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Hacksaw Ridge.
Author: Doss, Desmond, 1919-2006 -- Drama. -- United States. Army -- Medical personnel -- Drama. -- Gibson, Mel, film director. -- Schenkkan, Robert, 1953- screenwriter. -- Knight, Andrew, screenwriter. -- Garfield, Andrew, 1983- actor. -- Worthington, Sam, 1976-
Publisher: Moore Park, New South Wales Distributed by Icon Film Distribution, [2017] -- ©2017
Review by: disney  on: 16/08/2017 2:19:11 PM
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The movie "Hacksaw Ridge" (2016), is directed by Mel Gibson, and starring Andrew Garfield (The amazing Spider-man), Hugo Weaving (Proof), Rachel Griffiths (Saving Mr Banks), Teresa Palmer (Lights out), Vince Vaughn (The break-up) and Sam Worthington (Paper planes), just to name a few. The movie is based on the 2004 documentary about Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector (C.O.) to receive the Medal of Honor. After the bombing on Pearl Harbor, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) decides to enlist in the army. However, being a faithful 7th Day Adventist Christian, Desmond refuses to carry a gun: "Thou shalt not kill". During training at Fort Jackson, his refusal to carry a gun creates a hostile environment. Sargent Howell (Vince Vaughn) makes light of the situation. Whereas, Captain Glover (Sam Worthington) is determined to have Desmond Doss "break" and voluntarily leave the army. Desmond's strong faith and humility help keep him in the army, allowing him to serve as a combat medic. His faith and love for his wife (Teresa Palmer) gives him the strength and courage, "just one more God", having saved 75 soldiers at Hacksaw Ridge against the Japanese. The story is inspirational. It is a brilliantly constructed film. The war scenes are visually horrific emphising the tragedy of war and the loss of young men. Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. Desmond Doss tells the story of having washed the blood from the eyes of a soldier (as seen in the film). The soldier smiles and says: "I thought I was blind". Recalling this story Desmond Doss says, "And if I hadn't got anything more at the war than that smile he gave me, I'd have been well repaid".
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A united kingdom.
Author: Khama, Seretse, Sir, 1921-1980 -- Drama. -- Khama, Ruth, 1924-2002 -- Drama. -- Oyelowo, David, actor. -- Pike, Rosamund, 1979-, actor. -- Asante, Amma, 1969-, film director. -- Hibbert, Guy, screenwriter.
Publisher: [Australia] Distributed by Universal Sony pictures Home Entertainment, [2017] -- ©2017
Review by: disney  on: 16/08/2017 11:47:27 AM
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The movie "A United Kingdom" (2016) is directed by Amma Asante (A way of life), and stars English actor David Oyelowo (Selma), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), with added talents lending to a remarkable story. The movie is based on a true story, filmed in Botswana and London. The story begins in Post World War Two-1947. Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), heir to the throne of Bechuanaland, is studying law in London. He meets and falls in love with a "white" woman named Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). Wanting to marry (and they do), they both face opposition from their families, the Tribe's people and society. Their greatest opposition is from the British Government, who tries to tear the two apart. Concerned that a white woman becoming Queen of Bechuanaland, will rock relations between the two countries. David Oyelowo brings a passion to his role. The scene where convincing the Tribe's people for acceptance, and explaining his love for his wife is moving. They are real tears. The filming of the landscape is beautiful. Sereste and Ruth Khama's son was elected president of Botswana in 2008. After declaring independence from Britain, Bechuanaland become Botswana.
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Chaplin : a life / Stephen Weissman ; introduction by Geraldine Chaplin.
Author: Weissman, Stephen M. -- Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., c2008.
Review by: disney  on: 9/08/2017 4:57:21 PM
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The biography titled "Chaplin: a life" (2008) is written by American psychoanalyst Stephen Weissman. The author focuses on Charlie Chaplin's early childhood to his adolescent years. Chaplin's close relationship with his mother, who was his biggest influence in becoming an actor. The author takes the reader back in time to the 1890s and early 1900s. He paints a vivid picture of the British Music Halls, the Cockney comedians and the people who lived and loitered the Music Halls and streets of London. The author gives an insightful portrait of Charlie Chaplin and his surroundings of poverty, time spent in an orphange, his mother's deterioration due to mental health and his estranged alchoholic father. This having been the influence of Chaplin's creation of the character "The Tramp", and his genius movie making. An interesting and well written book. It is unlike some biographies, there is no sensationalism or Hollywood gossip. Recommended read "Charles Chaplin My Autobiography".
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From manuscript to marketing : self publishing for beginners / Debra Squires and Linda Barraclough
Author: Squires, Debra. -- Barraclough, Linda.
Publisher: Bairnsdale, Vic : Kapana Press, 1991.
Review by: Hewitt, Janine Maree Ms  on: 8/08/2017 9:03:36 PM
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Very limited usefulness. Being 26 years old this book is from a previous era prior to e-publishing. Its primary focus is on self publishing family histories so also of limited usefulness for fiction or other genres.
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A house full of daughters / Juliet Nicolson.
Author: Nicolson, Juliet, author. -- Nicolson, Juliet. -- Nicolson, Juliet -- Family. -- Nicholson family.
