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Puerto Rico 2004 Calendar
Puerto Rico 2004 Calendar
by Farrell Grehan
Edition: Calendar

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Year, Another Great Calendar, July 13 2003
Printed on beautiful stock paper, the "Puerto Rico 2004 Calendar" is a wonderful calendar with beautiful photographs of the Caribbean island. With a range of images from the island's most memorable landmarks and vistas, the calendar, the use of this calendar will almost feel like he/she has been swept away to the island.
With calendars being released now at mid-year, it was great to get my hands on a copy of this calendar during the summer of 2003. Published by Browntrout, a leader in the calendar-printing industry, the calendar has many beautiful photographs of San Juan and many quaint towns found throughout the island. This calendar will make a great gift for anyone longing for the island and/or it's culture/history.

Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti
Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti
by S. & Connolly, J. Doggett
Edition: Paperback
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide of the Isle of Hispaniola, July 12 2003
A leader in travel guides, Lonely Plant once again proves it self as the leader in the industry with this excellent guide to traveling to/throughout the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Although Haiti's tourism industry is nearly nonexistent, the guide still provides the readers with information on attractions, accommodations, and safety issues.
In covering the neighboring Dominican Republic, the book provides much more information for this country which has seen a major boom in its' tourism industry since the late 1980s. Always informative with tidbits if information, history, maps, and information for singles and gay & lesbian travelers, the "Lonely Planet Dominican Republic and Haiti" is the best book for anyone planning a trip to the island of Hispaniola. Excellent guide for an excellent price.

Landslide
Landslide
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 34.95
2 used & new from CDN$ 29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cover of Fleetwood Mac Classic, June 29 2003
This review is from: Landslide (Audio CD)
Produced by music superstar Sheryl Crow, "Landslide" by the Dixie Chicks is simply a beautiful cover of a classic Fleetwood Mac classic. On this maxi-single, two covers of the song (the country & pop versions) are included, and regardless if your're not a fan of country music, the song is definitely a crossover hit that has allowed the Dixie Chicks to become a much more recognizable household name. Despite the negative backlash that the group has received for their public opinions of contemporary events going in our world, this should not be a reason for anyone not to buy this single. If you enjoy the harmonious music of Jewel, than this single is for you.

Gaydar: The Ultimate Insider Guide to the Gay Sixth Sense
Gaydar: The Ultimate Insider Guide to the Gay Sixth Sense
by Donald F. Reuter
Edition: Hardcover
21 used & new from CDN$ 1.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Is He or Isn't He?, March 27 2003
Wonderfully written and illustrated by author Donald F. Reuter, "Gaydar: The Ultimate Insider Guide to the Gay Sixth Sense" is a funny, on-the-mark book in helping those with a weak, skeptical, or no gay-sensing powers identify who is a friend of Dorothy and who isn't. Although many critics might push this book aside saying it only glorifies the existing stereotypes society has on gay men, the book is meant to be semi-humorous look on a subculture that has caught major mainstream attention in the last decade.
With an overall attractive, eye-catching book design and, the book examines the factors that helps separate gay men from heterosexual men. Careers, body art, apparel, public behavior, and body language are just a few of the topics discussed in the book, and they are all covered with credibility and humor.
Whether you're trying to see if the new guy at work might be interested in Joe than Jane, or see if you can retune your "gaydar" when it comes to assuming who is in the celebrity/social scene, "Gaydar: The Ultimate Insider Guide to the Gay Sixth Sense" will give you a good laugh and make you go hmmmmmmm next time you're husband/boyfriend/brother/co-worker rolls his eyes when he sees a hip-swerving pop star or wonder why the weatherman on the local news has manicured hands.

Circuit [Import]
Circuit [Import]
DVD ~ Jonathan Wade-Drahos
Offered by PaperbackshopCA
Price: CDN$ 6.85
19 used & new from CDN$ 6.82

