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Sacrifice [Blu-ray]
Sacrifice [Blu-ray]
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2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre waste of good talent, June 4 2014
This review is from: Sacrifice [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Cuba Gooding Jr. is very good in an otherwise forgettable and completely predictable film. He stars as an on-the-brink cop (is there any other kind?) marred by guilt over the murder of his wife and daughter. Yes, there is much stereotyping and cliches and over the top performances thanks to the sub-standard writing and mediocre directing. In different hands, this could have been a much better film, and there is much talent senselessly wasted (including Christian Slater and Kim Coates, but look for a good performance from Devon Bostick known as Roderick in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series). On the blu-ray there is a 'making of' bonus feature (which I didn't watch, but might explain why only in Canada the city of Ottawa would sub for Toronto).

Dolan's Cadillac [Blu-ray]
Dolan's Cadillac [Blu-ray]
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly decent revenge film, June 3 2014
Stephen King wrote the short story so maybe it's not surprising that Dolan's Cadillac is worth viewing, but there's more to this well cast revenge film. Wes Bentley re-defines the term character study with an understated intensity that could otherwise have kept the movie from rising above the standard fare. Christian Slater plays the self justified criminal with wonderful ease and there's more than a sprinkling of black humour throughout, but there's also the would-be Nevada landscape (actually Saskatchewan) which captures visual beauty and isolation. Special features on the blu-ray version include a 'making of' and 'behind the scenes', plus previews. Highly recommended for fans of revenge flicks.

Rachel Fuller Presents in the Attic
Rachel Fuller Presents in the Attic
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5.0 out of 5 stars good deal for unplugged acoustic live performance fans, May 28 2014
This double cd set is a good deal for any fan of live unplugged acoustic performances with a simple show that features a variety of artists (including such performers as Tenacious D, Ben Harper, Jimmy Fallon, Lou Reed and of course Rachel Fuller and Pete Townsend). Although the packaging here does not state otherwise, I also received the live in concert dvd (which might just be a bonus in my set) - but it's a great addition. Highly recommended.

Torchwood: Children of Earth
Torchwood: Children of Earth
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous score, May 28 2014
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I can't claim to have always been a fan of the Torchwood series. To me, the episodes were very hit and miss with much of the same throughout the content of the series. Children of the Earth however is my favourite and with good reason - the score. This soundtrack (by Ben Foster) is all encompassing with full orchestrations, embracing the wide range of emotion and demanding action driven themes. Highly recommended.

The Color Purple (2006 Original Broadway Cast)
The Color Purple (2006 Original Broadway Cast)
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but the film songs are better, May 28 2014
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I didn't see the stage show and based this purchase entirely on my love for the film score and songs by Quincy Jones. Though Quincy Jones is listed as one of a great many producers of the stage show, sadly none of his music was used. (Credit for music and lyrics go to three different individuals.) I was disappointed that at least two classic songs from the film (Miss Celie's Blues and God is Trying to Tell you Something) were not revisited and expanded. That being said, the cd contains some very good songs mixed with some of acceptable quality. Overall, it's still good to listen to, but I had higher expectations.

Discover The Magic In You: A Path To Self-Realization
Discover The Magic In You: A Path To Self-Realization
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3.0 out of 5 stars some good points, May 21 2014
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Perhaps I've read too much on the subject. This book is easy to read and there's some good info here, however at times I found the author's choice in words questionable (such as guiding the reader to avoid racial slurs - which might not be a problem for the reader). I was distracted by errors (such as crediting Steven Spielberg with the success of Star Wars). The author described running a route of geography and then driving to measure the distance - but I'm familiar with this path and it's not accessible to cars. Perhaps the author's authenticity doesn't need to be questioned if the information presented is beneficial. He is reportedly a successful seminar conductor.

For the beginner I think this book is a good place to start. It contains a good overview on a broad subject matter and the author includes much cheerleading. However, I was fortunate to receive this as a free download. For anyone who's already familiar with self improvement guidance, this material will be repetitive. Though the author makes references and recommendations throughout the writing, I was disappointed in the lack of a bibliography - where full credit could be given appropriately.

Doogal
Doogal
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5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack, May 9 2014
This review is from: Doogal (Audio CD)
Based on the dismal film reviews, I wasn't sure about this soundtrack but took a chance and was aptly rewarded. This is a great soundtrack which contains a mixture of instrumental score themes (by Mark Thomas) and a compilation of recognizable and revamped tunes. The cd soundtrack is fun and enjoyable to listen to (even if the reviews don't indicate the same for the animated film itself).

Atia Light Beings "The Freedom to Exist" Volume 1: An experiment in channeling consciousness
Atia Light Beings "The Freedom to Exist" Volume 1: An experiment in channeling consciousness
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting messages, May 8 2014
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I liked the overall message of guidance from this book which to me is an assurance that one does have the freedom to exist. As a novice to the subject matter, I appreciated being a "fly on the wall" to the author's firsthand experiences and development as a medium. More interesting to me however, were the messages themselves (from the Alta Light Beings). The introductory message speaks of beauty which I found intriguing. I was fortunate to take advantage of this material as a free download, in which case I would eagerly recommend it. However with a price tag attached, I think the potential open-minded reader should feel a clear and drawn interest, before investing.

Frankenweenie
Frankenweenie
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Danny Elfman score, May 8 2014
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This review is from: Frankenweenie (Audio CD)
This is one of my favourite Elfman scores (behind Batman and possibly Edward Scissorhands), and the best in recent years. The film itself was surprisingly much better than anticipated as I didn't know how the short live-action film could be made better, but Frankenweenie is a very good film thanks to this great Danny Elfman score. (The big bonus for me is the short Disney intro cue which turns suddenly odd and slightly sinister - so much fun.) It's a good full sounding score with great orchestrations.

ARE YOU MENTALLY HEALTHY?: What You Need To Know About Mental Health
ARE YOU MENTALLY HEALTHY?: What You Need To Know About Mental Health
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4.0 out of 5 stars good info, May 6 2014
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This book presents a nice overview to many conditions and some easy to reference definitions of certain mental illnesses and diagnosis. Though not comprehensive, I did appreciate the author's perspective, and specifically a well-collected quotation base of denouncement by many psychiatrists of the "manufactured" language of pseudo-conditions perpetuated by those interested in solely making a profit. There is a lot of good info here and it's worth a read for those interested in gaining a better balance of knowledge within the field.

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