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Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (137 of 175)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 168 - Total Helpful Votes: 137 of 175
The Book Thief/La voleuse de livres (Bilingual) <b>DVD</b> ~ Geoffrey Rush
I bought this on a recommendation and I didn't know what to expect. I was wary of the 'child' aspect as children can be truly nauseating in movies - precocious etc, but I loved the kids in the movie! Such freshness and simplicity about big topics! All the human relationships were moving, and though set during Nazi Germany, it wasn't unrelieved wretchedness or unnecessarily horrible. I thought, as I was watching, what a great family movie to introduce this topic or augment what is being taught in schools. It really showed the horrors of totalitarianism, the horrors of war, but ultimately, the strength of the human spirit. I loved the lead - she was a brave, true, wonderful girl, who rose to… Read more
12 Years A Slave / Esclave pendant 12 ans (Bilingu&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Chiwetel Ejiofor
Growing up watching "Roots" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman", I expected something bigger, bolder and more eye-opening - especially for all the Oscar nominations, but alas, I was disappointed. This was uniformly slow-paced and I was interested enough to keep watching, but just barely. It did a good job of portraying slaves as property, which was unsettling, and had the requisite number of semi-lynchings and whippings, but it pretty much fell flat to me....
The Grey / Peur grise (Bilingual) <b>DVD</b> ~ Liam Neeson
2.0 out of 5 stars Really?, April 5 2014
You are either on board with the way wolves are portrayed in this movie, or you're not. Period. If you're not, like me, you find the wolves almost supernaturally vicious and unrealistically intense....A little research shows that there have been 2 cases of wolves killing humans in North America in the past 100 years....So while I haven't even finished this movie, the wolf aspect ruins everything....On a psychological point of view, it's always interesting to see how different people behave in times of emergency and stress...This is ok on that point, but again, the wolf issue is the clincher....

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