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Hotel Du Lac [VHS]
Hotel Du Lac [VHS]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Massey delivers a compelling performance as a beleaguered romance novelist finding herself, April 19, 2015
This review is from: Hotel Du Lac [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The divine Anna Massey delights with her astute observations of human nature in this film adaptation of Anita Brookner's "Hotel Du Lac" which won the Booker Prize in 1984. I loved the novel (and must now hunt down another copy as I can't find my old one) and it was only today that I chanced upon the film adaptation on Youtube. It stars Anna Massey as Edith Hope, a romance novelist who after some tumultuous events in her personal life, goes off on a sort of sabbatical to a hotel on Lake Geneva. There, she meets an assortment of characters: Mrs. Pusey and her daughter Jennifer, a rich ladies' man, Mr. Neville, etc.

Edith finds herself reassessing some of her initial impressions of these characters, and along the way finds herself charmed by and falling for Mr. Neville. However, the film really is an exploration of Edith's evolution as she attempts to find herself and reflect on her past mistakes. I loved how this was so well-conveyed in the film and recommend the film to anyone who enjoys a film that devotes itself to the study of human nature.

Anna Massey is absolutely amazing in her role (I am a a great fan) and she won a BAFTA for her role. Denholm Elliott as always, inhabits his role and delivers a credible performance as Neville. Excellent production all around.


Altar
Altar
DVD
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful haunted house story, April 18, 2015
This review is from: Altar (Amazon Instant Video)
"Altar' was released in the UK as "The Haunting of Radcliffe House". It features Olivia Williams as Meg Hamilton, an expert in restoration work who moves her family, comprising her artist husband Alec (played by Matthew Modine), and their two children, Penny and Harper from their home in London to an old, abandoned mansion called the Radcliffe House out on the Yorkshire Moors. The house has a reputation because of its grisly history and the local townspeople are not keen to help Meg work on restoring the mansion. Having no choice but to carry out the work on it by herself, Meg discovers strange things in the house, including a tiled floor in the root cellar that depicts an image attributed to the Rosicrucians. Teenager Penny gets eerie visitations by a female spirit who is all scarred, but none of the adults will believe her, attributing it to nightmares.

Over a period of time, even Meg begins to see and experience strange things although the skeptic in her tries to rationalize away her experiences. Then husband Alec begins to really go off the rails, working in secret at all hours on a new project that he refuses to let anyone else see. What exactly is happening to the Hamilton's?

I thought this was a pretty decent, highly atmospheric haunted house ghost story. The chills are there although they could have been better done. The story itself is nothing new except for the references to Rosicrucianism. There are parts of the story that reminded me of "The Skeleton Key". The cinematography of the serene yet eerie Yorkshire countryside is beautifully done and the house itself is a central character in the story and I enjoyed watching the story unfold in various key rooms in the house. The suspense factor is well built and the pacing for the most part is good. Final verdict: a bit derivative but the performances of the cast and the suspense do make for an engaging viewing experience.
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Ecosusi Versatile Travel Laptop Backpack School Bag
Ecosusi Versatile Travel Laptop Backpack School Bag
Offered by ECOSUSI INC
Price: $45.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-functional, sturdy laptop/bookbag backpack, April 18, 2015
Length:: 1:34 Mins

As an educator, I am constantly lugging around things: students' file folders, lesson plans, books, stationery, my laptop, and I find myself constantly changing out my bags depending on how much stuff I carry. This bag (received at no cost) works out perfectly for me in terms of carrying my laptop, notes, stationery bag, and other paraphernalia. It feels sturdy, looks super smart and classy (I've brought it along to off-campus meetings).

The dimensions (19.6 x 16.5 x 4.3 inches) and weight ( 2.6 pounds) make it a compact bag that is not too small or bulky, and not too heavy either. There is plenty of protective padding on the shoulder straps to take the weight off one's shoulders and the padded back helps with back support as well.

The mesh pockets on the sides can fit in smaller water bottles, not large ones. The overall impression one gets from this bag is that it is well-made as evidenced by the fine stitching and other details. I really love this versatile laptop/book bag.


Blue Sky 2015-2016 Academic Year Weekly and Monthly Planner, Lianne Collection, Wire-O Bound, 8.5 x 11 Inches (16823-W)
Blue Sky 2015-2016 Academic Year Weekly and Monthly Planner, Lianne Collection, Wire-O Bound, 8.5 x 11 Inches (16823-W)
Price: $16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, practical, and durable planner - this teacher loves it!, April 17, 2015
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I am a teacher and of all the planners I have used throughout my teaching career, I love the ones by Blue Sky the best. Here are some reasons why:
-The calendar goes through the entire school year (July 2015-June 2016, though I start only in August)
-It has a strong and durable plastic cover on the front and back that keeps the planner safe from spills and stains (if anything gets on it, I usually just wipe it off with ease)
-there are tabbed monthly calendars which saves me having to do the tabbing
-weekly calendars
-yearly reference calendars (2015 & 2016)
-contacts pages (I do not really use this feature as everything is saved on my cell phone these days)
-notes pages
-the last page has a plastic page with a list of American holidays for 2015,2016,2017, and 2018, and States, Capitals, and Time Zones map

The feature I love the best is the weekly calendar that provides enough space for me to do my weekly lesson planning and also include dates of meetings etc.(Mon-Fri get larger space, and Sat and Sun share the same space which is divided into two sections).

