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Silkwood
Silkwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous Film That Merits High Praise, Not Low Censure for No Good Reason!, June 19 2016
This review is from: Silkwood (DVD)
One "Amazon Customer"'s view of the film is fractious and frivolous. S/he should have noted the format before ordering. Amazon usually makes this matter quite clear enough to avoid the trap into which that silly-bunny fell. Denigrating the film because of his or her own neglectful error, with a single star, is a low tactic.

This film is famous for the boldness that it had to reveal the inner wickedness of the North American nuclear industry. The candour may be only partial, but at least there is much of that quality there. The film deserves praise for this, not single-star condemnation!

The Dictionary of Classical Mythology
The Dictionary of Classical Mythology
by John Edward Zimmerman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy and Portable Guide to the Ancients and to Later Writers Who Refer to Classical Greek and Roman Mythology, June 2 2016
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I've used this handy dictionary of Classical (Greek and Roman) mythology for many years. It is a great and ready help for tracking down to just what Classical references mean, while reading, say, the works of Ariosto, Shakespeare, Dryden, Racine, Homer, Virgil, Ovid, and so forth, as well as references in the visual arts, opera, "sword and sandels" movies, etc.

Naturally, there are Classcial references other than to mythology (Ancient and Imperial history, customs, anthropology, and so forth) about which a dictionary this compact will not help much. However, something comprehensive enough to cover all of that (and mythology, as well) likely, if useful at all, would be too massive to be so portable as John Edward Zimmerman's work. Anyhow, its mythology is the topic about which a reader most often needs to have the lexical kind of help that Zimmerman provides for that aspect of ancient Roman, Greek, and Hellenist culture and lore. and the author accomplishes that particular task admirably.

In its paperback format, it is handy and portable enough to carry about with whatever such book that could profit a reader from the clarification that it provides. Love it! Always have and surely always shall.

Naked (Le Defi)
Naked (Le Defi)
DVD ~ Doris Dorrie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Naughty and Naked, but NOT Unfaithful, To Verify Just How Truly and Uniquely Special One's Spouse Really Is, May 16 2016
This review is from: Naked (Le Defi) (DVD)
Three couples go about their bourgeois lives, argue and gossip, get ready for a supper together, and gather at the hosting couple's residence. Then, on a whim, they play a game, placing wagers on the results, in which, blindfolded, two of the couples strip buck-naked and attempt to discover if they can recognise their respective spouses not by sight, but by groping and caressing, to discover if their bodies really are so memorably distinctive as they have assumed them to be.

The results are disappointing: they identity the wrong man or wrong woman as supposedly the spouse whom they have known so intimately. Hard feelings and mutual recriminations (a "blame game", as it were) ensue among these friends, some of whom also have been unequal work colleagues or otherwise are socially and financially inferior to others among them, which only further aggravates latent animosities. During the others' nude ordeal, the third couple, which referees dressed and fully-sighted the groping nude pairs, becomes aroused, embraces, and begins the process to reconcile after having reached previously the point of divorcing each other. Following the party, the man and woman continue back at home to patch things up in their marriage. In fact, by the the end of the motion picture, all is well with each of the three couples as one has parting glimpses of them at their homes.

All of this makes for an original plot and some low-key eroticism that titillate the viewer, the more so since the men and women involved are all quite good-looking. They also are of similar physique from man to man and from woman to woman, which they must be for their all too brief "grope-a-thon" session to have any tension and suspense to it.

The nudity is alike full-frontal and full-dorsal, although, of the two men, one only gets a glimpse of Juergen Vogel's male genitalia, seen thickly flaccid, which his boyishly macho, eagerly impulsive character, Boris, has been extolling so boastfully at several points in the film for their amplitude and sexual potency. One does not see quite so entirely the fine body of handsome Benno Fuermann (an actor who may be better known internationally than the others and who is the most talented of the cast) when, back at home he and his nearly estranged wife undress partially (Fuermann leaving his undershorts on), fervently embrace, and reconcile.

Fuermann also is the most skilled actor of the six, playing his part with a naturalness that the others lack, whose depictions are rather "stagey" and brittle by comparison to Fuermann's masterly way with his role. Despite such artificiality that tends to prevail in the film, the handsome men and pretty females of the cast, their cleverly nude playfulness, and the lively dialogue and the constant shifts in temper that it reflects (however much the delivery of it most of the actors render rather stilted) indeed do make for entertaining and lively display and interplay, which do not outlast the viewer's patience, even at the container's indication of 100 minutes for the movie's duration.

