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Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone [DVD]
Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mandy Stein
Price: 3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars worth it just for the memorial service, 4 Oct 2013
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The best thing about this dvd is the memorial service but even that unfortunately is slightly spoilt, as is the concert, by a trigger happy editor who believes that people have the attention span of rabid mice, and he cuts into Tommy Ramone's speech twice when that was the one guy who knew what he was talking about and deserved more respect.Musically the concert is ok but not great unless you like the distinctly average red hot chilli peppers and the even more distinctly average rancid and the less than distinctly average Henry Rollins. In fact the whole concert is spent seemingly trying to find a vocalist who can match Joey and sing a ramones song and do it justice. It improves when Marky and CJ come on and Steve Jones from the Sex pistols adds some quality to a very average line up. But the main thing was that it was a tribute and the people there were all friends of Johnny and he died 2 days later so it is very moving to see the interview snippets, albeit annoyingly edited. But this is a cheapo dvd now thanks to amazon so i would say buy it for the memorial service because it is very good for a ramones fan to see that.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noomi Rapace
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and the best. Hollywood watch and learn, 30 Sep 2013
The best film of 2010 by a mile. It Should have won best actress, best actor, best film, best screenplay,best cinematography and best director at the oscars, but then Hollywood dont like foreign movies with subtitles do they? Is that because they are too lazy or dumb to read and watch at the same time? Or are they only interested in rewarding those films financed by their own industry and those who speak the same language?
Well this dvd has the original swedish with subtitles plus an english speaking version for the lazy dimwits who have to have everything delivered on a plate, though the voices are not those of the actors so why anyone would prefer the english spoken version is beyond me.
Having read the book there are some subtle and intelligent improvements made for the film which made it a much better story in my opinion and i think whoever wrote this version deserves some high praise indeed for the way they carved fearlessly into an already massively popular novel and made it even better while retaining all the key ingredients and remaining faithful to the overall themes without losing any emotional impact.
One example of this is bringing Lisbeth into the Hedeby scenario much earlier and having her play a more investigative part to the proceedings than she did in the book. Mikael is more reliant on her in the movie whereas in the book he was already 3/4 of the way to solving the puzzle before she even showed up. The moving of Mikael's prison sentence to the end of the movie rather than having it lamely break up the flow of the story with no apparent purpose as the book did, also improves things. And cancelling out Cecilia as a love interest is definitely a right decision because it served no purpose in the book besides mild titillation, and i dont think such edits could be called meddling when they most definitely improve the story as a whole.
Full marks to both lead actors for their understated, unshowy peformances in difficult roles.
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Ramones - End Of The Century [DVD]
Ramones - End Of The Century [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Gramaglia
Offered by 666 Media
Price: 5.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars god bless the Ramones, 23 Sep 2013
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With many people writing them off as a goofy,freaky,unintelligent joke, it was high time the Ramones spoke up to set the record straight.The tragic thing about this documentary is that right after they did this,three of the four founding members died one after the other within the space of a couple of years. But what this film shows is a very determined, hard working, funny and intelligent bunch of guys who were streetwise and impervious to outside interference. To play 2,200 gigs in 20 years is about 1 gig every 3 days and considering one was a heroin addict, 2 were alcoholics, (one with obsessive-compulsive disorder,) and the final member was an extreme right-wing disciplinarian, it is a wonder they made it past 1976. But there is intelligence, charm and wit in every single one of them and they all have their say here, though never in the same room at the same time because by the end they preferrred not to talk to each other anymore. They were the best live band i ever saw and it was a pleasure to rediscover them here after not listening to any records for 25 years. God bless the Ramones and rest in peace Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee.

Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: 5.00

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars we should be allowed to give zero stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 23 Sep 2013
Gerard Butler seemingly went to the Tom Cruise school of gruff voiced ego acting and yet all he really wants to be in every movie he makes is Maximus from Gladiator but he cannot seem to step out from the unsurpassable shadow cast by Russell Crowe. And he never will because he keeps picking duds like this to act in. This particular dud doesn't do him any favours, built as it is around hollywood's latest obsession: the destruction of America and on this occasion,the white house, perhaps preparing the minds of the masses for the real thing to come later, whether it be economically, physically or just symbolically.
So what is wrong with Olympus as a movie? Well,everything. Everything you could imagine and more. I will give one example: There are 100 highly trained fighters stalking around the corridors and rooms of the white house and not one of them can open a door and spot beefy Butler standing there like a dope or find a little lost kid wandering about.Zero stars for everyone involved.And minus 100 for Butler for his egocentric attention-seeking posturing at the wimbledon mens final.
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World War Z [DVD]
World War Z [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: 5.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Z for zombies, 23 Sep 2013
This review is from: World War Z [DVD] (DVD)
A cross between "Battle:Los Angeles" and "24 days later" and a bit better than the 1st and infinitely better than the second. Almost a B movie but elevated above that by truly excellent aerial cinematography and effects and by the presence of a very solid Brad Pitt. There really is no let up in this virus induced zombie fest so if you prefer films like 'Remains of the Day' then maybe give this a miss because this is more like 'remains of the corpse.' But in the midst of the chaos is a reasonably good story albeit with the current hollywood 'Endtimes' fixation stamped all over it.I didn't expect to like it as much as i did. It's a basic story in the same way that 'night of the living dead' was a basic story, but both films are quite suspenseful and gripping and the "Z" is certainly not short for "Zzzzzz" because the pace is pretty relentless for 2 hours. If anything it ended too abruptly and another 20-30 minutes could have taken the story further. Hopefully there won't be a sequel and this will be able to stand alone as a future cult classic unruined by later rehashes.

