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Flesh
Flesh
DVD ~ Joe Dallesandro
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Empty Heart of America, Oct. 24 2010
This review is from: Flesh (DVD)
Flesh is the first film in Paul Morrissey's scathing view of twentieth-century America, a country personified in the Joe Dallesandro character. An object of desire, he is empty: incapable of feeling love and devoid of purpose, he drifts from one encounter and one situation to another, neither moving others nor being moved by them. He is the Hollow Man. What will become of him when he is no longer at least an object of desire? The other two films in the trilogy strive towards an answer . . .

Heat
Heat
DVD ~ Joe Dallesandro
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Empty Heart of America, Oct. 24 2010
This review is from: Heat (DVD)
Heat is the third film in Morrissey's insightful trilogy about the loss of meaning, values, purpose, and, ultimately, significance in twentieth-century America. Flesh and Trash focused on the absence of love, the subsequent lack of communication between individuals, and the breakdown of the traditional family. Heat continues these themes and focuses on what happens when sex is divorced from love and instead becomes a commodity, a tool to obtain what has replace traditional values: "success" and financial gain. One of the minor characters becomes a metaphor for the modern American dream: a mute half-wit who spends his days masturbating beside a swimming pool! He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Nero Wolfe: The Complete First Season
Nero Wolfe: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Timothy Hutton
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 99.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nero Wolfe Lives!, Sept. 24 2010
Occasionally, but all-too rarely, one comes across a movie or television series that is cast absolutely perfectly: one thinks of Sean Connery as James Bond, David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. All too often especially in the TV arena, such inspirations are British. The Nero Wolfe series admirably demonstrates that Americans (with the help of more Canadian actors than you can shake a stick at) can do it too! The late great Maury Chaykin WAS Nero Wolfe! The supporting cast is wonderful, every single one of them. The teleplays are faithful to the books. The series is a treasure. The only thing to be regretted is that there were only two seasons of it. I'm glad I bought them both.

A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603
A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603
by Maggie Secara
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new resource for students and teachers, Aug. 28 2008
Maggie Secara's new book should prove an invaluable resource for all students (and--especially--teachers) of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Everything you always wanted to know about life in Elizabethan England--but didn't know where to look. Now you do.

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