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Down Terrace [DVD]
Down Terrace [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Deakin
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 4.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading cover, 31 Aug 2012
This review is from: Down Terrace [DVD] (DVD)
The marketing team were clearly baffled when presented by this wonderful film which is more for fans of Mike Leigh than Lock Stock. Heavily ad libbed with lashings of dark humour this is a gangster movie in the sense that it is about a family of drug dealers but thats about it. The cover needs changing. The union Jack, Bill looking like one of the Krays, the references to the sopranos and "it's all going to kick off" would lead someone to expect a very different film which clearly many viewers did and I'm not surprised they didn't like it. The film is nothing like it's marketing suggests which is dishonest.
The director went on to make Kill List which shares similar moments of black comedy and a brooding atmosphere of menace and distrust.

Trans-Love Energies
Trans-Love Energies
Price: 13.62

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's an eclectic high ..., 4 Oct 2011
This review is from: Trans-Love Energies (Audio CD)
Great album and everything but why does everyone want to bend over backwards to reference the most 'acceptable' influences on Death in Vegas' sound. Krautrock, Suicide, Velvets, MBV, you name it. Reviews namecheck every ultra cool zeitgeist surfing bans of the last 40 years. What nobody mentions is that Black Hole is effectively a cover, yeah with detuned guitars and different lyrics, of a very unfashionable but no less influential band's most famous song. If you want clue, check the title of the first track: a bit of a giveaway.
That said, this is their best album. Less accessible than Scorpio Rising and Contino Sessions but impressive in it's scope. Recommended.
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Last Words: The Final Recordings
Last Words: The Final Recordings
Price: 7.90

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost music by a sadly unappreciated band, 4 Aug 2011
That this album seems to have been released without any fanfare demonstrates how underrated the Screaming Trees were. I never understood their lack of success and still don't get how unrecognised they are. For me they were the best band of the grunge era and, in Sweet Oblivion, made the best album.
Which brings us to Last Words. Is it any good or just the death throes of a band who were well on the way to splitting up when tracks were recorded? Significantly, do we need it when Mark Lanegan is still turning out great music of his own?
First point is that a couple of these songs have a hint of filler about them: a bit Trees by numbers. That said, there are several brilliant songs here: Revelator, Tomorrow Changes and the mighty closer, Last Words, which are up there with their best. This isn't Dust or Sweet Oblivion or even Bubblegum but if some new indie band turned this out tomorrow, the press would fall over themselves to say how great it was.
Do we need it? I'd say yes, it would be a shame if some of this music went unappreciated and unheard and it is a timely reminder of a truly brilliant band.
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Killer Move
Killer Move
by Michael Marshall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.43

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars (Slight) return to form, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Killer Move (Hardcover)
First the good news. This is by far the best novel Marshall has written since the 'Straw Men' trilogy. His recent work has been appalling and I didn't hold out much hope for this. However, Killer Move is tightly plotted and, despite the storyline, more believable than nonsense like the Intruders. Sure, some of the characters are cardboard and the dialogue a bit clunky at times but this rattles along a whisks the reader with it. Good stuff!
Now the bad news. (Spolier alert!) The main plot line is filched directly from David Fincher's film, The Game. It's used differently I guess but does suggest that Marshall has run out of ideas. Maybe he's never seen the film. Maybe the film used an idea he had for a screenplay. Maybe not.
All in all, a good novel and holds some promise for the future.
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Wilderness Heart
Wilderness Heart
Price: 9.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Like the last thirty years never happened, 15 Oct 2010
This review is from: Wilderness Heart (Audio CD)
Black Mountain's third and best album comes with something of a health warning. It's not terribly innovative and if you aren't a fan of 70's rock then you ain't gonna like it. That said, it is a stunning collection of beautifully crafted songs without a single duff track if you are someone who subscribes to their particular aesthetic.

Opener, 'Hair Song' is the most radio friendly song here, rolling off a Led Zeppelin-esque riff and boasting a stonking chorus - 'having their fun with the blues' is a theme that is evident everywhere. 'Old Fangs' follows, lifting off from a Jon Lord keyboard riff but with enough surprises to make it more than just a Deep Purple pastiche. This leads into the majestic 'Radiant Hearts' and the stoner drawl of 'Roller Coaster'. Don't relax too much cos 'Let Spirits Ride' is an all out rocker starting out like Black Sabbath's 'Neon Nights' but turning into something more akin to Hawkwind with a great guitar solo to boot. More songs should do this. You get the idea: loud soft loud, other especial gems are the title track and the beautiful 'Buried by the Blues'.

I guess, I've made it sound terribly derivative but this is truly a great rock album which is why I've given it five stars. Black Mountain transcend their influences to make a record that is a pleasure to listen to. The polished production, subtle, though accomplished musicianship and the way the singers work together make for an album which is way more than the sum of its parts.

Oh yeah, and they're good people too!!

'Play those deathwish chords!'

