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Paul [DVD]
Paul [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Pegg
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Those critics must have miserable lives, 24 Oct 2012
This review is from: Paul [DVD] (DVD)
I had avoided this for some time on the basis of the mostly luke-warm reviews at the time of release.
I now feel genuinely sorry for anyone who did't enjoy this film - they must have miserable lives.
It may not be high-brow, but it never pretended to be. It is funny, silly and has two of the best one-liners I have ever heard(towards the end of the film). It also has a bit of a plot, charm, some great twists and genuine excitement.
I had dreaded Paul the alien being americanised into a electric guitar-playing, weed-smoking, heavy drinking 'supercool' punk-alien. Although he is predictably potty-mouthed, the damage is strictly limited. I even found him a bit 3 dimensional and immensely likeable, and all that despite him being voiced by the King of Unfunny himself.
The premise of an alien on the run may be ridiculous, but even in the ensuing madness of kidnaps and Sigourney Weaver appearing, everything that happens seems absolutely plausible.
Hugely enjoyable!


Epicloud
Epicloud
Price: 16.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive, uplifting and immaculately produced, 8 Oct 2012
This review is from: Epicloud (Audio CD)
One of his more accessible albums....

He rather ping-ponged about the place with his last 5 or 6. It is up to him what he does, of course, but it nice to know what you are getting sometimes. This album for me follows in a straight line from Infinity through Physicist, and especially Accelerated Evolution and Addicted. Highly enjoyable on the first spin already, and with plenty in hand to keep you returning.

The album feels like it almost wrote itself - flowing naturally without anything too complex or challenging sticking out anywhere, and with an overwhelmingly positive feel to it. This positivity is enhanced by another helping of the wonderful Anneke van Giersbergen, although she is strictly second fiddle to Dev on all vocals this time
Track 7, Kingdom is another successful cover of one of his own songs, off the Physicist album, and is probably the heaviest thing on it. The sound in general is just a little rounder and smoother than recent efforts. Production, as always is flawless

The songs on the Bonus CD are not as polished, but you get over that quite quickly. Quite a few of them would have stood out a bit on the main album, but none need make apologies for their inclusion here. In fact I think track 7 is possibly the best in the whole package, with the next track not far behind.

I don't get to listen to that many albums these days, but my life would be a little poorer without this one.


All Or Nothing
All Or Nothing
Price: 8.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch., 25 Jun 2012
This review is from: All Or Nothing (Audio CD)
This album contains spades of what the germans call 'Earworms' - songs that you just cannot get out of your head. I must confess to losing sight of this band over the last 10 years, so cannot say how this compares to their more recent output.
It is immediately obvious, however that there has been no radical change of direction in the meantime - this is fast melodic punk right out of the top drawer. The singer has changed though, which was cause for concern. Thankfully this new chap with the funny name (with respect to Jim,) sounds like he has been there for ever. Honestly.
However, if you have a problem with the Offspring's Dexter Holland, you may have issues here.
The songs have an urgency and energy to them, and the guitars still have that harder edge that stop the melodies tipping over into the mainstream. The production is A1 and you will be bouncing around the room right from the first chords of the superb opener 'All or nothing' - so perhaps be careful about putting it on in the car!
The guitarist reckons this album number 10 might be their best, and although every band always says that, it will certainly put a smile on your face


Observe And Report [DVD] [2009]
Observe And Report [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 2.66

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't know what it is, 13 May 2012
This doesn't really work on any level.
It is not funny enough to be a comedy, it is not serious enough to be a drama, and it is not realistic enough to be plausible.
The plot is kicked off by a flasher in the shopping centre car park, which I thought was a promising start, but then the incident is taken far too seriously by everybody, with no irony or schoolboy smirking anywhere to be seen.

Not helped by a poor choice of lead in my opinion - Seth Rogan plays it totally straight whereas the belief-stretching plot needs a Will Ferrell or similar to not quite take itself so seriously. There is nothing to like about the Rogan character - he is a rude, egotistical idiot, so it is almost impossible to feel either sorry or pleased for him, which the script says we should be doing in equal doses. That he got his job in the first place defies belief as he is clearly totally unsuitable. How he gets his girl at the end is baffling, as there has been no chemistry whatsoever up till then.
His dull wannabe-screwball sidekicks would love to be like the ones in Anchorman, but have neither the charisma nor script. The violence would love to be Tarantino, but is neither overblown comic book stuff nor realistic.
(For what it's worth, I thought Anna Faris was excellent, and to an extent, the lead's mother. Liotta is good, but flogging a dead horse)
With a decent lead and a bit more fun, this could have been something
It is not absolutely terrible, but the acid question is would I watch it again? To which the answer is No.


