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The Remaking of Istanbul: Portrait of an Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century
The Remaking of Istanbul: Portrait of an Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century
by Zeynep Celik
Edition: Paperback
32 used & new from $19.51

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Source, October 27, 2005
Zeynep Celik does an excellent job in summarizing the Ottoman politics in the 19th century and relating the social and economic structure of the empire to Istanbul's architecture and urban planning. The book consists of seven chapters, which include her clear analysis of the regularization of the urban fabric, transportation and some grand schemes proposed by the european architects and planners. She makes references to other european cities, and makes good comparisons for what certain things did/ did not work for the replanning of Istanbul. The book is very easy to read, comprehensive and very illustrative. The maps, diagrams and photographs are very revealing. Great work!


Sylvia
Sylvia
DVD ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
108 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A conventional scenario; but still an enjoyable film., August 9, 2004
This review is from: Sylvia (DVD)
I saw the film in theater yesterday. Let me point out first that 'Sylvia' is quite similar to the movies, like 'The Hours', 'Frida', in that it depicts the artistic career of a woman with love problems. For this reason, you can either get engaged with the movie easily, or you might stop watching it, because you've seen similar scenes before. But the Paltrow effect will probably cause you to choose the first option.

To give some bit of introduction as far as what happens in the movie: Syliva Plath is a young poetess, who's been submitting her poems to magazines to receive a review. She finally gets one. But it's a degrading review, written quite harshly. At the magazine's gathering in the evening, Sylvia finds the man who reviewed her, and enchants him with her beauty. This man is Ted Hughes, who also writes poems, good ones. They marry each other. And this marriage is what the whole film focuses on, which is for you to see.

The cinematography is dealt in a perfect fashion, I'm still amazed at how well they revive the old years in the movies. Details such as Louis Armstrong playing on the small radio in the kitchen, Sylvia's mother telling Sylvia of the fold at the bottom of her dress, german words which are squeezed into conversations such as 'Ubermensch' or 'Bienenkonig' make up very enjoyable moments throughout the movie. Perhaps you shouldn't miss this film.


Rope
Rope
DVD ~ James Stewart
Offered by oldiesrus1
Price: $18.98
26 used & new from $4.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dawn of a New Genre: Suspense, July 31, 2004
This review is from: Rope (DVD)
Suspense is a genre that today's many films are categorized into. Different than horror, the audience looks for elongated moments of tension, created by increased curiosity. But this whole genre should be tributed to Alfred Hitchcock, who told us that one's nerves could be tested to unconventional limits without the showing of blood-sucking vampires, or slice-and-dicing killers.

The whole movie, but the whole of it, is acted in a single room: a living room. That may seem odd at first. However, the acting is done so well, that you won't be thinking of that detail as the suspense climbs on. The film is about two young gentlemen, who have a hard time hiding their victim in a closed chest at the time when they have guests at home. The feeling of guilt, as in all Hitchcock movies, will cause our main characters to feel uncomfortable and at stress, which will cause tension among the other characters and them.

'Rope' may not have many modern techniques that we are used to nowadays; but it definitely provides the suspense elements, that contemporary suspense films are based onto. I recommend this movie to every suspense-lover, but especially to those who are aiming to get sophisticated about where the roots of suspense came from.


Seyahatname
Seyahatname
4 used & new from $17.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I can't explain in words,", July 30, 2004
This review is from: Seyahatname (Audio CD)
says a voice a couple of times, in one of the songs. I think the same thing is valid for the satisfaction one gets from the whole albume. Mercan Dede uses the rhythms and the moods present in sufi music, and creates an above-all-feelings music that just becomes an eternal delight to listen. It's important to note that Mercan Dede believes in sufi philosophy and shows his appreciation throughout his original electronic style. For those, who are trying to choose which of his albumes to purchase, I'd recommend 'Seyahatname'. Mercan Dede made two more albumes after 'Seyahatname', 'Nar' and 'Su', released lately. 'Nar' is also recommended highly.


Secret Window
Secret Window
DVD ~ Charles Dutton
Price: $12.08
289 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Remember, it's a Stephen King scenario., July 10, 2004
This review is from: Secret Window (DVD)
After I saw 'Dreamcathcer', I thought I would never see another Stephen King-influenced film. But I did. And I wasn't disappointed. 'Secret Window', contrary to all pre-conceptions, satisfies the audience.
The film starts rather slowly. One morning, a man dressed fully in black knocks on Depp's door. He claims that Depp stole his story, accusing him with plagiarism. Though he seems to be extraordinarily serious about this. Indeed, he is. Things start happening, and Depp thinks that he needs to do something, before this mad guy kills him for a reason other than plagiarism, which he can't comprehend.
The film's end is a big surprise, and I think you won't be able to guess it beforehand. But, after seeing the end, I just smiled, and bowed before King's genius.
Not a masterpiece, but still a good movie that you can get engaged with, and have a good time.


