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Hara Kiri [Import]
Hara Kiri [Import]
VHS
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my all time favorite Samurai movie, where is the DVD, April 29 2004
This review is from: Hara Kiri [Import] (VHS Tape)
Please, oh, please ... someone mentioned that this movie is
out somewhere on DVD, even though it is on widescreen edition.
That is too bad, but I would gladly settle for it. I really
liked this movie ... for many years after I saw this
masterwork, I assumed it had been directed and produced
by Akira Kurosawa ... but it is not, and it is the best
one I have seen ... though Kurosawa is great and I have
lots of his movies.
Please anyone, point me to where I can get a DVD version
of this movie ... it needs to go in my collection to educate
people about Japanese movies!

Night of the Iguana
Night of the Iguana
VHS
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie, but when will it be out in DVD??, April 29 2004
This review is from: Night of the Iguana (VHS Tape)
"Night of the Iguana" for some reason is one of my all time
favorite movies. The humanity of this movie, and the characters
and the simple charm and directness of it always draws me
in as many times as I have seen it now.
When I was a teen ... long time ago, I thought this was a
SciFi monster movie, and since nothing else was on, I ended
up watching it, even though it wasn't. I ended up learning
alot and that movie really changed my life.
I fell in love with Ava Gardner, what a babe, and Deborah
Kerr both, but especially Ava.
In my local city they put on a production of NOTI in the
City Center, and it went more by the play, and I found
myself even more entranced by this wonderful story.
Something about this play/movie just resonated with me,
and has with many people I have seen the movie with.
The bottom line though is that I have to get this in
DVD ... I will not buy anything anymore in VHS, especially
one-offs or old stuff because the tracking something is
bad, and the video degrades. Can someone tell me something
about when this might be out, or why it is not?

Sacred Love
Sacred Love
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sting is really Sting-ky lately, Oct. 7 2003
This review is from: Sacred Love (Audio CD)
Very few musicians can impress me anymore, with their
intelligence, with their musical ability, with their
orginality, with there political statements or statements
about life, but Sting used to be one ... or at least I
was willing to give him the time to listen to what he
had to say.
Born in the 50's
Truth Hits Everyone
The Bed's too Big
Invisible Sun
Fortress Around Your Heart
All This Time
I mean, the list is almost endless, and now in the
last few albums I have not heard a single thing
I like. I cannot listen to them over and over
and even make myself like this watered down
pablum anymore.
Sting does not give a damn, and why should he.
He is one of the symptoms of the artistic world
and the world in general heading toward mediocrity,
and he has his money and fame, he can overdo
sappy renditions of Roxanne and Message in a Bottle
until he cannot stand up, and in a way he deserves
it, and I would go see him and clap.
That does not mean I have to like any of his new
stuff which has no heart, no head, not much music,
and only squeaky imitations of his old voice to
recommend them. I am sorry but no more of my money
gets wasted on Sting CDs until he can create some
music with some life in it. No more buying because
I think he is a good bloke and saves the rainforests.
No more try it and I'll like it.
I listen to the samples on the web a few times, and
they suck ... and it even saddens me that there are
so many people willing to come on here and say they
like this album. Well, I don't know, I just do not
care for it. Not only that but he looks seriously
deranged and depressed on that cover.
Sorry Stingo, you need someone to kick your ass and
tell you that you are not all that anymore, and you
better get up and prove yourself again, if you care to.

Stage Left
Stage Left
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1.0 out of 5 stars Exit, Stage Left, before the hook grabs you, Marty., Aug. 31 2003
This review is from: Stage Left (Audio CD)
I know Martin Barre must be extremely talented on the
guitar. I have heard him all of my life on Jethro Tull
ablums and he is the consummate guitar player and I have
total respect for his life and efforts realted to Jethro
Tull.
