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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1989 / Director: Rowdy Herrington / Actors: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch ... / DVD released 18 February, 2002 at MGM Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen

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      25.03.2012 21:29
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      A good enough movie!

      Film Only Review:

      Meet Dalton (Patrick Swazye) he is a bouncer (the American term seems to be a cooler) and he goes to bars called Road Houses to sort them out and move on so they don't have to close down and can start making money. hes one of the best in the business and his reputation goes way before him which is why he is head hunted by the owner of the Double deuce a bar in Mississippi, Jasper that desperately needs his help as the bar is being terrorised, there's drugs and all sorts going on let alone the fights. Dalton agrees to the job on his terms, with a very good salarie included and off he goes to Jasper.

      He gets at first a frosty welcome at first, the band has to perform behind steel nets and every other minute a knife comes out and blood spurts all over the place. The staff are rubbish, taking from the tills, having sex with people when they should be working in the storeroom and at first Dalton stands by and watches in his cool and handsome way (yes I had to put them in as Patrick is so cute and charismatic in this role) and literally soaks it all up.

      He starts to, in his quiet polite manner get rid of the bad apple staff and teaches the ones that stay all about manners, being polite and how to handle the situations that arise in the bar better however it soon becomes apparent to Dalton that behind the trouble at the bar and for local businesses one man is behind it all.....Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara) with the help of his henchmen.

      In the meantime Dalton gets wounded whilst working and usually being able to fix himself back up again with the help of a needle and thread he realises he can't and goes to hospital where he meets Elizabeth (Doc) who is of course a Doctor with a staple gun who is of course not impressed with his line of work but soon comes to see Dalton isn't 'just'a bouncer/cooler and a relationship between the two progresses.

      However Dalton doesn't tend to stay in one place too long and can he take out the baddies to clean up Jasper or will this be the one bar he can't 'fix'?

      My Opinion:

      Being an 80's film this is really rather dated now, slow in places and the special effects and music are not really all that great at all. The cast, apart from the mighty Patrick Swazye I had never heard of at all apart from Sam Ellliot who played Wade, Daltons friend/mentor who is the best in the business and goes to help him out and the Doctor who played Elizabeth apart from being rather stunning was the worst actor in the movie in my opinion!

      However although the story dragged a bit at times the blood and guts and fights pepped it up a bit and although I can't say it is my favourite film ever I willed Dalton to win through and couldn't wait to see if he did and what next type of thing!

      Its an 18 movie and so it should be and runs 114 minutes!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        24.02.2010 12:54
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        Turn off your brain and get ready for this injection of testosterone. Watch it!

        Introduction:

        Road House is an action packed movie of the 80s starring Patrick Swayze and directed by Rowdy Herrington from the producers of Die Hard and the Matrix.

        The Plot:

        Patrick Swayze stars as Dalton the the best bouncer in the business. He is hired as a cooler to help clean up the Double Deuce, a troubled club in the small town of Jasper, Missouri. All is going well and Dalton has managed to weed out trouble makers and restore the club. In steps a ruthless crime boss (Gazzara) with the help of his goons and bodyguard he controls the town with fear and violence. Dalton gets involved and neither man will back down, the stage is set for a violent and bloody high octane action move with a final showdown that'll leave only one man standing!

        My Opinion:

        I really like this move and even though I've seen it a few times it always keeps me entertained. It's got everything you want from and action movie, a hero, a villain, action and loads of funny on liners. Swayze is brilliant as the cool macho hero and this role suits him. There are also some good supporting performance in particular Ben Gazzara (Brad Wesley) who is pure evil as the smug crime boss. There are some really good fight scenes, my favourite being the final fight scene between Dalton and Wesley's bodyguard. I like the way the anticipation builds between them throughout the film and they're just waiting to tear each other to pieces. This movie is easy viewing and great entertainment. I'd say it's a B movie but at the top end of the scale.

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        13.05.2009 15:24

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        Superb B grade movie that deserves the respect it gets

        This B grade movie is a classic that I have watched countless times.

        So you have a club and it is failing due to the cliental that vacates it each night. They are in need of new security and that comes as being Patrick "I thought you would be bigger" Swayze. This film is very entertaining and the dialogue is pure comedy at times, thank the character Wade Garrett for this.

        Swayze "Dalton" isn't exactly welcome to the small town that his new employer precedes in but he has a job to do. It involved cleaning up the Double Deuce and making it a more respectable place. He doesn't know that the supplier of booze to the club is also the towns villain. It is his way or the highway in most of the scenes in the film and he doesn't like any resistance.
        Without ruining the story completely the film is what you would expect. You could compare it to the classic "Big Trouble In Little China" on how good the content will be.

