Wednesday, April 13, 2016
(This review is for The Godfather DVD Collection (2001) [ASIN: B00003CXAA])
1. THE FILMS
It would be unfair of me to write such short review for all the 3 films but I have to due to make this review as useful as possible.
The films are legendary, very popular & highly-regarded by both critics & people. Great films with great acting (by Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Diane Keaton & Talia Shire among many others), great score/soundtrack (by Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola) with many popular songs, great script based on a great novel (by late Mario Puzo), great cinematography (by Gordon Willis), great atmospheres... et al.
Some of my favorite bits about these films includes: the outstanding performances by Marlon Brando, Al Pacino & Robert De Niro, the scene with Woltz in bed (Part I) & the long scene with Fanucci walking the street (Part II). Another thing I like about The Godfather Trilogy is how it was less about crime and more about family. It's also exciting to see how Coppola did focus on family in real life (just like the film itself) by using them in these films.
The least favorite to most people would be Part III as it wasn't good enough. It actually was a good conclusion to the trilogy but was underrated because it didn't hold up to high expectations from the fans as well as to the great reputation of Part I & Part II. Al Pacino gave us another great performance. My guess is that it would've got a better reputation if the studio accepted Coppola's suggested title "Death of Michael Corleone".
Speaking of conclusions, a good conclusion to this review would be to praise Francis Ford Coppola's outstanding work from his great writing to superb directing to making such a great high-value DVD box set. Thank you Francis Ford Coppola.
Note: For a great review, check Emipre Magazine's article in issue 180 (June 2004) pages 166~167 (the article's called Masterpieces (#12)).
Godfather, The (1972) 5/5
Godfather: Part II, The (1974) 5/5
Godfather: Part III, The (1990) 5/5
2. THE DVDS
Here's an offer you can't refuse: buy this 5-disc Box Set because there never was an offer this good with a reasonable price.
Each film has its own DVD book-like keep-case with covers that shows respect to both the fans (especially the elder ones) and to the films too. Each film has an Aspect Ratio of 1.85:1, Closed-captioned, English & French audio tracks both Dolby Digital 5.1 (no DTS) & subtitles. Each film comes with a great informative audio commentary by (Francis Ford) Coppola. Part I comes in a single disc, so does Part III, and Part II comes in 2 discs. This is a good thing yet bad thing. It's good because they cared to give us the highest quality yet it's bad because you'll have to stop and change the disc exactly after the long scene with Fanucci walking the street (a similar problem was with the 1st DVD edition of Godfellas (1990) were we had to flip it). So we have a total of 4 discs for the whole 3 films plus a disc of extras. Godfather Part I (alone) is already out on DVD (which comes in a keep-case) and I guess Part II & Part III are coming shortly but those who buy each part apart would miss the extra stuff (listed below).
The 5th disc (the disc of extras/bonus stuff) comes with:
- A great documentary (73 min.) which is full of trivia and behind-the-scenes stories and footage.
- All the deleted-scenes.
- A look into Francis Coppola's Notebook which was his own guide to making the films.
- Cool rehearsal footage.
- Clips with Gordon Willis, Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo & a short clip about locations.
- Academy Award acceptance speeches & list of awards.
- Corleone family tree.
And few more features (see DVD Features in the Product Details above or Technical Information also above).
The Godfather DVD Collection (2001) 5/5
3. RECOMMENDATIONS (WATCH/BUY)
Killing, The (1956) [ASIN: 0792841395]
Goodfellas (1990) [ASIN: B000286RKW]
Untouchables, The (1987) [ASIN: B00029NKU6]
Donnie Brasco (1997) [ASIN: B00004XPPB]
"Sopranos, The" (1999) [ASIN: B0000C9JD4]
Carlito's Way (1993) [ASIN: B0000AM6JI]
Heat (1995) [ASIN: B00000JGHM]
Pulp Fiction (1994) [ASIN: B000068DBC]
The Godfather (novel) [ISBN: 0451167716]
The Godfather Legacy (book) [ISBN: 0684836475]
PS. Does my intentional use of word 'great' here 14 times tell you something?
Posted by Muhammad N. Jassim at 2:22:00 PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I wanted to change the default icon for one certain file-type on Ubuntu GNU/Linux, because the icon for this file-type would otherwise have the blank paper icon. In this example will use: .torrent files
- I have downloaded a .png file of the new icon that I want to use.
