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To End All Wars [Import]
To End All Wars [Import]
DVD ~ Robert Carlyle
Offered by OMydeals
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars so cliched and so formatted, July 19 2004
This review is from: To End All Wars [Import] (DVD)
by stealing all the storylines and elements from all the old p.o.w. movies ever played before. trying to tell a self thought-to-be deeeep movie but only ended up with so many cliched scenes and unworthy sameold sameold junks. a movie that only affected the people with too much gentle feelings and too much money to spent and, thought it wisely.

by Joseph Finder
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars once again, a veteran writer of mediocrity, July 18 2004
This review is from: Paranoia (Hardcover)
i was almost fooled again by those 5 stars ratings and almost took my credit card out to buy this one. but past memories and experience in this specific writer called a halt of my mindless next movement, and i have forced myself to stand in front the shelves to fast read this book about 2 3rd. my god, what a bomber again! i think j. f. should put away his pen or his laptop and hibernate for another 10 years and never expected to be missed. because like some of the other cliched and formatted writers, j. patterson, s. woods, l. block, s. crafton, his books are always so shallow and so predictable albeit sneakily goofying other writers stuff into his own books. those twists are so pretentiously, so obviously, so purposely done for his marketing in mind only. there's no taste whatsoever to be recommended, rated r or rated pg-13, it simply doesn't matter, because they are all coming out of the disney world. so many thrill rides, so much fun, but all in all, those themes are still kids' stuff, and of course also harmlessly good for the parents who have to accompany their kids. anyway, i'd like to recommend those who gave 5 stars to this book to read another great writer, steve alten, i'm definitely sure that they'd appreciate him too. i rest my case.

Red Siren (Bilingual) [Import]
Red Siren (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Jean-Marc Barr
Price: CDN$ 12.64
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3.0 out of 5 stars a copycat of 'the professional' & 'the little nikkita', July 18 2004
a highly inprobable script with a female int'l bad woman who exactly like that exaggerate and pretentious vicious woman in '101 dalmations', a boring and inappropriate character that made the movie look so unreal. this is a worse copycat of 'the professional' and part of its script also stolen from the 'little nikkita'.
a slow, boring and total ill-logically written script, poor and unreal performance almost every role, unnecessary overdone and overkilled firefight scenes last too long and purposeless.

Out of Reach [Import]
Out of Reach [Import]
DVD ~ Steven Seagal
Price: CDN$ 13.23
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3.0 out of 5 stars kinda slow and loose this time, but still watchable, July 17 2004
This review is from: Out of Reach [Import] (DVD)
i think this time the script is a bit loose and the pace is bit slow. the only obvious improvement is segal's belly seems to be smaller, and he also looked younger in this film. the script and direction both are bit loose and slow. the fighting scenes are actually not as good as what we saw last time in the 'belly of the beast'. the polish polish detective is a beautiful actress, her performance is quite okay especially when she was gunned down, her painful expression was quite believable. not too good this time, but still watchable. if the pace and tempo could be a bit faster, the script more concentrated, then it'd be more fun.