2.0 out of 5 stars "Showgirls" Meets West Hollywood/Chelsea, Jan. 9 2003
This review is from: Circuit [Import] (DVD)
What do you get when you cross realism with an ultra-campy script and lots of dancing, half-naked people? Well, the answer to this question is "Circuit," but if you also said "Glitter," and/or "Showgirls" you are also correct. "Circuit" is the sophomore effort of former Playgirl Man-of-the Year turned film director, Dirk Shafer, who previously directed a small 'mockumentary' called "Man of the Year," which discussed his trials and tribulations of being the object of desire among Playgirl's women readers, although he is gay.
Covering a series of 'circuit' parties in Southern California, "Circuit" covers the life of a small-town gay cop named John (played by Jonathan Wade-Drahos, who looks amazingly like Pierce Brosnan) who moves to Los Angeles in order to live a much more open life. Moving to Los Angeles, John meets up with his cousin Tad, an amateur filmmaker who is filming a documentary on attitudes and life on the circuit party scene.
While in Los Angeles, John finds himself delving in the decadent lifestyle common among many in the circuit scene. From drug use to hustling, John gets acquainted with the help of new found friend and hustler Hector (Andre Khabbazi) which allows the viewer to see changes in his character. With a slew of other forgettable characters, the film progresses somewhat like a crash and burn sequence where we see the principle character try to discover himself through the means of reinvention only to begin a recovery of his former self in order to live a more meaningful life with someone who can love him for himself and not for his appearance.
While many characters such as Bobby (Paul Lekakis) an HIV+ dancer who has little ambition in life and Gino (played by William Katt of the television cult classic "The Greatest American Hero") do add some substance to this film, "Circuit" fails in many attempts to capture many aspects that makes it a stand out as a realistic film. Due to a small budget, a cast of mainly amateur actors, and a very campy, and a predictable script, "Circuit" succumbs to these factors. I must admit that Shafer does a good job of covering drug use (the close-up, rotational views of a Special K bottle reminds me of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's internal close-ups of normal, everyday objects in his films), but the film's overall art direction, the poor quality of the film used, the sappy selection of dance songs used throughout the film (except for Taylor Dayne's song, where are club legends such as Victor Calderone, Junior Vasquez, Thunderpuss, and Peter Rauhofer on this soundtrack?) and the short coverage of the actual party circuit causes the film to fizzle before its' time is up.
Although most of the actors are not Oscar-calibre thespians, four performances stand out in the film. Veteran actors William Katt and Nancy Allen (they had previously worked together in the horror classic "Carrie") are always great together, especially Katt who plays a seedy circuit party organizer/drug dealer. Paul Lekakis' character of Bobby does have some highpoints in the film, however the true standout in this film is Andre Khabbazi. As Hector, Khabbazi truly has a wide range of emotions that indicate that he has had some extensive dramatic training, and his overall appearance validates the film's message that in the 'circuit' beauty is everything.
The 'circuit' might be considered the "Superbowl for gay men," but due to the above factors, "Circuit" the film is like the "Showgirls for gay men." Campy, predictable, weak script, and plenty of overacting, especially by Daniel Kucan ("Tad"), "Circuit" is a film that hits and misses not only when it comes to quality, independent filmmaking, but also when covering today's party/circuit scene. Again, I give the director and his team credit for some creative camera angles, some accuracy in covering the theme, and providing viewers with a morale, but "Circuit" falls short of what many encounter after a weekend of hard partying.

Puerto Rico 2003 Calendar
Puerto Rico 2003 Calendar

5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Months of "La Isla del Encanto", Jan. 5 2003
Printed on beautiful stock paper, the "Puerto Rico 2003 Calendar" is a wonderful calendar with beautiful photographs of the Caribbean island. With a range of images from the island's most memorable landmarks and vistas, the calendar, the use of this calendar will almost feel like he/she has been swept away to the island. With scenes from Old San Juan to a beach scene in the small fishing town of Isabela, this calendar will make a great gift for anyone longing for the island and/or it's culture/history. I purchased one for my parents, and they were extremely happy to see a calendar that brought back many memories for them. A great calendar at a great price!

Circuit                        [Import]
Circuit [Import]
DVD ~ Nancy Allen
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 17.02
18 used & new from CDN$ 6.75

