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Bronson [DVD]
Bronson [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt King
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Grips you like a prison cell, 10 Aug. 2009
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If Kubrick had made 'Scum' this is how it would look - and Tom Hardy should win awards for his complex performance as the simultaneously charismatic and repellent Bronson. Is he a product of the system, or is the system a product of Bronson?

Surprising, shocking, surreal and loud with laughter in the dark.

Watchmen (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2009]
Watchmen (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Malin Åkerman
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £9.75

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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it Over Again, 10 Aug. 2009
Full of dark brutality, black comedy and stark, visceral human truths, this film remains reverent to the imagery of the celebrated graphic novel.

Who cares if wilfully obtuse Northampton Crusty Alan Moore doesn't like it. His frankly ridiculous 'comic' book deus ex machina - a giant squid attacking New York - is well forgotten here for a much more relevant, believable and frightening denouement. Dave Gibbons' prominent opening credit is perhaps a sly middle finger to Moore.

Snyder captures perfecty the portrayal of a decaying, dystopian world. And it is certainly our world. You can almost smell this film. This is the dark, seedy underbelly to Chris Nolan's yuppie Gotham and 'Watchmen' makes 'The Dark Knight' look like Cagney and Lacey.

Gomorrah [DVD] [2008] 2 disc set
Gomorrah [DVD] [2008] 2 disc set
Dvd ~ Gianfelice Imparato

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5.0 out of 5 stars Black but Thrilling Expose of Organised Crime, 18 Feb. 2009
In the great Italian Neo-realist tradition - this film follows amateur actors in real situations. Think City of God without the hope and humour.

A scathing expose of the Camorra's strangulation of Southern Italy. From the sweatshops producing dresses for the Hollywood red carpets to the poisoning of their own country. All in the name of profit.

Murder is a daily occurrence and life is worthless to the point where women and children are killed and the bosses say 'everything's okay'.
Writer Roberto Saviano is in hiding after writing the book on which this film is loosely based. My only criticism is the lack of explanation - having read the book first I found it much easier to follow as the viewer is pitched straight into estate life and repeat viewings are rewarded.

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
by Niall Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Root of all Evil?, 18 Feb. 2009
Anyone interested in the financial events of the past year or two will enjoy this witty, accessible and easily read account of the birth, life and possibly the death of banking, the international Stock and Bond markets, and our good friend securitised debt.

Ferguson is Professor of Economics at Harvard - but don't let that put you off. His unbiased, insightful writing takes the sting out of some of the dryest informational chapters, but any self-respecting anti-capitalist and indeed pro-capitalist will find this essential reading.

How financial bubbles form and are burst, the winners and losers, and more frighteningly, how finance has been behind every important event in modern human history. From the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo to the Italian Renaissance.

It forms the basis for our civilised society whether we like it or not.

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