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Up In The Air [Blu-ray] [2009]
Up In The Air [Blu-ray] [2009]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Price: £6.79

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love or hate it - I love it!!, 27 Jan. 2010
George Clooney is the detached central character in Oscar nomination form. He's a professional fire man, who personally fires surplus employees on behalf of companies across the USA and obsessively clocks up air mile privileges along the way. Clooney's relationships with colleagues, a girl he meets in transit, sister and family act as counterpoints to his otherwise lonely existence. Old and contemporary themes find a home here in the pursuit of love and life's meaning amid the background detachment of modern air travel. The human drama and fragility of the characters from the fired (not actors but people fired in life) to those doing the firing holds your interest throughout. The movies taught direction and memorable musical score adds zest to the visual palate. I'd like to see more. Yep I loved it.


Up In The Air [DVD]
Up In The Air [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.09

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right there up in the air, 25 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Up In The Air [DVD] (DVD)
George Clooney is the detached central character in Oscar nomination form. He's a professional fire man, who personally fires surplus employees on behalf of companies across the USA and obsessively clocks up air mile privileges along the way. Clooney's relationships with colleagues, a girl he meets in transit, sister and family act as counterpoints to his otherwise lonely existence. Old and contemporary themes find a home here in the pursuit of love and life's meaning amid the background detachment of modern air travel. The human drama and fragility of the characters from the fired (not actors but people fired in life) to those doing the firing holds your interest throughout. The movies taught direction and memorable musical score adds zest to the visual palate. I'd like to see more. Yep I loved it.


What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World
What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World
by Noam Chomsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nation with the biggest stick, 3 Jan. 2010
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HEALTH WARNING: THIS BOOK WILL CHALLENGE AND CHANGE THE WAY YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AND YOUR POSITION IN IT.
'What we say goes' has the usual Chomsky hallmarks of massively sourced research to back an alternative comprehension and argument to the given truth and statement of establishment wisdom and propaganda. This is one of Chomsky's most accessible books that effectively demystifies a wide range of topics covering the real politic of USA history and its foreign policy. Chomsky demonstrates how the USA government dominates world affairs and international institutions like the UN in pursuit of narrow national and/or private corporate interest. At the same time the interests of a majority of USA citizens are habitually suppressed, marginalised or ignored. It is unsurprising that Chomsky remains the world's foremost living intellectual in terms of peer recognition and as a student resource. His book on 9/11 reached no.3 on the New York Times best seller list despite lack of reviews by the popular press. The sources of Chomsky's arguments and examples are meticulously referenced. Yet given the range of source materials the book remains accessible and rewards repeat reading. So help others to see the light - pass it on when you've finished.


Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
by Noam Chomsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars understanding power, 11 Dec. 2009
HEALTH WARNING: READING THIS BOOK WILL CHALLENGE AND CHANGE THE WAY YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AND YOUR POSITION IN IT.
'Understanding Power' has the usual Chomsky hallmarks of massively sourced research to back an alternative comprehension and argument to the given wisdom and propaganda of the establishment. Using a question and answer format over 10 chapters the book demystifies a wide range of topics including: the role of the state, the nature of the capitalist economy, USA foreign relations and the alienated individual who make up the vast majority of the books audience. Reading this book it is unsurprising that Chomsky remains the worlds foremost living intellectual in terms of peer recognition and as a student resource. His book explaining the significance of 9/11 reached no.3 on the New York Times best seller list despite lack of reviews by the popular press. The sources of Chomsky's arguments and examples are meticulously referenced. Yet given the range of materials the book remains accessible and rewards repeat reading. As stated on the back cover not to read Chomsky is to deliberately court ignorance. So help others to see the light - pass it on when you've finished.


Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973]
Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Bruce Lee
Price: £4.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Never equalled never bettered, 18 Sept. 2009
Great plot, action and characters. Kung Fu fan or not - you wont forget or beat this. The movie features a peerless exhibtion of Kung Fu skills by the master Bruce Lee himeself, along with a good suporting cast of heroes and villains. Who can forgot back breaking Bolo Yeung for a start! The core of the action takes place on an island (no guns allowed) owned by the man with the claw and where only the best survive in lethal hand to hand combat. Bruce Lees final, best and most memorable film that effectively introduced Kung Fu to mainstream Hollywood. Its been downhill, dilluted or comedy Kung Fu since. Saw it in the cinema when it first came out as a young teenager and it still hits the mark. Five stars


Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead [DVD] [1996]
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Andy Garcia
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £3.40

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Williams on steroids!!!!!!, 18 Sept. 2009
Treat Williams is out to lunch and awesome in a career defining role. Other more well known characters (Walken, Garcia etc ) take a step back on this one. The plot revolves around bad men doing bad things to each other. Bossman Garcia gathers a group of misfits togther against his better judgement to do a job for bigger bossman - outlandish wheel chair bound Walken. TW steals the movie for me with his portrail of an unbalanced gunman pushed beyond reason and as the plot develops reasoning. Tight plot twists and antagonistic characters gives the movie edge, pace and suspence to the end. Underated classic sez I.