The subtitles provided, in a choice of English or French, function well (at least for the English ones to which this viewer resorted), although it would have been nice if the film had been dubbed into those languages; that would limit how often one needs to make resort to them to follow the dialogue, limiting how much the non-German-fluent viewer can follow fully all of what appears non-verbally, as images, onscreen. There are no bonus features with the DVD edition from Mongrel Media, of which the catalogue number is DVDF-170, so indicated as printed, oddly placed, on the packaging, but the overall quality of this video product is good.

Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (6 CD)
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (6 CD)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Inadequate Digital Reissue of Karl Boehm's Memorable Analogue Recordings of Beethoven's Symphonies, April 22 2016
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I am exceedingly disappointed with the sound quality of this reissue, despite all the encomia that others lavish upon it. (This review, by the way, is an expansion of the comments that I had made upon another review of this CD set.) The violins sound glassy and tinny, the bass instruments and percussion woozy, smeared, and lumpily lacking in both clarity and impact. My memory, albeit growing dim, is that the LPs of these recordings sounded considerably warmer and more detailed. Maybe someday I'll be able to do a side-by-side LP to CD comparison of how Boehm's recordings of these symphonies sound. For now, I would say that Boehm deserves better than this as heard digitally, even if he is not quite among the very top-listed of my favourite conductors in this repertory.

There is so much of the orchestration that one can barely hear, or not at all, due to this sonic muddiness. If the listener thinks that he hears all that is going on within the orchestra in this edition of Boehm's Beethoven symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon 479-1949, on six CDs, in the series "Collectors Edition"), he could compare, as an example of something sonically better, Sony's superb digital restoration of Leonard Bernstein's even older analogue recordings of these works, from the mid-1960s (Sony Classical 88697683912, now available, as reissued, as a set of six CDs). Truly, someone with the requisite keen ear and proper musical training could take down into notation the music as heard, and all of it would be there in score form, on listening to Bernstein's recording. That would be impossible on the basis of Boehm's recording as processed in this D.G.G. digital reissue. Under Bernstein's direction of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the impact and sheer presence of the double basses, 'celli, and percussion is powerful and utterly, transparently clear, too, which is the case for the entire orchestra.

On Boehm's Vienna recording, by contrast, one only hears a sort of generalised, muffled, and murky rumble from the bass and percussion instruments, even from instruments of mid-range that fill out the orchestration. Beethoven's ingenious and inventive part-writing goes for nought when it sinks into the sonic sludge that prevails in so much of Boehm's recording as processed in this reissue, surely as much or more due to the engineering as to any massive lack of mindfulness on the conductor's part. Thankfully, the Vienna Philharmonic's fabulous woodwind section comes out clearly and sweetly, much better than how the orchestra's famously gorgeous string sections and percussion register as heard in this flawed reissue.

In Bernstein's N.Y.P.O. recordings, all of the musical part-writing, the filigree and flourishes, as well, of course, as the most blazing outbursts, is there in all of its wondrous inventiveness, easily discernible and delightful to listen to. If one wishes above all to hear what is in the music itself, quite apart from matters of interpretation thereof, it is better to acquire a recording like Bernstein's or one of numerous others which present it with considerably more vivid presence than what Deutsche Grammophon has to offer in the current reissue of Boehm leading these works. Either that, or stick with the best of the earlier LP or audiocassette editions of his recorded Vienna performances which, at the very least, are not lilkely to be any worse than these digitisations..

Partly the difference between these CD sets is due to Bernstein's incredible instinct and extraordinarily apt ability to gauge orchestral balances, but partly it also it is due to C.B.S.' (Columbia Records') excellent engineering (the latter, now available on CD through Sony's reissue of those recordings). This is something that is woefully lacking in the digitised edition of Boehm's originally analogue recordings being reviewed here briefly. This reissue of Boehm's recordings of the works could serve, conceivably, as a sonic sketch of what the conductor intended, but one that is sorrily lacking in the details of the music as he conducted it as one hears it in this inadequate digital reissue.

The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy by David Quintieri (2012-01-10)
The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy by David Quintieri (2012-01-10)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Times ahead, so the Average Dude or Gal Needs to Exercise Prudence and Caution, Aware of What Is About to Occur, April 19 2016
I watch David Quintieri's YouTube broadcasts, "The Money G.P.S." faithfully; they appear almost daily. David's advice is sensible and pertinent, attempting to guide consumers and investors through the "Rocks and Shoals" of the current disastrous downturn, which, as he emphasises with prudence but not dismally, inevitably will lead to a tremendous crash. The main aim of David Quintieri's fellow Canadians, and of Americans perhaps even more so, is simply to survive the looming disaster. Quintieri offers advice on how to make the most of a bad situation throughout the "Western world" and, foremost, to get out from all indebtedness and to guard what wealth that one has from very substantial or even total loss.

