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Black Nazis II!: Ethnic Minorities and Foreigners in Hitler's Armed Forces: The Unbiased History
Black Nazis II!: Ethnic Minorities and Foreigners in Hitler's Armed Forces: The Unbiased History
by Veronica Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £351.45

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They shall not pass., 20 Mar. 2012
Those of us interested in real history can soon detect more than a whiff of Hitler-rehabilitation around this book. I bought the original version, and needless to say enjoined battle with the self-published, non-peer reviewed author and her 'friends'...Now that book has been de-listed, presumably because it was so awful, and so many people attacked it's historical veracity that it was no longer viable. A few points I feel morally obliged to make-

1. The nazis used foreign legions across all fronts during the second world war. Ooh!

2. These rag-tag groups of traitors, anti-semites, adventurers, fellow-travellers and misguided anti-imperialists included non-european ethnicities. Wow!

3. The fact that the nazis opportunistically used these 'volunteers' out of desparation, (having decimated their own manpower by invading the Soviet Union) does NOT mean the nazis weren't vicious, genocidal RACISTS. Hitler himself describing black people as 'apes', and had plans to expand his sociopathic empire into Africa producing something very like the revolting South African Apartheid system. Oh.

4. Readers of serious intent should read- Hitler's Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of European Blacks, Africans and African Americans During the Nazi Era: The Historical Experience ... (Crosscurrents in African American History),Hitler's African Victims: The German Army Massacres of Black French Soldiers in 1940 , Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany and Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Memory in the Third Reich (Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany) for a more rounded view, or perhaps as an antidote. Aha...

5. Naturally, there are those out there who may be thrilled by the novelty of so-called 'Black Nazis' (actually an insulting title in itself!), and this minor fact of historical interest,is actually overshadowed by those German soldiers of Jewish origin who fought 'for' Hitler in the Wehrmacht- Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military (Modern War Studies)- But note that the author of this book does not entitle it 'Jewish Nazis'- and for obvious reasons...D'oh!

6. I have no doubt that this twisted book will go down very well with revisionists, neo-nazi skinheads (what an xmas 'stocking filler'!- or should that be 'boot-filler'?), American Germanophiles of all stripes and slavering NWO/ZOG conspiracy theorists...But in truth, you might as well get your nazi wet-dream jollies from this instead-Collectible Spoons of the 3rd Reich. Allez!

La Commune (Paris, 1871) [DVD]
La Commune (Paris, 1871) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eliane Annie Adalto
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £26.09

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A censored story that demands to be told., 20 Mar. 2012
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An incredibly radical, brave and ambitious piece of cinema by the ever-experimental Peter Watkins. True, it is a very long film at around four or so hours, and I just finished watching it in my third or fourth sitting. What can I say? The film stands as a fitting, democratic monument to those courageous citizens of Paris that rose up in the name of equality, dignity, democracy, justice and freedom only to be ruthlessly butchered by the monstrous forces of the middle classes and aristocracy who, being the greedy creatures they are, could not allow any of the aforementioned principles to exist outside of their control, lest they erode their privelages and ill-gotten gains.

In the spirit of the Commune, Watkins uses over 200 non-professional actors to devastating effect, he merges the past and present by letting them speak with their own radically subjective voices, in character and as themselves, relating the events of 1871 to France and the world in 1999, often through the medium of television interviews for a science-fictional 'CommuneTV' channel (thereby allowing a critique of the role of the press of yesterday and today). In practice, Watkins shows the audience that the Commune is alive and well within each and every person that abhors social injustice, or who feels alienated by what passes for 'society' in the western world and beyond, as well as accurately relaying the historical events.

A beautiful, terrifying and compelling piece of film-making, which deserves a wider viewing, not only for the sake of the victims of Thiers's 'Bloody Week', but also because the film is a minor masterpiece of 'living cinema'...

Vive La Commune!

Miracle At St Anna [DVD] [2008]
Miracle At St Anna [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ John Turturro
Offered by The Best Of Cinema
Price: £4.94

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst films I have ever seen, 14 Feb. 2012
While the subject of black soldiers in the US army in the Second World War is deserving and admirable, and although I have no problem with political points being made- This film was slow, cliched, laboured and something of a shambles in terms of character development, plot and pacing. The battle scenes were like something out of a '70s war film, filmed without the sheer speed and energy that one has come to expect in the portrayal of combat (post-'Saving Private Ryan'). Most of the acting is also, I'm sorry to say, mediocre. It's also overly long and the soundtrack grates as it tries, shamefacedly, to milk an emotional response from it's audience. Yet another Spike Lee fail. I often wonder what happened to the talented black director that this chump displaced in his climb to the top... Painful viewing.

