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Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music
Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music
by John Fogerty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 32.66
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fortunate Man, Oct. 8 2015
Rock legend and songwriter extraordinaire John Forgerty has written a very enjoyable memoir, a fast read that's hard to put down. John describes his childhood, the early band days, CCR's huge hits, and, of course, the acrimonious falling out with his band-mates, whom he paints as jealous, lazy, and only marginally talented. He describes himself as a lonely loner who was reticent to open up about feelings until he met his second wife (the first wife gets short shrift here).

Much of the book is devoted to his years-long legal problems with Fantasy Records and endless law suits.

His fans will enjoy learning about where his song ideas came from. He clearly loves two things in this life: His music and his family. Recommended.

Everest [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
Everest [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
DVD ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: CDN$ 19.49
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not great, Oct. 1 2015
In 1996, an expedition to Everest ends in tragedy at the top, due to poor decisions and short supplies. This is a well-made and fascinating story, but it lacked emotional power for several reasons: In 3-D, every time the camera panned, the background images were an unrecognizable, shaky blur that left me queasy. I didn't feel the 3-D added anything to the scenery, which was already awesome (They really did film at Everest Base Camp). Another problem I had was that the characters were hard to tell apart with the beards, goggles, caps, and other gear hiding their faces. And lastly, there were a variety of accents that I found hard to understand, so I was basically just following the action like a silent movie.

The old question of "Why do you climb a mountain?" was never answered in this film, and there was only a very brief epilogue, but the movie does make you think about the costs versus the rewards of scaling the peak.

(There was a 1997 TV movie, "Into Thin Air: Death on Everest," which had a smaller budget but packed much more of an emotional wallop because it focused on personalities and backstories of the climbers.)

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
by Harper Lee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.51
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "If you did not want much, there was plenty.", July 16 2015
A New Yorker returns to her small, Alabama hometown and is shocked and angered that her family and friends have remained stuck in their narrow-minded, prejudiced ways.

This is an okay book with little action and way too much talk. Jean Louise and the others talk everything to death and I grew impatient. I think it would have worked much better as a short story, because the plot is so thin: A woman comes home, finds she's outgrown everyone, and yells a lot. End of story.

Because the book is narrated in the third person, it lacks the folksy charm that made TKAM so memorable.

The titular 'watchman' (from the Bible) is mentioned several times, but never meant much to me. All in all, I was disappointed in (and bored by) the book.

And where's Boo?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent outdoor light, July 13 2015
I love this outdoor solar light. It's easy to stick in the ground or attach to a wall (hardware included), turning the solar panel toward the sun. The LED light comes on at dusk and covers a wide area; my entire front porch is illuminated all night and no electric bill! This bright, white light can be in high or low intensity that is good for security. The price is very reasonable. Note: I received a sample for review.

Babylon Rising (Babylon Rising (Paperback))
Babylon Rising (Babylon Rising (Paperback))
Offered by Random House Canada, Incorp.
Price: CDN$ 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!, Sept. 22 2014
I was completely surprised by this book. I loved it! This is a fast-paced adventure story about an Indiana Jones-type professor/adventurer who finds ancient artifacts to prove the veracity of Bible stories. This time around, he's hunting for Moses' long-lost bronze serpent; little does he know he's being watched and hunted by a vicious killer.

I found this book very different from the, "Left Behind" books; this is pure adventure with scary scenes that really unnerved me. There is no evangelizing here, although the plot involves the Book of Daniel. I like the author's style of introducing many disparate stories that gradually merge into one.

This story would make a fun movie. I can't wait to get the next book in the series of four. Heartily recommended for those who enjoy exciting stories of danger and violence.

The Uninvited (The Criterion Collection)
The Uninvited (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Ray Milland
Price: CDN$ 22.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense!, July 10 2014
Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey star as siblings who buy a huge, old English house (sans electricity, of course) on a cliff over-looking the sea. They soon feels chills and hear ghostly sounds at night.

