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Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles DVD [Import]
Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles DVD [Import]
DVD ~ Louis Bellson
Price: CDN$ 33.71
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag - aficionados only, Feb. 4 2004
I was personally most excited by the drumming sequence featuring Sunny Murray who seems to exude music through his whole body as if his body was part of the drum kit or the drum kit was an extension of his body. Music has got to be the thing so I'm less taken with Buddy Rich who is the "fastest drummer alive with the greatest technique etc" but I find musically uninteresting. Elvin Jones I was also taken with. The sequence with Louis Bellson was definitely the most accomplished in terms of development, musical interest and structure whilst Joe Morello being described by narrator Peter Erskine as the "poet" of the drum kit, may well be right. For drummers and jazz lovers.

Fingers
Fingers
DVD ~ Harvey Keitel
Offered by Rainy Day Games
Price: CDN$ 12.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comparable to MEAN STREETS, Feb. 3 2004
This review is from: Fingers (DVD)
The principal difference between MEAN STREETS and FINGERS is that the focus in FINGERS is exclusively on the character played by Mr Keitel and his relationship with his father (mainly) and his mother, and his search for a partner who will give expression to his sexual longings. The maintenance of tone throughout the film by Mr Toback is superb. He also does not rush and cross cut scenes - he allows the inherent momentum of the scene to develop at the pace of the characters conversation, reactions and interactions. The location shooting is vivid and relevant. The sex and violence are also dramatically relevant and quite powerful, but the macho world may be offensive to a modern perspective where women are treated as compliant , and sometimes not so compliant, sex objects. Just one memorable scene: Jimmy informs his mother that his piano audition did not go so well. His mother stares, squints, scrunches up her face and turns to the wall, utters no words but speaks volumes. In another scene his father tells him he should have been strangled at birth. Jimmy takes out his rage in a number of ways.
Well worth owning. Good Bach piano too.

To Catch a Thief  (Bilingual)
To Catch a Thief (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Cary Grant
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 37.68
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scenery and Edith Head but no suspense, Feb. 2 2004
This review is from: To Catch a Thief (Bilingual) (DVD)
You could be forgiven if you thought you were watching a well filmed travel tourist marketing film on the beauty of Cannes, and in VISTA VISION, or a tribute to Edith Head with the emphasis on costumes, which is part of Hitchcock's game in the film about appearances, masks, lies, etc. The dialogue is reasonably witty, and yes, Mr Grant and Ms Kelly, look "good" in that lacquered, phoney, fifties Hollywood style. There's no question that the film, rich in colour, crystal clear, and glossy is well made. But beneath the gloss, it's a gossamer thin story with little suspense.

Alone
Alone
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5.0 out of 5 stars If (relatively) new to Mr Evans, don't miss this one, Feb. 2 2004
This review is from: Alone (Audio CD)
There are a number of reasons for acquiring this CD. One is the extended version of NEVER LET ME GO, one an alternate, both at about 15 minutes. Mr Evans did not record many lengthy explorations and this may have been due to market imperatives. Another reason is the remastering quality which seems fine to me. Additionally, there are 75 minutes of music of this master in ideal circumstances.

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
by Linda Greenlaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.22
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written description of longline fishing and leadership, Feb. 2 2004
Longline fishing remains a controversial subject. The author touches on slightly the issue of over fishing but simply states that the USA has the best managed fishing regulations in the world and it's all those pesky foreigners that cause the problems. The issue of longline fishing itself and the havoc it causes to sea life not associated with the catch is not addressed in the book. Ms Greenlaw, however gives a very well written and detailed and fascinating exposition of the organisation, equipment, and techniques that go into a single voyage which she peppers with individual anecdotes of incidents at sea. But, it is also an exemplary study of leadership and those who fly our planes, drive our buses and trucks, steer our ferries, or manage work sites of any kind might read this book and see how they measure up. As my idea of a sea adventure is to catch the Manly Ferry from Manly to Circular Quay, across Sydney Harbour Australia, THE HUNGRY OCEAN also gives a real feel of the beauty and power of that beast.

