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Spotlight
Spotlight
DVD
Price: $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not as heavy or depressing as you might expect, April 2, 2016
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This review is from: Spotlight (Amazon Video)
This is a thinky movie. It may be useful to know that the story focuses more on the investigation process than on the crimes (interviewing people, accessing public records, asking questions about why this happened). It mainly explores the emotions of the reporters and community members. To the extent that it pays attention to the victims, it does so in a sensitive way. It looks at the social structures that encourage people to dismiss allegations of abuse and to ignore direct evidence. Certainly makes you wonder about the world's collective pathology. Brilliant script and acting all around.


Dark Places
Dark Places
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3.0 out of 5 stars kind of demented, December 26, 2015
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This review is from: Dark Places (Amazon Video)
The story is about a woman dealing with the fallout of the murder of her entire family when she was a little kid. The performances are great (Christina Hendricks was amazing) and it was made well: has atmosphere, good pacing, nice cinematography, effective flashbacks, good dialogue, and a voice-over that actually works. It's engrossing and creepy in some ways, yet fluffy and silly in others. I don't buy the premise that an investigation could successfully be prompted by a bunch of murder-mystery fanatics, or that the sole surviving family member would have anything to do with them. The obligatory shocking revelations are kind of dumb, and the conclusion is not even remotely convincing for reasons I can't reveal without spoilers. There is emotional resonance on some levels, but plot isn't one of them, if you know what I mean. With a creepy premise that underscores how demented people can be, the film starts strong but ends weak. Still, the cast made it come alive for what it is.


The Dark Swan
The Dark Swan
DVD
Price: $1.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Evil? Not!, October 29, 2015
I've loved this series from the beginning, but I'm a little worried about Season 5. I hope the show doesn't tank, because it was unique, particularly in the first season where the metaphorical relationship between the superficial identities of the characters and their real identities had meaning. The story lines have been good since, although the resolution to the Author question at the end of Season 4 wasn't that satisfying - it was an intriguing idea that fell flat when they finally delivered. And now? Emma Swan doesn't make a very convincing evil character. If you've been following along, you know that she became The Dark One to save everyone else. In other words, for a decidedly non-evil reason. Suddenly, an otherwise good and heroic character is struggling with evil impulses because of demonic possession? Other characters have changed due to the choices they made, and those changes are believable because they happened over time. The great sacrifice looks kind of silly. Hopefully they turn it around.


I'll Follow You Down
I'll Follow You Down
DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars I still don't understand why they chose this title, but I like the story, July 6, 2015
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The pace is slow, the production values feel more like TV than film, the plot is improbable, and the world doesn't threaten to end. There are no explosions, evil geniuses, or chase scenes. The story isn't particularly suspenseful. The time travel discussion feels a little silly. I agree with the reviewer who said this movie would have worked better as a stage production; the story is overshadowed by expectations people usually have for a film - it doesn't need to be loud, flashy, or slick, so to the degree that it is, those qualities are extraneous and intrusive. What makes it compelling is that the characters are believable, in part because the acting is understated. The story considers the consequences of time travel on a personal, pedestrian scale. What would happen to a real family if one member left the timeline they shared? In a metaphorical sense, most of us already know; that's why it works. It's got the usual Time Travel Genre philosophical Road Not Taken questions, plus it looks at the losses or gains that come from commitment to a personal vision or passion versus to the people in our lives. It's kind of like a Twinkie filled with caviar.


Extinct
Extinct
DVD

4.0 out of 5 stars First Season, May 12, 2015
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This review is from: Extant, Season 1 (Amazon Video)
Just want you to know the Season ends with the major story line resolved. I didn't think I would like this show because of the premise - I tend not to get excited about space aliens or robots, but felt they served as good metaphors for the grieving process, which is what I'd say this series is About on a Deeper Level, if it has one - maybe unintentionally - or maybe that is the intended subtext. The superficial story goes into questions about what it means to be a person, blurring the lines between humans, technology, and extraterrestrials, and whether spirituality has substance or is only an invention. I liked the surreal quality of the show, which at times reminded me a little of "Lost" but was more grounded in the concrete and specific. The emotions of the characters are convincing even if at times the plot goes against expectations for those characters. If you like sci-fi, you'd probably enjoy it - the quality may or may not be at the level of "Battlestar Gallactica," but the story moves more quickly and is more internally consistent.


Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward
DVD
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the same thing only different, April 30, 2015
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This show is an unusual mix of Sherlock Holmes and New Amsterdam. The difference is that in Forever, the main character values relationships instead of running from them, and seems to have gained some wisdom during his 200-years life. He makes himself useful instead of moping about his immortality. It's kind of sweet and inspiring.


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Protective Travel Safe Portable Projector Carrying Case with Padded Accessory Pouch & Shoulder Strap - Works With ViewSonic PJD5134 , Optoma HD25e , Epson 1761W , Acer H6510BD , BenQ W1070 and More!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good bag, November 23, 2014
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Solid, with padding on shoulder strap, and Velcro-wrap handle. Two interior straps allow you to bind your projector into the case, and there are pockets for accessories, like cables and remotes. For the price, and for a soft case, and compared to what's out there, it's nice quality.


Pilot
Pilot
DVD

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally disgusting right from the opening credits., August 31, 2014
This review is from: Hysteria (Amazon Video)
I would never watch this. It should be called "horror" because that's what it is.


Inside Rubicon: A Look Ahead
Inside Rubicon: A Look Ahead
DVD

5.0 out of 5 stars This was brilliant, June 1, 2014
Hard to guess why it was cancelled. It was intelligent, well plotted, had great music, a great cast, great characters, awesome title graphics, lots of atmosphere - brooding, cerebral, and interesting, it broke from the typical spy show template by being more complex and artistic, and remained engrossing from beginning to end as secrets are revealed. The first season ends with ambiguous resolution, as might be expected from a show that was expected to continue. I do wish television writers or planners or whoever does this stuff would resolve story lines at the end of each season in case of cancellation, treating each year as its own complete story. If it's done well, I believe viewers would come back for more. But in this case, most of the story does get resolved, so you can walk away feeling reasonably satisfied if you make the time investment.


ADHD Heroes
ADHD Heroes
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars this book is okay, March 19, 2014
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This review is from: ADHD Heroes (Kindle Edition)
The people profiled here in a mostly biographical and detached fashion are interesting. No one can say they haven't made or are not making significant contributions to the ADHD community. They sound like affluent or solidly middle class people who have had financial and educational advantages all their lives and therefore could be expected to accomplish pretty much whatever they wanted. Much of the coaching universe appears to be built on the "life coaching" model that restricts access to coaching to rich professionals, hence many of those involved in this arena have a corporate style of communication and a matching value system, matching goals and aspirations, similar definitions of success, etc. and it can start to feel somewhat entitled, self-indulgent, and clueless about the challenges faced by working and low-income people who tend to be more pragmatic out of necessity. My bias is that low-income with ADHD people are in far greater need of help than the comfortably middle class, and this book comes across as just more evidence that low-income ADDers will continue to be marginalized in that we are not all going to live the American dream, because it is simply not possible for everyone to live that dream, by definition, and it's okay and healthy to have other priorities. In this economy, fewer people, even fewer well-educated people, can hope to attain that lifestyle. I like a balance of perspectives in a book. Most of us can afford books, and if we can't, we can get them second hand or at the library. I was hoping for a book I could relate to better on a personal level. I wanted to hear more about the personal struggles of those profiled. I wanted to hear about people overcoming obstacles. There is not much going on in this book to relate to, although I appreciate what these folks have accomplished. I don't get the sense that a better life is within reach for me personally or for any other working ADDer as a result of reading it, and found it kind of dry and a little depressing as a result. It's very well written and well organized, but not particularly evocative. There are more inspiring ADHD books. Read David Giwerc's "Permission to Proceed." Giwerc understands the value of embracing who we are intrinsically at our core, rather than being defined by accomplishments.


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