Ghost
Ghost
Price: 13.81

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The flipside of chaos, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: Ghost (Audio CD)
Given the layers of sound and instrumentation that Devin has long since made into his trademark, this is actually quite a logical progression.
In fact, there were hints that an album like this might be in the offing as far back at the last track on the SYL milestone 'City'. So is it really that different to his other stuff? Ghost may be the polar oppposite of Deconstruction, but if you would put them both in a blender, the result would probably come out like a normal DT album (if such a thing exists)

There is no other term for this than 'ambient', but it is not all whale noises and flutes (the latter certainly being present in fair amounts). There are some guitars on here as well as great tunes, and the joy of the record is that you don't have to listen to it 4 times to discover them. The vocals are tender, sincere and the male/female harmonies an absolute joy
Melodious, harmonious, accessible and downright good. This is not going to challenge anyone's world view or frighten your parents, but so what?

To be honest, I am not sure who is supposed to buy this, as it is far too mellow for most rock-heads to jump in, and ambient fans are probably never going to stumble accross it.
That said, the cover is exactly what you find in hippy shops in the racks of pan-pipe and whale noise CDs

No matter - take it for what it is - and that is quite simply extremely good


Decontruction
Decontruction
Price: 15.59

4.0 out of 5 stars The most 'projecty' of the Project, 21 Sep 2011
This review is from: Decontruction (Audio CD)
I have to be honest - this album is hard work.

It will be interesting to see how often I listen to it in a year's time. This really is a challenge from the off.

You cannot get past the fact that DT is doing something that noone else is doing, and in an age when so many bands sound exactly the same, Devin is absolutely unmistakable. However when I see the word 'project' in a band title, I get that niggling worry that not all of it is going to be good. Ki was near the knuckle at times, but this is by some distance the most 'projecty' of the 4.

There is nothing as annoying as someone going out of their way to be whacky. Devin tried it on Ziltoid and it grates again here: the cheeseburger reference, a few whacky voiceovers (see tracks 6 and 8), constant tuneless (but technically superb, I am sure) Zappa/Vai guitar twiddles, whacky vocals here and there, and the all-time low - a fart noise. In fact at times it seems like he has thrown all the worst parts from his earlier albums into a blender and tipped it up throughout the album.

And yet it all still works.
The weaving in of a full orchestra + choir is astonishingly powerful, and the many good bits seem to somehow qualify the tuneless bits which you have just sat through asking yourself 'where is this going?'
Certainly it is not an album which can be broken down into small chunks. You have no chance of finding a 'Christine' or 'Hyperdrive' in amongst this soup
It may be very heavy and very fast in parts, but never comes accross as angry and these parts are more than balanced by the layered harmonic parts which interweave them. There are very few hooks which hang in your ears, and practically none that you could sing to, but there is so much going on, that you need to know more, somehow. The whole album feels like a challenge to turn it off, whilst it hides the off button on your stereo, and the odd thing is that when it ends, you want to put it back on again immediately. Totally bizarre.

I'd love to know now what I will think of it in a year.......


Oggy and the Cockroaches (Vol. 2) - 2-DVD Set ( Oggy och Kackerlackorna ) ( Oggy & Cockroaches - Volume Two )
Oggy and the Cockroaches (Vol. 2) - 2-DVD Set ( Oggy och Kackerlackorna ) ( Oggy & Cockroaches - Volume Two )
Dvd ~ Olivier Jean Marie
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: 23.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anarchy continues - absolutely brilliant, 6 July 2011
No disappointments for fans of the first series - this is even funnier
It's anarchic, chaotic, inventive splapstick fun in best Tom and Jerry style.
Still lots of dynamite, rockets on roller skates, bashings on the head with blunt objects, and fabulous facial expressions. Still no dialogue or commentary - the music and sound effects do it all.

Whereas the first series was based largely around Oggy's chasing the wicked cockroaches around his house and getting seriously hurt, series 2 is a little less claustrophobic. In the odd one, the evil (but hugely entertaining) cockroaches have justice done to them too. They go fishing, climbing, to the circus, and every now and again fall foul of Bob, the huge violent Bulldog next door, who appeared just the once in series 1. He is a work of total comic genius - even if the obvious Tom and Jerry parallels with Butch are hard to overlook.

