free Or Die is a watchable movie on those boring evenings.

Live Free Or Die is mostly slow moving but picks up the action slightly towards the end. Do not expect much from this movie and you might find it to be a little entertaining. Live Free Or Die looks and feels like a low budget comedy movie and it's just that.

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5

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TMNT Movie Review (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

I am a TMNT fan since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series started airing on TV in the early 1990s. And when I heard that the latest computer animated movie TMNT was going to be released on March 23, 2007 I was estatic!

TMNT takes place after the original live action films chronologically. We see how each of the individual turtles which we have come to love over the years, get by their own lives and growing further apart from each other.

Voiced by a stellar cast including Patrick Steward, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Zhang Ziyi, TMNT features great CGI action scenes and clever use of special effects. TMNT is a fantastic movie for all to watch!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... Heroes in a half shell! Turtle power!

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4/5

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Goal! 2: Living The Dream Movie Review

Goal! 2 was released on February 9, 2007 in the UK. Goal! 2 is the second movie of the Football movie trilogy Goal! with a scheduled release in the U. S. on September 14, 2007.

With a great cast of cameos of real life football greats like David Beckham, Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho among others, Goal! 2: Living The Dream is the movie to watch out for among football (soccer) fans.

I have to admit that I am not a football fan and I have not seen the first movie. I truly enjoyed watching Goal! 2: Living The Dream. With a good dose of human drama and emotions thrown in together with superb football action scenes, Goal! 2: Living The Dream manages to achieve a well balanced movie that also appeals to non sports fans.

Goal! 2: Living The Dream Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Reno 911!: Miami Movie Review

Reno 911!: Miami was released in the cinemas on February 23, 2007 and the unrated version was released on DVD on June 19, 2007. The movie Reno 911!: Miami is based on the original series on Comedy Central: Reno 911!.

Having never seen any of the original series before, I didn't know what to expect from Reno 911!: Miami. At best, I thought this might be another Police Academy clone. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! Reno 911!: Miami is a hilariously funny movie about a bunch of police officers from the Reno Sheriffs Department who under special circumstances found themselves to be the only available police force to provide law enforcement to all of Miami.

With guest stars like Danny Devito and The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) along with the regular cast of Reno 911! expect lots of frentic funnies and over the top comedic scenes that will make you laugh your hats off. Bear in mind that Reno 911!: Miami is best suited for adult audiences only.

Reno 911!: Miami Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5

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Spiderman 3 Movie Review

Here is one of the movies I have been eagerly anticipating to watch: Spiderman 3. It was released in the cinemas on May 4, 2007 breaking most of the opening weekend records internationally. Directed by Sam Raimi, Spiderman 3 stars Tobey Maguire reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spiderman.

Spiderman 3 picks up the storyline left behind in Spiderman 2, Peter now more in charge of his life and his relationship with Mary Jane (Kristen Dunst). But his relationship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is strained due to the fact that Harry thought it was Spiderman who murdered his father. Spiderman 3 features more great action scenes and more bad guys with the introduction of Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) who eventually becomes The Sandman and Eddie Brock, Jr. (Topher Grace) who transforms into Venom.

Spiderman 3 is a great movie for all to watch. Whether you are an existing Spiderman fan or not, Spiderman 3 comes highly recommended.

Spiderman 3 Trailer

7 Minutes Of Great Action Scenes From Spiderman 3

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 5/5

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River Queen Movie Review

River Queen was released in the cinemas in New Zealand in 2005. This New Zealand film is directed by Vincent Ward and received mixed reviews from critics during its opening.

Set in 1868 New Zealand, River Queen centers around a young Irish woman, Sarah trapped in between her love of a man and war of the British and Maori during the British colonization campaign of New Zealand. Things get complicated as Sarah is impregnated by a Maori man and eventually gives birth to a son.

River Queen starts off pretty boring and confusing but slowly gains momentum. It is a passable action, adventure and drama movie but do not have high expectations before watching or you will be disappointed.

River Queen Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5

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The Contractor Movie Review

The Contractor was released on DVD on July 10, 2007. Directed by Josef Rusnak, The Contractor is an action movie filmed on location in Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.

Starring Wesley Snipes as a contract assassin for the CIA, The Contractor tells the story of how James Dial (Wesley Snipes) got betrayed by the CIA during his mission in the United Kingdom. There he is wanted by the British Police and the FBI.

