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German Drinking And Beer Garde
German Drinking And Beer Garde
Price: CDN$ 11.08
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best to Enjoy When Drunk, Nov. 15 2001
This compilation of 14 German drinking songs has lots of noise and merry-making in the background. It is obvious that the singers are having a good time, having partaken liberally in the products of the Braumeister (or so it would seem).
While the songs include all the favorites of German Kneipekriecheren (pubcrawlers), which all good Bavarians know by heart, the loud party noises makes the lyrics difficult to understand, even if you're fluent in Deutsch. My personal favorites include "Bier Hier" (misspelled in the liner notes) and "In Munich Steht ein Hofbrauhaus."
What the heck. Pour yourself a Hefe-Weisen or three and enjoy!

The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Reference Tool for Screenwriters, Nov. 6 2001
Want to know the difference between "O.S." (off-screen) and "V.O." (voiceover), and when to use each? How about that between "Intercut" and "Match Cut?" Then you want to buy "The Screenwriters Bible," script consultant David Trottier's encyclopedic reference on creating memorable characters, on storytelling, and especially on formatting. I am an optioned writer, who has written several scripts (and TV sitcoms), yet I find Trottier's work an invaluable reference.
"The Screenwriter's Bible" is also useful as a marketing tool, especially his sample project plan and action plan, which all writers will find useful as a template. Remember, your great spec script is a business proposal as much as anything else, for a project which will run well into 8 figures, in most cases. Approach it with the same care and attention to detail that you would if you were trying to sell your garage software development firm to Microsoft.
Unlike many "How-to" screenwriting books, Trottier's sample query letters are actually quite entertaining. If I were a Hollywood suit, I'd bite at the sample "Wizard of Oz" example.
This book won't tell you how to write a great story (that's something that really can't be taught), but it will help you get the mechanics of the trade down. There are many terrible scripts which have been made into movies, but virtually all of them (even those starring Pauly Shore) get the details correct.
In summation, if I had to pick just one screenwriting book, this would be my first choice.

The Producers
The Producers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mit a Zetz, Mit a Zing, Mit a Bing Bang Bing Bang Boom!, Nov. 5 2001
This review is from: The Producers (Audio CD)
What more can one say about "The Producers?" Its flagship song, "Springtime for Hitler" was just over three minutes long in the movie, and has been expanded to just over eight minutes in the Broadway show. Is this a "gut" thing? By and large, ya, although Hitler's monologue could have been cut a bit. Nevertheless, it remains the most hilarious eight minutes ever shown on stage.
Other high points include the Al Jolson takeoff, "Haben Sie Gehort das Deutsche Band," which one can enjoy without understanding ein wort of Deutsch, "In Old Bavaria," and "The Siegfried Oath" to Adolf (Elizabeth!) Hitler (who was descended from a long line of English Queens). And, of course, "Keep it Gay." Note that most of the songs in the soundtrack were not part of the movie.
Fortunately, this treasure is a CD, for if it were a record or a tape, we long would have worn it out.

The Producers
The Producers
Price: CDN$ 13.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mit a Zetz, Mit a Zing, Mit a Bing Bang Bing Bang Boom!, Nov. 5 2001
This review is from: The Producers (Audio CD)
What more can one say about "The Producers?" Its flagship song, "Springtime for Hitler" was just over three minutes long in the movie, and has been expanded to just over eight minutes in the Broadway show? Is this a "gut" thing? By and large, ya, although Hitler's monologue could have been cut a bit. Nevertheless, it remains the most hilarious eight minutes ever shown on stage.
Other high points include the Al Jolson takeoff, "Haben Sie Gehort das Deutsche Band," which one can enjoy without understanding ein wort of Deutsch, "In Old Bavaria," and "The Siegfried Oath" to Adolf (Elizabeth!) Hitler (who was descended from a long line of English Queens). And, of course, "Keep it Gay." Note that most of the songs in the soundtrack were not part of the movie.
Fortunately, this treasure is a CD, for if it were a record or a tape, we long would have worn it out.

500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader: Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend
500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader: Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend
by Jennifer Lerch
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense Advice, but Formulaic, Nov. 1 2001
(...)While Ms. Lerch devotes much time to format, and formula (i.e. make your characters stand out, use the 3-act structure), she devotes little to concept, which is the key factor that sells scripts. If you have written something fresh and original, your masterpiece is more apt to attract some buzz than if you've simply crafted the one millionth and first lesbian serial killer story.
Other than that, Ms. Lerch covers all the bases, and does a good job of it. The checklist approach she utilizes, however, oversimplifies the craft. I encourage aspiring writers to utilize all the Linda Seger books in addition to this, especially the one on "Creating Unforgettable Characters."

