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A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel
A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel
by Anne Perry
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Perry has not lost her touch..., June 28 2014
Except that the killer becomes a little obvious a little too soon. But it couldn't be him/her/it. could it? Yes, it could. There are two good storylines combined well here so that neither Monk nor Hester, nor Rathbone, who takes over as the main character throughout much of the book, can be sure which case is truly being tried, murder or treason. There is more skullduggery than usual, but it all fits together very nicely.
Hopefully the coming Monk novel will go back to Monk and Hester as the central figures. It makes sense that they are often sidelined here, but they are interesting people that one longs to watch continue developing.

My Funny Valentine
My Funny Valentine
Price: CDN$ 13.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite in the top rank, but getting close...., June 28 2014
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This review is from: My Funny Valentine (Audio CD)
There are few flaws here. The packaging, for example, is great. The songs are all well chosen, but too many are too familiar and not too challenging. Dusk does extremely well by most, going a bit flat twice on the record, which could have been corrected in the studio without re-recording each of them, so a bit careless in the production. But, it is a pleasure to listen to the CD. In a way, it is like listening to 12 old friends, done pretty much as they would have been done decades ago, but with better equipment and more modern technical knowledge of how to make everything as crystal clear as possible.
And enjoyable purchase that should see a lot of people very happy.

Suits: Season Three [DVD + UltraViolet]
Suits: Season Three [DVD + UltraViolet]
DVD ~ Gabriel Macht
Price: CDN$ 28.49

4.0 out of 5 stars An acuired taste..., June 15 2014
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There are times when everything goes so right with this series that you wonder why it isn't on one of the major networks. Then, without warning, it stumbles badly and you realize that it would have been cancelled at that moment by some impatient executive who would fear it had 'jumped the crocodile". But it recovers, sometimes without all the logical pieces put into play, but it is a piece of entertainment and not a lecture on the law. With each season the characters have become more fully developed and more interesting.The first half of this season is so well done that the second half, more than merely decent, has trouble keeping the level up as it has lost the one guest star who acted everyone else off the screen in a part that demanded exactly that. (I'm trying to avoid a spoiler here...)
It needs to get out of the office and courts more, and someone new has to design the leading actor's suits - they are out of date and ill-fitting, especially considering the title of the series and that everyone else looks right.
But it is often fun, and often suspenseful. And sometimes able to make those two qualities overlap nicely.

12 Years A Slave [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
12 Years A Slave [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Chiwetel Ejiofor
Price: CDN$ 15.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars One small slip, but otherwise sheer briliance, beauty and horror perfectly mixed., June 15 2014
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The movie is phenomenal. Until near the end it is a perfect film, and then one minor piece of castings yanks it out of place. It recovers, but it should never happened. Those producing films should keep out of them when they are wrong for the part and simply want to be the 'good, decent hero". Got it, Mr. Pitt?
Otherwise, ignoring bland Brad, the acting is superlative. The screenplay is rivetting. The photography is even astoundingly wonderful. This movie simply has to be in everyone's collection; it will give most of us hope for the future and a deeper understanding of the past.
It didn't win enough oscars but I'm certain that it won the hearts of almost all who saw it, and who will, like me, enjoy watching it again and again.
The best DVD to invest your money in for a long, long time.

Gravity [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Copy] (Bilingual)
Gravity [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Copy] (Bilingual)
Price: CDN$ 14.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise!! Bullock really can act!!!, June 15 2014
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I thought that Sandra Bullock's first Oscar had to be a fluke - the director made her hate him and a different side of her came out and she won. But, "Gravity" proves that she is capable of matching the best of them. So why does she make so many truly bad movies in which she contributes to the level of dreadfulness? The lady needs to change her agent or start reading the scripts before she accepts them.
Here she is superb. She goes wrong only when the plot demands it of her, and when she goes wrong, she is right. And the plot is nice and tight, without padding. In fact, one wishes it were longer. "Gravity" is a brilliant film in all ways.
Do buy it, Blue-Ray if at all possible.