Bullitt [1968] [DVD]
Bullitt [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve McQueen
Price: £5.30

5.0 out of 5 stars See McQuueen at his uber cool best, 16 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Bullitt [1968] [DVD] (DVD)
Steve McQueen at his uber cool best is `Bullitt' the cynical case hardened cop who works in a world of mafia hit men and political intrigue. A good supporting cast including Jacqueline Blisset (girlfriend) and Robert Vaughn (political wannabe) add depth and character to this twisted tale of mafia murder and police pursuit with its legendary signature car chase. Although the locations appear familiar: the cars, fashion and music produce a late 60's San Frisco nostalgia trip for the viewer. You simply can't make `em like this anymore. Check other reviews for DVD quality and format. Otherwise five stars.


Bonnie And Clyde [1967] [DVD]
Bonnie And Clyde [1967] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Warren Beatty
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Tooo good to miss..., 23 Aug. 2008
Bonny and Clyde stars Fahy Dunnaway and Warren Beatty in peerless form and is Hollywood's most cinematic take on the exploits of the infamous depression era duo. Bonny and Clyde meet up and form the Barrow gang to rob, murder and run from the law in the 1930s depression era of the USA. Class supporting roles are provided by the remainder of the Barrow clan/gang including notable early roles for Gene Hackman as Buck Barrow, and Micheal Pollard as CW Moss. Estelle Parsons earned a deserved Oscar for her role as Buck Barrow's understandably nervous wife Blanche. The period music, cars and realistic set piece action scenes add authentic background and pace to the story of the doomed central characters. The movies direction ensures that the audience is carried along with Bonny and Clyde in all their exploits as they duck and drive towards their bloody end. Era defining movie classic.


Hard Times [DVD]
Hard Times [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charles Bronson
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £14.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bronsons magnum opus, 21 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Hard Times [DVD] (DVD)
Bronson's magnum opus and proof positive that actions speaks louder than words. Bronson is at his taciturn best in the central role of an ageing 1930's depression street fighter, whose plans don't stretch beyond the 'next bend in the road'. In the acutely rendered hard times of the period: Bronson, James Coburn (gambling debt ridden fight manager) and Strother Martin (drunk ex medical student trainer) team up to outwit and outfight local big shot fight promoters, debt collectors and street fighters in a series of debt laden bare knuckle fights. Love interest is provided by various distaff girlfriends (including Bronson's real life wife Jill Ireland), whose relationships with the trio last about as long as the realistic fights - not long. The New Orleans locations and authentic period details of contrasting poverty and wealth add gritty realism to the hard fights that follow. In hard times actions also speak louder than music. The musical score is unobtrusive and except for a Cajun southern gumbo musical riff unremarkable. I will guarantee though that fans of the main characters and realistic street fight movies won't be disappointed. A man's man film. Five stars.


Cool Hand Luke [1967] [DVD]
Cool Hand Luke [1967] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Newman
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £5.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What we have here is my favorite movie., 10 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Cool Hand Luke [1967] [DVD] (DVD)
Paul Newman in his late prime heads a memorable ensemble cast of prison characters including Harry Dean Stanton, Anthony Zerbe and noteably George Kennedy in his Oscar winning role as dragline. A battle of wills ensues with Luke versus all comers: prisoners, camp guards, tracking dogs, visiting family, God and finally the camp captain played by Strother Martin. While scenes of the egg contest and the girl washing a car are now movie icon, it's the less lauded scenes for me that grab you and keep you. If Luke talking to his dying mother in the back of a pickup truck or getting the help of two kids to cut his leg chain during an escape isn't Oscar material - What is? The music is sparse like the scenery and often provided by the Banjo picking of the convicts themselves. Any roads I first saw this on UK TV in the early seventies in its first showing - in glorious black and white. You lucky sods now get to see it in colour on DVD.


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