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It's A Boy Girl Thing [DVD] [2006]
It's A Boy Girl Thing [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Samaire Armstrong
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 3.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't rent it but... it made me laugh., 27 Aug 2008
"It's is a boy girl thing" isn't the kind of movie I'd normally rent. In fact, I didn't rent it, but when I found it in my house, I gave in to temptation and watched it. I must confess it made me laugh.

This film is very predictable, but quite funny, despite the fact that the humor is rather crude sometimes... The two main characters are Nell (Samaire Armstrong), a bright and somewhat nerdy young woman, and Woody (Kevin Zegers), a football player that has the popularity that Nell lacks, but isn't very accustomed to using his brain. Even though these typical albeit very different teenagers can't stand each other, they will have to reach a compromise, due to an spell that ends up switching their bodies. Confusion ensues, as you can imagine...

All in all, I think that those that are expecting the classic high school comedy will like it, if their expectations are just to have some fun... If that is your case, recommended.


Shine a Light [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Shine a Light [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Mick Jagger
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Shine a light" is supposed to be a documentary about the Rolling Stones, but ..., 26 Jun 2008
Martin Scorsese, the director of "Shine a light", showed in his previous documentary about Bob Dylan ("No direction home") that he is capable of illuminating the past of an artist, in order to show the influences on his work and the way in which events that happened in the world had to do with it. Even though I loved that documentary, I merely liked this one.

"Shine a light" is supposed to be a documentary about the Rolling Stones, but it ends up being not much more than a dvd about one of their concerts. I must confess that it is entertaining, but the old footage that Scorsese includes from time to time between takes of the concert don't really manage to tell the spectator much about Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Charlie Watts, or make him understand the reasons why they became one of the most famous bands of our times.

On the whole, I think that "Shine a light" is a dvd that fans of the Rolling Stones will like, provided that they don't expect from it more than a film about a concert. Unfortunately, I did...

Belen Alcat
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Sandisk 4GB Sansa Clip MP3 Player with Radio - Silver
Sandisk 4GB Sansa Clip MP3 Player with Radio - Silver

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I bought it..., 25 Jun 2008
This MP3 player is small and easy to use, has capacity for an incredible amount of songs and videos, and also happens to look very well. I bought it a while ago for all those reasons, and also because, unlike Ipods, Sansa has FM radio, something that I appreciate.

From my point of view, this MP3 player is well-worth the price I paid. I'm glad I bought it, and I can recommend it.

Belen Alcat


27 Dresses [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
27 Dresses [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Katherine Heigl
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 2.85

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I feel like I just found out my favorite love song was written about a sandwich", 21 Mar 2008
"27 dresses" is a mildly entertaining comedy that doesn't really rise above average, but makes you laugh from time to time, and has some clever one liners that are quite funny.

The main character is Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl), a woman that adores weddings, and has made a hobby out of being a bridesmaid. She would love to get married, and has already found the right man for her, George (Edward Burns), her boss. Unfortunately, he sees Jane as a friend, and falls head over heels in love for someone else, who happens to be Jane's younger sister, Tess (Malin Akerman). Things get even more confusing for Jane when Kevin (James Marsden), a handsome and somewhat cynical journalist that covers weddings, enters the picture.

All in all, I can say that I liked "27 dresses", but that I'm not likely to watch it again anytime soon. My recommendation? If you hate "chick flicks", stay far away from this movie. In case you are not against them, give this romantic comedy a try.

Belen Alcat


Ghosts Of Cite Soleil [2006] [DVD]
Ghosts Of Cite Soleil [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Asger Leth
Offered by videosanddvds
Price: 2.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good documentary that could have been excellent..., 21 Mar 2008
Ghosts of Cite Soleil" is a good documentary that could have been excellent, if its directors had chosen to dedicate some time to provide the spectator with a better context regarding what was happening in Haiti at the time this film was made, 2004. Without it, we "see" what was happening during Haiti's civil war through the eyes of two gang leaders who took active part in it, but we don't really understand what is going on, or why.

