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Your Inner Fish [Import]
Your Inner Fish [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, charming,and enlightening, June 17 2014
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This review is from: Your Inner Fish [Import] (DVD)
Neil Shubin is one of my favourite scientists. His book, Your Inner Fish, on which this PBS series is in part based, taught me more about biology than anything else i'd read, or any course i'd taken previously. With his help, i learned to stop stamp-collecting in science, and to think a little more scientifically.
In this three-part series, as in his books and previous TV work, Shubin mixes some story-telling with his science and leads the reader into a deeper understanding of evolution and the past shared by all the creatures on this planet by engaging us in his searches for flat-headed fish and other particular things, like various types of gill-arches. The second and third episodes, focusing on 'our inner reptile' and 'our inner monkey' lead the viewer to a more profound appreciation of our scaley and furry cousins.
Well-photographed, and with excellent CG enhancements that take us back and forward in time, each episode can be viewed many times with pleasure.

Shakespeare Behind Bars [Import]
Shakespeare Behind Bars [Import]
DVD ~ Shana Hagan
Offered by 1stVideo
Price: CDN$ 11.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Tempest in a Prison, April 24 2014
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A group of convicts, some men serving time for very serious crimes, work out the action and the meaning of the Tempest with passion and a purity of intention and commitment that is wonderful to watch. Their final production has great comedy and deep compassion.
Extras on the disc include more scenes and film of the production in a women's prison and in front of their own families. Interviews with the various actors show us their insights and their difficulties. This is a rare film,absolutely enthralling.

As You Like It (2006)
As You Like It (2006)
DVD ~ Alfred Molina
Offered by Vecosell
Price: CDN$ 19.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and cheerful production with a charming cast, April 24 2014
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I still don't know why Kenneth Branagh decided to set As You Like It in Mejii Japan, but the decision resulted in a beautiful film to watch and a perfectly believable setting for the action. I don't think i've ever seen a stronger cast in this play, with Bryce Dallas Howard as a particularly beautiful and lovable Rosalind. Brian Blessed plays both the good old Duke and his usurping brother, and that's fine, too. Kevin Kline as Jacques was a slight disappointment, but perhaps i was hoping for too much from him. His performance is really just fine, but not extraordinary. The word that best sums it all up is 'captivating.' If you've never seen the play before, this is a most excellent introduction to the Forest of Arden.

As You Like It: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre [Import]
As You Like It: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre [Import]
DVD ~ Gareth Bennett-Ryan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lively, funny and believable As You Like It, April 24 2014
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Productions from Shakespeare's Globe invite the audience to join in as part of the action and as confidants of the characters. This As You Like It is very well acted, with good pacing and a well balanced cast. This and Kenneth Branagh's Japanese-style version of the play are my favourites - both lively and believable no matter how strange the action gets.

Pygmalion
Pygmalion
DVD ~ Wendy Hiller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, March 31 2014
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How lovely to see this beautiful crisp clear print of the classic film. Wendy Hiller is young, beautiful and full of quiet dignity as Eliza; Leslie Howard, for once allowed to play his own age and intelligence is terrific as Professor Higgins. The supporting cast is wonderful and the sets and costumes are a treat for the eyes. Shaw's witty dialogue stands up to the test of years while his humanism and kindliness have become more obvious as time has passed.

The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals died out and we survived
The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals died out and we survived
by Clive Finlayson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and well argued, March 31 2014
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This book covers all the usual material while examining the 'usual' assumptions about these ancestors in a fresh and serious way. Well-written, thought-provoking.

The thames Shakespeare Collection: Romeo & Juliet / Twelfth Night (Double Feature)
The thames Shakespeare Collection: Romeo & Juliet / Twelfth Night (Double Feature)
DVD ~ Richard Briers
Price: CDN$ 21.33
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelfth Night, March 31 2014
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Twelfth Night can be played broadly for laughs or softly for gentle melancholy. While this version is not dull or without wit, Brannagh and the Renaissance actors have gone for depth and psychological truth. Christopher Ravenscroft is the most satisfying Orsino, the most likeable, i have ever seen. His affection for Caesario draws him out of his self-imposed absurdity and brings him into a deeply romantic but plausible humanity. Caesario/Viola seems to have been the only person he ever really noticed. Richard Briers' Malvolio is not quite obnoxious enough for the gulling be pleasing to the audience. We should always feel that it's gone too far, but also that he 'had it coming.' The rest of the cast is very good, and the sets are beautifully evocative of winter and Christmas and so, of Twelfth Night.

The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
DVD ~ Elizabeth Taylor
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 99.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisflying interpretation of the play, March 31 2014
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This older film stands up very well. Zefferelli's usual energy and brilliant colour support the cast. Burton is delightful as Petruchio and Taylor made a touching Kate. Her enjoyment of their early struggles presages a long and happy union. I saw this film when it first came to cinemas, long long ago, and was delighted to see that it has stood the test of time and in fact, looks better now than it did when it first appeared.

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt
The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt
by Christina Riggs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 173.74
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the cost and fascinating, to boot!, Dec 27 2013
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The centuries of Roman rule were a time of fascinating contradictions and adaptations in Egypt, difficult but interesting times to live through. Those who consider the time and the art as debased and not as worthy of study as the classic pharaonic times are quite mistaken. Christina Rigg's excellent anthology covers almost every aspect of life and death in Roman Egypt in a clear and competent manner. There are excellent bibliographies to help the reader follow the topics in depth. Although i purchased this book as a reference, i find i've read most of it, and enjoyed every page. If you are interested Egypt, Rome, or in how people cope with cultural change, you will find this a wonderful addition to your library.

Much Ado About Nothing [Blu-ray]
Much Ado About Nothing [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Nathan Fillion
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't change a moment, Dec 27 2013
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Do you remember Kenneth Brannagh's delightful version of this play? Well, Josh Weadon's is completely different and yet equally wonderful. A fine, naturalistic style of acting suits the elegant black and white photography and the modern day setting. The American cast speaks the language in a wonderfully clear and natural way. Nathan Filion does not view Dogberry as a chance to steal the film, but lets the character and his actions speak for themselves (with a little subtle slapstick); in the Dogberry scenes, this film is superior to Brannagh's which was burdened by an overly ingenious interpretation of the character. I can only hope that Josh Weadon and his friends will spend a few more weekends working up some other Shakespearean comedies - and maybe the tragedies, too.

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