Power
Power
DVD ~ Richard Gere
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 47.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from start to finish - plus a message, Jan. 31 2004
This review is from: Power (DVD)
Maybe I just don't get it. But I've loved this film ever since I first saw it in the eighties, and was mesmerized and thrilled by the opening sequence of Mr Gere practising drumming on a practise drum skin to the music of Benny Goodman's version of SING SING SING with Gene Krupa drumming. An opening sequence does not a movie make, but I knew I was in for an exciting ride with Mr Lumet who has rarely failed to thrill me from his first film TWELVE ANGRY MEN, and thereafter with PRINCE OF THE CITY, THE ANDERSON TAPES, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, NETWORK et al. In POWER, part of the deal is to GO WITH IT, that is, willingly suspend disbelief and take the dramatic ride. For my own part the ability of Pete St John (Mr Gere) to manipulate public opinion and get politicians elected has more than a touch of truth about it and the relish with which St John does his job is fascinating to see - he's a professional without a principled bone in his being and Mr Gere (ironically a professed Budhhist) is brilliant , playing that character. He survives - one of the great lines he gives to his ex-lover (played by Ms Julie Christie) is "don't blame yourself". Those in the film who HAVE principles, either commit suicide (Senator played by the great Mr E.G. Marshall), descend into embarrassing alcoholism (Mr Hackman playing a rival media adviser wonderfully comic) or suffer the apparent loneliness and unremunerative fate of the loser (Ms Christie, though that might be stretching it a bit). I can't think of a parallel to this film but PRIMARY COLORS or NETWORK come close, although this film is superior to it. Mr Maltin, and I guess, many others, have got it badly wrong with this film, as I consider it one of the best political films of all time. It's a blast from beginning to end, fuelled by some of films greatest actors, including DENZEL WASHINGTON, superb set design, pungent writing, and great direction, not to mention GENE KRUPA's drumming. Then again, maybe I just don't get it.

Bad And The Beautiful
Bad And The Beautiful
by Sam Kashner
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but with some interest for movie lovers, Jan. 30 2004
This review is from: Bad And The Beautiful (Paperback)
If you read this book from cover to cover then you may be disappointed as not of all it new and interesting. Nevertheless, there are some chapters which deserve the attention of movie lovers including the genesis and production of SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, the dalliances of SAMMY DAVIS JUNIOR as well as the struggles he endured despite being an entertainer of genius. A book to be cherry picked and read at the airport.

My Dog Tulip
My Dog Tulip
by J.R. Ackerley
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Superb form, distressing content., Jan. 27 2004
This review is from: My Dog Tulip (Paperback)
Being a dog lover but not a dog owner who believes that it is cruel to keep most dogs in an urban environment, and especially a large dog in a flat as the author did, I found this memoir not to be my cup of tea. Humans are portrayed in it as curious, rather unsympathetic creatures, whilst the dog at the center of his love, is romanticised despite the loving detail with which the author describes the bodily functions of the animal. I can understand though, its appeal to those with an obsession with their dog who find humans too argumentative, contrary or difficult. An instance of "horses for courses" so to speak.

Rosemary's Baby (Widescreen) [Import]
Rosemary's Baby (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Mia Farrow
Offered by moviemars-canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil is in the detail, Jan. 27 2004
Mr Evans hit the jackpot when he asked Mr Polanski if he would direct Mr Levin's novel. A 20th century master, Mr Polanski brings his touch to every aspect of the film so that the look of the elevator attendant(who turns out to be her helmsman in the dream sequence on the river Styx in hades perhaps?) or the tradesman, when the Woodhouses are inspecting their new apartment, or the unfinished note of the former 89 year old tenant which reads "I can no longer associate myself...." help to unsettle the viewer. Equally helpful is the striking physical vulnerability of Ms Farrow. Sound too is incredibly powerful - Mr Kosteda's music from the mysterious lullaby which opens and closes the film to the shattering discordant atonal trumpet which accompanies Ms Farrow's ascent in the elevator fleeing the Satanists is strikingly effective. Mr Polanski's ability to transform the loving older actor Ms Ruth Gordon into a character one is fearful of shows his skills most tellingly - such as her striking costumes, including a monstrous blue and white head scarf which in its ballooning size dominates the screen at one point. Where you see lots of colour and jolly talk in this film, be afraid. An unquestionable masterpiece with interesting interviews with Mr Polanski and set designer and producer in the support material.

Auto Focus (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)
Auto Focus (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Greg Kinnear
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 7.15
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3.0 out of 5 stars A must see but maybe not a must buy, Jan. 26 2004
Mr Schrader is something of an artist/anthropologist/moral conscience of American society. In this instance he unveils one consequence of the objectification of women. Mr Kinnear is brilliantly subtle and sad in his best role thus far including Nurse Betty and As Good As It Gets. Mr Dafoe reaffirms his status as one of America's greatest. Decor, music, contrast between middle america and darker america all superb. Sad but very well made film.

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