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Mulholland Drive (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Mulholland Drive (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Naomi Watts
Price: CDN$ 16.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie is great -- DVD has flaws, Oct. 29 2002
This was a complex movie requiring several viewings to unravel the clues and solve the puzzle. The movie is more along the line of Blue Velvet rather than The Straight Story (both directed by David Lynch). However, I found the DVD rather disappointing. There was no way to access individual Chapters to go to exact sections of the movie. It ran just like a VHS tape. To return to a spot, you must actually put the DVD on rewind. Further the DVD has a bad flaw. It stops suddenly after about 90 minutes. Since there are no Chapters, it's not possible to simply jump to the next Chapter. After much trial and error, we figured out we start the DVD from the beginning at fast speed until it fast forwarded past the stopped area. I returned the DVD twice for a new copy; all 3 copies have this flaw, so it must have been manufactured that way. The DVD is pricey and has no extras except for Cast bios.

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals
Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals
by Don Hamilton D.V.M.
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've been searching for a book like this for some time, Sept. 29 2000
My family's first means of addressing medical problems is with homeopathy. For some time now, I've been looking for a text book I can use to treat my own pets acute conditions using homeopathy. This book is the one! If you are not familiar with homeopathy, you'll like the first chapters which give an overview. I especially appreciated the chapter on how to administer the remedies to pets. With humans, it's a simple matter of placing the pellets, untouch by hands, under the tongue to disolve. With pets, I really needed this chapter. With homeopathy, it's important to differentiate under what conditions a remedy is chosen. The book has a substantial portion devoted to this critical aspect of homeopathy. Finally, I did not want to purchase a book that addressed all animals, so I appreciate the focus (as does my dog) on cats and dogs. I noticed a lot of the reviewers were highlighting the sections on why not to vaccinate. I rescued my dog from the shelter, so vaccination was a done deed. I have used homeopathy to keep my dog much healthier than the average 15 year old senior dog citizen.

Dr. Bernsteins Diabetes Solution
Dr. Bernsteins Diabetes Solution
by Richard K Bernstein Dr.
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to review the book and the solution please, July 27 2000
Most of the reviews of this books are either 1* or 5* depending on whether one sees Dr. Bernstein as a crackpot or a savior. I'd like to address the content of the book. I rate this book high because it was well laid out and easy to ready. It begins with a chemistry of digestion, laying the groundwork for his theories. It then goes into typical foods. One is provided with a clear simple list of no-no foods. Then one is led into sample menus so you can clearly see how flexible the diet is or is not. There are several chapters specifically geared to unique situations. Then a chapter with recipes. A couple of appendices. Simple -- logical -- clear By the way, I've tried this since last March because my blood sugars had finally moved into suspicious range. I've lost 15 pounds and some fatty deposits on my liver (there since 1990 and obvious on yearly cat scans) are gone. My blood sugars went back to normal, but my cholesterol remains a bit high.

Love Medicine & Miracles
Love Medicine & Miracles
by Bernie Siegel
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perturbed over implications that people bring cancer., July 27 2000
I'm guilty and hesitant about not raving about this book. Bernie so obviously loves his exceptional patients and has done so much to highlight the importance of love as a part of healing.
I do not agree with the chapter that talks about the cancer personality. The cancer personality is one theory -- there are many theories about cancer.
This book simply lays a guilt trip on someone if they don't view cancer as the greatest opportunity to change their life for the better. If one practiced the visualizing and the drawing and the proactive working with physicians, and still didn't go into remission/cure, wouldn't one feel like a failure? First you have a cancer personality; second, you died without changing it.

The Testament
The Testament
by John Grisham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Interesting enough to finish, July 27 2000
This novel had a strong beginning -- even if somewhat implausible -- about an eccentric who is about to screw all of his heirs out of his billions and leave it to his unknown illegitimate daughter who has become a very holy missionary.
I got as far as the alcoholic lawyer (likeable, of course) finding the missionary and finally turned to the end of the book to see if my suspicions about the plot were confirmed.
One question: why were all the heirs so stupid as to agree to such a huge contingency fee for the lawyers?

Meet Me at the Morgue
Meet Me at the Morgue
by Ross Macdonald
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Lew Archer Mystery (but without Lew Archer), July 21 2000
Ross MacDonald is quite well known for his series of mysteries starring Lew Archer as the erstwhile detective. In this kidnapping / murder mystery, the Lew Archer stand-in is a probation officer who admits he lives on several sides at once. This novel shares several themes with his Lew Archer series. One's past sins do come back to bite you; women inevitably ruin their life with the wrong man; and an absent father will reappear in one's life. The dark atmosphere is also present in this novel. It is a very enjoyable read. MacDonald has an excellent ear for dialogue and detail.

