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To Rome with Love / Rome mon amour (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
To Rome with Love / Rome mon amour (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Roberto Benigni
6 used & new from CDN$ 14.45

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably bad, Jan. 24 2013
Four unrelated vignettes involving tourists, newlyweds, and quirky locals play out in Rome. The characters are neither sympathetic, likable, interesting, nor memorable. The plots are like fantasy daydreams but still manage to be incredibly tiresome. I was so glad when the movie was over.

On the plus side, the photography is exquisite. Rome is filmed in a warm, golden light that makes it look like a fairytale city for lovers. Some very good actors get stuck with trite material and Woody Allen is still playing the same loser character he's been doing for forty years.

Terrible movie.

24: Season Four
24: Season Four
DVD ~ Keifer Sutherland
Offered by Treatspree Canada
Price: CDN$ 39.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking, Jan. 23 2013
This review is from: 24: Season Four (DVD)
Jack Bauer fans will love this season, which is as every bit as good as the wonderful Season One. As this day begins, Jack is working for the DOD and happily in love when, bang! There is a kidnapping, an assassination attempt, and a couple of nuclear threats. The terrorists are keeping Agent Bauer busy and we love it.

This season of "24" brings back some great old friends (Tony, Michelle, and David Palmer) and introduces delightful new ones (Chloe, Edgar, and Bill Buchanan). There are twists and surprises at every turn and the body count is sky high; through it all, Jack keeps his cool and shows again that he can be vulnerable and still save humanity.

Kiefer Sutherland continues to wow us with his energy, intensity, and charisma. Production values rival those on feature films with split screens, extravagant special effects, and gritty locations. Season Four is addictive and fun.

24: Season 3
24: Season 3
Price: CDN$ 19.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bauer has another long day, Jan. 11 2013
This review is from: 24: Season 3 (DVD)
Agent Jack Bauer must once again save the world as a fatal virus is about to be unleashed on Los Angeles. In the meantime, President Palmer's re-election is jeopardized when his ex-wife gets up to her old tricks and newlyweds Tony and Michelle face a crisis.

This season is not as well-written as the stellar Season One, with way too many domestic/soap opera-like subplots competing for screen time with the main terrorist theme. Jack is off-screen too much and often-annoying lesser characters (his dopey daughter, Kim, in particular) clutter the story. Plot holes and unrealistic story lines abound (you can't drive across LA in two minutes or fly to Santa Barbara in five and no one ever says, "My shift is over") but it's all so exciting and compelling that you just go along for the ride.

Keifer Sutherland is still superb as the super agent who can do anything. He is a talented actor and carries the show squarely on his shoulders. And the special effects, location filming, and high production values make this a great series.

Disneynature: Chimpanzee (Blu-ray Combo Pack) [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
Disneynature: Chimpanzee (Blu-ray Combo Pack) [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Tim Allen
Price: CDN$ 19.96
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better, Jan. 8 2013
A young chimpanzee named Oscar is raised by his loving mother, Isha, in a large, extended family. Living at the edge of their territory is an aggressive chimp tribe that wants to take over their fruit trees.

The photography is very enjoyable but Tim Allen was a poor choice for narrator with his tool references and grunting. His voice is too casual and low-brow and Morgan Freeman would have been a much better choice. The soap opera storyline was overdone. In most cases, it seemed the animals were photographed randomly and the scenes were later made to fit a contrived plot. For example, there is much drama about a big battle between the two chimp bands, but all we see is animals running quickly through the forest; there is no actual contact.

Definitely not up to Disney standards.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ZZZzzz..., Dec 30 2012
The movie examines Abraham Lincoln's (Daniel Day-Lewis) efforts to pass the 13th Amendment in the last few months of his life. It is a detailed account of his strategy and the negotiations of the members of his cabinet, especially his Secretary of State, William Seward (David Strathairn).

The story deals with the minute details involved in making slavery illegal; conversations between pompous politicians are endless and dry and I found it boring. I would have preferred a biography of Lincoln's life; this story has little action and the nonstop speechifying was tedious in the extreme. None of the dialogue sounded spontaneous; each line sounded well-rehearsed with the result that it looks like a filmed play.

Day-Lewis certainly looks the part, but his Lincoln isn't very interesting or charismatic. His soft, high voice was particularly unengaging; I was hoping for the measured gravitas of Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch. The movie was too long and a crashing bore.

24: Season 2
24: Season 2
Price: CDN$ 19.97
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bauer saves the day (again), Dec 30 2012
This review is from: 24: Season 2 (DVD)
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returns to CTU as an impending nuclear bomb explosion threatens southern California. The President (Dennis Haysbert) must rely on Jack's help to prevent WWIII.

