|Ocean's Eleven [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 04/29/2008 Rating: Pg13
Ocean's Eleven improves on 1960's Rat Pack original with supernova casting, a slickly updated plot, and Steven Soderbergh's graceful touch behind the camera. Soderbergh reportedly relished the opportunity "to make a movie that has no desire except to give pleasure from beginning to end," and he succeeds on those terms, blessed by the casting of George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the title role originated by Frank Sinatra. Fresh out of jail, Ocean masterminds a plot to steal $163 million from the seemingly impervious vault of Las Vegas's Bellagio casino, not just for the money but to win his ex-wife (Julia Roberts) back from the casino's ruthless owner (Andy Garcia). Soderbergh doesn't scrimp on the caper's comically intricate strategy, but he finds greater joy in assembling a stellar team (including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Carl Reiner) and indulging their strengths as actors. The result is a film that's as smooth as a silk suit and just as stylish. --Jeff Shannon
- One of film's all time best crime capers!
This is fun from beginning to end...clever, fun, fast and funny. Every component is there: from the direction and writing, to casting and editing....incredible score, effects and production values. In spite of the fact that it's about a huge robbery, it manages to be entertainment devoid of Hollywood-style violence and profanity. A true blockbuster!
This bargain DVD includes two great, warts n' all commentary tracks: one smart ass track with Soderbergh and Griffin, the other with 3 of its stars (Damon proves again that he's the smartest, most savvy of today's underestimated film hunks).
You won't care that Don Cheadle's dialect coach was overpaid or that, for all her glamour, Julia Roberts still has difficulty walking in high heels...you will love this great movie, again and again!...more info
- My son't favorite movie
My son loves this movie. He found the ratings on Amazon pretty much perfect. The music is really good....more info
- Dude...Its's a movie
There should be comments to reviews - cuz man alive, the dude who dissed the entire film and then had to bring terrorists into his review is a tad bit critical. Stop smoking the weed...paranoia is getting to you. And when it comes to movies, there's this thing called 'the suspension of disbelief'...obviously something you didn't indulge in when you were a child.
This movie is fun and about as believable as Lord of the Rings...but hey, didn't that get an Oscar? But who cares? Ocean's Eleven doesn't pretend to be a real movie, and that's what's so fun about it. Even actors playing themselves aren't really themselves. As for Julia, I'm not a big fan either, but she did the film (for scale) just like all the other actors for the sheer bliss of working with buddy Soderbergh. If it were a nobody, it wouldn't work. Because who else could play the jilted lover opposite both Clooney and Garcia? Certainly no one as minute as what's coming out of Hollywood today. Not enough screen presence.
This movie is fun. Period. And worth every second....more info
- WOW DANG ONE OF THE BEST MOVE
NOW I COULD EASYLY SAY THIS WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE GRATEST MOVE EVER MADE IN THE WORLD THAT IS SO FOR SHORE & THAT IS PUTTING IT LIGHTLY...more info
- Immensely entertaining!
I watched this one on DVD last night and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. Bear in mind that I'm writing this review from the perspective of one who has not seen the original 1960 version of this movie (featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., et al.). Therefore I know nothing about how the two versions compare with each other, and frankly I don't care. This version stands on its own two feet quite nicely.
George Clooney plays just paroled con-man/convict Danny Ocean. On the very day he gets out of prison, Danny starts to set in motion a plan to pull off the biggest scam ever -- to raid the vault that holds the earnings of the three hottest casinos in Vegas, to the tune of $160 million. The vault is described as having a security system comparable to that of your average nuclear missile silo. Oh, and by the way, these casinos just happen to be owned by the man who stole Danny's wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), so there's a little extra motivation to stiff this guy but good.
Joined by his right-hand-man, Rusty (played by Brad Pitt), Danny begins to assemble his squad of top-notch crooks (one of whom is played by Matt Damon), each one an expert in one or another necessary skill, and each one with his own little quirks. Once the plan begins to develop, it's likely poetry in motion. Watching these consummate professionals in action was a total treat. The element of suspense was limited throughout the film, as the focus was more on watching Ocean's crew in action. However, there are a few nailbiter scenes, and the surprise twist at the end was wonderfully unexpected.
