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Ace Ventura - Pet Detective (1994) [DVD]
Ace Ventura - Pet Detective (1994) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Carrey
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.96

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best movie ever!!!, 25 Dec. 2007
I must have watched this movie thirty times in one month during college! A true classic script and especially performance by Jim Carrey, with nonstop manic nonsense and madness. Filled with tons of hilarious one liners and quotables from Carrey. I think it's Carrey's funniest performance, with Liar Liar second, and The Mask third. This was him making it to the big time as a comic actor and he holds nothing back. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls (1995) [DVD]
Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls (1995) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Carrey
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the first one, but still hilarioius, 25 Dec. 2007
Not surprisingly, this sequel is not as funny as the first Ace Ventura movie, but it is still hilarious and well worth seeing, especially if you like Jim Carrey and his physical comedy. The first Ace Ventura movie is an absolute classic of maniacal physical comedy, so it would have been very hard to top that. Nonetheless, if you liked the first one, you should get a lot of laughs out of this one too. Plenty of wacky nature scenes, funny animals, and car driving like only Ace can do it. Where does it rank with Carrey's other comedies? It's not as good as the top four: the first Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Liar Liar. But it's not that far behind either. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


Adventures of Ford Fairlane [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Adventures of Ford Fairlane [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ J. K. Rowling

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty entertaining, 25 Dec. 2007
This is a pretty entertaining movie, as I recall, but not exactly super hilarious or super clever. At this point in his career, the Diceman had become very well known, and I get the feeling that this was somewhat of a standard movie to cash in on that notoriety. Not necessarily as funny or as shocking as some of his stand-up material, but still worth a look, partly because it's a slice of American pop culture history. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Alexander - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Offered by MEDIA-MOST-WANTED
Price: £2.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad, 25 Dec. 2007
This film has been much maligned but I don't quite understand why. While I wouldn't say that it's among Stone's best, it is still a pretty good movie. Colin Farrell plays a pretty low key Alexander. One might argue that his is a lackluster performance, but I think somewhat low key was Stone's intent. I must say that I didn't like Anthony Hopkins' role that much, but Val Kilmer had a memorable one. The battle scenes played out well, but may have been a bit perfunctory. Maybe the main reason the film didn't do well is timing, namely coming on the heels of other ancient battle movies such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


Alive [DVD] [1993]
Alive [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £17.24

5.0 out of 5 stars interesting study in psychology, 25 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Alive [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Like others have said, the director handled the uncomfortable aspects of this storyline in a tactful and compassionate manner. An interesting study in psychology, the film describes a real-life Survivor scenario, as in the reality television show. Ethan Hawke's character is the one I find most memorable, including his dangerous hike out of the mountains to safety. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


All About The Benjamins [DVD]
All About The Benjamins [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ice Cube
Price: £5.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cube goes through the motions, 25 Dec. 2007
I hate to be negative, but Ice Cube has been involved in some much better movies than this. It's not a terrible movie, since it has a few good laughs and some cool action sequences, like the wacky opening scene. But it's not exactly the most creative storyline, and I wonder if the people involved were really putting their full effort into it. Unlike some other reviewers, I thought that Mike Epps was pretty funny. The bad guys were pretty cool too, and Ice Cube did an okay job with his acting. Overall, not a great action movie by any means, but worth a look. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


Mind Wide Open: Why You Are What You Think (Penguin Press Science)
Mind Wide Open: Why You Are What You Think (Penguin Press Science)
by Steven Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant symphony, 2 Dec. 2007
A highly entertaining, thought provoking, and pleasant read. It's sort of a blend of science and popular philosophy, the musings of a creative and bright guy. Mr. Johnson addresses a subject that is of great interest to me, namely neurotransmitter systems such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. He also touches upon Peter Kramer's "Listening to Prozac" and the neurotransmitter personality model of C. Robert Cloninger. Mr. Johnson points out that low serotonin may be the cause of the psychological condition of rejection sensitivity, although this may actually be caused by a high level of norepinephrine as well. My only significant criticism is that Mr. Johnson may be speculating a bit much, and making somewhat of sweeping generalizations to suit his own ideas. Nonetheless, this book is well worth reading. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery
Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery
by Don Richard Riso
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative and detailed, 2 Dec. 2007
Don Riso is one of the key figures and innovators in the field of Enneagram studies. This is not the first of his books (and here he has partnered with Russ Hudson), nor is it the most recent, but it does represent refinement and improvement over his earlier works. There are several other authors who have written books on the Enneagram, but I don't think anyone else has done it as well. Riso is a highly articulate guy who doesn't sugar coat things, and reading his descriptions of personality types such as the average or unhealthy three is a bit unsettling. I'd say he has, for better or worse, great insight into human nature. A minor criticism is that I disagree with his classification of certain famous people, although in most cases he seems to get it right. Anyone interested in personality and human behavior in general will find this a fascinating read. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


The Truth about the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do about It
The Truth about the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do about It
by Dr Marcia Angell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.11

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars axe to grind, 2 Dec. 2007
Dr. Angell seems to have a serious axe to grind in writing this book, but then again nearly everyone who writes a book has an axe to grind to some degree. She's right that the large drug companies have become heavily involved in marketing, their drugs are very highly priced in the United States, and they do produce many "me-too" drugs. To some degree, though, this is par for the course for any big company that is trying to protect its interests in a highly competitive market. It may be that the industry will behave like this indefinitely if no one intervenes, or it could be that after all of the "low hanging fruit" drugs, such as SSRIs, are created and their patents run their course, fewer big drug companies will be able to survive. We may be witnessing something like the end of the dotcom boom. In either case, Dr. Angell's book is well researched and loaded with facts and examples. It's probably good for everyone to hear her ideas. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Robert Pirsig
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for the philosophically inclined, 2 Dec. 2007
This book is for the philosophically inclined, and somehow I never quite got into it. I found myself enjoying the events in the book (especially the traveling), rather than the abstractions and ponderings of the author. However, it's probably a classic for the latter items rather than the former. I can see why people like it so much, and it is very well written and timeless, but it's not my cup of tea. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.


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