Brian Maitland

Top Reviewer Ranking: 262
Helpful votes received on reviews: 62% (489 of 793)
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
In My Own Words:
Total donut. Love non-fiction esp. travel and sports.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 262 - Total Helpful Votes: 489 of 793
Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
Title pretty much sums it up. It's the author and her travel companion (not her "husband" let alone boyfriend as prying Indian eyes want to know) traveling on trains period. The book zips along as the trains sometimes do and we learn about...well, trains and people in trains. I was expecting more of the getting-off-the-train and checking out the cities aspect to this travel book. It wasn't that.

I get why the author chose to go around India and experience its trains but after a few rides they pretty much blur into one. Too much sameness happens on the actual trains and, to me, the real action would have been better experienced stopping and smelling the tandoori chicken… Read more
Side Effects / Effets Secondaires  (Bilingual)
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the Rooney Mara, Aug. 28 2014
You know no matter what Steven Soderbergh at the helm means you're in for a fascinating ride. On this one, there are so many twists, Chubby Checker lost count. This is a good thing as they all seem to work throwing you off-guard. In the extras (which are pretty decent) Catherine Zeta-Jones mentions how the movie is intelligent. Maybe that's not the right word because the four main characters all are so flawed and end up doing very dumb things that cost them all bar one at the very end they really aren't as smart as they think they are.

Anyway, for Rooney Mara's performance alone you should check this out. She's mesmerizing as the patient under the psychotropic influence. Even… Read more
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Bilingual) <b>DVD</b> ~ Will Ferrell
With all the hyped appearance by Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy (he even showed up on curling on TSN here in Canada) I thought no way this movie will match the first one and just looks like it'll be a retread of the same jokes. It is and it isn't. It's pretty funny. They had me right from when Burgundy says, "Who the hell is Julius Caesar? You know I don't follow the NBA!" Definitely some classic lines throughout.

Throw in Brick's love affair with Kristen Wiig's character plus gratuitous Jim "Sorry, eh" Carrey, Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, Sasha Borat Cohen, Will Smith, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, John C. Reilly as the Ghost of Stonewall Jackson (don't ask), Kanye West… Read more

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