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Harry Brown [DVD] [2009]
Harry Brown [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.25

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A UK Gran Torino?? No, It's Much Darker & Edgier..., 22 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Harry Brown [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Great, gritty Brit movie! Caine is superb - as is his ill fated friend, David Bradley and I was reminded of the Noel Clarke Kid/Adulthood movies - although this is much darker, edgier and more violent.

Many comparisons have been made with Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino but for me they are superficial similiarites. Harry Brown is a harsher movie in many ways and less sentimental than Clint's masterpiece. More blood, knives and good old fashioned putting the boot in style scenes. It's scary stuff and all the more relevant if you have the misfortune to use subways on a regular basis!

Special mention to Joseph Gilgun (Eli Dingle in Emmerdale) and Sean Harris (Creep); these two guys play possibly the grimiest, nastiest, most revolting druggie dealers that I have ever seen. Absolute human scum. Great portrayals, lads! And Ben Drew AKA Plan B was good as street gang leader Noel Winters, with a particularly foul mouth (lots of the rather in vogue C word). The always excellent Liam Cunningham needs a mention for an excellent turn as the shadowy pub landlord, Sid Rourke.

It's Messrs Caine & Bradley though who take the honours as two almost lone stands of decency in a world that is literally decaying around them and eventually driven to drastic and bloody methods of retribution and revenge.

If you like this, I'd recommend a Brit movie from the early 90s called The Young Americans starring Harvey Keitel which treads similiar urban waters and look out for upcoming futuristic, London set thriller, Shank...
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Clash of the Gods [DVD] [2009]
Clash of the Gods [DVD] [2009]
Offered by kurekro - Highest Quality Guaranteed !
Price: £9.99

24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Myths & Legends Behind The Movies We Know And Love!, 6 Mar. 2010
Been watching this on the History Channel. It's got a permanent residency on the Sky + box. Enjoying it! Missed the first episode which I think was Hercules but have so far caught the episodes on Medusa, The Minotaur, Beowulf & Grendel and The Odyssey. Ok some of the CGI is a bit ropey but actually suits the highly stylised approach at times and it's well presented and very informative in uncovering the inspirations behind the myths. Certainly the make up fx were decent enough on Medusa, Grendel and Polyphemus the cyclops. I also really enjoyed the vivid depictions of two monsters from Homer's Odyssey; the terrifying Scylla and the equally dangerous Charybidis.
Certainly a good companion piece to the movies that we know & love such as Beowulf with Ray Winstone, Clash Of The Titans, Jason And The Argonauts, Troy, The Odyssey with Armand Assante (GREAT movie) etc
I do seem to remember Jonathan Edwards presenting something very similiar on BBC about 5 years ago?
I will definitely buy this at some point - can't wait to see the upcoming Clash Of The Titans remake. Trailers look awesome!

Looking forward to next week's episode on Hades and his dreaded Underworld....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Brushes Out There....., 5 Mar. 2010
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It's true that these brushes are a godsend - especially if you have pets and need to brush off your settee or maybe the cat basket but I have to say this isn't the best out there. It's quite slim with a much smaller brush area than I had hoped for which made the job harder than I wanted and also the cat hair seemed to stick to the brush like barnacles on a ship and it was a job to get it off the brush after use!!
There are better brushes available - I have two made by Sweepa that are much better but if it's all you can get then fair enough.
Just not the best for dealing with the aftermath of a big, fat, white cat!!
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Wycliffe - Series 1 [DVD] [1993]
Wycliffe - Series 1 [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Jack Shepherd
Price: £8.84

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Morse By A Mile!! Atmosphere By The Bucket!!!, 7 Feb. 2010
Wycliffe was one of the best TV detective shows of the nineties and well overdue for a DVD release!
This show had a unique and sometimes eerie atmosphere, mainly in thanks to the haunting Cornish locales, the equally mysterious characters at times and the slow burn approach ala Wallander. Certain episodes would remind me of the atmosphere that you would find in a Hound Of The Baskervilles adaptation!
A great opening theme too with wonderful Celtic style melodies.
Just a fantastic series that never quite got the credit it so richly deserved.

Shame on the one star review.

Price: £20.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Star Album That Get's 4 Stars For The Mighty Undiminished, 30 Jan. 2010
Good but not great album. For me not as good as my favourite, 2003's Rise Of Butality but perhaps better than Supremacy. It's interesting to note quite a Thrash Metal influence in the guitar work and the album is worlds away from the more direct approach of 1997's Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire. Lyrically & vocally, yes, it's more of the same but the band has a style that allows little manoeuvring in this matter - they are what they are.
There are moments of progression (who would have thought that Slipknot would have evolved either, be honest) and the standout track is the excellent and unexpected instrumental Undiminished - I loved it! It's very atmospheric and moody with superb guitar work incl a genuineley emotive lead break before finishing with a haunting piano outro - check it out on the media sampler.
As expected the production is excellent with everything clean and balanced.

I would also highly recommend Jasta's other project, the doom/sludge outfit called Kingdom Of Sorrow. More melodic and slower but no less aggressive.

Vote with a bullet (5 tracks, 1992)
Vote with a bullet (5 tracks, 1992)
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £24.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Grooving Remixes Of A GREAT Riff Monster!!!, 11 Nov. 2009
I am delighted to still have a copy of this after a good 17 years or so, especially as it's a bit of a rarity now.

