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Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
by Neil Young
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2.0 out of 5 stars He says maybe a lot., 25 Nov 2014
Neil Young's book sadly leaves a lot to be desired. He talks a lot about his cars and his model train sets but most jarring is his constant nagging and it does become that of digital music and how he is in the midst of setting up a new company which will give us the listeners the best possible sound quality. We get this, but repeating and bringing the same subject up every 10 pages gets annoying. And one of the reasons he repeats is because the format of this autobiography is not in chronological order. We get snippets from Young's life and his experiences here and there. This is fine, but it appears as if ol' Shakey is jotting down what comes to him and then using that as a chapter. It feels uneven, but Gene Wilder did the same and expertly made the book flow.

Fans of Young will feel happy and disappointed in equal measure. Happy because Young is notoriously a private man and he does open up to us. But disappointing because Young is able to pick something interesting from his life, get us hooked in and then leave that story after one paragraph when you know the story he was telling could easily fill 3 pages.

The book is still interesting and it is touching that Young fondly remembers the people and friends that brought him here. But then again there are times where Young admits to messing up in life and not being a great father for example in his younger years, but then will end those stories with maybe i didn't do this right and maybe it was my fault etc etc. That sounds like a man that is strong headed and stubborn to me. All in all I love the man's work, he is a genius musically- but Young needed help on this book and you get the feeling that his stubbornness got in the way of what could have been a much better read. Instead this read feels as though you have stumbled in his office and found 1000 slips of post it notes with his thoughts on each one and that is all we really end up with.

Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter [DVD] [1974]
Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Horst Janson

3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss from Hammer, 25 Nov 2014
Not a bad entry from Hammer horror but nothing special either. Though what an inspired choice to cast the swashbuckling hero, Horst Jansen in the leading role. It should be noted that writer/director Brian Clemens was initially against this.

Captain Kronos doesn't flow well as a film though it is filled with interesting scenes and inspired moments of directing. Check out Clemens trickery during the 'girl in the birdcage' scene. A bit of blood a bit of violence but nothing offensive here. Caroline Munro looks simply irresistible as Kronos' lover. Sadly the characters are quite forgettable. A film that may grow on you the more you watch.

This edition is the best one to go for. Superior picture quality and a booklet are included.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter [DVD]
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benjamin Walker
Price: £3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Sit back switch off and enjoy!, 24 Nov 2014
Surprisingly very good tale of Abraham Lincoln taking on vampires! Film works because it never dumbs down. It takes everything as gospel truth. And the truth for the most part is what you get. The vampires are obviously just a metaphor for Lincolns haters anyway. The story is free flowing and has a solid script and decent enough acting. We follow Lincoln from childhood to adulthood and basically the movie follows his history with a side spin of vampires. But the only outrageous thing about this movie is the title.

And anyone that shies away from horror should like this. There are no frights and hardly any gore. Well worth a look and only a few cheesy CGI moments. The movie is won over more by drama and acting.

Count Dracula [DVD]
Count Dracula [DVD]
Dvd ~ Louis Jourdan
Price: £6.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Stays faithful to the book and the acting is spot on, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: Count Dracula [DVD] (DVD)
A great atmospheric Dracula tale from the vaults of the BBC. Louis Jourdan is superb as the Count. It's premiere just before Christmas 1977 must have had a few people reaching for their phones to complain. For a British 70s production it certainly pushes the envelope. Watch out for some hallunecentory images too, which is always welcome. Overall the acting is very good. The only snag is its production values. We are talking 70s BBC, which means this has been shot on the dreaded videotape. That means that colours get washed out, sparkle into view and the sound isn't always consistant.

However despite this, this version of Dracula is one of the best as it sticks to the original Bram Stoker book. A DVD that is certainly vying for your collection.

Argento's Dracula [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Argento's Dracula [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Rutger Hauer
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £11.40

3.0 out of 5 stars A homage to Hammer horror, 23 Nov 2014
To his hardcore fans Dario Argento's movies died in the late 80s. Everything else after has suffered at their hands, and in reviews. critics have joined the loop too and it seems that Argento can do nothing right. This is somethiing I always try to defend. True Argento's older movies are clearly superior to what he has been churning out for the last 20 years, but only a small proportion of it is actually poor.

Argento's latest work, Dracula, official title Dracula 3D got killed in reviews, it currently has a 3.6 on IMDB, it's in the Ed Wood league. Now I am sorry I can't have Dario Argento in the Ed Wood category. There are some real positives to take from Argento's take on Dracula and some negatives, so let's break it down.

The Positives:
- The whole film has a nice gothic, Hammeresque look to it, the costume designs and settings really stand out.
- Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula is generally very good and a worthy vampire.
- Some gore effects are fantastic.
- Rutger Hauer is a bad ass Van Helsing killer

The Negatives
- The English dubbing is a real put off. It has always hindered Argento's films, but at least those were classics. Try and get an Italian only version with subtitles, which I believe would turn this movie into a four star one.
- The script overall is very 'flat', again maybe this is just a language difference?
- The CGI is awful, wish Argento didn't dwelve into it.

So really this is a balanced act. Dracula is neither great nor bad. It's entertaining enough- probably could have been better at 90 mins rather than 110.

The movie stars Asia Argento, and again daddy isn't afraid to shoot his daughter in love scenes or being washed naked by a woman. It does feel like an odd admittingly artistic relationship.