If you haven't seen this movie, you really should. Don't get hung up on how it compares to the earlier version, or you'll miss all the great stuff in this one. Clooney and Pitt do a bang-up acting job, but Damon's character is a bit marginal. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel, "Ocean's Twelve"....more info
- stealing from a casino....crazy!
George Clooney plays Danny Ocean. Danny just got out of prison for a mistake he made 5 years ago. Along with that mistake, he lost his wife. Coming out of prison doesn't deter him from crime. He immediately rounds up 10 men to help him steal from a vault that stores money from 3 casinos. This is a big and dangerous mission. There has been 3 attempts to rob the casinos and none of them have been successful.
In the midst of their planning and training, an tidbit of information comes to light. The owner of these casinos is Terry Benedict (Garcia). That's not the important part. The important part is that Terry's current girlfriend is Tess (Roberts). Tess is Danny's ex-wife. So the question is...is Danny doing this for the money or is he doing this for his ex-wife? Of course, the gang is upset as it puts the mission in jeopardy.
Nonetheless, the mission continues with some adjustments. The question is will Ocean and his gang succeed with the mission?
I have to say that *Ocean's Eleven* is one of the best heist film that I've seen in recent years. I may not have agreed with the selection of actors but I do have to say that the chemistry between them was great. ...more info
- Kosher Champagne
Clooney and Pitt have never done a lot for me, but here I find them doing a particular shtick that they are very good at. Not unlike Burt Reynolds in "Boogey Nights," the guys play smirking jerks and they pull it off. The casting is brilliant: Cheedle is always fun, as is Matt Damon, but the real stars are Elliot Gould, who manages to play his signature role, the shlump, to perfection, and Carl Reiner, who is, in my opinion, the last survivor of the greatest generation of comic geniuses. Reiner has more talent in his pinkie than most actors today. It's all in the timing, no profanity, fabulous facial gestures. His son pulled a great deal of attention away from the grand master himself; it is good to see him again. The entire enterprise works, because the dialog is clever, the story engaging, and the location fits the plot to perfection. Is it a great film? No. It is a Pink Panther-like caper film, with an all-star cast. Were David Niven around, it would be shown nightly in heaven. ...more info
- great cast, enjoyable story...
great movie! for me, i enjoyed the cast, the story, the location of this movie. i also enjoyed the commentary by the actors....more info
This movie has a great cast with a decent story. Wouldn't think Ocean's 12 would be made and once was enough. Entertaining enough to sit through once, but the DVD is a bit of a waste because I don't see myself watching this film again....more info
- Oceans eleven is most likely the best heist of the century
This movie was a delightful caper through one mans revenge on his wife and her lover. THe heist of million's of dollars from a casino in Vegas that was ran by his former wife's boyfriend.
Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bernie Mac, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts are pretty good cast for this star studded movie. In its own way, this movie is a rather decent comedy and the romance does not follow to far behind. The con, the heist and the end all fall together nicely, like a puzzle with no pieces missing.
For those that liked Heist or the Italian Job, you won't be disappointed in this flick....more info
- Just as good as ocean's 12
A great movie with comedy and action. Julia Roberts is hot....more info
- Reminds me of the old Rat Pack.
Slick movie. Well I can't say that all of the actors are perfectly cast, the plot line was easy enough and the ending good. ...more info
- OK disc - really only worth 2 stars...
... but i really wanted to watch it on my 50" 1080p Panasonic plasma at its best version. no 3D pop or great picture quality. HD audio is OK. this is the best of the 'Ocean' series, and if you love this movie, the blu-ray version is the best one to have (if one owns a blu-ray player). a couple steps up from the DVD, it's worth getting used or at a good Amazon price....more info
A movie filled with an A-list cast along with a solid directing crew you would think that a remake of Ocean's eleven would be a good movie. In the end it is a well earned and respectable movie that has pulled some of its material from classic films to making new materal of its own. A must see for the entire population....more info
- Ocean's Eleven is Excellent!
