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Still Crazy [DVD] [1998]
Still Crazy [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Stephen Rea
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 24.83

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but spoiled a bit by overly clichéd ending., 21 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Still Crazy [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
I'm rather surprised at the overwhelmingly positive reviews of this movie. It is a fun feel good film and not an out and out comedy. A few chuckles here and there but not exactly side splitting. The performance by Bill Nighy is great as the singer. Timothy Spall is good also. I have to wonder though whether Jimmy Nail exerted some influence over the storyline in order to showcase his singing and further his own musical career. I'm not going to spoil the ending, for anyone that has not seen the film, suffice to say that it is massively and embarrassingly clichéd.
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Broken [2006] [DVD]
Broken [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nadja Brand

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film., 9 Jun 2010
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The bad reception this film seems to have gotten is bewildering to me. Yes, it could go into the "torture porn" envelope but that would be narrow sighted. Broken is a tense, nerve shredding horror with superb acting and direction.

The film would get 5 stars but for a slight lag in the middle and a few instances of stupid character syndrome.

Well done to the film makers. I will be on the lookout for more from Adam Mason.


The Seventh Coming
The Seventh Coming
Price: 7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch, 22 April 2010
This review is from: The Seventh Coming (Audio CD)
I recently dug out this album for the first time in years, after never really listening to it enough to start with. What I found was possibly Cathedral's most consistent album. There are no fillers on here. The songs are all great, catchy, groovy, relatively short and punchy, not to mention the album is as heavy as a big metal box containing a tonne of lead hammers and strapped to a big metal elephant with magnets on its feet... standing on a big steel planet with lots of gravity.

Brilliant metal.


Guessing Game
Guessing Game
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Price: 11.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe their most adventurous offering, 17 April 2010
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This review is from: Guessing Game (Audio CD)
It's been a fairly long wait between albums for Cathedral, the last one, 2005's The Garden of Uneathly Delights, had ecstatic high points and a few misfires, as is normal with Cathedral albums, but was generally a pretty strong offering. Arriving five years later, The Guessing Game could well be the band's most adventurous album to date. It is certianly epic.

The songs on this album are sprinkled with musical colour, establishing a progressive and psychedelic kaleidescope of desirable sound. Each of the two CDs that the music is spread across opens with an instrumental, the first of which leads into the epic Funeral of Dreams. This is a truly outstanding track, lasting around 8 minutes and it never gets boring. Other standouts on CD1 are the very pleasant instrumental title track and the funky, retro Cats, Insence, Candles and Wine. The second disc disc is not quite up to the standards of the first, but the album is a grower and there is much to discover on repeated listens. There are, of course, a few of Cathedral's trademark lumbering funeral march tunes to offset the flourishes of light.

The Guessing Game is another strong album from Cathedral and fans will be sure to lap it up but it could have perhaps been better in some regards. Some tracks are let down by what seem to be poorly thought out vocal melodies and repetetive lyricism. This albums lacks one of the rollicking, catchy as hell, heavy metal romps that Cathedral do so well and the couple of tracks that seem to be heading in that direction become derailed when the chorus arrives. I'm thinking of Painting in the Dark and Casket Chasers here, for example. As for the lyrics, constant references to "society" and "reality" become a tad tiring and I would prefer that Mr. Dorrian climb down from his soapbox more often than he does here. The vocalist does seem to have a proverbial bee in his bonnet with regards to his perception of the general public, constantly accusing us of existing in some kind of living death. This from someone who is usually a fan of the singer's insane ramblings about "skeletal hands" and all that. I can't hear any skeletal hands, or any other body parts, in here but there is a "spectral sea" in Ghost Ship. Needless to say that is a lyrical highlight.

Edited review to say that even songs that I dismissed at first are real growers. Very strong album.


Guessing Game - Limited Edition
Guessing Game - Limited Edition
Price: 9.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe their most adventurous offering, 13 April 2010
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It's been a fairly long wait between albums for Cathedral, the last one, 2005's The Garden of Uneathly Delights, had ecstatic high points and a few misfires, as is normal with Cathedral albums, but was generally a pretty strong offering. Arriving five years later, The Guessing Game could well be the band's most adventurous album to date. It is certianly epic.