That doesn't mean this documentary is not worth watching, as it gives you an idea of what the lives of the people who lived in the slum of Cité Soleil were like, and the few choices they had in order to stay alive. Become a chimere (or "ghost") and be a part of the gang or die, kill or be killed. Furthermore, "Ghosts of Cite Soleil" prompts you to find out on your own what it doesn't give you, that is, at least a little more information regarding the historical, political, social and economic roots of the deep unrest we witness throughout the film.

On the whole, I can say that "Ghosts of Cite Soleil" portrays a shocking and violent reality in a crude but effective way. I recommend this documentary, but with some reservations: it is not perfect, and it is certainly not for the weak of heart.

Belen Alcat


Persepolis [2008] [DVD]
Persepolis [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Catherine Deneuve
Price: 8.34

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This simple and powerful film is highly likely to strike a cord in you..., 13 Mar 2008
This review is from: Persepolis [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
"Persepolis" (2007), written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, is a beautifully made film that recounts an engaging tale, that also happens to be true. It is important to point out that even though this is an animated film, it is definitely not for children. Nonetheless, I firmly believe that this funny and somewhat wistful movie is a rare gem that teenagers and adults will appreciate in its full value.

This film is based on the autobiography of one of its directors, Marjane Satrapi, a young woman that grew up in Iran, and lived there both before and after the Iranian revolution that established an Islamic Fundamentalist government, drastically reducing personal liberties and imposing a completely different lifestyle on its citizens, specially on women.

Marjane's story allows us to see her as a young and enthusiastic child that shares her parents hopes regarding the new regime, and as a rebellious teenager that cannot understand the limitations that affect women in her country, and that is sent abroad by her parents in order to protect her. We suffer with Marjane when she tries to find herself in Austria, and understand her feelings when she decides to return to Iran in order to be with her family.

What happens then? Well, you have to watch this film in order to find out. All the same, I can let you know that I loved "Persepolis", and that I think that this simple and powerful film is highly likely to strike a cord in you. Highly recommended...

Belen Alcat


Mother Joan Of The Angels [DVD] [1962]
Mother Joan Of The Angels [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Lucyna Winnicka
Offered by BTR Direct Ltd
Price: 3.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that manages to show the way in which faith, superstition and fanaticism can mix..., 7 Mar 2008
"Mother Joan of the Angels" (= "Matka Jonna od Aniolow") is a strange 1961 film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, that manages to show the way in which faith, superstition and fanaticism can mix.

The story that this film tells is set in 17th century Poland, and it is, to say the least, unusual. The main character is Father Suryn (Mieczyslaw Voit), a priest that arrives to a convent in order to exorcise a group of nuns possessed by the demon. Their leader is the abbess, Mother Joan (Lucyna Winnicka), a beautiful young woman that seems to embrace the choice of being possessed by the demon, given that she is aware that she cannot be a saint, and would rather be damned than like everybody else. Father Suryn begins to care too much for her, having his faith tested while he strives to save the nuns and not lose his soul in the process.

Even though this film is loosely based on real facts, I think that its real power comes from the subjective way in which the director chose to tell it. When you finish watching this powerful movie, you don't know whether you liked it or not, but you are sure that "Mother Joan of the Angels" is an enduring work of art worth-seeing. Recommended...

Belen Alcat


Slave to Sensation (Berkley Sensation)
Slave to Sensation (Berkley Sensation)
by Nalini Singh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on itself but even more valuable as the introduction to an outstanding series..., 7 Mar 2008
Have you heard about Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series? They are the kind of books those fond of well-written paranormal romances with a dash of suspense and plenty of interesting characters are highly likely to love. If you haven't heard about them, don't feel too badly, the Psy-Changeling series is relatively new, and I only discovered it by chance in late 2007. Truth to be told, I am very happy I did so, because now I am a fan.

"Slave to sensation" is the first book in this saga, and it was published recently, in 2006. That story begins to acquaint the reader with a different world where three species live side by side, if not always in harmony. The Psy are a race with psychic powers and devoid of feelings; the changelings, shifters that embrace those feelings; and finally, the humans, less powerful and not always taken into account in the arithmetic of power. But what happens when a Psy killer on the loose that preys on changelings breaks the fragile equilibrium achieved by the two main races? That premise is the starting point to the story of Lucas, a powerful changeling, and Sacha, a cardinal Psy, two persons that should be enemies, but that soon realize that they can be much more.