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [DVD] [2004]
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: 42.25

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest sci fi series - ever, 1 Feb 2010
There's a lot of quibbling about aspect ratios and box labelling here which is, I guess, valid but the main point is that for 50 you can purchase hours and hours of superlative space opera entertainment. Leaving aside its allegorical nature this is a series which merits your attention. Every episode brings a shock, the characters are all flawed and all the better for it and nobody is 'right' as is the case with most wars. I've knocked a star off because I found the metaphysics a bit tiring and the Gaius Balthar story arc tedious - wouldn't he have been shipped off to the funny farm in about episide 2 in the real world?!
Buy it, you won't regret it.

WARNING: don't read the booklet because it tells you who the cylons are!!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

17 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I always finish books but ...., 16 Dec 2009
Drawn to this book by the massive hype generated by Larsson's publishers and word of mouth I was extremely disappointed to find page after page of stilted dialogue and cardboard characters: authorial wish fulfillment in the case of the 'hero', a tedious heroine who substitutes attitude for character, a cartoon baddie who sexually abuses aforementioned heroine before he will allow her access to her funds which, as a cyber whizz-kid, she could surely have hidden safely away in an offshore account or something. Utter tedium reigns throughout - a bit like a Swedish winter I suppose but at least then you could build a snowman or die of frostbite or something preferable to this.
Very briefly, Larsson remembers he is a writer and sets up an interesting 'locked room' mystery on a remote island in Northern Sweden and it was this that kept me going for a while. I ignored the bad writing (or translation)and the rampant I-porn (some of this garbage is cribbed straight from an Apple catalogue), until I just gave up and picked up a better book.
I have not done this since I realised, half way through, that the first Harry Potter really was for kids and before that I don't remember failing to finish a book. I just got to the point when I just didn't care enough to carry on and this is a sad indictment of Larsson's ability because I've persevered with some right rubbish over the years. One reviever here mentions Henning Mankell in the same breath - don't make me laugh.
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Night Is The New Day
Night Is The New Day
Offered by groove_temple
Price: 11.14

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I anticipated, 2 Dec 2009
This review is from: Night Is The New Day (Audio CD)
Admittedly, I bought this cold. But I thought: Five star reviews? Scandinavian? Tagged as gothic? Fields of the Nephilim references? Black cover? Etc? It's gotta be good. I was expecting something along the lines of Opeth so was a bit shocked to hear dreary, undemanding, over-produced, goth lite. Not what I expected and, like I said, my fault; I should've checked the band out first. Every song starts well but too many meander into the land of dull and never make it back. How can a song called Onward Into Battle be so uninspiring?
In the interests of fairness I gave it another try, forgetting about expecting a heavy rock album and, to be fair, some good things came out. The music is well played and songs like Nephilim and Forsaker have a nice texture to them so it's not all bad but the real Nephilim coould teach them a thing or two about song structure and, ironically, the balance of light and dark.
I guess you need to be a fan as other reviewers see something here that I clearly don't. Where is the 'metal mayhem', the 'remorseless onslaught' I was promised? I'd be interested in seeing Katatonia live as I'm sure a bit of rawness and volume would do their music the world of good.
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Silent Hill Homecoming (PS3)
Silent Hill Homecoming (PS3)
Price: 49.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad - worth buying cheap!, 16 Sep 2009
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Back to Silent Hill then? Well not really as most of the action takes place in Shepherds Glen. Apart from that, it's the usual mix of monsters and fog and meetings with characters who don't seem THAT bothered about living in a deserted town with monsters crawling out of every crack in the wall. The mayor is still doing her paperwork fer chrissakes and your character meets a girl who is better at putting up MISSING signs than she is at putting 2 and 2 together: the people are gone because they were smart or they've been eaten.

A lot has been made of the combat and this is the big dfference between this incarnation and others. It is hard. Sure, Alex is a soldier but the controls can be a nightmare to get used to and ammunition is scarce. You can dodge but mistime it by a second and you're in trouble. This game is a lot harder than the other silent hill games. Add this to a punishing lack of save points and medical kits at some stages and it isn't a walk in the park. The best option in certain cases is to run away once you know where you are aiming for. Most of the monsters don't chase you through doors or cracks in the walls so if you can escape and know where you are aiming for it's often best to run so you can save ammunition and health. It's best to blunder through sections first (then get killed or reset the game) though so you know if you are missing anything as killing the enemies gives you time to explore and sometimes it's worth fighting though you can always pick up ammo and health as you run past if you know where they are.

Homecoming isn't very long but no shorter than other SH games and there is a lack of invention in the design of the place. Add to that, graphics that would do justice to a PS2 not a PS3 and you get a game that is ok but lacks atmosphere and creativity. Buy cheap and you won't be disappointed.

The Ruins [DVD]
The Ruins [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Tucker
Price: 3.30

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ruinously poor, 29 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Ruins [DVD] (DVD)
Lousy movie in which a group of unlikeable teenagers get menaced by plastic Christmas decorations and die predictably stupid deaths. There is no suspense, no empathy with the characters and most unforgiveably, no shocks. I have honestly never been as bored by a supposed horror film in my life. Yes, there's a lot of gore but it is so obviously ladled on for shock value as well as employing cheap sfx that it lacks any impact. It gets two stars for the alternate ending which, while cheesy and ripping off Carrie, is a million times better than the 'so what?' ending the director chose. The only saving grace of this film is that it is short.

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