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The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life
The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life
by Ivanka Trump
Edition: Hardcover
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16 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Nepotism Chronicles, October 16, 2009
To borrow a phrase, Ivanka was born on third base and thought she hit a triple, so she wrote a book on how to succeed in baseball.
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Regarding Henry
Regarding Henry
DVD ~ Harrison Ford
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, May 29, 2008
This review is from: Regarding Henry (DVD)
Solid performances by Harrison Ford and Annette Bening prevent this movie from becoming cheap melodrama, but the actors are unable to rise above a screenplay that's a little too sweet for its own good. The directing is unremarkable, a surprise coming from someone as talented as Mike Nichols.

Mozart & The Whale (Widescreen)
Mozart & The Whale (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Josh Hartnett
Offered by Stare Media
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat, May 23, 2008
Ron Bass won an Oscar for his screenplay Rain Man and like so many people who have tried to replicate their success with a similar work, here he has failed. Mozart and the Whale takes us into the world of two people who suffer from Asperger's, a form of autism, but where Rain Man was compelling and moving, Mozart and the Whale falls flat. Josh Harnett gives a pretty good performance and Rhada Mitchell is charming and attractive, but these two actors can't fix a terribly flawed script.
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The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street
by Jordan Belfort
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel sorry for his children, May 15, 2008
Poor Chandler and Carter. Not only are their parents divorced, and their father is a drug addict and a convicted felon. One of them saw daddy push mommy down the stairs. And regardless of what he says (Jordan Belfort has the self-awareness of a bug), their father came out of jail being the same pathetic jerk he was going in.

He devotes zero pages of the book to the effect his actions had on others, and he seems to consider breaking the law wrong simply because he got caught. And he now lurks on, attacking the many reviewers who didn't like his book, calling them "morons" and even, in one case suggesting the reviewer resign his job - simply because he hated the book. Let me repeat: this is a guy who thinks someone who doesn't like his book should give up his day job. That's how much of a jerk Jordan Belfort is, and it shows in every page of his tedious book.

I feel sorry for his children. I bet they'll be in rehab or jail before they turn twenty-one.

Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA
Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA
by Kris Radish
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Fun, April 13, 2008
You know from page five how it's going to end, but that doesn't make Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA any less enjoyable. I'm sure anyone who lives in a small town, where your business is everyone's business, will identify with this story, which shows how the troubles of one married couple transform an entire community. But even I, who consider life in a small town completely unappealing, found this novel enjoyable and fun to read.

Death of a Dream (48 Hours Mystery)
Death of a Dream (48 Hours Mystery)
by Paul LaRosa
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good show / bad book, March 28, 2008
I've seen a few 48 Hours Mystery episodes and in general I think it's quite a good show. They take interesting cases, and seem to treat them with respect and little sensationalism. Unfortunately, the quality of the TV show doesn't translate to this book.
The writing is full of clichés and dumb mistakes. In one sentence, a woman is referred to as someone's fiancée; in the next, as his girlfriend. Well, which one is it? And if journalists can't get such a simple detail right, how can I believe anything else they write? Even Catherine's surname is misspelled once, as "Wood," which is inexcusable. Moriarty and LaRosa should stick to television. Books are not their thing.

Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind
by Jerome Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant, March 24, 2008
This review is from: Inherit the Wind (Paperback)
It was written decades ago, inspired on a famous trial that had taken place years earlier, yet Inherit the Wind feels as powerful and relevant today as, I imagine, did when it first opened on Broadway. That's a testament to the fantastic writing, of course, but unfortunately also shows how little we've learned since then.

And Now You Can Go
And Now You Can Go
by Vendela Vida
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dull, March 23, 2008
This review is from: And Now You Can Go (Hardcover)
Funny: when I read this book I had no idea Vendela Vida is married to David Eggers, but when I finish reading "And Now You Can Go" I had exactly the same reaction as when I gave up reading "A Hopeless Work of Staggering Hubris": Huh? I just don't get the literary acclaim. The writing is OK, but the story is dull, dull, dull. There's only one good thing I can say about Vida's novel: it's mercifully brief. I managed to read the 208 pages, which is more than I can say about her husband's work.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
by Dave Eggers
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage, March 23, 2008
2001 was a bad year for reality, and apparently, for fiction as well. That's the only way I can explain how this pretentious, annoying and over hyped book was finalist for a Pulitzer. Dave Eggers lost his parents within weeks of each other to cancer, and became a kind of surrogate parent to his younger brother, Topher. That's an extraordinary circumstance, that could have made for a moving memoir. But Eggers, who has a huge ego and little talent, gives us an incredibly dull and tedious account of his life with Topher. I worked hard to finish this book and in the end, I just gave up. Life's too short to waste it with this tripe.

Great Expectations (1998)
Great Expectations (1998)
DVD ~ Ethan Hawke
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art, February 8, 2008
This review is from: Great Expectations (1998) (DVD)
What a great adaptation of the brilliant Dickens novel. Alfonso Cuaron has directed a gorgeous and utterly romantic movie. There's beauty and poetry in every shot, and the scene where Finn declares his love to Estella under the rain is more moving than anything I've seen in movies in a long time. The score is simply ravishing and the paintings by Francesco Clemente are amazing.

Anne Bancroft, Chris Cooper, Robert DeNiro make a fantastic supporting cast, and Ethan Hawke is moving and utterly believable as Finn. I'm not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, but I have to admit she makes a pretty great Estella.

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