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Brother [DVD] [2001]
Brother [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Takeshi Kitano
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.53

4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a violent gangster flick, 8 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Brother [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Brother is the story of a Yakuza underboss exiled to America when the head of his family is assassinated. On his arrival he finds his younger half-brother involved in pushing drugs and inadvertently ends up in organised crime in the US as well. There is quite a lot of violence in the movie but it is more in the style of Godfather than the type you see in action movies and there is a lot more to the movie than the violence. I suppose some of this is about how culture clash can exist even in the world of gangsters; and about unique forms of respect and honour. The dialog in this movie is very minimal and the director makes use of many peaceful, almost soundless, moments in key points in the movie. The acting is good, the main protagonist is both believable and likeable.

Ghost Dog - The Way Of The Samurai [DVD]
Ghost Dog - The Way Of The Samurai [DVD]
Dvd ~ Forest Whitaker
Price: £4.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Oddly entertaining, 8 Feb. 2012
Ghost Dog the story of an unusual assassin named Ghost Dog (played by the appropriately-inappropriate Forrest Whitaker) who lives and works by the code of the Samurai. When the local mafia decides he must be eliminated, it becomes clear to the assassin what he must do. The story itself is pretty basic, not particularly complex and at times not entirely believable. No attempt is made to explain how or why the assassin comes to adopt this way of life or how he comes to some of the conclusions he arrives at. But the original oddity of the character makes him likeable and is enough to carry the movie along quite well and overall it becomes an interesting and enjoyable experience.

In The Valley Of Elah [DVD] [2008]
In The Valley Of Elah [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Charlize Theron
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good mystery drama, 17 Aug. 2009
This was a somewhat low-key, unpretentious but fairly interesting movie with good performances by most of the cast.

I wouldn't say I am exactly a Tommy Lee Jones fan but I think he's a consistently good actor and as the lead in this movie, I liked both his character and his performance. In the role of a retired military police officer looking for a missing son, he plays a somewhat older and more subdued role than the usually strong, twangy-accented, snappy roles that I've been accustomed to seeing him in movies such as Fugitive and US Marshalls. His older, wiser but still imperfect role in this story is more similar to his character in Three Burials and No Country and is interesting to watch and easy to sympathise with. The powerful supporting cast is dependably excellent including Susan Sarandon (as always great) and Charlize Theron who is perhaps a bit over-dramatic at times but more for want of script than acting.

There are a few minor holywoodish stereotypes thrown in relating to the army (uncooperative and defensive) and the police (indifferent) but none that could not be easily chalked away to a little bit of poetic license and overall the story line is plausible.

The over all message (which I think I can speak off without spoilers) seems to me to be one of the desensitising evil of war and violence and military values of stubborn strength of character can sometimes be insufficient. I would definitely recommend seeing this one.

Offered by MasterDVD
Price: £6.07

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff, 30 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Happiness (Audio CD)
I thought this album was much less depressing than some of Lisa Germano's other albums which have kind of a suicidally gloomy theme to them. Some tracks on this album are pretty pleasant listening. However the quiet sadness and haunting mystery characteristic of most of her albums is still everywhere. This, of course, is a good thing.
My favourite album by her so far.

On the Way Down From the Moon
On the Way Down From the Moon
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £29.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Music, 26 Aug. 2003
I've listened to a couple of albums by Lisa Germano and I'm not sure this one is a typical representative of her kind of music. It is however her first album not counting the ones she worked on with other people - apparently she played the violin and mandolin for a couple of other artists before this. The music here is a combination of folk and alternative with a bit of rock thrown in at parts and some of the instrumental tracks sound like they could be off the soundtrack of a Disney movie (Simple Tony, Dark Irie and the Title Track). Although this album is a lot poppier than her other albums, it does have the important features of a Lisa Germano album in most of the tracks including the haunting melodies and unusual sounds blended in with some interesting vocals and great lyrics. The violin plays an important part in many of these tracks and seems at times more important than the vocals. There are a lot of acoustic instruments and most songs are very pleasant despite the underlying sadness of the lyrical theme.
Not quite as good and not as interesting as some of her other albums but there are some very nice tracks on this album and it's definitely a good buy if you like Lisa Germano or if you're into music that's slightly different. For those who've never heard of her stuff, I'd recommend this to people who like artists like Tori Amos and Aimee Mann. If you like really unique music, you should check out some of Lisa Germano's other albums e.g. Geek The Girl and Lullaby for Liquid Pig.

