Repo! The Genetic Opera (DVD)

Paul Fischer of Dark Horizons describes Repo! The Genetic Opera as, “Stunningly original… A mind-blowing experience”. You know what? He’s 100% correct. With an all star cast of Alexa Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Bill Moseley, Ogre (Of Skinny Puppy) and Terrance Zdunich as well as the producers of SAW we’re treated to what could possibly be, in my opinion, this generation’s Rocky Horror. The movie has an R rating due to strong bloody violence, gore, language, some drug use and sexual content.
Imagine a future where organ failure has become a worldwide epidemic. A company called GENCO saw an opportunity and took charge, offering a payment plan for organ transplants. But with that comes a terrible price… If you miss a payment, they can legally repossess that organ thanks to a person called the Repo Man. A person known mostly only as a myth and as efficient a killer as you can find.
The story in Repo shifts between two major families; the wealthy and deadly Largos, family behind GENCO, and the Wallaces, an overprotective father with a terrible secret life and a daughter with the same devastating disease that killed her mother. How their stories unfold and we learn the ways they’re all connected is all told through catchy songs that you’ll have stuck in your head weeks, if not months, after seeing the movie. All the while we’re presented with stunning sets and backdrops that only accent the acting skills of those on the screen.
But enough of that, this is a review of the DVD after all. For those that have been keeping up with Repo since before it was out in theaters the DVD is a huge letdown. Originally there were a handful of promo videos online showing the cast and producers describing the backstories of characters as well as information about certain aspects of the film (how it started as a stage show and what exactly Zydrate is), not to mention the behind the scenes footage shot by cast members that could be found even on sites like Youtube. However, the DVD only contains two of these videos.
A complete list of bonus features is:
– From Stage to Screen featurette (A brief history of Repo’s journey from a stage show to movie) – Legal Assassin featurette (Learn more about the Repo Man)
– Two audio commentaries: One with Director Darren Lynn
-Bousman and cast members Moseley, Vega and Ogre. Then another with Bousman, co-creators of Repo; Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich along with music producer Joseph Bishara
-Theatrical trailer
– English and Spanish subtitles
Why are film reviews important anyway? Repo! the Genetic Opera is simply one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a rock opera with catchy songs, a great plot and it only gets better the more people you watch it with. The story sucks you in and the actors seem perfect for the roles given to them. It’s only sad that Lionsgate did so little to promote it and rushed the DVD while the creative team were out getting to meet the fans during their road tours. It’s no doubt that this will/is a cult classic and hopefully someday we’ll get the DVD of a film that this magnitude deserves. Who knows, with the movie part of a planned trilogy maybe there will be enough fan support to grant the sequel and prequel needed to complete the Repo story.
Movie rating: 5 out of 5
DVD rating: 2 out of 5

Best authors ever

Without the talent, and passion that these authors have put into their books we would be bookless!

If you are a book lover like myself, and you try to think of the world without books (or even just the things you have found out in books) well… I know it gave me shivers!

Books have been around for years and they will be around for many more.

Treated well, books are long lasting as well, so knowledge and language from years past are stored and still available to us in the present time!

All books had to have someone write them and we (I know I am) should be very grateful.
Have you ever tried to write a book?

It’s pretty hard. To write a long novel you have to be patient, willing to think really long and hard about something, and have a fair understanding of language.

Pretty hard don’t you think?

These are my favorites…

Mark Twain was mainly a novel writer, and I am yet to find a single book of his that is unsatisfactory or of poor workmanship.

I was reading a book the other day about him and it is made up purely of his quotes, it is quite an interesting book, the name of it is “THE WIT AND WISDOM OF MARK TWAIN” it has some hilarious quotes in it, but as I don’t wish to plagiarize I will merely say that the book is a good one and well worth buying.

His real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Mr. Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835 and died on April 21, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut.

