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Can War be Eliminated?
Can War be Eliminated?
by Christopher Coker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual, 28 May 2014
This review is from: Can War be Eliminated? (Paperback)
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Coker is trying to stimulate debate with this little book by presenting a few ideas, some new, some old, regurgitating other peoples ideas and theories and dumping it in a punch bowl of modern pop cultural references. By the end I was left with the feeling that it was all incredibly lightweight and that anyone with even the most basic full spectrum analysis could have pulled this together. Much of the attention appears to be on the evolutionary nature of war and whether the average Joe would recognize it. In a way I tend to agree with what he's saying but he leaves out one important motivational aspect of war: Business.

An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (Oxford World's Classics)
An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (Oxford World's Classics)
by William Godwin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Now more than ever., 24 Jan 2014
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Believe it or not there was once a time when people were concerned about their liberties, there was once a time when people could recognise where the threat to that liberty came from. In the late 1790s people still cared and were courageous enough to stand up and voice their opinions in defence of their liberties. Today 21st century man has become a mere shadow of his former self, distracted by entertainment, indoctrinated by education and sycophantic 24/7 media and totally dependent on the state to meet their every need. Oh lamentation how things have change. Oh to have lived in the time of Godwin; Paine and Mill when people still remembered what it was they were fighting for, "Liberty". Sure there were the dependent and the indoctrinated back then but there were also the voices of dissent. Has there ever been a time in greater need of dissent?

"After our adversaries have exhausted their eloquence and exerted themselves to mislead us, truth has a clear, nervous and simple story to tell, which, if force be excluded on all sides, will not fail to put down their arts. Misrepresentation will speedily vanish, if the friends of truth be but half as alert as the advocates of falsehood" ~ William Godwin

Oxford University Press present the original 1793 edition of this book.

Vax U90-P4-P Power 4 Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Vax U90-P4-P Power 4 Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money, 21 Sep 2010
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My first impression was that this vacuum cleaner looked a bit cheap and nasty but that is to be expected for the price, however I've been using it for a few months and I'm very pleased with its performance.

It had to be assembled, but not with too much difficulty (even for me) as it comes with adequate instructions. Plugging it in for the first time, I couldn't believe what came out of my carpets, dust was flying everywhere almost to the degree that I initially thought that something was wrong with it. There wasn't, it simply illustrated the inadequacy of my previous machine. Quite a revelation!

It has a very powerful suction and a long 10 metre cord that is sufficient for many large size rooms avoiding the annoyance of shorter cords on similar machines (other models come with only 6m cords). It has a see-through dirt container so you know when it's full at a glance. The container is easy to remove and clean, apart from the filter which because of its shape is a bit fiddly. The on/off switch is tucked away and takes a bit of getting used to.

For the price, this vacuum cleaner is excellent value and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to anyone.

Me and Orson Welles [DVD]
Me and Orson Welles [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zac Efron

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 21 April 2010
This review is from: Me and Orson Welles [DVD] (DVD)
To be quite honest I was enormously disappointed by this film. I have in the past enjoyed several of Richard Linklater's film like "Slacker" (1991), "Dazed and Confused" (1993) and "Waking Life" (2001) so have always had a measure of expectation when viewing anything new he does. So add to that a film about Orson Welles and I become excited really. The film is based around Orson Welles preparation for his theatre production of "Julius Caesar" in 1937 which was done in modern dress, however this film ironically is done as period piece which sits at odds with what Orson Welles would have done given the same opportunity. The casting of Zac Efron (whoever he is, a teen heart-throb I'm informed) in the lead is a mistake and seems incredibly cynical because he is out performed in almost every scene he is in. Christian McKay does an excellent job in his portrayal of Charles Foster Kane (whoops) I mean Orson Welles via Charles Foster Kane. You see this is a problem because the character had all the mannerism, facial expressions and bravado of CFK. I'm sure a great director and actor like Orson Welles would have severely critical of the formalistic approach in this film. But then again I don't think it was marketed to anyone who actually knows who Orson Welles was.
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In Memoriam
In Memoriam

4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem., 15 April 2010
This review is from: In Memoriam (Audio CD)
This is one of those rare gems that turn up in the underground, get a limited release and then disappear. There is nothing original about this release, Mayhemic Truth sound almost exactly like viking period Bathory (Twilight of the Gods, 1990) but its done so well that it is hard to find any fault with it. What is important to note as well is that this is a compilation of demo material but it holds together so well that you'd hardly notice any difference. Great album!

