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ililily Distressed Vintage Pre-curved Cotton embroidered logo Baseball Cap with Adjustable Strap Snapback Trucker Hat - 507-0
ililily Distressed Vintage Pre-curved Cotton embroidered logo Baseball Cap with Adjustable Strap Snapback Trucker Hat - 507-0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate comfort and fit, 4 Aug. 2015
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Best cap I have ever owned


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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star, 4 Aug. 2015
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Rise of the Footsoldier
Rise of the Footsoldier
Dvd
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Jun. 2015
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Must see - if u like Football Factory , Essex Boys etc - this is the dogs.


Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System
Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System
by Josh Ryan-Collins
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening !, 6 Nov. 2014
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Eye opening and fascinating insight into the money supply and in particular the power of commercial banks who are the major creators of new money in the economy. Great for economics and business studies students. A really interesting read.


The Wrong Path
The Wrong Path
by Phil R. Bryson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem of a book, 5 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The Wrong Path (Paperback)
I stumbled across this book one afternoon when I was looking for stories about navl life. What really compelled me about this was that the author Phil R Bryson had written a true account of his life in the navy. Extremely rarely Bryson had actually been one of only a handful of serving staff to actually go through the naval Military Court Martial process. It is a most compelling read and each chapter is put together so well that by the time you reach the end of a chapter you cannot wait to get stuck into the next one. His travels and exploits provide a fascinating insight into naval life and also when he deserts and goes on the run you feel like you are with him. Thoroughly recommended and I cannot wait for his next book to come out.


The Leeds United Big Match [DVD]
The Leeds United Big Match [DVD]
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £4.54

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leeds United Big Match - Fan review, 11 Sept. 2012
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How do you go about cutting twenty years of peak Leeds quality action into just an hour? I admit I took a punt on this DVD but was delighted to find some brilliant Leeds moments, including that Tony Currie goal from 1978 that I could look at on a loop for the next twenty years! This is good value and worth the price, especially for the new opening sequence featuring just Leeds goals! If only they played that well these days...


Eraserhead [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Eraserhead [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £44.69

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing but thought provoking, 6 Jan. 2008
First of all, let me say that Eraserhead is not a film for everyone. Many people will find themselves confused by the strange atmosphere, surreal imagery, and signature David Lynch sense of purposefully awkward pacing.

That out of the way, I would have to say that this is possibly one of my most personal favorite films. It is dark, tense, atmospheric, and filled with sounds and images that will send chills up your spine. It is a film that takes more than one viewing to truly begin to comprehend, but is quite a ride nontheless. There are moments in this movie that will literally scare you, so much so that one could almost call this eerie surreal art-film a deconstructed domestic horror movie. This film, along with the original black and white Night of the Living dead, are two of the only films in existance that still scare me to this day. (Side note: Also, I reccomend that you see Luis Bunuel's movie "Un Chien Andalou" to see where strange art-films like this originated from.)

Anyway, the film's plot while initially incomprehensible to most, can be broken down into the tragic tale of a man named Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) stuck in a dark decaying city overrun by industry. During the film, he is forced to deal with the prospect of taking care of an illegitimate premature child birthed by his girlfriend, Mary X. (Charlotte Stewart) However, he is consumed by his guilt, and begins to comprehend suicide as a way out. But the story is told through such a swirling mixture of dreamlike imagery that this is not always readily apparent.

However, in order to better understand and appreciate the film, one must figure out what each of the images mean. Here's a short cliff notes guidline to some of the more common recurring images in the movie:

Worm = sin. These creatures appear all throughout the movie. Henry even tries to hide his "little" sin from Mary at one point, only to have a nightmare where Mary is consumed by worms. Henry's room is also filled with piles dirt and dead plants as one might notice, which makes his room a breeding ground for worms.

The Baby = The product of sin. You might have noticed that the baby looks an awful lot like a worm. Futhermore, the baby is a part of Henry, and later during the dream sequence, we discover that Henry IS the baby. When Henry kills the baby, he kills himself.

