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Sick Boy [DVD]
Sick Boy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Skye McCole Bartusiak
Price: £9.81

2.0 out of 5 stars Just another zombie film that is embarassed to admit it, 21 July 2014
This review is from: Sick Boy [DVD] (DVD)
At a guess there have been 1,000 zombie films in the past decade, with about 1% of these being any good. So it should come as no surprise that the makers of Sick Boy have tried to disguise the fact that their film is in fact not a zombie flick. Sadly that isn't the case. Much like Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, the directors want to say their victims were bitten by an animal or got a viral infection in the tropics, then changed. All good and well, but try have them not die on us first unless you want the zombie tag.

That's one big mislead out the way, the other is the poster and title itself, Sick Boy. Really should be called Sick Family, and that's it I won't give away too much more of a thin plot at that. The story concerns a woman who needs a job, and gets one babysitting, sick boy. There are rules like don't disturb sick boy and you'll get $300 per night for watching TV. Sounds like a fair deal. But of course woman gets fed up of TV and 300 dollars a night and decides to go and check on sick boy. Chaos ensues. This one is a bit of a rotter, that gets worse as the film goes on. The climax is highly unsatisfying. One bright spark is the lead actress played by Skye McCole Bartusiak, who at least holds the film together, enough for us to register some interest for its short 80 min running time.


Street Trash [DVD] [1986]
Street Trash [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Mike Lackey
Price: £6.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Trashtastic!, 18 July 2014
This review is from: Street Trash [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
For what it is, Street Trash is five stars all the way. Exploitation fans will get ALL their money's worth here. Grisly slimy deaths, strange characters, necrophilia, comedy, even a flying genital. Street Trash comes right from the streets of grimy dirty sleazy New York City in the 80s, and happily will invade your DVD machine with joy.

The movie is about drunks and homeless people who stumble on a new cheap drink for a buck. Only there's a catch.... Once you sip the drink you melt away in a painstaking kind of way. As a subplot we have a man who thinks he car lot is Vietnam, and a cop beating up anyone who gets in his way in search of a missing woman.

It's bizarre at times disgusting at times hilarious, but Street Trash entertains big time. The doc included on disc 2 is incredible. We're talking 2 hours worth of interviews. One of the best docs Arrow has ever put together.

A great film from yesteryear.


Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey
Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey
by Evander Holyfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.46

3.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal?, 18 July 2014
Growing up Evander Holyfield was one of my favourite boxers. His 3 legendary fights with Riddick Bowe were the best heavyweight fights since the days of Ali. So it was disappointing given that Holyfield doesn't go into more depth with those. This book isn't too bad, but details are missing that a boxing fan would love. Saying that some fights and build up seem to go on forever, a little overkill perhaps.

You get the feeling that Holyfield isn't such a bad guy, but is very naive. The millions he has lost through investments is staggering. You also feel he has been taken for a ride by a fair few women after his money.

All in all it's a decent bio. But was expecting more.


Total Recall
Total Recall
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

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3.0 out of 5 stars You can't help thinking he's holding back, 17 July 2014
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This review is from: Total Recall (Paperback)
You wonder at times how much Arnold Schwarzenegger has actualy written in this book, Total Recall, Arnie's autobiography. Because some of his pin point details do not speak truthfully of a man, who usually struggles to talk about his older movies that he was in. You see Arnie has always come across as a marketing machine and not much else. Once a movie is done it's onto the other. Witness his commentary on the movie Total Recall. Whilst director Paul Verhoeven knows every knook and cranny of the sci fi blockbuster, Arnie chimes in with "exactly" roughly every thirty seconds and he got paid a six figure salary for that. This book feels along those lines, and you can tell that the 'ghost' writer had much say into how the book looked.

Having said that the first hundred pages or so are genuinely interesting, as we learn about Arnies family, his poverty, his disiplinarian father and his humble upbringings. He can also make you laugh once in a while, and I particulary enjoyed his first jobs at a gym and as a labourer. These stories did seem to come from the heart.

The problem most fans will agree on though is that the book doesn't go into much detail about Arnies classic films from the 80s. Admittingly you could argue that The Running Man wasn't one of them, but dedicating just two paragraphs for the film which only whine about the choice of director just isn't good enough. But even his most distinguished films don't get the treatment they deserve. He should have had a chapters dedicated to The Terminator movies, Predator and Total Recall. Don't expect that here.

