Offered without further comment: KABC keeps running a frequent schedule of spots for treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

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I love Cuban pop music, hate Cuban food.

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Am I the only one who, when he hears and sees stories about the real Erin Brockovich, is reminded of Marisleysis, that Miami woman .... and vicy-vercy  ?


On June 25th we'll be marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

34,000 soldiers, sailors and Marines died in combat, during that Forgotten War.

103,000 were wounded.

The veterans, like their WW2 predecessors, are now dying off quickly.


"U-571" - a bunch of inept TV actors (except for Harvey Keitel, who must have wandered into this project by accident) - yelling the usual submarine stuff ("DIVE, DIVE, DIVE" ... "MAIN INDUCTION VALVE RUPTURED !") after capturing a Nazi U-Boat during WW2. Don't ask. On the Franklin Scale of 1-10, 10 being best, a 3.

"RULES OF ENGAGEMENT" - No wonder the Arabs are angry. It's a bad movie, and why should they have to pay 18 Pisasters, or whatever, for having to sit through this story about the standard-issue courts martial of a Marine colonel who had his men open deadly fire on terrorists, shooting at, and trashing, an American embassy in Yemen. Lots of action. Very little thinking. And a weak ending, resolved quickly through the use of two title cards, just before the credits (in this case, not "credits", but "blames"). A generous 5 on the F-Scale.

"KEEPING THE FAITH" - a lovely bit of entertainment, which I found very, very enjoyable. It's about three childhood friends on Manhattan island, who grow up, one to become a priest, the other boy a rabbi ... and the little girl, a top corporate executive ... and the complications that develop after both the rabbi and the priest fall in love with her. (She's a goy, so you can see how the rabbi's congregation feels about that). Great New York scenes. On the Franklin Scale: a 10+

"WHERE THE MONEY IS" - a trifle ... just another bank (or armored car) robbery movie, with attempts at sophomoric humor. Saved barely by the aging Paul Newman. On the Franklin Scale of 1-10, 10 being best, a generous 5.

TOPSY-TURVY is still the best 1999 film, still playing in the theaters. It's a 10+.

HIGH FIDELITY - nice performances from the Cusack siblings ... about a rock record store owner with a typically confused love life ... with numerous femmes coming and going. Rock fans will love the track. Gets a bit talky at times ... but it's entertaining. On the Franklin Scale of 1-10, 10 being best: an 8.

THE ROAD TO EL DORADO - despite high powered marketing, this animated (pen & ink) production is not catching fire. It's about two greedy morons, who stow away to seek the gold of El Dorado, get caught up in the internal conflicts of the gold-hoarding native folks...but, as in traditional Hollywood fashion, greed turns into love and self-sacrifice. As the Los Angeles Times review said, "Lion King it isn't". On the Franklin Scale: a 7.

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