Eraser = Memories. Henry feels that his memories, or his brain with his bad memories, is like an eraser that needs to be rubbed out. In his dream sequence, he sees himself losing his head, and having his brains turned into eraser bits to be rubbed out and blown into dust on the wind.

The lady in the radiator = Death. Death looks grotesque, yet strangely appealing to poor Henry. The radiator gives off warmth and seems to become a stage where death performs for Henry, promising to stamp out his sins (worms) and telling him that "in heaven, everything is fine." At the end of the movie, Henry embraces the lady in the radiator before blackness falls.

The man in the planet = God. In addition to disposing of Henry's cofessed sins at the beginning of the movie (the worm coming out of Henry's mouth) the scarred man in the planet appears to prevent Henry from opting for suicide during his dream sequence. He silently reminds Henry of his sacrifice (the bleeding tree) though it is in vain as Henry shows God what he really is underneith. (the baby)

The last is a theme that occurs in all Lynch movies:

Electricity and electrical lighting = The presence of good. Darkness = The presence of evil.

There are other aspects of the film that keep popping up, such as the reocurrence of the unlucky number thirteen. Henry waits thirteen seconds for the elevator to open up, the lady across the hall takes thirteen seconds to appear, Henry's apartment numbers add up to the number thriteen, etc. Also, there are many other images which I will let you figure out on your own.

All in all, the movie is quite an experience. This is a film that you will either love or utterly hate. For myself, I managed to "click" with the movie from the first time I saw it and have enjoyed it since. Repeated viewings only add to the enjoyment of the film, as you begin to notice more and more that you never saw before. All in all, I say that it is an excellent and extremely layered film.

With that, I give you some fun facts about the movie:

-The pencil eraser machine actually worked. It was put together by Lynch and a friend of his.

-To this day, Lynch will still not disclose how he constructed the amazingly convincing baby creature, though he claims is was created with substance/objects that anyone could find around the house.

-Jack Nance's hair was incredibly malleable. Literally, all it took was a little bit of trimming on either side of his head and some combing to get it to stand upright.

-In order to get a better sense of textures for the film (possibly for the organs of the baby) Lynch dissected a dead cat.

-When driving around town with the "Henry hair" Jack Nance would sit in the center seat while Lynch and someone else would sit on either side to keep his gravity-defying hair from being seen
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The Long Good Friday - 25th Anniversary [1979] [DVD]
The Long Good Friday - 25th Anniversary [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Hoskins
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £12.73

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best British Gangster Film EVER, 6 Jan. 2008
At the time of writing this, I've just been thoroughly impressed by a rare British TV screening of 'The Long Good Friday', a gripping, bleak and uncompromising study of a supposedly untouchable underworld kingpin whose organization collapses around his ears when a mystery adversary begins murdering his colleagues and blowing up his favourite haunts. Bob Hoskins is just incredible in this film. His performance sears the screen with its burning intensity. His character is undoubtedly a vile individual, but Hoskins employs so much depth and subtlety in his portrayal we actually find ourselves caring for him. The much-remarked-on final sequence is an absolute tour-de-force that takes your breath away. Doubtful whether any current director (let alone any current actor) would have the guts to even attempt something like that. Hoskins makes it all look so easy, the mark of a true professional. Be warned, however, that this is not a film for the faint-hearted, and the squeamish will most certainly wince more than once. The direction, editing, photography, soundtrack and acting are all top-notch, displaying a rare degree of outright quality that the British film industry rarely seems able to muster, for one reason or another. There's also some degree of fun to be had from spotting the familiar faces in the supporting cast - 'Charlie Fairhead' from Casualty, 'Denzil' from Only Fools and Horses, 'Terry' from Fawlty Towers, a couple of the sadistic warders from Alan Clarke's brutal borstal flick 'Scum' and a young Gillian Taylforth of Eastenders fame. I have one final comment to make regarding this movie. Guy Ritchie should be forced to watch this at least fifteen times in a row, in the vain hope that it teaches him something about the genre he idolizes but seems unable to make a decent job of depicting. Watch and learn, all you young 'mockney' pretenders, this film is the work of the masters.