Some people grew a little tired over his political chapters. But given that he has always been into politics and did spend the best part of a decade as a Governor, I don't think there can be many complaints there.

Schwarzenegger has a 'can do' attitude which he likes to rifle home. He only argues for his side and no one else's and this may be jarring for some readers. Oh and having a whole page dedicated on how annoying he finds it when he sees lights switched on in an empty room is frustrating given the lack of details on his films. All in all fans will find something here and should give it a go. For everyone else this may well be a yawn.
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Alice in Chains - Live Facelift [VHS]
Alice in Chains - Live Facelift [VHS]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars AIC in their prime., 7 Jun 2014
This video was filmed at The Moore Theatre in Seattle in December, 1990- the real pinnacle and rawness of AIC is here for all to see. Pearl Jam actually opened up for them at this show.

It's a classic and filmed in black and white. The highlight is easy, LOVE HATE LOVE. So good to see a healthy Layne Staley here before the drugs kicked in.

Only disappointment will be that the show is cut a little and is quite short, video also comes with music videos for Man in the Box and Sea of Sorrow. Great stuff.


Grind
Grind
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £5.84

3.0 out of 5 stars The first single sums up difficult third album., 3 Jun 2014
This review is from: Grind (Audio CD)
Grind was the first single taken from Alice in Chains long awaited 3rd album. It was always going to be difficult to follow the masterpiece that was Dirt, and so followed proof. Grind is a crunching number that even 20 years down the line and without Layne Staley has rarely been played live.

The song infact is a Cantrell number, with Staley providing backing vocals. It is, as you would expect downbeat and downhearted stuff- the video is interesting though- and there is a nice middle 8 in here. However take the crunching guitars away and this really is second rate stuff especially from such a powerhouse band as AIC. Died and Get Born Again were superior tracks, which was nice given that they followed 3 years later, and proved at least that AIC still had some of the old magic left.


Tj Hooker: Complete First & Second Seasons [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tj Hooker: Complete First & Second Seasons [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ William Shatner

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4.0 out of 5 stars You really had to grow up with this to appreciate it., 26 May 2014
TJ Hooker was never the best 80s kids TV show, that title certainly belongs to Knight Rider and The A Team. However there is a certain nostalgic love for this one. The acting isn't that great, I mean Shatner shines, and he was never that good. However he's always had charisma, and has always been watchable. He makes Great, bad, but bad good if that makes sense.

I think you really had to grow up with this to like this set. I mean can you imagine a kid now going from The Wire to this? Come on. For us thirtysomethings, you won't be watching the show gripped, if you do then you need help. But you will be watching with a smile planted on your face, there are many unintentional funny moments and actually there is something akin to a fuzzy warmth about the show, there really is. For our generation it's great to stick this on, on a chilly late night and enjoy the LA sunshine, and what LA was like in the 80s- most of the show is always shot on location.

Helping Shatner is Adrian Zmed, Heather Locklear (every kids first crush) and Richard Herd who looks like in every scene that he is refraining himself from bursting out laughing.

This isn't great TV, but I suppose it is classic TV. And it's way better than Streethawk, Manimal and Automan- there is a reason that TJ Hooker went 5 seasons you know.

Beware of the Region 1- its missing 2 episodes from Disc 6- there just not there. Nevermind because only 2 seasons are officially available anyway, 3, 4 and 5 will probably never see the light of day one suspects.


Breaking Bad - Season 2 [DVD]
Breaking Bad - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: £8.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable and very funny., 24 May 2014
I won't jump on the bandwagon just yet and claim like so many others do that Breaking Bad is the best TV show ever. I mean that is quite a statement, and its been proven time and again that when you make such bold statements you usually fall flat on your face six months later when the next best TV show appears from out of nowhere.

But put quite simply Breaking Bad is an excellent easy five stars TV show. Full of interesting characters, show spins, great dialogue and very comedic moments especially between Walter and Jesse. The show must be applauded for its ingenious writing.

