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Denis Cadogan "cadzy" (Harrow,London)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same,and therefore great!, 20 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Animositisomina (Audio CD)
I was unsure how to approach the release of Ministry's eight studio album-having been a fan since 88's excellent 'Land of rape and honey' lp, I followed them at their peak(92's indispensable 'Psalm 69') and the dreary(everything since then,really).The word was that this release would be a return to form.For once, the word was right.
It goes without saying that Ministry records merge the divine with the dire,and this is no exception.Things get off to a less than auspicious start with the title track,basically a lot of sonic experimentalism mixed with frontman Al Jourgenson's incomprehensible vocals.Electroclash?More noisy rash.However, things pick up with the second number-'Unsung' has an amazing riff and is possibly the most marketable single on the record-its the best commercial track since 96's 'Reload'.
The majority of this record is surprisingly fine,Especially the slow burning 'Broken'(reminiscent of 'Nine inch nails,possibly a nod to their previous ep of the same name) and the stand-out track on the album-'The light pours out of me'.Complex,Mature and a cover of a 'Magazine' track,it easily stands up with their finest work and breaks new ground in having a hummable chorus.
The latter possibly hints that Ministry are contemplating a new direction, becoming melodic in their old age.'Animositisomina'(a memorable title I have to say) proves with panache that there is more than enough life left in the old dogs left just yet.

Switchback [VHS]
Switchback [VHS]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre psychological thriller, 12 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Switchback [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Switch Back is an unusual movie, taking its inspiration from westerns, thrillers and horror films in equal measure. Its often wearyingly over-plotted in certain parts, which holds back an otherwise entertaining if largely unseen film.
Dennis Quaid plays the tough FBI agent that has been on the trail of a serial killer for some time now, with the added dramatic feature of having had his son kidnapped from him by this same person.Taken off the case by his superiors who feel he is conducting his own personal vendetta against the killer rather than using professional tactics,Quaid decides to soldier on regardless.
On the other side of the movie's story we have Danny Glover as a friendly middle-aged man returning to his home in the north after years of being away.On his journey back in his truck he picks up a youthful drifter(Jared Leto)who is almost as mysterious as he is.As the two men travel in the direction of Quaid's FBI agent, it becomes increasingly apparent that the killer,known as 'Switchback' because he kills his victims with a blade of the same name, is also on his way..
These two stories are expertly interwined together-the characters are believable and given the depth they need by three excellent actors on top of their game.(also superb in supporting roles are R.lee Ermey as a heroic, retiring sheriff and William Fichtner as his bull-headed successor)The direction is faulty though-a tone of uncertainty in terms of the film's atmosphere is unescapable throughout the feature's lengthy running time and the script becomes tiresome towards the end, when an innovative premise is turned on its head to become a standard action movie.
This is a shame because 'Switch Back' is largely excellent, a film that builds slowly rather unlike hollywood blockbusters to leave you with a refreshing after-taste rather than having you forget the whole thing five minutes after the credits.

Unforgiven - 10th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1992]
Unforgiven - 10th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great western.., 25 Jan. 2003
Fans of the classic Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns will love Unforgiven, not because of the style, or even the setting, but because its almost like a continuation of Eastwood's eponymous character from those films is making a final statement: He may be getting old, but he's still relevant. This mature, oscar winning movie ranks as a triumph, not because of the script by David Peoples (though,credit where credit is due, it is exceptional)simply because it succeeds in conjuring up genuine atmosphere, with some of the best character actors working in Hollywood today making the roles their own. Eastwood takes the central role as William Munny, a retired gunfighter coaxed back into the business by his ex-partner(an excellent,understated Morgan Freeman) to rescue a town from the benevolent sheriff Gene Hackman.
However, if all this is beginning to sound like a cliche, thats certainly where those accusations will stop. Watching Unforgiven is like sitting back in a bar watching real people-its not melodramatic, it's not overacted, it's sombre and thoughtful.
Eastwood's performance as Munny takes him away from the cheesy nonsense of the later Dirty Harry movies that he had been trapped in throughout the eighties, and demands work from the actor.Eastwood portrays a tortured character with immense skill,reminding us that, when he is at his best,he's untouchable.
That he worked so well with the entire cast to be rewarded with all round blinders is a fantastic acheivement.
Unforgiven is a violent film in certain places, but again this isn't Over the top, it's compulsively gritty.That Eastwood has been churning out empty-headed 'Pensioner thrillers' of late is all the more tragic when you look back ten years ago and realise he was capable of great work like this.
The DVD extras are immensely satisfying;Personally I don't go crazy for special features as long as there is a good film to fall back on, but I have to admit this is a very solid package.
This includes an audio commentary with Eastwood's biographer Richard Schickel that is surprisingly interesting and informative, and various interviews with the cast and crew, trailers and documentaries about the making of the movie.
All of these are more than worth a look, and if you're a big fan of Westerns this is certainly an essential purchase.

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