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Rowley C. Newton "jordanseye" (Bucks, England)

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The Night of the Hunter [DVD] [1955]
The Night of the Hunter [DVD] [1955]
Dvd ~ Robert Mitchum
Price: 7.35

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique masterpiece, 26 April 2010
A fine example of the "one man's meat is another man's poison" cliche, this film is a fantastic masterpiece to those, like me, who succumb to its wonderful magic, and an incomprehensibly overrated disappointment to those who don't.

It is almost impossible to categorise: is it gothic horror, thriller or dark (and occasionally sentimental) fairytale? Perhaps a combination of all three, and it is indeed in moments of transition that some of the haunting nature of this movie is revealed. As Mitchum's terrifying pursuit of the childrens segues into their river escape, the tone switches from nailbiting terror to gorgeous "magic reality" in the wake of his roar of disappointment, ready for the good fairy (Lilian Gish) to turn up downriver. Just to name my own favourite moment; there are plenty of others (the wife at the bottom of the river being the most oft-quoted). And what stunning, overwrought yet just right, performances there are from Mitchum (possibly his best ever), Winters and others.

Anyone coming to this film expecting a simple, unified, realistic narrative will indeed be disappointed, but those ready to give themselves to a world of symbol and shadow, light and darkness (what fantastic cinematography!), and pure, fairytale good and evil need seek no further. This is not an "old" film: it is timeless, and eternally beautiful. Don't be afraid; jump in and submerge yourself. But don't drown...

Rant In E-Minor
Rant In E-Minor
Price: 8.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning performance, 4 Feb 2010
This review is from: Rant In E-Minor (Audio CD)
This is Hicks at his most concentrated - rebarbative, vituperative, despairing, but above all incredibly funny. Some of the material has dated, some sadly has not - Rush Limbaugh is still spreading his poison, for example, but overall this is the most sustained and meaningful stand-up comedy I have ever heard. Yes, Hicks knew he was dying: that's what freed him to achieve this apotheosis. Perhaps the greatest ever comedy performance.

Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 29.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime peaks of a sublime career, 25 Jun 2008
This review is from: Saint Dominic's Preview (Audio CD)
This is not going to be an objective review, but rather a paean of praise to one utter masterpiece. I agree with most reviewers that there are three, or possibly four, stand-out tracks - the long ones and "Jacjie Wilson Said". I personally have always admired "Almost Independence Day" at a respectful distance, except on some isolated occasions, when it has "got" to me. But I have always adored the magnificent title cut and its winderful balance of celebration and auffering. But... I want to talk about "Listen to the Lion". Strangely, I can understand those who dismiss it as meandering, too long, even padded out with filler. Others will know how ineffably wrong this is, however. It is precisely the right length (at least when one has heard it two or three times in a row), and its subtle shifts of rhythm and harmony, gradually building and then gently dissipating tension (sublimated through the lion's roar) and sweet yet painful dying fall create an incredible drama. Morrison's voice is under perfect control, from the achingly gentle opening "... my love come tumblin' down" through the breakdown of words into sounds, culminating in those roars of the terrible yet vulnerable beast inside. And the accompaniment is the perfect complement, subtly shifting throughout as it reflects the shifting meanings and faces of the lion. Such simplicity combined with such complex interplay. This song has lost none of its power to move me to tears - of joy, sadness, I know not what - in the thirty years since I first came to know it. Perhaps only "Tangled up in Blue" could compete in the longevity stakes for me. So have patience and buy these record - three songs at the very least are each worth many times its price.
Apologies for plunge into idolatry - normal service will be resumed forthwith.

Rough Mix
Rough Mix

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little-known gem, 4 July 2007
This review is from: Rough Mix (Audio CD)
I've long forgotten how I first heard this wonderful album; it was probably in the wake of my belated acquaintance with The Who's output, and Townshend supplies some of his prettiest songs. But it is in fact Lane's contribution to which I keep returning, particularly "April Fool", one of the loveliest songs around, period.
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Price: 27.24

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just beautiful, 30 May 2006
This review is from: Aerial (Audio CD)
Not being a Kate Bush fan, I bought this on spec, but have gradually been overwhelmed by the sheer, subtle beauty of it. It took a few listens, but now almost every song transfixes me with its loveliness. An Architect's Dream...mmmm! A subtle masterpiece!

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