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Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Study Guide
Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Study Guide
by Charles M. Seiger
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, not helpful one bit., October 26, 2004
I studied for weeks using this book and the companion book by Martini. When the time came to take my Excelsior Exam, I failed it. The multiple choice questions here are designed to make you believe you'll do o.k. when you take the actual test. I went into the exam feeling confident and knew within no time that I had been misled! The Excelsior test itself is 10X more difficult and focuses primarily on cytology and histology. This is a lousy study guide if you're taking the Excelsior exam.

Bowling for Columbine
Bowling for Columbine
DVD ~ Michael Caldwell
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20 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slanderous trash, August 9, 2004
This review is from: Bowling for Columbine (DVD)
At first glance, this "documentary" seems very thought-provoking... until you take the time and view it again and, look into the facts. In the beginning, we're shocked to see Moore open a CD in a bank and walk out with a gun. Truth is, there was a background check and a waiting peroid; he couldn't literally walk out with a gun. Later, we see a hateful smear campaign against the NRA and Charlton Heston in particular. Moore shows us the aftermath of the Columbine killings interspersed with a defiant Heston coming to Denver to rub the NRA in Colorado's face. Again, this isn't true. If you look carefully at Heston, you'll see he's wearing different clothes during the same speech. The truth is, the NRA cancelled all of their events in Colorado after Columbine except for the board meeting which they had to hold there due to legal reasons. Furthermore, Heston's speech is actually from a speech he made in Charlotte, NC long after Columbine. Moore goes on to imply that the KKK and the NRA are one in the same. Once again, this isn't true. Both organizations were founded at different times and Charlton Heston was a personal friend of Martin Luther King and played a role in the civil-rights movement. Other lies in this movie are Heston rushing in after the shooting death of a young schoolgirl to hold an NRA rally. Yep, you guessed it, the dates don't coincide. The lies mount and mount so I won't ramble on with all of them but I will point out the end where Moore interviews Heston. If you look carefully at the clock in Heston's house, you'll see that the time-lapse is 20 minutes. The interview itself last somewhere around 5 minutes. So, what did Moore edit and splice together to make Heston sound like a hateful, insensitive man? Too bad Mr. Heston has Alzheimers and can't tell his side of the story. It's also too bad that Moore won such acclaim for this "documentary." This isn't a documentary, it's mean-spirited, slanderous, revisionist history.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have nothing kind to say about this, May 30, 2002
With all the publicity surrounding "Trouble Every Day" (French delegation boos it at Cannes, people passing out in the theater, etc.) of course I had to see it. Thank God I saw a discount matinee so I didn't have to pay full price.
This just may be the worst film I've ever seen. I don't have any problem with a director taking a surrealist approach to filmmaking but this one just doesn't cut it. The plot seems half-baked. I realize a lot of European films leave it up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions (which I like) but the dullness of the plot in addition to the ridiculous slow pace made me to tired and frustrated to care. Vince Gallo's acting is terrible! He looks the part but I've seen more passionate and believable acting in high school productions. Not much better for the young lady who plays his newlywed. Indeed the only lead with any amount of interest is Beatrice Dalle. She has the "wild child" look and mannerisms to be somewhat believable; unfortunately her character is too cartoonish to warrant any sympathy.
Then there are those notorious cannibal scenes. Yes they are violent and disgusting but honestly, no more so than the dinner table scene from "Hannibal." Indeed what we DIDN'T see in "Silence of the Lambs" was much more terrifying and thought-provoking than anything in this movie.
The ending to this film is totally absurd and feels like someone ran out of ideas and wanted to wrap it up. In the end "Trouble Every Day" is nothing more than a bad tease - you expect something that will shock you and make you rush out to tell all your friends. Instead what I found was a movie that made me boo at the end and apologize to my friend for dragging him to see this godawful movie.

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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It stays with you for days, March 14, 2002
I saw this film in Paris last October. Director, Michael Haneke has delivered an incredibly powerful film based on a controversial Austrian novel. Isabelle Huppert plays Erika, a brilliant piano professor at a college in Vienna. At work she is respected among her peers and indimidating to her students. At home, she lives with her tyrant mother (Annie Girardot). Erika and her mother have an emotionally abusive co-dependent relationship to the point where they share the same bedroom. Erika's sex life consists of eerie visits to porno shops and sadistic self-mutilation. When one of her students (Benoit Magimel) attempts to seduce her, she agrees but on HER terms.
A family film this is not. There are some very disturbing scenes of emotional and physical abuse. But as difficult as the subject matter is, it does help the viewer to understand the psyche of a woman who has been denied happiness all her life. Isabelle Huppert is fantastic in a very difficult role. Her performance of the tortured Erika is the only time, I've seen a character so disturbed and cruel who I found pity in and wanted to see succeed. Forget the Oscar nominations, this is the best female performance of the year! Annie Girardot and Benoit Magimel are wonderful and very convincing in their roles as well. Lastly, the director, Michael Haneke. I've never seen any of his previous work but few directors have the ability to take complete control of my attention and keep it long after their film is over. Haneke is one of the very few who did. "La Pianiste" is a masterpiece, I recommend it to anyone who has an appreciation for European cinema.

The Machine [VHS]
The Machine [VHS]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a spine tingling import, July 18, 2000
This review is from: The Machine [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A shrink at a mental institution obsesses over the mind of a serial killer. To "better understand him", he invents a machine which allows him to trade brains with the madman. Naturally the madman outsmarts him by assuming his identity and terrorizing his family. This is the movie's weak point - why wouldn't the killer take advantage of the situation? The good points are that the direction is quite good and suspenseful. All the actors do a fine job and the ending isn't as predictable as I had imagined.

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