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by A. W. F. Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: $28.00
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a bit dated but a great little book, especially for the price, April 24, 2008
This review is from: Likelihood (Paperback)
Owen's book "Empirical Likelihood" (2001) is the successor of the mantle of this book, and you may want to own both if you plan to do analysis in this arena. Likelihoodists are a rare little breed sitting on the fence in between Bayesians and Frequentists. There is so much muddling between the camps now that most recently graduated practicioners aren't likely (there's that word again) to draw a crisp distinction between the camps. But this volume does draw the philosophical argument out into the open, rawly. For those that say the arguments are settled, I'd say read this volume and at least absorb what it has to say. Then move on to the more updated (and more expensive) book by Owen. This book is less dogmatic than Earman's Bayes or Bust, though it does quote from Earman a fair bit. You'll appreciate the simplicity of the writing and style here, too. Edwards' last stand on this topic is worth the look.

Liz Phair [Explicit]
Liz Phair [Explicit]
Offered by CAC Media
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just don't listen to tracks 5 and 6 and you'll be fine., July 2, 2003
This review is from: Liz Phair [Explicit] (Audio CD)
Like many a longtime Liz fan, I admit some trepidation concerning this new album. It's got such different production
values than when she started that it's hard not to be nervous. Most old-line Liz fans consider her early lo-fi
sound to be her hallmark. I've always thought it was (a) her sonwriting ability, and (b) her ability to find a 'groove' on a particular tune
and just carry it to its logical musical conclusion. By the way, for those doubters, her songwriting abilities are still there, if transmuted and less intensely utilized this time around... just don't listen to tracks 5 and 6, trust me. It's the groove aspect of her older music that is really hard to put a finger on. In an old interview Liz likens the hypnotic state
induced by the likes of Simon and Garfunkel's Cecilia to the 'groove' she's aspiring to. In many of her older tunes
she managed to find a herky-jerky way of expressing that, in a very original way. 'Mesmerizing', 'May Queen', and 'Uncle Alvarez' all come to mind as songs
you could listen to over and over and not get tired of them because they had this quintessential Liz quality. With each passing album I think all Liz fans have had the same experience as I have: the new albums take about 5 listens before they grow on you to the point where you understand what Liz was doing. By that point, you've figured out where Liz is groovin and where she may have misfired (let's not kid ourselves, all artists misfire). And with each listen, a fondness uncovers itself that allows forgiveness of Liz's increasing tendency to overproduction. The great news is that this album is no different, and that there are many songs with an underlying Liz groove thing. I really feel sorry for Liz that she feels the need to *downplay* this, though. She could have thrown in just two overproduced non-groovers instead of the 4-6 that we get here.
Sigh. There's no getting around it, this album is a bit overproduced. There I've said it. However, that does not cast it forever into musical purgatory. The sad sad fact is that between 1998 and 2003 (ok, really over a much longer period of time- duh!) the industry has changed. It's no longer possible to make the album you want to make unless you are a very established act with millions of fans (e.g., the Rolling Stones could put out an album with the sounds of skunks mating and it would sell). But like a midlist author, Liz has the problem of wanting to continue her career and needs to show good numbers this time around. Sigh. If you ignore tracks 5 and 6, I find that the disk is growing on me. I simply can't abide by the songs 'Rock Me' and 'Take a Look'. I'll never listen to them again. Other than that, this is a decent album. I'll wait with trepidation for the next one, it again. Best bets: Red Light, It's Sweet, Little Digger, and most of all Firewalker. [I havent got the online EP yet]

State and Main
State and Main
DVD ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stumbles around a bit, and then..., October 7, 2002
This review is from: State and Main (DVD)
...finally turns out to be just a piece of fluff after all.
David Mamet makes a business of (really) supertalky
head games. He somehow gets his movies made
despite the fact that Hollywood probably can't stand
his scripts, and he's been lucky to stay indy-in-spirit long
enough to gather a following to his hardnosed brand
of gab. Here again, the same only different.
Instead of his usual deadpan rapid fire talk-feature,
Mamet gives the facade of an actual Hollywood film. Only
of course it isn't. It's the anti-Hollywood film that is a movie
inside a movie, and it's all so dripping with irony that
ya wanna drown yerself.
Yeah, well, it turns out that his great ensemble cast is
largely lost amid a lackluster script and a hackneyed
concept to begin with. Too bad.

