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Independence Day (Limited Edition)
Independence Day (Limited Edition)
DVD ~ Will Smith
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars People punch aliens and sass em!, April 29 2004
This is one of those big stupid movies that people hate and for good reason. It's big, loud and stupid. The town drunk is a hero for no reason. People punch aliens and sass em! People fly alien spaceships like they drive cars. Aliens (from outer space) use Apple computers! Oi! This movie hurts my head.
Oh yea, the president can fly an f-18 why not.
I kept routing for the aliens thru the whole movie. I hope this new DVD has an ending where the aliens win and kill everyone. I cheered in the theater when they started blowing up things.
Beethoven wrote the score to this movie. It went "Crap crap crap craaaap. Crap Crap craaaaaaaaap"

by William Gibson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The death of Sci-fi, April 29 2004
Necromancer is one of the best books written in the last 30 years. The only other book I liked more was 100 years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
A lot of geeks who live in their parent's basement have adopted this book as there bible. I have no idea why since they story is not really about technology. If you go beyond the surface of the story and into the language, you can see that as much as geek's fetish this book for tech, Gibson himself has a fetish for the English language and it shows. One famous author said on a radio show that this book is nothing more than that a Sam Spade novel cloaked in high tech terms. I don't think that's the case at all. The images Gibson offers the reader are pretty and disturbing. Like the musical talking head of WinterMute. This is much deeper than a Sam Spade crime story. The author who made the comments is guilty of pushing out tomes and tomes of Tolkien rip offs that now litter the shelf space of book stores.
Despite its age, the ideas still hold up well as does much of the tech side of the story. While some say this book started the cyberpunk boom I would say that I have no mouth and I must scream by Ellison is really the first cyberpunk book.
The bad thing about this book is that it spawned so many copycat authors and the whole cyberpunk movement. A shame really since this is a great book and I hate seeing is associated with 30 year olds who live in there parents basement compiling new Linux kernels all night.
I do believe that this book killed the genre of Sci-fi since no one has come along since to do anything better. This book is the reason so many authors have been turning to fantasy for that past 20 years.

Snow Crash
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.27
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deep, April 29 2004
This review is from: Snow Crash (Paperback)
For many years people have been telling me to read this book. Many people told me it was the best book in the cyberpunk genre ever written. So I dove in and I was surprised how this is not really a cyberpunk book at all.
It is a deep book but very scattered. One gets the feeling that the whole of the story is not as important as the tiny vignettes of the story. In other books this can work but the structure of this book feels a little scattered. Many times I found myself wondering when the story would advance again and not sidetrack. It does pay off in the end when all is said and done. I do not think this is the best cyberpunk book ever written as Necromancer is far beyond it in many ways. What Gibson has that Stevenson does not is a love of English and it's fluidity. As in all cyberpunk books what we miss is any sort of character depth. All players are very much like avatars. One is the hero, one is the skater girl with no growth or depth to any of them. At the end, they are the same as when the started. This could be a commentary of all books in the cyberpunk genre but it could also be a commentary of all Sci-fi books as it deals with ideas and not people. It is a good book with some fun ideas but it's not some great tome or anything.
I noticed some people were offended buy the religion in the book but I think this is a case of not being able to see the trees thru the forest. The religion is a story point, nothing more. There is no message in the end. Or they may be one and my brain is just immune to it.

Bulletproof Monk (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
Bulletproof Monk (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Yun-Fat Chow
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story, April 15 2004
So bad it goes beyond bad to that special hell of movies where the director finds a way to inflict crap at a whole new level.
This is ubercrap taken above the level that most stupid directors can only dream about.
The possibility of a normal human watching the entire movie without some sort of massive hemorrhage is very slim since the brain would be acting in the best interest of the human.
If you inflicted this movie on someone who had just regained their sight, they would be praying for a quick and merciful return to the former state of blindness.
The music in the movie is so bad that many people, who were though deaf, cried out in pain. Not hearing, but feeling the sonic defecation as it de fouled the very molecules air around them.
If you have a enemy in your life, send them this movie. After they see this your enemy will know you are without mercy. They will fear you.
A bag of wet rocks shows more range and depth of acting skill that Seann William Scott. His acting is so bad it makes you question not only the existence of a god, but any reason for anything in life at all.
I truly belive that when CUT was called, he would stand stone still and drool, waiting for commands from the director. Amused by things with lots of bright colors and balls of tinfoil.
The screenwriter has all the skill that only some grade 3 children have. Only those children in a very short bus.
I notice the DVD comes with a directors commentary. I can only assume that it contains the unintelligent yelps and screams of the director as hurls his tattered notes at the microphone and removes his eyes after seeing what he has done.
Chow Yun-Fat looks as if doing this movie was as much fun as a man who is striped naked in public and has his manhood laughed at by passing crowds.
The story you ask? It has Nazis stealing the youthful power of monks to become all powerful!
Even retarded people would think this movie was stupid.