There are of course some problems with Season 2. Sometimes the episodes feel like they are repeating. As follows: Walter and Jesse start cooking, problems arise, they stop, they sell they get cash. Wash rinse and dry and start over again. Also Jesse and his new found girlfriends relationship drags to the point of boredom, however there is a massive pay off in the episode Phoenix.

Better Call Saul is one of the best episodes on this season, where we are introduced to bent lawyer Saul Goodman, who injects even more charactization into the show. Walters new partner who runs a chicken shop seems like one cool character and hopefully his story is fleshed out more in Season 3. Most episodes are very good, but the season finale, ABQ is quite terrific and probably the best episode to date.

Another excellent season.


Tales From the Crypt: Complete Sixth Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tales From the Crypt: Complete Sixth Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ John Kassir
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £14.65

3.0 out of 5 stars Despite some memorable episodes this is a poor season for Crypt standards., 22 May 2014
It's common knowledge amongst Crypt fans that the shows final two seasons struggled to maintain the early momentum. And though I have yet to review the final season, its penultimate one isn't too clever.

From a technical stand point quality of picture is a huge improvement compared to for example seasons 3 and 4. There are a wealth of quality actors and directors who always seemed more than happy to queue up to be on the show. And though it certainly had its lows, it also had many highs. Hindsight is a great thing- for had a few episodes been cut here and there, the consistancy of the show would have ranked it as one of the best pound for pound shows ever on television. Despite that Crypt is certainly one of the most important horror shows that aired, and no one will ever forget the funny crypt keeper. Onto the episodes:

The first few episodes are very dreamy and surreal almost like Freddy's Nightmares but done with more style. Catherine O'Hara is terrific in a stand out episode, that feels like a 'fever' in Let the Punishment Fit the Crime. Only Skin Deep is a nice haunting tale about a woman's mask, that works well. Whirlpool doesn't seem to get much love, but I liked it, it worked well. So does Opearation Friendship, that has a very thin plot but good acting and a decent script more than make up for it.

Revenge of the Nuts is taken from the Amicus last segment in their 1970s movie Tales From the Crypt- here we see residents of a blind home taking their revenge on a man who rules them with an iron fist. The Bribe is another decent episode, with a tasty ending. So all is not bad, some good episodes here, but there are quite a few stinkers too. The Pit is utterly worthless and I would rank it alongside Season 3's Undertaking Palor as the worst episode in Crypt history. We are then hit by 3 count em' 3 stinkers in a row. Staired in Horror, In the Groove and Surprise Party. Staired in Horror tries to be scary- ok it does have atmosphere but it's a boring premise. In the Groove is about a DJ who talks about sex, thats basically it, though watch out for a funny cameo by ex Guns N' Roses axe weilder Slash. Surprise Party's premise has been done to death and is just a yawn.

There are two stand out episodes- Doctor of Horror which reminds us of why we loved the show in the first place, and final episode You, Murderer which ingeniuosly uses real footage of Humphrey Bogart and places it into the episode, seamlessly. A real treat and starring alongside 'Bogart' are Isabella Rossellini and John Lithgow. Robert Zemeckis directs. I thought that half of the episodes were of a good standard, but none would make it in the best ever episodes. The problem here is that when the episodes are bad, they are really bad.

All in all worth getting if you're collecting them all. My favourite seasons in order thus far and not including Season 7 are:
5
2
1
4
6
3

My Top 5 episodes from Season 6 are:

1. Doctor of Horror
2. You, Murderer
3. Comes the Dawn
4. Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
5. The Assassin


Baron Blood [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Baron Blood [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Joseph Cotten
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £8.67

1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disappointing effort from the master Bava., 22 May 2014
If Baron Blood did not have Bava's name attached to it, I would imagine that the film would be universally forgotten. It is quite a struggle to stay focused, I was struggling after 15 minutes. The plot is cold, yes cold. The film is ultra slow, the dialogue is seeringly close to something that a kid would come up with, and the acting is awful. However the film has been dubbed in places and I know that in original language the acting suddenly becomes all the better for it.

Joseph Cotton a fine actor in his day is underwhelming here. There are no frights and no gore. Notice how at the beginning the scene is played out twice, TWICE!

I'm a huge horror fan and that includes Italian cinema. Bava was one of the best, but in all honesty this is a dull and boring film for his standards. The only bright spark being the use of lightning used in some scenes.


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