- Rename that file to: "gnome-mime-application-x-bittorrent.png" (for other file-types change 'x-bittorrent' to the proper name of your application)
- Move that file "gnome-mime-application-x-bittorrent.png" to the folder ".icons" in your home folder. In case the ".icons" folder does not exist simply create it there (mkdir ~/.icons)
Based on the following thread from UbuntuForums: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=355714
Friday, November 14, 2008
- We continue believing in the freedom of thought and discussion (intellectual debates)
- We continue denouncing Antisemitism
- We continue calling for interfaith union
- We say the Christian world should beware of Zionism
- We never forgot the Holocaust and will never forget other tragedies
P.S.: notice how the Rabbi continues using the word Allah, which is simply the Arabic word for 'God', unlike the popular misconception that Allah is 'God of the Muslims' or 'God of the Arabs' ! Arab Jews and Arab Christians have always used the word Allah, just like us, the Arab Muslims. Non-Arab Muslims, who are the large majority of Muslims in the world, are preferring more and more to use the Arabic word Allah, because it is unique, gender-less, and it is the proper noun for God Almighty in all the Semitic languages, among other reasons. (For further reading see the book: What is His Name?)
(Alternative link to download the video: http://www.mediafire.com/file/tnz1ywjyjz0/jewish_rabbi_says_he_can_live_peacefully_under_islamic_rules.flv)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I am a realistic perfectionist.
Perfectionist as in, I can do many things better; the reach for limits of human ability. For example I can improve my language, my writing, my thinking, etc. So why not reach to achieve such good improvements, I say. And when done right, this is actually a very healthy thing for the human being.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Those who deny the existence of Islamic economy uphold the above arguments. They seem to be under the impression that we claim the existence of economic discussion in Islam.
Comprehensiveness of Islamic laws
"Islam has fully explained what is lawful and what is unlawful. It has an answer to every question that people may be confronted with to solve in their lives. It has mentioned even the penalty for a minor scratch".
Then the Imam put his hand on Abu-Basir and said:
"With your permission, may I press your hand a little bit?"
"I am at your disposal, my lord." replied Abu-Basir.
The Imam then pressed him a little and said:
"Even the penalty for this is there in Islam".
2. According to another report the Imam Jaffer al-Sadiq (a.s.) once said:
"Islam gives an answer to all that is required by the people. There is no point which has not been discussed by Islam. Even the compensation for a little scratch inflicted upon the body of someone else has been mentioned."
"Allah the Almighty raised the Holy Prophet (pbuh) at a time when there had been no Prophet since long, and the people were in a deep slumber. They were all violating the commandments of Allah. At such a critical juncture the Prophet (pbuh) was raised with a beacon of the light of guidance, i.e. Holy Qur'an. It contains the remedies of all your ills. It tells you how to arrange your livelihood and groom your relations".
Application of Islam is Another Witness
Islamic Theory Needs to be Brought Into Definite Shape
Morality of Islamic Economy
"He should collect money as ordered by Allah and should disburse it to the eight categories of the poor and the needy. Money should be disbursed in a way that it should be enough for the recipients for a year without facing any hardship. If any surplus is left it should be enough for the recipients for a year without facing any hardship. If any surplus is left it should go back to the treasury. In case of a shortfall, the ruler has to augment the zakat fund from other resources available to him."
There is a difference in the content of the tradition which says:
"He who sleeps satiated while his neighbor is hungry, is not a true believer in Allah and the Hereafter"
"It is binding on the rulers to help the poor from their own resources in order to satisfy their needs".
What is lacking in Islam as compared to other economic theories?
The above is one of four articles, together meant as introduction to Islamic Economy
- Physiocrats on Wikipedia
- Hadiths: meaning the sayings/traditions of Prophet Muhammad & his House-Hold, peace and blessings of Allah be upon them.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
This is a step-by-step guide to get going with GnuPG, on M$ Windows XP (with Service Pack 2).
GnuPG is the GNU project's tool that allows us to encrypt data and therefore have a secure communication.
While it's well known that I discourage everyone from using such an operating system that pose restrictions on the users right and left, like Micro$oft Windows.. I have written this guide only for the goal of helping my fellow human beings use our free as-in-free-speech software.
And since I have no Windows machine nor can access one, I had to depend on the help of a friend and his computer.
- First I instructed my friend to download GnuPG from http://gnupg.org/download/index.en.html (direct ftp link: ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/binary/gnupg-w32cli-1.4.9.exe).
