Brian Maitland

Top Reviewer Ranking: 236
Helpful votes received on reviews: 62% (484 of 784)
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
In My Own Words:
Total donut. Love non-fiction esp. travel and sports.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 236 - Total Helpful Votes: 484 of 784
The Americans: The Complete First Season <b>DVD</b> ~ Keri Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars like wow! wig out!, July 3 2014
The series starts off with Felicity (Keri Russell post-Ben here) in a wig giving a blow job and away we go. To say there was a lot of sex during the Cold War of the '80s is an understatement as far as this series goes. First things first, although the scripts are terrific and the characters (and actors who play them) are fantastic, there are some huge flaws with the series.

The "anyone could die at any time" gets taken way too far. So many already fascinating characters die off way too quickly and far too easily. (SPOILER ALERT) The ease in which a CIA operative can access a Soviet general's residence and kill him is ridiculous given the man rose to general not being stupid nor… Read more
Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil by David Goldblatt
I liked the fact author David Goldblatt copped to the fact he was not fluent in Portuguese and therefore pointed out his book could never come close to fully capturing the hows and whys Brazil is a futebol nation. Given that he does a pretty good job even if I did not get why having art, books, movie and songs done about soccer made any nation all that more a football nation. I also thought he needed to fill us readers in way more on who these artists were and not just give such short shrift to so many.

Additionally, the soccer in this book is mainly about Brazil's national team in World Cup Finals. It barely touches on Brazil when it plays in the Copa America let alone its club… Read more
I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 &hellip by Ben Blatt
1.0 out of 5 stars no fun in idiocy, June 29 2014
Look, I love these sort of ballpark tour books and I get that 30 MLB ballparks in 30 days is a stupid idea. (No, it's not a "wonderfully" stupid idea.) The problem is I never really connected with the two guys or their journey. First of all, I get they decided to do it all by car but why drive TO the ballpark in so many cities when they could have parked elsewhere and got there via rail or streetcar. Given all this so-called planning Ben (the anally retentive Felix Unger Red Sox fan) also why did the trip waste so much road time. Also, the modern-day reliance on GPS got them more lost and still did not result in any fun at all.

That's what was lacking in this whole… Read more

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