The Havana Room
The Havana Room
by Colin Harrison
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to anyone who gave reviews under 3 stars, July 16 2004
This review is from: The Havana Room (Hardcover)
tell you what, you are simply not on the level of how to appreaciate a good novel by a far too good writer.
colin harrison is one of the rarely found next generation william faulkner + ernest hemingway + james joyce + feodor dostoevsky + albert camus in a far better readable form. if you failed to grasp the beautiful writing and the way of thinking how he wrote every one of his books, you're just not at the threshhold to read them yet. so, i'd prefer and suggest you to at least read some of the works of the above-mentioned writers, then to read colin harrison's modern day dramas. but if you failed to appreciate or enjoy none of them, then, i strongly suggest you not to read colin harrison at all, and please save some time not writing up book reports to make me laugh and sigh at the same time.
tell you what: this his new novel is simply too fantastic! i enjoyed every word he put into writing and printing, and was simply amazed how he did it again.
there are so many subtle and ingenious writing techniques to be learned in each of harrison's novels. how to develope a story, just like he said in this latest book: to bury a truth in a lie, or a lie in a truth. this is so far one of the most fasinating stories i've ever read. this book is and should not be categorized as a certain genre, because it's everything included. all harrison's books are a matured man's journey of his life, the struggle of his dark half, a sudden failure, a downfall of mysterious overlooked or careless small mistake or wrong-doing that suddenly became the cause of the loss of his social position, his marriage, his possessions of everything, his take-for-granted normal life that an educated, mature and very smart middle aged person has achieved. the journey is always in the concrete jungle of new york, a modern odyssey, and that particular hero is a homer's ulysses in modern era, his sudden tumble caused his sudden banishment, his exile, his total loss, his self-destruction that not only affected himself but all the others around him. but on the other hand, harrison also never failed to give you hope, a ensured come-back, like the pheonix revivaled from the ashes. the life of his man is a lonely but die-hard hunter. that's the greatness of harrison's novel. forget about those elements of bloody cruelty, graphic violence and other minor stuff, these are but necessary evils to make a great novel more down-to-earth alive and they are also necessary for marketing. but readers should always focused and open his eyes to look at a large and deep forest instead of those single trees. if you could read harrison's books in this way, then you'd really appreciate what a great writer trying so hard and so faithfully to tell you. and believe me, everytime after you have finished one of his books, you'd understand yourself better and also become more tolerate of other people's failures and weaknesses, physically or morally. becasue you know so far you didn't fall like that guy is maybe, just maybe, purely by luck.

by Jonathan Kellerman
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring and simple-minded plot, script, acting...whatever, July 13 2004
This review is from: Therapy (Hardcover)
i've found kellerman and his wife's stuff were all mediocre and bored to death. he's one of the writers who i've dumped long time ago with tony hillerman, james patterson, jeffrey parker, lawrence block....since they've been dumped by me so long ago, i just couldn't remember the full rejected list. to me, they are small-timer writers, could only deliver small-timer-like characters with small-timer-like formatted stories with lame-duck-like plots, not even worth to burn the oil and lose your balance sheet. to me, james patterson is just like a lousy serial killer who could not do the real serial killings by himself but found out a way to ask the clueless readers to pay for his imaginery kills. as to kellerman, well, if i really got any psychi problem, i won't go to him to seek cure either. before he telling me time's up, i've already left long time ago. so far, his only great creations are his books' titles.

The Enemy
The Enemy
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just turned out better and better, July 13 2004
This review is from: The Enemy (Hardcover)
the storyline, the scenario, the plot, the development, the progress are all getting better and better. the editing also improved a lot. the letter size is still too tiny-binny but luckily not printed and typesetted in endless huge blocks but with more and more short spaced blocks easy to let the eyesight not so strained, still hurts a bit but worth it! the wisecrackings are just fine and never over done, try to learn some tricks from nelson demille and robert b. parker, both writers are great but sometimes their wisecrackings are too overwhelmed no matter what the situations might be. l. c. should always consciously aware such overdos. but the writing now is like a stream widening itself so smoothly into a river, flowing so naturally abundent and powerful. yes, there are still some minor flaws and mistakes in l.c.'s books, but we could always use lao-ze's motto to avoid the too-split-the-hair critisizings: 'small flaws never block out the greatness of virtue.' (but this tolerance and understanding would not and never could be applied to the lying shrub&co of usa incorporated) this is what i'd like to remind other readers when writing up their reviews to some great storytellers, and one of them, definitely is lee child. god bless. keep the great muse as long as you could, mr. lee, to entertain yourself and us. tks again, sir.

