By the 1970s, decades of divestment and inner-city strife had taken its toll on New York City’s South Bronx. Burned out buildings, street crime and unrestrained violence ruled the streets. The cops couldn’t keep up and NYPD’s South Bronx precinct became known as Fort Apache; an outpost under attack. In this hard-boiled 1981 police drama, Paul Newman plays a veteran cop trying to maintain his humanity in a brutally hostile corner of the Big Apple.
Even if you know nothing about jazz, you know you should know about Miles Davis. This new 22-disc collection from Sony links the many stages of this jazz giant’s inexhaustible output into a full-spectrum catalog of his finest works. In a consistently progressive career spanning six decades, Miles redefined and redirected the jazz movement no less than four times. This collection will entertain and educate you with the best of our wholly American art form called jazz.
Johnny Depp dressing up like a swashbuckler is sweet, but real pirates, like the ones roving off the coast of war-torn Somalia, are scary. For years they’ve been hijacking million-dollar tankers in international waters but when they captured a U.S. ship, America finally took notice. Somalia’s seas are considered the most dangerous in the world. Journalist Jay Bahadur risked his life to infiltrate the underground world and bring back the real story of modern piracy. Shocking and true.
Is it safe to assume we all know what it means when the “turtle pokes it’s head out of the shell”? Okay, good. Well, apply that principle to a pen and you’ve got the basic premise behind Turtle Pens. They’re refillable and made of stainless steel and they also come packaged in a sturdy stainless case.
Yes, we know it’s hard to believe but some of us who use Macs also occasionally use numbers. Adding, subtracting, you know. But if you have the wireless Mac keyboard you’ve got only the top-row numbers to work with; not ideal. You number-crunchers will jump with glee at this new app that turns your Magic Track Pad into a number pad with the ability to add custom shortcut buttons. And don’t worry, setting it up is way easier than addition
Sorry. If you were hoping for another folksy dose of ghost-written autobiographical fantasy from our ex-president Dubya, you’re bumming. This is actually a CD from the 90s British pop band Bush. 15 years ago, they were very adept at writing perfect radio songs. Will their winning formula still compute in 2011? Listen and decide for yourself.
What better place for a down and out writer than working in a casino? It helps pay the bills and makes his pathetic life seem pretty okay compared to the addicted zeroes he encounters on the casino floor. Getting tangled up in a sex-fueled caper with his greedy co-workers gives the protagonist Jack (Clive Owen) just the plot twist he was looking for. Or does it?
If you think scrolling global news sites or watching AC360 is giving you the whole story on Al Qaeda, you’re not alone. But maybe reading the untold story of America’s paranoia-fueled approach to “counter-terrorism” will actually explain this unending political nightmare. A pair of New York Times journos dug very deep to write this investigative exposé, and they leave no stone unturned.
If you’re the traditional meat and potatoes type, you should probably try Cherkees. They’re potato chips loaded with chunks of beef jerky. The good news: they’re not fried plus they’re low in fat and pack 12 grams of protein per serving.