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Love And Peace And Sympathy
Love And Peace And Sympathy
Price: 9.76

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great comeback, 8 July 2013
I've been following these guys since they released their second album "The Closer You Get," which is their masterpiece. Unfortunately commercial success had eluded them, however with a loyal cult following they were still able to release some great albums over the years.
Now after 5 years they've reformed with a really solid line up, new edition is former Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt, who really brings this album up a notch, in fact the songs here are really strong and probably their most pop sounding record to date. Songs "Sympathy," "The Rise And Fall And Decline Of Everything," and "Crying" could all be potential singles with their classic pop hooks.

"Truce" is the centerpiece on this album, a slow intense burner that reaches a dynamic heavy crescendo - I can imagine this song sounding especially good live. Another song which I keep coming back to is "Colder," with it's poignant ending "But I won't ever give up." The whole feel of this album is one of confidence, the production, the musicianship, the songs. Everything seems to come together perfectly. If I was to nitpick I'd say the song "More" is slightly weaker than the rest of the album. But if you're a fan of Six By Seven I highly recommend this album, it's their best since "The Closer You Get."
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Know Your Enemy
Know Your Enemy
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.39

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disjointed messy affair, 18 May 2009
This review is from: Know Your Enemy (Audio CD)
After the commercially successful but mediocre 'this is my truth...' the Manics made a rather contrived choice to go back to their roots (raw), as fans were miffed with their new M.O.R path. But this clumsy collection of tuneless songs follows no theme or direction - it's aimless, self-indulgent and messy.

Obviously aware they had a turkey on their hands, the Manics decide to release two singles from this album simultaneously. The mellow but bland Beach boys inspired dirge 'So Why So Sad' and the soulless rocker 'Found That Soul.' Neither one was particularly memorable, and served as a reminder how far they'd slipped from their glory days.

With 16 tracks and over 75 minutes of music any album is gonna be hard to get to grips with initially, but when it's this dull it's a chore that presents little rewards. Things got worse - Nicky Wire started wearing self-made T-shirts with subversive slogans such as 'I Heart Hoovering,' Braders and Moore piled on the pounds...

Luckly help was at hand for the dad rockers...
Following a succession of patchy albums in the same vain, their original guitarist Richey Edwards recently sent the remaining members an email clarifying his disgust by their banal indifference to the music they were making. Describing their recent output as rock drivel masquerading as profound beauty. In this email he'd attached an albums worth lyrics for them to work on. This album became 'Journal for Plague Lovers,' which was released today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Monkey say, Monkey do, 19 Mar 2009
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This grotesque monstrosity acts as a perverse metaphor for the real Ramsey Tupper, it's cuddly, pointless, and is still battling it's way through the next evolutionary step.

On the surface it looks quite humorous, but underneath all that quirky exterior lies a deeply troubled history. This Monkey will go to great lengths to prove itself lovable, but ultimately this bloated beast is devoid of any substance or soul. It's stupid smug grin and rudimentary attire won't make you wanna hug it either.

After playing with the Tupper Monkey for a short period it'll become apparent rather quickly how limited it is in terms of actual fun. This is a thoughtless gift you might consider buying as a last resort for a niece or nephew - they won't thank you for it. It'll just end up gather dust in some attic.


Naked [DVD] [1993]
Naked [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ David Thewlis
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 9.45

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Leigh's finest, 18 Nov 2008
This review is from: Naked [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
This Mike Leigh film is outstanding! I believe it was nominated for several awards at the Cannes film festival, and rightly so. David Thewlis plays Johnny, a complex anti-hero, which you love and loath in equal quantities. The dialogue is hilarious, witty, condescending and at times just plain mean.

The standout scene for me is when Johnny is invited into a security unit by a guard out of sympathy. Johnny then proceeds to destroy this poor man's hopes and dreams with a scathing philosophical monologue about our future as a human race. The supporting cast are equally good, in particular Greg Cruttwell as the nihilistic, vain and deeply shallow landlord. The music score is eerily compelling and haunting , and fits perfectly with the characters and scenery.

Unfortuntly Leigh hasn't made anything this dark or disturbing before or since. However he's still more consistent than most directors, and has become somewhat of a master at making thought provoking films.
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Magix Rescue Your Videotapes
Magix Rescue Your Videotapes

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!, 11 Nov 2008
Warning, this product has to be the biggest disappointment I've ever bought. After copying a home movie to my computer, it appeared that the video and audio got gradually out of sync with each other. Therefore making it near enough impossible to correct. Following the instructions again I got the same result still.

Frustrated I go to the Magix forum, it appears a lot of other customers have the same problem, some posts being 9 months old with no solution or answer to their query. I write to magix directly and get a response a day later saying they'll get back to me. A month later I still haven't heard from them. I've returned it and got a refund. Customer service is non-existent, be warned.
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Roots
Roots
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 4.69

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not on my lawn you don't!, 28 Oct 2008
This review is from: Roots (Audio CD)
This Brazilian pop band have been going since 1984, and are about to release a new album later this year. Roots their sixth album is utter garbage! Gone are three way harmonies, melodic hooks and classic song structures-instead we get Max Cavalera's unintelligible grunts punctuating half baked thrash riffs and insane drum beats which don't even follow a pattern. There's even chanting monks on here! What were they thinking?