        There is a lot of violence, some sexual scenes, and a lot of adult language. If you are a fan of Patrick then this film should be on your to see list.

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        30.03.2009 19:20
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        it should be watched by all

        Like most other Patrick swayze's films this one can be reduced to a boy meets girl but with a lot of kick arse action. This is the perfect film for men and women alike as it brings aspects that will intrest both sex's for men a lot of violence and some blonde nudity. On the other hand women can enjoy the glistening half naked body of mr swayze in his physical prime.
        there is more to enjoy than what i have rambled on about the storyline it self is incredibly gripping although the ending is not as strong as it could have been however it does bring a huge smile to my face.
        YES at some occasions there seems to be violence for the sake of violence but i think that is part of its charm as the film is as ruged yet loveable as the main character.
        WARNING NOT SUITIBLE FOR A FIRST DATE. enjoy

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          18.02.2009 18:13
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          Spectacularly chauvinistic and dumb. And I like it, god damn it.

          If the above image isn't that much of a clue, then I'll start by saying Road House is probably the single gayest movie of the 1980s that I've seen. Homoeroticism was the thing back then of course, and I'm not ashamed to say I loved every minute of Patrick Swayze's flaunted machoism right down to his trim naked white arse cheeks.

          Swayze (who women (and men) found steamingly hot in the 80s) plays the legendary bouncer Dalton, who has a reputation for ripping a guys' throats out with his bare hands. Not only that, but he's prone to getting stabbed without even flinching ("Pain don't hurt," he says), wears trendy muscle shirts and stone wash denim, has a puffy white man's mullet, and carries his medical file around with him. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that he has a degree in Philosophy from New York City University.

          Dalton is offered a job to clean up the white trash in the rowdy bar "Double Deuce", just outside of Kansas City. He strolls into the place and soon enough fists start getting thrown, bottles get smashed, and extra large breasts start wobbling for money; however, Dalton (being the cool guy that he is) just leans back on the bar and smirks, whilst sipping his cup of coffee. Soon enough, he decides to take the job, declaring "It's my way or the highwayman," to existing staff members; resulting in one of the barmen being fired, which pisses off the town's rich bully Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara). From thereon, it's just lots and lots of arse kicking.

          I laughed at Road House a lot more times than I did when I was submitted (against my will) to watch a string of so-called comedies recently, starring the likes of Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell. Whether or not Road House intended to be funny or not, it really doesn't matter... because it just is. Classic fighting talk like "Prepare to die," and "You're such an asshole," and the typical perverted male response of "That girl has way too many brains to have an ass like that," when witnessing a female's back junk, I just couldn't resist.

          Chauvinistic and dumb it may be, but, to me, it's spectacularly chauvinistic and dumb. And I like it, god damn it.

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          25.01.2009 22:59
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          "I thought he's be bigger..."

          Director: Rowdy Herrington
          Producer: Joel Silver.
          Writers: David Lee Henry and Hilary Henkin
          Stars: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliot, Ben Gazzara, Kevin Tighe, Red West, Kathleen Wilhoite and Sunshine Parker.

          Released in the Spring of 1989 this near 2 hour movie follows the exploits of a bouncer who works in a sleazy looking bar in the middle of no where... and then ends up protecting the towns folk in Missouri from a corrupt businessman.


          * BRIEF PLOT...

          When the mysterious James Dalton, (played by Patrick Swayze), a top rated 'bouncer', leaves New York to start a new life in Jasper, a small town in Missouri, working as a 'bouncer' at a sleazy club called the Double Deuce, he believes his 'calm' way of looking at life will help him in his new job.
          Dalton is soon getting down to his job, clearing the club of trouble makers... and some rather dodgy employees as well, including the nephew of local big shot Brad Wesley, (played by Ben Gazzara), who takes offence at the new boys behaviour, leading to some scrapes with Wesley 'heavies'.
          Things get even more fiery in the small town when Dalton makes friends with Elizabeth Clay, (played by Kelly Lynch), the local Doctor, who happens to be the ex-lover of Wesley...

          Then, with the arrival of Wade Garrett, (played by Sam Elliot), an old friend of Daltons and another 'bouncer' the pair dig in their heals to clean up the club and battle against Wesley and his corrupt ways... only things don't quite go to plan, much to Garretts misfortune and Daltons anger...


          ** IN CONCLUSION...

          I remember watching this when it first came out and I remember thinking it was quite a good movie for it's time... although I was going through a stage of enjoying watching 'fight' action movies...(kick boxer, lethal weapon 2, Karate kid part 3 and the like)...
          I particularly remembered a certain part in the movie where Swayze rips out the throat of his attacker in a move that has never been repeated... playing it in slow motion to try and figure out how he did it with such perfection, (long finger nails are needed I suppose).

