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Attack on Leningrad [Import]
Attack on Leningrad [Import]
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Love Story, Nov. 24 2014
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The siege was a terrible calamity. A large portion of the population died of starvation. It had the same effect as the death camps except there was no gas or ovens. To frame a love story in this catastrophe is ludicrous.

Gloria
Gloria
DVD ~ Paulina García
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria acts to claim some joy she feels she is entitled to, Oct. 23 2014
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Only a non Hollywood production would allow so much reality to be performed. A clever, sane, but lonely woman seeks to prove that life and the need to seek affection does not die when you reach middle age. In spite of all the rules tilted in men's favor, Gloria acts to claim some joy she feels she is entitled to.

Homeland: The Complete Third Season
Homeland: The Complete Third Season
DVD ~ Claire Danes
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Battle is Lost, Oct. 23 2014
I see that Clare Danes is the producer. She now can exercise a great deal of artistic control on the program. Is the emphasis on the rebellious daughter a reflection of Danes' past? The little brother has suffered the same family trauma as his older sister, but seems to carry on as a "nice", obedient kid. The CIA seems to be an organization that reflects military discipline. Danes' outbursts and disrespect would have had her drummed out of an organization that honors discipline, especially self discipline. Danes is the boss, so her character can be as petulant as she sees fit. The same thing happened with "The Shield" when the star became the producer.

British Butchers & Bunglers of World War One
British Butchers & Bunglers of World War One
by John Laffin
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen Butchers and Bunglers, July 19 2014
A little short on detail and more thorough explanations, this book does its job by showing the contempt that the English Gentlemen Generals had for the lives of the common soldier. Australia and New Zealand were young countries but very loyal members of the British Empire. Their populations were relatively small. Together, in national regiments and fighting groups they were proud and cohesive fighting units. It did not take long for them to realize that they were being given difficult or impossible goals to achieve, under the direction of Generals who were thought unfit to command in Europe. Often these Generals chose to stay as far away from the action as they possibly could. The Generals had no idea of the real challenges assigned to the Anzac fighters or how many casualties they were taking. When they returned to Australia and New Zealand, they became angry when they realized how their populations had been decimated by incompetent Generals who ordered battle formations of the Napoleonic Wars against poison gas and modern machine guns.

Der Sieg des Glaubens [DVD] [Import]
Der Sieg des Glaubens [DVD] [Import]
DVD ~ Leni Riefenstahl
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4.0 out of 5 stars The First Great Political Talkie., July 19 2014
This film predates Triumph of the Will by four years. Many of the images that made Triumph of the Will such a powerful propaganda tool were being shaped in this movie. Leni Riefenstahl's eye for the powerful moment was incredible. The images she was honing in these films have been repeated in propaganda films ever since. She took the look of triumphal parades of the Caesars' in Rome and made the spectacles available to the general public at a local theater. Upon suspension of disbelief, the viewer must be swept into the vortex of feeling that their Fatherland is invincible. The propaganda value of this film was so complete that the Americans recruited Frank Kapra to produce the five, Why We Fight, films to inspire Americans to prepare for victory when the war came.

The 50 Greatest Tracks
The 50 Greatest Tracks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Retrospective., May 5 2014
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As all of us as we grow older, we weaken. Our strength and vitality seep away leaving us the same person, but not the same talent. Pavarotti possessed a wonderful instrument that remained with him until his death. His later appearances were often joint performances. He often sang reading from a score on a music stand. These latter day appearances were not as rich as he was distracted by his reading. On this CD we hear early performances when he had memorized the scores. His young voice is wonderful when he puts his full concentration and emotion into these songs. We can hear why he was considered a phenomenon during the 1970's.

Inside Llewyn Davis (Bilingual)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Oscar Isaac
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for Coen Fans, May 5 2014
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As a person who has tried to watch, enjoy and own all of the Coen brothers' movies, I had to work hard to understand and enjoy, Inside Llewyn Davis. I settled finally on the idea that we were witnessing a character study of a selfish man who constantly abuses friends and their trust. Having lived during the time covered by this story, I can honestly believe that a musician with a bit of talent, but no hook to make him exceptional could live on the fringes of the music scene. Many people of that time period were exceptionally generous and sharing. Llewyn was very good at accessing that generosity but seemingly unwilling to be gracious or reciprocate a kindness. It is a wonderful character development, if you like to cringe.

BIRUGEAR Black Silicone Cover Case + Blue Wrist Strap Lanyard for Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip
BIRUGEAR Black Silicone Cover Case + Blue Wrist Strap Lanyard for Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip

3.0 out of 5 stars Guessing a response, Dec 29 2013
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I have yet to receive the above mentioned merchandise, so my impressions are mere suppositions. I will know better, later, I hope.

All's Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
All's Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
DVD ~ Paul Hilton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered on time as promised., June 9 2013
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Plays on the thrust stage, in the authentic manner as when first presented, demonstrate the real impact of the production. The Globe plays are as "authentic" stories, (ie suspension of disbelief), as the cleverly crafted movies. The story and the characters remains the central and authentic focus of the plays.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Europe Breaks Free, Nov. 13 2009
Using the iconic pictures by Vermeer, 'a master painter light', the author employs the items shown in the paintings to begin his descriptions of the development of international trade. Vermeer's home of Deflt was one of the centers of early trade and overseas commerce as perfected by the Dutch during the Seventeenth Century. Brook weaves interesting stories from the yarn of items represented in the paintings shown in full color plates in the center of the book.

We are treated to a thorough explanation of the development of trade with hostile Asian nations that produced many goods that Europeans were anxious to buy at inflated prices. It also points out how the Republic of Holland was much more adroit at finding new markets than were the nations on the Iberian Peninsula who were restrained by their being beholden to a Monarch or a Church.

Some of the later parallels he uses near the end of the book are a bit of a stretch and seem weaker than the early chapters.

All in all it is an entertaining and informative read.

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