I just love the pure intellegence and planning in this movie. The way everything was planned was cool. George clooney plays the role of ocean who is a thief..he gets out of jail..and the next thing you see him do is try another robbery...three casinos all at once. the thing is he didnt do it for money.. he did it to get back at the guy who took his wife from him. And to show his wife/ex-wife how much she meant to him. You will love the ending.. I know i did....more info
- Old Hollywood Meets New Hollywood
This is a perfect example of a movie where Hollywood got it right! Ocean's Eleven combines old style class with new world flare in this edgy, high-stakes, winner-take-all, cloak and dagger redo of the 1960 classic. Fresh out of prison and looking to get back into the action, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) enlists a group of 10 fellow ex-cons and "professionals" to take down his current target: his ex-wife's boyfriend, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). Among his crew is his old friend Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) and new recruit Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon). But when old feelings between Tess (Julia Roberts) and Danny start to resurface, the result threatens the entire mission. Can Danny overcome his feelings for Tess and focus on the heist? Can Linus pull off the biggest pick-pocket of his life? Will Rusty ever stop eating? This movie lacks nothing: just the right amount of intrigue, action and glamour...not to mention stars. A good addition to any espionage-lovers DVD library!...more info
- Falls Flat
I recently rented the movie; and apparently I'm in a small (but vocal) minority. This movie had lots of star power, but the script gave them no place to go. No chemistry among the stars, either. Many scenes people looked, frankly, bored (... or perhaps the director was going for 'cool'. Who knows?)
I'm willing to suspend disbelief for a decent movie, but this movie asks viewers to stop thinking all together. So much of what was done was not even remotely plausible.
Too bad. This could have been a great movie....more info
- Not bad at all.
This was a great movie with a few twists and turns. If you like movies that have a lot of wit and quick, funny dialoge, this movie is for you. Oceans 12 wasn't that good, though....more info
- Just flat out fun to watch
Ocean's Eleven is just an all around fun movie to watch... the flow and "attitude" behind the movie just gets my energy flowing every time I watch this classic remake. The cast was well put together and everyone plays their part well to make quite the team. This is some of entertainment at it's best, something that is so easy going where you can lose yourself in the entertainment of it all.
This is a great addition to my already large collection of DVD's that I own, and if you have not seen this yet I highly recommend it....more info
- Top heist.
First of all I didn't think that Ocean's eleven was a masterpiece but still it was a good and entertaining heist film, nothing was to serious and it was all done with a light hearted attitude. This film definently has a good cast of celebrities like George Clooney, Mat Damon, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia ect. On his release from prison Danny Ocean (George Clooney) plans robberies of the three biggest casinos in Las Vegas, the owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) of which just happens to be the new love intrest of Danny's ex-wife (julia Roberts). He then assembles a crew of profesionals for the job, the film is essentialy fun to watch with some humorous moments and Don Cheadle has the worst British accent I've ever heard. I highly recomend this film....more info
- Doesnt hold a candle to the original
The original film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and many more great stars has a much more interesting story line and is BY FAR a superior production. In the original you get to see Vegas as it was when it was a in its infancy and had TOP BIlling Stars as entertainment and was a CLASS town where the most popular stars of the large and small screen could be sitting right next to you at a table next to yours. Today Las Vegas is a monument to commercialism with no sense of personality. Gone are the big name entertainers, the free shows, reasonably priced meals, and unless you drop huge amounts of money, the personal and high class service. George Clooney is a great actor, but he does not have the charisma, and talent of Frank Sinatra. He is a pretty face with good acting skills, while Frank Sinatra captivates the audience with charm and overflowing amounts of talent. I got bored watching the remake while I could not take my eyes off the screen while watching the orginal. ...more info
- Star-studded romp
Slick and entertaining film that's packed with energetic players and wonderful direction courtesy of Steven Soderburgh. George Clooney and Brad Pitt lead a very likable and humorous crew on a what's perceived as an impossible heist from a Las Vegas casino have security which on a par with Fort Knox. The team assembled is certainly shady given their tarnished backgrounds (accomplished via impressive flashback clips and clever montage sequences which are informative as they are entertaining) and couldn't have less in common personality-wise yet collectively gel into a well-oiled machine which convince you their mission could actually be attainable. Even with the given skeletons present in their respective pasts you still find yourself rooting for these 'bad' guys. Andy Garcia is great as the stooge and ultimate fall guy who gets a deserved comeupance and the added tension of Clooney's team attempting to pull off the caper with unexpected hurdles makes the confusion and chaos a more than welcomed plot entanglement. Great shots of Vegas throughout - especially the night sequences - and Julia Roberts is very graceful as the independent gal caught in between two demanding men....more info
- Ocean's Eleven VHS tape
Aside from the fact that it took much longer to receive than I expected, the tape was sealed and appeared to be new.