The Valley of the Bees [DVD] [1967]
The Valley of the Bees [DVD] [1967]
Dvd ~ Petr Cepek
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 9.75

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great release by Second Run, 15 April 2010
I first thing that became immediately apparent upon viewing "The Valley of the Bees" is that it is not going to be another "Marketa Lazarova". Although having been shot almost immediately afterwards it has a far more formal approach to its direction. The great images are still there but the film as a whole lacks the hallucinatory quality that made "Marketa Lazarova" great. This may be intentional though as this films is more about order and not the chaotic barbarism of the previous film which in turn makes it far easier to follow in many respects. The central themes of film are existentialism, fundamentalism and repression which are played out between the two main characters.

So while this is not as great as Marketa Lazarova it is still a great piece of film-making which film buffs will want to see, especially fans of Tarkovsky and to some degree Bresson. Second Run have excelled again with an excellent presentation of an obscure film.

Length: 97 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Black & White
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1 16x9 anamorphic
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English On/Off
Region 0

Circle The Wagons
Circle The Wagons
Price: 12.65

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the graves of the 80s, 7 April 2010
This review is from: Circle The Wagons (Audio CD)
You have got to love this band, they do what they have always done: Exactly whatever they feel like doing. If they really wanted to they could put out another "Under The Funeral Moon", go on tour and make a whole bunch of money. But they don't want to so they don't. They once proclaimed that they were the "Fist in the face of god", I think that should be edited now to the "Fist in the face of modern metal". Metal has been in decline since the mid 90s aesthetically. Where did the metal go from heavy metal, it sounds more like heavy plastic now, with this ultra polished and glossy production that has crept into the genre and ruined a lot of what was great about it. Darkthrone remember what metal is suppose to sound like and have been tireless champions of the cause for a long time now. "Circle the Wagons" as the title would suggest is another call to arms in the battle against modern metal and the modern metal fan. This is another great album by Darkthrone.

Majesty And Decay
Majesty And Decay
Price: 12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immolation keep doing what they do well., 7 April 2010
This review is from: Majesty And Decay (Audio CD)
In my opinion Immolation is one those band within the Death Metal scene that have a sound all of their own. I can't think of anyone else who has that rolling sound of the drums and bass and it's this feature of their sound that always makes them a joy to listen to. For a band that has been around as long as they have it is also surprising that they maintained a consistent sound though the years. In the last 10 years they grown in popularity by simply sticking to what it is they do. This album is no different to anything they have released in the last 10 years but it is sustained because of their original sound in the first place. I would even go as far as saying that is probably their best album since "Failures For God" (1999). The production of this album is polished, yet still maintains an organic quality which is something I can't really say about a lot of modern Death Metal. (Let's face it death metal was better when it sounded primitive)

The Golden Age
The Golden Age
Price: 10.04

4.0 out of 5 stars "The poison in your heart has no place", 24 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Golden Age (Audio CD)
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The Golden Age appears to a be older and perhaps wiser record than what fans expect. The American Music Club of the 80s was like a celebration of the destructive nature of self medicating melancholic barstool philosophers who inhabit a world of their own making. That was over 20 years ago. Mark Eitzel seems to have changed his perspective this time preferring to rather stand outside the situation and look in while still being sympathetic toward his characters. The result is a position of recognition and not criticism. Vocally he appears more subdued, eradicating the frustration of his youth, but whether or not this is voice of a man beaten down by time is open to debate, I tend to think not. He may simply be a man now better able to recognise the misery of others as well as his own and would rather look for solutions than continue to engage with self pity. I think there are some real highlights on the record but this is a far more subdued record in comparison to the older material.

Criterion Collection: Simon of the Desert [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Simon of the Desert [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Silvia Pinal
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 10.62

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No pillar is ever really high enough., 4 Nov 2009
I'm always curiously fascinated by the interpretations of Bunuel's films. Most of the time it's Bunuel's hatred of the church that comes to the fore, but to me this is far too literal and "Simon of the Desert" is another of those films. Bunuel may be criticising the hyprocrisy of the church and its veneration of saints but I see a far greater interpretation here. Bunuel I believe admired the character of Simon Stylites and his futile attempts to seperate himself from the world in his desire to lead an ascetic life. When Bunuel made the film he was already 65 years old at a time of great cultural shift in the mid 1960s. He is believed to have hated rock 'n roll and the emerging youth culture at the time so with this in mind the ending makes perfect sense. Bunuel is saying that he is Simon Stylites and no matter how much he attempts to distance himself from popular culture it will always find a way to annoy him. In a world today where one is completely bombarded by popular culture from every angle it is easy to see how many people would feel in a similar predicament. Bunuel might be standing on top of his pillar trying to present the world with great art but at the end of the day it the the disposable popular nonsense that will always triumph. The solution as the devil says at the end is "you'll just have to wait till the end."

I recently had an opportunity to watch this Criterion edition in a theatre and when the film ended I don't think there was a single person who didn't have a smile on their face. As always with the criterion dvds the tranfers are of a high quality.

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