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Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus: Collected Works
Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus: Collected Works
by Raymond Pettibon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 62.21
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pettibon!, July 20 2016
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Amazing artwork included in here, Basically all of his work for the last 40 years. This is the collection to get.


Audio Technica AT-LP60NV-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Navy
Audio Technica AT-LP60NV-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Navy
Offered by AVGear
Price: CDN$ 259.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Modernity, July 20 2016
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This record player is amazing. The price is very affordable for the quality. Audio Technica has made a winner here. I absolutely love the bluetooth feature. as I can move my speaker to different locations around the house (not just in my music room) and that makes me happy. The sound is also very impressive, clear and loud with good all around EQ (of course a quality receiver and good speakers make a huge difference). I have no complaints at all about this record player. Easy to use, sound is impressive, light to move around the house (or to another location) if need be, blue tooth is easy to use, built in amplifier, and not many cords for connection. The player is quite portable which is a nice feature.


Hair Comb - Wood with Anti-Static & No Snag with Fine and Medium Tooth for Beard, Head Hair, Mustache with Premium Carrying Pouch in High Quality Design in Gift Box by Rocky Mountain
Hair Comb - Wood with Anti-Static & No Snag with Fine and Medium Tooth for Beard, Head Hair, Mustache with Premium Carrying Pouch in High Quality Design in Gift Box by Rocky Mountain

5.0 out of 5 stars Get this Comb, July 20 2016
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The comb is high quality with great detail. My hair is fairly thick and this glides through easily. Works good with pomade as well. The comb looks great and is a fair price. It does the job with ease and is made of great material.


Ultra-Compact Phono Preamp
Ultra-Compact Phono Preamp
Price: CDN$ 38.99
25 used & new from CDN$ 36.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound reproduction for the price paid, Aug. 7 2014
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Amazing sound reproduction for the price paid. I am running this amp off a Technics 1200-MK2 and the little unit holds its own with the big boys. No noise, loud and clear sound levels, small and nice looking construction. You can't ask for more from this price. Behringer makes quality sound equipment across the musical landscape. Don't hesitate to buy if you are on a low budget. This thing works just fine for your vinyl listening needs. Now put on some Sabbath and chill out.


Dr Seuss Childrens Book Collection 20 Books Set
Dr Seuss Childrens Book Collection 20 Books Set

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Seuss is still king, Dec 15 2012
These books are great. The hardcover editions are the best ones to buy and the value of buying them in a set is much better than individual purchases. Only a few essential books are missing from this set but all in all I cannot complain about the books that are included. Great books for kids and quite good material to stir the mind of a young reader. Highly recommended.


Mars Attacks! [Blu-ray]
Mars Attacks! [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
Offered by Rarewaves-US
Price: CDN$ 20.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars What If?, Sept. 24 2010
This review is from: Mars Attacks! [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
What if Edward D. Wood Jr. had a higher budget, good digital effects, access to quality studios, and great actors at his disposal? Director Tim Burton has answered that question for us in 'Mars Attacks.' You may not understand the reasoning behind this movie but you do not have to, Tim Burton understood it perfectly. Mars Attacks makes no sense in itself and the script, narrative, and dialogue are just as non-sensical as the idea of Martians that attack for absolutely no reason. Why is this so? It is obvious, this movie is a throwback to a genre that exists no more and perhaps that is our loss as a moviegoers; when cheap sci-fi and B-movies ruled the cinemas and drive-ins. Hitchcock of course set all this straight with 'Psycho' by proving that a great horror film (B-movie if you will) could be made with a low budget. But Ed Wood was no Hitchcock and Tim Burton was not paying homage to Hitch.

To understand Mars Attacks you must understand Tim Burton's love for Ed Wood as a film-maker. It appears that Tim Burton made this movie in honour of Ed Wood; alongside the bio-pic of the same name.

Have you never seen 'Plan 9 From Outer Space?' If not, watch that movie then watch this one in sequence; You will understand the answer and the question............ what if?


Che - Collector's Edition (Che - Édition du Collectionneur) [Blu-ray]
Che - Collector's Edition (Che - Édition du Collectionneur) [Blu-ray]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movement in Two Parts, Aug. 2 2010
The idea of this movie was meant not to polarize the message of "Che" and his life by propagandizing you along the way; this would be a cheapening of the man's life and his relevance as a critique of modern capitalism. Rather, the movie is presented as an honest portrayal of two most intense and meaningful revolutionary Events in Che's life; i.e. - his utmost success and his abject failure.

These two Events are the essence of Che's life, at least in a 4 hour timeframe (especially if you are not willing to read about his life or his ideas on revolution). The first part is the high-point: the Cuban revolution is a success and the guerrilla army wins the day. The second part is the low point: the Bolivian revolution was fraught with tragedy, ill-preparedness, bad timing, etc., and this demonstrates the failure. These portrayals are not romanticized or propagandized (they might be ideology but that is another discussion) rather they are attempts at a real look at the facts; which is why Jon Lee Anderson was constantly on-set and given a role as an advisor. These two parts work nicely when viewed together. You inevitably cheer for the success and you are puzzled by the failure. Soderbergh also focuses on the martyr-role in the Bolivian example and the messiah-role in the Cuban example; these are not mythology-based rather they are factual-based.

Obviously this is cinema and all the aspects of the two guerrilla campaigns cannot be presented as realistically, and totally, as possible but Soderbergh does a fine job with his subject.