Theyve Stolen Our Country And Its Time To Take It Back
Theyve Stolen Our Country And Its Time To Take It Back
by Jim Hightower
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 47.13
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5.0 out of 5 stars the next question is what can we do about?, July 12 2004
actually and sadly, none. there's no way to take it back. no way, jose. republican or democratic, they are on the different side of the same token. now, 99% of the americans are fooled by both parties. not just president or vp, the whole congress, the senate, every governmental body that come up to your mind, even local small towns and cities, media, every political being is trying to rip you off. those buggers on the hill, you think they are representing you? wise up, man, once they are elected, they are only interested in representing themselves. ever attending small town meetings? see those people sitting high over there? hey, they are just like you and me, common people, neighbors, but once they are elected, they immediately think they are one step higher on the social ladder, their facial expressions will totally change into official and serious. they'd immediately consider themselves a different species. jim hightower's books only made me sadder and hopeless. there's no way to change it. november election is coming up, i really don't know what to do except in the least hope that kick the shrub gangster out is the only way to slow down another new political gangster's stealing speed. at least these newly elected guys will slow down america's deterioration speed, 'cause every new government at least need one or one and half years to set up the paces of gnawing or gobbling. but, the shocking reality is still only one: we are totally screwed, one way or another.

SOAR: A Black Ops Novel
SOAR: A Black Ops Novel
by John Weisman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good. it's time for weisman to dump richard macinko, July 11 2004
this is a very good military operation novel. can't believe how weisman knows so much about almost everything. with his new 'jack in the box', senor, i've got to tell you i'm totally hooked by this conservative battle-crying eagle dude. the only regret after this tour-de-force reading is that i just wish our real time president would be like pete forrest, the president in this particular book. but compare these two guys....well, it's just a shrub to a forest.

The Fog of War (Sous-titres français)
The Fog of War (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Robert McNamara
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 81.09
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finding excuses or scapegoats?, July 11 2004
by watching this docu and the other one, lbj, borrowed from the public library, i've known that the two terms secretary of defense and the secretary of the state, dean rusk, were actually the two persons who should take full responsibilities and the blames of convincing, reassuring, coersing president lbj that america could prevail and win the war by dumping more and more troops to escalate the commitment in vietnam invovlement from defense to offense, and finally resulted in a total failure, a national shame and forever laugh of what the american government always promised 'once in never out' policy to her allies. now this old guy is trying very hard to reminicent and to throw in mr. murphy's law as a fog that he and others never considered a possibility? after wasting so much of this nation's resource and almost sixty thousands american precious lives, the decline and fall of american empire, this guy turned up again in the form of a philosopher, throwing more questions than answers? give me a break. the film itself is a wonderful product, but the main character of this docu. film is actually the worst person that any goverment could ever hired. now, turn around to take a closer look of the iraqui war, doesn't it look alike the vietnam war? why the tragic history has to be repeat again and again? why those people in high places always think they've got the right to kick other coutries' asses and then trying so hard to self-justify or be self-righteous for their wrong doings? check the cycle, senor, about every ten years, america would launch a some kind big war, why? 'cause after ten years' continuous piling up of ammu., missiles, rockets....whatever might come to your mind, we've got to consume them, to use them up to make space for the next decade's manufacturing. without weaponry consumption, where could the govenment get a new ballooned budget? how could the weaponry manufacturers get profit from those new orders? the fog of war got nothing to do with these factors but money for the special interest groups, and power for any current government to come. so count on me to prophet another big war after 10-12 years. all the rogue governments of those poor nations be aware and fairly warned, holding your breath and count the years, when you guys suddenly find yourselves being surrounded by hellfire, you'd know that your salvation is coming.
' the lord reigns,
let the nations tremble...
let the earth shake....
let them praise your great and awesome name...
he is holy.
the king is mighty, he loves justice...
you have established equity...
you have what is just and right
shout for joy to the lord, all the earth...
for he comes to judge the earth,
he will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.
psalm 99 & 95

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