The songs on this album are sprinkled with musical colour, establishing a progressive and psychedelic kaleidescope of desirable sound. Each of the two CDs that the music is spread across opens with an instrumental, the first of which leads into the epic Funeral of Dreams. This is a truly outstanding track, lasting around 8 minutes and it never gets boring. Other standouts on CD1 are the very pleasant instrumental title track and the funky, retro Cats, Insence, Candles and Wine. The second disc disc is not quite up to the standards of the first, but the album is a grower and there is much to discover on repeated listens. There are, of course, a few of Cathedral's trademark lumbering funeral march tunes to offset the flourishes of light.

The Guessing Game is another strong album from Cathedral and fans will be sure to lap it up but it could have perhaps been better in some regards. Some tracks are let down by what seem to be poorly thought out vocal melodies and repetetive lyricism. This albums lacks one of the rollicking, catchy as hell, heavy metal romps that Cathedral do so well and the couple of tracks that seem to be heading in that direction become derailed when the chorus arrives. I'm thinking of Painting in the Dark and Casket Chasers here, for example. As for the lyrics, constant references to "society" and "reality" become a tad tiring and I would prefer that Mr. Dorrian climb down from his soapbox more often than he does here. The vocalist does seem to have a proverbial bee in his bonnet with regards to his perception of the general public, constantly accusing us of existing in some kind of living death. This from someone who is usually a fan of the singer's insane ramblings about "skeletal hands" and all that. If I'm not mistaken there is a refernce to a skeletal something or other in The Guessing Game, which, needless to say, is a highlight.

Edit: It is a spectral sea, not a skeletal item.
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Tomes of the Dead: Hungry Hearts
Tomes of the Dead: Hungry Hearts
by Gary McMahon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp, 13 April 2010
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Hungry Hearts was the second Tomes of the Dead story I read. Not in the same class as my current favourites in the series (I, Zombie and The Words of Their Roaring) but a fun read. Many scenes seem taken almost directly from Dawn of the Dead, the opening sequence for example but it is a quick paced read and was heading for a 4 star review until the end. I was rolling my eyes by then, it just got too silly unfortunately.


Tomes of the Dead: Tide of Souls (Tomes of the Dead (Abaddon Books))
Tomes of the Dead: Tide of Souls (Tomes of the Dead (Abaddon Books))
by Simon Bestwick
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, not done justice., 13 April 2010
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Tide of souls starts out very nicely indeed. Britain is flooded quite suddenly and zombies emerge from the water to eat their dinner. The story is told from the point of view of three protagonists and we are first introduced to enslaved prostitute, Katja. The first 100 pages or so remain rivetting as we explore the water wasteland that Lancashire has become. Unfortunately this momentum is not maintained and we are bogged down by a number of repetetive skirmishes between army and undead. Ultimately Tide of Souls ends up being a zombie story that could have been great but ended up simply boring me and I trudged to the end in a rather disinterested fashion.


Tomes of the Dead: I, Zombie
Tomes of the Dead: I, Zombie
by Al Ewing
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Brilliant. Must Be Read!!, 28 Mar 2010
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One of the most original and entertaining books I've ever read. Completely unpredictable throughout, throwing the reader off the scent and completely turning the story on its head several times, this is a book not to be missed by any fan of horror/sci-fi... I don't know how to describe it. Saying too much could ruin the suprise held within these mental pages. It is a gem. Trust me, the 5 star reviews are here for a reason.

Top notch.

Bravo Mr Ewing. I hope you'll follow this up with more mayhem.


Death Mask
Death Mask
by Graham Masterton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very silly but very entertaining book, 3 Aug 2009
This review is from: Death Mask (Mass Market Paperback)
If you like Masterton, you'll like Death Mask. I like Masterton, his stories are usually very creative, if a little silly, although they have a tendency to fall apart as the author gets carried away with his ideas and neglects to follow his own logic.

Death Mask is extremely silly but it's a book that's difficult to put down. I read it in a couple of days.

Highly recommended, provided you can suspend disbelief sufficiently. I really enjoyed it.


Mr. Hands
Mr. Hands
by Gary A. Braunbeck
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff from The Master, 21 Feb 2009
This review is from: Mr. Hands (Mass Market Paperback)
Gary A Braunbeck is an amazing writer. Every horror fan should read him and this is a great place to start. Nobody writes like Braunbeck.


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