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Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution
Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution
by Robert C. Atkins
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars No diet revolution -- try quackery and fraud!, May 12 2000
This appalling book (and so many others like it, too) has sold millions of copies to a gullible public who want desperately to believe they can "eat themselves thin". It doesn't work like that -- but Dr. Atkins can apparently sell them on this horribly misguided idea, so off we go.
The basic tenet of the diet is to avoid carbohydrates. In theory, this helps to regulate insulin production and decrease circulating insulin; less insulin soon results in less fat storage and fewer food cravings.
Wrong.
Without enough carbohydrates, the body doesn't burn fat efficiently, and substances called ketones accumulate in the blood. This condition, called ketosis, may initially make dieting easier (due to rapid water loss and a reduced appetite), but it is not the "nirvana" that Dr. Atkins claims. Ketosis is often accompanied by nausea, headaches, fatigue, and bad breath, and may exacerbate existing medical problems, such as gout and kidney disease. Likewise, a diet rich in fat increases the risk of heart disease and cancer.
The weight loss is not directly traceable to losing fat, but instead to losing body water. This is both dangerous and misguided. Not one properly accredited nutritionist that I know of has stepped foward to endorse this "diet" -- probably because it consists of nothing but quackery.
When are people going to understand that the only ways to lose weight are to a) reduce caloric intake and b) GET MORE EXERCISE? But of course you can't tell Americans to exercise more; they want to believe, more than anything else, that they can loaf in front of the TV for ten hours a day and eat potato chips and STILL be thin and fit. Books like this do nothing but further the big lie of dieting.
Quit smoking, eat a well rounded diet, exercise often, and forget about nonsense like this.

Hooray For Boobies
Hooray For Boobies
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1.0 out of 5 stars Choke!, March 30 2000
This review is from: Hooray For Boobies (Audio CD)
"Sophomoric". What a word! It describes everything the Bloodhound gang are, could ever be, or ever want to be. Musically the Gang are a waste of time -- the few memorable tunes they do manage to come up with are killed, dead, by unthinking repetition and flabby songwriting. The so-called comedic lyrics are bellowed out in an ear-puncturing suburban sneer, and are approximately as funny as watching a cripple try to get up the stairs: cruel and ultimately unfunny. The only real entertainment value is in stupidity for stupidity's sake. If you're 11 years old and still amused by your own bodily secretions, or stone-drunk and have no sense of pitch, this may provoke a few giggles. If not, there are better ways to be conned.

Adios
Adios
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 24.70
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3.0 out of 5 stars That's it?, Feb. 17 2000
This review is from: Adios (Audio CD)
With this disc KMFDM signed off -- rather abruptly, if I understand correctly, no thanks to deep splits within the band. The band's last gasp bulks awfully tiny next to "Nihil" or even "Xtort", and really, really small next to the untitled/self-titled/"Symbols" record. It's not a terrible record, just not a focused or particularly interesting one. The band's discord is pretty evident in the lackluster arrangements and the generally scattershot nature of the product; I was reminded all too closely of the Yes albums which were made by people who weren't even speaking to each other at the time.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated and confusing, Jan. 26 2000
Bizarre, talky and overly confusing story of a vampire hunter ("D") living in the far future in a devastated world. The English dub doesn't make the story any more coherent than if it had been totally untranslated. An unsympathetic and ultimately uninteresting hero doesn't help. Lovely to look at, and with very classy animation, but a total loss as far as story or character is concerned. Anime can be dumb fun, but it doesn't deserve to be this empty-headed.

Bowfinger (Widescreen)
Bowfinger (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Steve Martin
Price: CDN$ 7.93
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly overlooked, well-worth it, Jan. 13 2000
This review is from: Bowfinger (Widescreen) (DVD)
No thanks to one of the worst promotional campaigns in history, "Bowfinger" died in theaters domestically, but may enjoy a well-deserved resurrection as a video cult item. That campaign, by the way, told us nothing about the movie and instead focused on Eddie Murphy's nerdish performance -- well, half of his performance, anyway -- which made no sense out of context. But the film itself is just shy of brilliance: Steve Martin plays a washed-up moviemaker of the Ed Wood school (he doesn't know he's bad, but he gives it his best anyway), who's guaranteed financing for the movie "Chubby Rain" if he can get one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Kit Ramsey (Murphy in bad-attitude mode). Since Ramsey wants nothing to do with Bowfinger, the filmmaker decides to have the movie shot on the sly, involving the actor without his knowledge or consent. This leads to some of the funniest scenes in any movie around -- which, alas, are not followed up as completely as they could be, but the fact that they got as far as they did is nothing short of wonderful. Martin and Murphy are both terrific; the rest of the cast is fun, too. This one deserved better.

