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The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
by Ross W., PhD Greene
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for all 'Authority' figures!!!!!!!!!, Feb. 26 2016
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The expression "I love it" does not belong to this book. "I learned an enormous valuable amount of useful approaches to the problem(s)" comes much closer. I'm not certain I like the title, but even the author has trouble with it. But what title would be better? In any case, every teacher, or e very grade should be forced to read and be able to discuss this book well enough to be able to use it. Social workers also should have to read it, and perhaps even the police who seem to be unable to cope with people whose approaches to life are not 'traditional', and shoot them seven or eight times rather than attempt to cope with them as flesh and blood people who need to be helped by anything but a trigger-happy policeman. And if you are a parent with a child who lacks the skills to cope emotionally, even if they are smarter than any other child you know, read this book.

Spectre [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Spectre [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Spectre of too many previous Bond films., Feb. 26 2016
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I''ll keep it brief. The opening sequence is sensational, the best ever in a Bond film, But from that point on, we're back on the ski slopes and heading downhill into mediocrity. "Spectre" is several steps back behind the film released before it. Here the villain is a good actor with a badly written part, and a hero is only as good as his nemesis is strong and evil. So Bond gets a little whimpy here - or Craig is tired of being Bond and has decided to just 'walk' through this one. And after the opening sequence in Mexico, we been down all these roads before, and oh, it would be nice NOT to have the usual chase on skiis or the predictable car chases that could be switched with any of a dozen car chases from other films without anyone noticing. And five minutes after seeing the movie, who was the girl? What part did she play? Again, bad writing
In fact, I think this doesn't even live up to "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". George Lazenby was not anywhere as bad as the studio claimed - never ask for two much money from the producers after your first Bond film, and it has Diana the Bond girl who could match him every step of the way. No wonder they had to kill her off.
So the ups and downs of Bond films continues. Time for a New Bond to match the new support cast....except for Ralph Fiennes facial make-up which changed now and then, especially the nose. Fiennes, himself, was good, as always.

Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB SM-G900H-BK Unlocked Smartphone Import-Black
Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB SM-G900H-BK Unlocked Smartphone Import-Black
Offered by The Wireless Group Inc
Price: CDN$ 437.95
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And at last I have an S5 that works beautifully, and that I was able to purchase at ..., Feb. 26 2016
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Oh, the troubles that little problems can cause. First, there was a charger that didn't work, then a wrong cord, the Wifi that didn't work either. And the problem all came down to the fact that this product was an American S5 even though it was sent from a bedroom community of Toronto. It took Telus to figure that one out as I spent weeks working on it, not constantly as I have health issues right now. Canadian Samsungs are set up in advance for basic use in Canada. Who knew? American ones even have different plus for their chargers that seldom work here. Who would have guessed? Now, to be fair, the company I bought it from did their darndest to be helpful and responded almost immediately after each contact from me. So they deserve the four stars more than the product does. It took a two hour session with Telus to get everything working right. And at last I have an S5 that works beautifully, and that I was able to purchase at a very reasonable price. And to top that off, I like the S5 much better than the S6 which sometimes has a mind of its own. Also, the S6 works best in the simple mode. This one is better in the advanced mode, though some may have resistance to using that.
So, my apologies to the company for being so long in reviewing your product. Next time I'll know what the gold metal frame means. But I would still buy from these people as few companies try as hard to remedy the difficulties. (Just tell us that its from the USA.)

Interstellar [Blu-ray]
Interstellar [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Matthew McConaughey
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is amazing what changes have taken place with 'astronaut' movies with ..., Feb. 26 2016
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This review is from: Interstellar [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
It is amazing what changes have taken place with 'astronaut' movies with a single year. "Interstellar" seemed good, if far too long, when it came out.Then Bullock and Clooney advanced it by a leap, a bound, and a float. And then Matt Damon made an even gigger leap forward with "The Martian", and where can it go now? The mind boggles.
So, what to make of "Interstellar"? If one were a time traveler, one could stay in 2014 and appreciate it as that long, but good space film. But since we can't do that, and as I am writing this in 2016, I'm looking at it, a film from two years ago, that is doomed to fade into oblivion. It is not bad as is the most recent "Stars Wars" that recycles so much of the original trio of films that almost any child between eight and twelve could have written the screenplay, though they would have saved Han Solo by making a change there - son and father animosity runs amuck in "Star Wars". doesn't it? So, if you are a great fan of a cast member, or collect all space films, buy this one. It is far from the worst that we have had shoved at us in the past ten years - but it is not in the top three any more.

