C. Han

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (5 of 5)
Location: East Lansing, MI
Birthday: Sept. 13
In My Own Words:
I'm a resident physician living in East Lansing. I've used Amazon to get competitive prices on books, DVD's, and a variety of household items. Most of my free time is wasted frivolously, when I do have some free time. I enjoy cooking, and a good number of my reviews reflect that. I also enjoy movies and books (of course).


Top Reviewer Ranking: 516,233 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 5
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
I've never read Connie Willis before, and getting into this book is difficult. You spend the first 50 pages trying to figure out what exactly a Bishop's Bird Stump is. However, once the ball starts rolling, the novel is engrossing. While it is billed as sci-fi, and indeed involves a healthy amount of time travelling, the book is mainly a humorous look at Victorian England and its absurdity. Willis's writing style lends itself to a sardonic humor that takes endless jabs at the prim and proper British upper crust.
This book is far more than a sci-fi version of a period piece however. There is quite a bit of mystery to it. There is an incongruity in the space-time continuum, there is… Read more
Ikiru (Criterion Collection) (1952) (2 Discs) <b>DVD</b> ~ Takashi Shimura
I should start by saying that I think Ikiru is the best movie I've ever seen, but I'll try to address some of the negatives.
The story of Ikiru is that of a bureaucrat who upon learning he has stomach cancer begins a desperate search for meaning in his life. He tries family, liquor, and women, but eventually finds purpose in a cesspool that troubles a local community, and their attempts to have a playground built on the site.
The story is absolutely compelling, and the intricate subtleties of Kurosawa's direction make this film very powerful, especially in the second half of the film, where Watanabe's (the protagonist) coworkers discuss his final few months at his wake. The acting… Read more
Last Man Standing (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Bruce Willis
Akira Kurosawa's film "Yojimbo" is a cinematic masterpiece, and in the time it came out, Westerns and Samurai movies were practically one in the same. Consider "Seven Samurai" and "The Magnificent Seven" both excellent films in their own right. Similary, "Yojimbo" was remade into the classic Spaghetti western, "A Fistful of Dollars" with Clint Eastwood. It's with this remarkable history that "Last Man Standing" was made.
If you know the story fo Fistful of Dollars or Yojimbo, it becomes clear that this is a role that Willis is well-suited for. He plays a man passing through a town in the middle of nowhere, and the town's split… Read more