However, that does not seem to matter when it comes to
solo musical efforts, Martin cannot seem to forge a real
style or build coherent music. It is too simple and tighly
bound, whatever I mean by that ... mostly is that though
I have bought 3 of his albums now, which all said in
big clear letter on the label "Guitar Player for Jethro Tull"
for a reason, none of them has more than a passing interest
to me, and I wish strongly it were different.
He is probably a really nice guy, and uncanny is his
technical guitar styles, and playing, but he is not a
creative musical force, and his solo music just does not
cut it, for me anyway. I think if when he is touring
with Jethro Tull next time, and Ian Anderson does his
little trick where he comes up behind Martin while he
is playing and thrusts his flute between Martin's legs
and reaches around the front and strokes it, if Martin
would simply and definitively one time smack Ian
into unconsciousness with his smoking axe, that he would
grow a set of balls and pull the individuality and
style that has been repressed from deep inside of
him for decades and become a major guitar contender.
I checked out the new Rolling Stone, 100 best guitarists
in the world, expecting to see Martin's name in place
there under Jimi Hendrix, and lo and behold, it wasn't
there at all. For Christ's sake, Ike Turner was in there
and Martin did not place, ugh, so much for Rolling Fk'ing
Stone in my book.
Well, I have said it, and I ain't proud, I love Martin
Barre, but I have paid for three albums now, and none of
them are on my top shelf, they, all three of them are
in a box on the bottom shelf waiting to be sold, or
given away. Sorry Martin.
Please keep trying, I know you will break out one day,
and your contributions to Jethro Tull are legendary, and
appreciated by most of the world.....

Stage Left
Stage Left
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1.0 out of 5 stars Exit, Stage Left, before the hook grabs you, Marty., Aug. 31 2003
This review is from: Stage Left (Audio CD)
I know Martin Barre must be extremely talented on the
guitar. I have heard him all of my life on Jethro Tull
ablums and he is the consummate guitar player and I have
total respect for his life and efforts realted to Jethro
Tull.
However, that does not seem to matter when it comes to
solo musical efforts, Martin cannot seem to forge a real
style or build coherent music. It is too simple and tighly
bound, whatever I mean by that ... mostly is that though
I have bought 3 of his albums now, which all said in
big clear letter on the label "Guitar Player for Jethro Tull"
for a reason, none of them has more than a passing interest
to me, and I wish strongly it were different.
He is probably a really nice guy, and uncanny is his
technical guitar styles, and playing, but he is not a
creative musical force, and his solo music just does not
cut it, for me anyway. I think if when he is touring
with Jethro Tull next time, and Ian Anderson does his
little trick where he comes up behind Martin while he
is playing and thrusts his flute between Martin's legs
and reaches around the front and strokes it, if Martin
would simply and definitively one time smack Ian
into unconsciousness with his smoking axe, that he would
grow a set of balls and pull the individuality and
style that has been repressed from deep inside of
him for decades and become a major guitar contender.
I checked out the new Rolling Stone, 100 best guitarists
in the world, expecting to see Martin's name in place
there under Jimi Hendrix, and lo and behold, it wasn't
there at all. For Christ's sake, Ike Turner was in there
and Martin did not place, ugh, so much for Rolling Fk'ing
Stone in my book.
Well, I have said it, and I ain't proud, I love Martin
Barre, but I have paid for three albums now, and none of
them are on my top shelf, they, all three of them are
in a box on the bottom shelf waiting to be sold, or
given away. Sorry Martin.
Please keep trying, I know you will break out one day,
and your contributions to Jethro Tull are legendary, and
appreciated by most of the world. Please consider what
I suggest about Ian, he really is a dick when he does
that to you onstage, and deserves a good smack on the
head, plus there are children in the audience that do
not need to see such things.
Cheers!

Rupis Dance
Rupis Dance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Music! you will love it, the last one as well, Aug. 29 2003
This review is from: Rupis Dance (Audio CD)
This album is simply perfect! Thank you Ian Anderson!