"Slave to sensation" is also the beginning of an universe that Nalini Singh weaves even more consistently with each book, a strange world that makes sense and that ends up engaging the reader, and making him want to know what happens next. Thankfully, Nalini Singh has already written more books in the series ("Visions of heat", "Caressed by ice" and "Mine to possess") and is in the process of writing another, something you will fully appreciate after reading "Slave to sensation".

On the whole, I think that this book is a keeper, great on itself but even more valuable as the introduction to an outstanding series. Highly recommended...

Belen Alcat


Mine to Possess
Mine to Possess
by Nalini Singh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you heard about Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series?, 6 Mar 2008
Have you heard about Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series? They are the kind of books those fond of well-written paranormal romances with a dash of suspense and plenty of interesting characters are highly likely to love.

If you are already a fan of this series and somehow haven't managed to read "Mine to possess" yet, run to your nearest bookstore and buy it. The fourth book in the Psy-Changeling series is just as good as the previous ones, and in this case that is a lot to say.

On the other hand, if you are one of those who haven't heard about this series, and are reading this review just by chance, don't feel too badly. Truth to be told, the Psy-Changeling saga is relatively new: the first book, "Slave to sensation", was published in 2006. That story begins to acquaint the reader with a different world where three species live side by side, if not always in harmony. The Psy are a race with psychic powers and devoid of feelings; the changelings, shifters that embrace those feelings; and finally, the humans, less powerful and not always taken into account in the arithmetic of power. But what happens when a Psy killer on the loose that preys on changelings breaks the fragile equilibrium achieved by the two main races? That premise is the starting point to the story of Lucas, a powerful changeling, and Sacha, a cardinal Psy, two persons that should be enemies, but that soon realize that they can be much more.

"Slave to sensation" is also the beginning of an universe that Nalini Singh weaves even more consistently with each book, a strange world that makes sense and that ends up engaging the reader, and making him want to know what happens next. The second book in the series is "Visions of heat", Faith and Vaughn's story (Psy-changeling), and a wonderful book that takes us deeper into this new world Singh discovered and shares with us. "Caressed by ice", Judd and Brenna's story (Psy-changeling), comes next, adding nuances that make you enjoy it and reread the previous books in the series, looking for clues regarding what you missed before.

Then it is the turn of this book, "Mine to possess", Clay and Tally's story (changeling-human), a story that is complicated and strong, difficult but right. I could tell you more about the plot, but it is better if you discover it for yourself. Please remember that even though these books can be read and enjoyed as stand-alones, you will like them even more if you read the series in order, something that will allow you to appreciate the truly unique universe the author is in the process of creating. Of course, highly recommended :)

Belen Alcat


Who the Devil Made it?: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors
Who the Devil Made it?: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors
by Peter Bogdanovich
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I liked almost anybody that made you realize who the devil was making the picture...", 12 Feb 2008
Peter Bogdanovich is a film director who loves cinema, and enjoys talking about it. "Who the Devil Made It" is a book that includes conversations between him and 16 renowned film directors. These interviews are quite different and were made at diverse times, but have in common one uniting theme: cinema. I already knew something about some of those directors, for example Alfred Hitchcock or Fritz Lang, but I hadn't heard a thing about others that aren't so well-known to the general public nowadays, for example Josef von Sternberg. In all cases, though, after reading these interviews I ended up learning more about their lives, experiences, and general philosophy regarding cinema.

The name of this book is taken from a reflection made by one of the directors Bogdanovich interviewed, Howard Hawks, who when asked what kind of movies he liked, promptly and passionately answered "I liked almost anybody that made you realize who the devil was making the picture... Because the director's the storyteller and should have his own method of telling it."

I cannot help but agree with him, and that is the reason why I recommend this book to you. It will teach you more about the old masters, and maybe motivate you to pay attention to "who the devil made it"...

Belen Alcat


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