          Anyway....back to the movie and back to the present day.....

          I happened upon a copy of it the other day and thought I'd reminisce a little by watching it.... But truthfully I wish I hadn't... it seemed to spoil what I remembered watching nearly 20 years ago.
          Don't get me wrong, it was still a good movie and I enjoyed watching it, (sort of). It keeps up a good pace throughout, with some good fights and a rather well written story... although, compared to many newly released movies it lacks that certain something...
          It is your standard format...'stranger comes to town and is soon looked on as the new saviour'... nothing more, nothing less, and as there are a lot of this type on the market it is always going to be either a Swayze fans choice or an error at Blockbusters as there are some better movies of this type out there...although there are some that are a lot worse... this is somewhere in the middle I suppose.

          The all round acting is a little questionable at times, but doesn't really spoil the movie enough to make you reach for the off button... even Mr Patrick Swayze does a good job, with his funny looking face and well choreographed fighting performance.
          And to add a little of the usual romance into this type of movie they brought in the beautiful Kelly Lynch as the doctor who is soon besotted by the hard man image of the enigmatic man from out of town.

          It does have everything that is needed to keep the audience happy and contented, giving out plenty of action, some rather good fight scenes, a good enough and plausible story and that little bit of troubled romance... so the near two hour movie should please most people, if not all.

          In all, if you haven't yet seen this then it may be worth a watch, considering you can get it from www.amazon.co.uk for less than a fiver... and for that you get nearly two hours of Swayze in his youth plus Interactive menus, Chapter selection, dubbed languages and the original trailer.

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            21.11.2008 12:04
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            James Dalton is a well known bouncer or "cooler" and when a rowdy bar called The Double Deuce becomes too rowdy for everyone's liking, the bar owner calls in Dalton to clean up and help him to become a good bar to drink in again.

            Dalton steps on a few toes during his time there and creates some enemies who make life very difficult for him and his oldest loyal friend, Wade Garrett, who Dalton called on for back up.

            The dancing is over, it's time to get dirty! (c/o IMDB - just loved that line so had to have it!)

            I think Patrick Swayze is great in this character. He is not a huge muscley bouncer type with no neck but his strength and character are so believeable in this role that it doesn't seem impossible that he could beat up a whole room full of men and walk out smiling.

            The storyline is pretty good too and Sam Elliott who plats Wade Garrett is totally cool. He looks like a real old timer but when he starts to fight he gets right in there and kicks some collective "ass"!

            There is obviously a love interest and it does get a bit soppy/sexy in the middle of the film, but that can be forgiven for the rest of the film is full of great fight scenes and evolving storylines.

            This is well worth a watch, even if just for Swayze & Elliott's chemistry as friends.

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              15.05.2008 18:53
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              Action film that is a bit flat.

              This isa pretty good action movie which sdly has some pretty dumb dialogue and some rather wooden acting as well. You do get to see Patrock Swayze bum which can certainly rival Mel Gibsons in his Lethal Weapon days.

              In the film Swayze is a sort of super bouncer called Dalton who specialises in turning around bars that have a wild element to them and have got out of control. He is hired by the owner of the Double Deuce which is a redneck bar and is located in a backwater town that is effectively run by the evil Brad Wesley played by Ben Gazzara. He has a bit of a trampy wife who takes a shine to Dalton however Dalton himself is more interested in a doctor played by Kelly Lynch, the doctor is supposed to be a bit more pure compared with the trampy Mrs Wesley however she soon jumps into bed on a first date so I guess not too pure and wholesome.

              Cast

              Patrick Swayze ... James Dalton
              Kelly Lynch ... Dr. Elizabeth Clay
              Sam Elliott ... Wade Garrett
              Ben Gazzara ... Brad Wesley
              Marshall R. Teague ... Jimmy
              Julie Michaels ... Denise
              Red West ... Red Webster
              Sunshine Parker ... Emmet
              Jeff Healey ... Cody
              Kevin Tighe ... Frank Tilghman

              If you like endless fight scenes then this is a movie for you however outside of the action scenes the film has little to offer in the way of lot or dialogue and the attempts at humour largely fall flat. Instead it lapses into a series of cliche lines that will have you cringing in your seat.

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                09.04.2008 16:54
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                Road House (1989)

                Road House is the 1989 starring Patrick Swayze as a no nonsense bouncer. Overlooked by many due to being sandwiched between Dirty Dancing and Ghost, it is a fine film from Swayze.

