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The Falcon Out West [DVD]
The Falcon Out West [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Conway
Price: 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars "Forward my mail to Havana!", 5 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Falcon Out West [DVD] (DVD)
Smooth-talking snooper, chain-smoking babe-magnet, cool-as-a-cucumber investigator, dapper sophisticate, international playboy ... yes, it's The Falcon and he's 'out west' i.e. in Texas (actually the Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley) as he aims to solve yet another murder mystery.
The Falcon attends the Flamingo Club in NY to discuss business with a female client about her rich ex-husband Tex (Lyle Talbot) when he appears drunk and promptly dies, the victim of a rattlesnake bite. Escaping old foe Inspector Timothy 'check his apartment, check his club, check his girlfriend's apartments' Donovon (Cliff Clark) and following Tex's girlfriend (Carole Gallagher) takes him to 'Texas'. Cue, the clever merging of a traditional murder mystery in a western setting. This includes a stagecoach chase, native Americans (there's a running joke about 'How') and even the Falcon riding horses (who knew he'd be such an expert horseman?). Following him to Texas is Donovon and his dumb-as-an-ox sidekick Detective Bates (Ed Gargan).
Who wants the cattle baron's land? Who's taking potshots at The Falcon? Who's sending a message using a tomahawk and a scalp? Is it the ex-wife (Joan Barclay), the fiancee, his partner Colby (Minor Watson), his lovely daughter (an early appearance by Barbara Hale), his ranch hands, the lawyer or is it someone else? In a little over an hour you will find out.
Again directed by William Clemens, The Falcon Out West, whilst not one of the best in the series, is still an enjoyable and entertaining romp. No 8 of 13*, the performances and the direction are fine although I wish there were more wisecracks (you get more one-liners when whoever's playing Goldie appears).
The Falcon, as played by Tom Conway, is unflappable even when someone's pointing a gun at him or when a 'sophisticated, dangerous' femme-fatale is trying to kill him. If he had a motto it'd be, why run when you can walk or why drink water when you can drink alcohol and he'd do it with a smile and a cigarette pursed between his lips ... or it'd be the line he uses in this, 'there's one thing you can never be sure of, the horses the weather and women.' lol, I think that's why I enjoy them so much.
* I only include the 13 Sanders/Conway mysteries made for RKO.


The Falcon Strikes Back [DVD] [1943]
The Falcon Strikes Back [DVD] [1943]
Dvd ~ Tom Conway
Price: 12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A dangerous enterprise for The Falcon, 1 Sep 2014
For those unaware of Michael Arlen's creation, The Falcon describes himself thus, 'I'm a man who has done many things, a soldier, a gambler, a war correspondent, I have no rheumatism, no patience and no money ... for further information apply to the police'. Asked how he earns a living he replies, 'by engaging in dangerous enterprises.'
Waking with a hangover, The Falcon is ambushed by an attractive, emigre brunette Mia Bruger (Rita Corday) wanting to find her missing brother. Although 'he's give up dames', he unsurprisingly agrees to aid her. Knocked out and framed for the theft of $250,000 in war bonds, he is arrested by suspicious series regular, Inspector Donovan (Cliff Clark) and his dimwitted sidekick Detective Bates (Edward Gargan) who 'always wondered where your money came from'. After escaping the cops, The Falcon decamps to a hotel with Goldie Locke (Cliff Edwards) where he seeks to prove his innocence, catch the killer (amongst the many red herrings) and recover the bonds.
No. 5 (of 13), the Falcon Strikes Back is another solid, thoroughly enjoyable, wryly amusing entry in the long running series of RKO films. Directed by future member of the Hollywood 10 Edward Dmytryk, the cast is rounded out by Richard Loo as The Falcon's manservant, Jane Randolph as a feisty reporter, Edgar Kennedy as a deranged puppeteer and Jean Brooks as a damsel in distress.


The Falcon And The Co-Eds [DVD] [1943]
The Falcon And The Co-Eds [DVD] [1943]
Dvd ~ Tom Conway
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars "Back there in seminary school", 1 Sep 2014
When RKO tired of paying Leslie Charteris for the rights to The Saint they turned instead to Michael Arlen's ostensibly similar character, The Falcon. By 1943 this b-movie series was well on it's way, Tom Conway having taken over from his real life brother George Sanders in The Falcon's Brother (1942). Tom Lawrence aka The Falcon becomes embroiled in the usual murder mystery, this time set in a girl's school (only the locations change in these films) which is more like a stage school (there are a few pleasant musical interludes).
At Bluecliff Seminary, Professor Jameson has been murdered and The Falcon with the help of the Ugh (naturally!) sisters attempts to solve the mystery. Complicating matters are a few suspicious, guilty-looking parties, psychic Marguerite 'she'll put a hex on you' Serena (Rita Corday), the Falcon's cop nemesis Timothy 'I've got a very low class mind' Donovon (Cliff Clark) and his bumbling assistant Detective Bates (the wonderful Edward Gargan). The seventh (of thirteen), this enjoyable, 67 minute, fast-paced romp has some pleasing, outdoor location work (which was unusual for the time), believable sets, brisk direction (from William Clemens) and an adequate script. With the mystery solved The Falcon gets into yet another car with yet another dame and drives into the sunset to solve yet another crime. Look out for Dorothy Malone as one of the nubile schoolgirls.