The Long Good Friday [1981] [DVD]
The Long Good Friday [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Hoskins
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.47

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best UK Gangster film EVER, 6 Jan. 2008
At the time of writing this, I've just been thoroughly impressed by a rare British TV screening of 'The Long Good Friday', a gripping, bleak and uncompromising study of a supposedly untouchable underworld kingpin whose organization collapses around his ears when a mystery adversary begins murdering his colleagues and blowing up his favourite haunts. Bob Hoskins is just incredible in this film. His performance sears the screen with its burning intensity. His character is undoubtedly a vile individual, but Hoskins employs so much depth and subtlety in his portrayal we actually find ourselves caring for him. The much-remarked-on final sequence is an absolute tour-de-force that takes your breath away. Doubtful whether any current director (let alone any current actor) would have the guts to even attempt something like that. Hoskins makes it all look so easy, the mark of a true professional. Be warned, however, that this is not a film for the faint-hearted, and the squeamish will most certainly wince more than once. The direction, editing, photography, soundtrack and acting are all top-notch, displaying a rare degree of outright quality that the British film industry rarely seems able to muster, for one reason or another. There's also some degree of fun to be had from spotting the familiar faces in the supporting cast - 'Charlie Fairhead' from Casualty, 'Denzil' from Only Fools and Horses, 'Terry' from Fawlty Towers, a couple of the sadistic warders from Alan Clarke's brutal borstal flick 'Scum' and a young Gillian Taylforth of Eastenders fame. I have one final comment to make regarding this movie. Guy Ritchie should be forced to watch this at least fifteen times in a row, in the vain hope that it teaches him something about the genre he idolizes but seems unable to make a decent job of depicting. Watch and learn, all you young 'mockney' pretenders, this film is the work of the masters.


Time Bandits [1980] [DVD]
Time Bandits [1980] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cleese
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £8.98

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilliam at his Best, 6 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Time Bandits [1980] [DVD] (DVD)
For my money, Terry Gilliam is one of the more innovative, creative, and fantastical directors of the last two decades. His films easily bear his stamp of absurdist humour, witty dialogue, sheer fantasy, dream-like sequences, and always a generous dose of black comedy. Time Bandits is certainly no exception, but rather a stepping stone for greater works such as The Fisher King and the wonderful Brazil. The film tells the story of a group of dwarf-like "crooks" who leave their jobs with God(the Supreme Being) for a life of crime via a map they have "stolen" from their job place. This map holds all the secrets to time holes in the fabric of creation. Thus the bearers of the map can go forward and back in time as they please. They use the map to steal, at which they have little skill, and become rich, at which they miserably fail. Gilliam transports them and us through time to meet such interesting notables as Robin Hood, Napoleon, Agammenon, and the Evil Genius(devil-like entity). The film is grand in its scope and still wanting, for it is tackling a story of epic proportions. Still, Gilliam delivers a pretty good film both visually stunning in certain sequences and brimming with philosophical questions such as the necessity of evil and the election of choice in life. The film is also very funny in many parts, due in large part to a great cast. The protagonists are all quite good. John Cleese plays as likable a Robin Hood to be seen with his almost overly polite manner. The best performances go to Ian Holm, playing a drunken Napoleon obsessed with his size, David Warner, playing the malevolent Evil Genius with relish, and lastly to Sir Ralph Richardson, playing the Supreme Being like a bureaucrat concerned with balancing payroll and the like. Gilliam explores the bureaucratic mentality with even more scope in his Brazil. All in all, Time Bandits is a fun and entertaining picture.


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