The tape quality was excellent.
I don't know if I will want to buy through this service again. ...more info
- They came they stole and roll in Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!!
We will get to the story line later, let me commend the star studded film that i greatly appreciate a true classic how could you not like a film with Brad Pitt , George Clooney, Andy Garcia, Julia roberts , Bernie Mack, and the list goes on the story line is sharp sweet and interesting the drama is intense this movie definitely had great balance,you always at the edge of your seat, i like this movie and would recommend it any day, one of those movies that you will be glad to have in your collection i have yeaaaah!!!! laterzzz folks...........more info
- What a delicious menu of male stars!
No one's ever been able to rob a Vegas casino, but Daniel Ocean (Clooney) wants to rob three. As the film continues on, you realize his motivation. The casino's owner, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), stole his ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts.)
That's all the cast I'm going to mention. I'd practically wear the caps key off making parenthesis to cover who plays who.
The story involves Daniel getting out of jail, hiring his crew, setting up the robbery, executing the robbery, and I won't tell you the rest.
"Ocean's Eleven" is almost a runway for it's all-star male ensemble cast. You've got every kind of gorgeous from Clooney's slick, to Brad Pitt's 'Ted Nugent knock-off' chic, to Bash's bold and exotic patter. You have to suspend disbelief in a lot of places, but it's still nice scenery. ...more info
- No matter what mood I'm in...
i can always put this movie on and have a good time. I love the plot of this movie and even though the pace may be a bit fast for some I think it adds to the storyline and keeps everything moving. If you decide to watch Ocean's 12 then you should really watch this movie first because there is some information in this movie that carries over and you may need it to understand the plot better. This movie is a fun comedy that keeps you hooked throughout the whole time and was very well done. If you start watching and think it is boring don't turn it off! You will regret not staying on for the ride....more info
- Great BECAUSE it's meaningless shimmer!
Well, it may seem ridiculous to give a good review to a movie which is, let's face it, essentially a piece of Hollywood glitter - glossy, with no real substance. But this is the reason I like it. Despite Julia Robert's annoying, predictable role as the love interest and the worryingly bad attempt at a Cockney accent by Don Cheadle (who, nonetheless, I applaud for his characterisation of a demolitions genius), this film quite simply rules. In my books, this film falls into the same category as 'Gossip' - another film that most of the newspaper critics hated, reducing it to simply `more teenage rubbish'. I, on the other hand, loved it. Films like these two are great because they are pieces of slick, empty, stylish Hollywood trash, not bad because of it.
`Ocean's Eleven' has very little storyline. Steven Soderbergh was preoccupied with getting as many established Hollywood film stars as he could, and tried to make the film more cool by adding in stars playing themselves, such as Joshua Jackson and Holly Marie Combs. The sheer number of leads in the film means that any characterisation (save a little for George Clooney) is joyfully tossed out of the window.
But, I have to argue the other side.
The filmmaking is slick and stylish, and despite not really an intentionally funny film, the understated humour sometimes made me laugh out loud (difficult to do) in enjoyment and satisfaction. The music is great, perfectly timed and perfectly selected. None of the actors are exactly taxed during this film; the lack of characterisation means that they have little part to play. Brad Pitt does what he does best - looks beautiful. I don't think Brad Pitt is a particularly good actor, but I do love what little character he has in this film - the constant eating was a quirk I particularly liked. Probably something I relate to.
