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Only by the Night
Only by the Night
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only By The Night, 2 Nov 2008
This review is from: Only by the Night (Audio CD)
First of all, I want to say that the only criticism people seem to give this album is that it's more mainstream than Kings of Leon's previous three albums. So what? That doesn't make it a bad album. If anything, it's a good thing. I found this album very accessible, whereas before I couldn't really get into their music. After hearing Only By The Night, I bought all their other albums and I now consider them one of my favourite bands. This album introduced me to their work.
Only By The Night isn't as good as Kings of Leon's previous album, Because of The Times (it'd be difficult to top that), but it's still a great album that easily deserves it's acclaim. Only By The Night features their catchiest song, Sex On Fire, and some of the most powerful and moving songs they've ever produced. The only song here I don't like would be Use Somebody, which feels like a basic pop song that's below the Kings of Leon, but all the other songs here have something to offer and are generally brilliant.
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The Weather Man [DVD]
The Weather Man [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 26 July 2006
This review is from: The Weather Man [DVD] (DVD)
This is not a comedy! Just wanted to clear that up. The Weather Man was stupidly marketed as a comedy, when really it's a dark and sometimes depressing character study. It's story and tone is similar to American Beauty, albeit this is much darker and actually manages to paint a bleaker image of Nicholas Cage's character than of Lester Burnham. The acting is mostly good, but the greatest feature of the film is the cinematography; starting with the memorable opening shot of the ice covered lake, the cinematography never faulters and helps greatly in symbolizing Dave Spritz' loneliness.

Jarhead [DVD]
Jarhead [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 10 Jun 2006
This review is from: Jarhead [DVD] (DVD)
When I heard Jarhead was being filmed by Sam Mendes, one of my favourite directors, I decided to read the book it was based on. The novel, also called Jarhead, was brilliant and I couldn't wait to see how Mendes' film would turn out.

When the film came out, the reviews weren't bad, but they didn't seem to reccomend anything about the film either. Most reviewers seemed to focus on the fact that the film didn't directly imitate the novel and wasn't as good. But then when has the film ever been better than the novel?

Jarhead is tonally very different from the book, as the film seems to look for a more comedic side to war. Perhaps if the film had been made closer to the novel it would have been better. But Jarhead is still a masterpiece. It has no faults whatsoever: the acting (particularly from Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaad) is amazing, the storyline moves along at a quick pace and the cinematogrophy is the best I have ever seen. Those who complained the film was boring are missing the point: the desert scenes are meant to seem boring. In my opinion, Mendes was just trying to convey how boring life was for the soldiers "fighting" in The Gulf War.

As some others have said, this is one film that will get better with age and will be regarded as a classic in years to come.

Casino (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Casino (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 8 Aug 2005
You could write this film off as a Goodfellas rehash, but don't! It is quite simply, fantastic! Of course, the similarities to Goodfellas are there, what with the obvious one being the cast and crew. The good thing is, though, is that Casino somehow manages to feel quite different despite looking the same.
The acting is, like Goodfellas, absolutely suberb, with even the bit part players convincing. An Oscar Nominated Sharon Stone as Ginger is absolutely stellar, in parts stealing the show as a money grabbing hustler only out for herself. Joe Pesci is also excellent as Nicky Santoro, practically playing Tommy Devito all over again, albeit slightly more sinister, if you can imagine that. It's Robert Deniro who really shines in this movie though as Sam 'Ace' Rothstein, the calm and calculating Casino Director.
What amazes me about Deniro is that he always seems to not just play the character, but become them. Unlike other flavour-of-the-month, Hollywood expendables, Deniro is always a different person with different traits that he brings to the role through acting without having to use the script to show who his character is. Here, he does just that. There is barely a trace of his Goodfellas role, the cold, ruthless Jimmy Conway.
Also look out for James Woods as the ultimate loser boyfriend and Kevin Pollak of The Usual Suspects as mafia pawn Philip Green.
The style of the film is also Goodfellas-esque, but that could only be a good thing. Scorsese's philosophy must be that, if you've a good idea, why not use it again? The editing is quick and therefore helps along the pace. It's amazing how much information he and editor Thelma Schoonmaker can cram into a film. It may be nearly three hours long, but considering the timeline spans 10 years, that's pretty good.
Music, once again like Goodfellas, is also used heavily and effectively. Most of the time you don't even notice it's there, but when you do, you find that hundreds of tracks are used across almost the entire film, amazingly always fitting perfectly with the tone and length of the scene.
The question is, which is better: Casino or Goodfellas? Having loved Goodfellas and ranking in my all time top films, I'd have to say that my personal favourite has definitely changed to Casino. It's the way that, yes, it is like Goodfellas, but on a much larger scale. It's as though Scorsese just wanted more. The violence is more graphic, the costumes are colourful and garish, the performances are equally terrific, but, at parts, more stand-out and memorable.
If you enjoy Scorsese's work and this masterpiece has so far eluded you, I recommend you buy it right away.

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