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Gayle Gibson (Toronto, Ontario Canada)
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Suffragette
Suffragette
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important story, well told., Feb. 28 2016
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This review is from: Suffragette (DVD)
This movie came and went with little fanfare - why? Simple sexism and misogyny? The story of women's struggle to get the vote is one of the most important themes of the Twentieth Century, yet movies have seldom touched it. Here a story with some historical characters and a protagonist who is fictional, an everywoman, invites us into the world of working class women at the turn of the last century. Playing her, Carey Mulligan does a fine job of showing a woman's journey from passive endurance to activism and hope. The acting is splendid, as you'd expect from Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Street, with a fine, nuanced performance by Brendan Gleeson as a policeman who spies on and traps the suffragettes while understanding their struggle and, perhaps, wondering if he's on the right side. The plot moves well and the director did not dwell upon the horrible treatment given to the suffragettes, nor does she ignore their suffering. This film deserves a wider audience. Watch it with your daughters and nieces and friends. Those were days that should not be forgotten.

Tomorrowland (Bilingual)
Tomorrowland (Bilingual)
DVD ~ George Clooney
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and exciting., Feb. 28 2016
This review is from: Tomorrowland (Bilingual) (DVD)
Thrilling chases and interesting ideas don't often come together in a film, but they do here, and are helped along by splendid actors. George Clooney seems ready to hang up his 'handsome rogue' togs and start acting his age, and really act. Hugh Laurie was fine, naturally, and the sets are surprising and wonderful. There were interesting twists and turns in the plot. I had not expected to enjoy this half so much as i did. The film engages the mind and the heart, and even leaves the viewer with a little energy and hope.

The Salvation (La Terre promise) (Bilingual)
The Salvation (La Terre promise) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Mads Mikkelsen
Price: CDN$ 24.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy, classic revenge drama., Feb. 4 2016
A Danish Western shot in South Africa, with Danish, Scottish and French leads? It doesn't sound promising, but in fact, this film is a terrific, classic Western. The South African dryland setting stands in very well for the US South-West, and the small towns, purpose-built for the film have the air of hope and pathos that such places must have had. What makes this simple tale of revenge different, and worth watching, is the quality of the acting, the unusual characters, and the beautiful cinematography. Eva Green is a beauty, a businesswoman, and a mute - a woman we have not seen before in a Western. She expresses her rage and determination with her eyes, and is never false for a moment. As the protagonist, Mads Mikkelsen is a veteran not of the American Civil War, but of a war between Denmark and Germany. Mikael Persbrandt as his brother adds a dimension of comradeship and humanity often lacking in Western 'loner' heroes. Douglas Henshall is wonderful as the town sheriff who also happens to be the town preacher - a character whose responses to the violence around him are unexpected and reasonable - again, this is someone we have not met before. The cast is filled, as the West really was, and is, with immigrants, every one with a different story. I was somewhat surprised and very pleased at what a fine Western this is.

Castles in the Sky
Castles in the Sky
DVD ~ Eddie Izzard
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine evening's viewing, Feb. 4 2016
This review is from: Castles in the Sky (DVD)
This fine drama fits into the 'little known stories of World War Two' genre. And it's a fine addition. Eddie Izzard proves again what a very fine actor he is. The whole cast is interesting; the band of meteorologists and mathematicians who developed the coastal radar that warned the RAF when German planes were approaching England, are rather different from the usual groups of soldiers or spies we see in these films. The film also shows the cost in personal terms of the work to save the nation. The tone over-all is not gloomy, but hopeful. All in all, a very fine evening's viewing.

The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
by Bryan Doerries
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle, clear introduction to difficult subjects, Jan. 28 2016
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I ordered this after hearing Bryan Doerries interviewed on radio. The book was well worth it. It's a clean, clear read though the subject matter is often difficult. Doerries has made new, very direct, somewhat simplified translations of some of the Ancient Greek tragedies and has produced readings of them for veterans, doctors, prison guards, and other groups who have suffered through great anguish. Doerries makes the connection between ancient drama and modern lives very clear.

(Ferris wheel TH) 8Pcs Jurassic Dinosaur Building Blocks Sets Brand New
(Ferris wheel TH) 8Pcs Jurassic Dinosaur Building Blocks Sets Brand New
Offered by CHE mall--Ships from HongKong
Price: CDN$ 8.45
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative play for boys and girls, Jan. 28 2016
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My grandchildren loved this package and soon began to make new and delightful creatures from the blocks. It was a good purchase and has provided a brother and sister with many hours of creative play.

SHAKESPEARE: Julius Caesar
SHAKESPEARE: Julius Caesar
Offered by Rarewaves-CA
Price: CDN$ 24.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and convincing, Jan. 28 2016
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This review is from: SHAKESPEARE: Julius Caesar (DVD)
This is an excellent, straightforward production of Julius Caesar. The relationship between Anthony Howell's Cassius and Tom McKay's Brutus is clearer than i have ever seen it. Each actor in the play manages to be a very distinct character, so that the conspirators are not a huddle of like faces, but clearly a group of men who will not be able to hold together. Luke Thompson as Mark Antony manages to suggest both his power and charisma and the weaknesses that will ultimately bring him down.
The RSC's respect for both Shakespeare's text and the actors' skills makes for another wonderful performance.

All That You've Seen Here Is God: New Versions of Four Greek Tragedies Sophocles' Ajax, Philoctetes, Women of Trachis; Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound
All That You've Seen Here Is God: New Versions of Four Greek Tragedies Sophocles' Ajax, Philoctetes, Women of Trachis; Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound
by Sophocles
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars Direct, powerful, and beautiful readings of Greek Tragedy, Jan. 9 2016
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Bryan Dorries' new versions of four Greek Tragedies is extraordinarily moving. He has stripped a little of the imagery, and given us a spare, direct, relentless reading of these ancient stories. Ajax is every soldier - or worker - betrayed by his bosses, his courage and efforts belittled and devalued. Heracles and Prometheus are not entirely sympathetic characters; they are bigger than ordinary people, and both their virtues and vices are grander, but we can see aspects of ourselves and our fellow humans in them. Their mistakes and failings are not alien to us. Philoctetes shows us a man suffering from an incurable wound, almost unable any longer to tell friend from foe. struggling to meet his fate with dignity. The Reader is swept along on the passions of these stories. They are a wonderful introduction to Greek Drama for newcomers, and powerful new interpretations for those who know the stories well.

Another Country (Deluxe Edition)
Another Country (Deluxe Edition)
Price: CDN$ 21.48
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, if unsurprising, Rod Stewart., Jan. 9 2016
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There is nothing surprising in this album, but everything in it is interesting, well done, and utterly satisfying. It's already one of my favourite albums.

The Water Diviner (Bilingual)
The Water Diviner (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Russell Crowe
Price: CDN$ 8.25
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand adventure with deep feeling., Jan. 9 2016
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This is an absolutely terrific film. It's got adventure, romance, manliness, womanliness, a touch of history and some exotic locations. I can't think when i've enjoyed a movie more. Russell Crowe gives a powerful and moving performance as O'Connor, the Austrian farmer who goes to Turkey after the First World War, looking for his three sons lost at Gallipoli. The film is full of twists and turns of plot as the title character relentlessly seeks to know the fate of his boys. One of the best things about the movie is the even-handed portrayal of the Turkish officers and an appreciation for the life and rhythms of Istanbul on the eve of Revolution. Perhaps as a reward for O'Connor's generosity, faith and courage, the film ends with a renewal of hope and joy. - and it's worth mentioning that the cinematography is quite wonderful as the story takes us to places rarely visited.

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