The action scenes are mainly based on the gun fire conflicts between Wesley Snipes and his pursuers. The Contractor is a passable action movie. Watch it if you absolutely have nothing better to do with your time.

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My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5

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Kelly Rowland: Ms. Kelly Music Review

Kelly Rowland (Kelendria Trene Rowland, D. O.B. February 11, 1981) is releasing her second solo album titled Ms. Kelly on July 3, 2007. The first single of the album Ms. Kelly, Like This featuring rapper Eve has garnered positive reactions from fans pushing it into the top ten of the UK Singles Chart.

Kelly Rowland has contributed alot herself into writing the tracks of Ms. Kelly. With a mixture of up tempo and sentimental R&B musical arrangements, Ms. Kelly showcases more excellent vocal performances from Kelly Rowland that fans have come to love ever since she started her solo career.

Here is the complete track listing from Ms. Kelly:

1 "Like This" (featuring Eve) 3:35
2 "Comeback" 3:26
3 "Ghetto" (featuring Snoop Dogg) 2:55
4 "Work (Put It in)" 3:28
5 "Flashback" 4:21
6 "Every Thought Is You" 3:56
7 "The Show" (featuring Tank) 3:36
8 "Interlude" 1:00
9 "Still in Love with My Ex" 3:38
10 "Love" 3:51
11 "Better Without You" 3:57
12 "This Is Love" 4:46
13 "Gotsta Go (Part I)" (featuring Da Brat) [European bonus track] 3:46

My favorites from Ms. Kelly include Like This, Comeback, Work, Flashback, Every Thought Is You, The Show, Love, This Is Love and Gotsta Go (Part I).

Like This



Work (Put It In)


Every Thought Is You

The Show

Still In Love With My Ex


Better Without You

This Is Love

Gotsta Go (Part I)

My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 3/5

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Pathfinder Movie Review

Pathfinder was released in the cinemas on April 13, 2007. Its subsequent DVD release is scheduled to be on July 31, 2007.

Pathfinder is an action-adventure movie telling the tale of the conflict between the brutal Vikings and the Native Americans. It follows the life of a young viking boy who was the sole survivor of a Viking shipwreck who got stranded at the shore of Native America.

The boy got taken in to a nearby Native American tribe and there he spent 15 years of his life until the Vikings came and massacred his entire tribe. He barely escaped from the Vikings with his life when he was rescued by a neighbouring tribe.

Pathfinder contains brutal violence and hence it is not suitable for young audiences. Pathfinder is a good action-adventure movie with a subtle romantic tale thrown in the mix.

Pathfinder Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Free Jimmy Movie Review

Free Jimmy was released in the cinemas on March 17, 2006. Free Jimmy is the first computer animated film from Norway and is Norway's second most expensive movie to date (16 Million USD).

Written and directed by Norwegian Christopher Nielsen, Free Jimmy has a running time of approximately 80 minutes. With vocal talents from Woody Harrelson, Kyle MacLachlan, Simon Pegg and Jay Simpson among others, Free Jimmy puts a more darker and mature tune to the generic computer animated feature film genre.

Free Jimmy tells the tale of an elephant, Jimmy who was drugged so that he can be controlled by his handlers in the circus. The plot thickens as smugglers stashed stolen drugs surgically into Jimmy and a few desperate parties try hard to get their hands on Jimmy.

Free Jimmy is intended for a more mature audience. It has an interesting art direction which is a diversion from the normal cute and cuddly on screen characters from mainstream CGI movies.

Free Jimmy Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Happily N'Ever After Movie Review

Happily N'Ever After was released in the cinemas on January 5, 2007. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Happily N'Ever After is a computer animated film that brings a different plot twist to the original story plots.

With a strong cast of vocal talents such as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sigourney Weaver and Michael McShane, Happily N'Ever After mixes the original fairy tales together tilting the scale of their respective happy ending towards a more evil outlook.

The plot of Happily N'Ever After seems a bit generic ala Shrek and Hoodwinked but nevertheless will appeal to the younger audiences. Happily N'Ever After is a passable CGI movie to watch for the whole family but it is no Shrek.

