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Seducing Maarya (Widescreen)
Seducing Maarya (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Nandana Sen
Offered by BuyCDNow Canada
Prix : CDN$ 31.79
11 used & new from CDN$ 11.90

1.0 étoiles sur 5 The worst edited movie I've ever seen, Sept. 8 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Seducing Maarya (Widescreen) (DVD)
This movie was simply terrible. I suppose I can't really fault the actors, but everything else was horrific. The pacing was slow and worse, purposeless, as if the director simply wanted to pad the movie out. Every scene involves long, pointless shots of people staring emotionlessly at each other, or more likely at the walls.
Of course, this is not entirely surprising, since there are so many cut edits (and sometimes, simple video drop outs) that I felt like I was watching a pile of scraps someone had pasted together with scotch tape. Come to think of it, perhaps I was. Perhaps the master reel was a work of incomparable brilliance that would surely have won awards beyond measure, if it had not sadly been lost in a fire. Perhaps this movie as it is is a brilliant piece of editing, pulling together a few scraps of film from bad takes and test footage, to make an almost coherant, if not good, piece of cinema.
But rationalization can only take you so far. Let's get real. This movie is awful.
And don't get me started on the DVD itself. This is the first time I've seen an encode so bad, my DVD player begged me for some whiskey afterwards just to get the taste out of its mouth. It looked like half the movie was interlaced and half was progressive! It lost audio sync! The frame rate was incoherant! Aaaaaaaauuuugh!

Claire of the Moon: Collector's Edition (Widescreen) [2 Discs]
Claire of the Moon: Collector's Edition (Widescreen) [2 Discs]
DVD ~ Trisha Todd Karen Trumbo
Prix : CDN$ 11.97
18 used & new from CDN$ 10.49

2.0 étoiles sur 5 Escape while you can!, March 12 2003
If forced to watch this movie, I strongly recommend you escape at the first opportunity.
Don't worry, there will be many, so your escape is assured. During every scene with Todd and Trumbo, they follow every badly delivered line with approximately ten seconds of staring blankly at the camera. "Line... what's my line? Cue cards! Cue cards!"
These times are your chance! While Claire stares blankly at the camera, or possibly chain-smokes through an entire pack of cigarettes in between lines ("Well, I like to... Um... Line...? *smokes an entire pack of cigarettes while Noel stands stiffly looking into space* Oh yeah, go to the, uh, bar, right..."), you will have ample time to make some lame excuse and escape.
Do not squander your opportunity! While the opportunities for escape in this film are limitless, every second you remain will simply increase your sleepiness, until after an hour you'll be permanently mired in a zombie-like state of half-sleep from which you may never recover.
This movie most closely resembled twelve hours of the Oxygen channel, only, more compact, and everyone speaks in a soft voice so as to not wake you up.
Despite its flaws, this movie is still better than such screen gems as xXx and Starship Troopers, so 2 stars.

Permutation City
Permutation City
by Greg Egan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shockingly Good, May 7 2002
This is perhaps the finest work of Computer Science based Science Fiction ever written. The most stunning thing here is that Greg Egan actually knows what he's talking about, and isn't afraid to stick to it, in exactly the way that so many "cyber" writers... don't. He actually understands recursion and virtualization, not just throwing words out to sound cool. He doesn't retreat into literary silliness or ridiculous anthropomorphic characterization in a feeble attempt to be some sort of artsy novelist. He keeps it believable, and extremely good.
This is the book I would have written, if I had time (and ability!) to write a novel about recursion and artificial life.

The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
by Joan D. Vinge
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 6.38

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A tale of colonialism in the stars, Jan. 28 2001
Ce commentaire est de: The Snow Queen (Paperback)
The story of Tiamat, a world of change and adventure, its people mariners and hunters. It is a primitive world exploited and held captive by vastly more powerful civilizations, whose only wish is to loot its treasures for their own gain.
The Snow Queen is the tale of Moon, a young girl of the mariner Summer people. She must learn who she is, what secret ties her to Arienhod, the Snow Queen, native ruler of her world. She must discover the truth behind the strange calling of the Sybil of which she is a part, and in the end, the true nature and fate of her world.
A thrilling tale, mysterious and well written.

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