Pink Floyd: The Wall (Widescreen)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Bob Geldof
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The most expensive student film ever made", Jan. 13 2000
That's how Alan Parker described this after he was finished with it. And there's no way to get around the fact that it's a total mess -- muddled, undisciplined, ever so pretentious -- but there's also no way to dismiss the fact that for sheer visual imagination and non-verbal storytelling, there's almost no other movie like it. Unfortunately, what does work (Gerald Scarfe's blood-curdling animation; the flashes of brutal surrealism) is so far outweighed by what doesn't (the heavy-handed attempts at social relevance) that the movie is now only of interest to diehard fans. The disc is a worthy reissue, though, with great sound and picture. Just watch out for the scene of the schoolchildren being shoved into the meatgrinder.

Dirty Dancing (Widescreen)
Dirty Dancing (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Patrick Swayze
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 56.25
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dancing, yes. Everything else, take a walk., Jan. 13 2000
This review is from: Dirty Dancing (Widescreen) (DVD)
One of the doofiest movies to ever enjoy any kind of financial success. A musical rehash of that old, old, old story about the guy and the girl from the wrong sides of the tracks who find ways to break down the barriers between them. In this case, it happens to be dancing. Big deal -- it could be chess, computer programming, or snow-shoveling, but if it isn't done with a scintilla of intelligence or wit, it's not worth watching. And as far as dancing goes, this movie features some of the flashiest, most over-choreographed dancing ever put into a movie. We're not looking at people dancing for fun; we're looking at a cattle call for a Broadway chorus line. Plus, what's really enraging is that it never comes out and declares what it's really about: that the girl is Jewish and the guy is Italian, and that the whole reason their romance is forbidden is ... you get the picture.
"Dirty Dancing" -- what a great title, what a wretched movie.

Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the road, Jan. 12 2000
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
What made this album extraordinary was that it was made by four people who were barely even speaking to each other by the time they made it. The fact that it's as good as it is, is nothing short of shocking; the fact that it is, like so much of the Beatles' music, nearly indispensible, is a sure sign there really was something magical going on there. Like the White Album before it, the album is fragmented and divisive, but that only makes it all the more interesting. If it had been all Lennon (side 1) or all McCartney (side 2), it would have been remarkable, but the fusion of the two is what makes this so memorable, and so unlike any other Beatles record. Or any other record, period. They did it all, they did it their way, and then they went home.

Title of Record
Title of Record
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Price: CDN$ 12.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars The lack of a slump is refreshing., Jan. 12 2000
This review is from: Title of Record (Audio CD)
Four years after Filter's original record, we finally get the followup. More than worth waiting for; there isn't a bad song on the disc and some of them ("Welcome to the Fold") are epic in scope and ambition. Rock is very much alive, well, and mutating quickly in the hands of these fierce little geniuses. One star docked for the singer's rather whiny, grating delivery, though.

S&M
S&M
Offered by music4sure Ca
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1.0 out of 5 stars Something's gone horribly wrong here..., Jan. 12 2000
This review is from: S&M (Audio CD)
They've made the wrong record. "S&M" was a record written for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but performed by Metallica and the SanFran Orchestra. And it shows.
Conceptually, there's a problem off the bat: grafting an orchestra onto a rock band doesn't do anything except make once-stunning and tight arrangements now sound glutinous, sloppy and loose. And the results bear out this judgment: loud (in the pejorative sense), clumsy and depressingly frenetic.
It's always a little frightening to see Metallica, like Bob Dylan before them, doing the most damage to their own music through wretchedly conceived performances: for those in doubt, listen to Dylan's "Live at Budokan" and make your own judgments.
Metallica have been heading for something like this for a long time. And now that they've reached it, what's next? Celine Dion? Babyface? Puff Daddy?

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