I need to talk about the praying mantis CGI moment, that has garnered almost legendary attention, as being one of the most awful CGI moments in movie history. First up that credit goes to Snake Plisskens 100ft wave in Escape From LA. Secondly, the mantis was a bad idea and does look silly, but it is there for less than ten seconds.

Rutger Hauer, he is someone I really like. His acting here reflects the film very much- It's not great but not bad, just subdued. I suppose he is getting old- but I liked his no holds barred way of doing things and the fact that he looks like a broken man who has arrived in town for one thing only.

Overall, I feel the fans and critics lashed out at Argento for making this, because they wanted him to fail, and ceased on any opportunity of him not making a masterpiece, and went gung ho. Yes Argento doesn't make great films anymore, but Dracula is a good decent horror film, that does its job. Don't go in with any expectations and you should enjoy this, especially if you like the early Hammer films.

No Holds Barred [DVD]
No Holds Barred [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hulk Hogan
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £3.36

3.0 out of 5 stars A script full of Rrrrraaaaargggghhhhhhhh and not much else., 22 Nov 2014
This review is from: No Holds Barred [DVD] (DVD)
You really have to be a kid of the 80s or just love wrestling in general to enjoy this one. But growing up with the WWF in the 80s will surely help. Hulk Hogan plays Rip Em' or something to that extent who refuses to sign with a seedy rival head network. So that network assign Zeus a one mean mother....... Eventually we get to see the fight we are craving for.

In between that there is an awful plot, terrible dialogue and woeful acting. Hogan is nothing special but his son played by Mark Pellegrino wins the bong award on this one. At least Zeus hates him enough to beat him up a few times. It's all quite mild fun, though there is a misogynistic streak running throughout the movie. Hogan's would be girlfriend is beaten up, kicked and almost raped but the film plays it all with an 'oh well' attitude and nothing gets serious.

The grand finale fight is interesting- though you have to wonder what type of bloodsport society we live in when the audience clap two live TV murders. Bizarre, but probably essential for the wrestling/ Hogan fan.

Night Of The Big Heat [DVD]
Night Of The Big Heat [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee

2.0 out of 5 stars Night of the big yawn., 20 Nov 2014
This review is from: Night Of The Big Heat [DVD] (DVD)
A small village is overrun by annoying sharp sounds and heat from an unidentified source that could be from another planet. Starring horror stalwarts Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Night of the Big Heat is a huge letdown. It's slow, predictable and the acting isn't there-though the poor script doesn't help. Each scene seems drawn out, and this one unfortunately is a big yawn.

It's not a complete failure, but hardly worth your time watching this one again. Look out for a young Jane Morrow who looks absolutely irressistable. No characters to root for as all even our heroes are highly unlikable.

Try and get the DD edition which includes an informative booklet as well as commentary on the film by Mr Lee.

Near Dark [DVD] [1988]
Near Dark [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Adrian Pasdar
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £10.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Very nearly a masterpiece, 18 Nov 2014
This review is from: Near Dark [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
An all round excellent vampire film and director Kathryn Bigelow's directorial debut to boot. Story concerns a young man who chases after a beautiful loner girl only to get bitten and slowly realises that she was a vampire and now he is turning into one. The vampire girl has a travelling family so to speak and he must join them and seek blood to stay alive. His father and sister meanwhile are in search of him as they think he has been kidnapped.

Very well directed and with a great cast including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenny Wright et all. Near Dark has a wonderful atmosphere about it and a superb 80s synch track throughout. The first hour is exceptionally good. Howvever the climax isn't as satisfying as it could be, and you're left wondering what the film could have been had this not been influenced by Hollywood. However that aside, Near Dark is too good to have a dig at, and is a very important film in the vampire genre. Interesting to note that the film came out the same year (1987) as another popular teenage vampire movie The Lost Boys. Both super ceded themselves.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child [DVD]
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £3.17

2.0 out of 5 stars Lethargic entry not without merit but the series was in trouble by now, 18 Nov 2014
Difficult 5th film in the franchise. The studio wanted a darker Freddy so that's what we got. The problem is having Freddy cracking his jokes for years beforehand made Freddy unscary and this just doesn't work. The acting is very borderline bad, fatal for a franchise that was used to going to No.1. in the charts. The FX is done well as you would expect but the ideas are running thin here. They tried but everyone involved looks tired, as if they just needed a break at this point. So did horror which effectively died the year this was released in 1989, and took almost a decade to re-invent itself.

4 Film Favorites: Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
4 Film Favorites: Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £5.79

5.0 out of 5 stars The best films of the Elm Street saga, 18 Nov 2014
The first four Nightmare on Elm Streets are by far the best of the Freddy franchise. Part 1 is a bona fide classic horror film. Part 2 takes time to get used to, it is certainly different even campy but it works well enough. Part 3 is a sleeper pardon the pun, and is hailed by many fans as the best of the lot. Part 4 continues in the vein of its predecessor though you can see that the wheels were steadily coming off by this point.

Freddy was unique in the slasher genre since unlike Jason or Michael he gave us a voice- the kills can be inventive as they want to be given that we enter the dream realm and Freddy unlikely as it is became a hero of sorts to fans. If you're new to the franchise this is a fantastic set. Beware this is Region 1 only.

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