The images are stunning, the use of Spanish is essential, and the physical/geographical settings are outstanding. There are no Hollywood sets or studios utilized, no excessive CGI tricks, and no unnecessary special affects = a throwback to another age. Benicio Del Toro is outstanding as Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Demian Bichir fully embodies a youthful Fidel Castro, but clearly Santiago Cabrera as Camilo Cienfuegos is definitely the understated spirit of the movie. The scenes between Che and Fidel are presented as cold and hierarchical (father to son) whereas the scenes between Che and Camilo are presented as friend, comrade, and brother. Soderbergh misses a great opportunity to portray the "love" Che speaks about when the movie fails to examine Camilo's untimely death and Che's grief over his best friend's demise (perhaps his utmost sentiment in leaving Cuba and Fidel behind: to prove his father wrong and to find another Camilo along the way).

The paternal analysis was not lost in Soderbergh's analysis. In the first part Che is under the forceful tutelage of the father: Fidel (thus Che succeeds) and in the second part Che leaves Cuba and Fidel for Bolivia but he only finds failure and hardship. Messiah-martyr?

To paraphrase Che: 'there are periods of boredom in the life of the guerrilla and in the struggle' and this movie demonstrates his truth: war of any kind is filled with periods of pure boredom and periods of intense fighting = failure and success. Soderbergh presents the highs and lows of Che's guerrilla existence and this is seemingly his main motif, as is perhaps the martyr-messiah, and father-son. Sometimes there is victory and sometimes there is defeat.

Watch this movie and then watch it again.


First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
by Slavoj Zizek
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.47
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zizek at His Most Accessible, Aug. 2 2010
If you have never read a book by Zizek then this is definitely the best place to start, especially considering the emphasis of the book. If you have read Zizek before then consider this is a great little pamphlet. Zizek focuses his analyses on the two most politically relevant topics of the past decade: 1) the current global economic crisis, and 2) the changing world post 9-11. Zizek breaks the book down into two separate parts that are primarily based on the analysis of ideology and the burgeoning communist hypothesis. The usual characters come along for the ride: Marx, Hegel, Lacan, and Freud = historical materialism, dialectics, and psychoanalysis (get used to these ideas if you have never read Zizek).

The analyses are always grounded in philosophy and history and of course Zizek does not utilize the over-abused drivel of the mainstream media (and when he does, he abolishes it), rather he creates highly critical arguments that are not presented in our mainstream; which is why we need Zizek. As with all other books by Zizek, the language can be difficult to understand at times but Zizek expects his audience to examine his ideas carefully; too often we are given ready-made answers to our most pressing questions (which is where ideology comes into play) and Zizek obliterates these all too easy answers. But there is good news, if you are too busy to fumble around with difficult language (most of us are these days) then there is hope to be found in Zizek: the other half of Zizek is always filled with profound analyses in beautifully written and accessible language and these passages will entertain and enlighten. And it is in these accessible areas that the amazing clarity of Zizek's critiques will shine through. As always, Zizek utilizes humour, film, Hollywood, art, literature, pop-culture, and good old ideology to get his points across.

Here is the great news: the book is only 157 pages long and it directs its attentions on two ideas. So, it is very easy to re-read the book if you happen to get lost along the way (it happens to us all). Welcome yourself to the amazing head-space known as Zizek and get ready to challenge yourself and your ideas about stuff (yes I said it, stuff!).


The Communist Hypothesis
The Communist Hypothesis
by Alain Badiou
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Idea Lives On, July 31 2010
This book by Alain Badiou is a small collection of shorter essays and it is a great companion to anything that has been written previously by Zizek or Badiou. The book itself physically resembles the Quotations of Mao Zedong (little red book) and the accessibility of the book (the small stature) is very handy when carrying around as it easily fits into anything (probably a conscious choice by Verso Books).

What is presented in the book are a few older essays and a few new writings by Badiou on various topics regarding communist history and philosophy. This book is purely meant to be a philosophical study and on that topic it is not an egregiously difficult read at all. In fact, you can literally read the entirety of the book in a couple of hours, and even understand it. The shortness of the book inspires future readings. The topics of the essays are specifically based upon: the supposed failure of communism, the political unrest of 1968 and its contemporary implications in today's communism, the Cultural Revolution in China (a particularly good essay), The Paris Commune, and the Idea of communism.

If you are at all interested in communist philosophy, and/or history, then this a great little addition to your literary collection.


A Companion to Marx's Capital
A Companion to Marx's Capital
by David Harvey
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.48
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 Years of Scholarship, July 31 2010
David Harvey has done you and I a tremendous favour. He has incorporated 40 years of teaching of Marx's Capital into a single volume (in the form of a rather inexpensive commodity nonetheless, perhaps one of the best you will ever use). The insights Harvey gives are great tools for understanding the more difficult concepts that Marx presents. Harvey gives a detailed but not overly lengthy description and analysis into Marx's more important terms. The title of this book is exactly what it claims to be: a wonderful companion to Marx's Capital. If you have never read Capital from front to back then this is an essential place to start and if you have read it several times then the 40+ years of Harvey's analysis will certainly be appreciated.

The wonderful thing about this book is that it is able to stand on its own apart from Capital (although this is not the intention of the book) and it is very accessible to all readers. Harvey does not use excessively complicated language and he does his best to clarify the tougher subjects and ideas of Marx. Harvey is a powerful teacher and this volume works great for all levels of students and anyone else that is interested in Marx's beautiful book called Capital.


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