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Gothic Rock
Gothic Rock
Price: £10.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it began, and more., 5 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Gothic Rock (Audio CD)
A nice, thick little compilation, made to compliment Mick Mercer's book All You Need to Know About Gothic Rock which makes a nice companion piece. It dips its toes into every area of what is known as the goth scene (A few notable exceptions include the Banshees and the Cure, but hey.) from Alien Sex Fiend to Christian Death and some of the then more contemporary goth artists, like London after Midnight and dear Inkubus Sukkubus. A excellent set for anyone from the nervous newbie to the seasoned elder-goth looking for another compilation in a shiny new box.

Price: £5.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bateman seal of approval., 25 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Fore! (MP3 Download)
Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor. In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.
Patrick Bateman approves.
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Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) (Radio Edit)
Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) (Radio Edit)
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1.0 out of 5 stars No., 5 Jan. 2011
Just no. The pure essence of pointless meaningless music. No, it's not music, it's the sounds of a two whiny teenager pleading for their lives as the corpse of a once pathetic now unthinkable washed up thing in Vanilla Ice bleats along like a monkey trying to emulate human speech. Just no. Never buy this, or you will be rejected from intelligent human society and have to slurp water out of a sewer. No.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice design, not good for heavy objects though!, 19 Dec. 2010
A wonderful design, just fits my laptop in perfectly and has space for everything I need. However not advisable if you are using it to carry lots of things in at the same time.
The plastic covering splits a little if the bag is to heavy, and as I brought this to use as a school bag I intended to use it for that. It can be glued or sewn together, but an inconvenience. Will choose a fabric bag next time.

Psycho (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
Psycho (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
by Robert Bloch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good, but hardly high-brow fiction..., 30 Nov. 2010
As most of you no doubt would have, I read this after watching the film. It is impossible not to. The entire film comes from
the book, only very slight details like Marion/Mary's name. Despite this however, it is not pretending to be high-brow fiction. It is mercilessly addictive and it is hard not to read it in one sitting. But sadly this very good book is over shadowed by the best horror film (or at least the most hyped) ever. But if it wasn't for the film this would be virtually unknown, so it does owe a certain amount to the film.
I need not really recount the plot, but it follows the story of the nervous, lonely Norman Bates ruled but his mother. A girl who stays at the motel and meets a certain untimely ending. The net is tightening on Bates and his mother as the police draw into the motel, the scene of the crime. But it wasn't Norman, it was mother...
I adore the plot, but since most of the reviewers have reviewed the plot on the film's reviews I will discuss the book against the film here, since that is what all of the people hoping to ead it will probably be.
There are some things that are admittedly better in book form. In the book you can get away with a whole lot more with the mother character to convince you that she is real, descriptions etc. that the film couldn't have touched. Norman Bates is a more pathetic character in the book, being a nervous sweaty 40 year old virgin who can't talk to women and has a drinking problem. There is a more sexual references in the book, from Bates' pornography collection to the descriptions of Mary/Marion pre-shower scene (need I mention this? well it is barely a paragraph in the book. Short but chillingly effective.)that if was in the film the critics eyes would melt from the shock. Also, the fact that with Bates' dinking problem, it gives him an excuss (albeit a suspicious one if you really think) to be blacked out when mother commits the crimes instead of whatever he was supposed to be doing in the film.
In conclusion, it is a good book, not frickin' Nobel Prize winning but very addictive, it draws you though like a fish on a hook. It goes far further into Norman's mind than any film could touch. Read this to see exactly who this psycho is, him or them...

