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Garfield - The Movie/Garfield 2: A Tale Of Two Kitties [DVD]
Garfield - The Movie/Garfield 2: A Tale Of Two Kitties [DVD]
Dvd ~ Breckin Meyer
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 5.92

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all pretty nostalgic really..., 29 Nov 2007
I loved the Garfield cartoons as a kid. To find out they were finally doing a live action movie was quite exciting, although unfortunately like school uniform, you grow out of it as you get older.

Having said that its very interesting to watch if you're familiar with the cartoon, but if you hated that, then the films will not turn your opinion.

The first movie is just a basic cartoon theme brought to life, the second movie expands a little further out with more character voices. I'd certainly prefer the second one with voices from the likes of Bob Hoskins, Jane Horrocks, Vinnie Jones and Tim Curry and of course the always funny Billy Connolly as the jealous Lord.

But the tragic thing is, there's nothing at all magical about either of them, certainly Bill Murray's voice was made to play Garfield, but really that's about it.

I think the problem is the fact its ten years too late, the whole animation thing has been going on since Toy Story and the voice overs for animals were already done for Dr. Dolittle.
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Earth A.D.
Earth A.D.
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Splattered Punk, 26 Nov 2007
This review is from: Earth A.D. (Audio CD)
Walk Among Us ranks amongst one of the most infamous punk albums of all time, and despite its lack of recognition Earth A.D is a natural progression.

All the typical pop hooks and catchy vocals are present, along with an even more thrashy sound and gorier lyrics. If Danzig was quoted as 'the evil Elvis' then its songs like Bloodfeast, Green Hell and We Bite that clarify it.

Ultimately Earth A.D doesn't quite reach the heights of Walk Among Us, but any one who calls themselves a Misfits fan must buy this. Come on, with Die, Die My Darling, Death Comes Ripping, Queen Wasp and a new version of the classic Mommy, Can I go Out and Kill Tonight?, it's bloody great.


This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]
This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Turgoose

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Culture And Violence, 13 Oct 2007
I can never quite remember what had spurred me to buy this film, in fact I had never heard of or had even seen this film before, but originally I think it was to do with the storyline that attracted me.

This is England is a dramatic, shocking historical piece of cinema focusing on the skinhead culture. Semi-Autobiographical, the film is also about 11 year old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) who becomes part of a gang that quickly splits into two factions as soon as Combo (Stephen Graham), a national frontist returns from being in prison.

I think the key principal of this film is to shock and disgust cause this storyline is certainly not a pleasant one, but its an eye opener that refuses to let go from the moment Toots and The Maytals opens the beginning.

The extras are pretty standard like any dvd you buy nowadays - deleted scenes, trailer, rehearsals - but I find the production department section quite interesting cause it shows how they get that 80's look of the film.

This is England is one of the rare must see films of 2007, its got a gripping story, a fantastic soundtrack and superb acting. The bar for British film making has been raised.

So fly the flag and buy the dvd.


Legend Of Johnny Cash Vol. 2
Legend Of Johnny Cash Vol. 2
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 4.95

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Grows On..., 9 Oct 2007
Ring of Fire Volume 1 was the perfect introduction to Johnny Cash for young listeners, featuring twenty one of his classics like Folsom Prison Blues and Hey Porter!, add that to a successful biopic Walk The Line, Johnny Cash only continues to grow in his status.

Its been nearly four years since his tragic death, and ultimately Volume 2 is a way of dividing between the true fanatic and the curious listener.

Not quite as accessible as the first set, Volume 2 features a few cuts from Sun records including the fantastic There You Go, his stint at Columbia with the haunting Don't Take Your Guns To Town and of course his last efforts with Rick Rubin including a cover of Tom Petty's brilliant I Won't Back Down.

If anything this shows even more of his songwriting talents - Home of the Blues, The Ways of A Woman In Love and The Long Black Veil are some of the most enduring songs available here.

No live cuts this time around but instead you're treated to some duets including a surreal song between Johnny Cash and one of his idols Bob Dylan and a very western That Old Wheel with Hank Williams Jr.

To say you were curious you only bought Volume 1, to say you are clearly interested you must buy Volume 2! That's it, if Elvis Presley was the pop sensation and heart throb of that era, then Johnny Cash was the dark horse, forever Walking The Line.

Buy Buy Buy :-)


Streetcore
Streetcore
Price: 9.25

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Receivers To Boost..., 14 Sep 2007
This review is from: Streetcore (Audio CD)
To look at Streetcore as just the final album by the legendary Joe Strummer would be a grave injustice. This eclectic set of songs ranging from punk (Coma Girl) reggae (Get Down Moses) country (Long Shadow) to rock (All In A Day) is a refreshing listen.

Under the circumstances this album was released, its hard not to be poignant when listening to Streetcore particularly Ramshackle Day Parade and Silver and Gold, but this is a very positive record.

Whoever said Strummer lost it when he made this album is obviously not a true human, although it may not be as major as any of his Clash songs, Streetcore is a wonderful album who still care about the man's willingness to try anything.

If any song could be more fitting for Joe Strummer it would be the cover of Redemption Song. The rebel that grew up,and remained true to his colours.

Fantastic. :-)


Eat Me, Drink Me
Eat Me, Drink Me
Price: 5.70

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is This The Rabbit?, 12 Aug 2007
This review is from: Eat Me, Drink Me (Audio CD)
When Heart-Shaped Glasses was released, it was a welcome return for Marilyn Manson, but oddly at the same time it was one of which didn't create any major impact (after all the tabloids were more concerned with his breakup with Dita Von Teese), so coming into Eat Me Drink Me, nothing seems high in hopes.

