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Dirty Deeds [Import]
Dirty Deeds [Import]
DVD ~ Bryan Brown
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Deeds Done Right, Dec 24 2003
This review is from: Dirty Deeds [Import] (DVD)
What happens when the Chicago mob moves in on the Aussie nickel slot-machine business? John Goodman's world weary wise-guy takes on Bryan Brown's edgy mob boss in this action-packed black comedy that does for the gentlemen what "Down With Love" did for the ladies--brings back the 60s through an affectionate and humorous lens. Sam Neil and Toni Collette put in strong supporting performances as Bryan Brown's corrupt cop "pal" and his feisty wife, and Sam Worthington demonstrates excellent comic timing as the lad just back from Nam who can't decide whether he wants to be a gangster or open the first pizza parlor in Australia.
Worth renting, just to hear Bryan Brown's advice to his young son on how to get vampires out from under the bed, and if you happen to be (as I am) a fan of any one of these fine actors, you won't be satisfied until you add this film to your collection.

Southern Tongue: A Dictionary of Southern Expressions
Southern Tongue: A Dictionary of Southern Expressions
by Damon Bonds
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty obvious stuff, Oct. 26 2002
This book appears to be a hastily thrown together batch of expressions, very few of which strike me as regional. For example, do we need Mr. Bonds to tell us that "flustered" means frustrated, "fly off the handle" means to become angry, or to "follow" something is to understand it? Of the nine or ten entries on each page, no more than three of them are particularly southern, and even those are pretty durn obvious.
I bought this book when I was researching southern expressions, and found it less colorful than web pages available for free on the internet....

Full House
Full House
by Janet Evanovich
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish, Amusing, Ultimately unpleasant, Oct. 2 2002
This review is from: Full House (Mass Market Paperback)
... The characters, divorced cute spunky Billie, and rich, handsome, witty, earthy Nick, along with the usual assortment of Evanovich weirdoes, are quite likable. The pace is quick and enjoyable.... the writing.. It's bad. The point of view switches back and forth between characters with a clumsiness that would be sneered at in amateur fiction. And what the characters are thinking is worse: 'Nick looked into her eyes and knew he'd never felt so at peace' sort of stuff. ...
Second: the plot. It doesn't have one. There's a troubled teen who blows things up but is just misunderstood. There's a ditzy redhead and her wrestler boyfriend who want Billie to get married. There's a lot of back and forth about whether the main characters really are or really aren't engaged. ...Throw in some dogs and some horses and that's about it.
But all of that would have been forgivable, except for the end, which is one of the worst, trumped up, bits of unpleasantness I've waded through in a long time. Apparently a simple, unassuming bit of fluff was not enough and it became necessary to tack on something menacing and totally unbelievable.
This book had potential to be a fun read. It's a pity Evanovich has become famous enough that nobody cared that it wasn't.

The Great Escape (Widescreen) (1963)
The Great Escape (Widescreen) (1963)
DVD ~ Steve McQueen
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie- lousy DVD, Dec 29 2001
I would rate this movie 5 stars on its own merit, but for the terrible quality of the DVD. The rating above (3-video, 2-sound) is generous-- rarely have I seen such a grany, pitiful film- like a bad copy of a VHS original.
Shame on UA/MGM for doing this beautifully photographed old film such an injustice.

Man From Uncle 7: Five Daughters Affair [Import]
Man From Uncle 7: Five Daughters Affair [Import]
VHS

4.0 out of 5 stars Man from U.N.C.L.E. meets Man from BatCave, Sept. 7 2001
I've heard MFU tried to attract Batman fans in later episodes, and nowhere is that more apparent than this 2-parter where each act culminates in a soc-it-out with THRUSH goons dressed in matching day-glow outfits. However, if you edit out the ZaPs and PoWs, this delivers some pretty good U.N.C.L.E. fare-- The all-star guest cast includes Kim Darby, Joan Crawford, Telly Savalas, and Terry Thomas.

On the Town (Full Screen)
On the Town (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Gene Kelly
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not all there, Sept. 7 2001
This review is from: On the Town (Full Screen) (DVD)
My kids thought it was a riot, but any fan of the original musical can't help but being shocked and disappointed that so many of the original Bernstein numbers were cut or substituted with pallid Hollywood fare. Great cast, good fun, but it could have been soooo much better.

Monster Museum
Monster Museum
by Marilyn Singer
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poems worthy of Ogden Nash, Sept. 6 2001
This review is from: Monster Museum (Hardcover)
One of the best books of poetry for young children to come out in years. Cleverly done and with pleasing (not scary) illustrations. Some of the poems are too long for my 3-year old (so we skip the ends) but the older kids think they're a riot. The monsters give this book something of a Halloween theme, but it's general enough to remain on the bookshelf all year long.

"Bryan Kest's Power Yoga, Vol. 1: Energize"
"Bryan Kest's Power Yoga, Vol. 1: Energize"
VHS

2.0 out of 5 stars Just another pretty face, June 28 2001
I haven't used videos in my light-intermediate yoga practice before, so I don't know what most of them are like. I found this one to be annoying.
Bryan Kest has the look of a hollywood yogi, but the voice of a bronx basketball coach, and he never *never* stops talking. That might be OK if he was talking about form, but most of the time he's babbling nonsense like "If you're doing your best you're doing the practice right!" (True but unhelpful.) Or "Get long, get strong!"
All the students are at the same level (intermediate/advanced), so all the asanas look like carbon copies of each other, and Kest gives little or no advice on how to modify the poses for various levels of strength and flexibility.
However, after babbling his way past a few uneven sun salutations (just mute the sound and do your own), Kest provides a nice flow through the remaining standing postures. Recommended for the advanced beginner who likes to keep a variety of yoga tapes on the shelf.

A Civil Campaign
A Civil Campaign
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles grows up, Dec 14 2000
My favorite of all the Vorkosigan novels, in this installment Miles focuses his strategems on the wooing of a lovely young widow. Who else but Bujold could endow a dinner party with the excitment and panash of interstellar conflict? Witty and enjoyable from cover to cover!

Patrick O'Brian: A Life
Patrick O'Brian: A Life
by Dean King
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars As a POB fan, I was prepared to resent it...., Aug. 2 2000
However, this is a fair-minded, even sympathetic, biography, and is fleshed out by extensive discussions of other works by POB of which I had not previously known. My overwhelming impression is that the much touted "secret life" is not such a big deal. In fact, a failed marriage, a name change, and some dissimilation on book jackets show us a brilliant man with fewer human failings than many other brilliant men.
If Mr. King has a flaw, it is his tendency to flaunt his research (the biography opens with a very slow discussion of POB's grandparents), to repeat certain facts more often than is necessary (POB's mother died when he was young), and to indulge in heavy-handed fictionalization early in the book (Patrick's heart apparently beat fast when he changed his name). However, the biography settles down and quickly becomes more sensible. No doubt: for Patrick O'Brian fans, it is a fascinating read.

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