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How to Marry a Marquis
How to Marry a Marquis
by Julia Quinn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.86
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2.0 out of 5 stars There are better Quinn novels!, May 5 2004
Elizabeth Hotchkiss is a young, pretty blonde companion for the elderly Lady Agatha Danbury. The Hotchkiss family is suffering immensely due so what option does the lady of the house have? Marry a nobleman! But Elizabeth Hotchkiss is confused as to how to do it so she sees the book 'How to marry a marquis'. However, James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, is residing at the Danbury residence posing as an estate manager to help Lady Danbury with a certain something that has been eating away at her. However, a friendship grows between the companion and the disguised marquis and he offers to help her find a husband - from the point onwards,the story unravels.
Thoughts: James Sidwell is a striking character. Worked in the War office, unbelieveably handsome, fights for his woman - which lady of the Regency could refuse him? However, I just can't feel the passion between him and Elizabeth. His mysterious attitude and intriguing confidence does not flow with her tiresome determination and irritating charm.I got the vibe of incompatibility from both characters. Furthermore, there were not enough moments between the two for a true sense of emotion to develop. In other Quinn novels such as 'Dancing at Midnight', the protagonists let their love grow whereas here it feels as if everything was rushed.
I wouldn't say this was a must-read -- it felt unfinished but don't let that put you off Julia Quinn. She is a great author - get 'Dancing at Midnight' instead!

The Way You Move/Hey Ya!
The Way You Move/Hey Ya!
4 used & new from CDN$ 47.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a top class effort..., Feb. 20 2004
After the extraordinary 'Hey Ya', I couldn't help but wonder whether the second single from this duo would succeed in being a great follow-up or just a mediocre one. How wrong I was to underestimate them! Where Andre3000 excelled in 'Hey Ya' with his 60s style, Big Boi equals it with his funky, and melodic track that makes you want to dance just like the dancers in the video. This song highlights the different side to Outkast: Big Boi's slick rhymes with his sublime individual music style.

Get Low
Get Low
Offered by village_music_world-usa
Price: CDN$ 19.07
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the windows!, Feb. 20 2004
This review is from: Get Low (Audio CD)
This is a track and a half. First time I heard it was courtesy of a friend of mine,kiki and I have not looked back since. As soon as the undeniably catchy beat starts, the song takes you onto a level of pure excitement with its' thumping bass and the suggestive but memorable lyrics. 'Get Low' is about having fun and remembering that you can laugh in this troubled world. It is always good to remember good times and with this song, it's hard to frown.

Best Man (Widescreen)
Best Man (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Taye Diggs
Price: CDN$ 9.99
29 used & new from CDN$ 1.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, Feb. 6 2004
This review is from: Best Man (Widescreen) (DVD)
This fantastic effort follows the story of 4 friends and their significant others. The story revolves around the marriage of Lance Sullivan (Morris Chestnut), a talented and arrogant American football player, to shy Mia Morgan (Monica Calhoun). Cue Taye Diggs who plays Harper Stewart, the perfectionist author who is Lance's best man. All the college friends such as work-mad Jordan Armstrong (Nia Long), the sly and lascivious Q (Terrence Howard) and the ever-worrying Julian Murch (Harold Perrineau Jr) are invited to the wedding preparations but fireworks erupt when Harper Stewart's semi-autobiograhical book goes missing and lands in the hands of his friends, especially Lance. One can only guess what happens from this point!
This film is brilliant in entertaining the viewer with the varied and colourful characters, making you laugh yet causing anticipation to fill you as the end of the story nears.
For me, the acting was great from Morris Chestnut to Taye Diggs but special mention should go to Terrence Howard for his sly yet brutally honest portrayal of the womaniser but loyal friend, Quintin.
But the DVD! Good special features but the subtitles - why do distributors persist to omit French and Spanish? DVD distributors must realise that there are other languages that they must include in order for everyone to enjoy films.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Sean Connery
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 5.24
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was this poor excuse of a film?, Feb. 6 2004
'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' is a film that incorporates many colourful characters such as Dr.Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Captain Nemo. Sean Connery plays the old adventurer Allan Quartermain who is given a mission along with the so-called comic creatures who include Shane West (Hello? He isn't invisible, nor is he immortal, all he can do is shoot a gun. His addition to the film was pointless. Obviously the director knew that because of his looks, this film would attract the girls)
'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' is another forgettable film that was trying to cash in on the successes of comic book inspired films such as 'The Hulk', 'Spiderman' and 'X Men'. Unfortunately, this film does not have the high caliber performances seen in films like X Men, it is just an extremely poor version of what could have been an adventurous and enjoyable cinematic experience.
The idea is great: it would be wicked to see different characters from stories being visually brought to life by the right people but LXG does not succeed. This film's actors are miscast (what is Sean Connery doing in this? He can play suave like no other but he is too old and tired to be running around). The plot felt used and I even lost recognition of what was happening in the story because the film had no fluidity.
There are some real awful films that you can see and this is one of them so if you feel like seeing visual rubbish, go ahead but otherwise, spare yourself!

