One of television's most critically acclaimed programmes, The Wire challenges viewers with a cop show unlike anything else on air. The HBO series addresses the seedy side of Baltimore's finest looking into money, drugs, politics and murder. Told from the point of view of both the police and their targets, the series captures a universe of subterfuge and surveillance, where easy distinctions between good and evil, and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn. A study on urban life in one of America's toughest cities, each season of The Wire has focused on a different aspect of Baltimore, starting with the police force and the drug trade, then moving on to City Hall, the education system and concluding with the media. Over the course of five seasons, David Simon has endeavoured to build a city. It is a groundbreaking, complex and political look at the streets of America, detailed and fiercely intelligent; there is no other show like it on TV.
The Shaw Brothers veered into outright fantasy territory with HUMAN GODDESS - and often hilarious and very timely look at the state of Hong Kong in the early 1970s! Released in 1972 to adoring audiences, and directed by the iconic Meng Hua Ho (BLACK MAGIC/ MIGHTY PEKING MAN) this is an oddball outing even by the estoric standards of 88 Films and our immortal Asian film line! Taking audiences back to an era of troubled romance, painful poverty and greedy land tycoons - all of whom have to answer to an angel (played by the gorgeous Shanghai-born Li Ching) who has been sent from heaven to look after the residents of the former British colony - HUMAN GODDESS holds up as a riotious viewing experience even today. A mash-up of several genres - from sex comedy to space-age optimism and even political satire - HUMAN GODDESS is one of the most astute Hong Kong movies of its decade and a must-see for anyone curious about the golden age of Hong Kong cinema! Only 88 Films could have brought this true obscurity back from the vaults in a stunning HD transfer that will surely win over a new generation of vixen-enthusiastic viewers.
Brian De Palma followed the huge success of Carrie with another slice of telekinetic horror, upping the ante by featuring more than one psychic. John Cassavetes gives his most sinister performance since Rosemary's Baby as a man who kidnaps the telepathic son of his colleague (Kirk Douglas), aiming to turn him and similarly gifted individuals into human weapons. Meanwhile, Gillian (Amy Irving), is worried enough about the destructive potential of her own powers to agree to be institutionalised - but is the Paragon Institute all that it's cracked up to be? De Palma pulls out all the stops with some spectacular set-pieces (including one that will put viewers off fairground rides for life), before a spectacularly explosive climax that unforgettably demonstrates why Gillian is so afraid of her powers. She can trigger nosebleeds without any effort, so how much damage can she do when she's actually trying to hurt someone? Special Features: Blood on the Lens: An interview with Cinematographer Richard H. Kline Spinning Tales: Fiona Lewis on starring in The Fury The Fury - A Location Journal: An interview with Sam Irvin, intern on The Fury, author of the film's shooting diary and then correspondent for Cinefantastique magazine Original archive interviews from the 1978 promotional tour, featuring Brian De Palma, producer Frank Yablans and stars Carrie Snodgress and Amy Irving Double Negative: A short film tribute to Brian De Palma by Sam Irvin, starring William Finley Gallery of behind-the-scenes production images Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Dumas, author of Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible, as well as a re-print of a contemporary interview with Brian De Palma, and a brand new interview with screenwriter John Farris on the writing of the film, his and De Palma's unrealised adaptation of Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man and more, illustrated with original stills and posters
Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga boxset (9 discs) featuring all 9 Saga movies on DVD: Episode I: Phantom Menace The republic of Naboo battles the Nimoudian federation; Darth Vader is a 9 year old boy named Anakin Skywalker, and Obi Wan Kenobi is a brash young Jedi knight. Episode II: Attack Of The Clones This is the second installment of the prequels set in a time period prior to that of the original three star war films. Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith In this dark and final instalment of the prequel trilogy, the galaxy, two years into the Clone Wars, is divided between Count Dooku's Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Republic, which is led by Chancellor Palpatine. In the political unrest, Palpatine schemes to end the Jedi order, dissolve the Republic and declare himself Emperor of the Galactic Empire, using his clone army and Sith Warriors to do so. Lured by the power offered to him by Palpatine, Anakin draws closer to the Dark Side. To complicate matters, he and Padme are parents to twins - Luke and Leia. Fearful of Anakin's turn to the Dark Side, Obi-Wan confronts his former student and tries to dissuade him from joining ranks with the Sith. However, Obi-Wan and Anakin face each other in a duel - leaving Anakin wounded and presumed dead. Palpatine seizes the opportunity and takes the injured Jedi under his wing. Using technology to help heal Anakin, Palpatine creates a new and very powerful Sith warrior - Darth Vader. With Vader at his side, Palpatine lays waste to the Jedis and Dooku's army and succeeds in creating the new Empire. Now, Obi-Wan and the last remaining Jedis must rally to save the twins, who have been separated to be raised unaware of each other’s existence, and Princess Padme in hopes that someday the next generation will lead a revolution to unseat Darth Vader and the newly crowned Emperor Palpatine. Episode IV: A New Hope A farmboy, a princess and a swahbuckling renegade band together to lead a motley group of rebels and robots against the evil galactic empire in George Lucas's space fantasy. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Second chapter of George's 'Star Wars' Trilogy finds Luke Skywalker training to be a Jedi Knight and Han Solo and Princess Leia eluding Darth Vader. Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi Luke Skywalker is reunited with his comrades for a final battle with Darth Vader and the evil galactic empire in this third instalment in George Lucas' Star wars saga. Episode VII: The Force Awakens Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It's up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy. Episode VIII: The Last Jedi The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks new mysteries of the Force. Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
