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Seven - 2 Disc Set [DVD]
Seven - 2 Disc Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.75

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Se7en Deadly Sins, 21 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Seven - 2 Disc Set [DVD] (DVD)
In Se7en, Daivd Fincher (director of Fight Club and Panic Room) conjures up a delightfully bleak helping of moody, noir-esque thrills around Andrew Kevin Walker's ingenious and engaging script. Se7en is set in a quintessential American city (we are never told which one), where the arm of the law is never quite long enough to prevent the city's criminal underbelly from indulging in all sorts of sinful activity.
Against this backdrop we find the film's two protagonists, played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman who both deliver fine performances. Pitt plays the young, idealistic and motivated Detective Mills, who is the perfect foil to the pragmatic and world weary Detective Lt William Somerset, played by Freeman.
Mills and Somerset are assigned to hunt down the sociopathic serial killer John Doe, whose murders are grisly sermons designed to warn a corrupt society of the consequences of the seven deadly sins (gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy and wrath). Each of his murders becomes an ironic example of the dangers of each sin; his victims are punished for the deadly sin they embody by being forced to indulge in it until it kills them.
Unfortunately for Mills and Somerset, John Doe is as intelligent as he is disturbed, and they can do little but follow in his wake to pick up the pieces until he unexpectedly turns himself in...
Although some people might find the plot a bit too twisty, and the story a bit too morbid, all in all this is a fast paced and witty film, with superb acting from a great cast (also including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey). This film will leave you guessing until the brain-bendingly clever finale.
As you've probably guessed by now, this isn't the kind of film to watch if you're in need of cheering up. In fact I would go so far as to say that this is one of the most depressing films I have seen for a long time. This film will take you to a dark and frightening place. Crucially though, it's not only dark but interesting and (in a way) enjoyable, highly recommended.

Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection 1977 - 1992
Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection 1977 - 1992
Offered by stevecaptainkirk
Price: £29.50

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to XTC, 27 Dec. 2005
If you are even remotely interested in discovering the copious delights offered up by the wonderful three-decade career of XTC, you would be well advised to start here; if you're not interested then you must either be totally ignorant of the vast canon of musical genius potentially on offer, or you must be totally devoid of any sort of soul.
For the record, XTC are the single most consistently inventive band to come out of the UK since the Beatles; they have been producing fantastic albums and singles since the late seventies, and have yet to show any signs of slowing down.
Although XTC have never been commercially successful, they produced some of the most exciting and enjoyable singles in the last 30 years. From their jerky art-punk beginnings ("Science Friction", "Statue of Liberty") to their later ventures into lush, pastoral songcraft owing something to The Kinks and The Beach Boys ("The Loving", "Wrapped in Grey"), XTC have always demonstrated a keen sense of effective pop songwriting combined with an experimental edge which serves to make their songs even more memorable.
While it is unlikely that all the songs featured on here will be to everyone's taste, there is definitely enough variety to keep most people entertained. What's more, each of the songs in this collection is also part of an album of songs in a broadly similar style and of a broadly similar quality, which makes this the ideal starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about one of the most exciting and innovative careers in modern pop history.

Thunder, Lightning Strike
Thunder, Lightning Strike
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: £2.97

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Happy Yay Music!, 27 Aug. 2005
It doesn't matter whether The Go! Team are neo-electronica-pop band, or pseudo-post-punk-neo-soul-rock, or whatever multi-hyphenated genre the NME and similar publications wish to squeeze them into. What matters is that this is the most enjoyable record you will hear this year.
This is hectic music with things happening all over the place and with scant regard for the consequences, which has managed to perfectly capture the feeling of being 8 years old and being gvien all your favourite sweets at once and being allowed to stay up all night. Instead of "proper" music, this band seem to have taken most of their inspiration from the theme songs to the sort of larger than life programs that are on ludicrously early on a saturday morning e.g the A team or Thunderbirds, and this has resulted in a stunningly consistent album that is an absolute oy to listen to from start to finish.
There is certinaly a lot of musical innovation in this record, The Go! Team combine instruments and electronics in some wonderful ways, and pull lo-fi producton out of it's traditional post-punk stomping ground with style and panache. They combine joyous melodies and superb arrangements with easily the best rhythm section in the current set of pop groups. Personally however, I think that he most refreshing thing about The Go! Team is their approach; instead of trying to be cool and cultivate a slick public face this band is clearly just doing what it does for fun, but at the same time doing so very well, they can therefore benefit from the best of both worlds; they pour effort and love into each song, and they can actually play their instruments.
I can not recommend this album enough: it is one of the most innovative records this year, while maintaining a wonderfully honest and playful approach throughout, which exemplifies the very best qualities of pop music.

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