Posts By: Laura Seymour

Laura Seymour

Flicks & Folios – Movie Review: The Dinner Game

I’m a bit embarrassed not to have heard of this film masterpiece from France. I admit it. But I’m awfully glad I caught up! Written and Directed by Francis Veber, The Dinner Game, is a hilarious comedy of errors. It popped on Bravo TV’s screen recently and I found myself immediately disgusted seeing English subtitles…. Read more »

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Before I start I want to defend my reasons for choosing this film – it’s hilariously bad (films like this have websites dedicated to them!), but at the same time it’s got such clever mixed media and creative nonsense I thought I’d risk my reputation to review it. (Do I have a reputation?!) Other write-ups… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Chinese Acupuncture And Moxibustion

Finding this book wasn’t very easy, but I plan to scoot over to China some day to study acupuncture and this textbook was listed as required reading. Considering the SARS epidemic currently in the Orient, and my maxed out credit cards, don’t expect any exotic reports from China too soon! I bumped into this book… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – The Accidental Spy

Well well well:I’ve found my favourite Jackie Chan film! Hilariously, his character Bei is a failed exercise equipment salesman. He becomes a spy by foiling a jewellery heist. This leads him to Liu, a private investigator who convinces Bei he is actually the long-lost son of a wealthy Korean businessman. He’s soon involved in an… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Honestly, I’ll admit I’m usually a very “North American” reader. All of my authors of choice generally write in English as a first language and describe my cultural background. I guess one day that got awfully boring. Therefore, it is a distinct pleasure to have such a lovely introduction into the world of Chinese authors…. Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Mr. Deeds

If you’re an Adam Sandler fan, the review I’m about to give won’t matter to you – you’ll brush it off. If you’re a Jimmy Stewart fan – I’m hoping you need to go wash your hair when this film is playing! The local movie channels are playing the latest “remake” of Mr. Deeds Goes… Read more »

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Once in a while a pocketbook comes along that completely blows me away. The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot is one of those books! Published in 1992 by HarperPerrenial it is an amazing find! The cover quote is from Jean Houston, Ph.D. author of The Possible Human: “One of the most important books of the… Read more »

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The first time I saw this title mentioned on Shaw’s pay per view film list, the hubby and I had recently booked our cruise (see last week’s article). I was really interested in boning up on my Italian for the trip but I didn’t want to add any extra bills on to our already hefty… Read more »

Do You Know The Cembalo?

The last two weeks I’ve been on a “special assignment” for The Voice. My husband and I did a transatlantic crossing starting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and finished in Genoa, Italy. I’ve decided, since we’re now broke, that I’d write a story to my fellow Athabasca University students to tell you about the entertainment value… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Holistic Home

Very rarely do I ever purchase what I call “feel good” books. They are often expensive and the content is mostly glitz. Holistic Home, however, described on the front cover as a book for “creating an environment for physical and spiritual well-being” delivers just that and is my exception in the purchasing books department. This… Read more »