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The Joneses
The Joneses
DVD ~ Demi Moore
Price: CDN$ 22.64
13 used & new from CDN$ 5.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good movie based on a real event, May 9 2013
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This review is from: The Joneses (DVD)
I'm no fan of David Duchovny. I really liked this film. That has to tell you something ... because I don't want tell you something that spoils the story for you. Suffice to say it shows how far people are willing to go with deceptive marketing --- except in the real life event, none of the victims found out what had really happened. Full-character acting by everyone (including David), telling a story that would have fit in a TV movie but takes it up a notch, giving you food for thought about how people find themselves defining themselves as consumers.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
DVD ~ Richard Coyle
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 37.39
20 used & new from CDN$ 29.65

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2.0 out of 5 stars This isn't The Hogfather, May 9 2013
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Terry Pratchett stories turned into films have been kind of hit or miss. I'm afraid this is the former; it is true enough to the novel but never gets to that state of breathless movement forward that the book manages. In short, I was a bored by the halfway mark, and barely remember anything past that. It doesn't hold a candle to The Hogfather, which is up there with Alistair Sims' Christmas Carol and Love Actually in the list of favourite Christmas films.

Backwards Wall Clock Novelty Gag Joke Office Decor
Backwards Wall Clock Novelty Gag Joke Office Decor
Offered by Urban Inspirations
Price: CDN$ 32.36
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4.0 out of 5 stars The most amusing appliance I've ever known, May 9 2013
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At every party, there's always that moment when one guest or another wants to decide if it's time to leave. I love to catch that moment when their eyes land on the most readable wall clock in my home ... and then, they ... just ... stop. And wonder what's wrong with their heads. Add to that the interesting phenomenon that, after a while, reading that clock becomes completely natural to you. Definitely worth the investment!

Scams, Scandals, and Skulduggery: A Selection of the World's Most Outrageous Frauds
Scams, Scandals, and Skulduggery: A Selection of the World's Most Outrageous Frauds
by Andreas Schroeder
Edition: Paperback
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars This is no rip-off, May 9 2013
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Andreas Schroeder strikes again. The fraud artists who luck in or luck out in amazing fashion are described with delightful style. Just when you thought you knew how gullible or sneaky people can be, there's a new surprise in the next story. This collection includes the full story of Frank Abignail, the "hero" of the file Catch Me If You Can (Leonardo diCaprio) ... except what Frank did in real life is far more amazing than what they show in the film. I thoroughly recommend this book.

Doublure, La (Version française)
Doublure, La (Version française)
DVD ~ Vf DVD
Offered by distrmem
Price: CDN$ 24.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great amusement with a great heart., Oct. 30 2011
This film puts a raft of great French character and comedy actors into a classic French comedy. After the initial screwball coincidence that puts the valet together with a supermodel, the story is a series of delightful twists, than the crazy rollercoaster one might expect. And all the bit parts (family doctor, hero's roommate, private investigator) deliver on all counts. If you liked "Diner de Cons", you'll like this ... some notches down on the crazy-meter.

Middle Men
Middle Men
Offered by vidco
Price: CDN$ 15.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever story-telling and fun to watch, Oct. 30 2011
This review is from: Middle Men (DVD)
I have a personal issue with all the films ruined by an irritating and irrelevant voice-over narrative.
Middle Men is an exception, and Luke Wilson's story-telling narrative makes you almost believe this film was based on real events --- which it was NOT :-). Entertaining, sometimes humorous, definitely sexy. Luke Wilson, James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi and the very watchable Laura Ramsey carry off their understandable, even sympathetic, but never clean-handed characters.

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover
14 used & new from CDN$ 14.95

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3.0 out of 5 stars More for kids than grown-ups, Oct. 30 2011
If you're a fan of Richard Dawkins, I'd suggest you give this a miss ... unless you'd like to buy it as a present for some preteen for whom the notions and wonders of science are a book yet to be opened. In that case, it touches a large number of interesting phenomena, with lots of pictures.

Magic in the Water [Import]
Magic in the Water [Import]
DVD ~ Mark Harmon
Offered by marvelio-ca
Price: CDN$ 10.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical movie, Dec 8 2009
This review is from: Magic in the Water [Import] (DVD)
This is a charmer of a film. Kids dealing as kids with the strange and magical. Perfect for little kids through pre-teens. And the adults are amusing without being dopes. Reminded me of some really excellent Australian films primarily about and for kids ("Dog Star", for one).

As for the actors ...

Sarah Wayne has nothing else listed in her IMDB credits; can't figure out why.
Hope it's because she found something more fun than movie acting ... and she certainly made it look like she was having fun.

Until I saw this, I always thought of Mark Harmon as some second-string TV pretty-boy, doomed to wear scrubs and speak cliches of heartfelt advice. He is apparently very good at understated humour, too. Fun to watch him take the character from a toxic workaholic ex-dad to a human being you'd really like to know.

I think this must have been Joshua Jackson's first film; does a very nice supporting job as the older brother who has the self-absorbed mind of every teenage boy, without the put-him-in-a-sack-and-drown-him obnoxiousness that movie boys are usually given.

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