                The Plot

                James Dalton is an expert cooler with a hidden past. He finds himself hired by Frank Tilghman to sort out the Double Deuce, hie nightclub which is overrun by thugs and womanisers as well as the local landowner Brad Wesley who seems to get away with everything, including taking money from all local businesses for 'protection'.

                Dalton soon meets Elizabeth Clay, the local doctor, following a brawl, and falls for her. However, she is Wesley's ex-wife, and things start getting heavy, especially when Dalton defies the landowner.

                The Cast and Performances

                Swayze as Dalton is a solid choice. The actor provides some of the on screen charisma he exuded in Dirty Dancing two years previously, and is a formidable force when the action scenes kick in. Kelly Lynch provides the love interest in Elizabeth, but is very bland in doing so. Kevin Tighe gives a good performance as Double Deuce owner Frank Tilghman, as does Ben Gazzara as Wesley. Sam Eliot's familiar southern drawl provides a great turn as Wade Garrett, Dalton's friend and mentor.

                The whole ensemble of acting is not of top standard, although they are all good enough. Swayze and Eliot stand out, with Gazzar giving a good performance. The others are all convincing, but nothing special.

                My Opinion

                I liked this film a lot. I wouldn't say it is one of my favourite films, but it is an enjoyable film with a good plot and some brilliant choreography. The tale of one man coming into a town completely controlled by one corrupt criminal and changing things round is a feel good one, and the film has this aspect in its favour.

                As far as pure entertainment goes, this is a good film, and I rate it highly. You are not going to get any wonderful acting or any picturesque brilliance, but a decent plot well carried out by director Rowdy Herrington gives a good all round performance that I really enjoyed.

                Conclusion

                Others will probably rate this lower, but I rate Road House at 4 stars out of 5. I found it enjoyable if a little far fetched, and have watched it a handful of times, enjoying it each time as much as the last.

                The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.48.

                This review may also be posted on ciao.co.uk.

                Thanks for reading.

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                  30.01.2008 17:54
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                  Action film for the brain dead.

                  It was the boyfriend who made me sit through this film last night however it did sort of back fire on him a bit as once I had set my sights on Patrick Swayze naked bum all I did was compare that fine specimen of manhood with the boyfriends rather less adequate example, combine with that Mr Swayze going topless and doing a sweaty workout and suddenly I was considering buying the DVD.

                  To be honest though for me this was the only redeeming feature of this film. The storyline was rather far fetched, the acting was either very wooden or totally unimaginative and it got rather repetitive at times as the bad guys turn up to wreck the bar Swayze works in, they get a good kicking and then ten minutes (in film time) they are back again.

                  Swayze plays Dalton who is one of the best coolers in the business (head bouncer in our language) and he is hired to sort out a redneck bar in a small mid western town by the owner. What he does not realise is that many of the bar, and the towns troubles are due to a local My Big who effectively runs the town.

                  This film is full of macho posturing and lots of fighting, to be fair the fight scenes are reasonably good and well choreographed however the fact that people are still able to walk, let alone fight after some of the punishment dealt out means you do have to take it with a pinch of Hollywood salt.

                  Swayze looks good in the role but is hampered by a lack of depth to his acting and some awful dialogue and those around him fail to stand out either. Not a film I would recommend and would only purchase if one of the DVD extras had the same title as this review.

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                    Enjoyable 80's Film

                    Road House – Film Only Review

                    It was one of those what shall we watch type evenings, nothing seemed to catch our attention on Sky, so we decided to sift through our own dvd collection. About an hour later after many nope’s, no’s and er… maybe’s, I caved in, sorry I mean we both decided on Road House.

                    Road House was released in 1989 and Patrick Swayze plays the lead role. Although I’m not a huge fan of his, I loved one of his earlier films, Red Dawn and if I’m honest I really liked this film back in 1989 when I first watched it but how has it faired now 18 years on.

                    --- The Plot ---

                    James Dalton, has earned a reputation as being one of the best Coolers or Bouncers in the business. He follows trouble from bar to bar, clearing up the trash and turning rough, seedy bars into decent, good time establishments where the locals are not afraid to drink and have a good time. Dalton is a well educated man who fears no-one but struggles to come to terms with the fact that he had previously killed a man although it was in self defence.

                    Arriving unannounced in Jasper, Missouri, Dalton sets to work straight away at the Double Deuce, spending his first evening as a customer, observing the current bar staff and bouncers at work. After firing employees he feels are bad for business, he immediately informs the rest of what to expect and how they should behave and react with the rowdy locals.

