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Conan the Barbarian [1981] [DVD]
Conan the Barbarian [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: £3.26

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic and flawed movie, 27 May 2004
Conan The Barbarian, despite the obvious ridicule the title usually invokes from most people, is certainly an ambitious and well thought out film. John Milius has, in my opinion done an excellent job in bringing different parts of the Conan comic book together and fusing these elements into a watchable and enjoyable film, (yes it doesn't follow the comic book to the letter, but this gives the film a slight uniqueness and singualarity normally vacant in fantasy films). To those people who are 'worried' by the Nazi-esque undertones, grow up, so what if 'Aryans' end up killing the 'black' bad guy, are you inferring that black people can't be bad and that white people can't be good? If it was a 'black' good guy killing a bad 'white guy nobody would care (well, make such a fuss over it), just enjoy the film for what it is, leave the politics out of it, anyway im getting side tracked (Liberal hogwash really annoys me). Another bonus of this film has to be the outstanding score by Basil Poledouris (all though i've heard certain parts have been lifted from other compositions) each song perfectly reflects a specific event that occurs during the film and the two become indistinguishable, when you listen to the soundtrack seperately you can't help but recall what was happening at that moment during the film. However, the film lacks some overall quality that I can't quite place, i'd rate Excalibur in higher esteem than Conan though defining exact reasons why is difficult, perhaps being English the Arthur legend appeals to me more, and the distinct 'Englishness' of the films script (especially Merlin's character) entertains and provokes more of a response from me. The script in Conan though not having to be elaborate or essential to the movie does at times let it down and with this I conclude the film to be epic, yet flawed. Epic fight scenes with beautifully crafted music seemingly woven into the action sits alongside a generally strong but unavoidably clunky dialogue. Still, makes for great viewing though.

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Varg's Defining Work, 9 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (Audio CD)
As stated in the title, this is Varg's masterpiece mainly due to the minimalist theme which is prevalent through out. What could so easily have become tedious or boring if attempted by 'lesser' people is an album of true vision and at the time in total contrast to what people's perception of 'black metal' was. Varg achieves soundscapes of both raw and primitive 'evil' and yet evocative and truly transcendal passages of music. The intro to the 14 minute title track before the first riff is heard is evidence of this, haunting in its slowly moving an evolving sounds, and yet strikingly simple and 'dreamy'. Repetition of riffs seeks to continually enhance and build an atmosphere, not because Varg is incapcable of progressing songs, but because of an understanding of aesthetics. The following two tracks while also utilising minimalist techniques and being respectively good songs in their own right, ultimately pale when stood against the magnitude and scope of the first song. The 10 minute keyboard track 'Tomhet' which rounds up the album leaves me in a state of ambiguity as to whether it is music, or a lesson in constructing passages of minimalism for the sake of it. Either way, this album represents a true black metal classic of undeniable genius. Whether you love or hate him, worship him or want to kill him, Varg's music remains thus = Essential listening.

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