Live January 7, 1978 At The Palladium, Nyc
Live January 7, 1978 At The Palladium, Nyc
Price: 8.63

5.0 out of 5 stars a relentless unstoppable assault of power riffs and great tunes, 14 Sep 2013
Having listened to the other ramones live cd's, this is the best, albeit only just edging the 'it's alive' cd because this one wasn't a double vinyl LP originally and so doesn't fade out after every 10 tracks but is just the gig as it was at the time. But essentially this was part of the same tour and features almost the same tracklisting as 'it's alive,' aside from the loss here of 'judy is a punk,' which is one of the encore tracks on 'it's alive.' I also prefer the production sound of this gig to the other.
If you want to listen to the ramones then live cds have the edge because they are so incredible and the pace and excitement was so hard to recreate in the studio albums, but the studio 'anthology' is still a classic and amazing value on amazon if you want to listen to 60 of their songs and hear the words.
Playing live the band were relentless and brilliant and the best band i ever saw live, along with the 'Screaming Blue Messiahs,' who suffered even more from the difficulty involved in going from stage to studio. The best live bands do seem to have this problem in common because they are so good live and i would put 'echo and the bunnymen' and 'siouxsie and the banshees' in that category too, of bands who could never quite match the edge they had in concert when they went into the studio.
The only advantage of buying the Ramones 'Loco' live cd is that you get the later tracks too and it is more of a complete account of the band's output and is highly recommended too, though Dee Dee is missing on bass and has been replaced by CJ.

Killing Season [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Killing Season [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: 17.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars De Niro lost in the woods of bad movies, 14 Sep 2013
whatever happened to Robert de Niro? He used to be a force to be reckoned with, but since i saw him give a truly bizarrely unfunny acceptance speech at the 2011 Golden Globes, i realised there is something highly questionable about his taste for a quality script. The warnings were already there when he made 'stanley and iris' back in the 80's, and since 'casino' in 1996 it is extremely hard to find a quality film with him in it. The name Robert de Niro used to denote a film of excellence and hard graft but now it seems to inspire a product which is all to often highly unsatisfactory, dubiously moralistic,and short-changingly lazy.
The main problems with this movie are the script and the story.And if the script and the story are unsalvageable then the actors and director have a big problem, and the producer needs to exercise some quality control and order a complete and total rewrite or invest his money elsewhere.
Travolta does his best with the accent which i felt was passable and not awful as some have said. De Niro seems to be going through an idiotic stage in his career, picking roles he would not have touched with a barge-pole 20 years ago and jumping onstage every 4 years with the latest fashionable political liar, who, like this movie, has managed to dupe him into promoting a shabby con. Definitely one to miss.
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Oblivion [DVD] [2013]
Oblivion [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: 5.00

18 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars tom cruise as tom cruise aka the saviour, 5 Aug 2013
This review is from: Oblivion [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Tom Cruise must have it written into every contract he signs that he has to be the one to walk tall(while standing on a box) whereas the women around him are always needy,helpless helpmates and the situation is always deadly and only he can save Earth in these 'endtimes' without any other scientologists available to assist him.Not even Travolta with his painted head came to help him. The trouble is you know in every word Cruise says that he is acting, posing in fact, and serving the needs of his own ego rather than advancing the needs of the story.He can't even deliver a basic line without posing and appearing heroic, even if it just to say "do you want cereal or a bagel?" He has to deliver the line unshaven with his shirt off and a deeply serious tone and expression with just a trace of tragedy. This could have been a good movie had they put someone like Mads Mikkelson in the lead. The script is a poor companion to what was a good stab at a futuristic earth scenario but visually it is excellent. They steal from 2001 a space odyssey, they steal from battle of LA, They steal from district 9, they steal from Prometheus and who would think anyone would want to steal from that? And why is Morgan Freeman in every single disaster movie ever made since 1990? And why is Tom Cruise's character always called Jack? And how come he can't see what an absurd, nasty little con the 'church'of scientology really is? Is he that dim or did they simply tell him how much he looked like the messiah reborn? And why does Hollywood only have 2 storylines now? They seem to have forgotten how to make movies about anything other than zombies or endtimes. Why is that i wonder? What agenda are they pushing to brainwash us with now?

