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Different Gear, Still Speeding
Different Gear, Still Speeding
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE STOP!!, 17 Nov 2011
Oasis circa 1994-96 were one of the best things in music, Liam had attitude, swagger and a really "original" voice, 'Rockin' Chair' is almost certainly his best vocal, but in 1997 Liam decided to become a john Lennon impersonator, out with his great voice and in with a John Lennon style of whining!
Oasis were patchy after that, releasing a few albums with less and less memorable songs, and so we get to Liam's new band, which promised soo much & delivered soo little. You could be forgiven for thinking this is an Oasis album, but without Noel this BEADY EYE are delivering mediocre rock that wouldn't have made it to an Oasis b-side let alone an album.
Liam was a great singer, but his voice is shot to ribbons now and he can't hold a note to save his life.
Liam should stick to his clothing range and let the real talent, Noel, carry on with the music, otherwise he's in danger of ruining his legacy and becoming a saturday night pub act where only the cleaner sits and listens . . .
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Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon [DVD]
Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Jackson
Price: £4.47

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 29 Oct 2011
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David Gest was Michael's friend for a long time and presents this documentary with great love and affection.
Katherine is genuinely moving when talking about her son, especially when the documentary focuses on the false allegations against Michael in 1993 & 2005. I was moved to tears in places and was impressed that things were not glossed over as i thought they would be.
Dwelling very heavily on the early Jackson 5 days it was really interesting to hear from people who were there at the time and who talked of Michael with love and grace. What i was let down by was the lack of people who were supposedly Michael's life-long friends, such as Diana Ross, Emmanuel Lewis, Macauley Culkin, Brooke Shields Quincy Jones !!??etc, even the family are low on the ground as we only hear from Katherine, Rebbie & Tito. Personally i would have liked to hear from ALL the family members so we could get a rounded perspective on Michael as a person.
Too much time given over to the early years and i would have loved more insight into the man Michael was and not the child he used to be. That said, this is still well made, entertaining, moving without being too sugar coated.
Fans will be pleased with the presentation and warmth of the interviews, but may feel let down by the lack of insight into the mind of Michael Jackson.
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Black Sweat (Clean)
Black Sweat (Clean)

5.0 out of 5 stars EMPEROR OF FUNK, 19 Oct 2011
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An old school funky tune that Prince executes perfectly. He may not make instant classics like he used to, but with gems like this who cares . . .

Wild Man
Wild Man

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!, 19 Oct 2011
This review is from: Wild Man (MP3 Download)
On 1st listen the riff reminded me of Kate's song 'Be Kind To My Mistakes', after 3 or 4 listens i fell in love with this track.
Kate's music has an ethereal quality, but not one that alienates the listener, but one that draws you into the world created by the music and wonderful lyrics. This song takes you on some kind of cold Tibetan journey but makes you feel like you are wrapped up warm and snug at the same time.
This song is fantastic and i look forward to hearing it in context with the other 6 tracks on 50 Words For snow . . .

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MICHAEL'S MOST CREATIVE ALBUM . . ., 26 Aug 2011
This review is from: Dangerous (Audio CD)
After the 1980's Michael was going to release a greatest hits album called "DECADE", he went into the studio to record some bonus tracks and ended up staying there and making a whole new album. No longer shackled to Quincy Jones, Michael was free to experiment and move forward, step in Bill Bottrell & Teddy Riley to help and you have what i regard as Michael's most creative work in his canon!!??
The 1st thing you hear on the album is the sound of glass breaking, as though Michael has smashed through your bedroom window and demanded that you listen. 'JAM', the opening track has the most fantastic lyrics . . ."i have to find my peace cos' no-one seems to let me be, false prophets cry of doom what are the possibilities?" Social commentary and funk!!??
We have funk, soul, rock, pop, all in 77 minutes of great music. We have 'IN THE CLOSET', 'DANGEROUS', 'GIVE IN TO ME', BLACK OR WHITE', 'WHO IS IT', 'WILL YOU BE THERE', 'REMEMBER THE TIME', 'JAM', 'GONE TOO SOON', 'HEAL THE WORLD', there's a greatest hits package right there man!!
I suggest reading the lyric booklet as you listen because behind all that music lies the lyrics of a genius.
My favourite track has to be 'WHO IS IT', the lyrics are amazing, the chorus is intense . . ."& it doesn't seem to matter & it doesn't seem right, cos the will has brought no fortune still i cry alone at night, don't you judge of my composure cos i'm lying to myself, & the reason why she left me? did she find someone else?" Breathtaking lyrics. This album is by far the best Michael Jackson album for lyrical content & giving us an insight into the man himself. Even the artwork for the album is Michael's best, i recommend a vinyl version just to take in all the clues and references!

The Adjustment Bureau - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
The Adjustment Bureau - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adust your set . . ., 24 July 2011
I wanted to like this movie, my family had seen it at the cinema and recommended it. I think they all must have gone into another film as this is certainly not the film they described.
Matt is excellent as usual but seems to be dragged down by the "unusually" bad acting from Emily Blunt. I found their' love story very difficult to involve myslf in, and as this was the crux of the film, I immediately switched off.
The story has a brilliant premise, but it was executed almost like a 'scooby-doo' cartoon, you know, this big obvious clue means the monster just has to be Brad the security guard!!??
A wasted chance, and Terence Stamp is woefully underused . . . .

