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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas [DVD]
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Asa Butterfield
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Price: £3.62

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film overall, 26 Jun. 2009
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Today i watched The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. Initially i didn't think it was going to be great, within the first few moments i thought 'Hmm, they speak English'. This might seem like i'm picking at it, but to me i didn't think i could truly get into the film without some level of authenticity in the accents or language, i was wrong though. Soon after that initial thought i got tangled into the story, a story essentially based around the friendship of two children but with elements of family, love and obstacles.

I would recommend watching it, highly. If you have children, maybe watch it yourself first and let them after, be prepared for questions. I think its a really important film and one which younger people can learn from.

By no means is it perfect, but its a film which i feel tackes its subject in a good way, with emotion and exploration, and for me it certainly made me think about that time in history again. Also, it made me cry, maybe not what everyone likes in a film, but certainly something i see as a sign of a film well made.

Big Fish [DVD] [2004]
Big Fish [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
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Price: £3.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Big Love for Big Fish..., 19 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Big Fish [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
I really adore this film...

I could leave it at that, but i will elaborate a little more.

First of all, i adore most of Burton's film. I want to be a film-maker after finishing my studies, and Burton is so very much a huge inspiration to me.

This film is one of my faveourites of his, mainly because its so emotional and yet funny and surreal and real all at the same time. In many ways, i think i love it so much because in many ways it almost mirrors my own life experiences... i mean, sure, i didnt have a father who shot out of his mothers womb and flew along a hospital corrider, nor did he do any of the things in this film... but i never knew my father growing up, and in many ways this is what the story is about. A child (or a man as he is in some areas of the film) trying to find his father, because although he knows him, he never feels he truly knows him because his father tells elaborate stories all the time, which he is adament are all true.

I don't want to give too much away, so i will stop there... but for me there are two stand out scenes, which for anyone who has seen the film is the scene in which the mother and father share a bath together, and also the end scene... I have to admit, i cried on the two occasions. Then again, i would cry if Tigger got lost in the woods (not really, just for dramatic effect), but the film really touches my heart. The second of those two though i have to say i cried because i was making comparisons to what i imagine myself being like if i had a relationship with my father... wishful thinking though i guess.

Anyway... it has to be seen to appreciate it. It wont be to everyone's taste, because i feel all Tim Burton films appeal to certain people and some people will love them and some hate them... But give it a chance and you might just find yourself falling in love with the world Burton creates and shares with you.


Lies For The Liars [CD + DVD]
Lies For The Liars [CD + DVD]
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Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album but little content on the DVD, 7 Feb. 2009
First of all... the album on its own gets a full 5 stars from me, because its really amazing! I bought it after seeing them live at the Give It A Name festival and only really liked a few songs from some of the earlier albums, but after seeing them live i became a huge fan... and so i bought the earlier albums and the special edition of this one...

The DVD that comes with this is pretty pants in all honesty, very short and not worth dishing out the extra money for. I would have at least liked a music video or something along those lines, but instead there is a pretty simple 'making of' and very little else.

However, the artwork in the 'sleeve' is great.

So, if your liking The Used, then buy the album alone, because the DVD is terrible for the extra money, but if your a BIG BIG fan i am sure this will be right up your street...

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Price: £28.95

5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a single!, 9 July 2008
This review is from: Tristan (Audio CD)
Tristan, the dark heart of Patrick's second album Wind in the Wires sees Patrick possessed by a great new brave spirit. Different to the rather organic sounds of the rest of the album, the song mixes a strong beat with the likes of the accordion along with Patricks strong and intense vocals.

A live favourite and standout song from the album because of its different tone and amazing sound, Tristan can only be described as magical. The perfect two-minute and thirty-five second medieval electronic hedonistic digital romantic hardcore anthem. Part possession, part Cornish legend, part Wagner opera, "Tristan" is the perfect song.

The other songs included on this single are Idumea, a new and beautiful arrangement of an ancient christian folk song from the deep south of America, also recorded by The Watersons in 1977. Also "The Hazelwood" a beautiful sung version of The Song Of Wondering Aegnus, a poem by W.B.Keats, accompanied by a violin and guitar instromentation. Simply beautiful and rather raw in comparison to Triston.

On this single you get more than a single, you get three stunning songs, all diffrent in tone and arrangement and all able to transport you to a new musical world. Buy it... stick it on you CD player and let the usic do the talking.

x JH

Wind In The Wires
Wind In The Wires
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Price: £7.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Wind In The Wires - A Modern Masterpiece of Music, 9 July 2008
This review is from: Wind In The Wires (Audio CD)
I only discovered Patrick Wolf when his third album, The Magic Position was released. I instantly fell in love with his ability to mix amazing lyrics with beautiful and adventurous music. The Magic Position played constantly for a long time after that, and then i saw him live, again i fell in love all the more with the music.
It was only a few month ago that i realised he had more albums under his name, and so i ventured over to Amazon and bought pretty much his whole back catologue. Considering i survive on a student budget, it was rather an extravagant gesture, but i decided it would probably be worth it it the other music was anything near as great as the Magic Position. what i found was a whole lot more...
Although i really love The Magic Position, and although i am obsessed with Lycanthropy (the first album), Wind In The Wires is what i like to call a modern masterpiece of music, and i dont often describe anything like that.
So why this album? Well, the opening song, The Libertine is an amazing musical story that transports you into a new world both through the music and the storyteling lyrics. The majority of the rest of the songs are a little different though... amazingly atmospheric and multi-layed these songs are both beautiful and captivating. I have reserched into this album quite a lot, and it was written and recorded partly in a small cabin by the sea in Cornwall and partly in Patricks mothers attick, and t shines through. The whole album is organic sounding, and by this i mean it features instroments such as the ukelele, guitars, pianos and violins, as well as a whole lot more mixed in to make a breathtaking overall sound.
I apologise if i sound very exctied about this album, but i have to say it is amazing! If you've been seeking something a little different to the generic rubbish that fills the airwaves today, then all i can say is two words, Patrick Wolf. Buy the album, its fantastic... please!
Before purchasing Patrick Wolfs music, i was at a point where i had lost hope in modern music, and all it took was a 25 year old guy with a dress sense that would put David Bowie to shame and an imagination and talent thats out of this world to regain my faith in music.
An essential to anyones collection, Wind in the wires.
Love to you all, hope you enjoy it as much as i have and will for many a year to come...
x JH

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