I have no idea what their costume designer was thinking either, he's completely changed their image and opted for a post-Jurassic neadathal look. In the lead single 'Roots' the video features a group of half nude tribesmen dancing around the band. Cavalera is a terrible actor, his contrived bouts of anger are so transparent it's cringing to watch. One can only assume the film crew brought along a case load of strepsils for him to suck between takes.

This album tanked, a flop, a proper turkey. I have no idea why anyone would get pleasure or any form of entertainment from listening to this album. What a bunch of sell outs! AVOID!
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Icon
Icon
Price: 12.31

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Icon-The Return of S*M*A*S*H, 23 Oct 2007
This review is from: Icon (Audio CD)
It's been 13 years since their debut 'Self Abused' an underrated classic from the 90's. Smash initially split in 1996 but reformed in 2004, they've played a handful of gigs around London for their hardcore fanbase. They released an E.P. in 2005, but this is their first long-player since their reformation.

The album opens with the pixiesque 'Scratch Until You Bleed' which is layered with melodic hooks, and is played with a sense of urgency. Mellower tracks such as 'It's A Shame' and '15 years' have a guest female vocalist and strings, giving it a Velvet Underground feel. Which is a nice contrast to the rest of the album. (Vocalist) Ed's voice does start to crack on 'Morphine For The Pain', and the production is a little on the tinny side.

On first listen I wasn't too impressed, aside from three standout tracks( All by Myself, Cried at the time and Scratch Until You Bleed) the rest of the album seemed a bit mediocre. However a few listens later they all start to grow on you. 7/10

Aside from being underproduced and have one or two dodgy lyrics, this is a very solid return for Smash. I saw them live last week and they put on a great show, and are very accomplished musicians. I also recommend you buy their debut, which is currently 1.50 here on Amazon.
If you're a fan on the Pixies or Mclusky you'll love this band.
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Control [DVD]
Control [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Riley
Price: 4.97

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching from a distance, 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Control [DVD] (DVD)
Anyone familiar with Anton Corbijn's work knows he's capable of some beautiful, iconic and thought provoking images. This is his debut feature film and it's very impressive to say the least. After I heard the rave reviews from the Cannes film festival earlier this year I had very high expectations for this film, and I wasn't let down.

Being a huge Joy Division fan I was very familiar with their story, I've read the Debera Curtis book 'Touching from a Distance' at least three times, so I was well educated going in. The other reviewers here have already explained the plot somewhat, so I'll concentrate on the performers. Sam Riley has clearly gone to a lot of effort, he's got Ian Curtis's mannerisms and stage movements near perfect. He even manages to cultivate our sympathy, even though he's having an affair, while his wife is pregnant. Toby Kebbell is the comic relief, he plays Rob Gretton(manager)and is hilarious. Samantha Morton plays Debera Curtis and is outstanding. The rest of the cast are also excellent.

Aside from a few factual errors this film is the best music biopic I've seen. 9/10 A must see for any music fan.
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Boston Kickout [DVD] [2004]
Boston Kickout [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ John Simm
Offered by entertainment-xpress
Price: 8.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated film from the mid-nineties, 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Boston Kickout [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This was, and is quite an overlooked little film, which was released just after Trainspotting. On the surface it seems it was trying to capitalize on it's success, but they're really worlds apart. It has a great cast, Marc Warren steals the show as Rob, a pseudo-punk yob who creates havoc for himself and his friends. I won't ruin the plot for you, but there are some quite unsettling moments. John Simm (Life on Mars, 24hour party people) also stars as the protagonist. Definitely worth watching


Black Christmas [DVD]
Black Christmas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Katie Cassidy
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.09

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible remake, 29 Sep 2007
This review is from: Black Christmas [DVD] (DVD)
Please ignore the pre-pubescent teenagers who've been raving over this Hollywood garbage. They're young and they don't know any better. The original was a classic which influenced Halloween, it was well ahead of it's time, and took risks that aren't commercially acceptable nowadays. The remake is dreadful, this is why:

1.God awful actors, all the female characters were identical and unmemorable. I welcomed their deaths; as an audience we need to invest and care about these victims in order for their demise have an emotional impact on us.

2. Terrible script, left nothing to the imagination. Pure Hollywood garbage!

3. No suspense, no atmosphere.

4. Sloppy hamfisted directing.

5. Clichéd back-story which ruined the ambiguity of the original.

Another remake Hollywood has managed to bastardize to the point of nausea. Yes, I feel so passionately opposed to this film that I felt compelled to write another review, warning my fellow citizens not to invest in this tripe. To the reviewer below suggesting I'm a teen that didn't like the movie is totally incorrect, and a weak criticism.

So how did Hollywood manage to mess up one of the most chilling, influential and cryptic horrors of the seventies? By doing a big poo all over the script, giving Billy a back-story, choosing actors from the Disney club, not giving any of them a distinguishable personalities, turning the killer(s) into one a dimensional zombie, unrealistic deaths, laughable special effects, no ambiguity, pointless gore, no twist, awful dialogue, weak plot... I really could write an essay on how bad this film is. Please avoid this pantomime crap-fest and rent or buy the original.
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