I love this planner so much that I went ahead and purchased the planner for the next school year, and I love the vibrant motif of flowers and butterflies that look more artistic and in good taste than a typical girly girl design.


Where They Found Her: A Novel
Where They Found Her: A Novel
by Kimberly McCreight
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.19
56 used & new from $11.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping psychological suspense thriller, April 16, 2015
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I recommend “Where They Found Her” to any fan of well-written, suitably paced psychological thrillers. The writing evokes all the suspense and mystery surrounding the discovery of a dead infant in the woods close to the town of Ridgedale, NJ. No one knows who this poor dead infant is, but there are theories. The various characters that inhabit this novel are well-delineated, and the manner in which the story unfolds keeps the reader hooked onto the novel till the very end. If you like well-developed characters and a deeply engaging plot that delves into the secrets and scandals of the past, then “Where They Found Her” is a recommended read.


Ecosusi Women Vintage Leather Saddle Satchel Bag Messenger Bag Lady Briefcase Handbag (Black)
Ecosusi Women Vintage Leather Saddle Satchel Bag Messenger Bag Lady Briefcase Handbag (Black)
Offered by SaiDeng LTD
Price: $27.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart, professional looking satchel bag, April 16, 2015
This Ecosusi Leather Satchel Bag makes a nice bag for work. It is not a messenger bag as it is too small to fit a laptop or carry papers. I was able to fit in a hardcover book, my Samsung tablet, one bottled water, my long wallet, cellphone, sunglasses, and compact, lipstick and keys, if this helps in your decision-making. There is a zippered top and two magnetic clasps attached to the front and there is a handle on the top of the bag as well as a long strap to carry over the shoulder, which is my preferred way of carrying this bag. There is a smaller zippered compartment that can hold a compact, lipstick, and comb. There are also two small, open compartments to hold pens etc. I find this to be a convenient bag for everyday use, but if you are looking to put in a larger laptop or folders/files, then this bag is not the right size for that purpose. I would characterize it as more of a satchel bag. The bow on the front is not stuck to the bag but attached via a clasp and can be removed if desired (I removed it).
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Two Plays: The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters (Leather Bound)
Two Plays: The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters (Leather Bound)
by Chekhov Anton
Edition: Leather Bound
9 used & new from $22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two plays by Anton Chekhov in a beautiful leather-bound edition, April 13, 2015
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I have many of Anton Chekhov's plays but this particular Easton Press edition is one of my favorites as not only is it bound in beautiful brown leather, but the gilt embossing and decorations on the cover is just beautiful to behold and there's a certain sense of pleasure in running one's hands gently over the luxurious leather binding. Both plays, "The Cherry Orchard" and "The Three Sisters" were translated by Constance Garnett. The book also contains an introduction by John Gielgud (this is a 1977 edition), and illustrations by Lajos Szalay. If you are a fan of Chekhov's works, this is a beautiful edition to add to your collection.


Euripides
Euripides
by Euripides
Edition: Leather Bound
9 used & new from $16.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leather-bound edition of 3 of Euripides' tragedies, April 13, 2015
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This review is from: Euripides (Leather Bound)
This edition of "Euripides" is part of the Easton Press' 100 Greatest Books Ever Written. It contains Euripides' classic plays "Medea", "Hippolytus", and "The Bacchae." This is a 1970 edition containing the translation by Philip Vellacott and illustrated by Michael Ayrton. Like all of the Easton Press leatherbound editions, this book has beautiful gilt decorations on the cover, moire endleaves, and a satin ribbon page marker. I confess I wasn't too enamored of the illustrations by Michael Ayrton, which I found rather grotesque and not to my taste, but is in keeping with the tone of the work. Other than that, this is a handsome leather-bound edition of a classic of world literature and will enhance any collector's library.


Althea & Oliver
Althea & Oliver
by Cristina Moracho
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.30
70 used & new from $7.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging YA relationship/coming of age story, April 12, 2015
This review is from: Althea & Oliver (Hardcover)
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The story of Althea and Oliver, best friends since children, rings true. Both teens are trying to figure things out: Althea would like to be more than just friends but Oliver prefers things as they are. And then something happens and Oliver finds himself not feeling himself anymore. The story takes off from there and I found the author portrayed teens, their interactions and all the angst and baggage that comes with them in a credible and authentic way.


Mind of Winter
Mind of Winter
by Laura Kasischke
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.53
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5* - A twist you don’t expect, April 12, 2015
This review is from: Mind of Winter (Hardcover)
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An American couple adopt a toddler from a Russian orphanage. Thirteen years later, the toddler has grown into an enigmatic fifteen-year-old girl. On Christmas day, the girl, Tatiana, and her adoptive mother Holly are left alone at home. Things gradually go awry and what kept me reading was the escalating suspense that kept me guessing, almost till the end. If you like an atmospheric, creepy, suspenseful read, this might entertain.


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