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Hit the Deck [Import]
Hit the Deck [Import]
DVD ~ Jane Powell
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 45.13
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Deck Hit Back, Aug. 20 2014
This review is from: Hit the Deck [Import] (DVD)
It's big. It's brassy. It's not very good. Ann Miller is a stooge in her first number with Tony Martin given the vocals. Debbie Reynolds gets to sing weak songs, poorly staged, Russ Tamblyn has only one chance to do his thing. Kay Armen can sing, but she is a jarring note in the mediocrity of this film. Vic Damone is even more wooden that usual, though the man had a great voice, little of which is given a chance here. Jane Powell comes off best, but then the movie would not have been made without her. Yet compared to most of her films this is a major disappointment. Her part is weakly written with drastic changes in character from one scene to the next so that the songs can be accomodated. Even "Sometimes I'm Happy" becomes a drippy mess because of how it is placed in the film and how truly naive she is supposed to be at this moment.
As to the quality of the film - it is sensational. Perfect colour, sharp photography, as good as most Arthur Freed movies to look at and the sound is wonderful, except for poor Miller's first number. Her second, by the way, is alien to anything else she has ever done, and even Annie, that wonderful dancing cyclone, can do nothing notable with it.Buy it if you like the MGM musicals of the 5o's. I do, and I did. But it is one I could easily do without, including the 'rubber cake' used to set up "Hallelujah", which lands with a thud. The cake may bounce but the number doesn't.
Neither does the movie.

International Wall Home AC Charger for the Amazon Kindle Latest Generation ( Wi-Fi Free 3G 6in. 9.7in. ) - uses Gomadic TipExchange Technology
International Wall Home AC Charger for the Amazon Kindle Latest Generation ( Wi-Fi Free 3G 6in. 9.7in. ) - uses Gomadic TipExchange Technology
Offered by Gomadic Canada
Price: CDN$ 30.75

4.0 out of 5 stars I haven't seen one that works better., Aug. 12 2014
I could give it five stars, but this isn't the sort of thing one 'loves'. So four is all I can emotionally give it. But, yes, it is great, convenient, efficient, and compact.

Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
by Anne Perry
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!, Aug. 12 2014
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A great start, a few slow passages, and then this one picks up speed. It is, in the last half, possibly the best Anne Perry has written. The standard characters all have their function, and are used well. We may even deduce, should in fact deduce, the villain, but the reasons for the murders is well-shrouded, and that adds considerably to one's pleasure in this novel. It has been quite a while since a Perry novel made it to the screen; this one would make a solid mystery if someone as good as Alfred Hitchcock were around to keep the suspense and perhaps play down the mutilations.

Bullets Over Broadway (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Bullets Over Broadway (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A musical that shot itself in the foot...and the vocal chords., Aug. 12 2014
It must play better than it sounds. First, it wastes such marvellous talents as Marin Mazzie and Karen Ziemba - Ms Mazzie has only three duets! And Ms Ziemba is assigned one song that the chorus primarily carries. Meanwhile we get a good number of inferior voices that remind one more of The Three Stooges than Woody Allen's characters. And Damon Runyon they ain't. And in the middle of the old tunes that have, or should, fade away, suddenly a Cole Porter song appears and there goes the established mood. Some of this is fun but only the rare number sounds like it belongs in a Broadway musical. The concept is simply not whole-heartedly carried out and is far from sufficently interesting to make one want to see this show in a theatre. An interesting experiment, but the novely wears thin far too fast - and, yes, I know about the Tony Award - and wonder how many thugs had to fix the win.

Sitting Pretty
Sitting Pretty
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Kern, as presented here., July 15 2014
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This review is from: Sitting Pretty (Audio CD)
If I had reviewed this cast recording ten years ago, I might have given it a five star rating. I love Jerome Kern, I enjoy almost all of the singers on this CD. But in ten years it has been surpassed by several handfuls of other 'forgotten' shows, and now is more Vienna than Broadway - which leaves me a little cold. It is Kern with a harness on his horses, a straightjacket on himself. The genius is there but it simply doesn't breathe the way "Show Boat" and several others of his works do. It is lovely, but stiff, as though everyone decided that they were recording a masterpiece and had to give it the respect it deserved for having been rediscovered. Perhaps. But it also needed much more of a sense of fun and vitality.
Nice to have, but certainly seldom to be played.