L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)
L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)
DVD ~ Romain Duris
Price: $6.59
92 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll wish that you, too, acted in this movie!, June 5, 2004
I think I saw this movie two years ago. I enjoyed it, and I wished that I was present in the stage, when they were shooting it. The movie, featuring a bunch of students of different nationalities living in the same apartment, presents you the life in Barcelona, the relationships between these people and more.
A commentary I read about this movie on the newspapers was that, the movie promoted the life in European Union, and being European and having the chance to live the life better. Perhaps, this is because I'm living in Turkey, and Turkey isn't admitted to European Union yet. But even so, it's still nice.
Audrey Tatou will attract many people to watch this movie. However, don't limit your expectations to her only, because her part is quite short. The female audience, on the other hand, might enjoy watching the main character, who has the most modest expression. Good for watching with a bunch of people; will please everyone.


21 Grams
21 Grams
DVD ~ Sean Penn
Offered by newtownvideos
Price: $5.45
220 used & new from $0.01

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a similarity with 'Amores Perros', June 5, 2004
This review is from: 21 Grams (DVD)
Because it's the same director and he deals with both films in a similar fashion, '21 Grams' fails to satisfy the theatre-frequenter. I did not know that the directors were the same before I went in the theatre. Just at the middle of the film though, my memory reminded me of 'Amores Perros' and the similar camerawork, editing and even scenario in that movie. I wasn't wronged. It was Alejandro González Iñárritu.
For the ones who haven't seen Amores Perros, see the movie with full comfort. The movie focuses on the intertwining lives, which are connected to each other by a single event, an incident rather, and resolved by the confrontations of the characters. The editing is done in such a way, that the film's tension increases, as your curiosity increases to match the pieces that don't seem to have a relationship with each other.
More clue? A believer, who lived all his life as an alcoholic sinner and decided to devote himself to Gesus eventually; a sick man, who is about to die if nobody donates a heart to him; and an attractive woman, who has a happy family life. Now bring these three characters together in one film, connected by a car incident. Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn, and Naomi Watts deliver perfect acting.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Minimal Solution for Dinner Table, June 5, 2004
I purchased this table to put the pizza box, or the chinese food onto, at the time when we had absolutely no room on our working tables in our dorm. The Butler table, once folded out, can accomodate a reasonable amount of food/drink, when you can use other spaces in your room to do whatever you have to do. When you've ended your pleasure of eating, you can rest the table folded to a surface. Another positive quality about it is that you don't have to fold the legs and put the tray on top of it; instead, if you prefer so, you can just have the tray on your lap, providing you more comfort. I think the butler table is a perfect solution for those looking for a compact, minimal, and versatile table.


Digitalway MPIO FL100 128 MB MP3 Player
Digitalway MPIO FL100 128 MB MP3 Player
2 used & new from $80.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think any further!, October 13, 2003
I did the search just like you. But the fact is Digitalway MPIO FL100 is the one we've all been looking for. It is light, easy to use, carry around.
You might be thinking if 128 MB is going to suffice for all your favorite songs. And it will, surely! In fact, you'll have a couple of more MBs, which you won't know what to do with.
You might also be thinking whether the transfer from the computer to the machine will cause any problem. Nope! It takes about 90 seconds to download all the songs.
One AAA battery is enough to get you going for 8-9 hours. It may sound bad, but actually it isn't when you consider how often you go to running after all your job, school or whatever.
I know the consumer psychology as I'm a consumer myself. Buy this one and just let it come to you. It's good, and I mean it.


When Strangers Appear
When Strangers Appear
DVD ~ Barry Watson
15 used & new from $13.77

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Approach to "Psycho"ism genre, September 12, 2003
This review is from: When Strangers Appear (DVD)
I got to see this film in the fantasy film festival, that took place in Berlin this year. This film has a "Psycho" feeling to it, with all the camera shots, dialogue types. This is very evident at the very beginning. We're in a country kitchen in the middle of nowhere, it's almost eight o'clock, and there is absolutely nobody except for this young and attractive waitress. But, the tension climbs high up just five seconds later, as a mysterious young man enters the eatery. And, indeed, the whole story is about the mystery of this man, who claims himself to be hiding from his friends. The storyboard is quite interesting, in addition to having a known feeling to it, as a thriller-fan would sense it immediately. Yet it is good.
The direction is meticulously done. Juxtapositions in tension scenes are indeed excitement-stressing, such as the young man's dealing with his wound in the most ungentle fashion and the coffee droplets dripping from the coffee machine, making a 'bizzzz' on the metal surface.
Blood, which is a part of most thriller films, is well used. It's not excesive; it's minimally used, yet very efficiently. I think it"s the fear on the victims that thrill us more, and not the blood.
The end is very interesting. I mean not the end of the story, but the end of the film... I will not tell you, because you really have to see it. I highly recommend this movie.


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