Bridget Jones's Diary (Widescreen)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Renée Zellweger
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 32.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy adaptation of English singleton life, Feb. 6 2004
'Bridget Jones Diary' is an exuberant film based on the book of the same name. This hilarious comedy is centered on Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), a 30-something single woman who works at a publishing company where she has an affair with her boss Daniel (Hugh Grant). This is where the fun begins and from this point onwards, her childhood friend turned nemesis Mark Darcy (played with sarcastic finesse by Colin Firth) becomes hesitantly interested in her but unfortunately because of twisted lies, Bridget is completely antagonistic towards him. The film continues to show that Bridget has two men to choose from: the womanising Hugh Grant or the composed Colin Firth. Which man does she choose? The film is great in confusing the audience while adding extra dimensions by explaining other subplots.
Some people might say that this film is too light-hearted to be taken seriously but it is such a laughter-riot that it makes the viewer remember that films don't always have to be serious and you can laugh and enjoy a film with a top cast.
Zellweger is great in portraying the self-conscious Bridget Jones, Grant = smooth as the arrogant publishing boss and Firth is fantastic at what he does best : the calm and aloof lawyer.
The DVD is not great at all - where are the extensive foreign subtitles that are on most DVDs? But the film makes the DVD shine despite its disadvantages.

Training Day (Widescreen) [Import]
Training Day (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by Permaculture Solutions
Price: CDN$ 19.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel outdoes himself once again..., Jan. 25 2004
Denzel Washington truly delivers a stunning performance as a corrupted narcotics police officer who has to show Ethan Hawke the ropes of making it in the drugs department. Washington is simply sublime as the supposedly all-knowing police officer who thinks he has the whole neighbourhood under his thumb when he doesn't. However, I think where this film surpasses others of its genre is Hawke's decent performance that complements Washington's. He plays the shy and introverted policeman in a such a way that the viewer can't help but hoping that Washington's character will not betray him but what you see is not what you get in the case of 'Training Day'.
I loved this DVD because it had many great extra features such as the music video and the fact that the film was subtitled in many varied languages. I think it is important for film distributors to know that while English is the dominant language in the world, other people who speak different languages want to enjoy gems like Training Day.

Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Parminder Nagra
Offered by Permaculture Solutions
Price: CDN$ 19.95
45 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Football reigns!, Jan. 23 2004
It seems that quite a few people classify this film as a 'feel-good' film. While it definitely has a cheery and warm aura about it, it is deeper than your average, cheap, 'let's smile about life' film because not only does it focus on the double-standards in football, it touches on the evident culture clashes in the UK and the problems of family pressure.
Positive Points:
Parminder Nagra who plays Jess is really great in this film. She plays the footballing, Beckham fanatic, Asian-British girl who sneaks away to play football with such style and charm that you can't help but hope that she succeeds in her aim.
The script is fun and amusing. I couldnt help laughing at the subtle but funny references to David Beckham.
The pace of the film is steady and each scene is filled with something either amusing or relevant to the film. It never strays from what it is trying to portray.
Negative Points:
The character that Keira Knightley plays. She is just the only negative part in this film because at first she seems great because she is friendly but her impulsive nature later on in the film changes that.

City of God (Sous-titres français) [Import]
City of God (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Alexandre Rodrigues
Price: CDN$ 19.35
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal but Brilliant., Jan. 23 2004
Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a vicious and simply inspiring film about the slum 'City of God' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It weaves the stories of many memorable characters such as Benny, Carrot, Knockout Ned and many more. However, its main focuses are the narrator, Rocket who informs the viewer of the inhabitants of the slum while telling his story and L'il Ze, the infamous and cruel leader of the slum.
The great point about this film is the pure and emotionally charged feelings that the actors display especially Rocket and L'il Ze. I never knew that most actors here were non-professional but judging from their performances who cares? They could easily beat a Shakespearian actor in terms of intensity and ability.
It is also an original film in terms of camera shots and how the film was paced. It could have been turned into a pretentious documentary about the slums of Rio de Janeiro but didn't and stayed to true to what it was trying to perceive. I could in no way relate with the characters but that didn't stop me adoring the characters and their personalities.
Cons: None at all. Every film should have a flaw but this one just doesn't. Every aspect of the film was superb from the acting to the soundtrack.

Hate [Import]
Hate [Import]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a masterpiece!, Jan. 21 2004
This review is from: Hate [Import] (VHS Tape)
If 6 stars could be given for this film, then I would not hesitate to offer it just that. La Haine (aka HATE) is a superb film about 3 urban Parisian youths who have one common link : an unrelenting displeasure for the police and what they symbolise. This film is full of exciting scenes and explosive performances from all the 3 main actors (Vinz, Said and Hubert). It focuses on the gritty and harsh other side to the Paris that most people are not accustomed to. At first sight, it might seem hard to get into but after a few moments, you become so absorbed in the film, you forget that you are watching a film and feel part of what Said, Hubert and Vinz are experiencing.
In my view, this is ground-breaking cinema that should not be ignored by anyone.

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