Happily N'Ever After Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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The Astronaut Farmer Movie Review

The Astronaut Farmer was released in the cinemas on February 23, 2007. It stars Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Max Thieriot, Bruce Dern and J. K. Simmons among others.

The Astronaut Farmer tells the story about one farmer's dream (Billy Bob Thornton) to build his own rocket ship and go into space and back again. He faced alot of opposition from the U. S. government and from his town residents along the way and a near fatal accident during his impromptu launch. But with the love and support from his family, he eventually rose above his adversities and realised his dream.

The Astronaut Farmer is a great movie. It showcases the human spirit of how we must endure and presevere against all odds to keep moving forward and never give up on our dreams.

The Astronaut Farmer Movie Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4/5

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Amerie: Because I Love It Music Review

Amerie has released her third studio album titled "Because I Love It" on May 14, 2007 in the United Kingdom. Because I Love It is slated to be released in the U. S. on August 21, 2007.

Following the huge success of her previous albums All I Have (2002) and Touch (2005), Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (D. O. B. January 12, 1980) will bring more of the R&B goodness in Because I Love It. Interesting facts: Amerie's dad is african American and her mom is Korean. Her first language used to be Korean before she moved to the U. S.

Here is the complete track listing of Because I Love It:

1 "Forecast (Intro)" Chris & Drop 1:12
2 "Hate2LoveU" One Up co-produced by Amerie and Len Nicholson 3:13
3 "Some Like It" Amerie Len Nicholson additional production by Quran Goodman & Destro 2:57
4 "Make Me Believe" Amerie Len Nicholson The Buchanans 3:22
5 "Take Control" Mike Caren additional production by Cee-Lo Green, Amerie and Len Nicholson 3:42
6 "Gotta Work" One Up 3:10
7 "Crush" The Buchanans 3:40
8 "Crazy Wonderful" The Buchanans 3:49
9 "That's What U R" Chris & Drop 3:38
10 "When Loving U Was Easy" Curtis "C Note" Richardson 3:22
11 "Paint Me Over" Bink! additional production by Amerie 4:14
12 "Somebody up There" Bryan Michael Cox 4:46
13 "All Roads" Curtis C Note Richardson 3:08
14 "1 Thing" Rich Harrison 4:01
15 "Losing U" Kore & Bellek 3:26

My favorites in Because I Love It include Some Like It, Make Me Believe, Take Control, Gotta Work, Crush, Crazy Wonderful, When Loving U Was Easy, Paint Me Over, Somebody up There and All Roads.


Some Like It

Take Control

Gotta Work


Crazy Wonderful

That's What U R

Paint Me Over

All Roads

My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 3/5

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Norbit Movie Review

Norbit is a comedy movie starring Eddie Murphy in which he plays three leading roles. Norbit was released in the cinemas on February 9, 2007. The movie also stars Marlon Wayans, Cuba Gooding, Jr, Eddie Griffin and Thandie Newton.

Norbit follows the life of an orphan, Norbit, of how he was abandoned by his parents at an orphanage/Chinese restaurant owned by Mr. Wong. The movie portrays Norbit as he grew up in the orphanage and how he got entangled with the massively overweight Rasputia, of whom he married under circumstantial consequences. Later, Norbit encountered his childhood sweetheart Kate (Thandie Newton) and eventually broke free from the iron claw crutches of Rasputia and her three bully brothers.

Norbit is the 7th movie which Eddie Murphy has played multiple roles in. I am very much impressed with his performance as Mr. Wong in Norbit. Mr Wong's character in the movie is very hilarious though some of his wise cracking jokes might be offensive. All and all, Norbit is a good comedy to watch to spend an evening with.

Norbit Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Blood And Chocolate Movie Review

Released on January 26, 2007, Blood And Chocolate is a movie based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Annette Curtis Klause. Blood And Chocolate was later released on DVD on June 11, 2007.

Blood And Chocolate is about the forbidden love between a human man and a female werewolf (werewolves are called loup-garou in the novel and the movie). Vivian, the female loup-garou fell in love with Aiden, an artist who coincidentally is researching the legend of the loup-garou. They faced fierce objections from the other loup-garou and physical conflicts eventually broke out.

Blood And Chocolate is like Underworld without the great action scenes and the superb performances from a stellar cast of actors. Blood And Chocolate leans more towards a Romeo & Juliet style plot but with werewolves and average looking special effects.