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street [DVD] [2007]
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £3.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeney Todd., 28 Nov. 2010
The thing that they didn't want you to know about this film was that it is a musical, as is evident by the trailer.However it is a very unstereotypical musical, in the small category of musicals that cannot be dismissed as only apreciated by perticularly flamboyant homosexuals. (not to sound homophobic, that is the stereotype for these sort of movies). It is very bloody, with a high body count and ends with a particularly gruesome series of murders involving ovens and kids with knives, not for the feight hearted as you understand. Johnny Depp as Todd is marvellously broodingly obsessive, though not much of a singer. Helena Bonham-Carter as Mrs Lovett is Todd's sidekick, the owner of the worst pie shop in London. Bonham-Carter is again, not much of a singer but she carries off the role with a oddly sweet side to a gruesome character with the sequence with her and Todd marrying and settling down is beautiful.
As I mentioned this is an unusually dark musical, a very rare thing but I alaways enjoy them (The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables are examples)and I adore the make-up and the whole look of the film. It follows Benjamin Barker reterning to London after being unlawfully imprisioned by Judge Turpin, who was jealous of Lucy, Todd's wife. Turpin raped Lucy and took his daughter Johanna, who he raises as his child. Barker is exiled for fifteen years and after his sentence is fullfilled he is back, wth revenge in his heart and a new name, Sweeney Todd. He meets Mrs Lovett the pie shop owner who tells him Lucy committed suicide many years ago. He begins to seak revenge on the world by setting up the infamous barber shop. Soon the 'barber shop' is florishing and Mrs Lovett's pie shop is one of the best in the city. But there is a murderous twist and it all ends in an entirely Grecian tragedy style, with yet more blood squirting from necks.
All in all it has marvellous set pieces, dramatic music with some very good singing and acting. It is a legendary tale, so it is a big ask for Burton to take on this, especially with the expectances from the fans of the musical (which I haven't seen so can't compair) who will instantly snub this becuase of the leads lack of singing talent. A good revenge film with a complex love "square" is the only word applicable. And incidentally the only victorian set film with modern profantity in I can think of, even though I'm sure there are more.
I would recomend it more to fans of Tim Burton and gothic horror in general instead of fans of straight up musicals, but good if you don't mind a five minute murder spree in song.

by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Carrie., 19 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Carrie (Paperback)
I read this at the "impressionable" age of twelve, having to literally rip it out of the librarians hands after her deliberating over wether to give it to me. She told me to "stop reading if it gets to disturbing". This was unsurprisingly the first Stephen King novel I read, and thankfully I didn't stop.
To summerize the plot it is the story of a girl who is mercilessly bullied, both by her peers at school and her savagely religious mother. Incidentally it has a theme of mensturation, she first gets "the powers" when she starts her period and the infamous symbolic pigs blood dousing at the prom that was the most I had know of the novel before reading.
But I digress, Carrie has, as ever bullied child or teen wishes they had, she has a special power, the power of telekinesis. This is her only escape from her world of public humiliation and her grossly hypocritic "you're all going to hell, even you dear!" type mother. But there is a plan against her, the last humilation that would end everything with a bang, in more ways than one.
The style of writing is very important to the story, set in what was then the near future tells her story (originally a novella) with newspaper articles and extracts from the apparent cascade of books written on the subject. This adds an element of realisim that would have worked better at the time, but still is effective.
It is cliched, the bullied girl who gets revenge on the pretty girls, but so wonderfully effective. I would advise anyone who has every been at high shool to read this!

Step Up 3 [DVD]
Step Up 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sharni Vinson
Offered by FLASH
Price: £2.79

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliche-d pretty people, watch them dance!, 19 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Step Up 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Pure box office grossing drivel. There is no originality in the story, just more and more pretty people dancing. Very few decent films have been shot in 3D (Up and Toy Story 3 being exceptions) and if a film is in 3D it is almost implied imediately that this does not have much of an original plot, (The Last Airbender being a prime example, even the 3D was pathetic!) but admittedly it is the sort of movie that would go well in 3D after action movies, after all it is all about movement and the beautiful people who could have been dragged off the set of Hollyoaks.And it does. It is visually spectacular, the
choreography is stunning. But this just isn't a movie. Yes if you are destracted by shiny things and have already wandered off from this review by all means buy this.
Just remember I won't be one of you.

Sherlock: Series 1 [DVD]
Sherlock: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.24

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Holmes screen transitions in a while., 1 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Sherlock: Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Approaching this I didn't know what to expect. It was made in the shadow of, dare I whisper it, Guy Ritchie's 2009 version of the Holmes tales, even though that was such a scrambled mess they had clear field to do what they wanted.
It is a delight to watch this for anyone who has even seen the inside of Holmes tale, the knowing references to the stories from small details to entire spoilers. Basically it is Sherlock Holmes, living and working in the modern age, with all it's computers and CSI that really should have long abandoned letting complete amateurs walk all over their evidence. But not if your Sherlock Holmes. Modernasations can be a hinky thing to do, especially the Sherlock Holmes stories not only because of the fan base, but because of the stereotypes that have become the expectation for all Holmes adaptations (I will give you the word "elementary and remind you he never said it in the books. See my point?) But this throws it all in the bin and apart from the modern details this is more true to the books than all the pipe smoking holmes there have been, so any fan of the books should check it out, and judge accordingly.

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