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Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps [DVD]
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Douglas
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 3.22

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect; cheesy, but I loved it., 30 Sep 2011
In many ways this is not a great film, but for fans of the original it really is a worthy sequel. There is a tendency to look back on certain films and deem them better than they actually were - Wall Street the original certainly falls into this bracket. This film does do the financial crisis in a worthy manner, but more than that it brings a depth to the money obsessed world of Gekko; a legendary screen creation if ever there was one; and money is not the ultimate in valuable commodities, time is for the older Gekko even if it is a close run thing. Cliched it certainly is, but this is a good film - 5 stars because I love the characters, but even if it is not your tasse de the it is a worthy film for any evening in.


Deadwood : Complete HBO Seasons 1-3 (12 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Deadwood : Complete HBO Seasons 1-3 (12 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Dourif
Offered by Top of the Charts
Price: 34.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome depiction of the Wild West., 12 April 2011
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HBO does it again - this is possibly the only depiction of the frontier lands of the Wild West that I have seen that smells anything like authentic. The harshness of the conditions and the reality of life without a legal infrastructure; this is life on the edge where power is the only meaningful currency and is reflected in the most ruthless and toughest ruling the roost. For the most part this is Al Swearengen; played by Ian McShane in one of the most amazing screen roles ever seen, until bigger fish roll into town and blood is bound to be spilt. Not for the faint hearted, nor for those who are sensitive to swearing this is just a fantastic series for anyone interested in what the gold rush and Wild West were really all about. Just a shame there were not 4th or 5th seasons.


Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
by Gillian Tett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on the perils of financial innovation., 24 Mar 2011
I think if I had to pick one book on the finance crisis that would clarify what went wrong it would be this one. It is a top class piece of journalism doing what journalists at their best should do; picking away at the layers and assumptions that were made prior to the finance crisis and seeing how wrong many of these were amongst many of the protaganists on Wall Street and in the City. It works from the bottom up dealing with how financial innovation and securitisation worked and how this flourished into the disaster that it turned out to be. Too Big to fail is another good book which really comes from the other direction in terms of the fools running many of these insitutions running with the unspoken assumption that everything will turn out ok and how this dynamic turned into a complete disaster.


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.36

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly ambitious book, 24 Mar 2011
This is an ambitious book - writing about a Dutch clerk in the East Indies company working at a Japanese outpost - requires huge research and effort to maintain a plausible let alone an interesting story. Atmospheric, humorous, poignant with briliant characterisation and dialogue - it is the kind of book you will remember for years to come a la 100 years of solitude.


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 24 Mar 2011
This review is from: Wolf Hall (Hardcover)
I had high hopes for this as a Booker prize winner, but could not last the course. Thomas Cromwell could not make for more interesting subject matter, but as noted elsewhere I just could not follow the dialogue easily and the author has an annoying habit of jumping between different time periods without alerting the reader. This puts the reader at tremendous pressure to concentrate and stick with it and even then it requires rereading at times, and for a big fat book this to me is unacceptable - the author is taking liberties with the reader's time. What is wrong with a natural chronology and discourse to tell a story - it works for 99% of the great authors out there.


What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography
What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography
by Alan Sugar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More guff from the guffmeister., 19 Feb 2011
Alan Sugar or Alain Sucre as they call him in France, business genius, philosopher, media darling, polymath, politician... all these things as well as purveyor of humbug. Yes this book will satisfy your needs for the "you can do it if you really try" zeitgeist, or the "he's a business genius I can learn something from him" book genre which is so popular nowadays. Truth is, Alan Sugar is a pretty ordinary bloke from the East End who made good selling computers which are now obsolete and then trod the fairly well worn path into property development and cashed in big time. Boy done good you might say, but no Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett he, just a charmless, somewhat pretentious individual with an extremely high opinion of himself with enough time and vanity to write a book like this and judge a bunch of no-hopers on the apprentice. If this is what ticks your box, enjoy.
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Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Price: 6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 29 Jan 2011
Guess there are not many albums out there with 31 5* reviews out of 31 so that pretty much says it all. This is just a beautifully complete album in so many ways, but in this age of Xfactor the thing that makes this album so good is that here you have a great artist making great songs that are completely from the heart. There is an integrity here that is hard to find these days - enough to make this an album of historic importance.


Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
by Ben Hogan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm not my favourite., 21 Dec 2010
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Great fan of the man, but this did'nt work for me. I found his grip position bizarre and it just was'nt a good start from there - after that it just seemed a bit old-fashioned. Hogan was to the golf swing, what Michelangelo was to art maybe, but I think there are more useful books/ videos out there to help you learn golf - Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus provide a more useful lead for me - and seemed (understandably) more modern - esp. Tom's recent video. But hey, if this rocks your boat then go for it - in golf, the most important thing is to find what works for you.


Tom Watson: Lessons of a Lifetime [2010] [DVD]
Tom Watson: Lessons of a Lifetime [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Watson
Price: 15.37

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't need anything else to improve your game., 18 Nov 2010
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TW has always been my favourite golfer - and I was pleased to get a copy of his lessons of a lifetime. This is an absolutely great coaching video - it covers all aspects of the game and Watson has made sure that he has done everything right - this is not simply an attempt to cash in (he could have done that years ago); he waited until he felt that he could do it right. All aspects of the game are covered - from the grip to all details of the swing. And they are completely thorough in all aspects too. I think his insights into the short game (a whole 1 of the 2 DVD set) are particularly strong (unsurprising perhaps since Tom's strengths as a player in his prime were probably in this area) but overall the whole package is unbeatable. I have taken a few manuals and guides over the years and this is as good as it gets - frankly you don't need much more.


Flood
Flood
Price: 7.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Special Album from Special Group., 26 Oct 2010
This review is from: Flood (Audio CD)
At the time you thought this would be the start of something big. It did'nt turn out that way, but TMBG produced some great albums before and after - John Henry, Apollo 18 are both great, but this is probably their Sgt Peppers so to speak. Great album, by talented and underrated artists - enjoy something special by getting a copy.


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