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High Season
High Season
by Robert Kanigel
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Bum-rushed through history, May 16 2004
This review is from: High Season (Hardcover)
This is not a "delightful romp" through history, but rather, the longest magazine article ever written. 2000 years are glossed over, and the reader is given nothing more than crumbs to nibble on. For example, during WW 2, Europe's Jews flocked to Nice trying to escape the Nazis and it wasn't long before the Nazis soon followed. This could have been fleshed out into something real - actually it could have been a book unto itself - but here it's given a scant 12 pages of exploration. By the end of the book, I felt like I just watched a parade go by. Kanigel is a wonderful writer, but this book is just too superficial to provide any real satisfaction.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
by Andy Warhol
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.71
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Andy Aspie?, March 8 2004
Since Warhol's death a condition known as Asperger's Syndrome has come to light. It's named after an Austrian doctor who discovered it in a group of his patients in 1940's. Due to the outbreak of WW2, his research papers remained untranslated, that is, until quite recently. In brief, Asperger's Syndrome can be seen as one of the less severe forms of Autism. Both conditions share many of the same manifestations; an individuals impairment of verbal/social skills, a sensitivity to sensory overload and a comfort found in repetitive actions. Many Aspies are visual problem solvers. Is it possible that Warhol was an Aspie? If this sounds interesting to you, try reading this book along with Elijah's Cup by Valerie Paradiz and see the strong parallels between the two.

Duveen: The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time
Duveen: The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time
by S.N. Behrman
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Is it real or is it Duveen?, Feb. 9 2004
While this book is enormously entertaining, it's value is limited as a serious work of history. The reality is; Lord Duveen, grandson of a blacksmith from Delft, who went on to be an English Baron, was much more of a hustler than this 1950's era fantasy makes him out to be. For a more modern take on Lord Duveen try: Artful Partners: Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen by Colin Simpson.

Winged Migration
Winged Migration
DVD ~ Jacques Perrin
Offered by WhitePinkRose
Prix : CDN$ 29.99
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Universal Story of Avian Endurance and Grace, Jan. 27 2004
This review is from: Winged Migration (DVD)
I am so sorry that I missed this one on the IMAX screen as it is so glorious to look at (but it works well enough on a television screen). The narrative is a simple story of a south to north migration and its reverse. The birds strive-some survive and some don't. It made me wonder all day if it's harder to be a human or a wild animal. I think most people who haven't lost the ability to be awed will cherish this film. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that the soundtrack is sublime.

Good Thing Lost-1968-73
Good Thing Lost-1968-73
Prix : CDN$ 25.00
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 When Joey died, Marie went maaaaad., Jan. 9 2004
This review is from: Good Thing Lost-1968-73 (Audio CD)
I am so glad that I discovered this little known collection from the late 60's - early 70's. Almost every single cut, out of the 21 included, is brilliant. The songs are catchy and sometimes really strange. I could see this appealing to fans of Sousixie and the Banshees as well those of Abba. There is a lot of Indian influence, sitars and tablas. Evil overcoming innocence is a theme that occurs over and over. My favorite cuts are, Shadows on the Wall - a tribute to a child's bedtime thoughts, Beyond the Clouds - where a seed planted in the singers "garden" doesn't grow, There's No Blood in Bone - the song in which Marie goes maaaaaad and Where Evil Grows - "I should have steered clear of you, everytime I look at you evil grows in me". Great riffing guitars, catchy bass lines and cool tom-tom beats will hook you. The lead singer Susan Pesklevits was working the bare mid-riff long before J-Lo. I have played this CD for numerous friends and they all love it.

Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: Missionary for the Modern
Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: Missionary for the Modern
by Alice Goldfarb Marquis
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Breathe Some Life Into Me, Jan. 6 2004
Ms. Marquis has certainly done quite a bit of research, 48 pages of notes follow the text, but in the end I asked myself: where is the man? I learned quite a bit about the Museum of Modern Art and the Rockefeller's generosity, as well as their stinginess, but you never get a sense of who Barr was. This is a zero-gossip tome, but I admit I wasn't bored by it, it's very close to being entertaining. However, one thing that annoyed me to no end was Marquis' use of the word niggling. It appears on at least three separate occasions. The word stuck out with me because it is proceeded a few pages earlier by the equally annoying word niggardly. Doesn't the use of that word get politicians in trouble?

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 "I don't know about you, but my heart is not in it", Dec 13 2003
This review is from: Reality (Audio CD)
That is a direct quote from the song Looking For Water and I think it kind of sums Reality up. It has been a long time since I've expected anything new and exciting from David Bowie, so I'm not disapointed by his latest release. I like the songs: New Killer Star, The Loneliest Guy, Looking for Water and She'll Drive the Big Car, but the others are kind of non-descript. His cover of Try Some Buy Some is just awful, but I'm sure the original wasn't much better. On the other hand, his version of Pablo Picasso is a bit more successful. In the end, there is not a lot newness or excitement here, the best cuts on Reality come off like watered down versions of the best of Scarey Monsters. I think the cover art is rather lame, why couldn't they have used a great photograph of him? Even if he sounds old, he still looks cool!

The Kid Stays in the Picture (Sous-titres français) [Import]
The Kid Stays in the Picture (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Robert Evans
Offered by The Digital Vault
Prix : CDN$ 27.99
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Banality raised to the level of ..............banality, Nov. 9 2003
I realize that the poor guy had a stroke, but to listen to him mumble through an entire film's narration is just too painful. This film is a celebration of one man's achievments and failures in the Hollywood film industry system. Certainly not one life's loftiest goals, but in pure Hollywood style it has been raised to the level of Godliness. This movie should appeal to perenially hip and chronically insecure types.

Get Anyone to Do Anything: Never Feel Powerless Again--With Psychological Secrets to Control and Influence Every Situation
Get Anyone to Do Anything: Never Feel Powerless Again--With Psychological Secrets to Control and Influence Every Situation
by David J. Lieberman
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.89
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This Book Is Nonsense, Sept. 4 2003
This book is a complete waste of money. David J. Lieberman, Ph.D. offers the reader a shopping list of other people's ideas that have been reduced to slogans and cliches. There is no insight into any of the ideas presented in this slim volume. If you buy this book, you prove his claim, that you can get anyone to do anything if you make it seem easy enough.

Laurel Canyon (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Laurel Canyon (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Frances McDormand
Offered by Warehouse105
Prix : CDN$ 8.21
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Frances McDormand almost saves this one., July 19 2003
There are three good things here, Frances McDormand's performance as the pot smoking record producer mom, Alessandro Nivola as the rat-toothed, lead singing narcissist and a good, mood defining soundtrack that cues up at the right moments, so I give them each a star. The movie is a b-l-a-n-d yuppies-in-trouble story with two miss-matched performances: Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale. I agree with the other reviewers that see this as a muddy mix of AB Fab and Almost Famous.

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