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The Manchurian Candidate (Widescreen Edition)
The Manchurian Candidate (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Denzel Washington
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This should have been about terrorists, not corporations!, January 2, 2005
The movie's thesis is that a large corporation is seeking to control the political decissions of the president of the United States. The method is by implanting a device in the brain of the vice presidential candidate and by developing a plan that will result in the vice president assuming the office of the president.

When the original Manchurian Candidate movie was created, the movie was about communists who sought to influence the leader of the free world. Today, in a world with Islamic terrorists posing the greatest threat, Hollywood felt that it would be wise to make a movie about the threat of corporate totaltarianism. This is absurd. There is no indication that corporations are a threat on our way of life whatsoever. When Hollywood had a chance to talk about an important issue -- whether terrorists are seeking to influence national elections, as they had in Spain and the United States, the Hollywood elite is quiet. This is unfortunate because if Hollywood choose to discuss this, it would have had a lot to say. Instead, Hollywood choose to stay in the Twilight Zone. And that's fine, perhaps.

The American President
The American President
DVD ~ Michael Douglas
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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Liberal American Dictator, January 2, 2005
This review is from: The American President (DVD)
Why can't Hollywood make a more accurate depiction of reality?

The president depicted in this movie sounds like the candidate the Democrats could only wish for? Liberalism plagues this movie from top to bottom. The president's love interest is an environmental lobbyist who is trying to slow down our economy by imposing a 20% reduction in fossil fuels. The president opposes any changes in the educational laws, suggesting that tampering with educational experiments would be turning our back on public education. (Well, I suppose public education has to win at the expense of school children!

The president does not support the 20% reduction -- not because it's bad for the economy -- but rather, because it's unpopular! Well. Then there's the Michael J. Fox character, who is an assistant to the president. He and many others in the movie suggest that if we only banned hand guns, the streets in LA would be safe. Good grief. I suggest reading More Guns, Less Crime, by John Lott.

The romance in the movie was superficial, but that is what one would expect from liberals. After all, they are not too concerned with learning about others, but rather through learning to govern and control them.

National Geographic: Inside the U.S. Secret Service
National Geographic: Inside the U.S. Secret Service
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10 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and entertaining, December 31, 2004
The U.S. Secret Service is an integral part of our democratic system of government. The American people vote to elect particular candidates, and it is the Secret Services' duty to ensure that these individuals are able to do the duty they were elected to perform. This video includes a lot of recent and historical information, including Secret Service agents from the Kennedy, Ford, Clinton, and Bush I and Bush II administrations.

Secret Service agents are very professional and structured individuals. Everyday they take actions to protect our democracy from foreign and domestic threats, and we all should be grateful for their patriotic service. This documentary is quite exciting.

Michael Gordon

Collateral (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Collateral (Two-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ Tom Cruise
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a fairly well done movie., December 28, 2004
Tom Cruise plays the part of Vincent, a hired assassin assigned to kill five people before the night is over. Vincent hires Max, a cab driver, to drive him around town for his contract killings. Vincent asks Max to drive him to an inner-city apartment; after getting there, Vincent then offers Max a deal: if he waits for him, Vincent will pay Max over $600.

This is probably where Max makes the biggest mistake -- he accepts by waiting. It is a contractual agreement that Max will likely regret.

The setting of the movie is mostly in Downtown Los Angeles. The scenes are done remarkably well. It is a violent movie. Nothing is left to the imagination.

The creators of the movie did a remarkably good job in character development in the beginning of the movie. Although some might think it's dull, it really shapes the character of who the individuals are in the movie, including the prosecutor, Max, and Vincent.

Overall, a fairly well done movie. It's worth seeing once.


Inside the CIA: Revealing the Secrets of the World's Most Powerful Spy Agency
Inside the CIA: Revealing the Secrets of the World's Most Powerful Spy Agency
by Ronald Kessler
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are no secrets revealed. That's expected, though., December 27, 2004
The CIA is a secretive organization. So it comes as no surprise that a book that states that it reveals the top secrets of the CIA is merely a hodgepodge of technical mumbo jumbo relating to how the agency works. It is not very informative, but what can you really expect? No one is really going to get to the bottom of what the CIA knows presently and what they are telling the president. It is better that way. Policymakers are able to surprise our enemies. At the same time, because the agency is secretive, we are able to benefit from novels and movies that probably exaggerate the day to day life of a CIA spy. If you're really interested in knowing secrets, I'd suggest reading a crime novel or joining the CIA itself. But this book does not help.