Forever: Season 1
Forever: Season 1
DVD ~ Ioan Gruffudd
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was brilliant in every way Ioan Gruffudd is about the most ..., Feb. 26 2016
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This review is from: Forever: Season 1 (DVD)
Clearly ABC needs to fire the dunderheads who axed this program within a week of its last showing. It was brilliant in every way Ioan Gruffudd is about the most charming, talented actor in the business and his Henry Morgan was someone you wanted to know and looking forward to every week. He was matched by Judd Hirsch giving a performance that was supportive and astounding. The entire cast was exceptional. The music was the best that a television show has had in decades. The plots were well written, and though there was an essential 'unusual' element, the story lines were rooted in this world, with no witches, warlocks, gremlins or gargoyles. The mysteries were often unusual, but also steered away from drenching us with blood and gore to let us focus on the people involved. This show was, in fact, a first class act.
Now to the other dunderheads - Warner Bros. who didn't make the rounds of every other network, big or small, and sell one of them the second season. Worse shows, by far, than this have transferred from one network to another, and found success.
As for the ideas behind the show, look at "Second Chance" a dumb and mismanaged version of "Forever". We have the 'hero', ha!, returned from the dead and possessed of all of the charm of a carrot left to rot in the sun for a summer, and , of course, his son is now his father, poor Tim Dekay, who can act but is asked to do nothing more than repeat his character from "White Collar". Point by point, this year's show is a terrifyingly bad rip-off of "Forever". Why didn't somebody up there notice this and cancel "Second Chance" and go with season two of "Forever". "Second Chance even has a boring set, poor and trite music, and, in general, lousy acting. Ah,, more dunderheads! Run a poor imitation and ignore the priceless original. Perhaps they never saw "Bewitched" as a movie.
And no other show grabbed Gruffudd. Ted Danson bounced from one series to another with ease, and so have others. True, some failed, but this would not have been the case here. What happened at CBS and NBC? Didn't they ever watch the show? Dunderheads, dunderheads.
So, please do yourself a favor and buy this "Complete Series" - why advertise how much of a bunch of dunderheads you are by listing that on the cover of the DVD case? The reviews were strong, the show was brilliant, and it appears we are doomed to never see anything this well done again whereas the Kerdashians, more dunderheads, will be with us forever. Why? Who really cares about these real people made out of remnants? But you will care about the people in "Forever". In fact, you will come to cherish them, and lament their loss.

On the Town (New Broadway Cast Recording)
On the Town (New Broadway Cast Recording)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost too much of a good thing. This complete collection of the show's music ..., Feb. 8 2016
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Almost too much of a good thing. This complete collection of the show's music is masterfully recorded, phenomenally well sung, so why only four stars? It is too much for one sitting. I realize that is an odd complaint, but, to truly enjoy it, you have to listen completely. And that takes a lot out of one. And I miss Nancy Walker. Hell, I even miss Betty Garrett. But the men are a revelation of what should always be done.
There is little connection between the Broadway show and the MGM movie, which is a very good thing. Gene Kelly could never have have sung "Lonely Town" or most of his character's songs. Here, they are what Bernstein must have always intended. And Sinatra was still in his 'wuss' days at MGM. He wouldn't have fitted with this cast at all.
So give it five stars and no one will argue with you. Not even me. And though it starts by overwhelming one, it gets better with every listening. Few CDs can do that.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride [Blu-ray]
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dismal bride, magnificent Holmes and Watson!, Jan. 27 2016
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This is a marvellous addition to the Holmes series. I love it because it allows us to see and understand Holmes and Watson as far more complex and fascinating characters than the modern version does. Until this DVD, I considered Jeremy Brett's Holmes to be the best available - and it is still a great collection of Holmesian fiction. Here, Cumberbatch shows that he is definitely one of the best actors working at this time. Martin Freeman seems to almost always be overlooked by the critics but he is a solid actor providing a base for most of Holmes' work.
As to the plot: Well, most Holmes' fans will be able to work this one out after about ten minutes. But it is done well. Yet we have seen these twists before. Even the title gives too much away.
But if you like, or love Holmes as I do, this is an essential DVD to add to your collection.

