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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.

Victory of Faith (Der Sieg des Glaubens) Leni Riefenstahl (1933)
Victory of Faith (Der Sieg des Glaubens) Leni Riefenstahl (1933)
DVD ~ Leni Riefenstahl
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 67.31
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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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This review is from: The 50 Greatest Tracks (Audio CD)
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.

High Hopes
High Hopes
DVD ~ Philip Davis
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thatcher's Refugees, Aug. 30 2009
This review is from: High Hopes (DVD)
Mike Leigh has a sharp eye for people and their foibles. Much of his work deflates the pompous windbags, socially important, but mostly unimportant, who dwell in contemporary England.

The heart of the story is an older, widow lady, barely getting by in her council flat in London. Her condition and home are items from a kinder, more generous past when a social safety net was built after WWII. It is now under a ferocious assault by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The widow's socialist son and his partner struggle on, surviving in low paying jobs. They make an effort to look in and care for the old lady. Her yuppy next door neighbors bought their home when all low rent housing was put up for sale. They are disgusted that the widow will not paint or refurbish her rental property. Her vacuous daughter is so busy climbing the social ladder by spending her husband's money that she has no time for her mother. Her husband is an odious businessman who allows his wife to create the facade at home while he has a bit of stuff on the side.

None of the characters are perfect or really nice. That is how Mike Leigh sees life.

Eyewitness Travel Guides Florence And Tuscany
Eyewitness Travel Guides Florence And Tuscany
by Dorling Kindersley
Edition: Flexibound
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3.0 out of 5 stars Saving Time and Money, Aug. 4 2009
With the Eyewitness Travel Guides to Florence and Tuscany, Rome and Italy in hand, we were able to make the most of our brief stay in these areas. By using the Guides to prepare for our trips to see the most important sites and attractions, we saw as much as possible in a very limited time. We often had a tour guide leading us, but the knowledge we gained from the Guides enriched the experience.

Courtesy maps given out by businesses were notoriously inaccurate when trying to find notable attractions. The maps and 3-D illustrations in the Guides were very useful. We saw most of the things we wanted to see and we had time to shop and dine without feeling we had missed too much. These guides were good investments.

The Wrestler / Le lutteur (Bilingual Edition)
The Wrestler / Le lutteur (Bilingual Edition)
DVD ~ Mickey Rourke
Offered by OptiShopper Canada
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Decline and Fall After Fame., May 29 2009
In a world obsessed with following the famous or notorious through television, the web, or print media, only the prime of a "star's" life seems to be examined and pursued. There is even a reality show about the paparazzi and their boss as they discuss and giggle over images they have captured of the notorious.

Few films have dealt with the life lived by the mediocre or unwise star who did not provide for his old age. "Requiem for a Heavyweight", with an outstanding cast, is a black and white version of this sad tale.

"The Wrestler", takes gritty look at the decline of a man whose career was fueled by steroids, alcohol and painkillers. The pain and abuse damage his heart. Recovering, he reaches out to an estranged daughter and a stripper who is having her own age related problems. His efforts start to bear fruit when the old, high living behavior reinforces bad, old memories. He is still loved and respected by his fellow wrestlers. So, like a gladiator in Roman times, his return to the arena becomes his destiny.

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