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Love Actually (Widescreen)
Love Actually (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Hugh Grant
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3.0 out of 5 stars What could they have been thinking?, June 29 2004
This review is from: Love Actually (Widescreen) (DVD)
This romantic comedy, featuring an array of the best of British actors and actresses, is very well-made and clever in many places. I would love to show it to my whole family, but here's the problem: it contains a number of romantic subplots - some heartwarming, some amusing, others just plain lovely - interleaved with what can only be characterized as pornography.
The movie honestly troubles me. I want to watch it with my wife. Yet, while I know she'd love 90% of it, that 10% which would be completely offensive spoils the whole thing. If I could convey one message to the producer and director, it would be: what good is it to make a romantic comedy that couples can't watch in each others' company?
I have to recommend the movie. It's got many good storylines, and a lot of excellent acting. But don't watch it until you've reread the above paragraphs and concluded that you're broadminded enough to tolerate the tasteless parts.

Ready to Fly
Ready to Fly
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5.0 out of 5 stars FFH's Best to Date, Dec 16 2003
This review is from: Ready to Fly (Audio CD)
I regard FFH as the top contemporary Christian group, and this recording is an excellent example of their trademark tight harmonies, creative melodies, and inspired lyrics. The title cut and "I'll Join the Rocks" are my favorite tracks. Like most Christian artists, FFH truly sings from the heart. Their musicianship is polished and inventive. Anybody would find this CD very enjoyable.

Moulin Rouge (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
Moulin Rouge (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Nicole Kidman
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moulin Rouge is....., Feb. 23 2003
....a chick flick in the most negative sense of the term. It uses a shallow plot (that's baby-pool-shallow, folks) as the infrastructure to carry out the murder of an array of classic rock and roll songs, songs which clash jarringly with the prewar-Paris setting of this musical. The film appears to be intended as a sensory feast, both visually and aurally. For me, the musical aspect simply does not work, although I know many people who really enjoyed the soundtrack. The visual bombardment is technically well-done, and if you like frenetic and gawdy light and color superimposed on a Paris cabaret movie set which NEVER attempts to convince you that it is anything more real than a set on a sound stage, then you may well find the movie an exciting and stimulating experience. Fans of maudlin filmmaking will enjoy the climactic tragedy of the affair between the poor young musical poet and the courtesan whose armored heart is finally breached by love, an affair that is doomed to end amidst a flood of tears gushing out from beneath the pancake makeup of the cabaret cast of the Moulin Rouge. Heck, I don't know, maybe this movie is really somewhat faithful to the Bohemian pseudo-life of Paris nightclubs back in the day. I sure did not like it much, though.

Cisco CCNP Certification Library
Cisco CCNP Certification Library
by Inc.(r) Cisco Systems
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Planned obsolescence, Sept. 10 2002
Copyrighted in 2001, the Cisco CCNP library has already been rendered obsolete by Cisco themselves. Not only exam revisions, but a fundamental structural change to the CCNP examination series has taken place in the short time since these books were put on the market. Unfortunately, I can see no other benefit to these books beyond providing a revenue stream to Cisco. There are better books available if one is looking for truly educational technical books rather than exam-specific guides.

Cisco CCNA Exam #640-507: Certification Guide with CDROM
Cisco CCNA Exam #640-507: Certification Guide with CDROM
by Wendell Odom
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, authoritative CCNA text, Feb. 26 2002
I looked at both this book and the Sybex/Todd Lammle book, and decided to order this one. I feel it was a good decision, due to the more rigorous coverage this book provides of the subject matter. I don't think this book's style is "overkill". If you have some networking experience, you can go through this book in two evenings with a highlighter to get a good review before taking a certification exam. And once you've completed the test, this book, unlike the Sybex book, will have some value as a quick reference in your tech library. If you don't have any network experience, I really think this book gives a good tutorial in networking fundamentals although it would take considerable time and effort to soak up all the information in here for the first time. Regardless of your experience level, this book gives you the "Cisco spin" on various topics that you'll need to answer the test questions, even if you're intimately familiar with the works of Richard Stevens, Radia Perlman, etc.

Cisco CCNA Preparation Library: #640-507
Cisco CCNA Preparation Library: #640-507
by Stephen McQuerry
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, authoritative CCNA text, Feb. 26 2002
I looked at both this book and the Sybex/Todd Lammle book, and decided to order this one. I feel it was a good decision, due to the more rigorous coverage this book provides of the subject matter. I don't think this book's style is "overkill". If you have some networking experience, you can go through this book in two evenings with a highlighter to get a good review before taking a certification exam. And once you've completed the test, this book, unlike the Sybex book, will have some value as a quick reference in your tech library. If you don't have any network experience, I really think this book gives a good tutorial in networking fundamentals although it would take considerable time and effort to soak up all the information in here for the first time. Regardless of your experience level, this book gives you the "Cisco spin" on various topics that you'll need to answer the test questions, even if you're intimately familiar with the works of Richard Stevens, Radia Perlman, etc.

Captain Corelli S Mandolin
Captain Corelli S Mandolin
VHS
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Wartime Romance, Jan. 17 2002
No need to write 20 paragraphs about this flick. It's a war movie for couples, and it's pretty good. The "angle" that differentiates this particular movie is that Captain Corelli packed up his Italian passion for music along with his rifle when he went off to war. He leads an occupying unit to a Greek island. The Greek-Italian animosity is overcome by his humanity and his music. Then the Germans show up. Can't say much more without giving away the story. It's not a documentary but it's good storytelling. Cage is likable, Cruz is strong and sad, the Germans are very Teutonic. Recommended.

Vol. 1-2-Benny's in Brussels
Vol. 1-2-Benny's in Brussels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Benny, Rare Recording, Jan. 9 2002
The availability of this CD is great news for fans of the King of Swing. You won't see this hard-to-find set at your local superstore.
These recordings were made during the World's Fair in Brussels around 1958. Benny put an orchestra together to play in the American pavillion. According to the liner notes, it was a tremedous hit and gave a tremendous boost to America's languishing reputation in the arts.
The significant thing about this recording is that it's classic Goodman style, but the recording quality is light years better than the recordings you've heard from his heyday in the '30's and '40's. The band is crisp and driving, and Benny's virtuoso solos show even more artistry, if possible, than his earlier material. Benny's version of "One O'Clock Jump" would make Count Basie proud, and by itself makes the CD worth buying.
This CD is a fantastic find for Goodman fans - don't miss it!

Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tale of Two Tired North Carolinians, Dec 31 2001
This review is from: Cold Mountain (Paperback)
Cold Mountain is an interesting story, not of the Civil War, but of two people trying to survive in the midst of the Civil War. The book is widely noted for its imagery, which in my opinion was a bit overdone. If Frazier had reduced the amount of labored poetry just a smidgen, this would truly be a five-star novel. It's a good story about a man and woman of the rural south whose love for each other sees them each through a gauntlet of troubles, that they might be reunited. It deserves to be read because it is a unique perspective on life during the period, partly based on true characters.

Waltzes/Polkas Kaiser Wal...
Waltzes/Polkas Kaiser Wal...
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only want to own one Strauss recording...., Nov. 19 2001
....this is a good choice. I really enjoyed these interpretations of Strauss's waltzes, polkas, and overtures. They are very crisp and up-tempo, yet expressive. I believe these renditions are very faithful to the festive mood that the composer intended. The title track, the overture to Die Fledermaus, is perfect, in my opinion. This is a very enjoyable CD to listen to, a very high standard both musically and technically. If you're trying to sort out a Strauss CD containing many of his familiar compositions from the many that are available, this one is highly recommended.

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