Blood And Chocolate Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5

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T-Pain: Epiphany Music Review

Epiphany is the debut album of R&B singer/rapper T-Pain (Faheem Najm @ Teddy Pain). Epiphany was released on June 5, 2007 and the first official single from Epiphany, Buy U a Drank has sky rocketted the album to the top of the Billboard charts.

Epiphany debuted on the top spot on the US Billboard 200, proving T-Pain's immense popularity with the masses. Almost all the tracks in Epiphany contains explicit lyrics or strong sexual implications and so Epiphany is not suitable for the younger demographics.

Here is the complete track listing of T-Pain's Epiphany album:

1. "Tallahassee Love" - 2:04
2. "Church" (featuring Teddy Verseti) - 4:01
3. "Tipsy" - 3:09
4. "Show U How" (featuring Teddy Pain and Teddy Penderazdoun) - 3:14
5. "I Got It" - 1:54
6. "Suicide" - 2:58
7. "Bartender" (featuring Akon) - 3:58
8. "Backseat Action" (featuring Shawnna) - 3:39
9. "Put It Down" (featuring Ray, Teddy Penderazdoun and Teddy Verseti) - 3:40
10. "Time Machine" - 2:52
11. "Yo Stomach" (featuring Tay Dizm) - 4:18
12. "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" (featuring Yung Joc) - 3:48
13. "69" (featuring J Lyriq) - 3:25
14. "Reggae Night" - 1:37
15. "Shottas" (featuring Kardinal Offishall and Cham) - 3:14
16. "Right Hand" - 3:13
17. "Sounds Bad" - 5:06

My favorites in Epiphany include Tallahassee Love, Tipsy, I Got It, Bartender, Time Machine, Buy U a Drank, Shottas and Sounds Bad.



Show U How


Backseat Action

Put It Down

Yo Stomach

Buy U A Drank


Right Hand

My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 3/5

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Code Name: The Cleaner Movie Review

Code Name: The Cleaner was released in the cinemas on January 5, 2007. This action comedy movie stars Cedric Antonio Kyles (Cedric the Entertainer), Lucy Liu and Nicollette Sheridan among others.

Here is the plot of Code Name: The Cleaner in a nutshell: amnesiac janitor Jake Rogers (Cedric Antonio Kyles) woke up with a dead body next to him in a hotel room. With various parties out to get him because he is the only person who knows the location of the stolen computer chip, Jake became unsure of who is friend or foe. Then he came in contact with Gina (Lucy Liu) who is an undercover FBI agent assigned to the case. The two then team up to uncover the case and locate the missing computer chip.

Code Name: The Cleaner is best as a cheesy action comedy film which does not take itself seriously. Do not expect much when watching Code Name: The Cleaner.

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 2/5

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Kelly Clarkson: My December Music Review

Being the original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson has build up a remarkable career as a recording artist. Her much anticipated third studio album, My December will be released on June 26, 2007.

Every track in My December either has been written or co-written by Kelly Clarkson herself. My December is the first album that Kelly Clarkson has steered the musical direction of. My December is said to be anti-commercial compared to her previous releases, with more negative and dark tones in the tracks.

Having heard My December for at least 10 times, I have to say that Kelly Clarkson has outdone herself yet again with another great album! The songs in My December might be darker than her previous offerings but Kelly Clarkson's vocal talents and musical prowess in the performance of the songs has risen above everything else.

Here is the complete track listing of My December:

1. "Never Again" (Clarkson/Messer) - 3:36
2. "One Minute" (Clarkson/Dioguardi/Maida) - 3:05
3. "Hole" (Clarkson/Messer/Baker) - 3:01
4. "Sober" (Clarkson/Eubanks/McEntire/Messer) - 4:50
5. "Don't Waste Your Time" (Clarkson/Messer/Pardon/Rinman) - 3:35
6. "Judas" (Clarkson/Messer/Baker) - 3:36
7. "Haunted" (Clarkson/Messer/Halbert) - 3:18
8. "Be Still" (Clarkson/Eubanks) - 3:24
9. "Maybe" (Clarkson/Messer/Eubanks) - 4:22
10. "How I Feel" (Clarkson/Messer/Baker/Kahne) - 3:40
11. "Yeah" (Clarkson/Messer/Pardon/Rinman) - 2:42
12. "Can I Have a Kiss" (Clarkson/Messer/Baker) - 3:29
13. "Irvine" (Clarkson/Eubanks) - 4:15

My favorites in My December include Never Again, One Minute, Sober, Don't Waste Your Time, Judas, Be Still, Maybe, How I Feel, Yeah, Can I Have A Kiss and Irvine.