Sabbath's Theater
Sabbath's Theater
by Philip Roth
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring and just about gagged me, July 12 2000
This review is from: Sabbath's Theater (Paperback)
Okay, I didn't really like Portnoy's Complaint either although I appreciate it as a coming of age type of novel. This novel is like Portnoy grows old and still does disgusting things with his body fluids. Even worse, the plot dragged. I feel as though I'm reading the reminiscences of a stunted teenager who hasn't a clue that he's stunted.

The Drowning Pool
The Drowning Pool
by Ross Macdonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dashiell's Hammett's heir goes him one better, June 20 2000
This review is from: The Drowning Pool (Paperback)
Ross MacDonald is usually compared to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. However Lew Archer is never hard-bitten (despite hard-bitten experience) as Hammett and Chandler's detectives are. In Lew Archer, MacDonald creates a wholly sympathetic detective with loads of angst or emotions more akin to Dave Robicheaux (James Lee Burke's detective). That is, his life is not just something he's surviving -- he is experiencing it. There is violence, but the violence is secondary to the feelings and atmosphere of the story. It differs from an Agatha Christie mystery where you come to admire her ability to fit a plot puzzle together. With the Drowning Pool, there is more a feeling that this is a tragedy rather than a detective story. The Drowning Pool shows themes that run throughout MacDonald's mysteries -- multi-generational sins of the father being visited upon the children, sincs with long roots and branches, dysfunctional families. MacDonald's talent lies in infusing his stories with dark atmospheres that generally has not been translated well onto the silver screen. Paul Newman playing Lew Archer is much more light-hearted than the book. Melanie Griffith plays the seductive daughter in the movie. I remember the first time I saw the movie that I was surprised that Melanie's mother (whom I didn't know was Tippi Hedren at the time) would allow her 14 year old to project such sexuality. I don't think that Melanie was acting the part because she went on to live with Don Johnson shortly after the movie.

Sermons And Soda-Water
Sermons And Soda-Water
by Carroll & Graf Publishers
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars John O'Hara produces some of his best with the novella, June 11 2000
This review is from: Sermons And Soda-Water (Paperback)
Sermons and Soda Water consists of 3 novellas which involve the same person -- James Mallory. Mallory is thought to be the alter ego of O'Hara. The first story "The Girl on the Baggage Truck" is a story of the younger Mallory barely avoiding being pulled down by involvement with an aspiring actress. The second, my favorite, "Imagine Kissing Pete" is the story of a bad marriage which goes good. I'm surprised no one ever made a movie of this one. The final one is a story of Mallory's senior years. He meets up with an old friend he has gradually moved away from, mainly due to the friend's marriage to a woman no one likes. Mallory is surprised to discover that his friend genuinely loved his wife. These stories remain popular because, like Appointment in Samarra, they highlight O'Hara's ability with dialogue and the description.

From The Terrace
From The Terrace
by John O'Hara
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from CDN$ 55.78

5.0 out of 5 stars O'Hara keeps his promise to be a 20th Century chronicler, June 7 2000
This review is from: From The Terrace (Paperback)
John O'Hara once said that one of his driving instincts in writing was to chronicle the first half of the 20th Century. A great deal of his large body of work does just this. "From the Terrace" is not only one of his best novels, but is sound history as well. We are introduced to poor Alfred Eaton who overcomes a bad childhood to become a success as an adult to become .... perhaps what he was meant to be all along. It's part Man in a Gray Flannel Suit and part Greek Tragedy. As to what it chronicles: the old boy WASP network of prep school / Harvard or Yale or Princeton / club life. One's early life provides networking forever for the fortunate upper class white male in that upper class. One sees how these same males get tapped during WW2 to fill the better positions opening up in Washington thanks to the war effort. O'Hara excells at the tiny details that expand in your mind to tell an entire story. His dialogue (particularly between men and women) sounds true. Given the time in which he wrote, O'Hara got away with a lot of explicit sex. The lead character commits adultery and is all the more happy for it. If you've seen the movie with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, you should know that the book ends does not end with Paul Newman walking down a Manhattan street happy to be able to marry his mistress. In the book, he marries a second time, his naval career ends, and he finds his life taking a new turn.

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