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Dorwest Herbs Scullcap and Valerian Tablets for Dogs and Cats 100 Tablets
Dorwest Herbs Scullcap and Valerian Tablets for Dogs and Cats 100 Tablets
Offered by langton_distribution
Price: CDN$ 26.46

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, Aug. 6 2014
Perfect! Thanks so much! A+++++

The Savages
The Savages
DVD ~ Laura Linney
Price: CDN$ 15.79
49 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barely scratches the surface...., June 6 2008
This review is from: The Savages (DVD)
While I found both Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffmans performances excellent, I felt the portrayal of a parent with dementia barely scratched the surface. I have had a parent with dementia and been through the entire experience of helplessly watching my parent decline and eventually succumb to the disease. This film was more about the relationship between the siblings, and coping with their own lives rather than dealing with the devastating effects of dementia. Perhaps because seeing the reality of the decline of a person's mental capacity would simply be too much for an audience to bear or take in, it hasn't been fully portrayed. I found the film illustrated the father's dementia in too neat and tidy of a package. It also seemed that he barely spent any time at all in the home, which incidentally was one of the cleaner and nicest ones I have seen(!) In reality, a person with dementia can spend many, many years in a home. The emotional effects and stress of caring for a parent in this state end up taking center stage in a person's life, leaving little time to spend brooding or worrying about oneself as was depicted in the film.

Pan's Labyrinth (Two-Disc Edition)
Pan's Labyrinth (Two-Disc Edition)
DVD ~ Ivana Baquero
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Price: CDN$ 18.69
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, Aug. 7 2007
This film was outstanding. It is the perfect blend of realism and fantasy. Some have written in other reviews that it had excessive violence and that nobody is a evil and cruel as the captain.....well, I can only say that those who feel that way are not aware of the realities of horror and war. War brings out all kinds of monsters and this was as realistic as it gets in it's portrayal of evil. Having family who have fought in the Spanish Civil War, the film portrays the violence completely effectively, in fact, it is downplayed.

See the film; it is excellent and completely original. It is in a category of it's very own.

A note to MH who left a review down below... the movie was never targeted for children, in fact, it was made very clear that it is a movie for adults. Also, the movie DOES NOT take place during WW2 as you have written- it takes place during the SPANISH CIVIL WAR which is an entirely separate war. It is a shame that this very important fact from the film was completely missed in your review. This is the setting and time frame which sets the mood for the entire film.

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