During a time of political and social unrest in Egypt, a god-like force, Nyarlathotep, emerges. He travels the land dazzling people with electricity and psychology. While witnesses of this god-like creature encourage others to see him, afterwards, people seem terrified. As the narrator recounts his experiences, he becomes disoriented. By the end of the story, the narrator and the other viewers of Nyarlathotep begin to lose touch with reality. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Sorensen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001139/bk_gdan_001139_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As host of Larry King Live, one of the most popular daily forums for political news and commentary, Larry King has asked probing questions of North America's movers and shakers: the major world leaders, politicians, pundits, spin doctors, and reporters who are directly involved with the North American scene.Now, in Anything Goes!, King takes an in-depth look at how North America, through the prism of the electronic and print media, has gotten to the point where it is today. Bi-partisan politics, bimbo eruptions, grandstanding in Congress, backstabbing tactics, and more are covered in this fascinating and revealing memoir of the last decade.It's Larry King at his best, including inside political stories and anecdotes never before reported anywhere. Since its 1985 debut, Larry King Live has consistently been CNN's highest-rated program. Viewers in more than 170 million households from 210 countries and territories worldwide tune in regularly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Larry King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000034/bk_pnix_000034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Sergeant's long career as a political journalist has been inextricably linked with Margaret Thatcher since the night he stood on the steps of the British Embassy in November 1990 and announced to 13 million viewers that the prime minister would not be coming out of the Embassy to speak to the massed ranks of the world's press. As his broadcast continued, it was plain to all 13 million that Mrs Thatcher, having learned that she had lost the first round of the leadership contest that would cost her the premiership, was walking down the steps behind him. Maggie is John Sergeant's mordant analysis of Thatcher's life and career, bringing to bear his trademark wit and keen sense of the absurd, but also his deep understanding of the British political arena and an insight born of 30 years of reporting on events in Westminster. His access to those who worked for her, with her, and against her is unique. This riveting book offers both a fresh appraisal of a woman who changed British politics forever and a powerful account of her legacy and her political heirs, be they new Labour or Ian Duncan Smith. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sergeant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000109/bk_macm_000109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Contemporary art has never been so popular - but what is 'contemporary' about contemporary art? What is its role today, and who is controlling its future? Bloody toy soldiers, gilded shopping carts, and embroidered tents. Contemporary art is supposed to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. But away from shock tactics in the gallery, there are many unanswered questions. Who is really running the art world? What effect has America's growing political and cultural dominance had on art? Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem. Contemporary art seeks to bamboozle its viewers while being the willing slave of business and government. This audiobook is your antidote and will change the way you see contemporary art. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These audiobooks are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly listenable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Conlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015392/bk_adbl_015392_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his recent work Daniel Josefsohn (1961-2016) has managed to maintain the precarious balancing act between provocation and humor, between irony and political incitement with such skill that he is able to generate both a sense of discomfort and adoration among viewers. His photographs challenge our customary visual expectations and seem to effortlessly maneuver between art and commerce. After the legendary Miststück campaign that he created for the MTV music channel in the nineties, Josefsohn worked for numerous magazines and from 2010 onward his photographs defined the publicity campaigns of the Volksbühne in Berlin. After suffering a stroke in 2012, he worked with his partner Karin Müller to document the before and after in a photo column for the ZEITmagazin-which reflected the contrasts between levity and gravity, the debased and the beautiful. In addition to a selection of the best photographs of the column, this volume presents a cross-section of his entire work.