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The War of 1812: A Four-Part Documentary Series
The War of 1812: A Four-Part Documentary Series
DVD ~ Terence McKenna
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4.0 out of 5 stars CANADIAN history, June 12 2014
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If you hear about the War of 1812, it's usually from a US POV.
Well, the British fought the US in that one - and it was the
Canadians and the First Nations that helped the Brits WIN it!
I say that because the objectives that the US started the war over
were never reached - therefore, they lost.
Mostly, it was a stalemate but Canada defended itself and became a nation
asa result. The real losers were the Native Peoples (once again) as
they lost land and were never even considered in the negotiations.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Bilingual)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Ian McKellen
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3.0 out of 5 stars FX trumps storyline, June 12 2014
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Peter jackson has made billions from the LotR trilogy and now the Hobbit trilogy.
Trouble is, special effects seem more important than Tolkien's words and images.
It's way too long and too violent.
I didn't like the first one and I doubt if I'll like the third one.

Cadfael: Set 4
Cadfael: Set 4
DVD ~ Derek Jacobi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Middle Ages Mystery, June 12 2014
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This review is from: Cadfael: Set 4 (DVD)
Cadfael is your typical British detective except that he is in the 12th century.
It's usually about murder and intrigue but he works it out in the end.
An interesting sidebar is how religion is dealt with: Cadfael is always about
love and forgiveness while the Church is about rules and doctrine.

Rocks and Scenery of Fundy National Park
Rocks and Scenery of Fundy National Park
by David M. Baird
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars a good guide, May 16 2014
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If you ever wanted to know the geology of the Bay of Fundy
in Canada (New Brunswick & Nova Scotia), then this little
guide is worth having. It's is somewhat outdated and not very
complicated for those who want to 'dig deeper' but it gives
the rocks & minerals and where the find them.

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 5
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars for the whole series..., May 16 2014
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This review is from: Murdoch Mysteries: Season 5 (DVD)
read any of my commentaries on the series.
It's well worth the money if you like crime for the whole family.

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4
DVD ~ Yannick Bisson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toronto the good, May 16 2014
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This review is from: Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4 (DVD)
The whole series is based in Toronto in the late Victorian era.
As such, it is non-violent (though there is crime) and somewhat
cartoonish if compared to modern crime shows.
However, so is Connery's James Bond if compared to the
Bourne series.
The cast is good, the good guys always win, evil is conquered
and Toronto is a proper city once again.

The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
by Alan Taylor
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the war, March 20 2014
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Most Americans and Canadians know little or nothing about
the War of 1812. Taylor presents it as the second phase of
the American Revolution - or as he really states - the second
phase of the American Civil War (the third phase coming in
1860). For Canada, this was a defining moment. The US
wanted to take over Canada and we stopped them. No one
won, no one lost and the countries remain similar but different
and this book tells why.

Law & Order: The Tenth Year (1999-2000)
Law & Order: The Tenth Year (1999-2000)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lenny & Jack take on crime, March 20 2014
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I have always liked the original Law & Order series.
I consider the series to be a modern morality play.
It calls for the audience to discuss the merits of the
crime and its outcome as it raises issues that the
modern world faces. It is very well written and very
well acted.

John Adams
John Adams
DVD ~ Paul Giamatti
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giamatti for President!, Feb. 17 2014
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This review is from: John Adams (DVD)
I really like Giamatti's film work.
I never met John Adams but the way Giamatti portrays him,
I don't think I would like to meet him.
Adams comes across as both articulate and patriotic
as well as arrogant and obnoxious.
He was not Jefferson's intellectual equal.
Adams seems to swing between bitter resentment and
sweet achievement.
All the credit goes to Giamatti.

Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
by Maya Jasanoff
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good history read, Feb. 17 2014
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The Loyalists are not given much space in US history as they are considered the losers.
Since winners write history, this is the way it goes.
However, this book gives an in-depth view of what those times were like and how those
who chose to remain loyal to the Crown were treated by the US and Britain.
They gave their all and received little back.

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