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5.0 out of 5 stars Soap on up!, Nov. 4 2004
This review is from: FIGHT CLUB (Paperback)
Excellent read if you have a dark sense of humor - this is one of the few books I've read that's made me laugh out loud from the satirical and non sequiturish dialogue and proclamations of Tyler Durden. Anyone who's just graduated from university and about to enter the corporate working world should read this and second guess some of their work values. Not that's meant to be some kind of self-help or "values" book (despite the number of real underground fight clubs that have popped up) - it's more of a book about amoralism and anarchism, and a darned entertaining one at that. Plus I learned a lot about making soap

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar, Nov. 4 2004
With wonderful precision, they manage to bring out the real fire present in all of Mozart's symphonies, (even the earliest). And they manage to maintain this high quality consistently through ALL of those 40+ symphonies. The AAM and Hogwood make every effort to recreate these works as Mozart would have heard them. Possibly one of the most massive undertakings ever done, this is a must for anyone interested in the complete classical canon, especially that of Mozart.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest ever, Nov. 4 2004
This review is from: Boston (Audio CD)
I first became aware of "Boston" when in college, walking past a row of fraternity houses. "More than a Feeling" and "Don't look back" were blaring from the houses--it was the late seventies. I was struck then by the fantastic guitar riffs, the incredible layout of the music, and the strength and power that this very unusual band produced. But what you should know that is most important is this: I was, at one time, a classical music major and loathed rock. Boston completly changed that and really opened my eyes. Now I've got the stuff blaring from MY house, hopefully turning the neighbors on to it, if they haven't found it already. Great stuff, guys (and now one girl). Keep at it!

All About Eve
All About Eve
DVD ~ Joseph L Mankiewicz
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5.0 out of 5 stars All about everything, Nov. 1 2004
This review is from: All About Eve (DVD)
Of course, All About Eve is more than a chick flick even though the men, Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill) as Margo's beau, and Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) as a writer (and husband of Margo's best friend, Karen, played by Celest Holm) headed for Hollywood, take a back seat to the main action which is the playing out of the eternal power struggle between (take your pick: they all fit psychologically): youth and age, the daughter and the mother, the bride and the mother-in-law, the upstart and the established talent, the new and the old.
Bette Davis is excellent of course, and the role fits her like a glove. But what transfixed me as a child was the contrast between the wholesome good looks of Anne Baxter and her sneaky treachery. Could someone so pretty be so bad? I may have wondered who I would have preferred for a mother, Davis or Baxter, and perhaps have come away not knowing. For Bette Davis the luster had gone from those famous eyes, and so it was only natural that her character Margo feared the loss of love from men. Even that I understood as a child. And in Baxter, youth would be served and perhaps she could be forgiven the lies because time does not stand still for anyone, especially it does not stand still for a starlet.

Upstairs Downstairs: Season 1
Upstairs Downstairs: Season 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever made, Nov. 1 2004
Upstairs, Downstairs is the saga of the Bellamy family and their household staff in the early 20th century. Throughout the series their lives, loves, tragedies and triumphs are portrayed. This set of 13 episodes includes the COMPLETE first season as seen in Britain, including some black and white episodes never seen on tv in the US. In the first episode we are introduced to the colorful Sarah (Pauline Collins), in the second (B&W episode) Lady Marjorie has her portrait painted only to discover at the Royal Academy Show that the artist has also painted two half-naked maids in an attic room (possibly Bellamy maids?). In episodes 3 and 4 (B&W) we are introduced to the children, James and Elizabeth Bellamy. Episodes 5 and 6 show us the romance between Elizabeth Bellamy and a German Baron (and it's dark underside), and the pregnancy of the new maid, Mary. More familiar episodes to the US audience come in #7 and #8, Lady Marjorie is spellbound with a young army captain who is friends with her son James, and Emily (the annoying kitchen maid) falls for a neighboring family's footman, with disastrous results. Episodes 9 and 10 have Mrs. Bridges, the cook, behaving in a most improper way and stealing a baby, and the erstwhile Sarah returns with a new plan to improve her social standing. The two penultimate episodes in this set include the further adventures of Sarah the housemaid with a Swedish valet, and the further adventures of the Bellamy's daughter, Elizabeth, with a group of young Socialists. Finally we are left with the now estranged Elizabeth Bellamy and her relationship with a leftist poet, Lawrence Kirbridge--and a great eagerness to own the next 13 episodes, now also available.
Upstairs, Downstairs is the classic "Masterpiece Theater" series, with costumes, drama, comedy, and riveting characters that we take to our hearts. If you are a fan of more recent costume dramas on A&E and PBS, you will very much enjoy this early series which holds up remarkably well, after nearly two decades.
We completed the First Season last night and I'm hooked. The writing is terrific and all the performances are enchanting. My particular favorites are Mr. Hudson, the butler, and Rose, played by the gifted and gorgeous Jean Marsh.
The print quality of the videos is excellent overall, but I know that I shall be buying the series again when it comes out on DVD, as I'm sure some jerking of the picture (mostly in the credits, never in the performance itself) and other flaws will be removed as far as possible.
The social structures of both the wealthy class and the servant class are jarring, especially to an early 21st-century viewer. We have come quite a long way from that time when a servant must "know his place". Yet, it wasn't just they who had to know who they were and what place they occupied in the world: in many ways, the wealthy were just as trapped in their positions - if not moreso - than the servants who ran their lives. And make no mistake - the servants DID run things if this series is to be believed.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel
by Michael Chabon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally and completely amazing!, Nov. 1 2004
I have just finished "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and am experiencing the grief and regret one feels after closing the cover on a truly fantastic novel. Michael Chabon is an extremely talented and thoughtful author who has the ability to breathe life into every character who walks across the pages of his book. I grieve at the thought that I will no longer encounter this colorful cast and regret that I couldn't spend more time with them. Mr. Chabon has woven the experiences of two young Jewish cousins, one American and one Czechoslovakian, during the decades of the nineteen-thirties and the nineteen-fifties; how they evolve from strangers to partners and the best of friends, and support one another through the horrifying changes wrought on their lives due to WWII. This book is wonderful and not to be missed! Also would very highly recommend the novel THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD.

