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Ben Folds Live
Ben Folds Live
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old classic Elton John meeting Sex Pistols and singing James Taylor's lyrics. A fantastic live album, 5 Oct. 2015
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A live album masterpiece. Never heard about this guy before I read a review about this album and decided to buy it just by trust.
I found out this wonderful entertainer who plays with the energy of a rockstar and the class of a swinging pianist. It's like classic Elton John meeting Sex Pistols, with a touch of classy intimate Seventies songwriter.
Right from the opening song (One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces) you can feel the vibration and the fine touch of a totally unsual talent, who mixes jazz, chamber music and rock, but with the added value, here, of a solo acustic performance, which makes it sound even better and more genuine.
Then listen to the harmonies of Silver Street and the beginning of Jane (that sound like a Keith Jarret or a Pat Metheny piano composition), and then enjoy the sudden ragtime twist right in the middle of Army.
The best part of this wondeful album are, to me, the more complex and not sing-along tracks, where he can explode his musical talent and also surprise the audience with uncommon chords and lyrics.
Yeah, of course, the lyrics: most of his songs are the perfect conjunction of music, execution, singing performance and words. Little stories from the past, the youth, and the hidden corners of abandoned houses.
One of the few great and last albums of the new Millennium

Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A big bag full of music, 5 Oct. 2015
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A remarkable and sometimes genius album.
God only knows and Wouldn't it be nice are not just the hits of the album but probably the most complete and resolved songs, while the rest is quite experimental.
It must bought along with Smiley Smile and all the stuff they made in the second half of their career (late sixties).
It contains a lot of ideas, tests, rehearsal and mixed sounds that partially anticipate and follow Beatles' mature era but also sound like a flowing collection of music.
More than an album made of songs, Pet Sounds is a big bag full of music

Psycho - 50th Anniversary Special Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1960] [Region Free]
Psycho - 50th Anniversary Special Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1960] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Alfred Hitchcock

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revolutionary film that reveals its charm the more you watch it, 5 Oct. 2015
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Presented on an excellent blu ray edition, this film is maybe disorienting for a contemporary audience because, although it is scary and disturbing, it relies on a genius script structure that needs maybe a second vision to be fully appreciated.
In fact, the great Hitch does two quite revolutionary things:
1) there is almost no music throughout the film, which is quite unusual considering how important music is in a thriller
2) the story is basically split in 2 different parts: the crime and the detection about it (I won't say more had you not watched it yet).

As for the rest, there is not much to add (or maybe too much), except that, after 50 years, I've not found a thriller so unique and masterful in the way it plays with cinema and thriller rules.

Being Human - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Being Human - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Russell Tovey
Price: £14.73

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another excellent BBC show, but a real productive and storytelling stroke of genius, 5 Oct. 2015
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What a nice surprise this series! I could not take my eyes off the screen until the end of season 3, for how brilliant, engaging and well-scripted it is.
Being Human is not just another excellent BBC show, but a true proof of their successful approach to tv: a series that has been exported and even remade abroad (although I did not even try to watch the american version) and that was conceived, from a production point of view, to expand the tv industry beyond London: in fact, every season is set in a different town and county, in order to allow local professionals to participate.
And, from a narrative point of view, they've always found the right solution to make this itinerant story make sense.
But let's start from the beginning: the launching promo says "A vampire, a ghost and a werewolf. Living together. In Bristol". And that's it. This is enough to make a subject interesting. But not enough for the authors and producers, who gave turned it into a brilliant story of gore, action, thriller and existential approach to life, both with irony and drama. Because who's better than three characters like them to make you really feel all the colors and flavors of real life, since they cannot live it like us anymore?
Watch it at least until the end of season 3. Then the story changes and, in my opinion, loses a big lot of its charm.

Wallace And Gromit The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Wallace And Gromit The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Peter Sallis
Price: £7.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pixar for Plasticine. A great opportunity to discover their magical world. Excellent blu ray and interesting extras., 5 Oct. 2015
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This is all you need to have apart from the Curse of the WereRabbit and the blu ray edition of their shorts.
You have their oscar winning gems that will project you in their delicious world, made with an unparalleled craft and creativity and a unique touch of innocence and surreal evil.
Aardman is the Pixar of Plasticine, both in terms of visual ideas, storytelling and ability to create a whole world where everyday stories mix with adventure and can be totally enjoyed by both kids and adult.
Maybe they are even more talented than pixar, since, as in the best British tradition, they do not need exceptional and extraordinary adventures and situations to entertain and make you think.
Because, after all, we are talking about a guy with a dog and his neighborhood...
Blu ray is truly great and extra, although you would want more after watching those masterpieces, give you a good insight about how they did magical stuff like that.
I hope that, once you get to know them, you will also buy the others and find out about Shaun the Sheep and other great stuff they did

The Innocents (Blu-ray) [1961]
The Innocents (Blu-ray) [1961]
Dvd ~ Jack Clayton
Price: £9.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best (horror) films ever made, even better than Henry James book. On a fantastic blu ray, 5 Oct. 2015
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THis is maybe the greatest horror ever done along with Shining, which it shares a lot of things with, starting from the oppressing and almost living house and the constant confusion between imagination and reality.
A horror that is mostly (and very finely) suggested and not shown ( you can't tell if the protagonist is crazy or is being driven crazy) and that probably achieve that sense of immaterial and whispered sense of fear even better and more than the original book itself.
From an incredibly talented director who did not make other relevant films afterwards.
But this was enough to grant him a place among the greatest.
Blu ray is truly excellent and extra are really interesting and enlightening

