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Out of Africa
Out of Africa
DVD ~ Robert Redford
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic romance classic, March 2, 2003
This review is from: Out of Africa (DVD)
Out of Africa is simply a masterpiece of cinematic art. This film does an exceptional job of delving into each of the characters and creating an understanding of what it is that makes all lovers and humanity itself such a difficult and complex chain of events. Meryl Streep proves once again what an acting legend she is by playing Karen Blixen, a Danish "immigrant" to Eastern Africa and how she learned to fall in love with the land, the people, and of a British hunter named Denys, played by a very American Robert Redford. Their relationship is unique and genuinely romantic, certainly one of the great epic romances of all time. Their love is a play between what your heart needs and what your head tells you what you should do with your life. In the end, their love is not of this world, it is not ours. It is a lesson in learning that nothing is forever, nothing is owned by us, not even the love we create for ourselves and then discard. This earth, represented so well by Africa, owns everything we think we have, and ultimately, like Denys, we all go back to whence we come. Out of Africa is a gorgeously filmed movie, with some of the most spectacular scenery ever recorded on film. The flying over Africa scene is romance and adventure next to none. The film score by John Barry is certainly one of the best of all time, and it perfectly captures the romantic grandeur of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and their glorious attempt at forever possessing each other's heart, only to learn that their love is not to remain constant, just like the beauty of the African savannah is not to be consistent. A romantic, visual, musical, and historical masterpiece, Not to be missed.


Beautiful Garbage
Beautiful Garbage
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garbage gets better and better, February 22, 2002
This review is from: Beautiful Garbage (Audio CD)
Shirley Manson and company continues to prove again and again that they are no one hit album wonder. Beautiful Garbage finds the group experimenting on newer variations of their already splendid blend of pop grunge. The one standout of this album is Can't Cry These Tears Anymore, which has a mesmerizing and catchy 60's girl group meets grunge princess combo. It is the best song the Supremes never did recorded, assuming the Supremes were still around today. Parade finds Garbage at their pop best. This song typifies the Garbage sound, part pop pleasure and youthful dynamism. Drive You Home is soft Garbage, a haunting and sad melody which never gets too sappy, and ends when it supposed to. So Like a Rose is another winner, both atmospheric and profound. Shirley's voice is clearly evolving, as well as her singing style. Unlike their previous albums, this album does not stress too much the sound of rock guitars, and instead makes a concerted effort in exposing the listener to strong melodies which are both memorable and refreshing. This is perhaps Garbage's best album to date. There is not one bad track in it. Highly recommended.


Gunman & Other Stories
Gunman & Other Stories
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort, despite Farmyard Cat, October 14, 2001
This review is from: Gunman & Other Stories (Audio CD)
Prefab Sprout has lost their emotional yearnings and blissful mentality that they so masterfully demonstrated in Jordan. This latest disc definitely has that wild west tone. However, it falls short in the roughness which such as tone needs, and it hovers to much on Paddy McAloon's carefree lyrics. Musically, Cowboy Dreams is probably the strongest track, for it simply is the most catchiest. The other songs, such as Love Will Find Someone For You, reminds me of the romantic intropections of Prefab's glory days, but still it doesn't come as close in melodic grace. Cornfield Ablaze touches on the spectacular Hey Manhattan, but again fails to capture the sheer joy and amazement that the previous song captured so well. Most of the songs on this disc are slow and ballad like. Paddy McAloon's voice is hauntingly beautiful as ever, although it comes a bit too close on boredom. Paddy needs more longing in these latest songs, and he needs to display that old Prefab childlike/young adult bliss which is the hallmark of Jordan the Comeback, which in my opinion is Prefab Sprout's greatest achievement. Overall, an effort deserving of praise. Farmyard Cat is obviously a failed attempt at some kind of "new style" and it could very well be Prefab Sprout's worst song ever. For dedicated fans like me, anything released by this unheralded group is a welcome respite from much of the filth...which is so prevalent on radio today.


