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Bottle Shock / Dégustation Choc (Bilingue)
Bottle Shock / Dégustation Choc (Bilingue)
DVD ~ Alan Rickman
Price: CDN$ 16.99
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowd Pleaser, Jan. 28 2009
Before a (then) little known Paris wine tasting in 1976, most people had no idea that California was producing world class wines. That changed when a British ex-pat in Paris organized a wine tasting of the best French versus the best Californians - against all expectations, California won both best red and white and nothing in the wine world has been the same since.

This drama/light comedy follows the true story of the travails of the winning white (Chardonnay) winery leading up to the competition. There is lots to enjoy here including a struggling small business story, an evolving father-son relationship, the comeuppance of an arrogant industry, and of course, a love triangle. The movie is well cast (and very well acted) with Bill Pullman as the business owner father and Alan Rickman as the snobby Brit amazed to find that good wines can be found this side of the Atlantic.

In the final analysis, this is a feel good movie, suitable for the whole family with the proviso that kids under 10 might get bored in places.

Carmina Burana
Carmina Burana
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 25.95
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste, Feb. 10 2004
This review is from: Carmina Burana (Audio CD)
The vocals sounded drowned out in several places by the instrumentals, and they often sounded "farther away" and muddied. This wasn't a tight performance, with instrumental oddities appearing here and there. Some vocal choruses appeared shrill. I much prefer either the older Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony recording or the James Levine, Chicago Symphony.

Exotica (Widescreen)
Exotica (Widescreen)
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 72.34
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5.0 out of 5 stars The packaging is an integral part of the movie, Jan. 8 2001
This review is from: Exotica (Widescreen) (DVD)
A lot of people here (the Amazon reviewer included) seems to think that the packaging doesn't accurately reflect what the movie is about. I agree 100%, but I'll bet my bottom dollar that this is an intentional mis-direction. Without giving up a spoiler, the movie itself tries very hard and succeeds at taking the viewer in - showing us all sort of stereotypes (from the bearded, kinky man onwards), re-enforcing them, and then, slowly, ever so slowly, peeling away the onion layers so that we can finally look beyond our prejudices and stereotypes and really see what is actually happening.
The "gimmick" of having a final scene force the viewer to re-interpret the entire movie has been used many times before, but never, ever, for such a deep effect and for such a meaningful purpose.
The director, Egoyan, really outdid himself on this one. IMHO, it is his best work.

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