While the writing is not as good as Season One, this is still the best series on TV. Kiefer Sutherland is outstanding as the intrepid secret agent who overcomes all adversities with the help of computers, cell phones, and his trusty CTU pals, Tony and Michelle. David Palmer and his manipulative ex-wife are back as well, as is Jack's nemesis from last season, Nina. Rounding out the superb supporting cast are Jude Ciccolella and Glenn Morshower as Chief of State Mike Novick and Agent Pierce.

The weak link this season is the storyline involvong Jack's daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), who is surely the most annoying character on TV. She's onscreen half of the time and yet nothing she does affects the main plot; she's just a time-filler. Kim is unbelievably stupid, weak, and whiny and I want to fast forward whenever I see her.

The production values are high and the series feels like a good feature film. It's tense and exciting with several shockingly graphic torture scenes. There are occasional commentaries, deleted scenes, and some behind-the-scenes features.

Arbitrage (Bilingual)
Arbitrage (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Richard Gere
Offered by CHEAPER than school textbooks store 4SURE
Price: CDN$ 14.99
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Dec 28 2012
This review is from: Arbitrage (Bilingual) (DVD)
Richard Gere stars as a millionaire Wall Street financier with big troubles at work and a dead mistress, too.

It's always a bad sign when I have to look up the meaning of a movie title after seeing the movie and still don't know what it means. This was a big disappointment, although the acting was excellent. Richard Gere is always a pleasure to watch; he's confidant, capable, and charismatic, giving a very good performance as a single-minded and unscrupulous man. The problem here is the script, which is confusing and boring, and gives us no one to root for. None of the characters are likable and most of the dialogue consist of muffled references to Big Trade Deals that we aren't meant to fully understand.

The story paints a believable picture of a powerful man who can buy anything except, of course, his family's love. The movie is predictable and only interesting in brief spurts; basically, it's an unsympathetic and dull story. Recommended only for those who find high finance interesting.

The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love
The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars How a cat changed an autistic boy's life, Dec 20 2012
This heartwarming book is the true story of Julia Romp and George, her autistic son. It details the endless challenges she faced with a screaming, stiff baby and a distant, unresponsive adolescent. Then Ben came into their lives, a mangy stray cat that nobody wanted...except George.

This story is about autism and while the cat did, indeed "come back for Christmas," those expecting a "cat book" will be disappointed and the target audience, those interested in autism, may well overlook it. I understand photos of the family would violate their privacy, but I still would have liked to see some or, at the very least, have the real Ben on the cover.

The book is very well-written and is fast-paced and emotion-packed, drawing tears several times. I'd be very interested in reading a follow-up book in a few years. Recommended.

24: Season One
24: Season One
DVD ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by TUNESUS
Price: CDN$ 10.42
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We've had a hard day.", Dec 18 2012
This review is from: 24: Season One (DVD)
Kiefer Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer, a counter-terrorist government agent. In one, very long day, he will see his family kidnapped, be involved in the assassination of a presidential candidate, and uncover a spy among his colleagues.

This series will take your breath away. Jack faces certain death every 15 minutes in a series of jaw-dropping scenarios that are both exhausting and exhilarating to watch. Production values are high, with frequent split screens following several subplots, music that enhances the terrifying story, and acting from a top-notch cast.

Sutherland is absolutely convincing as the fearless and endlessly-resourceful agent. He fills the screen with his charismatic presence and gives a riveting performance. Dennis Haysbert is perfect as the noble presidential candidate who must cope with public enemies and domestic disasters. And Sarah Clarke is unforgettable as Jack's ex-flame.

With a stellar supporting cast and spine-chilling script, this is a must-see dramatic series.

NEW Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (DVD)
NEW Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (DVD)
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 20.72
30 used & new from CDN$ 8.47

4.0 out of 5 stars "On Sunday, we go to Target.", Dec 17 2012
A zillionaire Yemeni sheik likes fly fishing, so his British aide (Emily Blunt) enlists the help of a fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) to bring 10,000 salmon to his desert country.

This movie is heavy on talk, light on action, and feels like a true story (but isn't). McGregor and Blunt make a good, low-key couple and Amr Waked is excellent as the kindly sheik. Kristin Scott Thomas steals the show, however, in a small but witty part as a Ministry official; she gives her trademark sarcastic performance and injects much needed humor into an otherwise tepid story.

This is a sweet, but slow and predictable story (I wouldn't call it a romantic comedy) that would be of particular interest to fly fishing fans. 3.5 stars.

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