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Bless The Child [DVD] [2001]
Bless The Child [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Kim Basinger
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.42

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Battle Between Good And Evil, 28 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Bless The Child [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Not too disimiliar to the Omen, where it was evil against good in the shape of Damien Thorne the antichrist, Bless The Child, sees the child being Cody a special child, the second coming representing all things good, against the evil, which is off course Satan.
The film opens with ordinary, practical, Maggie O' Connor played superbly by Kim Basinger, when she is visited by her wayward sister Jenna (Angela Bettis). Maggie soon finds out that with her Jenna has brought two shocking revelations. The first being nine day old Cody, the second more horrifying is that her younger sister is a drug addict. Jenna is quick to leave, leaving baby Cody with her older sister.
Six years later, after finding out the child is special and far from being autistic she is placed in a special catholic school. Maggie plays the doting mother and treats the child as her own, that is, until her real mother returns and wants her child back. Only this time she has with her Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell) who plays a charming, yet manipulative step-father. However there is more than meets the eye with this man who is the face behind the popular New Age popular cult.
The police meanwhile have their hands filled with a spate of child abductions and it seems like the cult is behind it. Especially when all the children are aged six and born on the same date. An FBI specialist in occult-related crimes is called in and together he and Maggie face a battle against time to stop Stark and his followers, the time being Easter Eve to save Cody's life.
Maggie first meets the FBI agent when one of the cult members turns up in hospital where Maggie works and she finds out where her sister is. She arranges to meet her and is given Stark's address. However Stark has sent his cohorts after her and she is hunted down and slaughtered. The police think at first Maggie is mad, especially when the girls body is not found. But the FBI agent knows better and knows exactly who Stark is and what he represents, unfortunately the police are powerless to touch him as Stark is fully protected from all sides.
Following the words of the bible, when the the three wise men sought out Herod to find the new child, the new king. Herod sets out to kill all the new baby boys born on that day. 'Slaughter of the Innocents' as it was written, Stark's cult reinacts the same ritual to find the 'second coming' child sent from God to either turn her over to Satan or to kill her.
Stark stops at nothing to turn Cody to his master, Satan. And Maggie is up against the forces of evil, but finds unexpected help in 'guardian angels' who are on hand throughout the film. As well as the catholic nuns who realise the girl has special powers and who she is, and know exactly what danger she is in. But will the power of prayer help both Maggie and Cody?
As the film climaxes the power of evil seems to have won again, the odds are heavily stacked against the power of good, but even something as powerful and mighty as evil is not indestructable.
The film also reminded me of the Golden Child, where Charles Dance played Satan and tried to turn the child of good into evil and Eddie Murphy placed the unlikely child's protector.
If you like this sort of film, then I strongly recommend you watch it. The enjoyable bits for me was the guardian angels popping up along the way to help Maggie when she needed it most. Including a breath-taking scene when Stark first tries to kill her. Which begs the question are there really guardian angels around us? Protecting us, watching over us? No one knows.
Only Kim Basinger is known to me from the cast list of the film, however the other actors fitted in well and Rufus Sewell plays Stark with finesse and truly realistically as the suave, mysterious man who suddenly turns up in Jenna's life.
It also represents the true light and horrific dangers cults have on the weak and the innocent. Even in todays society there are cults, some maybe dormant, but cults however you describe them represent only one word 'evil' and do NOT belong in society.
It isn't hard to realise that this film was an Academy Award Winning film back in 1997. The film also stars Christina Ricci and Ian Holm.
The film lasts 103 mins and rated certificate 15
The horror scenes are minimal and this is more a thriller than a horror, although it does help to have someone to snuggle up to on the sofa!
The DVD's special features: Commentary by Chuck Russell (Director) and Joel Hynek (Visual Effects Supervisor), Interviews, TV spots, Interactive Menus, Scene Access and Trailer
Remember evil is all around us in all shapes and sizes, but don't have nightmares....

Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £10.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost In The Aztecs, 28 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)
Aztec Camera to most would take a back seat in their cd collection, and if asked would only be able to name at best two of their songs. Although they produced some gems which would knock spots of the so called music they produce in today's music market. Ok, so I am biased when it comes to the eighties, but I feel that Aztec Camera need to get some further acclaim as I review one of their more well-known albums and that is 'Love' For those who are diving for their cd collections, it's the cd cover with the picture of the horses on a carousel.
A little history about Aztec Camera, well they were formed back in 1980 by Roddy Frame and were a Scottish group that originated from East Kilbride. But you'd hardly notice the Scottish accent coming through on the songs, the lead singer has a powerful, enhancing voice which will have you crooning away to!
The other members are Campbell Owens (bass) and Dave Mulholland (drums) and David Ruffy, Bernie Clarke (keyboards) They were signed to Rough Trade Records when they moved to London in 1982. The album Love was released back in 1987, unbeliveably, some sixteen years ago now. Which featured two UK hit singles How Men Are reaching number twenty five in the charts and the well-known song Somewhere In My Heart reaching number three. Whilst the album itself climbed to number ten in the UK album chart list.
Their first album was Highland Hard Rain in 1983. The band toured Europe and America and later on in 1984/85 touring the world
1984 saw their second album 'Knife" then in 1987 'Love'
The album was a small one, with just nine songs, but most if not all ballads, whereas Somewhere in my heart would be the most well-known hit on the album, the others are well worth a listen to and easy to sing or croon along to!
Deep & Wide and Tall
The first of the many ballads of the album, starts off the love album, a song dedicated to 'my girl', a clearly romantic song, with simple but great catchy lyrics, most of the songs are slow and slushy!
How Men Are
Probably the second most popular hit after Somewhere in my heart, the song starts off 'It's called love…' once again powerful lyrics: why should it take the tears of a woman to see how men are? Very true and ultimately slushy! Overall a mellow song with great background music
Everybody Is A Number One
Bouncy intro to this song. That day will come whenever, everybody is a number one…. Jumpy and bouncy track and will definitely have you singing along to it!
More Than A Law
This is a very slow ballad, great intro to it 'we make love in the face of it all, feel the freedom and the purity' definitely some powerful, thought provoking lyrics.
Somewhere In My Heart
This one is on everyone's lips, as soon as you mention Aztec Camera, and reaching number three in the charts it isn't hard to understand why! A brilliant love song, that left its trail on the music world. Very very catchy and the lyrics, oh so potent… 'Somewhere in my heart there is a star that shines for you!'
Working In A Goldmine
This track strikes me a sad song 'our love's the sound of broken skies' listen carefully to the lyrics on this one, as the background music is faint, one of the slowest ballads on the album, ideal for lying in your lovers arms! Now who's been slushy!
One And One
Another jumpy, bouncy little number 'when I close my eyes to trouble, baby I see you' oh so catchy and you need to listen to it to appreciate the true power of the lyrics.
'I've been searching seems like so long for perfection in a world made wrong' a nice slushy little number, which foretells Paradise: a million miles away! As you close your eyes to this track, you feel you are taken a million miles away along with your lover.
Killermont Street
'Drink a drink to before and our memories spill…. A very slow ballad, where you need to listen to the lyrics as the music plays faintly in the background. As the album draws to a close, it finishes off on a slow sad song, but by then you and your lover have fallen asleep in each others arms!
Whispers: Thanks for reading!

Sleepers [DVD] [1997]
Sleepers [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £10.01