The Critic: The Complete Series
The Critic: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Jon Lovitz
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It stinks ....really, April 13 2004
You don't remember the Critic? Not a heck of lot of people do.
Well, fans of the show do. All six of them. The show came and went at a time when every network was trying to emulate the success of the Simpsons.
So how does a show made in 1994 hold up? It's as good as it was in 1994. That not really saying all that much.
The show was not funny when it fist came out and it's not getting any funnier. The writing is labored and the jokes are few. It is shocking because the writers and creators were for the most part pooled from the Simpsons.
The great waste of the show that it had all of Hollywood as a target but it spent way too much time with the hopelessly unlikable cast and it's looser star than taking shots at movies.
The DVD allows the few fans of the show to see the show in all it's "glory". Actually the animation is not all that good and the transfer looks very muddy/blurry.
The commentary is the saving grace of the DVD set. It's good as the creators are honest about how the show failed, giant boxes of hate mail and the mistakes they made. Refreshing.
I think this show has always been overrated by a few vocal fans. It's boring and not very funny and I gave up after the first DVD to be honest.
Go buy a family guy or the Simpsons DVD set. You will thank me.

Rama II
Rama II
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad and boring., Jan. 26 2003
This review is from: Rama II (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is a mess. If you read RAMA you should avoid this book. Gentry Lee has the skill of a third rate romance writer. He plops in all the drama of a TV soap opera with abandon. How much did Arthur Clarke had to do with this? Who can say but not much since all that made RAMA such a good and interesting book is gone. Silly one dimensional people populate the book and keep doing cringe worthy things thorough. They would seem to be more at home on a NBC movie of the week then in a book like this. I was disappointed that someone could take a simple and classic book like RAMA and mess it up so badly. A shame really.

Logan's Run (1976)
Logan's Run (1976)
DVD ~ Jenny Agutter
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tacky fun, Jan. 21 2003
This review is from: Logan's Run (1976) (DVD)
Ok. This is not really a fair review. I have been weaned on this movie since I was very young. I would always catch the end or bits and bobs on TV for years and years. Not util I got the DVD did I see the film for the first time. Shockingly dated, bad special effects and it is very slow in a lot of points. But it does tell a story. One could, if they wished, say that this is a parable for the "ME" generation. How life is over once your 30. How live is about the searching for pleasure. How one person beings to see that life does not end at 30....bla bla bla. But it's just a movie and a fun one. If you could imagine a future designed by the same person who designed all those 70's discos, this is what it would look like.

Ken Burns' Baseball [10 Discs] (Full Screen)
Ken Burns' Baseball [10 Discs] (Full Screen)
DVD ~ John Chancellor
Offered by CAMusicFiendz
Price: CDN$ 140.50
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate baseball, Jan. 21 2003
I hate baseball. It's boring to watch, not much fun to play and the "stars" that play it today are unremarkable bores. That said I love this series. I admire anyone who takes the time to tell an almost impossible tale. The tale of a sport. How many boring documentaries I have seen about this game I could not tell you. What I can tell you is they all failed totally to come to grips with the scope of the subject. Often they fall into hero worship, pointless personal reflections or (worst of all) statistics.
To play down what some might overplay, to overplay what others ignored. The coverage of the Negro leagues is what helps bring this home to me and says a lot about America over the years. The good, the overlooked and the ugly.
One thing I have always liked about Ken's work is the strength of the audio. Not in mixing or music but the sheer quality of writing. You can close your eyes at any point and you will not miss anything. The words of the past and of our time mix and become one long narrative that comes close to telling an impossible tale. The tale of a game for children, taken so seriously by grown men. Anyone who can take a game as boring as baseball AND make it fun, knows what they are doing.

Cubase SX Power!
Cubase SX Power!
by Robert Guerin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should come with Cubase SX, Dec 28 2002
This review is from: Cubase SX Power! (Paperback)
Anyone who has Cubase Sx knows that the rather large manual comes in PDF format on the CD. This is both annoying and a little cheap on the part of steinberg. To the rescue come Robert Guerin's Cubase Power. Much more than a manual this is a great tool for anyone who uses Cubase SX. If you new to the program or a long time user, this book is a must. The thing that sets this book apart from many similar books is the writing style of the author. Using a clear and easy to follow style, he never gets bogged down in the details but never loses site of what he is trying to teach you. Teaching by example he leads us thought real world ideas and issues.
I kept thinking about another book "Making Music With Emagic Logic Audio by Stephen Bennett" while reading this. How deferent the two books are. How one author has a clear idea of what he is trying to do and how another is lost in useless details and unclear language. How one may be a an "expert" but have little idea how to share the knowledge in easy language.
This book should come with Cubase SX instead of the PDF manual. It would make using Cubase SX an even more elegant and rewarding experience.

Making Music with Emagic Logic Audio
Making Music with Emagic Logic Audio
by Stephen Bennett
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.22
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much logic here, Dec 1 2002
The problem with this book is the writing style of the author. I had to re-read some pages three or four times and I still had no idea what he was talking about and I use logic every day!
I found going back to the manual much more helpful 90% of the time. As Logic books go, it's dated and missing a lot of information. The section on dealing with VST instruments is few pages long and I think thats dates it more than anything.
The author spends a inordinate time talking about setting up a midi environment and skipping over all the things that make logic so powerful.
Most of the book reads like a laundry list to be honest. No real world examples are given. A shame really.
Crack open the manual and experiment. I think that will be much more rewarding than any time you spend with this book.

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