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Doctor Who: Shada
Doctor Who: Shada
by Gary Russell
Edition: Audio CD
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary "lost" episode turns out to be awesome, February 2, 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: Shada (Audio CD)
One of Douglas Adams' (yes, THAT Douglas Adams) few Doctor Who stories, "Shada" was supposed to be filmed in the late 70s, but labor disputes stopped filming before it was completed.

Now a six-part story for the Eighth Doctor and Romana II, "Shada" has been given loving treatment by Big Finish, and it's terrific. The supporting cast--which includes Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood in the "Harry Potter" movies)--is uniformly excellent, with dramatic chops as well as sparkling comic timing.

Fans of Douglas Adams' other works may enjoy spotting the plot elements that Adams recycled into "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".

The Church and the Crown (Doctor Who)
The Church and the Crown (Doctor Who)
by Cavan Scott
Edition: Audio CD
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swash your buckle with one of the very best audios, February 2, 2009
One of my personal favorites! "The Church and the Crown" takes the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem (ex-pharaoh turned time traveler, introduced in the previous story) to Paris in 1626, just in time for them to get mixed up in the machinations between Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu.

High-spirited adventure mixes with some very funny moments in this pure historical (i.e. no science fiction) story.

The Rocketeer
The Rocketeer
DVD ~ Alan Arkin
Price: $10.19
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lame DVD, November 21, 2008
This review is from: The Rocketeer (DVD)
When the special features consist of: 1) the theater trailer, and 2) ads for more movies, you know you've got a Lame DVD on your hands. In its bid to be the World's Lamest DVD, this one also features a terrible-looking pixellated transfer.

Deleted scenes? Commentaries? Other languages? Translations of the German phrases spoken? You will find none of those here. Can there be a special edition, please?

The movie's pretty good, though.

Pushing Daisies: Season 1
Pushing Daisies: Season 1
DVD ~ Lee Pace
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $15.95
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's brave to be happy, October 30, 2008
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This review is from: Pushing Daisies: Season 1 (DVD)
How do we construct ourselves? If we cling to the past, is that a strength or a weakness? When we finally decide to face our demons and begin the difficult, messy, painful, and utterly, utterly necessary process of rebirth, how do we decide what to keep and what to let go?

Cynicism is cheap and easy. It doesn't take any effort to continue in the path you're on, even if you're unhappy. Let's hear it for a show that advocates the much more difficult path of learning to be happy.

Life on Mars: Series 1 [Region 2 Import - Non USA Format]
Life on Mars: Series 1 [Region 2 Import - Non USA Format]
DVD ~ John Simm
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Existentialist fish-out-of-water buddy cop show, December 11, 2007
One of the most unusual, subtle, and philosophically sophisticated series to grace the small screen!

Our first glimpse of DCI Sam Tyler isn't very promising. He's coolly efficient at his job, but doesn't seem to derive anything more than a grim satisfaction from it. He's dating a subordinate, which tells you everything you need to know about his social life.
Then he is thrust into a bizarre situation: after a near-fatal car accident, he finds himself in 1973. Why 1973? He doesn't know. Complicating Sam's already impossible situation is that some of his senses (especially sight and touch) indicate that he is in 1973, while others (especailly hearing) indicate that he is lying comatose in a 2006 hospital bed.
Lost, confused, and frightened, Sam attempts to work out what has happened to him... and how to get home to 2006. If he can't trust his memories or the evidence of his own senses, what can he trust?
Very slowly, Sam begins to change. He smiles. He rediscovers and reconnects with what he's lost--a family cat, football matches, then his mother and father. We see that 1973 Manchester is, economically, a much bleaker place than 2006 Manchester... but it's also warmer, more organic, all earth tones in contrast to sleekly modern 2006, which is filmed in cool blues and greys. Sam's 1973 bedsit is hideous, a garish riot of oranges and browns, but it's also more lived-in than his spotless white-and-chrome 2006 flat. But 1973 isn't a lost paradise, either; "Life on Mars" doesn't hide 1973's flaws or film it through a rose-coloured camera lens. It shows us what we have gained, and what we have lost along the way. We see that the reforms in policing that stifled Sam and his colleagues in 2006 are a direct reaction to the police abuses Sam sees in 1973.
Sam's 2006 knowledge and sensibilities are both boon and liability. He's had a thorough grounding in criminal psychology and modern forensics, and he's extremely well-acquainted with drug crime, which is only just beginning in 1973. But he never seems to realize the extent to which casual racism and sexism affect life in 1973. He treats WPC Annie Cartwright, the lone woman in the department, as an equal--which she appreciates--but doesn't understand why everyone else doesn't. He sees in her a talented cop being underused; he's right, of course, but he thinks that all he needs to do to further her integration into CID is to draw attention to her abilities. To no one's surprise except Sam's--certainly not Annie's--the men react with undisguised contempt.
It's this sort of subtle contrast between 1973 and 2006--the weaknesses inherent in being from the future, as well as the strengths--that really set "Life on Mars" apart.
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Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.
Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.
by Robert L. Peters
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.33
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A star to every wand'ring bark, September 2, 2006
I found the transition from college to graduate school to be more difficult than the transition from high school to college. Though I excelled at the carefully ordered world of my undergraduate days, I felt rudderless and alone in the much less structured world of grad school. This book was invaluable: tips on navigating the swamp of classes, research, and "real life", surviving grad student penury, and, most of all, a constant exhortation to keep one's eyes on the prize.

This book helped. It really did.

JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank
JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank

111 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal commute vehicle!, February 17, 2006
Like many Angelenos, I was resigned to my 30-mile (each way) commute on the 4-O-5. Two hours a day, easy.
Thank you, Badonkadonk! All you doubters--you should see the other motorists yield to me now! And the cops are kept at bay by the onboard howitzer on swivel mount.

I'm making such great time that I even have enough time to drive through a Starbucks on my way to work. And I do mean that literally.

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