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Boys Don't Cry, 28 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Sleepers [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
In a place called Hell's Kitchen in an infamous New York City neighbourhood you will find a lasting and close friendship, a deep and meaningful friendship between four boys, Mike, Lorenzo, John and Tommy where everything is shared and dared! But one day a dare goes horribly horribly wrong and the boys are sent to a reformatory school and there, their troubles only just begun.
The story is set in the 1960's where corruption is rife and gangs rule. The priest played throughout by the magnificent and talented Robert De Niro who is the mentor for the boys and tries to keep them out of trouble. But no one can predict that fateful day when all four boys are sent down for their prank.
Kevin Bacon plays Noakes the evil warden and torturer who puts the four kids of Hells Kitchen through years of abuse both mental and physical, along with three cohorts. Scars that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Each suffer for their entire sentence under the hands of Noakes, each pledge to forget and not talk about what is happening. Who would believe them?
Over ten years later, Michael has become a lawyer, Lorenzo a journalist and John and Tommy become killers for the mob. One day in a downtown restaurant, John and Tommy come across Noakes eating alone. They seek revenge and gun him down.
With the help of Michael (Brad Pitt) and Lorenzo, (Jason Patric) the two seek revenge on the other three guards by a sensational court case. With Hell's Kitchen Gang Leader King Bobby on their side as well as the Priest who has to deal with his faith and deciding where his true loyalty lies. But does he hold the key in getting both John and Tommy off the murder charge?
Versatile Dustin Hoffman plays a sublime role as the defence lawyer, Snyder, a washed up drunkard and coke user, who is exactly what Mike wants in his plan to bring a not guilty charge on his two old friends.
The film is an all star cast, Brad Pitt is amazing as the lawyer Michael and not forgetting Minnie Driver who plays Carol, who was Michael's girlfriend.
The four friends join up one last time in different circumstances to make the wardens pay for what they took away, their innocence and for the horrendous nightly abuse.
The story is true which makes it more horrific and harrowing will have you reaching for your tissues.
The film is 18, which is fully understandable, as some of the scenes can be graphic and violent, but is the integral part of the film to make you realise what the boys went through and why revenge was fully justified.
The film is based on the book by Lorenzo Carcaterra and is more explicit
The film is well worth watching, if just for the brilliant performances of Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt. I have watched the film twice and could watch it again. It will have you rooted to the sofa and totally enthralled.
You couldn't say the film is predictable and it hits home when the abuse is real life and unlike most films this one does not have a happy ending, but you'll have to watch it and see!

The Beach [VHS] [2000]
The Beach [VHS] [2000]
Offered by dyerwilliams
Price: £4.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If Paradise Is Half As Nice, 28 Sept. 2003
This review is from: The Beach [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
Imagine a paradise, an idyllic island, which promises the adventurer who, has been fortunate enough to know about the 'island' the perfect life and what's more the perfect beach. Richard (Di Caprio) along with two newfound friends is given this secret and together they travel to this island of paradise.
But the journey brings surprises not always so ideal and heavenly. As this Garden of Eden has it's own snakes. A small community finds that paradise isn't that nice.
The Beach is a spectacular film, and a role, which Leonardo Di Caprio takes on with brilliance and authenticity. For those who are Di Caprio fans will enjoy seeing him running around mostly naked during the film. Along with drugged up Robert Carlyle who plays Bugs who lets Richard in on his little secret. A map, which will take Richard and his friends on the epic adventure that, may have little returns.
The Beach Soundtrack 'Pure Shores' is a haunting theme tune by the group All Saints
The book 'The Beach' is by Alex Garland
Would you risk your life for a slice of paradise?
The film lasts 115 minutes
Rated 15
Sex: Moderate
Swearing: High
Violence: High
Horror: Moderate

Glory Glamour & Gold
Glory Glamour & Gold

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Swedish Sensation, 16 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Glory Glamour & Gold (Audio CD)
The swedes are back, the group originally formed in 1987, bring out Glory Glamour And Gold back in 1994. With powerful, potent lyrics the songs reflect 'love' most of the tracks are ballads, the cd comes with song lyrics so you can sing or croon along to! Whatever takes your fancy. Most of the songs are bouncy, uplifting and meaningful. Guaranteed to get your feet a tapping.
There are thirteen tracks on this album:
Hurrah Hurrah Apocalypse, Sexual Revolution, Stand Up For Myself, Lit De Parade (Video Edit), Life Is Fantastic, Mr Battyman, C'est Demon, Shine Like A Star, You've Come A Long Way Baby, Ballrooms Of Versailles, Dub Evolution, Like A Virgin Sacrificed and Lit De Parade (Radio Edit)
I strongly recommend this album, I'll guarantee you'll be singing along to it in no time at all. You'll love the lyrics. You can keep the girly and boy manufactured bands. Give me Army Of Lovers anyday, a band full of talent and uniqueness.

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