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Murder By Numbers [DVD] [2002]
Murder By Numbers [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Sandra Bullock
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.33

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an intriguing failure..., 28 Jan 2003
this is an interesting side-step for sandra bullock (one that i wish the insipid julia roberts would take some times). this is darker than average and raises questions about the nature of evil and guilt. while it isn't exactly suspenseful, it does manage to retain your interest for most of its running time. the cast are terrific - ryan gosling is a particular stand-out. bullock is good but she's saddled with a muddled character who's motivation doesn't ring true.
the ending is weak too - going against the thoughtful approach adopted throughout the film and relying on an action set-piece that isn't worked for.
i liked this film though and i would watch it again. it tries a little harder to be different and intelligent and for this it deserves praise.


Make It Good [CD 2]
Make It Good [CD 2]
Offered by energymusic
Price: £4.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated?, 17 Sep 2002
This review is from: Make It Good [CD 2] (Audio CD)
a1 have moved in leaps and bounds since their number one single take onme (a cover of the a-ha track). better production, improved songs and the chance to write their own material. it shows - make it good is a move in the indie direction but the piece de resistance of this single is the seven minute long remix of one of their better songs (penned by band members ben and paul)- caught in the middle. its fast and edgy and has a nice line in disco anthem. worth it alone for that.


Contact
Contact
by Carl Sagan
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something is out there..., 15 Sep 2002
This review is from: Contact (Hardcover)
for those of you unfamiliar with carl sagan, this novel is good a place to start. perhaps his most expansive novel, it certainly isn't lacking in ambition. hollywood was most interested in its combination of politics, religion and science fiction/fact but the depth of characterisation (it has at least 80 major characters) and complexity of the plot meant that it took almost ten years to reach the screen.
the book follows eleanor arroway from her discovery of extra-terrestrial contact to her journey to another world. it is emotional, exciting, scary and involving . it is, for me, the definitive sagan - rich, intelligent and unforgettable.


The Mothman Prophecies [DVD] [2002]
The Mothman Prophecies [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Richard Gere
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars be afraid - the mothman cometh, 4 Sep 2002
mark pellington's film has many strengths - a surreal atmosphere evoked by sound and light, strong performances from the cast, superb editing and a spine tingling score... but perhaps its strongest point is the films restraint. the film scares well but it doesn't use sudden loud noises, cats jumping into frame or quick editing to do so. instead, pellington builds a sense of dread from the off - something in this world isn't quite right.
richard gere is quite effective in a stoic role - indeed he reigns in a performance free of his usual facial ticks. laura linney is as good as she ever is (which is fine by me) even if her role is a little under written. in a tiny role as gere's wife, debra messing is surprisingly good and will patton gives a strong reading of a man tortured by visions of disaster.
a terrificly subtle movie that lingers in the mind - perhaps one of the best horror movies of the last few years.
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Songs for a Blue Guitar
Songs for a Blue Guitar
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Price: £29.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars songs for a sad day, 4 Sep 2002
This review is from: Songs for a Blue Guitar (Audio CD)
the red house painters don't embrace joy very well. these collection of tracks seem to inspire melancholy and pain but they are deeply affecting non the less. an eclectic mixture of blues, complaint rock and mark kozelek's sour voice, songs for a blue guitar is most succesful in its cover version - have you forgotten and all mixed up. both songs leave me drained and elated and oddly moved... much like the album itself and the emotions it evokes.


Track Record
Track Record
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £13.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tracks for life, 4 Sep 2002
This review is from: Track Record (Audio CD)
ms. armatrading has been releasing tracks for three decades now. this album, previously released as a compilation of hits pulls together her strongest and most affecting titles.
drop the pilot is catchy and uplifting and would'nt sound right coming from someone else.
when armatrading reaches the core of love and relationships she creates moving and unforgettable tracks like 'the weakness in me' and 'love and affection'. 'heaven' cuts right to the soul and remains her most haunting song.
from this track record, joan armatrading deserves more recognition these days both as a song writer and singer. 'show some emotion' she pleads - find this album and you'll see why.


24: Season One DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season One DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £9.82

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24/7, 21 Aug 2002
the show that kept us gripped for 24 weeks is now on dvd. i've already watched it the whole way through.
the concept seemed silly at first but the split screen soon became imperative to the narrative. the direction and writing were not always consistent from week to week but by the final three episodes i was literally ripping the arms of my chair.
brilliant, exciting and utterly rewatchable. buy it now!


Spares
Spares
by Michael Marshall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes you don't want it to end, 15 Aug 2002
This review is from: Spares (Paperback)
very few books meet my approval - i always find some flaw or something i would love to edit out. michael marshall smith's spares novel does not fit into this category - it is simply brilliant. it is what i always wanted science fiction to be - real, heartfelt and utterly involving. i cried more than once, laughed out loud and gasped at several major turning points. i didn't sleep for a whole night and i just didn't want it to end.
writing doesn't get any better than this.


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