M. Veiluva

Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (32 of 43)
Location: Walnut Creek, CA United States
In My Own Words:
Greetings, tovarishii! Life in the 21st century is indeed hard for an unemployed Marxist academician.

I struggle every day to obtain answers to the questions which emminate from the historical inevitability of a proletarian state. Is corporate globalism a predicted manifestation or aberration of the end-state bourgeois capitalism? What is the purpose of the second black button on the X-box… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 364,312 - Total Helpful Votes: 32 of 43
The Triplets of Belleville
We are big Miyazaki fans (the Japanese "Spirited Away"), so "Triplets", a French film, was a real venture into Something Completely Different. It is not anime at all, but sort of a mix of Salvador Dali meets very early Disney with incredible attention to detail and a completely whimsical style. The paper-thin plot (either based on a children's book or should be) involving a grandmother, her bicyclist grandson, the elder Triplets and the godfather's henchmen is simply a coathanger for a truly amazing visual and sensory experience.
The film opens with a tour-de-force, a mock-1920s b&w animation featuring the original Triplets doing their musical number on stage complete with the… Read more
To Make Men Free: A Novel Of The Battle Of Antieta&hellip by Richard Croker
I am a die-hard Civil War buff, so "To Make Men Free" was for me an easy summer's read. I agree with the majority of reviewers that this is no "Killer Angels" but few could be expected to match that high standard. It is probably closer to the junior Shaara's product such as "Gods and Generals."
While billed as a "novel", the book does not stray far from straight history. What Croker probably should have done is do what the elder Shaara did in "Killer Angels", which is to focus on no more than four or five characters. Instead, we have over a dozen major characters (some real and some fictional) to keep track of, and as a result we do… Read more
Black Hawk Down (Bilingual) [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Josh Hartnett
Prior to "Black Hawk Down", "Apocalypse Down" was hands down my favorite non-World War II war movie. Time and distance works wonders, and Ridley Scott proves he can film modern combat, like sci-fi ("Alien") with the best of them.
This is a post Private Ryan film, which means that the street combat scenes are jumpy, erratic, and extremely violent. But like Spielberg, Scott does not lose sight of character development, particularly Harnett's character who becomes marooned with his "stick" of Rangers overnight in the centre of Mogadishu surrounded by thousands of screeming, RPG-toting Somalis who can use cell phones to mobilize and direct their… Read more