Virgin suicides (Version française)
Virgin suicides (Version française)
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars No volcano was hurt in sacrificing these virgins, Oct. 31 2004
THE VIRGIN SUICIDES was an absolutely amazing and haunting book. The passages from it still remain with me and it is some of the most beautiful writing I have seen. What I found very interesting was at the end when the teenage boys (now middle aged men) who were obsessed with the girls find out that as much as they knew about the girls' favorite songs and how they're room looked like and who they went to Homecoming with, they truly knew nothing about them as people or the thoughts that went through their mind. As much material matter that they collected as to try to better understand them and get mentally closer to them, there was still a piece of the puzzle missing therefore leaving that they hardly knew the girls at all. Well after their demise they were still as big of a mystery as they were when they were alive. I highly recommend this book. The dreary and melancholy setting that the author creates is magnificent. Also would very, very highly recommend the book BARK OF THE DOGWOOD. Funny, completely irreverent, and probably illegal in whatever state you're in.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curiously good night reading for dogs without incident, Oct. 31 2004
A magical and totally different kind of book. The only thing that I've read that was as good was "The Bark of the Dogwood" (there's that "Dog" idea again) by McCrae. But "Curious Incident" is even better. Christopher's purpose in writing his book is to emulate his hero, Sherlock Holmes (whose logical mind he greatly admires), and solve the case. But his investigations unearth more about the relationships between his family and his neighbors than about the identity of the dog's killer. Unable to decode sarcasm, jokes, or figures of speech (he calls them all "lies," since they aren't the truth), Christopher faithfully notes down his conversations and observations; though the reader, able to read between the lines, will guess the truth fairly quickly, Christopher's inability to understand social cues makes his struggle for answers all the more affecting.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great observations, massive book, great reading material, Oct. 31 2004
Not a small book, you'll nevertheless be thoroughly entertained by this cheeky production. The footnotes are almost the best part of the book. Everyone who reads it has a favorite footnote. There are nearly 200 of them, ranging from pithy observations ('It is all very well in fairy-tales to ask, "Who is the fairest of them all?" But in reality no magic, fairy or human, could ever be persuaded to answer such an imprecise question.') to extensive self-contained short stories, to explanations for the magical layman - my favorite being the important difference between 'books of magic' and 'books about magic'. I bought this, along with another Amazon recommendation titled "The Bark of the Dogwood," and I wasn't disappointed in either book.

Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family
Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family
by Dr. Phil McGraw
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first book you should read, Oct. 30 2004
While I don't generally read this sort of thin, choosing instead to stick with some bestseller or highly recommended book like "A Paper Life" or "Bark of the Dogwood," I ventured into the land of "Phil" and decided to give the man a chance. I wasn't disappointed. I find Dr. Phil's newest book just super. I have been struggling with a way for my family to really spend some quality time together. In chapter 3 he gives some great ideas about how to spend time with your family and how to make your kids want to spend more time with you. Although I am not done with the whole book I am really looking forward to reading more words of wisdom from an incredible family man.

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