The first thing that strikes you here are the lyrics, there are no satanic references, no religious baiting or occult themes, instead this a more personal album about the man himself, seemingly alienating his hardcore fans. Just A Car Crash Away is the prime example of it and certainly is hard to listen to.

To give Manson credit, he still has a good knowledge to make such gems as Putting Holes In Happiness, The Red Carpet Grave and Are You The Rabbit?, proving his musical talents are still where they were; albeit they lie now more in the Mechanical Animals territory.

Under the circumstances he came back to music, it seemed rather strange after he vowed never to record another album, and perhaps as fate would have it, maybe he should have waited for a little bit longer.


Walk Among Us
Walk Among Us
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 13.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Debut, 7 Aug 2007
This review is from: Walk Among Us (Audio CD)
If you were to ask many people about the Misfits, 95% would probably tell you they were at the top of their talents at the beginnning with Glen Danzig. This couldn't be any truer as Walk Among Us ranks along the great punk albums of all time.

At only 25 minutes long, its one of the shortest albums that i've heard recently and the longest song is about 3:06 (the brilliant Hatebreeders). Danzig manages to hold together a potential Ramones rip off using melodic singing, b-movie horror inspired lyrics and suprisingly clever structured music.

I don't think i could count any song as a particular favourite as every one is a classic, although the live cut of Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight? has that 'wish you were there' feeling.

Granted the lyrics may not be to everyone's tastes, every song here Danzig delivers them with venom and backing himself up with a great punk band, Walk Among Us is possibly an overlooked masterpiece.

If you consider yourself a punk fan, buy this now :-)


Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free + DVD
Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free + DVD
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 11.60

5.0 out of 5 stars They Just Came To Party Down, 31 July 2007
It was no secret three years ago, Reel Big Fish had reached a breaking point with their record label, even to the point they released an album of delibrate cyncism and negativity towards anything remotely musical. So when they finally split from their label, it seemed all their issues had been put behind them and soon a live collection was released as a thank you to the fans.

So the most obvious difference between Monkeys For Nothin'.. and its predecessor is the genuine mood of the songs and straight from the get go with Party Down this instantly feels much more uplifting. Of course this wouldn't be a RBF album without their trademark sarcasm and wittiness which still lurks around. Songs like Everybody's Drunk, Another F.U. Song and Please Don't Tell Her I Have A Girlfriend are pretty simple in its themes with F.U. being their most riotous sounding tune since Nothin'.

Once again a cover is present this time in the shape of Phil Collin's Another Day In Paradise, possibly the best cover since Take On Me, and ironically the reggae ting of Talkin' Bout A Revolution is revisited and reworked for Will The Revolution Come?. Best song of the new new stuff is definately Slow Down, the vibes are so great and you can tell they had fun recording it.

The 2nd half is newer versions of older songs, all of them from the out of print Everybody Sucks, from the swagger of I'm Her Man, the appropriately titled Why Do All Girls Think They're Fat?, the fun menage a trois Way Back, Hate You and Call You to Cannibal; the most melancholy song RBF has done since Drunk Again, not in terms of the theme but particularly for the outro.

The bonus dvd contains a 20 minute making the record documentary in which Aaron and Scott seemingly mock the ways of making an album 'Ship it out and wait for their smiles.. but mostly their cash', but is a great insight into how they do it.

This is a return to form for the Reel Big Fish, it certainly goes back to their roots and although they claimed the genre to be dead years ago, noone can do this many ska hits without breaking the charts.

They're going 'Back to the way that its used to be, when things were much better'. Top Rate Stuff.


One Day It Will Please...
One Day It Will Please...
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance Like A Monkey, 29 July 2007
If you were disappointed that the return of The Stooges didn't pan out to be as great as you could have hoped then feast your ears on the sleazy New York Dolls.

Its hard to imagine a band whose debut album was released in the early 70's, suffered many losses, could return thirty years later rejuvenated and carefree.

One Day It Will Please.. is a straight forward fun rock n roll album, with anthems such as We're All in Love and Fishnets and Cigarettes to catchy numbers like the brilliant Runnin' Around or the appropriately titled Dance Like A Monkey. In fact if this album doesn't make you smile then you need serious counselling.

Look out for guest appearances by Michael Stipe on Dancing On The Lip Of A Volcano and ironically Iggy Pop on Gimme Luv & Turn On The Light.

Its a brilliant record, cheerful, fun and sleazy. Somewhere, you know Johnny Thunders will be smiling.. Buy it now :-)


Taxi Driver [DVD] [1976] [1999]
Taxi Driver [DVD] [1976] [1999]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 6.73

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God's Lonely Man, 12 July 2007
Sometimes with movies it is very difficult to take in all the aspects on the first viewing, but watch it a second or even a third time and you'll either encounter something really well crafted and interesting or great performances and great imagery.

Martin Scorese's Taxi Driver somehow manages to achieve them both, in part with a surrealism and a role that Robert De Niro was born to play as Travis Bickle. Granted almost every film he's acted in De Niro has made memorable performances, such as Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull and Meet The Parents, but in Taxi Driver he was magnificently disturbing.

Of course, the film wouldn't be anything without great performances by Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel and Cybil Shepherd, each introduced through Bickle's eyes. The imagery is another strong point, New York on the state of corrupt breakdown, a state wrapped around a small time election. The main point would definately be the shooting gallery scene, you've gotta see that bit even if you haven't enjoyed the rest so far.

With great dialogue, memorable scenes, top notch performances and fantastic suspenseful direction, Taxi Driver is one of the films your friends have talked about and pretty soon you'll talk about too.

You Talkin' To Me? You Gonna Buy Me?


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