I bought it two days ago, and I cannot stop listening to
it, or humming it. There is lots of MUSIC in there ... I
mean it is a new adventure each and every time you take a
listen. There is a new melody line that you did not hear,
or an interesting rhythym that pops out where it did not
seem to be before.
I don't know how Mr. Anderson does this, but his
professionalism, artistry, lyriscism, and thoughts come
together smoother, tighter, more refined than ever in
this ablum. No rough edges, just a feeling of postivity
and energy that despite Ian's years comes through real
youthful exhuberance and vigor that current bands can
only get through faddishness, obscenity or raucousness!
8/10 Song #1, Calliandra Shade, should be a commercial
for Starbuck's. It reminds me of "Postcard day" which
this whole album is a flashback, every second you think
you hear an echo of music of almost 40 years ago. Wow!
8/10 Rupi's Dance is a almost a jig/lullabye, and just
fun to listen to ... Ian is ever inventive and his
voice is absolutely perfect on every inflection on
record. IA understands how to use his voice to get
the exact sound and effect as in the many instruments
they use to create the complex rich texture of so
many decades.
10/10 "Lost in Crowds" is a quintessential Tull song,
alternating between gentle passages and powerful
energetic flights.
10/10 "Raft of Penguins" is a rhythmic exposition, I
suppose of how penguins moving in concert, are like the
notes of a song, and it comes through perfectly.
8/10 "A Week of Moments" a Rhumba ode to vacations. Or
is is a Cha-Cha?
10/10 "A Hand of Thumbs" roaring Jethro Tull version of
being disarmed by lack of self-confidence ... kind of a
Ian's tip of the hat to Alanis Moristte, seems to me
anyway.
10/10 "Eurolgy", a rousing reel of middle european folk themes,
a bit reminiscient of "Boris Dancing". Very energetic and
melodic, smooth!
9/10 "Old Black Cat" quiet little song about a deceased
little cat who lived an average life. Sentimental without
being too mushy or cutesy.
10/10 "Photo Shop" reminds me of Jethro Tull around the time
of "Songs From The Wood" about the impressions that are stored
about you by the man in the photo shop. Nice bouncy tune!
3/10 "Pigeon Over The Berlin Zoo" well, maybe I'll pick up on
this one some day, but no one is perfect, this song hits me as
a real groaner - all the bad things about pigeons, i hate
pigeons.
10/10 "Griminelli's Lament" a sweet sorrowful lament, as only
Ian Anderon can emit ... this one will reach right into your
guts and pull out tears, manly tears of course, if you're a
man.
10/10 "Not Ralitsa Vassileva" The best song on the album, I
think. I just like the tune and rhythym and the English folk
bluesy sound, even with accordian! Ian pining for a female
newscaster apparently, he always write good songs about female
attraction, important subject that!
6/10 "Two Short Planks" cheerful and nice song, just didn't
hit me on all levels like most of the songs here did.
8/10 "Birthday Card at Christmas" about having a birthday on
Christmas, his daughter Gael's situation ... I wonder if a
daughter can be suitably honored by a song like this?
Seriously, I just love the down to earth'ed'ness of this
album compared to Jethro Tull, which I love for the exact
opposite reason. Trust me, this is an album that people
will love. Thank you for yet another universe of music Ian!

Rupis Dance
Rupis Dance
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3 used & new from CDN$ 14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Music! you will love it, the last one as well, Aug. 29 2003
This review is from: Rupis Dance (Audio CD)
This album is simply perfect! Thank you Ian Anderson!
I bought it two days ago, and I cannot stop listening to
it, or humming it. There is lots of MUSIC in there ... I
mean it is a new adventure each and every time you take a
listen. There is a new melody line that you did not hear,
or an interesting rhythym that pops out where it did not
seem to be before.
I don't know how Mr. Anderson does this, but his
professionalism, artistry, lyriscism, and thoughts come
together smoother, tighter, more refined than ever in
this ablum. No rough edges, just a feeling of postivity
and energy that despite Ian's years comes through real
youthful exhuberance and vigor that current bands can
only get through faddishness, obscenity or raucousness!