The book is simple to understand, without being simplistic. The inclusion of an index would have been helpful, but the book is rather brief and quite well organised, so that it is relatively easy to negotiate one's way around in it even in the absence of such a feature. The author's English usage is dodgy at times, another reason to withhold a full five-stars rating to a book that would have profited from some further and better polishing than Quintieri's copy editor, Jim Stewart, and proofreading service, J.M.S. Educational Services (with which Stewart has been allied, that bears his initials, and alike is mentioned on the verso of the title page) would seem to be able to provide adequately enough.

The information and advice in this cautionary and practical book is NOT about "business as usual". It concerns, rather, how to proceed and to reason in times when, in the face of massive lying and statistical falsification from the U.S., U.K., and other governments, utter financial and other ruin is what is looming over Canada, the improvident and irresponsible Ignited State of 'Oink' (i.e., the U. S. of A.), Japan, the U.K., and over the European Union.

The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy by Quintieri, David (2012) Paperback
The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy by Quintieri, David (2012) Paperback
by David Quintieri
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Treading Water, or Swimming through, the Turbulent Waters of a Looming and Very Severe Economic Depression Just Ahead, April 17 2016
I watch David Quintieri's YouTube broadcasts, "The Money G.P.S." faithfully; they appear almost daily. David's advice is sensible and pertinent, attempting to guide consumers and investors through the "Rocks and Shoals" of the current disastrous downturn, which, as he emphasises with prudence but not dismally, inevitably will lead to a tremendous crash. The main aim of David Quintieri's fellow Canadians, and of Americans perhaps even more so, is simply to survive the looming disaster. Quintieri offers advice on how to make the most of a bad situation throughout the "Western world" and, foremost, to get out from all indebtedness and to guard what wealth that one has from very substantial or even total loss.

The book is simple to understand, without being simplistic. The inclusion of an index would have been helpful, but the book is rather brief and quite well organised, so that it is relatively easy to negotiate one's way around in it even in the absence of such a feature. The author's English usage is dodgy at times, another reason to withhold a full five-stars rating to a book that would have profited from some further and better polishing than Quintieri's copy editor, Jim Stewart, and proofreading service, J.M.S. Educational Services (with which Stewart has been allied, that bears his initials, and alike is mentioned on the verso of the title page) would seem to be able to provide adequately enough.

The information and advice in this cautionary and practical book is NOT about "business as usual". It concerns, rather, how to proceed and to reason in times when, in the face of massive lying and statistical falsification from the U.S., U.K., and other governments, utter financial and other ruin is what is looming over Canada, the improvident and irresponsible Ignited State of 'Oink' (i.e., the U. S. of A.), Japan, the U.K., and over the European Union.

By David Quintieri - The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy
By David Quintieri - The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy
by David Quintieri
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Navigating One's Way through an Economy on the Verge of Collapse and of Looming Depression, April 17 2016
I watch David Quintieri's YouTube broadcasts, "The Money G.P.S." faithfully; they appear almost daily. David's advice is sensible and pertinent, attempting to guide consumers and investors through the "Rocks and Shoals" of the current disastrous downturn, which, as he emphasises with prudence but not dismally, inevitably will lead to a tremendous crash. The main aim of David Quintieri's fellow Canadians, and of Americans perhaps even more so, is simply to survive the looming disaster. Quintieri offers advice on how to make the most of a bad situation throughout the "Western world" and, foremost, to get out from all indebtedness and to guard what wealth that one has from very substantial or even total loss.

The book is simple to understand, without being simplistic. The inclusion of an index would have been helpful, but the book is rather brief and quite well organised, so that it is relatively easy to negotiate one's way around in it even in the absence of such a feature. The author's English usage is dodgy at times, another reason to withhold a full five-stars rating to a book that would have profited from some further and better polishing than Quintieri's copy editor, Jim Stewart, and proofreading service, J.M.S. Educational Services (with which Stewart has been allied, that bears his initials, and alike is mentioned on the verso of the title page) would seem to be able to provide adequately enough.

The information and advice in this cautionary and practical book is NOT about "business as usual". It concerns, rather, how to proceed and to reason in times when, in the face of massive lying and statistical falsification from the U.S., U.K., and other governments, utter financial and other ruin is what is looming over Canada, the improvident and irresponsible Ignited State of 'Oink' (i.e., the U. S. of A.), Japan, the U.K., and over the European Union.

