The Shield (DVD) Review

Nominated for 4 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes, including Best Television Series – Drama, The Shield is one of the top police dramas of the past decade. The brainchild of creator Shawn Ryan, writer for such hit shows as Nash Bridges (1996) and Angel (1999), The Shield made history in 2003 by becoming the first basic cable series to win a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series (in the past, only non-ad supported shows such as The Sopranos and s And The City have done so well). The hour-long drama boasts a strong, well-rounded cast who, along with the writers/producers, have managed to make The Shield the longest running series on the FX NetworkÖThe Shield centers around an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where the lines between right and wrong are often blurred. An ongoing power struggle between a group of corrupt, yet effective, cops and their new boss, Capt. David Aceveda (Benito Martinez), remains the focal point of the show. Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis, of The Commish) heads up an elite unit known as the Strike Team. An effective leader who bends the rules when they fit his aims, Mackey often butts heads with the by-the-book Aceveda who weighs his own political ambitions against the cost of bringing down Mackey and his associates. Veteran Det. Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder, of ER) knows the ropes, admires Mackey, but also knows how to play sides of the game. For the 2005 season, Glenn Close – star of such films as The Natural (1984), Fatal Attraction (1987), and Air Force One (1997) – joined the cast as Capt. Monica Rawling. Together, this celebrated cast maintains an internal tension among themselves while carrying out a unified fight against the criminal element – a fight that keeps the streets of L.A. safeÖThe Shield DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the season premiere in which the Strike Team has tightened its stranglehold over the precinct. Capt. Aceveda tries to crack down on the corruption in his force by recruiting an insider (Det. Terry Crowley) to help take down Vic Mackey, but the operation only results in the Crowley’s death. In the interim, Det. Wyms and her partner Det. “Dutch” Wagenbach (Jay Karnes) investigate the murder of a woman only to discover that her missing daughter was sold off to a child molester by her drug addict fatherÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “Dawg Days” in which Mackey attempts to establish a cease-fire between two rival gangs whose ongoing feud threatens the peace, and “Dragonchasers” in which Mackey tries to help a crack addict quit so she can maintain custody of her son while Dutch tracks down a serial killer

7 September 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

Great Music That Deserves Attention

A lot of people are huge fans of a group or an artist and they love his or her songs, but they are reticent about listening to the remix versions of those songs. This is a pity, as there are numerous remix versions that are simply much better than the original. For example, the top Clean Bandit Rather Be Remix is considered by specialists to be much better than the original song. You can listen to it on Soundcloud, the place where you can listen to other songs of the same DJ, Ryan Skyy. His work is nothing else but great music that deserves attention, so check it out.

7 September 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

Finding Nemo (DVD) Review

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Finding Nemo continues the Disney tradition of producing high-quality, blockbuster films that entertain audiences of all ages. Featuring the wonders of the Pixar animation technology, the film is a breathtaking window into the future of animated pictures, with borderline 3-D visual effects and the introduction of original animated film techniques certain to influence future masterpieces. Boasting a slew of talented voiceovers such as Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, and John Ratzenberger, Finding Nemo is certain to maintain a place in the hearts of children of all ages for generations to comeÖThe epic story begins somewhere in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia. A clown fish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) lives a wonderful life in a peaceful underwater colony of fish and other fascinating sea life with his wife. However, that serene setting is demolished when a vicious predator attacks their home, killing his wife. Distraught, Marlin takes comfort in the egg left behind which grows into his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould).Because of this early trauma, Marlin is extremely overprotective when it comes to Nemo. He follows a step behind everywhere his son goes, makes Nemo stay in the house whenever possible, and remains quite apprehensive about his son going to school. Marlinís fears are realized when Nemo is captured on his first day of school and taken away to live in a fish tank on land. Intent on freeing his son, Marlin sets out on a bold and daring quest to retrace the path of the abductorís boat.Wandering through the ocean depths, he meets up with Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) ñ an absent-minded, yet friendly ñ fish who remains determined to help her new friend recover his lost son. Together, they encounter a pack of sharks and a countless array of diverse and fascinating underwater creatures.Meanwhile, Nemo is plunged into a dentist office fish tank overlooking Sidney Harbor where he meets a number of new and exciting friends. The other aquatic life, long confined to the tank themselves, initiate Nemo into their fraternity, revealing the history of their attempts to escape. Enlisting Nemo as their point man (or fish), they concoct a number of schemes such as clogging the tankís filter so they can make a break for it when theyíre taken out for the tank cleaning. With the threat of the dentist presenting Nemo as a present to his nerdy niece, the stakes are raised for our young hero and time is of the essenceÖSporting one of the best written animated screenplays of all-time and a breathtaking original score by Thomas Newman, Finding Nemo is a pleasurable affair for both parents and children. The writers pull off an admirable job of combining adult and kid humor throughout the script in such a way that it doesnít detract from the experience for either age group. With a number of likeable characters, the audience will find itself rooting for Marlin, Nemo, and all their friends to accomplish the task before them. Overall, this is a must-see film for all age groups, not only because of the great story and artful performances, but if anything, simply because the animation is a wonder in-and-of itselfÖ

5 September 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

Help Pay for Some of the Expenses of Your Children\’s Wedding

There are lots of different things that people can do to help their adult children when they are engaged and planning a wedding. Obviously, one of the things that they can help with is covering some of the cost of the wedding. For example, it may be nice if one of that parents could pay for the photographer. Or maybe they could pay for the place where the reception will be held. This is something that will help the couple out greatly. Most couples do not want to start their married life off in a lot of debt. Parents can help with this.