8/10 Song #1, Calliandra Shade, should be a commercial
for Starbuck's. It reminds me of "Postcard day" which
this whole album is a flashback, every second you think
you hear an echo of music of almost 40 years ago. Wow!
8/10 Rupi's Dance is a almost a jig/lullabye, and just
fun to listen to ... Ian is ever inventive and his
voice is absolutely perfect on every inflection on
record. IA understands how to use his voice to get
the exact sound and effect as in the many instruments
they use to create the complex rich texture of so
many decades.
10/10 "Lost in Crowds" is a quintessential Tull song,
alternating between gentle passages and powerful
energetic flights.
10/10 "Raft of Penguins" is a rhythmic exposition, I
suppose of how penguins moving in concert, are like the
notes of a song, and it comes through perfectly.
8/10 "A Week of Moments" a Rhumba ode to vacations. Or
is is a Cha-Cha?
10/10 "A Hand of Thumbs" roaring Jethro Tull version of
being disarmed by lack of self-confidence ... kind of a
Ian's tip of the hat to Alanis Moristte, seems to me
anyway.
10/10 "Eurolgy", a rousing reel of middle european folk themes,
a bit reminiscient of "Boris Dancing". Very energetic and
melodic, smooth!
9/10 "Old Black Cat" quiet little song about a deceased
little cat who lived an average life. Sentimental without
being too mushy or cutesy.
10/10 "Photo Shop" reminds me of Jethro Tull around the time
of "Songs From The Wood" about the impressions that are stored
about you by the man in the photo shop. Nice bouncy tune!
3/10 "Pigeon Over The Berlin Zoo" well, maybe I'll pick up on
this one some day, but no one is perfect, this song hits me as
a real groaner - all the bad things about pigeons, i hate
pigeons.
10/10 "Griminelli's Lament" a sweet sorrowful lament, as only
Ian Anderon can emit ... this one will reach right into your
guts and pull out tears, manly tears of course, if you're a
man.
10/10 "Not Ralitsa Vassileva" The best song on the album, I
think. I just like the tune and rhythym and the English folk
bluesy sound, even with accordian! Ian pining for a female
newscaster apparently, he always write good songs about female
attraction, important subject that!
6/10 "Two Short Planks" cheerful and nice song, just didn't
hit me on all levels like most of the songs here did.
8/10 "Birthday Card at Christmas" about having a birthday on
Christmas, his daughter Gael's situation ... I wonder if a
daughter can be suitably honored by a song like this?
Seriously, I just love the down to earth'ed'ness of this
album compared to Jethro Tull, which I love for the exact
opposite reason. Trust me, this is an album that people
will love. Thank you for yet another universe of music Ian!

Rupis Dance
Rupis Dance
Offered by Just 4 Games
Price: CDN$ 14.95
3 used & new from CDN$ 14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Music! you will love it, the last one as well, Aug. 29 2003
This review is from: Rupis Dance (Audio CD)
This album is simply perfect! Thank you Ian Anderson!
I bought it two days ago, and I cannot stop listening to
it, or humming it. There is lots of MUSIC in there ... I
mean it is a new adventure each and every time you take a
listen. There is a new melody line that you did not hear,
or an interesting rhythym that pops out where it did not
seem to be before.
I don't know how Mr. Anderson does this, but his
professionalism, artistry, lyriscism, and thoughts come
together smoother, tighter, more refined than ever in
this ablum. No rough edges, just a feeling of postivity
and energy that despite Ian's years comes through real
youthful exhuberance and vigor that current bands can
only get through faddishness, obscenity or raucousness!
8/10 Song #1, Calliandra Shade, should be a commercial
for Starbuck's. It reminds me of "Postcard day" which
this whole album is a flashback, every second you think
you hear an echo of music of almost 40 years ago. Wow!