The Big Guns Called Me Back Again
The Big Guns Called Me Back Again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best songs, 12 April 2011
Well only Polly harvey would put such a classic on a b-side whereas other artists would squeeze such a song for every penny.
The guitar in this song sounds like a war cry, and i suppose it's meant to be.
The lyrics are excellent as is the music.
Please Please download this song as it is brilliant brilliant.

The Fry Chronicles
The Fry Chronicles
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Hardcover

121 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Puff addiction? Stephen will help!!!, 14 Sep 2010
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Having been a huge fan of "control" for years i look forward with keen anticipation to any literature penned by Stephen Fry.
'Moab is My Washpot' is perhaps the funniest book I've ever read and i was a constant irritation to my Wife whilst reading it as i kept laughing out loud. So 'THE FRY CHRONICLES' had a lot to live up to and i have to say it was worth the wait!!! Whatever background you come from, whatever class you are, Stephen has a great knack of drawing you into his world and basking in the tropical heat that is his wit and wisdom. From the start i was literally coughing up my "Scott's" porridge oats as i read about his cereal addiction through to his pompous pipe-smoking school-teacher anecdotes.
I am sorely tempted to hint at more but i don't want to spoil it for the reader.
If you love Stephen Fry you will "adore" this just as a cat bends itself around catnip. As with Colin Dexter you will need a dictionary to hand as Stephen's grasp of the English language is second to none and leaves us mortals in shame.
If Stephen reads this review i want him to know that a fellow bi-polar sufferer loves him very much and is very much emboldened by his ability to exist and give people soo much joy!
I would do "rudies" with Stephen anytime.
10/10 Didn't expect anything less really.
God bless Stephen Fry . . .
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Poirot - Complete Season 12 [ 2009 ]
Poirot - Complete Season 12 [ 2009 ]
Dvd ~ David Suchet
Offered by brrsales
Price: £10.98

29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New sides to our super sleuth, 9 Aug 2010
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THE CLOCKS: I was interested to see how this story would be adapted as Poirot solves this crime retrospectively in the book and whilst reading it i found it hard to keep the story coherent in my mind, but here the writers have done a great job in giving us a "classic" Agatha mystery that makes sense and is very enjoyable to watch. Starring Phil Daniels as Inspector Hardcastle, this episode shows us the shadow of World War II looming on the horizon and a classic whodunit that keeps you guessing till the end. A classic Agatha story that benefits from the television adaptation and also injects a bit of humour that has been lacking in the Poirot episodes of late.

THREE-ACT TRAGEDY: This is the "weakest" of the 4 new episodes, with Martin Shaw doing a rather lively turn in support.
The whole episode is meant to be "theatrical" in style and this makes for interesting visuals, such as falling newspapers and character introductions.
Well cast and, as usual, stunning sets and clothes, but there is just something lacking. Make up your own minds'.

HALLOWEEN PARTY: This is a really strong story made even more so by Mark Gatiss who penned the screenplay. The murder of a child at a Halloween Party is expertly handled and made all the more macabre with added score and direction. Ariadne Oliver makes a welcome return and is, as usual, a great foil to Poirot's seriousness. A very dark story with great supporting cast, this episode is as strong as any, and leads well into ORIENT EXPRESS.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS: Where to start? There has been much debate about the direction of this episode, but i think the writers did a great job.
This is nothing like the 1974 version where the concentration was on the murder and the solving of it. The murder of ratchett is kind of secondary to the torment of Hercule Poirot's standards of right and wrong and his Catholic faith. Some have critiqued the fact that Poirot's faith isn't mentioned in the book but i applaude the writers for giving us the classic story but shining a new light on it, one which is emotional and sublime.
David Suchet plays Poirot very differently in this episode, but he is obviously jaded and questioning his morality.
Some may scoff at the additions, such as the stoning of the woman in Istanbul, or the changing of one of the murderers, but i think it actually makes this a much stronger, more emotional story than just the usual "solving and summing up".
Even the killing of Ratchett is illuminated as we see him aware of every stab from the knife right up until the 12th, forcing us to see the 12 suspects in a harsher light than previous adaptations. This is, in my opinion, the finest version of ORIENT EXPRESS, not just because the definitive Poirot stars but because they have taken the most famous AGATHA CHRISTIE story and given us, in effect, a brand new story, one of such emotional weight that for the first time in a Poirot episode, i was left crying for Hercule himself.
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Huckleberry Finn and His Friends [DVD]
Huckleberry Finn and His Friends [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sammy Snyders
Price: £20.90

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . . "IT WAS INJUN JOE . . .!!!", 24 May 2010
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Along with thousands of other youngsters at the time this was 'essential' viewing in the summer holidays, squeezed between the Pink Panther & Why Don't You it made those summer mornings glorious.
Brilliantly cast, well written, some great drama especially involving Injun Joe, Huck's Pa, and the emotional return of the boys after they are presumed dead. I watch this every summer and it still makes me cry from the opening song to Aunt Polly's overdubbed dialogue. I can't heap enough praise upon this series, makes you wish for those care-free days again when all you had to worry about was whether to go down the beck or play on your grifter with your mates.
Bully stuff.
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