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2/6/17 Movie Monday: Three Takes On Snow White

Welcome to DMM’s 2/6/17 Movie Monday, where I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase. This week’s theme is three takes on that fairy tale classic, Snow White. Whether you’re looking for bright family fun, action and adventure or something a little darker, one of these is sure to suit the bill. Mirror Mirror (PG) One of the most beloved tales of all time comes to life in the spectacular Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. A fresh and funny retelling of the classic fairy tale, the film also stars Armie Hammer Sean Bean, and Nathan Lane. This candy-colored version is directed by Tarsem Singh, the visionary auteur behind the painterly indie masterpiece The Fall, bold Immortals and spine-tingling The Cell. Like all of Singh’s films, this one is a beauty to…

1/23/17 Movie Monday

Welcome to DMM’s 1/23/17 Movie Monday, where I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase. This week, I’m featuring a few lesser-known horror movies that offer some big names and are better than critics’ reviews would have you think. I’m not a fan of gratuitous gore, so while any R-rated horror movie will of course have some splattery deaths, none of these linger too long or lovingly on the blood and guts. Ghost Ship (R) In a remote region of the Bering Sea, a boat salvage crew discovers the eerie remains of a grand passenger liner thought lost for more than 40 years. This movie stars Juliana Marguiles, Gabriel Byrne, Karl Urban and Ron Eldard, and includes Emily Browning in one of her first big-screen roles. It’s hard to say much about the plot without spoilers, but…

New Feature: Movie Monday!

Since Music Monday has been getting pretty repetitive, with lots of Classical music and not much else, I’ve decided to introduce a new feature: Movie Monday. On Movie Monday I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies, TV shows and other digital videos you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase. This week, it’s all about the action movies. Escape Plan (R) One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s top expert in structural security. When he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit, his skills are put to the ultimate test in an attempt to break out of one of his own prisons. Co-stars some pretty big names: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill, Vincent D’Onofrio and 50…

1/9/17 Music Monday: Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Prime Music vs. Amazon Music Library

I normally share dirt-cheap and free digital music here on Mondays, but since there seems to be a great deal of confusion around Amazon Music lately I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to that topic. Amazon actually has five different types or levels of digital music services. Note that details reported here are accurate as of this writing, on 1/8/17, but are subject to change at any time at Amazon’s discretion.   1. What is Amazon Music? Amazon Music is the Amazon Digital Music department on the Amazon site. It includes Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, and all the other digital music that isn’t part of either of those programs. When you go to Amazon > Digital Music through the department menu or select Digital Music when using the main Amazon site search bar, you’re accessing Amazon Music.

1/2/17 Music Monday: Two Huge Classical Box Sets For A Buck Each

Welcome To Digital Media Mom’s 1/2/17 Music Monday! Ring in the new year with these two 100-track box sets of classical music that trace the history of piano and classical strings, respectively. First is The History of Piano (100 Famous Songs) (UK visitors click here). Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and more. Click here to view a full track listing on Amazon’s US site (album content is the same on UK version). Next is The History of Strings (100 Famous Songs) (UK visitors click here). All the greats: Brandenburg Concerto, Four Seasons, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and more.

12/12/16 Music Monday: 3 100-Track Collections For Under Two Bucks Each

Welcome to DMM’s 12/12/16 Music Monday! Today I’ve got three huge, excellent collections: two in a holiday theme and one that’s straight classical. Each includes 100 tracks and each is currently priced at $1.99 or less. 100 Must-Have Christmas Carols and Chants (4/5 stars, currently priced at $1.99) – Choral and Gregorian chant arrangements featuring such groups as The Vienna Boys Choir, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and International Children’s Chorus. 100 Mystic Christmas Moments (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents) – Magical instrumental and choral arrangements, featuring such groups as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Budapest Strings, Capella Gregoriana and Bukarest Madrigal Chorus.

12/5/16 Music Monday: Two Holiday Albums, One For Free!

Welcome To Digital Media Mom’s 12/5/16 Music Monday! Today I’m sharing two holiday-themed albums: one currently priced at just 89 cents and the other is currently totally free! The first album is Celtic Christmas (Irish Gaelic Christmas) – rated 4/5 stars and currently priced at 89 cents. 21 tracks of airy, magical interpretations of Christmas classics, featuring traditional Celtic instruments. Today’s freebie is a brand new release: Emmanuel by Fielder Church. 8 tracks, with various takes on holiday favorites that range from country to jazzy.

11/14/16 Music Monday: Classical Collections

Welcome To DMM’s 11/14/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today I’m sharing two large collections that are both rated 5/5 stars and both (currently) priced at just 99 cents each. The pieces in Piano Classics for Babies aren’t just for babies. These 50 lovely tracks can lighten anyone’s mood. Currently rated 5/5 stars.

10/24/16 Music Monday – Two Free Ambient Albums

Welcome To DMM’s 10/24/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today I’m sharing two (currently) free ambient albums that combine music with nature sound effects. Many reviewers complain that the crackling fire sounds on Classical Piano Relaxation: By the Fireplace are too loud and make it hard to hear the piano in the background, but if you’re looking for something that emulates sitting right next to a fire while a piano plays in the next room, in my opinion this is a great one for relaxing or drifting off to sleep.

10/3/16 Music Monday: 111 Amazing Series

Welcome To DMM’s 10/3/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today I’m sharing the 111 Amazing series of box sets. Each album in this series contains 111 tracks, and all are currently rated 4/5 stars or better and priced at just 99 cents each. Here are just a few of the highest-rated albums in the series.