8/10 Rupi's Dance is a almost a jig/lullabye, and just
fun to listen to ... Ian is ever inventive and his
voice is absolutely perfect on every inflection on
record. IA understands how to use his voice to get
the exact sound and effect as in the many instruments
they use to create the complex rich texture of so
many decades.
10/10 "Lost in Crowds" is a quintessential Tull song,
alternating between gentle passages and powerful
energetic flights.
10/10 "Raft of Penguins" is a rhythmic exposition, I
suppose of how penguins moving in concert, are like the
notes of a song, and it comes through perfectly.
8/10 "A Week of Moments" a Rhumba ode to vacations. Or
is is a Cha-Cha?
10/10 "A Hand of Thumbs" roaring Jethro Tull version of
being disarmed by lack of self-confidence ... kind of a
Ian's tip of the hat to Alanis Moristte, seems to me
anyway.
10/10 "Eurolgy", a rousing reel of middle european folk themes,
a bit reminiscient of "Boris Dancing". Very energetic and
melodic, smooth!
9/10 "Old Black Cat" quiet little song about a deceased
little cat who lived an average life. Sentimental without
being too mushy or cutesy.
10/10 "Photo Shop" reminds me of Jethro Tull around the time
of "Songs From The Wood" about the impressions that are stored
about you by the man in the photo shop. Nice bouncy tune!
3/10 "Pigeon Over The Berlin Zoo" well, maybe I'll pick up on
this one some day, but no one is perfect, this song hits me as
a real groaner - all the bad things about pigeons, i hate
pigeons.
10/10 "Griminelli's Lament" a sweet sorrowful lament, as only
Ian Anderon can emit ... this one will reach right into your
guts and pull out tears, manly tears of course, if you're a
man.
10/10 "Not Ralitsa Vassileva" The best song on the album, I
think. I just like the tune and rhythym and the English folk
bluesy sound, even with accordian! Ian pining for a female
newscaster apparently, he always write good songs about female
attraction, important subject that!
6/10 "Two Short Planks" cheerful and nice song, just didn't
hit me on all levels like most of the songs here did.
8/10 "Birthday Card at Christmas" about having a birthday on
Christmas, his daughter Gael's situation ... I wonder if a
daughter can be suitably honored by a song like this?
Seriously, I just love the down to earth'ed'ness of this
album compared to Jethro Tull, which I love for the exact
opposite reason. Trust me, this is an album that people
will love. Thank you for yet another universe of music Ian!

Power And Terror: Noam Chomsky In Our Times (Dvd) [Import]
Power And Terror: Noam Chomsky In Our Times (Dvd) [Import]
DVD ~ Noam Chomsky
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anything chomsky rates 5 stars ...., June 13 2003
I viewed this MOVIE at the time, at its western
hemispheric debut, in Palo Alto, CA and was
disappointed in its craftsmanship as a movie and
a documentary. It felt like almost a home movie
presentation of Chomsky lecturing.
I have to recommend "Manufacturing Consent" as a
superior effort, but as I say in the review title,
anything "Chomsky" gets a 100% in my book. I would
see him in lecture, or any movie that was made about
him.
Noam Chomsky reads and digests books at the rate most
of us go through oxygen. He wrote his first book when
he was a child, and developed a very egalitarian,
democratic uniquely American, and possibly as much
Anti-American (a term he says only has meaning in
extremely totalitarian societies, and has much fun
with as he toys with the idea of Anti-Italianism)
but Chomsky is a rugged idealist, individualist,
without the contempt for the average working folk
and the experience to know what he is talking about.
I am not a liberal or conservative, but I do like facts
and I like to listen to people who know them, understand
them and can enlighten me about their view of the facts.
Chomsky is one person who, whether or not you agree with
him, which I do on most things, but do not on some major
issues, will - if you are willing to listen with an open
mind give you the free benefit of his incredible moral and
encyclopaedic knowledge, and wisdom. Having won as Nobel
prize in Linguistics qualifies him in my mind as well as
one who can abstract ideas and meaning at least as well
and as validly and any human on our planet and qualifies
him as one all of us in the world owe a listen to at least
once.