American Graffiti [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
American Graffiti [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Ron Howard
Price: £6.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucas most personal film, cinematographically splendid. Blu ray is good but not so much as the film, 4 Oct. 2015
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Lucas least celebrated but to me maybe best film: it is a very original representation of youth through the filter of memories and the vision of a young director who see, in that little town, on that main street and exactly on that moment of (his) life a crossroad not just of feelings, characters and stories, but almost a fantastic metaphoric place where all his cinema meet: light of clubs and cars at night look like those of spaceships in Star Wars, Harrison Ford is like Han Solo temporarily landed on earth and dressed like a mythical guy with no name that simply runs up and down the town, while his car tag is THX1138, exactly like his fist film.
American Graffiti seems to smartly captivate the audience with easy going atmosphere, innocent gags and popular pop music, but it is a bittersweet dream of something that has already happened and, when you are young, do not know if and how it is going to happen: the uncertainty of future and life, the feeling of youth passing by and already expiring.
Shot and directed with a mix of documentary style, acting improvisation and yet also a great care for details and audio (splendid) and visual impressions (director of photography is the great Haskel Wexler), American Graffiti is a true and genuine masterpiece, exactly like young Richard Dreyfuss face.

Detective Dee - Mystery Of The Phantom Flame [Blu-ray]
Detective Dee - Mystery Of The Phantom Flame [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Andy Lau
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Price: £2.94

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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Tsui Hark film in years, 4 Oct. 2015
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One of Tsui HArk best films and definitely his best in years.
Here Hark seems to have found a second youth and his original touch: a visionary creativity that is so well balanced with an excellent plot and storytelling, introducing a worthy chinese version of Sherlock HOlmes in a story that talks about power, lies, cheating on and controlling people through threat, fear and propaganda.
So even a subtly political film, dipped into a fantastic entertainment where his style and visual effects play a remarkable role in the final excellent result.
Blu ray is almost perfect

Don't Look Now (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [1973]
Don't Look Now (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [1973]
Dvd ~ Donald Sutherland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roeg's best film, one of horror top titles and a cinematographic masterpiece, 4 Oct. 2015
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A unique horror masterpiece and to me the best film by Nicolas Roeg. The one (and maybe only) where he fully express his talent in a original yet totally consistent way (unlike most times when he too often and too quickly dip his films down into a confused and self-referred narration).
This film has some great brilliant ideas, the main one being that of setting it in Venice, in a seventies autumn/winter Venice that look bleak, mysterious, decadent and nightmarish like old wall and furniture.
A drama that turns into a thriller and then into a methaphysical spiral of horror, with 2 great actors, a bunch of bizarre characters, lots of moments that scare and disturb even when they are not strange in themselves, due to the way they are show and edited.
See the love scene, an unparalleled example that Soderbergh tried to remake in Out of sight, intecutting flashback and flashforward, but without the real sense that Roeg editing (who he took care personally, and it shows since an editor would have never cut a film like he did) conveyed: a mental dimension where time and space coordinates just go in pieces and mix up with one another.
This directing style is what makes this film even more mysterious and at the same time consistent than just an intriguing and paradoxical story: Don't look now is therefore the result of a vision, both cinematographic and existential. And this is what makes it an even scarier horror and a more precious film. One of the best the Seventies brought us.
The blu ray is pretty good and does not manipulate the original grainy and almost wet photography. but manages to maintain it as best as it can.

The Leopard [Blu-ray] [1963]
The Leopard [Blu-ray] [1963]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster
Price: £9.40

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4.0 out of 5 stars The traditional power and the power of tradition. One of Visconti's Masterpieces, 4 Oct. 2015
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Maybe the most famous yet not the most beautiful of his Visconti's masterpieces. Yet still one of them. The Leopard is based on a great book that in Italy is still considered not only a fundamental text to understand what went wrong with Italian war of Indipendence, but also to understand how the traditional power and the power of the tradition can survive to change just exploiting it, in order to stay on top of the situation.
Maybe you could apply this idea on what happened in the States (and not only there) after the 60ies revolution, and find an explanation on how nothing really changed.
Visconti is an enlightened aristocratic intellectual, who looks down at his people, his country and his class misery, with a sense of decadence that is that of his class going down but also that of the new Nation losing immediately any fresh energy brought by the war for justice and independence: because, after all the bloodshed, nothing will really change.
He manages to balance personal and intimate stories with History and Destiny inevitably unfolding and stepping over family relationship and private feelings. But he does not succeed in it in the same amazing way he did with his absolute masterpiece "Senso".
Still this is a great film and one of those blockbuster that Italian were able to make without lowering too much the artistic side and the political views behind them (see also 1900 or Once upon a time in the West).
The blu ray is really good, although now there is a new italian edition directly transfered in 4k from the newly restored film, so maybe that should be even better than this one.
And it also includes a very nice documentary about the producer behind the film (and many others), directed by Oscar winning Giuseppe Tornatore (New Cinema Paradiso)

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