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Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty - The Plantagenets
Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty - The Plantagenets
DVD ~ Dan Jones
Price: CDN$ 38.39
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable but not gripping, Aug. 3 2015
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This film falls halfway between total reconstruction of the period, as in The Tudors or Wolf Hall, and the kind of walking- talking discussion of history at which Michael Wood and Simon Schama excel. The result is rather unsatisfactory. The sets are minimal and the actors have little to do except say a few famous lines, often in Norman French. The presenter walks about castles and streets but seldom gets around to telling us precisely why he is on that specific street, or walking the battlements of a particular castle. Some of the more interesting aspects of each reign get very short shift, such as Becket's opposition to King Henry II and his assassination by the king's agents, or Magna Carta. Nevertheless, it's watchable and there are things to be learned about this family and its complex and bloody history.

Neverwhere
Neverwhere
DVD ~ J.K.Rowling
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Price: CDN$ 13.70
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere - a fine production., Aug. 3 2015
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Neverwhere was produced without the special effects that the author might have wished for, but the result is more human-scale and quirky and charming than most CGE films. The actors all fit the roles very well, and follow Gaiman's descriptions quite carefully. It's hard to go wrong with a cast of wonderful character British actors. It's well-paced and worth watching more than once.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine product, fine price, Aug. 2 2015
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This cartridge provides an easy-to-replace, quick to load source of ink for the common Brother printers. A sensible and well-priced choice for anyone who likes to print off letters and e-mails and even articles from time to time. I found the blackness of the ink particularly pleasing.

Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona [Blu-ray]
Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Arends
Price: CDN$ 35.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Shakespeare well served by youthful cast, Aug. 2 2015
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This early play is not often performed. The plot did seem to get away from the young Shakespeare, but the play has some splendid lines and great comedy. I was delighted with this RSC production of a young author's play about young people acted by a young cast. The 'extras' are very helpful in understanding the production and the play itself. It stands on its own as an enjoyable evening's viewing.

Frontline: The Rise of the ISIS
Frontline: The Rise of the ISIS
DVD ~ Joseph Kane
Price: CDN$ 25.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and straightforward, Aug. 2 2015
This documentary does help to clarify the origins of ISIS (Daesh) and its relationship to the US Invasion of Iraq. It's a complex story, but this film helped me to get some of the players straight, and to understand the time-line better. Well worth watching.

History of Toxicology and Environmental Health: Toxicology in Antiquity Volume I
History of Toxicology and Environmental Health: Toxicology in Antiquity Volume I
by Philip Wexler
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 38.94
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, June 28 2015
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This book is both shorter and less scholarly than i had expected. Not much new material. It's fine as a review, and has some interesting speculations, but i was disappointed over-all.

Good Omens
Good Omens
by Neil; Pratchett, Terry Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing out loud, May 15 2015
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This is a very funny book. The story and characters are charming, as you' d expect from these Gaiman and Prachett, and the incredible plot rolls along just fine, with lots of surprises and satisfying developments. The main characters are an angel, a devil, assorted witch-hunters, and the Antichrist. Somehow it all reads like a slightly demented version of the old William stories. It's impossible to put down.

The Pyramid and Temple 1930
The Pyramid and Temple 1930
by Julius Meier Graefe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 62.57
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly fresh look at Ancient Egypt, May 15 2015
Meier-Graefe's account of a trip to Egypt in the late1920s is surprisingly timely and a very good read. On a trip to Egypt in the late 1920s, Meier-Graefe and his wife encountered fellow Europeans, some there to heal illness in the sun, others to heal the illness of the Egyptians in the days just before penicillin changed the world. Meier-Graefe traveled the Nile, looking at and thinking about Ancient Egyptian art and architecture with an eye not prejudiced by study of Greek and other Western Arts. Almost ninety years after he wrote this book, his commentary is fresh and engaging.

I had not expected much of this book - a charming travelogue from days long gone - but it is a hundred times more than that. If you love Ancient Egypt, if you are interested in culture, if an inside look at the 1920s is intriguing to you, then you will find this book a deep pleasure.

Mr. Turner [Blu-ray] [Import]
Mr. Turner [Blu-ray] [Import]
Price: CDN$ 46.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure for the eyes and mind, May 13 2015
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Timothy Spall is wonderful as Turner, sometimes odd, sometimes thoughtful, at once callous and full of deep feelings, above all, an artist. The film is visually gorgeous, with perfect period sets and costumes, and wonderful images of the land and sea. The film evokes the period just before and after Victoria's coronation, visiting both high and low-life England, as well as the gentle, middle class life that draws and comforts Turner in his later years.
The film reminds us of the excellence of the British system of training actors as craftsmen - bit part or starring role, each actor here is splendid.

My Boy Jack
My Boy Jack
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 17.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, thoughtful World War One Drama, May 13 2015
This review is from: My Boy Jack (DVD)
This is a beautifully acted and well paced film, not a tear-tearjerker, though sad enough. The fine performances, led by Daniel Radcliffe as Jack, invite thoughtful compassion and consideration of the issues of courage and patriotism. Hyde is splendid as Kipling, giving a human face to someone who has become merely a caricature, a mask for British Imperialism.

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