This is a wonderful movie, genuinely scary but completely non-violent. The Oscar-nominated, black and white photography in the creepy, dark house is outstanding and the fear of things that go bump in the night is what makes this one to watch with the lights on. Milland and Hussey are witty and urbane and Gail Russell is sweet as a neighbor girl with an interest in the house.

The lovely, "Stella by Starlight" is played several times and the entire soundtrack is excellent. This is a good old-fashioned thriller with a few laughs to break the tension.

The Book Thief [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
The Book Thief [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Geoffrey Rush
Price: CDN$ 8.00
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "But in the end there were no words. Only peace.", April 26 2014
As the story opens, it is 1938, and a young German girl whose mother cannot keep her, is sent to live with strangers. Little Liesel adjusts to her new life with the help of her kindly new Papa and the books she steals, which teach her to read. But life becomes frightening when the war starts and the family decides to hide a Jew in their home.

This is an exquisite movie, the best I've seen a long time. The story is unforgettable and the cast is outstanding. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are wonderful as Liesel's foster parents Canadian Sophie Nelisse is perfectly cast as Liesel, growing from age 8 to 16. We see the war through her eyes; she is unflinchingly brave and lovable.

There is a small amount of violence, mostly bombing, with just enough good people to show that life is worth living. This is a tear-jerker, but well worth watching.

Saving Mr. Banks (Bilingual)
Saving Mr. Banks (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Emma Thompson
Price: CDN$ 8.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting but forgettable story, April 25 2014
This review is from: Saving Mr. Banks (Bilingual) (DVD)
When the author of "Mary Poppins" comes to see Walt Disney about making her books into a movie, we learn a lot about her childhood and the inspirations for her characters. She's a rigid sourpuss, immune to the warmth and charms of Mr. Disney, however, and won't even consider the changes he wants.

The constant flashbacks to P.L. Travers' idyllic-then-tragic childhood are quite interesting (although I still don't understand the title). Tom Hanks is utterly lovable as Disney and plays well against Emma Thompson's brittle, control-freak old maid, Travers. It's fun to see the two pros act together.

There is a lot of trivia for fans of the Mary Poppins movie, but this is actually a very lightweight and inconsequential story, more suited as a "extra" on the Mary Poppins DVD, rather than a full-length film. I enjoyed it but have forgotten most of it already.

DVD ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by TechDepot Canada
Price: CDN$ 13.97
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19 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars After the Rock Monsters, it all goes downhill, March 29 2014
This review is from: Noah (DVD)
*I Laughed at:
Transformer-like Rock People who built the ark
Noah was a crazy killer
The animals slept on the ark for 9 months with no food or water
Noah has a buzz cut
Everyone in Noah's family has a different accent
Clothing styles include pants (skinny jeans for the ladies), denim jackets, shirts with inset sleeves, and modern boots with leather soles
Again, there are Rock Monsters and they talk!

*I Liked:
It ended, finally

The director tried to make an artistic statement, not tell the Bible story, and ended up with an irreverent, ugly, depressing, confusing, and totally ridiculous film (with no real animals!).

Non-Stop (Bilingual)
Non-Stop (Bilingual)
Price: CDN$ 10.00
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling airborne mystery, March 14 2014
This review is from: Non-Stop (Bilingual) (DVD)
Liam Neeson stars as troubled air marshal Bill Marks, who is enroute to London. He starts receiving text messages saying someone onboard will be killed every 20 minutes unless $150M is sent to a secret bank account. And then people start dying.

In this movie, every character, except for Bill, is set up as a likely suspect; they all look very shifty and fully capable of murder. It's fun to watch everyone look guilty and my mind was racing to figure out the culprit (I couldn't.). Neeson is outstanding as the air marshal, running the gamut of emotions from grief to confusion to terror; he's instantly sympathetic and likable. Julianne Moore is good as Bill's seatmate and it's fun to see Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") as a flight attendant.

From the opening moments, I felt uneasy; that quickly turned to paranoia and then fear. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I really enjoyed the mystery of it. Recommended for those who like whodunits.

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