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The Day After Tomorrow [VHS] (2004)
The Day After Tomorrow [VHS] (2004)
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £5.99

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ideologically dangerous, 2 Dec. 2004
In a world on the brink of natural disaster, nothing fundamentally changes - America is inpenetrable in any real ideological way. Ok, you can destroy part of our country, but the world is still governed by the Americans, and the dollar. In many ways, this film, such as it is, seems like the ultimate fetish movie for the American ideology. The royal family are destroyed, and thus the only historical link that predates the birth of America that is still recognised in the States is destroyed, and thus America becomes the past, present and future of the world.
Good god, 'We have agreed to write off the national debt of Mexico.' Preposterous - in a world consumed by natural disaster, the film cannot distances itself from the dollar, the human experience is still very much second to finance and commerce, and thus everything remains inside the spectrum of a globalised ideal.
Hey, but its all right because the Dick Cheney figure recognises that we need to be humble at the end of the film, and the natural disaster has given power the humility it needs? - absolutely not. It still purveys that, mistakes made or not, the same figures remain at the top, whilst Canada disappears (the ultimate pre-Gulf fantasy for many Americans)
My ideal conclusion to this movie would have seen a country unaffected by the disaster (i.e. Australia, South Africa, Brazil) rise to arms and obliterate the American hegemony, for such a country had the opportune moment to attack a weakened superpower - only the site of Nelson Mandela slapping the chops of Dennis Quaid, whilst sitting in the oval office (now based in a portaloo refuse in Guatemala) would have gave the film an extra star.
Shocking puerile pap.

Letter to a Priest (Routledge Classics)
Letter to a Priest (Routledge Classics)
by Simone Weil
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outside the Black Box, 1 Dec. 2004
The dark night of the soul in literary form, Simone Weil ponders the elusive theological questions that have plagued those who have found the hegemony of the Christian Church too totalitarian for their own needs. Can one be a Christian without conforming to the dogma of much of what constitutes church rhetoric?
Weil's simple, evocative style causes one to question their own theological stance, and the inherent contradictions that exist in Christian practice. The book engaged, like Weil's often do, and for those who seek to question dominant ideological state apparatus (in this instance the hegemony of religious practice), to locate the id amongst the supposed mass, Weil offers support to those who question their religious stance.
The work is brave, simplistic, yet thorough, and despite its length, the frustration, fears and anxiety which Weil held rise to the fore with a poignant text, which has as much resonance as when it was penned in 1942.

After Theory
After Theory
by Terry Eagleton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

15 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blinkered, 29 Nov. 2004
This review is from: After Theory (Paperback)
Terry Eagleton, the one time enfant terrible of the establishment, is now merely an anomaly, a political dinosaur where once existed some semblance of innovation and witty analysis. After Theory sounds like an academic equivalent of a jaded East End gangster, lament the loss of his culture, usurped by those brash upstarts from the Continent (in this case Mad Dog Baudrillard and the like) An argument has no cultural weight if it does not consider the opposing position. Childish throw away comments pepper the book, and where once Eagleton was witty and pertinent, the jokes are tired and the politics jaded. Disappointing. For whilst the current cultural climate suggests an aposite re-evaluation of what postmodernism actually does, and whether its relevance has since been negated, Eagleton remains the uncle at his niece's 18th party, hogging the dancefloor, but the knees are stiffer than once they were, and the dancing is badly outdated.

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