Magic Mike XXL [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Magic Mike XXL [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Channing Tatum
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2.0 out of 5 stars It isn't even good enough for a bad joke, Jan. 18 2016
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I bought this as a joke for a friend. It isn't even good enough for a bad joke. The cast must have done it for the money, and the writers were clearly paid only with peanuts. And Matt Bomer may have simply tossed away his career. Can "American Horror Story" save him? I doubt it for he only has one scene that requires a little true acting there. Here, yes, he is Ken, and nothing else. And the rest of the cast, excluding Tatum, may survive, dubious, because nobody knows w oe cares who they are anyway. Sorry, but the only trick here is pulling a dead movie out of a battered g-string.

Corridors of the Night: A William Monk Novel
Corridors of the Night: A William Monk Novel
by Anne Perry
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something terrible has happened, Jan. 18 2016
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Something terrible has happened. Tis a mystery far beyond this froth. Anne Perry has lost her ability to write a good murder or suspense novel. Her last three have all been dull and predictable. The ending is obvious from the first thirty pages and nothing but the obvious lies ahead, and it is boring. Hester, boring?!?! It can't be, but sadly it is. And Monk has lost all his strength and is a poor lost soul wandering about in the London fog. Monk? True, Monk. One might have expected this of her other series where Charlotte is dishwater of late, but there has been so much created within Hester and Monk that this is almost a novel written by an imposter. The first half, to be fair, has some elements of mystery, suspense, but then comes the second half, really a different plot, and the whole thing runs downhill into the Thames' dirtiest waters, though figuratively. Had it been literal the novel might have gone somewhere worth going. Take away the last three novels, and Perry has a nice collection awaiting the reader. But this is the third nail in her career's coffin. Miss Perry, reread some of your earlier books, not for ideas, but the remember the great characters you have created and now seem determined to toss aside for cute urchins, and with Monk and Rathbone, create two male characters who seem to do nothing else but flagellate themselves for past errors, and then realize that it wasn't their fault, sort of, maybe, until no one cares.

The Sound Of Music
The Sound Of Music
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only Rebecca Luker could give this 'war horse' such genuine emotion and joy., Jan. 18 2016
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This review is from: The Sound Of Music (Audio CD)
Mary Martin, too old and too understated. Julia Andrews, too sweet. Rebecca Luker, just right for Maria. This is also the most complete recording of the score that you are likely to encounter, at least to date. And how wonderful to hear the songs that Fox cut out of the score, including, essentially, the subplot. Oh, Eleanor Parker was there, but they used that gifted actor as wallpaper. But now her character is fleshed out as it was intended to be. Back to Luker....wonderous, marvellous, sensationalistic, not a wrong note and each word carrying the meanings of Hammerstein's lyrics as no other lady has managed to do. This CD is one I avoided buying for some time because the Broadway revival - this cast - had the ugliest costumes of any Broadway show that I have ever seen. I believe that most of them came from the rejects from the thrift stores, especially Maria's costumes. I thought the plot gave her the ability to sew; on stage she must have sewn them all with her right hand tied above her head. But here, on the CD, who cares about costumes? The voices are all perfection. The Mother Abbess may seem a little light for those used to the Wagnerian singers the role has been given to. But, here, her voice links her to Maria and adds an essential depth to the plot. The captain, too, is neither tyrant to adults, nor especially to children. If one doesn't know their history, there might be some loss of suspense as to whether he also will believe that "There's No Way To Stop It" ( what a merry tune for the death squads.) But we know he will not capitulate, so let him be more loveable and decent. All in all, a perfect production, masterfully recorded.

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