Playing By Heart
Playing By Heart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, July 15 2014
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This review is from: Playing By Heart (Audio CD)
There isn't a single moment that I do not love within this CD. It is not what I normally listen to, but then this is not "jazz" as usually performed and listened to. Each number is a melodious and lovely journey escorted by brass instruments in the lead, and everything else gorgeously behind them. The album can relax me totally, or stir me up to face problems and the world, or anything in between. I most highly recommend it to those who want to hear beautiful music played to perfection. I only wish that I had discovered it years earlier.
Since purchasing it, the album has not gone into the caninets I use for storing my CDs. It stays near at hand so that almost every evening I can put it on and listen to it. A total miraculous gem.

A Baby in the House 9 Months Later
A Baby in the House 9 Months Later
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1.0 out of 5 stars I suspect books like this are a part of the reason Harlequin is in trouble., July 12 2014
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My wife bought this one, I believe as a part of a series. In any case, she lost three hours reading it, and then took it to a thrift shop and dropped it off and out of her bookcases. Apparently it is so juvenile in writing technique, character development, and silly coincidences and dumb choices, that it almost a nasty insult to women. Ouch.
But, if you haven't a life, maybe you'll like this one. Ouch, and double ouch.

The Wolf of Wall Street [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
The Wolf of Wall Street [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such a waste of talent., July 12 2014
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I expected a great deal more of this movie than I got. Supposedly, it is based on fact. I seriously doubt that. Somewhere there may be a grain of truth in that someone's career inspired the writer to cobble this one together but the plot has too many holes and lapses of logic, even for a schemer being involved. A solid director, but he never really has a handle on this one and a superfluous number of swear words don't cover up the glaring mis-steps. I know that some have thought this to be one of Dicaprio's best performances. No. They're just comparing it to "The Great Gatsby" where they managed to take a classic and turn it into dross because they didn't really know what the book was about. Dicaprio was a zombie there. Here he is Frankenstein's monster - hardly a step up.
Five years from now this will be a totally forgotten film, sunk deeper than the real Titanic.

Gotta Sing Gotta Dance
Gotta Sing Gotta Dance
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3.0 out of 5 stars A curio and a short journey to nowhere., July 12 2014
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This review is from: Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (Audio CD)
Poor dear Twiggy. She wants so much to be a musical-comedy star, and she comes so close, but never manages it. She came close with Tommy Tune to guide her through "My One and Only", but Tommy is almost completely retired now. The first problem is that though she likes the 30's, her choice of songs that are right for her, is poor. Now and then she stumbles on a good one, but listening to her try "Ten Cents a Dance" here make you realize that she stumbles into serious trouble far too often. Listen to the Doris Day version from "Love Me Or Leave Me" and you'll know what the song should sound like and what it tells us about the singer. But not here. Still, a lot of wishful singers end up doing much worse.
Nothing to get excited about, and a few too many numbers that you'll wish had not been included - "Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?" - too long, too tedious, too dull, for one more example, though I imagine she had fun doing it. Unfortunately we don't get the humour and the joke is on her.
Disappointing? Yes. Totally a lost cause? No. Worth buying? As long as it is under $10.00 you won't feel robbed.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Ralph Fiennes
Price: CDN$ 19.96

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it isn't caviar., July 12 2014
It was nice to see Ralph Fiennes doing comedy again, and this time with a script that someone had thought about so that he wasn't wasting his time and talent. Actually, the only reason I didn't give 5 stars for this movie is that there were just a few moments where they could have played it a bit more for laughs, not stupid jokes but clever wit. But it is highly enjoyable, with a solid cast, though one doesn't enough of some of them and few hardly register at all. Why wasn't more made of the title? Those who have seen the film will know what I mean, but for the rest, perhaps just a trifle dull or misleading.
However, unlike most of the recent films, this is not one of those where I felt I had wasted not only my money but my time. Everyone involved seems to have done their best to make it an intelligent, witty comedy, with a few serious moments, and they have succeeded admirably.
Those who buy it will not watch it time and time again for the first month or two and then relegate it to the bottom of their stack. It will slip into your DVD player at least twice a year, every year, and be fresh and new.

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