The first edition of Complete Idiot's Guide to Bridge
by H. Anthony Medley was the fastest
selling beginning bridge book, going through more than 10 printings.
Second Edition includes some modern advanced bidding systems and
conventions, like Two over One, a system used by many modern
tournament players, Roman Key Card Blackwood, New Minor
Forcing, Reverse Drury, Forcing No Trump, and others.
Also included is a detailed Guide to
Bidsand Responses, along with the most detailed, 12-page
Glossary ever published, as well as examples to make learning the game
even easier. Click book to order.
by Tony Medley
Side (10/10):Sandra Bullock finally
reaches her potential in this wonderfully entertaining, heart-warming
true story of Michael Oher (newcomer Quinton Aaron) and the chance at
life given him by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock). Unlike most movies about
living people, the real Leigh Anne is at least as beautiful as movie
star Bullock (in a blonde wig), who captures Leigh Anne’s feistiness
with remarkable fidelity. Her award-quality performance overcomes the
film’s main weakness, Aaron’s lack of athleticism, even though the rest
of his performance as a disadvantaged street kid is credible. Bullock’s
performance is matched by that of young Jac Head, who plays Tuohy’s son,
S.J., with captivating brilliance, reminding me of the irrepressible
Ricky Nelson before he became a rock star and adopted an Elvis-like
2012 (8/10):After director-writer
Roland Emmerich’s 2004 disaster epic, “The Day After Tomorrow” I had low
expectations for his newest. So it was a great surprise to find an
entertaining movie that moves at breakneck speed and compliments the
spectacular special effects (some laughable). The eruption of
is especially effective. And, for people who might want to say that
everything about this movie is ridiculous, Yellowstone
has had three supereruptions that we know about, 2.1 million years ago,
1.3 million years ago, and the last 640,000 years ago. The upward
movement of the Yellowstone
caldera floor—almost 3 inches each year for the past three years—is more
than three times greater than ever observed since such measurements
began in 1923. The three caldera-forming eruptions were, respectively,
about 2,500, 280, and 1,000 times larger than the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mt.St. Helens. Figure it out. Another
eruption is due. It can blow at any time with cataclysmic results.
This Is It (7/10):
This isn’t the greatest documentary ever made, nor is it full of
terrific music, unless you just live or die with Michael Jackson. But it
is extremely well done, a fascinating snapshot of a music idol shortly
before an untimely death.
The Box (7/10):
Starting like a fairly straight forward thriller, this
descends into weirdness
involving scenes that are phantasmagorical. I can’t say I enjoyed this
movie, in the ordinary definition of “enjoy,” but it did keep me
involved and it did cause me to think about it long after I left the
theater. To me, that’s a good definition of an entertaining movie.
Pirate Radio (5/10):
About an offshore ship broadcasting banned rock ‘n’ roll into
in 1966, this looks like a made-by-the-numbers movie it is so
predictable. After a plodding, uninvolving first 2/3rds, writer-director
Richard Curtis terminates this long dirge with a Titanic-like ending
that seems, well, interminable. The only things I liked about it were
Kenneth Brannagh, who plays the delightfully evil Sir Alistair Dormandy,
the stodgy minister who is out to kill Pirate Radio and all the people
on board, and the sound track which includes some entertaining music,
although I would have picked different songs from the era to highlight.
It would have been more enjoyable if I had just closed my eyes and
listened to the music.
The Men Who Stare at Goats
(5/10): Unfortunately, this light-hearted story about the
government’s preposterous attempts to harness paranormal abilities to
combat its enemies makes no sense. George Clooney and Ewan McGregor give
performances that do the unique material great credit. But director
Grant Heslov seems like a pianist hired to do a electrical job. He’s got
all the wires and connections and stuff, he just doesn’t know how to put
them all together in a cohesive form.