Never Again

One Minute



Don't Waste Your Time



Be Still


How I Feel


Can I Have A Kiss


My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 4/5

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Catch Me If You Can Movie Review

Catch Me If You Can was released in the cinemas on December 25, 2002. Based on the true life story written in a book by Frank Abagnale Jr. himself, Catch Me If You Can is directed by Steven Spielberg.

Catch Me If You Can chronicles Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he tries to break free from the life of debt as he had witnessed from his father Frank Sr. (Christopher Walken) by forging bank cheques. Tom Hanks plays FBI agent Carl Hanratty who is hot on Frank Abagnale Jr.'s trail.

Catch Me If You Can is a mixture of drama, biography and crime genres. It is very interesting to watch as we see how DiCaprio quickly switched professions to impersonate (from being a pilot to a doctor to a lawyer!) while trying to throw Tom Hanks off his tail. Even though its dated (5 years ago), Catch Me If You Can is and always will be a great movie to watch.

Catch Me If You Can Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4.5/5

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Bon Jovi: Lost Highway Music Review

With over 120 million albums sold worldwide, Bon Jovi is world famous. Being one of the world's most successful rock bands, the world will notice whenever they release new albums. Lost Highway is Bon Jovi's 10th studio album which will be released on June 19, 2007.

After several sessions of listening to Lost Highway, I am totally hooked! With a musical direction influenced by Nashville, Lost Highway mixes Bon Jovi's innate rock genre with a little essense of country music. This efficacious effort has resulted in yet another great album for Bon Jovi.

Here is the complete track listing for Lost Highway:

"Lost Highway" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, John Shanks)
"Summertime" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Shanks)
"(You Want to) Make a Memory" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child)
"Whole Lot of Leavin'" (Bon Jovi, Shanks)
"We Got It Going On" featuring Big & Rich (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Big & Rich)
"Any Other Day" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Gordie Sampson)
"Seat Next to You" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Hillary Lindsey)
"Everybody's Broken" (Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon)
"Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore" featuring LeAnn Rimes (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Brett James)
"The Last Night" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Shanks)
"One Step Closer" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Shanks)
"I Love This Town" (Bon Jovi, Sambora, Falcon)
"Lonely" (Bon Jovi, Child, Daryl Brown)

My favorites in Lost Highway include Lost Highway, Summertime, (You Want to) Make a Memory, We Got It Going On, Any Other Day, Seat Next to You, Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore, The Last Night, One Step Closer and I Love This Town.

Lost Highway


(You Want To) Make A Memory

Whole Lot Of Leavin'

We Got It Going On

Any Other Day

Seat Next To You

Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore

I Love This Town

My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 4/5

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Fergie: Fergie As The Dutchess Music Review

Fergie as The Dutchess is Fergie's solo debut album which was released in September 19, 2006. Fergie (a member of The Black Eyed Peas) has done a great job in The Dutchess with great up tempo pop song arrangements and talented performances of her musical vocal prowess.

With the release of her first solo album The Dutchess, Fergie has proven her popularity as a solo artist with a wide base of loyal fans. In recent press interviews, Fergie also stressed that she will remain as an active member of The Black Eyed Peas.

Here is the complete track listing of Fergie As The Dutchess:

1. "Fergalicious" (featuring - 4:52
2. "Clumsy" - 4:01
3. "All That I Got (The Make Up Song)" (featuring - 4:05
4. "London Bridge" - 4:01
5. "Pedestal" - 3:22
6. "Voodoo Doll" - 4:23
7. "Glamorous" (featuring Ludacris) - 4:06
8. "Here I Come" (featuring - 3:21
9. "Velvet" - 4:53
10. "Big Girls Don't Cry" - 4:28
11. "Mary Jane Shoes" (featuring Rita Marley and The I-Threes) - 3:55
12. "Losing My Ground" - 4:08
13. "Finally" - 4:53

My favorites in Fergie As The Dutchess include Fergalicious, Clumsy, London Bridge, Pedestal, Glamorous, Here I Come, Velvet, Big Girls Don't Cry, Losing My Ground and Finally.