How the Mind Works
How the Mind Works
by Steven Pinker
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, although some sections ramble a bit., December 15, 2004
This review is from: How the Mind Works (Paperback)
Steven Pinker's book makes an attempt to describe "how the mind works." But does he succeed? Pinker does not discuss the mind at length in this book and offers few revoluationary theories on how the mind actually works. Instead, the title serves as a useful way of obtaining the reader's attention, which makes sense. In reality, this book is about evolutionary psychology, why people think the way they do, and the advantages that have accrued to our ancestors for believing and thinking the way they did then -- and the way we continue to this day.

One of the best areas of Pinker's book is his discussion of evolutionary psychology. In that section, Pinker answers a lot of important time-old questions, such as why do we have friends? What is the purpose of war? Why does every culture have religion and marriage? Why do men seem to value virginity in the women they are marrying? Why are parents very protective of their children? Why are brothers and sisters rivals?

The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America
The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America
by John Micklethwait
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Conservative Movement has a lot of work to do., November 28, 2004
The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America is a delightful read, well-written, well-argued, and is informative. When the 2004 election came, many Democrats thought that something has fundamentally changed and shifted in America. What ever happened to the liberal days of Clinton, they ask. Well, as this book points out, America was always a conservative nation when compared with the rest of the world. America has lower taxes, a strong military, and a GDP of $11 trillion dollars, and some of the largest corporations in the world.

Far too often I think many people think this has happened automatically. Some think we are "lucky" and that at some point in the future another nation may become a superpower. Although the U.S. has been a conservative nation since its Founding, it has been quite liberal, at least politically, from the 1960s to 1994, in terms of its voting patterns for Congress. Conservative intellectuals spent forty years articulating their message, refining, and publishing their message; they were often mocked as strange folks, and the voting pattern showed it (witness the huge defeat of Barry Goldwater). The message eventually carried the day for Ronald Reagan, the GOP Congress of 1994, and George W. Bush. The only problem I have is that even if we are a conservative nation, we still have a socialistic Social Security system, still have a corporate income tax that reaches 35% (while many European socialistic nations have plans to lower theirs even lower than ours!), still have too many public employees, we still have an unaccountable public school system, and our taxation system has harmed our healthcare by creating incentives for doctors to provide too much treatment in some cases. We still have more work to do. The conservative movement will have plenty of work to do for years and years.

Exporting America: Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas
Exporting America: Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas
by Lou Dobbs
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9 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OUTRAGEOUSLY MISINFORMED!!, October 13, 2004
This is the worst book one could possibly read if one is interested in learning about how economics works in the real world. None of the advice in this book would be useful to anyone living in the real world. Instead, Mr. Dobbs' analysis of the economy is flat out wrong. No country would be wise in adopting his analysis or conclusions. Instead, we should ignore the Dobbs' of the world and instead focus on making our country competitive. Certainly our idiotic 35% corporate income tax rate is not making us any more competitive!

The Day Reagan Was Shot
The Day Reagan Was Shot
DVD ~ Richard Dreyfuss
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are any facts in a movie accurate? Well, some, but not all., October 4, 2004
This review is from: The Day Reagan Was Shot (DVD)
I would caution individuals to be wary of receiving historical information from a movie. Many individuals have rightly stated that Oliver Stone, as usual, changed the facts to conform with his vision of the world. With that said, it was interesting, even if many facts were untrue, to see how Hollywood interprets Reagan. Coldly, I'd argue. Reagan is portrayed as an unintelligent and uninterested president. Such a characterization is unfair, especially in light of the recent publications of Ronald Reagan's collection of letters demonstrating that he was a man of ideas, and this explains why he won every election in a landslide.

I felt that this movie gave the impression that our democratic system was being challenged and was in danger of falling into chaos. Historians would likely have a different perspective...


The Butterfly Effect (Infinifilm Edition)
The Butterfly Effect (Infinifilm Edition)
DVD ~ Ashton Kutcher
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a refreshingly original movie with a positive theme, July 21, 2004
This movie was excellent for a reason: it had a compelling message that has not been properly discussed in past sci-fi movies. While Back to the Future certainly dealt at length with the issue of changing "future" history by changing events in the past, The Butterfly Effect, showed that even small changes made in the past can change our destiny for better or worse.

Probably everyone has thought through at some point in their life whether their life would be different if they had made that stock investment in that Fortune 500 company, married their high school sweetheart, or bought that second home when prices seemed "unreasonable."

I liked this movie a lot because it actually encourages its audience to think through the small decissions they make in their life that may have long-term ramifications. Taking this movie seriously may encourage someone to abstain from driving if they had been drinking. Imagine the ramifications of drinking and driving: one is changing the future for multiple individuals, mostly for the worse. I loved the movie. The alternative director's edition ending is a bit too depressing, so I'd advise most moviegoers not to see it.


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