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Happy Fourth of July! -- In which various VHS and DVD titles are suggested...

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 4, 2008 11:32am | Post a Comment

  
 

These chaps have the right idea! 

  



   

Some "Cut & Run" types think it's ok to celebrate such other July 4th holidays such as:

Filipino - American Friendship Day
Day of Agwe - Haiti
Birthday of Queen Sonja - Norway
Commemoration of Jewish Genocide - Latvia
Family Day - Lesotho
Fisherman's Day - Marshall Islands
Independence Day - Rwanda
King's Day - Tonga


   



Macaronis
(pictured above) were the Hipster douches of their day. On July 4th they mocked Yankee Doodle (a Dandy who, naturally, was the arch foe of the clueless, appalling, hideous sartorial abominations, the Macaronis). They erroneously assumed (unfamiliar as they were with understatement) that Yankee Doodle sticking a feather in his hat amounted to him wanting to join their odious ranks. In response he had to regulate. This is his day.

  

The War of Independence wasn't just fought against the teabags. On the western front, the colonies fought a genocidal campaign against the cussed natives. The Shawnee were upset at the Iroquois for having sold land to the English. They organized a resistance but were defeated by the Virginia militia. The Declaration of Independence spelled out the newly independent country's intentions. "…[He] has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions." God hates redskins.

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Today's Holidays -- and appropriate DVDs to celebrate/honor them with

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 25, 2008 08:41am | Post a Comment

ANZAC Day - Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga and Samoa



Armed Forces Day - North Korea



Children's Day - Iceland



Flag Day - The Faroe Islands, Swaziland



Red Hat Society Day - Red Hatters



Freedom Day - Portugal

Robigalia - Rome

 

Liberation of Nazism - Italy



 World Malaria Day



 St. Mark the Evangelist Day - Christianity



Good Friday - Orthodox Christianity



Remembrance Day - Papua


 

Señor de la Justicia - Peru



Sinai Liberation Day - Egypt


 
World Penguin Day

   

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WHAT'S IN DEMAND IN DVD SECTION @ HOLLYWOOD AMOEBA

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2007 03:56pm | Post a Comment
 Gabriella works in the DVD department of Amoeba Music Hollywood, located in the mezzanine area of the cavernous Sunset Blvd building that stretches one full block. She's been at Amoeba for almost three years now and was recruited by fellow Amoebite Chris Carmena. She works on the registers twice a week and three days amongst the DVD department's movies, which is her passion, she says. In total, twenty Amoebites (a lot!) work in the extensive Hollywood Amoeba Music DVD section, where there is a truly amazing selection of DVDs in every genre you can think of, found both new and used, and at damned good prices.
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AMOEBLOG: What are three of the most popular DVDs with Amoeba shoppers in the last week or so?

GABRIELLA: Cocaine Cowboys, An Inconvenient Truth, and with the recent Paul McCartney in-store performance, we’ve had a lot of Beatles music DVD’s selling out.inconvenient truth

AMOEBLOG: Who shops in Amoeba Hollywood's DVD section? And does the fact that the store is right in Hollywood -- home of the movies -- make a difference?

GABRIELLA: We have the most diverse clientele-- from celebrities to tour buses full of Japanese visitors. We attract all types of people because we satisfy every taste!
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AMOEBLOG: What is one of the most popular DVD box-sets these days?

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SICKO: LATEST IN LONG LINE OF US EXPOSE DOCUMENTARIES

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2007 06:03pm | Post a Comment
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Michael Moore
's latest film, Sicko, just out in theaters, may -- as its detractors so quickly accuse it of being -- be biased and one-sided, but you know what? I don't give a damn, because, like all of Moore's films to date, it is still a hell of a unique work: one that tells the side of the downtrodden, ill-represented majority of this economically unbalanced society in which we dwell. It is a story that long needed to be told and the fact that someone as high-profile as Moore, whose films get so much attention and so many viewers, is a wonderful thing that hopefully will lead to changes in the current corrupt medical insurance system in the USA. Sicko also brings to my mind some of the other great expose documentaries that have been produced in recent years and that are available on DVD -- which means you should be able to find them in Amoeba's DVD section.


Some of my personal favorites include OutFoxed, which takes a humorous but scathing look at Rupert Murdoch's Fox News network (an easy target for sure...but a well worth looking into one), presenting some of the shameless attempts at "fair and balanced" reporting that the TV "news" station practices.

Other documentaries in the whistle-blower style include Robert Greenwald's must-see 2005 documentary Wal-Mart: The High Price Of Low Cost (see clip below), which exposes the retail giant for the shady, exploitive, corrupt employer and corporation that it really is -- one that has the audacity to wrap itself in the image of the American flag when its practices (ranging from exploiting medicare, destroying small businesses and communities within the United States and exploiting overseas workers) are the most un-American that any entity could possibly execute. This documentary exposes the retail giant from the perspective of its hard-working employees and along the way exposes facts such as theenron high crime rate in the under-protected Wal-Mart parking lots.

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MY EXHAUSTING 24 HOURS WITH JACK BAUER

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2007 12:05pm | Post a Comment
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I am exhausted today. Totally exhausted, after spending 24 hours with Jack Bauer, or rather, with the entire seven DVD set of Season 5 (from 2006) of the popular television series 24 starring Keifer Sutherland. I watched it from start to finish over the past three days, and honestly, it wore me out, just watching it. It felt as if I was right there with Jack Bauer, going through every draining confrontational thing that the cool-headed Jack endured from moment to moment and never once having time to stop to just drink some water or even grab a sandwich. Poor Jack Bauer!

My goal was to watch the entire  season of 24 in real time, as in over the24 course of one day/24 hour period. * Actually it's 18 hours due to fact that each show is approx 45 minutes,   But even at 18 straight hours, it proved just too exhausting for this viewer. Simply put, I couldn't keep up with Jack Bauer! Not owning a TV, I had never seen the show before. Of course, I had read about it and heard about it from friends who are diehard fans of the show. They told me it was a rare good TV show and addictive viewing. They were right! They just didn't prepare me for the relentlessness of each minute of every hour (episode) of Jack Bauer's day.jack bauer

Other things I learned from watching 24 include that the word "schematics" is used a lot and that Jack Bauer utters the word 'dammit' frequently. And I noticed that, despite all the turmoil and danger he finds himself constantly in, he never loses his head or that little shoulder bag of his. And neither he nor anyone else ever seem to have to charge their phone batteries -- yet they are on them all the time. Same for their laptops, although they are usually plugged in. They also never laugh or smile, eat food or drink water, or catch a wink of sleep as far as I could see from watching Season 5 of 24. I also learned, after doing a bit of online research, that there is a Jack Bauer Appreciation Day (May 9th) and that there are numerous spoofs of 24 including an episode of the Simpsons in which Bart prank calls Jack Bauer.
         
But exhausting as watching 24 for the first time was for me, I am hooked on the great TV show and want to see the other seasons (which should by the way be available in Amoeba's DVD section). I am told that the earlier seasons were better so I am looking forward to checking them out...but first I need to rest some more.

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