Lumie Brightspark - SAD Lightbox for SAD Light Therapy at Your Desk
Lumie Brightspark - SAD Lightbox for SAD Light Therapy at Your Desk
Price: £118.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing!, 2 Feb. 2012
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What can I say? This simple lamp really does have an amazing effect- my mood is lifted, I feel more energetic, more talkative, more competant at work, my sex-drive is enhanced and my outlook for the future much brighter (no pun intended!) I only use it for about an hour and a half a day, and I don't even sit directly in front of it! Works wonders! One word of warning though, (although we're all different) don't over-do it, it's like drinking a bucket of filtered coffee- you'll go off like a rocket and won't be able to get to sleep!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes [DVD] [2011]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ James Franco
Price: £1.26

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!, 4 Jan. 2012
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Superb. One for all the fans of the original film. Includes the memorable Charlton Heston line "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!" re-imagined and inverted in the apes favour, and also the name given to Caesar's mother 'Bright Eyes'- both are an ironic, respectful homage to the original film. This intelligent, compassionate and action-packed prequel is a worthy one, and would perhaps make Pierre Boulle proud too! Destined to be a Sci-Fi classic, and I'm not monkeying about...

Two Hundred Pharaohs, Five Billion Slaves
Two Hundred Pharaohs, Five Billion Slaves
by Adrian Peacock
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectre is haunting Europe- the spectre of Communism!, 2 Jan. 2012
This is an extremely welcome, loose collection of theoretical essays that weave a coherant revolutionary thread through the twists and turns of the history of hierarchical-capitalist society. An excellent, erudite, examination of the 'historical mission of the working class', ranging from Hegelian dialectics, Marxian discourse to the late-capitalist consumer/urbanist paradises' that we call 'Shopping Malls', and the Albanian Revolution of 1997...A pleasure to read, with interesting and pertinent observations on the Pyramid-scheme nature of capital, the nature of 'fame' and boredom. A fitting piece of follow-up theory to the Situationist International Anthology. Cogent deconstructions of fascism, Stalinism and other forms of bourgeois power are made with great force, clarity and humour.
Written some eleven years ago, I can't wait for a newly revised edition of this book expanding on the nature of cybernetic capitalism, collapse and the crash of '08.

Exceedingly relevent to today's world, I quote-
"...industrial capitalism is the system which has brought about (the) immense possiblities...It is the most revolutionary and dynamic form yet taken by human society but as it unites us, it challenges us to overthrow it because it is owned by a tiny elite who are its ultimate beneficiaries."

All power to the world-famous proletariat!

Outside The Law (Hors La Loi) [DVD]
Outside The Law (Hors La Loi) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jamel Debbouze
Price: £9.49

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing (No spoiler!), 19 Sept. 2011
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I was looking forward to what has been an explosively controversial film in France, relating as it does the Setif massacre in Algeria 1945, the massacre in Paris 1962 and the fascistic, para-military death-squads of the French security forces. Unfortunately, while these shadowy and frankly disgusting historical events are begging for a film to be made, this was not the one for me. The story of three Algerian brothers who endured the injustice of being turfed off their ancestral lands by the colonial overlords and their collaborator lackies, who then go on to join the resistance to French Imperial rule, seemed somewhat hackneyed and conventional, but doubtless based on truth. I just found the direction, dialogue and editing somewhat leaden and clunkily paced, and it was only when I received the DVD that I realised that the film was made by the same director of 'Days of Glory', which suffered form the same problems...Including painfully melodramatic and mawkishly sentimental scenes that seemed to belong to film-making of another era.

At one point the film seemed to be taking an interesting turn, with the plot to assassinate a murderous French Police Inspector, if only because he bore a strong physical resemblance to one of the leading protagonists, the eldest brother Abdulkader- and I really thought that some powerful narrative about the moral equivalance of political violence was going to develop...but sadly, it didn't.

