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Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan
Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan
by Dayna Curry
Edition: Hardcover
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14 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I should of give it 1 star , but ..., November 26, 2002
But I gave it 2 stars . Why ? Because I think that books , written by sereal killers or rapists are worse than this one .
Now they making quick bucks on thear own stupidity and criminal behavier , for which they was arrested in Afghanistan . They knew , that they going to break the law ( advertising Christianity is illigal in Afghanistan ) and lied to get in . I call it premeditated criminal . It also shows me level of thear intelligence - no respect to other country culture and laws . By thear actions they put other people in danger and , from my point of view , did opposite job .
This book is so boring and badly written , that for the first time in my life , I couldn't finish it and gave up in the middle of it .


I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway: A Firsthand Account of the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001
I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway: A Firsthand Account of the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001
by Paul Wein
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish , I can give it 8 stars ..., November 24, 2002
Very personal, emotional and important book . When I just looked true it ... didn,t pay attention to it ... when I started reading it ... I couldn't stop . Do I need to say more ???
This is personal account from Paul Wein of 9.11 . But what makes this book so special - is combination of his thouts and pictures . He picked up his best friend and dropped him by WTC THAT morning ... few hours later ... he watched the WTS going down . This book dedicated to his best friend , Douglas Farnum... He was killed on 9.11...
The pictures not perfect , but this is give us a real story of New Yorkers at this day . Than , as NY official , he works at the sight ... so sad ...
If you want to know , how it feells like... a must read . And let remember Doug ... best friend of the author , Paul Wein - Doug....


The Thief
The Thief
DVD ~ Vladimir Mashkov

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good , but not good anouph ., November 21, 2002
This review is from: The Thief (DVD)
Good film , in russian stile... no good end ... just real life . Gives you good feeling of Stalin apoha in USSR... A story of a kid and his mother . WWII time... all men are gone ... or dead ... no independent women crup - just real life . Her new man ... smart theif , pretending to be a former officer . Using people , being hurt by this war ... to steal from them . Good , I bet somewere a real story ... BUT ! Too fake , the way it was made . Still , not as bad , as I said it was ... but just beware !


Come and See
Come and See
DVD ~ Aleksey Kravchenko

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Russian war films, November 21, 2002
This review is from: Come and See (DVD)
There is few very good reviews on this film . I don't want to repeat them ... just want to add .
It is 2 very interesting facts about this film :
1. Director Elem Klimov did quit directing after this film , but I am not shure , that this was only " his " decision .
2. A mane character story in this movie , is very different - to make shure , that a boy will understand every little part of it , director shout every scene in chronological order .... I never heard about that way before . But it DID work . The kid did exellent job ... Very important and realistick film , which hurts and does make you think at the same time .
Very good , but very unknown ... let's change it .


The Eighth Day [VHS]
The Eighth Day [VHS]
VHS
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sadness of our world thrue the eyes of George..., November 8, 2002
This review is from: The Eighth Day [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The real happiness of our world thrue the eyes of George ...
The real value of our happiness thrue the eyes of George ...
Who is George ? Just a kid with a Down Sindrome. He sees his happiness in his mom's home , that is why he escapes " the home " to find her . Harry ( Daniel Auteuil ) , just a sailsman , picked him up on the side of the road ... We glad , he did . Same as Harry , we learn how to se the clouds...how to feel the Earth thrue the grass ... how to let go the pain ... how to let it go ...
So many thouts in this film ... it takes so much time to understand them ...
Who is George ? ..." And on the eights day ... HE made George ... so everything will make sence..."


Wolf
Wolf
DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
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7 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is wrong with us ?, November 3, 2002
This review is from: Wolf (DVD)
1. What did I like about it ?
NOTHING !
2. What I didn't like about it ?
The fact that it had only 22 reviews . What is wrong with us ? Very good director , Mike Nichols ( Regarding Henry , Working Girl , Silkwood , The Birdcage , The Graduate ... ). We already know , he is good , very unpredicteble and different ( when he wants to ). Jack Nicholson , as a lead ? It should be not just a horrow film , should be dipper and better . Michelle Pfeiffer ? Oh , Boy ! They really spend MONEY to make it . It have to be good . Was it ? YES ! How fast do we forget good films ? Only 22 reviews ? Even my book get more than that ! Not fear ( for this film ).
Why would you go to this film and expect a regular horrow flick ? I allways check the director and the actors first . And I do like ( sometimes ) good scary " staff ". If you want to get really scary ? Go to upper Manhattan at night with Armany siut on . Or go to Sierra Vista at night ( in Las Vegas ), pretending to be a tourist , returning to hotel from a shopping in Boulevard Mall . It will be scary , trust me .
3. What do I love about this film ?
Exellent selection of every actor for every role . The changes of caracters , unpredictebility of most of them .
The slight details which tell us so much .
The exellent acting , that made me forget - they are just actors acting .
The story itself . The GIFT in some people is a gift ... in some ... Like a nuclear power ... only one way to find out . And I don't want to .
A dream of something different , just for a moment , please ... can I keep it now ? ... forever , please ?
Much more than kind of , suppose to ,horrow movie .
4. What it is about ?
Read other few reviews , some good reviewers did very good job , and I don't want to repead them .


Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder
DVD ~ Tim Robbins
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as crazy as real world , the one...we want to forget..., October 31, 2002
This review is from: Jacob's Ladder (DVD)
Alan Parker , Luis Bunuel , Andrey Tarkovskiy , Alexandr Sakurov , Wachowski brothers , J.P.Jeunet , Roman Planski ... all the best and most twisted ? directors . The best ones .
The reality of craziness of the world , which should be real ... The surrealism of grayness of everyday nothingness...The twisted odiotism of people in charge of the people , who surrundered... The nothingness of emptyness in human givingupness ...
Some of us go on top of it , joint the ride of fake happyness untill diving in endless world...of fake reality ...
This kind of films was born on a realism of unfearness of a world we live in , on the great soil of surrealism of fake believes ...
In reality of everyday life - leave us alone , men ! We do not want to know , how missarable we are ! We are happy ! If we are not ?! Someone WILL make us happy ... so we can die broke and lonly ...
But someone keap fighting for our world of fake happiness ... Or they fighting for our chance to fight ? For our chance of realising unrealisible ... They just give us a light ... what we are going to do with it ? ... It is up to us ... I hope so ?!?
If you have no idea , what I am talking about - DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM...You are going to fell asleep in ampty happiness of nothing ...


Solaris (The Criterion Collection)
Solaris (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Natalya Bondarchuk
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second best film by the best Russian director ., October 24, 2002
Second best after " Stalker ", by the same director . Based on the sci-fi scicological novel by Stanislav Lem . But developed to a higher level by Andrey Tarkovsky , translated to a different lagvige of sinematography .
There is a planet , covered by alife ocean. We think - it is intellegent , but we don't know for shure . We build a research lab there to find out... and gess what - we did . The ocean takes your deep thout , your dippest lost and pain...and bring it back to you ALIVE...
Get ready for very intellegent scicological drama of making a choice...what would you do ?! You lost someone in your past . Someone , you still love... and many years later , on a strange planet she comes back . Is she real or a clone...


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36 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars , but not for everyone !, October 24, 2002
From director Steven Soderbergh ( "Kafka","Ocean's Eleven","Traffic","Erin Brokovich"...). Exellent adoptation of a sci-fi novel by Stanislav Lem , written few decades ago . In Russia it was adopted to the screen by one of the best - Andrey Tarkovski ( " Solaris ", 1979 - available on amazon and highly recomended ). Add to the list exellent acting by George Clooney... what else do we need ? Great visual effects ? They've got that . A very good story ?
There is a planet , covered by alife ocean . We think - it is intellegent , but we don't know for shure . We build a research lab there to find out ... And gess what - we did . The ocean takes your deep thout , your dippest lost and pain ... and bring it back to you ALIFE ...
But get ready not for a cheap sci-fi film . Get ready for a much dipper scicological drama of making a choice ( do not forget - it is Steven Soderbergh's film ). What would you do ? You lost someone in your life . Someone , you still love ... and many years later , on a strange planet she comes back . Is she real or a clone ... Watch the movie - you'll find out .
HIGHLY RECOMENDED !


We Were Soldiers (Widescreen Edition)
We Were Soldiers (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by megahitrecords
Price: $6.99
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Russian Airborne Afghan Veteran ..., October 21, 2002
This was few points , I didn't like : The copters was too low ... No supporting fighter copters during the landing ... they landed in lower point , most defenseless sight ...the people in copters was too open ( You have to sit ON the top your helmet ) ... Soldiers shouting from thear knees ( we had one ... get a bullet in his furhead )... always stay low !... Before ( and after ) they get in copters - too light ... 3 days supplies ... the rule!
But at same time :
Showes you anouph stupidity of military officers , who never went there ... the ones , who are the heroes now . Showes you the shortest line between love and death ... Shoes you the brutality and pain ... do I need to say more ?!
The REAL words from someone , who knows : Dead or alife , we are all coming home together ...!
The last words of a kid : I died for my country ... the same country , which blame the veterans for what happened ... the baby killers ...
I had my world ... I didn't know , I am crasy ... untill I woke up one night , and saw my first wife's face white ... dead ... I realised - I need help .
I wrote my book not for you ... I wrote it for myself...
When some journalist tryed to brake me down ... I told him - too late . You cann't ... He didn't believed me ... he was wrong !?
I put it in another side of me , the side which I do not remember ... but I will never forget .?.?.?
I throwed the key to this side away , but founded ... Now it is melted in the pain of other soldiers , who didn't find the way to get reed of it ... And who is lucky ?! The ones , who found it ... or the ones , who couldn't loose it ???????


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