Exit Wounds
Exit Wounds
Price: 12.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Exit Dolving, enter the Aro, 1 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Exit Wounds (Audio CD)
What do you do when you lose your singer (Peter Dolving), your guitarist (Anders Bjorler) and your drummer (Per Moller Jensen)? Simple. You call on ex members Marco Aro (vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and belt out your most ferocious, brutal, heaviest album since 'One Kill Wonder'. Comparisons with their third album are valid as 'Exit Wounds' shows many similarities particularly it's more extreme, trashy, death-metal sound. Although a few songs sound like they could've come off their best album 'Haunted Made Me Do It' (notably opener 'Cutting Teeth and Eye Of The Storm), for the most part it sounds more like 'One Kill Wonder'. It's certainly The Haunted's best album since 'Revolver' although it isn't as good as their two masterpieces, 'The Haunted' and 'Made Me Do It'. In truth, The Haunted have been treading water for far too long now; their watered down metal-core had become stale and tired-sounding. I for one, welcome the return of Marco Aro and with the addition of the exceptional Erlandsson and impressive rhythm guitarist Ola Englund, the Haunted have received a much needed shot in the arm and made them relevant to the 'metal world' again. Is it worth spending more money for the extra tracks? Not really ... but it comes in a smart looking, collectible digi-pack with a glossy booklet. If you're a fan of the second and third albums or Aro's other band 'The Resistance' then this is essential.


Goon [DVD]
Goon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seann William Scott
Price: 4.51

1.0 out of 5 stars Heard the one about the ice hockey player?, 25 Aug 2014
This review is from: Goon [DVD] (DVD)
Here's the Channel 4 blurb describing this film, 'Comedy. Seann William Scott plays a dull-witted bouncer who is signed to an ice hockey team to protect their star player during games. Bloody violence/very strong language/sex/drugs.' Spot on, if you discount the 'comedy' bit. About as funny as a six inch nail in your foot unless you find smashing someones face in funny or f-words funny or snorting coke off a woman's back funny or homophobic Russians funny or potty-mouthed girl's funny. It's not even comedic violence either - like The Mean Machine (1974) or Slapshot (1977) - it's just violence for violence sakes. It's no wonder the world is such a violent place when this glories in it (even playing Nessum Dorma during the fight scenes). The very strong language will have most people reaching for the off switch (or the sick bucket) after about five minutes of this tedious drivel. Half way through I began to think this movie was attempting to break the swearing record held by Goodfellas (if that's still no 1) such is the amount of it. There isn't even any context to the swearing, just casual profanity strewn all the way through like sh-t through a sewage pipe. A total waste of half-decent actors Scott, Eugene Levy and especially, Liev Schreiber. The blame lies with talent-free-zone Jay Baruchel (actor/writer/producer) although quite how this got off the drawing board is anyone's guess. It not like I'm a prude or anything but this film was actually painful to watch - it took me a few go's over about a week. Awful. It has no redeeming features. One of the worst films I've ever seen ... Baruchel would probably take that as a compliment.


Zeke/Peter Pan Speedrock
Zeke/Peter Pan Speedrock
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Speedrockers, 25 July 2014
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Thrashy, face-melting, prolapse-inducing, gut-wrenching, bone-crushing, brain-concussing punk 'n' roll from two of it's most able modern practitioners on one disc! First up, Seattle based band Zeke with six songs including a blistering version of Ted Nugent classic 'Wang Dang' (Sweet Poontang) that's like sh*t off a shovel. Second up, Orangemen Peter Pan Speedrock with the next five, one of which is a rip-roaring cover of Butthole Surfers' 'Who Was In My Room Last Night'. The Zeke songs are slightly better but there's not much in it. There's original stuff on here too so it's not all covers. If you're a fan already you'll know what they're like, if you're not ... think of Motorhead on speed (or more speed than normal).


Yesterdays
Yesterdays
Price: 11.47

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4.0 out of 5 stars Out with the new, in with the old, 14 July 2014
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This review is from: Yesterdays (Audio CD)
New/old album from Hermosa Beach punk veterans Pennywise, re-united with original vocalist Jim Lindberg for the first time since 2009. As the title, 'Yesterdays' implies, these 11 songs are updated old material/demos, many written by deceased former bassist Jason Matthew Thirsk. 'Yesterdays' is closest in sound to their earliest material, in particular, 'Wild Card/A Word From The Wise', debut album 'Pennywise' and second album 'Unknown Road'. So, if you're looking for a PW album that sounds like 'All Or Nothing' then you better look elsewhere. It's still Pennywise but it's an early Pennywise that still proudly wear their old-school punk influences on their sleeve. It'll do while we're waiting for the next 'genuine' Pennywise album.


Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life
Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life
Price: 7.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Dio: a tribute, 7 July 2014
Tribute albums tend to be a bit of a mixed bag - the good followed by the bad, the average and the great - in truth, some songs can get absolutely murdered; taken into a dark alley and shot (see the Guns n Roses 'tribute' or the Metallica punk 'tribute'). Happily, this is not the case with this appreciation of the late, great, Ronnie James Dio, the sales of which go to the 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund'. This memorial CD shows just how well regarded Dio was in the music industry, I mean, where else could you get Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister, Joey Belladonna, James Hetfield or Klaus Meine? Musically, this album is fairly faithful to the original versions which means that the singers - Jack Black, Biff Byford, Cory Taylor, Doro Pesch, Lindsey Hale, Howard Jones et al are left to put their personal stamp on the songs they cover. No one has a voice quite like Ronnie but some of the covers come very close to greatness especially Anthrax on 'Neon Nights' (the best song on the album), Adrenaline Mob on 'The Mob Rules', Halestorm on 'Straight Through The Heart' and the much played 'Holy Diver' by Killswitch Engage. Even Jack Black's version of 'the Last In Line' is fantastic mainly because he drops the silliness for once and faithfully belts out another Dio masterpiece. Things come slightly unstuck with 'Catch The Rainbow' and 'The Man on The Silver Mountain' before the epic 9 minute Metallica medley and the hauntingly beautiful, piano driven ballad, 'This Is Your Life'.
I remember like it was yesterday when I picked up my first Dio album from the local record shop ... it was missing it's sleeve and was therefore being sold cheap. It was 1987, I was still at school and it was 'The Last In Line'. I've had a soft spot for that album ever since and it's great to hear Jack Black, Doro and Corey Taylor tear through those classics like Ronnie did all those years ago.


Harry Black And The Tiger [DVD] [1958]
Harry Black And The Tiger [DVD] [1958]
Dvd ~ Stewart Granger
Price: 12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Tiger, tiger, burning bright, 2 July 2014
Part action/adventure, part melodrama, part love-story (even part POW drama), as one-legged hunter Harry Black (Stewart Granger) and loyal associate Bapu (I.S. Johar) track the man eating tiger of the title. Things are complicated by the meeting of Harry with Desmond and Christian Tanner (Anthony Steel and Barbara Rush), a couple who Harry has previous with - Desmond is, in part, responsible for Harry losing his leg while Christian and Harry are in love with one another. Will Harry kill the tiger and give the skin to Desmond's son, will Harry and Christian ride into the sunset together ... buy it to find out (or do as I did and order it through Love-Film). There are a few minor quibbles - the day-for-night shots and the cloddish back projection on vehicles, common for the era ... and the tiger itself isn't especially frightening although the speeded-up footage before the tiger attacks is effective enough. In the main though this is excellently directed by Argentinian Hugo Fregonese on location in the forests of India. Naturally, there are dashes of local colour and animal footage deemed a requisite of all films made in India or Africa at the time although Fregonese (mercifully) keeps it to a minimum focusing instead on the love triangle between Harry, Christian and Desmond. Terrific performances all round especially from Rush, Granger and Johar. 6.5 out of 10. The bonus material is merely trailers for various crappy 50/60/70's 'Best of British' films (i.e. 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' - no not that one, the Spanish one with Kenneth More, 'The Body Stealers', 'Meet Mr Malcolm', 'The Harassed Hero' - spelled wrong on the menu, 'The Night Won't Talk', 'The Seekers' and 'The Three Steps in the Dark') although strangely there is no trailer for the actual film on the disc. I didn't think this Odeon print was too bad and if the picture is undefined or dark it's probably due to the many day-for-night shots. It's not Blu-ray quality, just remember that. No subtitles.


We Want Blood
We Want Blood
Offered by positivenoise
Price: 8.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Crank up the Speedrock, 27 Jun 2014
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This review is from: We Want Blood (Audio CD)
Straight outta Eindhoven, Holland, this Dutch three-piece play a fast rock 'n' roll or punk 'n' roll if you will, similar to Seattle-based band Zeke (who they recorded a split CD with). Speedrock ... they are therefore aptly named. This is their 8th full length, rammed with punchy, uptempo, occasionally frenetic, highly energetic rock tunes like opener 'We Want Blood', 'Goin' Downtown' and single 'Crank Up The Everything' (check out the imaginative video). Put the CD on, turn it up, open your windows and blast it out into the street ... your neighbours won't thank you for it but it'll make you feel reeeeal good. For fans of the aforementioned Zeke, Winnebago Deal, Nashville Pussy, Danko Jones, Motorhead ... basically anyone who's ever supported Motorhead apart from Saxon.


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