I enjoyed watching Jamel Debbouze on screen, because, as always he lights it up, but there simply wasn't enough of him as the pugnacious underworld 'wheeler and dealer'...In fact almost all of the character development gets lost in the progressive timeline of events, ('Winter, 1953'...'Spring 1959' etc) which renders most of the protagonists pretty much two-dimensional.

I think this film (as in the case of 'Days of Glory') was a missed opportunity, it really did not have the impact that a film about this period in French history should have had, not least because it stopped short of telling the story of the Paris massacre in '62 -a horrifying act of mass-murder in the centre of one of the world's 'greatest' democracies, of 200+ (?) unarmed protesters- one which has up until only recently come to light (having been covered-up)...I also thought it quite depressing that the victory of the FLN was portrayed in such a glorified manner (all the while appreciating what a triumph it must have felt for ordinary Algerians at the time- and was shown quite rightly in literally the same light as the Liberation of Paris in '45), because the regime itself degenerated into a dictatorship which happily murdered it's own citizens using both subterfuge and overt brutality...and it's still in power, having replaced a bunch of racist exploiters and thugs for a bunch of equally oppressive autocrats. There is no real relationship between this film and current events,(unless the intention is to be ironic) barring the vicious racism of the Red Hand Gang (which became the terrorist 'OAS')and the ruthlessness of the FLN in the anti-colonial struggle, (which to my mind is quite understandable, up to a point), which could, only at a stretch, be seen as reflecting both French Police racism and the current FLN regime. If the narrative had leant more in this direction -towards both modern France and Algeria- rather than portraying a simplistic patriotic triumphalism, and an ignominious French failure, then this would have made for a much more interesting, relevant film...For a far more nuanced and perceptive take on France's relationship with Algeria, I strongly recommend Intimate Enemies (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]
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The Martian Chronicles [DVD][1980]
The Martian Chronicles [DVD][1980]
Dvd ~ Rock Hudson
Price: £9.34

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed beauty, 1 Aug. 2011
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If you want fantastic special effects, snappy dialogue and fast paced action then avoid the 'Martian Chronicles'...But if, like me, you like to be filled with a sense of mystical awe, curiousity and have your intellect stimulated, then this is for you. Although the acting is at times ropey and the pace is slow, this mini-series contains some truly magical moments- Never mind if the science is a bit off whack, it's the ideas that count in this classic Bradbury tale where many stories make the whole. I saw this way back in 1980 and was thoroughly entranced- I particularly like the fact that at the height of the Cold War these films pointed to an alternative to Mutually Assured Destruction, given to humanity by the beautiful and ethereal Martians, who either exist, or don't, are us, but also maybe themselves...The message still holds true, we only have one planet, and either we harmonise with It, or we perish...
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Die Nibelungen [DVD]
Die Nibelungen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Richter

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ARVonline version-not what it appears to be-Don't buy!, 19 July 2011
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This review is from: Die Nibelungen [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this over-priced import from ARVonline, of what I thought was Lang's 5hr epic 'Die Nibelungen', only to find that it was, (despite the cover and listing on Amazon) actually a copy of the first film 'Siegfried' and totally lacking 'Kriemhild's revenge'- got a refund eventually, but minus my return postage. good going guys, great business sense!

Lang was a genius and this is amazing film, even if it has a distinct whiff of German Nationalism about it-stunning special effects!

Clothes Moth Trap (2 pack)
Clothes Moth Trap (2 pack)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO PERMANENTLY BANISH YOUR MOTHS!, 2 Jun. 2011
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Yes, I love these little traps, they have saved me the trouble of rushing about my flat like a maniac trying to 'clap' the horrible little bu**ers to death, now I can sit back with confidence and know that they will fly themselves to their doom, without my help...And it's quite fun doing a 'body-count' each morning... I have'nt got rid of my infestation yet (filthy word), but I'm more confident than I was, with all sorts of noxious chemicals scattered about my home- One thing I'd recommend to anyone with this problem, is to do your level best to swat the female moths if you see them (around twilight), since they are not attracted to other females scent (the bait in the traps, unless they're lesbian moths) and because they are the egg-laying source of the problem (yuck!).
Bonus feature:- Caught a stupid ugly spider in one trap! 'The only good bug is a dead bug!' Yay!


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