                    The Double Deuce seems to have more than its fair share of the violence and Dalton soon finds there’s much to be done. The town is small and is run by a wealthy businessman named Brad Wesley whom the townsfolk are afraid of and all business’s within Jasper are forced to hand over so called protection money to Wesley in the guise of the “Jasper Improvement Society”.

                    During one particular fight Dalton sustains a knife injury, which results in a trip to the local hospital, where he meets Dr Elizabeth Clay. Clay is related to one of the local businessman in Jasper and had also previously had a relationship with Wesley and her involvement with Dalton just antagonises Wesley further.

                    Dalton’s interference with the way Wesley runs the town sets the scene for the films ultimate showdown between the two.

                    --- The Cast ---

                    Swayze plays the part of Dalton reasonably well, Stallone or Schwarzenegger he’s definitely not and although not built like a ‘brick sh*t house’ his physique lends itself to a martial arts fighter and thus adds credibility to the character he plays. Sam Elliot gives a sterling performance as Wade Garrett, Dalton’s friend and teacher. Although you don’t see Garrett until over an hour into the film he again adds credence to the plot. Walking with a limp and looking like a rough and ready cowboy, he doesn’t look out of place in a bar room brawl and although ageing in years its more than conceivable that he can still pack a punch.

                    Ben Gazzara is also perfect for the role as Wesley, he very much looks the part of a smug entrepreneur who believes he is king of a small town. As the villain he has that air of rich, cocky idiocy about him that makes you want to plant one on him yourself. Kelly Lynch plays Dr Elizabeth Clay and is Dalton’s love interest. Although she does not have a major part in the film and some might say the love scene with Dalton is comparable to Swazye’s and Moore’s scene in the film Ghost, she did seem a little too over the top at times and the character didn’t add much to the film other than to provoke Wesley.

                    Marshall R Teague plays Jimmy, Wesley’s lethal weapon, clad in denim and a supposed martial arts expert has no qualms about hurting anybody who gets in his way or following Wesley’s orders. He’s fit and ready for action proving to be a worthy opponent for Dalton and he makes most of the fight scenes seem realistic.

                    The rest of the characters were made up of loyal but trod upon rednecks around the town and employees of the Double Deuce with no other notable actors that are worth mentioning.

                    --- Opinion ---

                    Although this is an extremely dated film, set in the late 80’s with shoulder pads, mullets and tall leggie blond Barbie look-alikes, it is still an enjoyable watch and the occasional cheesy line is overlooked in favour of the enjoyment of a simple action plot that keeps you watching. You don’t need a degree in psychology to understand the script nor the plot and the fight scenes really are filmed in bar brawl fashion. The scenes are very well choreographed and you will wince with every crutch-kicking, knee-cracking blow you see. That is except for one move, where you see Jimmy use a pool cue much like you would a pole vault.

                    Again in true eighties style Swayze has to endure a ‘Rambo’ moment as he is seen sewing himself up after being slashed during a fight. It’s a bit over the top in my opinion and not necessary; thankfully the scene only lasts a few minutes and is soon forgotten.

                    The film has a fantastic blues style soundtrack to it, with the odd rock n roll song thrown in. It is lively and enjoyable with many of the songs being performed by the resident band in the Double Deuce who are actually the real life and extremely talented Jeff Healy Band.

                    All things considered this is an easy watch, enjoyable film. Yes it is dated but if you were in your teens in the late eighties you’ll probably still enjoy it now and will definitely smile at some of the haircuts you will remember from yesteryear. Although it was the wife’s choice, I really enjoyed watching Road House again.

                    I will leave you with an amusing line, spoken by one of the shopkeepers to Dalton early on in the film:

                    “Don’t marry an ugly woman – it takes the energy right out of you!”

                    Fortunately I didn’t, now where’s the wife, I wonder if I can get her to proof read this.

                    Certificate: 18
                    Total running time: 109 minutes

                    Thanks for reading.

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                    Road House is one of those movies that helped usher out the era of action films that had feasible plot lines (and also helped reverse the direction of Patrick Swayze's career arc). Swayze stars as Dalton: a handsome, existential bouncer who owns both a degree in philosophy and a Mercedes and that's perhaps the most believable aspect of the whole movie. Dalton runs afoul of Wesley (Ben Gazzara), the meanest SOB round these parts, by taking up with his former girlfriend, Doc (Kelly Lynch)--the only woman in town with an IQ approaching double digits, even if she had unfathomably hooked up with such a lowlife. Swayze had complained about being typecast as beefcake when this was made, but that didn't stop him from revealing as much skin as possible. It's so insulting to its audience that it's nice to be able to turn the tables and laugh at the filmmakers.--David Kronke, Amazon.com