4 September 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

Professional photo coverage

Do you know that there are some really experienced photographers in Singapore that you can always hire? What this means is that your special events can be covered by someone who will be able to recognize them and make sure that you can remember them for years to come. So anyway, when it comes to finding the best photography studio, I can tell you for sure that you can't go wrong if you hire the services of Socks Photography. In fact, I promise you that you won't find a better expert in the country that can cover your events, no matter how official they are.

4 September 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

Great Website to Download Music for Free

If you are against illegal music downloading, you might like to listen to music online. This is not illegal because you are not copying music; you are just playing music. Some websites that sell music have this feature in order to motivate buyers to get songs. Some other websites will provide you with streaming services which means that you can listen to your favorite songs online. You can also find websites that offer free music. This is a strategy that new artists have. They make their productions available in order for people to have a taste of their work. If you click on watch the remix, you will check out an example of this.

3 September 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

Learn About What Bandit Rather Be Is

Have you listened to Bandit Rather Be? Maybe you might think what in the world that is. Well, it is not a movie or a soup opera. It is a new house song that you can listen on the radio. It’s been a great hit in some States in the United States and other countries. Maybe you are interested in getting it since it is a nice song it should not be missing in your collection. If you click on best Clean Bandit Rather Be Remix, you will be able to not only listen to it but also to download it for free.

31 August 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

Married With Children (DVD) Review

Premiering in April 1987, Married With Children became a staple of the growing Fox Network’s original prime time programming, paving the way for further original creations such as The Simpsons. The total opposite of what a TV family should be, the original working title for the show was Not The Cosbys (a reference to the perfect family atmosphere of the popular 80′s sitcom The Cosby Show). Paving the way for ABC’s Roseanne, Married With Children more than lived up to its working title, chronicling the pathetic life of a Chicago shoe salesman and his equally dysfunctional familyÖMarried With Children follows the exploits of the Bundy family, a dysfunctional trailer-park trash family living in American suburbia. The family is headed by Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill), a shoe salesman who’s lewd, crude, sarcastic, and completely dissatisfied with his life as a loser. Al’s wife Peg (Katey Sagal) spends her days watching Oprah and spending what little money Al brings home (she’s also Al’s greatest source of annoyance). Al and Peg’s lives are complicated by their children, Kelly (Christina Applegate), a beautiful yet stupid teenager, and Bud (David Faustino), a s-starved adolescent. With neighbors Steve (David Garrison), Marcy (Amanda Bearse), and Jefferson (Ted McGinley) dropping in on a regular basis, Al’s dreams of a normal family life or a spare moment to relax are continually interrupted by the tortuous reality of his mediocre existenceÖThe Married With Children DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the series pilot in which Peg and Al, worried because they have no friends of their own, meet the new neighbors, Steve and Marcy Rhoades. Steve and Marcy have the perfect marriage, but the bad influences of the Bundys conspire to turn them against each otherÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “Whose Room is It Anyway?” in which Steve and Marcy decide to add a new room onto their house while Peg and Al pit the couple against each other in order to serve their own selfish interests, and “Peggy Sue Got Work” in which Al’s refusal to buy Peg the VCR she wants prompts her to get a job in a local department store

30 August 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

I heard about that on Facebook!

As you discuss business with colleagues, old times with former high school chaps and buds, health issues and funny pics and more with family and friends, how many times do you hear references to Facebook nowadays? Seriously, even on commercials you see Facebook icons and Likes all over the place. It’s chronic. So why not join the fun and fame and post your own funny facebook pics and promos on your Facebook page yourself? You can share fun and even make friends at the same time. Seriously, it’s so easy. Just remember not to spam and to post in a kind manner: no rough language or photos, etc.

28 August 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment

People Just Love Music

People love music. No matter what culture you visit, or what country you visit on the planet people have their music. It is interesting to see how the music that people have reflects them. It reflects the values it reflects their hopes it reflects their dreams for the future. Some of the reasons why the music industry is so powerful. When people listen to music it provides them with an escape from reality and pushes them into a fantasy world where anything is possible. Individuals who have the responsibility to do marketing record labels have a big job on their shoulders. They must understand the public’s connection to music.

28 August 2014 | Media Arts Entertainment