Perl For Dummies¬ (For Dummies (Computers))
Perl For Dummies¬ (For Dummies (Computers))
by Paul E. Hoffman
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good place to start, April 20, 2001
For those who frown upon Dummies books, you should ease up a bit and give this one some serious thought. Perl for Dummies is strictly for beginners. When I say beginners, I mean people with absolutely no programming experience in any language. I compared this book to Learning Perl and found that Learning Perl is written primarily for seasoned non-Perl programmers who are trying to learn Perl for the first time. If you are like me, with no programming know how, this is a more appropriate beginning. It explains such simplicities as scalars, arrays, adding and removing list elements, conditionals, etc. It even goes (lightly) into CGI and regular expressions. It does so in a language which understands that the reader is a "dummy" when it comes to programming and most importantly, it keeps it simple. Simplicity is the primary teaching strategy when dealing with a topic at the novice level, and Perl for Dummies does this well. The weakness of this book is that it does not do a good job of teaching you how to install Perl from the CD provided. In fact, the instructions provided were downright wrong. I had to ask a Perl programmer how to install and run Perl programs on my Windows 98 system. Another weakness, if you can call it that with a book at this level, is that it lacks program examples which would allow me to see what exactly can Perl do in the real world, such as system administration in a UNIX environment. I recommend this book as the starting point, with Learning Perl and Elements of Programming Perl as your next logical step. After you have mastered these books should you go on the Programming Perl and the Perl Cookbook.


Learning Perl, Second Edition (Nutshell Handbooks)
Learning Perl, Second Edition (Nutshell Handbooks)
by Randal Schwartz
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really for absolute beginners, April 8, 2001
This book calls itself "Learning Perl," apparently because it is geared towards beginners. However, upon reading more and more of this book, it becomes increasingly clear that this book is not at all a learning tool, as it is a good reference for those who already learned the basics of Perl. The first chapter should be skipped over entirely if you're a beginner, because it will do nothing more than confuse you and turn you off to Perl. The subsequent chapters covers all relevant topics, but they skimp on providing descriptive key examples which would help you to better understand the concept. This book makes too many references to C and other languages, implying that you already know previous programming languages. The chapter on regular expressions is shamefully cursory and lacking in examples which can be adequately picked up by the Perl novice. The language of the text is not for the beginner user, as it throws around too many Perl-centric terms and definitions. For an intermediate, this may be sufficient, but it will not do for the beginner. I recommend Perl for Dummies as the ultimate beginner's tool. That book doesn't cover as many topics as this book, but it certainly explains conceps in a much more novice-friendly language than Learning Perl. Learning Perl makes the mistake of not keeping it simple. This is a very important teaching idea, when your expected audience are complete novices who need to have everything explained to them in basic layman's terms. This book is more of a sophisticated primer for already skilled programmers.


Solaris 7 System Administrator Exam Cram (Exam: 310-009, 310-010)
Solaris 7 System Administrator Exam Cram (Exam: 310-009, 310-010)
by Darrell Ambro
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really effective for Part I, but less so for Part II, March 5, 2001
The Sun Certified System Admin exam is divided into two parts. The first exam is fairly simple, assuming you put in a good effort into studying. This book does its job in teaching the reader the most essential exam material topics, such as command syntax and the situations in which you would have to use the commands appropriately. I can honestly say that the first part of this book is all you need to pass the first exam. However, for the second part of the exam, this book does not go beyond the basics. The second exam is much more trickier and it goes beyond testing you on mere commands. The heart and soul of the second exam consists of questions in which you have to pick all possible answers from the multiple choices. How you answer these questions basically decides if you pass or fail. This book in no way prepares you for these questions. In fact, there are very few books outside the books published by Sun Educational Services that would help you in answering these questions. About the only way you can know the answer to many of the Part II questions is through real world job experience or simply through lucky guessing. This book only covers the very basics of the topics in the Part II exam, such as Custom Jumpstart, NIS, automount, mounting and sharing resources, etc. Some of the necessary Part II exam material, such as knowing how to read a rules file, is not covered sufficiently in this book. If you want to become certified, you need to purchase additional material and consult with real world system admins to accomplish this, especially when Part II is concerned. Otherwise than this, this book is a very handy summary of all relevant exam material. Good for Part I, very much lacking for Part II.


