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Murder Ballads
Murder Ballads
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackly humorous, yet curiously morbid, 16 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: Murder Ballads (Audio CD)
A collection of songs dealing with serial killings, mass murder and random crimes of passion might seem an odd subject for an album and in some ways, you'd be right to think that. But then again, this is Nick Cave.
I find listening to this album to be quite unsettling, but at the same time blackly comic and almost uplifting. I can't think of another artist who could even hope to pull off this quite amazing feat. From the very morbid "Song of Joy" opening, through the exceptionally foul mouthed "Stagger Lee" and finishing on a re-orked version of "Death is not the end," (featuring guest vocals from the likes of Shane McGowan, Kylie Minogue and PJ Harvey) you can't help but be taken aback by it all.
The highlight of the album for me is "Where the Wild Roses grow," which is a duet with Kylie Minogue, (The best song she'll ever do) her voice providing a nice contrast with Cave's own haunting vocals.
This is not Cave's finest work, but it is certainly one of his bravest and though it might not be the first Cd you reach for, it deserves it's place on your shelf alongside all the other Nick Cave albums.

Blow: How a Smalltown Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost it All
Blow: How a Smalltown Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost it All
by Bruce Porter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.56

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner., 29 Sept. 2003
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George Jung is widely acknowedged as the man who introduced cocaine for mass consumption to people in the United States, and this book tells us how he did it. Sort of a lesson in how to smuggle.
From his begginings as a high school football player, through his early days selling marijuana in Florida, right through to his career as the number one cocaine supplier in the US and ending up with him languishing in prison, every aspect of his life is covered here in all it's glory.
With a life as rich in detail as Jung's, the book could easily have become bogged down in detail, but it's to the writers credit that he never lets the pace flag.
Highly reccommended.

Late Night Shopping [DVD] [2001]
Late Night Shopping [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Luke de Woolfson
Price: £11.90

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unnoticed success., 22 Sept. 2003
As is so typical of British cinema these days, on the rare occasions we come up with a decent film, someone forgets to promote the damn thing. So after a theatrical release that no one knew about, followed by a similarly undetectable Dvd release, "Late Night Shopping" has slipped by unnoticed, gathering only a small fan base when it deserved so much more.
Bizarrely this film drew comparisons with "Trainspotting" on it's initial release, but has little in common with Danny Boyle's drug fuelled masterpiece, other than being set in Scotland. This perhaps, coupled with the fact that there are no major stars in the film may have contributed to the lacklustre performance on the cinema screens.
Four friends, who all have meaningless, mundane jobs on the night shift, meet every night at a late night cafe to discuss life, love and general woes. A well observed comedy that keeps the laughs coming for the full duration of the picture, it is very well written and the cast members all give solid performances. "Late Night Shopping" presents a slice of life that deals with themes that most people can relate to.
So if you want a film that gives you a nice break from all the Hollywood glitz, glamour and explosions, try this, you won't be dissapointed.

The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
by Brian Sibley
Edition: Paperback

19 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the zzzzzzzzz., 1 Sept. 2003
I'm probably the only person in the entire world who doesn't like Tolkein's "Lord of the rings". I get an awful lot of abuse when I say this, but I found the whole thing a long, drawn out and altogether not very pleasant ordeal.
Before I go any further I must give Tolkein his credit, he has created a totally convincing world full of detail, mythology, history and politics. That in itself is an amazing feat.
The story itself is good, but the main problem I have is in Tolkein's writing. Do the characters really have to sit around for entire chapters indulging in philosophical debate that has nothing to do with the plot? It seems they can't just walk up a hill, they have to discuss walking up the hill. And do the charactes really have to break into song every five minutes?
I'm sorry, I know this is one of the most loved books of all time, but it just doesn't do it for me. This is probably the only time I will ever say this, but I actually did prefer the film.
And one further point. Upon the release of the film, LOTR purists played hell because the beloved Tom Bombadill was not included, but I ask you; has there ever been a more pointless character?
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The Good Son
The Good Son

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The GREAT son!, 1 Sept. 2003
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This review is from: The Good Son (Audio CD)
There's not much to say about Nick Cave that hasn't already been said; songwriting genius, musical genius, light years ahead of his peers, all above statements are true. "The Good son" is yet another example.
I cannot think of a single artist that can conjure up so many diiferent emotions in a single album. Although I don't believe this is one of Cave's best albums, it does contain some of his best songs, namely "The ship song" and "The good son."
Given that Cave has been around for about twenty years, I haven't yet had a chance to hear all of his back catalogue, but I've heard enough to know that a mediocre Cave song is a damn sight better than most artists at the top of their game.

Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.96

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bang, bang! Shoot 'em up!, 20 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Equilibrium [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Now here's a fun film. If you have a couple of hours to spare and want something that doesn't require you to think, just slip this shiny litte disc into your DVD player.
Set in a near future, state controlled utopia where emotions are outlawed and mankind lives an almost slave like existance, quasi-religious "clerics" (basically highly trained killing machines) enforce the law with big guns and black suits. Christian Bale plays one of these souless individuals, calmly gunning down anyone he is told to while looking cool in the process. But Bale starts to doubt the validity of what he does, he realises that maybe there is more to life than just shooting people, human emotions and characteristics all play an important part in our lives. So with a new sense of purpose, he sets out to change things for the better, by shooting some more people.
At times it comes dangerously close to taking itself too seriously, but when the bullets start flying in the well choreographed shoot-outs, it comes back down to earth.
The joy of this film is how it happily rips off... sorry, pays homage to almost every sci-fi film ever made. It's basically 1984 meets the Matrix. Still fun though.

Deep Rising [DVD] [1998]
Deep Rising [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Treat Williams
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £13.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good fun!, 25 July 2003
This review is from: Deep Rising [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
From the man who brought us "The Mummy," this is a film that is just impossible to dislike. Treat Williams, doing his best Han Solo/Indiana Jones impression, hires out his services to anyone willing to pay, his motto being; "If the money's there, we don't care!" Here, he hires his boat out to a band of modern day pirates, led by the ever reliable Wes Studi and including Jason Flemyng in probably his worst ever performance (It really is worth watching to see how bad he is). The plot, if you can call it that, sees the pirates attempt to board an ocean liner to pull an insurance job. But we know just by looking at the picture on the cover that all will not go swimmingly, the vessel has been taken over by huge, mutated, man-eating sea monsters.
But we care little about the non-sensical story. The strength of this movie is that it doesn't take itself at all seriously, it knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else. It's an old fashioned monster movie, just an excuse for some half decent CGI effects and lots and lots of shooting. An hour and a half of entertainment, that will make you cry with laughter and thrill you in equal measures.

Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Documentary
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £2.70

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!!!, 25 July 2003
From watching the news I understood America was a pretty violent place, but I never realised they had over 11,000 deaths due to guns! This is just one of the many facts revealed in Michael Moore's simply stunning documentary.
Bowling for Columbine centres around the quite horrific Columbine high school shootings and asks the question; "why are Americans seemingly obsessed with guns?" This really lifts the lid on America's fascination with all things that go BANG! Including a bank that gives you a free gun when you open an account?!? If anyone needs convincing about the need for gun control, just sit down and watch this documentary. From the mid west militia's to the National rifle association and their figurehead; Charlton Heston, not one of them puts forward a very convincing argument for the need to carry all those guns around. In fact, one of the most eloquent speakers, is the man that the media tried to make a scapegoat of for the high school massacre; Marilyn Manson!

The Matrix 2: The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix 2: The Matrix Reloaded

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment., 21 July 2003
This review is from: The Matrix 2: The Matrix Reloaded (Theatrical Release)
Not since George Lucas unleashed the "Star Wars" prequels upon the world has a movie generated so much hype. If rumours were to be believed "Matrix Reloaded" would be bigger than the bible. So is it all true? Is this the film to end all films?
In "Reloaded", the war against the machines still rages, Neo and Co are still struggling to free an enslaved mankind, struggling with agents and other assorted villains and if things weren't bad enough, half a million machines are tunnelling towards the last human city of Zion intent on the destruction of mankind! Wow!!
But I'm afraid Mister and Mr Wachowski it just ain't that good. So what's the problem with it, I hear you ask. Well, some of the fight scenes are far too long, (the fight with the multiple agent Smiths for instance bordering on the wrong side of boring) the philosophical debate far too overblown, the film is littered with pointless and uninteresting characters, the scenes set in Zion are just plain awful and if you blink, you're liable to miss the ending. It's not all bad news though, there are some neat ideas and some nice action set pieces, the car chase on the highway being a standout.
But on the whole "Matrix Reloaded" is a huge disappointment, a missed opportunity. It just seems to be a showpiece to see how many cool effects the filmakers can fit into one movie. So what about the much lauded special effects? Hailed as being revolutionary, almost seemless photo realistic, unrecognisable from real life. Are they that good? No nowhere near that good, you can still spot the CGI a mile away and in some scenes Neo appears to be (somewhat ironically) computer generated.
Maybe I'm being too hard on the film, after the first Matrix, the bar had been raised so high they were always likely to fall short with the sequel. It is top quality entertainment, two hours of slam bang entertainment. But as with so many sequels, bigger bucks, bigger fights and bigger explosions does not mean a better film.

Iliad of a Wolverhampton Wanderer
Iliad of a Wolverhampton Wanderer

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyla = God, 26 Jun. 2003
I'll admit it I'm biased. I love Tyla, he is by far my favourite living recording artist. The dogs D'amour were one of my favourite rock band of the eighties and when they split up I followed Tyla's solo career with great attention.
So we get to the album, which is pretty much a greatest hits album with a few previously unreleased tracks. But unlike other greatest hits albums you may have heard, many of the songs here are re-workings of old ones with different string arrangments that make them totally unrecognisable from previous incarnations.
With fifteen tracks on the Cd, this is definitely good value for money, and for anyone who may not have heard Tyla's music, it's a good place to start.

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