At least one laugh out loud moment in every episode, but you will be sat there with at least smile on your face for the rest of the time too. My wife claims to not like it (because it is mostly Oggy and Jack on the receiving end of the bashings), but even she can't stop herself laughing at it

I really can't recommend it highly enough
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Oggy and the Cockroaches - Vol 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Oggy och Kackerlackorna ) ( Oggy & Cockroaches - Volume One )
Oggy and the Cockroaches - Vol 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Oggy och Kackerlackorna ) ( Oggy & Cockroaches - Volume One )
Dvd ~ Olivier Jean Marie
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: 25.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Tom and Jerry for the 3rd Millenium, 27 Jun 2011
I think this cartoon series is one of the funniest ever on TV.
Basically Tom and Jerry updated - gentle blue cat is tortured and tormented by cockroaches, and runs around the house trying to catch them.
The humour is based almost totally around comic violence (lots of dynamite, slipping on rollerskates/banana skins, standing on rakes etc), and every now and then justice is done to the cockroaches. If you like your slapstick, you will love this.
In best silent film tradition, there is no speech or language barrier. (Top tip - compare price with French Amazon site if you were paying attention at school) No ill-fitting or annoying voices or crass dialogue - just the nitty gritty of (for example) how to blow Oggy up whilst he is on the toilet. You have to be pretty inventive to keep making that funny.
It also has an easy-to-watch consistency of thread - there are no surreal asides, or plot jumps, and there is conspicuous lack of effort to make this radical or edgy or 'out there'. It is also well drawn. Compare and contrast to almost every other cartoon series of the last 15 years.

There is a laugh-out-loud moment in every episode - for me the pick of these is when the cockroaches find a way into Cousin Jack's head and take control of his body. I nearly died.

The Mary Whitehouse in me will tell you that this is not entirely suitable for very young children - but even then, much of the violence is implied rather than explicit - you don't actually see the cockroaches being blown up by the chip fryer, or Cousin Jack having his face ground with a pepper grinder, or Oggy's face being lasered in the CD player. Perhaps that is also what helps make it so funny

40 episodes and 3 hours or so of Top, top entertainment

The only negative I can think of is that series 2 is even better.


Run for Cover
Run for Cover
Offered by musik-markt
Price: 4.11

3.0 out of 5 stars An uneasy fit, 6 Oct 2010
This review is from: Run for Cover (Audio CD)
As Roy Walker off 'Catchphrase' might have said - it's good, but it's not right.

I absolutely love this band, but even so, there is a whiff of sacriledge in the air

You are never going to better the original versions of Refuse-resist, Iron Fist, South of Heaven, or Circle of the Tyrants, and Fear Factory already did an untoppable cover of Your Mistake back in 1995. So the logical question is - why try?
It sounds pretty much as you would expect it to, although logically Pro Pain play Pro Pain songs best, not Celtic Frost's.

The best songs are the ones you haven't heard in their original form, and the punkier the better as those songs are closest to the usual PP offerings. Terpentin (Böhse Onkelz) is the pick of the bunch, and one you must know if you ever see them play in Germany.

You don't have to own it, but it's not a huge mistake if you do. Your call...........


A social grace + Mosquito (Re-issue)
A social grace + Mosquito (Re-issue)
Price: 16.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slowburner, 13 Aug 2010
Someone told me recently that A Social Grace was not just the greatest Prog Metal album, but absolutely the best Metal album of all time. I am not a great fan of progressive music as a rule, but best Metal album of all time? You have to give it a chance, don't you?
My subsequent disappointment when I heard the first 30 seconds was almost crushing as all my worst fears were fulfilled. I absolutely hated it. Dated 90s Thrash sound, a singer who obviously believes he can really sing, and enough tempo changes in every song to bamboozle the drummer of a free-jazz band. It was like someone had robbed a pile of cuttings from Testament's studio floor, thrown them into a grinder and stuck the bits together with selotape.
Putting it back on after a 2 week rest, however, it all started to unravel. The guitars started to sound coherent, the singer stopped getting on my nerves, and threads started to emerge from the relentless tempo-change chaos. After that the tunes start to stick in your head, and you patience gets rewarded. There is atmosphere to burn in the ballads (Jethro Tull anyone?) - melody, plenty of heaviness and even a bit of magic in parts elsewhere.
Like all albums over 45 minutes though, it starts to overstay its welcome a bit, quite frankly.
This is one of those albums that demands headphones and maximum concentration, rather than beer and a barbecue. To be honest, I find it hard work every time I put it on. If you like a record to grow on you, then you could do much worse than this. I challenge anyone to say they liked it first spin!

Mosquito is similar, but much more accessible. The production is smoother than on ASG and the vocals have lost their raspy edge. The tempo changes have been throttled to a certain extent too, to make this a much less challenging release than its partner in the package. As a result it is not quite as rewarding to repeated spins. It has more to like, but less to love. Good album, mind, and at the price the pairing is worth every penny.
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