Great song and the remixes are genuinely good - courtesy of US Industrial Hip Hoppers,Consolidated. A cool riff with a crunching tone, edgy lyrics & vocals (from Pepper Keenan) with hard grooving bass and drums is what you get, with the remixes factoring in scratches and samples if that's your bag. Along with Mordred, this predated the 'Metal DJ' of Limp Bizkit, Incubus, Papa Roach etc by quite some years.

Well worth hunting down & if you are still not convinced then seek it out on YouTube..

Kingdom Of Sorrow
Kingdom Of Sorrow
Price: £9.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PULVERISING....., 1 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Kingdom Of Sorrow (Audio CD)
Pehaps an acquired taste that can best be described as a mix of Hardcore & Doom Metal (or more accurately Hatebreed meets Crowbar) that should appeal to both your Black Sabbath devotees and to your Agnostic Front/Biohazard fans.
I enjoyed it - it was a bit different lyrically to the impression that the album artwork gave though. The battle/fantasy cover suggested something perhaps more in Candlemass or even Dimmu Borgir waters but the lyrics struck me as a slightly less confrontational/more introspective take on Jamey Jasta's scribing for Hatebreed.
Vocals were just a LITTLE more varied from Jasta than heard with HB with just a faint touch of melody and were complimented by the more dulcet tones of Kirk Windstein of Crowbar. The dual vocal approach worked well with both singers often crossing slightly into each others style.
Musically, again, very solid with a good variety of tempos ranging from Metalcore breakdowns to doom laden riffs up to 100mph adrenalin rushes. Some good riffs, the odd generic one or two, and the occasional GREAT riff. Leads are sparse but effective when used, and fairly melodic. Excellent gutar tone always though. Bass is fat and chunky, not overtly flashy, but very heavy none the less. Good drums with decent snare sound and some harsh but again never OTT double bass drumming.
Production is perfect for this; organic but never sounding too raw either. A different approach from producer Zeuss, this time sounding a bit more 'epic'.
Sometimes Hatebreed can be just a little too full on so this may appeal if you like Jasta's primary band but can't cope with a full length album of that level of intensity.
Hopefully this isn't a one off, as although far from perfect, there is a bright future!
It's certainly encouraged me to invest in some Crowbar, take another look at Corrosion Of Conformity, and reacquaint myself with the likes of Sabbath & Candlemass.

Robert Simpson: Symphony No. 9
Robert Simpson: Symphony No. 9
Price: £9.60

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KILLS ALL IN IT'S PATH..., 19 Oct. 2009
Absoluteley agree with the other reviewers, this is sheer quality.
Very powerful, loaded with more tension than you can handle, and a sense of menace, this builds to a furious climax. Just up my street!
Perfect, rich sound quality (recorded Feb 1988), this will test your speakers.
Although not as percussive, it evoked similiar emotions to when I listen to Holst's Mars - It's just a brooding monster that sulks a bit at times, and loses it's temper in style at the end.
Full marks for the approx 15 minute commentary from Simpson himself after the symphony where he discusses the music in a relaxed & informative manner. A smashing fella, and good info for a novice like me.
Nice sleeve too on the CD...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL!, 18 Oct. 2009
Probably the best trainers in the world - well, certainly not far off!
Comfortable, hard wearing, iconic, all are words that are apt.
Adidas is far and away my favourite label based mainly on the 3 stripe design and these trainers more than look the part. Perfect for the street, the pub or the office on a dress down day. Timeless and yet somehow always modern, these will fit almost all subcultures & ages (something that can't be said of some of the monstrosities that masquerade as footwear).
My last pair lasted a good 3 or 4 years of frequent use. Now I didn't play football in them so obviously astro turf may limit that lifespan slightly but as far as I'm concerned they were good VFM.
Excellent service from the supplier too - got them in a couple of days with no hitches.
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Waterloo Sunset
Waterloo Sunset
by Richard Ayres
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Characters, Great Writing And Interesting Locales, Atmospheres etc!! A Real Page Turner...., 17 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Waterloo Sunset (Paperback)
An excellent novel with superb characterisation.
As a 41 year old man, I really enjoyed this, particularly the observations that each character makes about the world around them and his or her place in it with regards to ageing & changing times, fashions etc. I found it offered considerable food for thought while avoiding any hint of pretension.
The action (for want of a better word - there's no thumping until the story's climax) takes place in a lot of cosy pubs, and as a man who enjoys the odd pint, I was pleased with these backgrounds and the incidental details & characters that popped up.
It NEVER once got boring and it was always easy to feel empathy for the main players who average about 20 years or so older than me so I could in a way look ahead and see things from their pov.

Also as I am from Stoke where one of the characters is from, I appreciated the author's attempts to convey our beloved Potteries dialect and I was heartened to see a local watering hole, The Greyhound in Penkhull, get a pleasing mention!

This is a book that should appeal to both sexes and although it appears targeted at a more mature audience, there is much for the younger to take away from it. After all we all face middle & old age ahead, don't we?!
I could almost liken this to a Trainspotting for the older reader although I must hasten that this is free of the vulgarities of Irvine Welsh's epic novel. I am a massive fan of Welsh so I am making a huge compliment to the author in likening his character development & portrayal skills to the infamous scottish author!

Mr Ayres, bring on your next book!

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