Geek the Girl
Geek the Girl
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £23.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the lighthearted, 25 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Geek the Girl (Audio CD)
If you like interesting unusual music, this is a great album but you kind of have to listen to it actively. Not really something you let play in the background. The whole experience of the album is something I'd liken to watching a horror movie and I'm sure it would make a good soundtrack to one. The songs are full of tension, depression, mystery, wierd unusual sounds and sometimes actual horror in the case of Psychopath.
Be warned some of the tracks are overpoweringly depressing so it's not something you listen to to lighten your mood... unless you're depressed already and want some company. But if it's a cold and rainy night this might be an appropriate thing to listen to although you shouldn't expect to be lulled to sleep by it.
Lisa Germano seems to have a knack for writing depressing songs with haunting melodies backed by unconventional tunes and sounds. She plays the violin among other instruments and in many of the tracks on this album the violin seems to have as strong a part to play as the vocals. Although her singing voice is not particularly remarkable, the songwriting is incredibly interesting and the way she delivers the songs - at times speaking more than singing, at times whispering the song - is befitting of the mood of the album. Although the subject matter is pretty sad, the songs aren't corny or pretentious and she sings in a low-key and pondering manner as if to herself or to a close friend. She never seems weak or drowned in self pity but sings bravely of things that most other people are likely to get worked up about. Perhaps the point is that it's futile getting worked up about these things, so just allow yourself to be sad but not to a degree where it destroys you and you become apathetic.
My favorite tracks here are Cry Wolf, Trouble, A Guy Like You, and Sexy Little Princess. The most outstandingly unique track is probably Psychopath, on which the background track is a looping recording of a 911 emergency call made by a woman who's being attacked in her home. As you strain your ears to make sense of what's going on in the recording, the vocals and melody drift in and out almost unnoticed but everything is choreographed together so well for the most horrifying but uniquley interesting audio experiences ever.

Cleaner Light
Cleaner Light
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £19.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For muse-ik fans, 24 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Cleaner Light (Audio CD)
This is a fairly interesting single from the Sky Motel album. If you have the album already, the b-side tracks should be of interest which I believe are all acoustic version of Throwing Muses tracks of old. Personally I buy these things for the B-sides anyway.
I just love listening to Kristin Hersh with just an acoustic guitar to support her ... and these tracks represent precisely why I like her - filled with painful and contorted vocals, chord combinations and rhythm, this is the unique sound of Kristin Hersh.

Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throwing music, 24 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Echo (Audio CD)
Echo is one of the singles from the Sky Motel. Not that I'm a dedicated Kristin Hersh fan or Throwing Muses fan but this was typically good stuff from her. A couple of the original Muses members play with Kristin on this track (and the B-side tracks) so I guess that explains the familiar sound. If you have the album, this might be worth it for the cover of Nirvana's Pennyroyal tea. I really liked the version here which is quite close to Kurt Kobain's version in Unplugged in New York and has the same painful wail of the chorus but this time ala Kristin Hersh. The final track Everybody's got something to hide (a cover from the beatles) didn't particularly appeal to me but it's definitely Kirstin Hersh kind of music of old.
Kristin Hersh a female Kurt Kobain ? ... possibly except that Kristin was around way before Nirvana.

Rio SP50 MP3/CD Player
Rio SP50 MP3/CD Player

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, 23 Aug. 2003
This is not for everyone especially with the falling prices of USB drive MP3 players. But, for the price this is a good product.
I liked the idea of MP3 CD players since this means I can also play my normal CDs which I don't necessarily want to rip to Mp3. Plus I have easy CD-burning facilities at work and home and I'm not too stingy with using CD-R's for burning little things when ever I feel like it. So for me this inexpensive little device with fairly effective ant-shock buffer was quite ideal.
A small gripe I had with it is that the interface is not the easiest to use. The buttons are a little stubborn (I guess on the flip side this means you don't accidentally keep hitting them) and you have to push a sequence of buttons if you want specific tracks. The cross scrolling display provides adequate information on the current playing track but is not quite as easy to use when trying to select a specific track. I also found I kept forgetting the sequence of buttons I had to press when I first used this. With big MP3 players and MP3-CDS as well I think it's important to have the ability to browse intuitively because it's possible to store hundreds or thousands of tracks and without proper browsability, all you can do is play tracks in random order like some souped up radio station. I also wasn't quite sure what the default order for playing tracks on an MP3CD was - I think it goes alphabetically by folder name then by track name.
That said, it does provide all the facilities to browse and select tracks and you will remember it after a couple of goes. If you're also dilligent enough to use useful folder and tracknames it'll can be close to perfect. Personally I decided to be conservative and not completely cram every CD-R with as many tracks into it as I could - instead if you have a theme to each CD-R or limit yourself to putting only 3 or 4 albums on each it makes it easier to browse around.
In summary, I'll just offer a few reasons why you might want to buy it over other MP3 players.
- fits way more than most USB-drive/MP3 players
- allows you to play normal CD albums unlike non-CD MP3 players (think of this before you go buying a mini-CD MP3 player - in my oppinion these are the least useful)
- cheaper than almost every thing else out there that plays MP3s

Taxi Driver [DVD] [1976] [1999]
Taxi Driver [DVD] [1976] [1999]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £3.51

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must own movie, great Extras, 22 Aug. 2003
If you like anything Scorsese (surely everyone does) then you really should own this. This is said to be one of the best movies of the 1970s (if not all time) and got Oscar nominations for Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster (best supporting actress nomination at age 14!).

In fact I won't comment further on the movie as surely everyone has heard something about it (or else you can read more details about it in tonnes of other places) but I'll just say the extras on this DVD (mostly documentary) are really good - the "making of feature" in particular made the DVD worth buying on it's own.

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