One Touch of Venus - O.C.R.
One Touch of Venus - O.C.R.
Price: CDN$ 34.81
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, but it, unlike most musicals, should have been editted., June 15 2014
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Ron Raines is by far the best voice on this recording, and he is worth buying it to have him. There is nothing wrong with any of the others. In fact, the singing is the major strength here. Too many bands, some ridiculously short so that one cannot but wonder why they are here, clutter the record. One CD would have been enough to complete all of the songs...while the rest seem to be scratchings Weill made as he thought of a melody. Also, the edge that the score had in the original show - an old tape does exist - is missing. There is a sweet niceness about the recording that the original never wanted - after all, Venus could be a bitch, and was in this show at moments. Mary Martin caught that flavour nicely. This follows the movie concept - Venus, Ava Gardner, as perfect since she is a goddess. Worth buying, but so much will be skipped after one listening while other bands will be played frequently.Beware of too high a price for the CD!
P.S. The major hit "Spealk Low", here, is one of the most emotionless love songs I've ever heard.

Sinatra & Strings
Sinatra & Strings
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 35.57
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a glorious sound!, May 18 2014
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Twelve beautiful ballads sung by the master without any of his vocal gimmicks that today date the recordings and make them sometimes rather silly. Here they are in a straightforward manner, and recorded better than any other CDs of Sinatra's that I have, quite a few. They sound as if they were recorded tomorrow, so fresh and new.

A must have for his fans and for those, like myself, that were beginning to wonder when his reputation would fade away. Judging by this record, not for a very long, long time.

Silk Stockings
Silk Stockings
Offered by avatarmusic
Price: CDN$ 3.09
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of MGM's last blasts of the Big Musicals., May 18 2014
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"Singing in the Rain" is more loveable, though all the dubbing - Hagen for Reynolds for Hagen - and "The Bandwagon" is the very best that MGM ever produced, but "Silk Stockings" comes close. It collapses only with the last two numbers, one original (poor Astaire) gets stuck with that), and one from the Broadway show (which Cyd Charisse dances her darndest with but the lyric is the worst Cole Porter ever scribbled - this one cannot be considered a 'written' lyric'.) The other objection I have is that there are numbers recorded and filmed for the movie, then cut, and that do not appear here. Instead we get a few frequently recored Fred Astaire standards. Poor Janis Paige is the worst victim of the cutting - her "Josephine", however, probably wouldn't have made it past the censors then but would have been fantastic to have here. Charisse dances beautifully to the title song, but what happened to Astaire, albeit brief, vocal to it from later in the show? I know it was cut - but someone must have it somewhere.
With Peter Lorre, who would have thought he'd be a great comedian, and Jules Munshin, "Hail Bibinski" should have been on the CD.
But what is here is delightful - last two numbers excepted,and well worth adding to your soundtrack collection, unless Rhino is sitting on a version of all the music, which I'm told is the fact. But when, if, will they release it? What's here is great and in fabulous "Stereophonic Sound"!

When the Wind Blows South
When the Wind Blows South
Price: CDN$ 18.75
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now, to be able to hear him in person., May 18 2014
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The Cd is a mixture of old familiar songs and new ones. But they all sound so delicious when Chaffin sings them. Where has he been hiding? I love his voice and his way with a song is glorious. As his photo demonstrates, sit down, lean back, and relax, and let his voice wash over you.
I've now bought my second of his Cds and shall order a third very soon. You can't compare him to anyone else out there now, except to say that he makes you feel better about yourself and the whole world as well.

Bleak House [Blu-ray]
Bleak House [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Anna Maxwell Martin
Price: CDN$ 43.60
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dull book, sorry Charles, but a very messmerizing television series., May 18 2014
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Gillian Anderson has to be miscast, I told myself. Then I watched the show. She is breathtaking and bloodcurdlingly perfect. Not that she plays a gruesome part, but that the impact of her performance is that phenemonally astounding. The book dragged on and on and on...but the series whips by with the speed of a 19th century train and the effect is to give more vitality and a greater sense of menace to the entire project. A few cast members, Charles Dance for example, are typecast by their previous performances, but most take on a role that is even occassionally surprising when placed against their other work. Soon I forgot the novel and let the DVD sweep me along with it. Since then I have replayed it to see if my feelings are the same, and a few new fantastic moments appeared. One of the best transfers of Dickens to the screen and so much more enjoyable than the sweet gentle versions we get of Jane Austen's work, for instance.
Highly recommended if you want solid acting and a solid plot, well filmed.

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