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The Woody Allen Collection, Sets 1-3
The Woody Allen Collection, Sets 1-3
DVD ~ Woody Allen

5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff for Woody Allen fans, March 13, 2015
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yes, I've heard all the horrible things about Woody Allen, but he's still a great movie maker and - sorry, but I live in a small Midwestern town now and I used to live in a huge metropolis so this takes me back to the old days and to the people who make sense to me. The movies are intelligent, witty, well acted, some of them are hysterical comedies -- now and then you need that.


The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life
The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life
by Mary Miers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $58.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful manor houses of Historic Britain., March 13, 2015
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Anyone who is both an Anglophile (like me) and obsessed with beautiful historic houses, beautiful "things", history and architecture along with interior design will love this. A great Christmas or birthday present. Weighs a ton but you can pore over it for days - account of the history of England's historical "houses" (as they call them in Britain - here they'd be called "palaces") and fabulous color photos you will love. A "coffee table" book you will take out again and again - certainly worth the $$$.


Energy Essentials for Witches and Spellcasters
Energy Essentials for Witches and Spellcasters
by Mya Om
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.45
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to Manage Energy and Spellwork, March 13, 2015
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Read it long ago, can't remember the details but DO remember that it's a well written account of how to use energy (which is all "witchcraft" is about - has nothing to do with the Devil at all, just moving energy around). Well worth the read.


Hereditary Witchcraft: Secrets of the Old Religion
Hereditary Witchcraft: Secrets of the Old Religion
by Raven Grimassi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for those studying The Craft, March 13, 2015
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Anyone wanting to learn about the Craft can't go wrong with the writings of Raven Grimassi. All of Grimassi's works are comprehensive, thorough and objective; not a spooky or scary turnoff for novices but interesting and fun. Can't go wrong with any book of this series.


Visconti Sforza Tarot Cards
Visconti Sforza Tarot Cards
by Stuart R. Kaplan
Edition: Misc. Supplies
Price: $32.53
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Tarot Cards from the Rennaisance, March 13, 2015
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Well, what can you say about Tarot Cards? These are gorgeous and are copies of the original ones found in Italy, even down to the tears in the original cards which have been "photocopied" (for lack of a better term) so that you can get the feeling that you're holding the Tarot cards of the early Renaissance. I'm vaguely sorry to say, I have them in a nice box in my bedroom, so afraid am I of spilling wine or coffee on them, even though I know they are copies. But they are beautiful and would be great fun for a professional Tarot card reader, which would impress the heck out of any customer!


Tudor England
Tudor England
by John Guy
Edition: Paperback
Price: $57.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on Henry VIII and Tudor England, March 13, 2015
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John Guy is one of the very foremost experts on Tudor England and Henry VIII. What can I say - a thousand details of how they lived, what they ate, how they dressed (no such thing as a "dress", a "dress" came in many pieces), did they use forks? Did they have hair brushes? The facts and amount of information is staggering.

For the person teaching about Henry VIII and/or Tudor England, or the would-be author (as I was - still struggling with it), this book is a must. I can't imagine writing a book about these people or teaching this era without studying this book. So many things most people don't know, things both fascinating and absolutely necessary to know.


Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty
Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty
by Lacey Baldwin Smith
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Henry VIII Up Close, March 13, 2015
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This has been reviewed as one of the most comprehensive biographies of Henry VIII. We all know pretty much what he did, but this tells why he did it, what his personality was like as seen by the people who knew him. Rome would have given him an annulment - giving kings annulments happened all the time as it turns out. But Rome would not give him a divorce and it was a divorce he wanted and what he turned the nation inside out to get. He saw himself surrounded by traitors - but we must realize that his definition of a traitor was someone who refused to give him what he knew he deserved to have.

All fascinating insights into the man himself. Incredibly, almost childishly emotional. Stubborn. His advisors knew that using his emotions to get something into his head was easy but getting it out again was impossible; a clever tactic could turn on you, a lovely scheme could go horribly wrong as he would run a "plan" into the ground and bury you with it. Talking him into killing Anne Boleyn was a cinch, convincing him that she had bedded her own brother - a piece of cake. He pretty much believed whatever he was told and he never held himself responsible for anything he did. You were always to blame for anything at any time and could die for it, or have your career ruined and be banished to the country if you were lucky. No matter how horrible and frightening he was to others, in his mind, he was always the helpless victim of all the mistakes of his advisors.

A fascinating study for any scholar of Tudor England, a thousand details and revealing insights.


Sir Michael Caine: The Biography
Sir Michael Caine: The Biography
by William Hall
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chat with Michael Caine, March 13, 2015
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I love hearing from famous people, how they think, how they got to be where they are now, how they live. Of course they tend to leave out the embarrassing stuff from their pasts (as, of course, would we all) and also some of the questionable stuff they may have had to do on their upward climb, but still, a well-researched biography is no substitute for the words of the celeb themselves, as if they were talking to you (I live in a drab, mind-numbingly small town and need all the interesting "friends" I can get). To wit: one account of getting drunk with John Lennon, a riotous opportunity which has, sadly, passed most of us by and is, therefore, always fun to hear recounted by the Great and the Lucky.

He seems like a nice guy, an amusing drinking buddy with many interesting stories which will leave you smiling and ready for another G&T (British for "gin and tonic"). This has all the nuance of a "bar person", someone who welcomes almost anyone into their circle, who has plenty of funny and interesting things to say, juicy tidbits about other famous people and what they were/are really like, what it's like to make a movie - a hundred stories and all the time in the world to entertain you with them. Read this book slowly...it seems a shame to put it down.


The Uninvited [VHS]
The Uninvited [VHS]
VHS
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic ghost story., March 13, 2015
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Called one of the best ghost stories by Robert Osborne of TCM this is indeed a classic. Seen during the day, it's a charming ghost story; seen at night, you realize why you should have seen it during the day. Understated, witty and well constructed, it is beautifully photographed (makes you want the return of some of the great B&W cameramen of the 30's/40's), good dialogue and plot. Of course some of the dialogue may seem a touch corny or "forced" to us, but that's the way they spoke back then - at least in the movies. (Back then, having characters talk like "real people" was not considered a valid goal; "real people" were expected to imitate the actors.). Takes place in the English country at a spooky old estate on the ocean - always a good beginning. Centers around ghosts and past murders (maybe?), past mysteries which are now manifesting in the characters' lives as they try to untangle what is happening around them. Great fun.


Rebecca
Rebecca
DVD ~ Laurence Olivier
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca has never been remade into a "better" movie - thank goodness., March 13, 2015
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One of my favorite movies; pretty true to the book (except for the book's crummy/boring ending which is well left out of the movie). Of course it was done in the thirties, but it's an accurate account of how people lived and thought back then, although some of it may seem corny or puzzling now. Which is one of the reasons old classics are great, they are also historically and sociologically informational.

This is a good "woman's movie", shows the personal development and self empowerment of a shy, socially klutzy young women who marries a rich British aristocrat & is pitched into a world where her new "house" is so huge she can hardly find her way around it. Scared and clueless, she plows through it anyway and grows with the plot - which is also psycho-thriller with a twist of murder which is watered down for the audiences of the 30's who could never accept a movie hero who may have done dastardly things. In this matter, the book handled the murder more forcefully, but still this is a good movie. (Read the book and you'll get a better murder but a crummy ending, so it's a trade-off.)

Men can enjoy this too - I know because I've forced it on boyfriends and at least one husband (who is an "ex" now but Rebecca is not to blame...)


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