One of the peculiar things about his birth and death is that he was born at the time when Halley’s comet was close to earth and he died the day after the comet was at it’s closest. FREAKY!!!! Here is a short list of some of the best books that he wrote.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Tom Sawyer Abroad
  • Tom Sawyer, Detective
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • The Diaries of Adam and Eve

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton is one of the most famous authors in the world of books. She was at one period in her 40 year career writing an estimated 10,000 words a day! Her style of writing is quite riveting and the story line will draw readers into the book. these are definitely some of her very best books, though the majority of them are excellent. Some of Enid Blyton’s more famous series are:
The Famous Five (ages 8+)
1. Five on a Treasure Island
2. Five go Adventuring Again
3. Five Run Away Together
4. Five Go to Smuggler’s Top
5. Five Go Off in a Caravan
6. Five on Kirrin Island Again
7. Five Go Off to Camp
8. Five Get Into Trouble
9. Five Fall Into Adventure
10. Five on a Hike Together
11. Five Have a Wonderful Time
12. Five Go Down to the Sea
13. Five Go to Mystery Moor
14. Five Have Plenty of Fun
15. Five on a Secret Trail
16. Five Go to Billycock Hill
17. Five Get Into a Fix
18. Five on Finniston Farm
19. Five Go to Demon’s Rocks
20. Five Have a Mystery to Solve
21. Five Are Together Again

The Secret Seven (ages 8+)
1. The Secret Seven
2. Secret Seven Adventure
3. Well Done, Secret Seven
4. Secret Seven on the Trail
5. Go Ahead Secret Seven
6. Good Work, Secret Seven
7. Secret Seven Win Through
8. Three Cheers Secret Seven
9. Secret Seven Mystery
10. Puzzle for the Secret Seven
11. Secret Seven Fireworks
12. Good Old Secret Seven
13. Shock for the Secret Seven
14. Look Out Secret Seven
15. Fun for the Secret Seven

The Adventurous Four (ages 8+)
1. The Adventurous Four
2. The Adventurous Four Again
3. Off with the Adventurous Four Again!

The Faraway Tree (ages 7+)
1. The Enchanted Wood
2. The Magic Faraway Tree
3. The Folk of the Faraway Tree
4. Up the Faraway Tree

In the near future I will get around to writing reviews on all of these books…until then please be patient…


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Michigan High School Athletic Association.


Men                                        Women

Fall Sports                      Football                                   Volleyball

Tennis                                     Cheerleading



Winter Sports                 Basketball                                 Basketball




Spring Sports                 Baseball                                    Softball

Track                                         Track


Academic Programs

The strengths of Detroit Urban Lutheran School have remained the same throughout its 35 year history:

(1) CHRISTIAN Program,

(2) COLLEGE-PREP Academic Emphasis,

(3) SMALL, BUT GROWING Program, and

(4) FAMILY Atmosphere.

Detroit Urban is touching the lives of many Detroit children with

  • Christian Atmosphere and Experiences
  • Daily Religion Classes for All Grades
  • A Complete Athletic Program (Elementary and High School)
  • College-Credit Distance Learning Classes
  • Growing Technology
  • A Caring Faculty
  • Academic Excellence
  • Great Indoor and Outdoor Facilities
  • On-going Accreditation Planning for Improvement


Graduates of Detroit Urban Lutheran High School have attended a wide variety of colleges and universities.  Former graduates of Detroit Urban Lutheran Elementary School, now adults, can be found making a difference throughout our country – and indeed, around the world.

2009-2010 School Calendar


24-First Day of Classes (1/2 Day K-8; Full Day High School )


4-7 No Classes (Labor Day Observation)


28- End of 1st Quarter

29-30 No Classes (Teachers’ Conference)


6 – Parent Teacher Consultation Day

26-27 No Classes (Thanksgiving Vacation)


21-Christmas Vacation Begins


4 – Classes Resume K-12

13 – 14 – 15 – High School Semester Exams

18 – No Classes (M.L. King, Jr. Birthday Observation)


12 – 13 – No Classes (Sweetheart Ball Workday)


26 – End of 3rd Quarter


1 – Parent Teacher Consultation Day

2 – No Classes (Easter Vacation Begins)

12 – Classes Resume K -12


28 – Senior Semester Exams Begin

31 – No Classes (Memorial Day)


2 – 3 – 4 High School Semester Exams

4 – Last Day of Classes High School (Evening – High School Graduation)

8 – Last Day of Classes K-8

9 – No Classes (Evening – K-8 Scholastic Awards)

10 – No Classes (Evening – 8th Grade Graduation)