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No Country For Old Men [DVD]
No Country For Old Men [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tommy Lee Jones
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Stalks America, 27 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: No Country For Old Men [DVD] (DVD)
About two thirds of the way into NCfOM it becomes clear that the hitman isn't just a man but a personification of the irrepressible violent streak in America. Unrelenting and unstoppable. Your only hope is by chance to avoid it and it's far too late for that for some of the characters here. Those who directly stand in the way will get blown away. The rest of us get a chance (like the toss of his coin). The film has an impressive but fairly conventional set-up, with interesting characters, brilliantly handled moments of tension and in the early sections at least is not without humour. But ultimately this is a deeply depressing story of a society that has given up on the sweeping tide of violence and sees no way to fight it. It's not a state of mind I would like to adopt. If you are looking for a bit of light at the end of the tunnel it's probably in Tommy Lee Jones' second dream: As parents we can help pave the way for better times for our children.


The Heart Of Saturday Night
The Heart Of Saturday Night
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great, 27 Mar. 2011
If you just want to hear Tom sing his songs and show off his marvellous piano skills then this is the album for you. It appeals to a much wider audience than Waits die-hard fans. If you like this the album, Closing Time is in the same vein.


The Incident
The Incident
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Lot of Reviews !, 27 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: The Incident (Audio CD)
This is fantastic. A series of incidents in the life of the brilliant Steve Wilson set to a wonderfully diverse range of music styles, all performed immaculately. It won't suit anyone waiting for the next Deadwing album as there are no straight up rock tracks here but there's a lot more variety than Fear of a Blank Planet. I put this right up there with The Sky Moves Sideways and Stupid Dream if you like that sort of thing. My only criticism would be that the jarring 'Occam's Razor' theme is rather intrusive, although I can see what they were trying to do.
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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
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5.0 out of 5 stars YHF, 27 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Audio CD)
Wilco peaked on this their fourth album. The song writing is incredibly intelligent and emotional, the inventive musicianship is better than ever and the whole is knitted together brilliantly by the failing communication concept.


Signals
Signals
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Signals, 27 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Signals (Audio CD)
Poorly received by critics and a lot of fans on its release, Signals remains one of my favourite Rush albums. There have been many songs about disaffected youth over the years but 'Subdivisions' is one of the most heartfelt. 'The Analogue Kid' also paints a vivid picture not only of the seemingly endless spare time of youth but of how short lived it really is. 'The Weapon' is a slow burning track with a catchy guitar part and clever drum inter-play which really gets under your skin. 'Losing It' is a beautifully constructed track, unusually (for Rush) dominated by a sorrowful electric violin. 'Countdown' is one of those slightly clunky efforts that Rush occasionally produce which doesn't sound quite right ("excitement so thick, you can cut it with a knife") but still manages to be entertaining. Although the Police influences are discernable, overall this album is so original you can't really compare it to anything else. Rush are (or at least were) unique.


Permanent Waves
Permanent Waves
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Permanently Great, 27 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Permanent Waves (Audio CD)
Permanent Waves and its follow up Moving Pictures are probably Rush's two most accessible and timeless albums. Featuring brilliant musicianship and strong lyrics throughout, with little of the sci-fi/fantasy nonsense these albums are almost flawless from start to finish. Unbelievably Natural Science was just thrown together at the last minute when the band realised that their historical epic Gawain the Green Knight wasn't going to fit with the rest of the album. I wonder what happened to that.


Fly By Night
Fly By Night
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellows With Age, 27 Mar. 2011
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Neal Peart's arrival resulted in much more intricate lyrics and a much higher standard of music followed. Whilst more lively versions of some of these songs can be found on 'All the World's a Stage', this album has a nice mellow feel to it, particularly compared to modern productions. The less well known songs such as 'Beneath Between and Behind', 'Making Memories' and 'Best I Can' have really grown on me over the years. They bring to mind simpler times and emotions when a great tune was the most important thing. 'In the End' sounds better than ever now with it's varying textures. On the other hand 'Rivendell' is the most relaxing little song Rush have ever done. The title may suggest Tolkien but to me the place is irrelevent and the song itself just brings the ultimate tranquility.


Nightworld
Nightworld
by F. Paul Wilson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars So Cold the Night, 24 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Nightworld (Paperback)
This essential conclusion to the adversary cycle, starts off brilliantly with the re-introduction of all the main characters from the earlier books and the beginning of the breakdown of the world we know as the days start to become rapidly shorter for no apparent astronomical reason and ferocious creatures are unleashed from huge holes in the ground at night. The story develops into a series of parallel quests as the group tries to re-trieve the elements required to re-forge the sword from "The Keep". It's a good conclusion to the books but does not quite live up to most of its predecessors. In fact after Reborn it's probably the weakest book of the six. The arrival and concept of Nightworld is superbly handled but the conclusion is rather predictable and left me wanting something more.

Note that FPW has now essentially re-told the adversary cycle plot from the perspective of his most popular character Repairman Jack who was introduced in "The Tomb". This series of books are generally more entertaining and lighter in tone (due mostly to Jack's colourful personality and his ability to always keep control) and now appear to be changing the plot considerably from the original story. For this reason this book will soon be re-released with major revisions. I'll certainly be getting the new version.


Reprisal
Reprisal
by F. Paul Wilson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Nerve Shredding, 24 Mar. 2011
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You need a strong nerve to read this book and I consider it the most disturbing book I've ever read. The torture inflicted on one character is astonishingly unspeakable and drawn out to unbearable lengths but that is the point of the novel. These reprisals aim to totally destroy an individual's life, spirit & soul. I'm a big admirer of FPWs story telling abilities and characterisation and this is a stunning book that pulls together hints from all the other adversary cycle novels in readiness for the final showdown of Nightworld.


Reborn
Reborn
by F. Paul Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Reborn, 24 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Reborn (Paperback)
FPW himself is obviously aware of the unavoidable Rosemary's Baby comparisons but still manages a stunning change of character emphasis early in the book, something at which he excels. The short historical/dream sequences at the start of some chapters are some of the most disturbing things I have ever read, in particular the graphic visualisation of impaling and the plague. These moments are astonishingly effective at indicating the evil that is being unleashed. Unfortunately much of the rest of the book is fairly standard horror fare. However, be warned, this series of books has much worse horrors to follow.


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