This is a smooth, streamlined film which I love so much because of its simplicity, not in spite of it. It revels in the effortless presentation of a not particularly imaginative premise (how many similar films sucked? Let's not mention `Welcome to Collinwood'). Basically, this film is cool. ...more info
- Okay, now I gotta see Ocean's Twelve
Yeah, it's impossible, it's ridiculous, it's contrived, but you gotta love the acting and the chemistry between the actors. Only Julia Roberts' role was maybe a mismatch, and that's difficult for me to say as she's one of my favorites.
The 1960's original version with Frank Sinatra and the infamous Rat Pack was fun, too, but this contemporary one makes full use of all the modern cinema techniques that make action/adventure films such fun to watch.
The whole setup (a plan to rob several Las Vegan casinos owned by a guy who has `taken possession' of Danny Ocean's ex-wife) is convoluted and sometimes difficult to follow - and frankly, rather than hit replay and try to figure it all out, I'd just advise suspending disbelief and going with the flow.
It's a hoot.
- Ocean's Eleven
Almost as funny as the original (starring the" Rat Pack") Enjoyed Don Cheadle (so out of character) and of course
seeing Elliot Gould and Carl Reiner again was a hoot....more info
- Farfetched But Fun
This is a 'heist' show that is quite well done.
It features George Clooney as Danny Ocean. He just got paroled from prison after serving five years for a theft. He has planned a huge caper to loot three Las Vegas casinos when their vaults are at their fullest.
To pull it off, he assembles a group of highly skilled crooks to carry out the job. The planning covers all kinds of diversions as well as the main event. Much of it is obviously over the top as there are some big flaws with the casino security.
This movie does a good job of providing some laughs and overall entertainment. ...more info
- Barney...barney rubble............TROUBLE!!!!
whats happenin, its granny again (aka optimus rhyme)
Wow, this movie is probably the best movie every made. I'm not kidding, it literally is the best movie ever. This movie is just like a roller coaster ride. It gets your adrenaline pumped up so fast that you'll think your uma thurman in pulp fiction.
The cast is extremely great. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Elliot Gould, Bernie Mac, Shao Boa Quin, and the one and only Carl Reiner. No, I didn't read these names off the cover, I've memorized them because I am in love with this film. Soderbergh is a genius. The way he uses the camera, the shots, are just incredible. The music, the plot, the gambling. This movie has got it all. And it's all put in the city of LAS VEGAS!! Ohh Yeeahhh. This movie has gotten me and my little brother into trouble. While we where visiting Vegas, me and my brother tried to rob the Wynn. We could have gotten the money if that loser security guard hadn't asked us where are parents were. Apparently, you have to be 21 or older to enter the casino. This is no joke, I'm serious, this did happen. Just ask the dude who works at the rolex place who called security and got us kicked out. All that aside, I'm still trying to find a weakspot in the wynn, and in 8 years, we'll see who gets kicked out!
thats it for now
Granny out...more info
- the boys are back
nice to have all the ocean series good entertainment for a rainy day for myself and guests...more info
- I saw it after the second, yet I liked this one only slightly better
As I mentioned in this review's title, I actually saw Ocean's 12 first and after finding that to be no particular thrill I was curious to see the first (not original). So I did, and all in all I can see this was definitely better than the sequel, but really not by much.
You have the cast with the big names lining up a heist, which is elaborately achieved. In addition, like the second one there is some misleading of the audience about what's happened, who knows what and that sort of thing. Thankfully all of that is left to a believable level though, which is what really ruined the second film for me.
However, I felt no stirring of excitement, or really interest while watching. Maybe this is because the sequel had dampened my opinions of what the first would be, or maybe this film really wasn't that special. Which is why I leave it at three, because in honesty I felt Ocean's 11, and I quote myself, really wasn't that special....more info
- Clooney and company hit it big
No major special affects, no grand CGI animation, no promise of a violent showdown between the protaganist and antagonist. Ocean's Eleven is a tribute to simple film making that relies on characters, dialogue and pacing.