London Bridge


Big Girls Don't Cry

My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 4/5

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Enrique Iglesias: Insomniac Music Review

Insomniac is Enrique Iglesias' eighth studio album release. In stores on June 12, 2007, Insomniac's first single titled "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)" is currently getting much positive hype and airplay thrughout the world.

Insomniac brings together Enrique's skillful vocals dabbling in Pop rythms and his famous Latin musical stylings. Insomniac is a good listen with upbeat tempo songs and sentimental latin renditions.

Here is the complete track listing of Insomniac:

1. "Ring My Bells"
2. "Push" (Feat. Lil' Wayne)
3. "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong song)"
4. "Somebody's Me"
5. "On Top Of You"
6. "Tired Of Being Sorry"
7. "Miss You"
8. "Wish I Was Your Lover"
9. "Little Girl"
10. "Stay Here Tonight"
11. "Sweet Isabel"
12. "Don't Forget About Me"
13. "Dímelo" (Spanish version of "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)"
14. "Alguien Soy Yo (Spanish version of "Somebody's Me")
15. "Amigo Vulnerable" (Spanish version of "Tired Of Being Sorry)"

My favorites include Ring My Bells, Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song), Somebody's Me, On Top Of You, Wish I Was Your Lover, Little Girl, Stay Here Tonight, Sweet Isabel, Dímelo and Alguien Soy Yo.


Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)

On Top Of You


My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 4/5

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Because I Said So Movie Review

Because I Said So was released in the cinemas on February 2, 2007. Because I Said So stars Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore as mother and daughter in this romantic comedy film.

In Because I Said So, Daphne (Diane Keaton) is a meddling overprotective mother who tries desperately to set her daughter Milly (Mandy Moore) up with the right man so that Milly won't end up in life following her footsteps. I have to say that Because I Said So is definitely a chic flick. Guys might watch it because Mandy Moore is in it. But the plot which centers around the mother-daughter relationship of Diane and Mandy might not be the cup of tea for most of the male demographic.

All in all, Because I Said So is a watchable movie, provided of course you got some spare time to spend on it. Possibly a good movie for couples to watch... maybe.

Because I Said So Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Caffeine Movie Review

Caffeine saw its limited cinema release on August 10, 2006. Caffeine is meant to be a comedy about human relationships, all taken place in fictional Black Cats Cafe somewhere in London.

Caffeine stars Mena Suvari, Katherine Heigl, Breckin Meyer and Mike Vogel among others. The plot centers around the relationship of the staffs working in Black Cats Cafe and also the visiting patrons. The situation in the cafe is almost always hectic with high emotions thrown into the mixture of the busy near chaotic conditions.

Caffeine is like the British take on the American movie "Waiting..." Caffeine is watchable on a boring evening when you got nothing better to do.

Caffeine Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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The Last Samurai Movie Review

The Last Samurai was released in the cinemas on December 5, 2003. Although its been 4 years since its release, The Last Samurai remains one of the better movies I have seen to date.

The Last Samurai stars Tom Cruise as an American soldier who got enlisted to aid in training the new modern Japanese Imperial Army to curbing the last resistance of the old Samurai factions of Japan. During the course of The Last Samurai, Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) came in close contact with the Samurai way of living and faces personal and emotional conflicts in choosing sides. Evidently he stayed behind with the Samurai faction and saw the last battle through the end.

Tom Cruise has portrayed stellar performance in playing his character Nathan Algren in The Last Samurai. Let it be known that The Last Samurai refers to Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) the leader of the Samurai faction, not Nathan Algren(Tom Cruise). The Last Samurai is a must watch for all (meeting the R MPAA rating) to see.

The Last Samurai Trailer

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4.5/5

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The Good German Movie Review

The Good German was released in the cinemas on December 8, 2006. It stars Tobey Maguire (Spiderman), George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. The Good German was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature film adaptation of a novel.

The whole movie is in black and white to depict the era of post World War 2. I'm not much into the Film Noir genre but I was compelled to watch The Good German because of its stellar castings. The Good German is basically about a murder investigation set in post-war Berlin where George Clooney is trying to find answers for a crime involving his driver, Tobey Maguire and his former mistress, Cate Blanchett.