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2016. -- London Chatto & Windus, 2016. -- ©2015
Review by: Catnip  on: 8/08/2017 4:26:02 PM
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Juliet Nicolson comes from a family were the habit of writing down the story of our lives has long been a tradition. Probably her most famous ancestor was Vita Sackville-West Still but there were many other members of her family who wrote as well. Like in most families, there are legends and secrets. The book focuses on seven generations of interesting women, many who lived lives that were far from conventional. The book is about daughters and mothers, about abandonment, secrets and jealousy, about a sense of belonging to a place as well as loneliness. Sometimes habits of how to deal with things seem to be inherited, with sad results. It is also about fathers who turned out to often be the more reliable and loving parent.
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Be different : adventures of a free-range aspergian with practical advice for aspergians, misfits, families & teachers / John Elder Robison.
Author: Robison, John Elder. -- Robison, John Elder -- Mental health.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : Bantam, 2011.
Review by: russ  on: 4/08/2017 8:30:14 PM
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An excellent easy to read book for anyone seeking to better understand Asperger's Syndrome as it may effect a child or adult - and it was authored by a person diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome!
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My family remembers the 1990s / James Nixon.
Author: Nixon, James.
Publisher: London : Franklin Watts, 2011.
Review by: Roche, Jessie Ms  on: 22/07/2017 3:31:14 PM
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This book was really good. I liked learning about everything that happened in the 90's.
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Moana.
Author: Johnson, Dwayne, 1972-, voice actor. -- Cravalho, Auli'i, 2000-, voice actor.
Publisher: South Yarra, Victoria The Walt Disney Company (Australia), [2017] -- ©2017
Review by: disney  on: 4/07/2017 4:05:03 PM
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The animated Disney film "Moana (2017) is co-directed by veterns Ron Clements and John Musker (both Aladdin). The movie is brought to life by voice talents such as, young Hawaiian singer/actress Auli'i Cravalho as Moana, New Zealander Rachel House as Gramma Tala and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the demigod Maui. The movie is about Moana. The daughter of chief Tui and heir of a Polynesian island of Motunui. She is chosen by the ocean to help retrieve the pounami stone, the mystical heart of the island goddess Te Fiti. The stone was stolen by the demigod Maui, who attacked, loses the stone. Moana feels the pull of the ocean. Gramma Tala explains that their ancestors where once voyagers, discovering new islands across the world. Against her father's wishes, Moana secretly sets sail with her (hilarious) pet rooster Heihei. Thus, the adventure begins. The cinematography is spectacular, visually stunning and to the point of realistic. The dipiction of the wind is shown by the movement and realism of Moana's hair. The music and songs are powerful, supporting the strong female protagonist. The movie was nominated for "Best Animated Feature" and "Best Original Song ("How far I'll go") at the 89th Academy Awards.
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City lights [videorecording]
Author: Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977. -- Cherrill, Virginia, 1908- -- Lee, Florence, 1888-1962. -- Myers, Harry, 1886-1938. -- Garcia, Allan, 1887-1938. -- Mann, Hank, 1887-1971. -- Totheroh, Roland H., 1890-1967. -- Pollock, Gordon. -- Robinson, David.
Publisher: Australia : Paramount, c2010.
Review by: disney  on: 3/07/2017 3:29:58 PM
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The silent movie "City Lights" (1931) is directed, written (music composed by) and starring, Charles (Charlie) Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin stars as "a tramp", who falls for a poor blind girl (Virginia Cherrill). The Tramp, having saved an intoxicated eccentric millionaire (Harry Myers) from committing suicide, they become friends, only while the milliomaire stays drunk. The tramp befriends the blind girl, financially supporting her through the funds of the eccentric millionaire. "City Lights" is my first introduction to the Charlie Chaplin movies. The story is humourous and moving. Charlie Chaplin is a genius! His body language and facial expressions tell the story. His slapstick style of comedy is due to his acrobatic talent, and his sense of comic timing is precise. The scene where the Tramp is boxing against his opponent is brilliantly choreographed and hilarious. Charlie Chaplin had a reputation for being a perfectionist. "City Lights" is proof, having taken 300 outtakes for only one scene. The intensity of the Tramp's gaze, towards the end of the movie, is memorising. Need to watch Charlie Chaplin movies: "Modern Times", "The kid" and "Gold rush".
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Walt before Mickey.
Author: Disney, Walt, 1901-1966 -- Drama. -- Iwerks, Ub, 1901-1971 -- Drama. -- Disney, Roy O. (Roy Oliver), 1893-1971 -- Drama. -- Mouse, Mickey (Fictitious character) -- Drama. -- Le, Khoa, film director. -- Bernstein, Arthur L., producer, screenwriter, actor.
Publisher: [Australia] Shock Entertainment, [2016] -- ©2016
Review by: disney  on: 5/06/2017 3:58:19 PM
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The movie "Walt before Mickey" (2015) is directed by Khoa Le and written, produced and starring as Ub Iwerks, Armando Gutierrez. The movie is based on the biographical book titled "Walt before Mickey: Disney's early years, 1919-1928" by Timothy S. Susanin. The movie begins in Missouri, with Walt as a young boy on his family's farm. He is distracted from his chores by immersing himself drawing farm animals on the barn wall. Walt's unsupportive and disciplinary father scolds him. However, his father's rigidness and work ethic help Walt (Thomas Ian Nicholas) overcome obstacles, such as, homelessness and bankrupcy. This is shown from the beginning of his business, in a barn with two broken tables to his business "Laugh-o-gram". The Alice short comedies exposes Walt's talent and vision, with the help of his gifted team, including Ub Iwerks and Friz Freleng (Taylor Gray), who went on to have a very successful career with Warner Bros, Luney Tunes. Walt Disney's determination, vision, talent and passion are a result of today. Mickey Mouse 1928...history is made.
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