Henry And June [DVD] [1990]
Henry And June [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Fred Ward
Price: 5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars searching for something but ultimately not finding it, 23 July 2013
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This review is from: Henry And June [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
A great idea to make a film about Henry Miller and Anais Nin, both sexually explicit and at times poetic writers who were mutually inspired in 1930's Paris. A good film for struggling writers to watch and be inspired by.
The 'June' in the title was Henry's somewhat estranged wife who (unfortunately for the story) arrives midstory and becomes a perpetual distraction for all, but seems more interested in Anais than in her husband Henry,who has become for her a controllable bore whose arrogant alpha male charms no longer work on her, having seen underneath the surface of the man. Nin is equally tied to, but bored of, her own husband, and this is the stage on which everything else revolves around. The world created by Kaufmann hints at the tastes and aromas of 1930's Paris but never quite gets the full flavour of it or the feeling of the dirt of the streets under its fignernails.It's too solid when it needed to be more dreamy and slightly out of focus and really cries out for more random fragments of life to paint a picture from those fragments,in the way that Miller does in his book 'Tropic of Cancer.'
Miller and Nin suffer here from being under-revealed by the screenplay and the best way to have improved this was through their writing, which cannot be contested. This is done slightly through Nin's periodic voice-over but i wish more of Miller's poetic side could have been read aloud onto the screen and the images recreated as the voice spoke.
I got used to Fred West as Miller, and he does get across the rawness of that lust for life, and Maria de M playing Nin also gets my vote as a presence of erotic naive beauty discovering her identity through pleasure.I wouldnt say it is an erotic classic though, it is more obsessive and coarse, so it sinks rather than soars.
I liked fragments of this film as I do the books, but never feel satisfied with the entire whole. I liked Miller at his typewriter struggling, i liked him retreating to the whore houses, it was all very evocative, but other parts failed to meet him at that level.I can't criticise Uma Thurman as she may well have nailed the mystery of June.I have no idea.
Unfortunately many scenes are spoilt by the imbecilic wooden non-entity that is Richard E Grant. What a useless conceited bore he is, with his catty gossiping book squealing on all his Hollywood acquaintances, and unfortunately his acting doesn't redeem him from that in this film. He ruins every scene he is in, just as he did in Coppola's Dracula.If i had been forced to hear him say "pussywillow" in his effeminate whine one more time i think i would have calmly removed the dvd and snapped it into pieces. But if you can ignore his feeble presence and allow those moments of splendour to carry you a bit further into reveries of your own, this might well work for you on some levels.

Visions of Earth
Visions of Earth
by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.89

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars pretentiously arty but without the quality of great art and very poorly laid out, 19 July 2013
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It seems to be very dodgy to buy photographic books sight unseen and based solely on the positive reviews of certain people. I have to say this book is absolutely the worst example of pretentious photography i have ever seen and i am so disappointed because it was a present for my little orphan. It weighs a ton for a start which needs to be said for people who may be also buying it as a present to post. But the main problems i have with the book are the pictures. The professionals who took these photos were trying everso desperately to be arty, and you can almost sense the desire in them to be in a book like this. So they zoom in on an animal's tongue when my orphan would like to have seen the whole of the animal;they photograph a pair of feet of a corpse lying in a wooden box with the rest of the photo unfocused and the face not shown;they photograph a pilot's helmeted head but they don't show the plane or the view he has;they photograph people dancing in silhouette against the sky but they don't show where they are or who they are so it all seems vaguely pointless;they zoom in on a winding staircase but do not show it in a way that it can be seen in context with the building;we have a photo of hats in a shop when my little orphan would have preferred a photo of a living person wearing a hat and walking down a street...ah but that is too bland and obvious for national geographic, no they have to show a horse's tonsils rather than the horse because that is what they are about..trendy is not how i would describe it....i could go on and on picking random examples throughout the whole book in the same way.
Every single photo of merit is cut in half by the terrible layout which plasters part of the photo across two pages and so we lose the centre part of the photo unless we bend the book (which weighs a ton) open to glimpse what we are missing.Really a hopelessly pretentious overly arty book without the quality of truly original art.Do not expect to have your breath taken away, except perhaps by the conceited mentality of national geographic and the poor taste of the amazon reviewers. Everyone is entitled to their opinion i guess, no matter how wrong their opinion is!
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