Considering the cast, it's amazing they were able to make this movie. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia...where does it end? If this was the NFL they would have broken the salary cap five times over. I think the money they cart out at the end of the movie was their paychecks. It was reported that George sent his buddy Julia a twenty dollar bill in his request for her to be in the movie. The quote inside; `I hear you work for twenty these days'. This kind of simple charm has worked it's way into the movie. Clooney and director Steven Soderberg have created a masterful remake of the Rat Pack movie that is far superior to the original, which starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. The 1960's version was widely known to be a stinker, so you may wonder why anyone would re-make a bomb? Why ask why? The new version is witty, quick and sharp as a ginsu.
Everyone is in top form playing characters who are specialists in one way or another. Don Cheadle is especially note worthy speaking with a British accent, playing an explosives and electronics expert. Clooney's character, Danny Ocean, pulls together a group of professionals to pull off one of the biggest Las Vegas heists in history. Timing and intelligence are key, as well as the delicate art of the con.
The story unfolds however to reveal that Ocean's former wife, Tess (Julia Roberts) is now married to Terry Benedict, the man he is trying to con, and rob over 200 million dollars from. He knows Terry doesn't care about Tess like he does and in the midst of the robbery, he proves it. Don't worry, I haven't spoiled anything for you. Trying to keep track of everything going on can be a little exhausting, but in the end, everything is made clear. And if not, don't worry because you will want to watch the movie again. I'm really looking foward to the sequel....more info
- Good once you realize this is aslick but not deep movie
While the cast consists of some very good actors & actress (Julia Robets, George cloony, Brad Pitt, etc.) this isn't a very deep, motivational film.
It's more about style - Vegas how we'd all like it to look & be: bright lights & loads of money, no losers (except for those greedy casino owners who deserve being hit every once in a while).
The extras (including some documentaries & 2 commentary tracks) were good....more info
- Have you ever watched a film where you wanted the bad guys to win?
I have trouble calling this a remake, because it doesn't share much in common with the `rat pack' original except the name of the lead character and that it is a casino heist. Actually, this is a better film than its namesake, apart from the fact that the cast of the original was filled with entertainment legends.
Director Soderbergh takes a vacation from serious filmmaking with this film, which on his resume is something of a lark. Everyone seems to be having a good time and it is clear that the actors enjoyed making this film. The overhauled screenplay pops with snappy dialogue, riddled with deadpan humor and a decent, though somewhat far fetched plot. It has a little of the whimsical feel of `The Sting', though the screenplay isn't as strong. A crew of professional thieves plans to knock over three casinos on a fight night by raiding the impregnable vault that serves all three. The plan is elaborate, full of high tech wizardry, daring deceptions and acrobatic stunts. The caper runs into more than the normal amount of foul ups, but our devious team of burglars is always up to the task of working around the glitches.
The cast is very solid. George Clooney is perfectly cast as the brainchild of the scheme. He is dapper, macho and smooth with a sardonic wit that keeps the film's tone serious yet light. Brad Pitt plays the always eating Rusty, who is really the brains behind the operation, coordinating it flawlessly. Except for `The Mexican', this is much lighter material than Pitt usually tackles, yet he gives a suave performance seeming very comfortable with his character. Despite the fact that this is an ensemble cast, Pitt carries a lot of the weight and makes the story as close to believable as could be possible given its improbable nature.
Don Cheadle continues to impress, rendering a terrific demolitions expert. His cockney accent is great and with this part Cheadle shows once again what a terrific character actor he is. In a little twist of irony, Cheadle plays an analogous part in this film to that played by Sammy Davis, Jr. in the original, and he also played Sammy in the TV movie entitled `The Rat Pack'. Poor Andy Garcia has the thankless task of playing the heavy in a tongue-in-cheek film, but he does a marvelous job. Matt Damon plays the rookie, giving the character a charming naivet¨¦ and a mischievous bent. Julie Roberts is nothing more than a throw in, with a minor role as Ocean's ex-wife.
If you don't take this film too seriously, you are in for an entertaining evening. It is smartly done without too much melodrama, and provides just enough suspense and realism to keep it from being a farce.
- Fun movie
The movie unfolds in a deluxe cast is very interesting.
blu-ray is a good video and sound so beautiful.
I love work....more info