This man is a national treasure. This is where Power and
Terror is meaningful to me, in just recording Chomsky's
words appearances this movie is important. Where it fails
in my view is that it is too choppy, does not go into
Chomsky's philosphy deeply on any one issue, and does not
challenge Chomsky. In this way it reminded me of a first
effort in cinemetography of hero worship.
If one really wants to see the brilliance and multi-
dimensionality of Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent is better
for that. Power and Terror whets one's appetite for more
Chomsky, more truth, and raw discussion, which to me is
very important and very missing in our national debate.
Personally, I feel any media attention Chomsky can get
is good, so I urge people to see or buy anything that
features his point of view. This man is mischaracterized,
villified, insulted and demeaned by the right-wing radio
host such as Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, etc, men who
name-call and attack the person. If you are even honest
and right wing, and you think you believe what the right
says about Chomsky, then you at least owe it to yourself
to hear what he says and consider it before you pass
judgement.

At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election
At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election
by Bill Sammon
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars just keep yelling down the truth..., May 26 2003
Republican's MO is just keep saying something long enough,
and paying their media owned outlets to put it out there and
not show any dissent and you can create reality.
There are plenty of books out there on the Florida election,
and most of them, almost all of them call Gore the winner.
This guy is bound to try to make some money by trying to
pick of a few small points and jockying them into meaningfulness.
Well, it does not work for me anyway. Despite what our appointed
president has done in office, that is not an argument for
bypassing the will of the people and the election process in
general, or specific.
The author claims that closing the polls an hour early in the
eastern part of the state which contains the vast majority of
Floridians led to lots of Floridians not going to the polls.
That is about it on the factual side. Then he just villifies
Gore and says it is better than Bush was appointed anyway.
I cannot believe the American's that have been praising this
book. I think our country is just plain over when people are
happy that what we do, and what we stand for is gone, vanished
misunderstood, and happily so. What a bunch of ... .
Personally, I think Bush has made an fair president. I believe
in extending American power through the world for right, but I
do not agree with his way to do that, unilaterally, and by
assassination, misinformation and lies. The war in Iraq was
started and ended with failed assasination attempts which killed
God knows who? Then, there are no weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq. Finally, there is no connection between Iraq, and
Al-Qaeda. There is just as much to connect Bush himself with
them as there is Iraq.
OK, so anyway, all is done, and probably for the better. Now
to the economy ... all Bush's friends, contributors, supporters
have profited from this man's administration. He has put
Poindexter, a man convicted of lying to congress in charge
of our privacy? Huh?
He is giving the country away to the rich, and all and every
time he does anything the fact do not back him up, he just
acts arbitrarily, and the expected results soon loom up.
OK, so to the election. The calling of the election only
affected Florida. I wish they would not do that, but they
reversed it and did the other way as well, so the effect of
that would have if anything hurt Gore supporters just as well,
or so the argument, which wasn't made, because it was just
crying, could have been made. It is a bogus argument.
Then there is the Supreme court, where 2 justices with personal
dealings with Bush did not recuse themselves due to personal
involvement. Highly thought of attorney Vincent Busliosi
goes as far as saying these "justices" were criminally
responsible for their incompetance, and malfeaseance.
Then, there is the media, who reported several times the
the ballots were being counted over and over, but in fact
were never counted at all once? I think it is the times and
not the people in this country that are forcing people
to behave and display such stupidity, but when we corrupt
our system, and stand by for it, we are not doing ourselves
any favors. We do not help anyone or anything to sell our
way of life down the river for a few bucks.
The election of 2000 was a real low point, let's hope, in
the history of this country, and I wonder if we have learned
anything from it at all, in order to learn one must
know the truth, but this book does not help that goal.

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