- Then to double-click on gnupg-w32cli-1.4.9.exe file
- Then to choose English for the language
- Then to click OK
- Then to click on Next
- Then to read the license of the software, and to click on Next if he agrees with it.
- Everything was selected so he clicked on Next.
- Then selected en for English language again and clicked Next.
- Then he chose "C:\Program Files\GNU\GnuPG" for the destination directory and clicked Next.
- Then clicked on Install.
- And when completed he clicked on Next and finally clicked on Finish.
- GnuPG is now installed and ready to use.
- Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt
- Here I've instructed my friend to type:
cd(and to always press Enter key of course after every command like this).
- This will tell us what directory he's at. In his case it is "C:\Documets and Settings\user".
- He now changed directory to the desktop directory by typing exactly:
cd "C:\Documets and Settings\user\Desktop"
- Then I asked him to exactly type:
"C:\Program Files\GNU\GnuPG\gpg.exe" --gen-key
- And to enter 1 when asked to select an option, which was the default choice.
- Then to enter 2048, which is the default.
- Then chose an expiration period. He decided to keep the keys forever so chose 0.
- Of course he entered his name and e-mail address, as well as a passphrase and repeated the passphrase for confirmation.
- Now for the key I told him to type exactly:
"C:\Program Files\GNU\GnuPG\gpg.exe" --export --armor > pubkey.asc
All that in one line of course.
- This finally gave him a file on the Desktop called pubkey.asc
- To check if everything went well, he used Notepad to open the file by typing:
And there he saw the gibberish stuff. Look at my public key to know how it would look like.
At this point you have finished both setting up GnuPG and got yourself a pair of keys. A private key, and a public key.
The gibberish stuff inside the pubkey.asc file is your public key, and please feel free to share it with everyone. Send it to them in messages or e-mails or add it to the end of your e-mail letters.. etc...
Posted by Muhammad N. Jassim at 9:01:00 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
- Firefox uses XULRunner, check.
- Icecat uses XULRunner, check.
- Swiftweasel uses XULRunner, check.
- Seamonkey uses XULRunner, check.
- Swiftfox uses XULRunner, check.
- Songbird uses XULRunner, check.
The official Arch package of Firefox is so amazingly small in size, because everything is already in the XULRunner package. So this have been hunting me for a while, wanting to do the same, and rely on the official XULRunner if possible, or re-compile it if needed. Once I know how, it would solve a big problem in my life, and help easy lives of many others.
Anyone installing XULRunner more than once on their systems would probably agree that it would be nice to save the time compiling it, everytime a new version is released, and also the harddisk space. I mean, who would say no to gain more disk space while everything works like they were, if not better?
Need to figure out how exactly to do this. The part about compiling XULRunner is easy. It's exactly like compiling Firefox. The part where I get other packages to use it is the missing piece here.
Couple of problems:
1. Applications that should work with XULRunner, don't work, like Zekr package. The auther says we should just point the application to Firefox's directory, or XULRunner, or any varint or flavor of Firefox. Sadly, every attempt of mine to make it use XULRunner was a faliure. Many many hours wasted on this. Tried to point it to directory of Swiftwesel, and tried now with GNU IceCat, only to fail. Finally pointing it to SeaMonkey's directory worked. The auther assures me it would work with just XULRunner, so I am missing something here.
2. I need to make sure XULRunner is completely free software (as in librty and freedom), because I'm a Free Software activist, and to get it to work with GNU IceCat. Compiling IceCat is different a bit from compiling Firefox directly. This bit of differece is something I need to figure out. The default confugure options are different, and gave me nightmares to find out working one.
How can we compile with less Gnome dependencies, for those who want it so? Because me having Gnome installed (among other DEs/WMs) should not makes me assume everyone would install/accept such dependencies, and they have the right.
what about --disable-toolkit-qt?
What about --enable-system-cairo?
--enable-libxul or --disable-libxul ? And why --with-libxul-sdk=/usr/lib/xulrunner-devel-1.9 fails with IceCat in both cases?
What is cairo anyway? And is it better to use it or not? What is pango?
So many things to know, which I don't know yet and finding diffeculty understanding what I read about them, with my limited time.
On a side note, I've read it few times that Songbird would need special configuration for XULRunner anyway, meaning that it likely won't use the system shared XULRunner.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free pepsi”.
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:
- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
- The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.