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(Ferris wheel TH) 8Pcs Jurassic Dinosaur Building Blocks Sets Brand New
(Ferris wheel TH) 8Pcs Jurassic Dinosaur Building Blocks Sets Brand New
Offered by loYal
Price: CDN$ 13.45
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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
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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$ 15.68
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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)
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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$ 9.99
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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.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (Bilingual)
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Sam Rockwell
Price: CDN$ 4.88
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough, Nov. 3 2015
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Pleasant enough film with lots of good actors and nice sets and . . .nice. It can't hold a candle to the original, so get the original and watch it.

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606
The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606
by James Shapiro
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 33.23
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying and fascinating read, Nov. 1 2015
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This is a very fine book: easy to read and yet full of information and insight. If you've seen Shapiro's documentary, Shakespeare:the King's Man, some of the material will be slightly familiar, but here Shapiro takes the time to develop stories and characters and to tie up all the loose ends. Shapiro is a fine scholar and also a very good writer. He is clear about what is known about Shakespeare, what is plausible, and what is informed speculation. The chapters about the Gunpowder Plot are particular compelling, setting out what evidence there was and was not for a serious plot, and letting us get to know the conspirators and prosecutors a little better. Shapiro rightly suggests that this was the 9/11 of Stuart England, the watershed moment which changed everything for England and for England's greatest writer.
It takes place alongside 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare as one of the best books about Shakespeare, his actors, his life and times.

Revengers Tragedy [Import]
Revengers Tragedy [Import]
DVD ~ Christopher Eccleston
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Cox' brilliant version of a Jacobean Revenge Tragedy, Nov. 1 2015
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This review is from: Revengers Tragedy [Import] (DVD)
This version of the Jacobean Revenger's Tragedy is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Everyone plays it just a bit broad, a touch over the top, and it all works. Derek Jacobi is perfect loathsome as the evil Duke, while Christopher Eccleston as Vindici manages to be somehow charming in his single-minded pursuit of vengeance. Eddie Izzard is powerful and believable as the Duke's heir, Lussurioso. Alex Cox's direction gets to the heart of this old play and makes it entirely modern and archetypal at the same time. The sets are tawdry, lush and decadent, both future and past in every shot. The film was shot on location in Liverpool, giving the whole story a gritty realism and surrealism all at once.

SHAKESPEARE: Antony and Cleopatra
SHAKESPEARE: Antony and Cleopatra
Offered by Rarewaves-CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believable and enchanting - a terrific version of this play., Nov. 1 2015
This is a terrific, energetic and very clear Antony and Cleopatra. Clive Wood is very attractive as a grizzled veteran Antony, full of flaws as a man, but also, as Cleopatra knows, better, bigger, more heroic, more shining than any more sensible man. Eve Best's Cleopatra is a delight. She manages to be entirely believable as the mercurial queen, and also as the woman who loves Antony beyond sense or reason. The entire supporting cast, as one expects from the RSC, is wonderful. Charmion and Iras, played by Sirine Saba and Rosie Hilal, are clearly differentiated and interesting women in their own right. Hilal also plays Octavia with warmth and subdued charm. Phil Daniel's Enobarbus is a man who has lost his place in the world and cannot understand the true passion of Antony for his queen, but, like her, loves Antony with all his weary, cynical heart. Fine costumes, and great dancing, too. Simply the best Antony and Cleopatra i know.

The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh Final Season
The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh Final Season
DVD ~ Simon Baker
Price: CDN$ 14.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine and fitting end to the series, Aug. 18 2015
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After seven seasons and innumerable crimes solved and committed, the saga of Patrick Jane came to an end with a series of intricate plots and a happy ending to please all fans. While the Red John storyline is well in the past by the time this set begins, the effects of being both victim and killer torment our hero. These episodes detail Patrick Jane's journey back to his own life, to real community and happiness. The final episode may have elements of fairy-tale, but the whole series has been an archetypal quest for revenge and search for peace and love. It's just fine.

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