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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Disc)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Disc)
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Excellent movie Staring David Bowie, besides his movies "The Hunger" and "The Man Who Fell to Earth."
House Of D (DVD)
House Of D (DVD)
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The first film to be written and directed by David Duchovny was one that I watched three times when I got it from Netflix (I now plan on purchasing it) and was completely blown away. Honest in everyway, hillariously fimiliar to your own childhood (a scene at a dance with the one kid yelling "Sabbath! SABBATH!"-we all knew that kid) and at parts shockingly and beautifully sad. The story begins as Tom Warsaw (Duchovny) living in France goes to give his now thirteen year old son a birthday present and confess to his wife (who has kicked him out) that he is American and tells her the story of how he can to France. The remainder and majority of the film takes place in the 70's with Tommy (Tom's younger self played by a remarkable Anton Yelchin) within days of his 13th birthday. His best friend is a man who is "retarted" named Pappas (played by Robin Williams), his mother ( Duchovny's wife Tea Leoni which-if one thinks about it is a wee bit Freudian) gives a remarkable performance as a nurse whose husband has died and doesn't know how to deal with her sons on coming man hood and takes sedatives to help with her depression ( a funny and, once again reminicent scene into childhood is when Tommy is taking a shower and his mom comes in to use the toilet). The title House of D comes from the womans house of detention that actually existed in NY where woman could shout out of their cells and people outside (usually their pimps). This place happens to be next to a burial spot where Tommy and Pappass hide they're meat delievery service money and where Tommy meet "The Lady" who shouts adive to Tommy though her window. Yes, its a coming of age movie but its a heck ( originally used the other words but I can't use "profanity" on this site) of a lot better than any other films in its niche. Its one of the very few movies that have made me openly cry, but only after laughing my butt off first. Give this movie a chance!
Poirot: The Early Cases Collection (DVD)
Poirot: The Early Cases Collection (DVD)
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1. I'm an avid fan of HP, especially portrayed by fabulous David Suchet (btw, I don't usually use "fabulous" in describing anything or anyone, but he's just THAT good). Among various actors that ever played Poirot, Mssr Suchet is most certainly the best in capturing the character. 2. this is an EXCELLENT set of the various cases, all starring this actor. Even if you never heard of the character of the actor before, you'll enjoy this immensely - given you like the mystery movies. :) 3. needs to be pointed that I got this set on clearance at absolutely unbeatable price, so the value for the money is definitely there.
The Mountain: My Time on Everest (Paperback)
The Mountain: My Time on Everest (Paperback)
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I read this book after reading Into Thin Air and watching three movies featuring Ed Viesturs, including David Breashears' IMAX film. I was curious to read Viesturs' own account on Everest. The book is fantastic! Viesturs credits his co-author Dave Roberts for the quality of the writing, which is excellent. But I'm sure the stories and the tone of the book have a lot to do with Ed Viesturs as a person. He is not only one of the greatest high-altitude climbers, but also a wonderful human being. His integrity and respect for the mountain and people are evident throughout the book. The Mountain is also very informative. I thought I knew everything there was to know about famous Everest climbs, but I was wrong. I learned so much about the history of climbing Everest and its true heroes (who tend to remain unknown if they don't speak English ...) from this book. Really, what a treat to read The Mountain! I've already ordered all other books by Ed Viesturs and Dave Roberts.