2.0 out of 5 stars "Showgirls" Meets West Hollywood/Chelsea, Jan. 4 2003
This review is from: Circuit [Import] (DVD)
What do you get when you cross realism with an ultra-campy script and lots of dancing, half-naked people? Well, the answer to this question is "Circuit," but if you also said "Glitter," and/or "Showgirls" you are also correct. "Circuit" is the sophomore effort of former Playgirl Man-of-the Year turned film director, Dirk Shafer, who previously directed a small 'mockumentary' called "Man of the Year," which discussed his trials and tribulations of being the object of desire among Playgirl's women readers, although he is gay.
Covering a series of 'circuit' parties in Southern California, "Circuit" covers the life of a small-town gay cop named John (played by Jonathan Wade-Drahos, who looks amazingly like Pierce Brosnan) who moves to Los Angeles in order to live a much more open life. Moving to Los Angeles, John meets up with his cousin Tad, an amateur filmmaker who is filming a documentary on attitudes and life on the circuit party scene.
While in Los Angeles, John finds himself delving in the decadent lifestyle common among many in the circuit scene. From drug use to hustling, John gets acquainted with the help of new found friend and hustler Hector (Andre Khabbazi) which allows the viewer to see changes in his character. With a slew of other forgettable characters, the film progresses somewhat like a crash and burn sequence where we see the principle character try to discover himself through the means of reinvention only to begin a recovery of his former self in order to live a more meaningful life with someone who can love him for himself and not for his appearance.
While many characters such as Bobby (Paul Lekakis) an HIV+ dancer who has little ambition in life and Gino (played by William Katt of the television cult classic "The Greatest American Hero") do add some substance to this film, "Circuit" fails in many attempts to capture many aspects that makes it a stand out as a realistic film. Due to a small budget, a cast of mainly amateur actors, and a very campy, and a predictable script, "Circuit" succumbs to these factors. I must admit that Shafer does a good job of covering drug use (the close-up, rotational views of a Special K bottle reminds me of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's internal close-ups of normal, everyday objects in his films), but the film's overall art direction, the poor quality of the film used, the sappy selection of dance songs used throughout the film (except for Taylor Dayne's song, where are club legends such as Victor Calderone, Junior Vasquez, Thunderpuss, and Peter Rauhofer on this soundtrack?) and the short coverage of the actual party circuit causes the film to fizzle before its' time is up.
Although most of the actors are not Oscar-calibre thespians, four performances stand out in the film. Veteran actors William Katt and Nancy Allen (they had previously worked together in the horror classic "Carrie") are always great together, especially Katt who plays a seedy circuit party organizer/drug dealer. Paul Lekakis' character of Bobby does have some highpoints in the film, however the true standout in this film is Andre Khabbazi. As Hector, Khabbazi truly has a wide range of emotions that indicate that he has had some extensive dramatic training, and his overall appearance validates the film's message that in the 'circuit' beauty is everything.
The 'circuit' might be considered the "Superbowl for gay men," but due to the above factors, "Circuit" the film is like the "Showgirls for gay men." Campy, predictable, weak script, and plenty of overacting, especially by Daniel Kucan ("Tad"), "Circuit" is a film that hits and misses not only when it comes to quality, independent filmmaking, but also when covering today's party/circuit scene. Again, I give the director and his team credit for some creative camera angles, some accuracy in covering the theme, and providing viewers with a morale, but "Circuit" falls short of what many encounter after a weekend of hard partying.

Address Book
Address Book
by Michael Levine
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.99
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Rolodex in a Book, Dec 9 2002
This review is from: Address Book (Paperback)
A great, handy reference book, "The Address Book: How to Reach Anyone Who Is Anyone" by Michael Levine is a helpful book for anyone looking to write celebrities, politicians, businessmen, and other notable personalities.
Each contact is alphabetized by last name, and contains the address, person's occupation, and in some cases, birthdays (for celebrities only) and webpages (for companies). As an avid letter writer, I found this book helpful in providing me with addresses at demand instead of hunting them down through the Internet by doing searches or going to company webpages.
A great book many will find resourceful, "The Address Book: How to Reach Anyone Who Is Anyone" will help many find the contact information they seek without the need for a major Internet search or many telephone calls. It makes a great gift for students, business professionals, and for anyone who avidly writes letters.

Aaliyah: More Than a Woman
Aaliyah: More Than a Woman
by Christopher John Farley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
26 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Short, but Sweet, Dec 7 2002
Produced mainly for the adolescent market, "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" by Christopher John Farley is a good biography on the life of the R&B singer who was tragically taken away in August 2001. As a paperback book, this book will make a great read during a trip or at the school library, however since it was released so quickly to the market shortly after her death, the book lacks the qualities you'll find in a longer, well-researched biography. It would have been much more enjoyable to read if Aaliyah's family and closest friends provided the author with anecdotes and/or memories about Aaliyah that would have made this biography feel more personal.
While it falls short on content, "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" is a good read for those who know little or nothing about this amazing young lady. If you're an avid Aaliyah fan, I would wait until there is a hardbound biography produced in collaboration with Aaliyah's family.

Aaliyah: More Than a Woman
Aaliyah: More Than a Woman
by Christopher John Farley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
26 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Short, but Sweet, Dec 7 2002
Produced mainly for the adolescent market, "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" by Christopher John Farley is a good biography on the life of the R&B singer who was tragically taken away in August 2001. As a paperback book, this book will make a great read during a trip or at the school library, however since it was released so quickly to the market shortly after her death, the book lacks the qualities you'll find in a longer, well-researched biography. It would have been much more enjoyable to read if Aaliyah's family and closest friends provided the author with anecdotes and/or memories about Aaliyah that would have made this biography feel more personal.
While it falls short on content, "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" is a good read for those who know little or nothing about this amazing young lady. If you're an avid Aaliyah fan, I would wait until there is a hardbound biography produced in collaboration with Aaliyah's family.

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