MCSE Six Pack
MCSE Six Pack
by Barry Meinster
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the only book you'll ever need, July 30, 2000
This review is from: MCSE Six Pack (Paperback)
This book is mostly a collection of practice test questions necessary to pass the MCSE exams. This is not a study guide. If you are trying to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the coursework, you will need to purchase another book other than this. However, if your objective is to only pass the exams and get your MCSE, this book is tremendously helpful. Simply put, a lot of the questions in this book are almost the same exact questions offered on the actual exams. There are some reading material which explains the subject, but this material is rather cursory and does not get in depth. The only strength of this book is that you can simply memorize all the questions and answers offered, and you will have know at least 70% of the questions offered on the actual exams. There are some errors which I found. For example, on the IIS 4.0 chapter, some of the answers offered are blatantly wrong. This is most likely a printing error or careless editing. Nevertheless, the majority of the questions and answeres are correct. The only other shortcoming of this book is that it does not explain the answers. It simply tells you what the correct choice is. I can honestly say that without this book, I would not be an MCSE today. This book is a VERY good shortcut to certification.


A Bridge Too Far: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack
A Bridge Too Far: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All A Matter of Bridges, July 23, 2000
One of the main reasons why I love this film is because of the music alone. From the stirring introduction to the closing credits, this is one of the few war film soundtracks that proves to be so relevant to the story unfolding. From pomp to tragedy, this soundtrack cannot help but to inspire you and bring tears to your eyes at the same time. I have this soundtrack on vinyl, which my sister bought back in the early 80's. As a huge fan of soundtrack music, this is my very first soundtrack and very few of the many soundtracks that I've bought can compare to this one. Simply put, every track on this CD is irresistable. On most soundtracks, there are only a few good songs thrown in, while the rest are thrown in to provide the film some kind of musical background. It's truly a shame this music never quite reached the legend and fame of other classic soundtrack tunes, such as Rocky, Star Wars, Gone With the Wind, E.T., Jaws, etc.


Legends of the Fall [VHS]
Legends of the Fall [VHS]
VHS
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Gets Better With Every Viewing, July 12, 2000
This film is Brad Pitt's best movie and role ever. The shear magnificence of the sceneries, the ultimately fatalistic beauty of all the characters, and the emotional bond you develop for each of them makes for a totally enjoyable movie experience. Brad Pitt, Julia Ormond, Aidan Quinn, Anthony Hopkins, and Henry thomas are the epitome of the tragic family which renders heartbreak into an artform. You truly feel the pain of a disintegrating family that never quite loses it all. You cheer for them at the end, after having obtain their redemption. Julia Ormond is classically gorgeous, and Brad Pitt plays the role of the noble tragic hero to flawlessness. Henry Thomas, although a short presence on film, still plays a character which still haunts the other characters and the audience long after his death. You can't help but to feel for and cheer for Aidan Quinn's character. He epitomizes the "nice guy finishes last" philosophy, and his heartache is palpable. Anthony Hopkins is the noblest of father figures, although his Scrooge transformation after his stroke almost made him laughable. I like the way the film touches on so many other themes, such as discrimination against American Indians, prohibition, the inherent evil of government, love and war are often the same, and the timeless theme of how life is filled with tragedy and heartbreak. Tristan's character epitomizes these themes, and he is indeed the rock that everyone shatters against. Everyone around him dies young, while he gets older. His is the kind of character that remains in your mind long after the credits end, and you're left always wondering whatever happened to him. Gorgeous filmmaking indeed.
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Minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky
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4.0 out of 5 stars A more and artistic a-ha, June 6, 2000
This review is from: Minor Earth Major Sky (Audio CD)
I was exhilerated to find out that the long thought of dead a-ha is still alive and performing classic euro-folk-pop. Gone are the synth pop sounds of Hunting High and Low which put them on the map and in are introspective tunes of a band who recognizes their faded teen pop appeal and who wants very much to be considered musicians first. They succeed rather nicely in crafting folkish pop synth melodies bordering on mini-operatic contemporary opuses. An upbeat atmosphere and mood blend well on "The Sun Shone that Day," and the past sound of a-ha, circa Scoundrel Days, resurfaces on the gorgeously heartbreaking "Velvet." New directions are explored in "The Company Man," an elegiac commentary bordering on sarcastic bombast. a-ha are artists in their own Scandinavian ways, refusing to allow the passage of time dim their own special commitment to their vision - a vision that can best summed up from "Thought That it Was You," when they write "You know my deepest sin, You've seen me deep within, So fill me now like wind, And let the miracle begin."


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