No Bull: My Life In and Out of Markets
No Bull: My Life In and Out of Markets
by Michael Steinhardt
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Yarn by one of Wall Street's Legends, Oct. 17 2001
Michael Steinhardt came of age in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn during the mid-1950's, the glory days of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yet he was a Giants fan, meaning that this graduate of Brooklyn's Lafayette High School, the alma mater of the immortal Sandy Koufax, cheered when Bobby Thomson hit "the shot heard 'round the world" in the final game of the National League 1951 playoffs. Fortunately for Mr. Steinhardt, and for those who buy his wonderful book, neither his Bensonhurst neighbors nor Big Ralph (No. 13) Branca, the hapless Dodger pitcher who gave up Thomson's homer, heard him cheering. Otherwise, he'd be enjoying his eternal dirt nap about 50 feet below Ebbets Field Houses, constructed above the site where the Duke, Newk, Campy, Robbie, and Gil once ruled the National League.
This anecdote is revealing, for it shows the makeup of a financial (and otherwise) heavyweight who defied the conventional investment wisdom for the almost 30-year life of his investment firm, Steinhardt Partners, making a ton of money for himself and his clients in the process. Definitely not one who went with the herd, as most portfolio managers did then and do now. Ten thousand dollars invested with Steinhardt, Fine & Berkowitz (the original company) at its inception in July, 1967 would be worth $4,810,000 when Steinhardt finally closed shop at the end of 1995. Not exactly chump change, even after considering inflation.
What this book won't tell you is how to run a hedge fund. For that, there exist many shelves' worth of tomes on derivatives, portfolio hedging, and similar esoterica, complete with partial differential equations, stochastics, and the like. None make as enjoyable reading as "No Bull." Moreover, Steinhardt's investment style is best described as eclectic, using a mix of approaches depending upon underlying economic factors, issues affecting particular industries, and those influencing individual companies.
Which is all to the good. If an individual investor, even one highly sophisticated, tried to trade like Steinhardt, he'd go broke in a hurry, even if he traded on the Internet paying minimal commissions. Steinhardt, and firms like his, have access to market information individual investors only dream of, including high-powered analytics, and immediate access to Wall Street's finest analysts and investment bankers.
Nevertheless, there are numerous pearls of wisdom individual investors (as well as investment pros) can take advantage of. Foremost would be what Steinhardt calls "variant perception." In plain English, this means taking positions in companies (both on the long and short side) if your opinion differs from the market consensus, AND if you feel very strongly about that opinion. Secondly, what "Steinhardt" refers to as the Judy Steinhardt (his wife's) investment philosophy, which is selecting companies on the basis of the reception you believe their products would have in the marketplace.
The optimal advice, however, is to diversify, and the best way to do that is to find a good money manager, one who outperforms the averages in bull, bear, and flat markets, and stick with him. This is also a key part of the Judy Steinhardt investment philosophy; they've been married 33 years.
Steinhardt, like any great investment analyst, is a master at telling a story, and this is why you should buy the book. You will learn about his wiseguy father, the late Sol Steinhardt (AKA "Red McGee"), who hobnobbed with many real-life characters straight out of "The Godfather." These included Meyer Lansky, Jimmy ("Jimmy Blue Eyes") Aiello, and New York crime boss Albert Anastasia, who bought it in a barber's chair in 1957 (the elder Steinhardt was questioned by the cops in that matter, for he and Anastasia reportedly were out gambling the night before). You will learn about the real benefits of carpooling, which have nothing to do with conserving gas or saving the planet. Finally, you'll learn how Steinhardt, a conservative (by New York City standards) Democrat, tried to turn the Clinton Administration from a Kameradenland of the liberal Left to something more to his liking (Steinhardt's efforts were unsuccessful, although it turned out that Clinton did bend towards the right after all).
What now for Steinhardt, who like another famous Michael, owns a private zoo? Will he, a professed atheist yet passionate Jew, continue in his efforts to stem intermarriage between Jews and Gentiles through his Birthright Israel program, which offers a free 10-day trip to Israel for any Jewish youth aged 18-26? Will he, like yet another famous Michael, attempt a comeback? Or will he take after another "robust" man of similar temperament whose last name also starts with "Stein" and buy a major league baseball team, thus making entirely different types of trades? Will he, who has dabbled in the movie business, finally make a successful film? (His life story would be a good place to start.) One thing's a safe bet: As far as Michael Steinhardt's concerned, the fat lady hasn't sung yet.

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