The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy
The Money GPS: Guiding You Through An Uncertain Economy
by David Quintieri
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Financial Advice for Ever-Increasingly Bad Times!, April 11 2016
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I watch David Quintieri's YouTube broadcasts, "The Money G.P.S." faithfully; they appear almost daily. David's advice is sensible and pertinent, attempting to guide consumers and investors through the "Rocks and Shoals" of the current disastrous downturn, which, as he emphasises with prudence but not dismally, inevitably will lead to a tremendous crash. The main aim of David Quintieri's fellow Canadians, and of Americans perhaps even more so, is simply to survive the looming disaster. Quintieri offers advice on how to make the most of a bad situation throughout the "Western world" and, foremost, to get out from all indebtedness and to guard what wealth that one has from very substantial or even total loss.

The book is simple to understand, without being simplistic. The inclusion of an index would have been helpful, but the book is rather brief and quite well organised, so that it is relatively easy to negotiate one's way around in it even in the absence of such a feature. The author's English usage is dodgy at times, another reason to withhold a full five-stars rating to a book that would have profited from some further and better polishing than Quintieri's copy editor, Jim Stewart, and proofreading service, J.M.S. Educational Services (with which Stewart has been allied, that bears his initials, and alike is mentioned on the verso of the title page) would seem to be able to provide adequately enough.

The information and advice in this cautionary and practical book is NOT about "business as usual". It concerns, rather, how to proceed and to reason in times when, in the face of massive lying and statistical falsification from the U.S., U.K., and other governments, utter financial and other ruin is what is looming over Canada, the improvident and irresponsible Ignited State of 'Oink' (i.e., the U. S. of A.), Japan, the U.K., and over the European Union.

In His Own Words (DVD)
In His Own Words (DVD)
DVD ~ Frank Zappa
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Interesting Words and Poses, but Very Little Documentary Details about the Origins of These Interviews, March 23 2016
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I quite heartily enjoyed this DVD, of 106 minutes of material taken from broadcasts over the years, covering the mind, thought, and off-the-cuff discourse of the great Frank Zappa. His unflappability, calm good spirits (after all, he was getting paid for these gigs and maybe that was sufficient for this very practical-minded man), and ability to make the most of questions, however banal, provide a pleasant evening with the boob-tube used for video playback rather than for current televised drivel and (so far as mainstream tele-journalism is concerned) assorted socio-political and economic deceptions. The DVD edition viewed is I.V. Media IVF-068.

This is by no means a "documentary", per se; it is, instead, a loosely assembled compilation. It would have helped to present the video material chronologically, displaying, as a bare minimum, the year of each portion (which even this minimal information the DVD omits!) rather than in so hodgepodge a fashion, leaping, as it does, back-and-forth over the years of Zappa's career in which this footage came to exist. Concerning details of the documentation on view, there is none of that kind of thing on offer, not even so much, as already mentioned, the date of the material for viewing, as "Frank Zappa in His Own Words" drifts along from one interview to another. One has to pick out such clues as happenings to which the speakers refer, fashion trends obviously on display, and so forth as the video progresses, plus, of course, whatever alike American and international TV lore that one might be familiar with (e.g., who hosted which programmes when). At least the informed Zappa fan, obviously, would have some rough idea of at what age Zappa appears to be at any particular time. Since Zappa retained youthful looks longer than most men are lucky enough thus to age, so even that last-mentioned bit of guesswork is not always easily accomplished, apart from clues from the length, volume and grooming of hair and moustache that Zappa cultivated at various phases of his life. The container flap merely describes the contents as being a "DVD [that] collects together over 90 minutes of video interviews and talking engagements with or undertaken by Zappa his career."

Therefore, those who enjoy Frank Zappa's music, or at least some of what there is among its amazing variety, just sit back and enjoy the informative chats about it. The audio was decent enough to facilitate doing just that even in my seventies, when my hearing is deteriorating, I am able to make out almost everything that is spoken; more than that really is not required for a video that is all words about Zappa's music and none of it there to hear.

Appartenir Au Destin
Appartenir Au Destin
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Discovery of a Talent That Bears Further Watching, Feb. 9 2016
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This is a very pleasant CD to discover. Jonathan Mercier (not to confuse with the famous Swiss hockey player of the same name) was in 2007, the year of the copyright statement for "Appartenir au destin", a young and quite handsome (in the cute/macho sort of way) French-Canadian pop singer, presumably Québecois, of a tenorish, pleasing voice and good musicianship. The pleasant music of the songs, gratefully unpretentious and of solid melodic quality, is of his own composition and in some cases he wrote or co-wrote the words (in French) also.

Jonathan Mercier bears watching, if his musical career really still be an active one; his blog rather appears to be rather inactive (or perhaps simply one that is too undeveloped). New, sealed copies of "Appartenir au destin" still are available from Amazon-Canada at the time of writing this review, early 2016. If ever a music video of him comes my way, for sure I shall view it. I like Mercier enough to have placed, at least for now, a poster of him (the same image on the front packaging of the CD) on a wall in my home. An enjoyable release his CD surely is.

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