Saving Private Ryan (Single-Disc Special Limited Edition)
Saving Private Ryan (Single-Disc Special Limited Edition)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven the genius does it again., October 7, 2002
Visceral was the word most often used to describe this
film, but for me the word that works better is "human".
Spielberg sets out to show us the limits of the human
spirit during war, and the amazing endurance of those
that lived through some of mankind's most impossible
days ever known. As we've come to expect. Spielberg,
Hanks, and company simply aren't capable of letting us
down when the stakes are so high. It's not a genius
film, but it's powerful and very very good.

Mulholland Dr.
Mulholland Dr.
DVD ~ Naomi Watts
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good? Yes. Great? Probably. Brilliant? No., October 7, 2002
This review is from: Mulholland Dr. (DVD)
Lynch is the master of everything that is flipped on its
head. Anyone who has seen any of his previous films
probably already knew that. By the end of this movie,
you have profound grief for the principal character, and
the effect has great impact. Never mind anyone that says
that the movie is incomprehensible. It just isn't true. No, it's
not linear storytelling-- but there isn't anything about it that is
any more complicated than your average noir thriller.
Nonetheless, I thought that this film was less than brilliant
by a notch. It is one of the best films of 2001, though.

Das Boot - The Director's Cut
Das Boot - The Director's Cut
DVD ~ Herbert Gronemeyer
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1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aye caramba, it's long!, October 7, 2002
Sorry to all those devotees out there that wouldn't want
minute to be cut and wouldn't want this one to ever end--
but this movie was in bad need of editing. As a movie
and a story, this one is a B+ script in search of some
minor touch-up. Visionary? Maybe in 1982. Today it
feels in need of repair. That seems strange for a period
piece, I know, but if the director were to make this movie
today, it would probably be better. I'm not talking about
explosions or special effects. Just set design and general
camera work.

U-571 (Collector's Edition)
U-571 (Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Bill Paxton
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and go read a good book instead., October 7, 2002
This review is from: U-571 (Collector's Edition) (DVD)
This really isn't a very good movie. It's a barely passable
movie. It's made up as a period piece, but it is not very
credible in that respect. A simple-minded enough way
to kill a couple hours, I guess, but this is clearly just
another effort to make money off of the WWII jones that
most people have and cannot refuse. The acting is very
minimal, and in fact there is wasted talent all over --
Harvey Keitel in particular. The explosions are ... ok,
I guess, but the sense of triumph in this one is muted
by the fact that I can turn on the History Channel any day
of the week and watch something more compelling.
Das Boot, the German movie, is frankly a bit better than
this, and I didn't even like Das Boot very much!

The Business of Strangers
The Business of Strangers
DVD ~ Stockard Channing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, but ultimately not well directed, October 7, 2002
This review is from: The Business of Strangers (DVD)
The movie is a bit of a polemic against male dominated
society. On that level, it works -- better than most scripts
of this type, really. Channing really eats it up and puts on
a very nice performance. Stiles seems surprisingly
unprepared for the part, and at times is too transparent
for me to take her that seriously.
Other notes: The videography is a bit dreary, apparently on
purpose. I don't like it. The male lead does his best, and I
think they chose well, but let's face it, he is a hood ornament
on this one. The first part is slow, and later it picks up; the
unevenness of pace is annoying in that way. The sets
are sort of cheap. The quality of this one as DVD is pretty
minimal. Stick to a rental.

Touch of Evil (Widescreen Edition)
Touch of Evil (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Orson Welles
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every time I watch it I see new things, October 7, 2002
There are only a few movies I can watch again and again.
Those are the ones worth owning. This is one of them.
Welles takes a routine noir movie and somehow does it
so well that you can't pull yourself away. To summarize
the plot is almost unnecessary- a crime takes place
near Tijuana-- big deal. It's what Welles makes this INTO
that is so interesting.
There is no point at which it feels slow or rushed, and no
touch that is unneeded. I can't say as much for today's
"thrillers." The lighting and the casting are remarkable. He
nailed everything so prefectly. As for the DVD version- good
extras, like the VHS version a couple years ago. And yeah,
they probably could have had a little more care in their
transfer to deal with aspect ratio. For whatever reason,
the studios can't get this right more than 50% of the time.
It doesn't tarnish the film itself, though.

X-Men (Widescreen Edition)
X-Men (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Patrick Stewart
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy? Yes. Still- it's a COMIC BOOK forcryingoutloud, October 7, 2002
This review is from: X-Men (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Cheesy-factor is through the roof. Hollywood loves this
sort of thing. There have been a bunch of other good
comic book films and comic-bookish films over the last
five years. This one falls in the middle of the pack: better
than the worst of the Batmans, and worse than Spiderman.

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