The Good German is watchable but it could have been better. The pace of the film is a bit too slow for my taste, then again I am not too keen on the film noir genre.

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Ghost Rider Movie Review

Ghost Rider was released in the cinemas on February 16, 2007. This superhero movie adaptation of the fictional Marvel Comics character Ghost Rider stars Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider and Eva Mendes as his romantic interest Roxanne Simpson.

Here is the Ghost Rider plot in a nutshell. Guy gave his soul to the devil to heal his father's chronic disease. The father recovered from the illness but then died in an accident during a bike stunt. Several years later, the devil returns to collect the debt from the guy: to become the Ghost Rider a.k.a. the devil's bounty hunter.

The major part of Ghost Rider is centering on the action sequences during the good-bad guy (Ghost Rider) vs the bad guy fights. The CGI effects is great, especially when Johnny Blaze transforms into the Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider is an OK movie, watch it if you got nothing better to watch.

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3/5

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Music and Lyrics Movie Review

Music and Lyrics was released in the cinemas on February 14, 2007. It was meant to be a romantic comedy film that couples could go watch during Valentine's day. Hugh Grant plays an 80s currently down on his luck pop star, Alex Fletcher and Drew Barrymore plays his romantic interest, a former English literature university major who has a niche for writing lyrics, Sophie Fisher.

Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore both actually sing in Music and Lyrics. I have to say they are both wonderful singers. And they both played their parts in Music and Lyrics with remarkable finess and truly believable characters on screen. This movie comes highly recommend by me as a great feel good movie with fantastic entertainment value.

Music and Lyrics Trailer

Pop Goes My Heart MTV From Music and Lyrics

Way Back To Love From Music and Lyrics

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 4.5/5

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Previews Galore!

Greetings my beloved readers! Been tied up lately with work. Meanwhile here are the movies that I am looking forward to watch and review in the future.

Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End

Shrek The Third

Spiderman 3

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Ne-Yo: Because Of You Music Review

Because Of You was released on May 1, 2007. Because Of You is the second studio album release by Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo. In the track Leaving Tonight, Ne-Yo collaborated with Jennifer Hudson making one of the more outstanding song in Because Of You.

With smooth R&B vibes and Hip-Hop musical stylings, Because Of You has given Ne-Yo his second number-one album. There is the complete track listing of Because Of You:

"Because of You" 3:46
"Crazy" (feat. Jay-Z) 4:21
"Can We Chill" 4:24
"Do You" 3:48
"Addicted" 3:46
"Leaving Tonight" (feat. Jennifer Hudson) 5:14
"Ain't Thinking About You" 3:41
"She So Gone" 3:39
"Angel" 3:28
"Make It Work" 4:08
"Say It" 4:41
"Go On Girl" 4:21
"That's What It Does" (UK & Japan Bonus Track) 3:32
"Spotlight" (Japan Only Bonus Track) 4:04

My favorites in Because Of You include Because of You, Crazy, Can We Chill, Do You, Leaving Tonight, Ain't Thinking About You, Angel, Make It Work, Go On Girl and Spotlight.

Because Of You

Do You

Leaving Tonight

Make It Work

Go On Girl

My Love For Life Music Review Rating: 3.5/5

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Stomp The Yard Movie Review

Stomp The Yard was released in cinemas on January 12, 2007. Stomp The Yard stars Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Darrin Henson, Brian White, Harry Lennix, Valerie Pettiford, Meagan Good and Columbus Short.

Stomp The Yard is essentially a drama centering around dance sequences with a bit of romance thrown into the mix. The movie follows DJ, a 19 year old LA street dancer who bypassed juvenile hall through his enrollment in the Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. Stomp The Yard depicts DJ's triumphs and adversities on his path to get the girl of his dreams and to bring his campus fraternities into winning the national step show competition.

Stomp The Yard Trailer

Stomp The Yard Dance Montage

Stomp The Yard is a good movie to watch. The dance sequences are powerful and well choreographed.

My Love For Life Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5

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American Idol Finale 2007 Review

There it is! Jordan Sparks is the new American Idol for 2007. Saw that coming from a mile away. The show as a whole is very grand with multitude of stars in the performance lineup.

My Love For Life TV Review Rating: 4.5/5

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