Profile for Denis Cadogan > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Denis Cadogan
Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,444,450
Helpful Votes: 183

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Denis Cadogan "cadzy" (Harrow,London)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
pixel
The Bourne Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
The Bourne Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.70

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable.., 5 Dec 2007
First off,when was the last time that anybody can remember an action movie, certainly on face value, making it to the top of respected movie magazines best of the year lists? Well, never basically, and in an era where these kind of cerebral spy movies are in rudely brilliant health as it is, The Bourne Ultimatum is by far the best yet.What a triumph. Following on from two excellent movies,the ultimatum is still the best in the trilogy, with the return of Matt Damon in his finest role and cast members Joan Allen,Julia Stiles and Director Paul Greengrass. Even the locations are inspired, and as for the action scenes,well you probably won't see a more breathtaking chase or bonecrunching hand to hand contest for quite a while in popular cinema..
Though somehow what makes die hard 4 merely entertaining popcorn in comparison to Bourne.. being outstanding is the dramatical aspect. Damon is a powerful actor,investing this character with believable traits, a genuine human underneath the guise of the hero,as opposed to fighting airborne jets with his bare hands! Don't want to talk about the excellent plot for obvious reasons to those who havent seen this yet,but this franchise is the finest trilogy in film since the godfathers..


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £3.40

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Damp Squib.., 13 Nov 2007
The conclusion to the pirates of the caribbean trilogy is a very disappointing one.following 2002's curse of the black pearl, and last years superior dead mans chest, at worlds end attempts to tie up all the loose ends in the story. Loose ends is a polite term of talking about some of the most ridiculous plot exposition involved in the story, all but incomprehensible to anyone bar the most die-hard pirates fan..the length of the film is a big problem, there really is no need for that much screen time(140 mins+). On the brighter side, Johnny depp is still superb as captain jack sparrow(especially in his first scene with numerous 'captain jack' clones) and geoffrey rush scores points as always,returning as the scheming captain barbossa.
All the same, peculiar edits in the story come to surface-davy jones's lover? with all the power she presumably possesses, you would think they might have mentioned it in the second movie.Jones himself is a great villain, though he is arguably given less to do here than he was in dead mans chest(possibly due to some of the new characters). The standout scene is close to the finale,so i wont delve into that part of the movie for those that havent seen it..but overall,a big disappointement.


The Blackening
The Blackening
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.75

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most audacious technical guitar album since master of puppets.., 13 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Blackening (Audio CD)
Make no mistake about it,Machine head have well and truly escaped the dungeons of the dying nu metal phase they had been tagged with in previous years. This album stands with its predecessors,Through the ashes of empires,and (probably the best debut metal album ever)burn my eyes, as a solid gold carat rock masterclass.

They have changed things considerably on this sixth album,however,in terms of structure and, best of all,guitar playing.The production is courtesy of brit Colin Richardsom,a man who REALLY knows his stuff in this department and was responsible for empire's sonic assault.The intro to this brisk,in terms of having only eight tracks,though also epic in terms of song structure(the opening and closing tracks alone last ten minutes each) sets the mood instantly-Clenching the fists of dissent has an intro similar to 'battery' from metallica's 86 classic master of puppets, and launches into a ferocious riff complete with signature tortured harmonics and the guttural roar of mr robb flynn.the guy is probably the most underrated frontman,and on this release he really lets loose,from 'aesthetics of hate'(written about the dimebag darrell article in conserv rag celebrating his death)to the often quite melodic 'halo'(and another quality solo there,it must be mentioned).

The difference is though,these songs have structure.its easy to make an eight minute 'guitar epic' when its just noise,thats how we have the pitiful likes of dragonforce and their interchangeable ilk churning out entire albums of similar dross.The blackenings songs DO have meaning,though first and foremost it is an album that guitar fanatics/complete second wave thrash fanatics( this reviewer belongs to the latter camp,for those of us that wish for a return of pantera,sepultura et al in this age of,er,trivium and a7*)will utterly flock to in rejoice.above all that, everything just sounds RIGHT.Immense production,breakneck drum sound(as always from mr dave mcclain,kudos) the unmistakable bass breakdown of adam duce,(the man who dispels the notion that machine head is flynn,since he was also an original member) and demmel turns the new-boy tag on its head,playing on his second classic machine head album and truly a forceful guitar player in their arena tours.critics lucky enough to get advance copies(such as myself) are already describing it as one of the greatest thrash releases of all time.Certainly in the 21st century,with Pantera gone and the 'big four''s stock diminishing with lesser recent albums(with the possible exception of anthrax,whose 'we've come for you all' was superb in 2003),Machine head are certainly at the forefront of all things metal.These eight epic,tortured guitar masterpieces should provide the centrepiece for a fantastic live tour this year.


Resurrection
Resurrection

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Brilliant Release in a row from the metal band of the decade..., 3 Feb 2007
This review is from: Resurrection (Audio CD)
It seems that Roadrunner records loss of Cleveland's finest is seemingly Ferret's gain.Their second album in under two years, 'Resurrection' confirms Chimaira's status as the 21st century Pantera,all the while pushing new boundaries with this effort.The production on this release is often immaculate, certainly up there with the very best thrash releases. Frontman Mark Hunter again eschews an unstoppable force (even if the lyrics are occasionally a bit below par) and his primeval roar will render the hardest of metal heads into submission. 2005's self-titled release was all about labyrinth riffs and complex melodies,with songs often lasting well over six minutes.The electronics that often hindered elements of their debut was well and truly gone from that album, yet here they make a surprising return in the shape of jim spicuzza's decks meshing with the frenzied riffs of the title track.Guitarist Rob Arnold makes the leap from good guitarist to exceptional on this disc-the ripping pre-chorus effect on 'Black Heart'(one of the top metal moments ever) is absolutely electrifying, and the death metal-esque 'Worthless' are bolstered no end by his spectacular efforts. Credit is due to the rhythm section too, and really the only half-baked moment comes with 'Six' which is fine but a tad stretched as the longest moment on the cd. Otherwise, 'Resurrection' does what it says on the tin,and it will take some incredible albums from Machine Head and Nine Inch Nails later this year to match this.


Infernal Affairs [2004] [DVD]
Infernal Affairs [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andy Lau
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.69

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words Fail Me..., 2 Dec 2006
Im a huge fan of chinese cinema, but this movie takes it to another plane for me. Infernal affairs follows the strory of two men, played by Tony Leung and Andy Lau, who lead secret lives behind the facet of their everyday roles. Leung is an undercover cop who has for years been a member of triad leader Eric Tsang's gang, to the point that he is questioning his own identity. Lau is the reverse article-a triad mole set into the Hong Kong PD from a very early age to ensure trust.

The Plot is not all it seems, even from a passing glance,and the twists and turns that follow (obviously not going to spoil them here for you) put this in the same league of the likes of the usual suspects in terms of potboilers. Some elements of this film pay tribute to John Woo's action packed Hard-Boiled(1992), which also starred Leung and Anthony Wong(Leung's boss here.)Though if you are used to the high bodycounts in those films, you will get a surprise here.

Th acting is all-round spectacular, rewarded justly at the Hong Kong film awards of 2002, and the scenery and cinematography are also top-notch.

I dont want to reveal much,if any, of the pictures reason for being, just suffice to say that I have never read a bad review of this masterpiece, or even heard a bad word uttered about it. it was followed by a prequel (excellent) and a sequel (a decline but still good), as well as Martin Scorsese's US remake The Departed earlier this year. Seek this one out first, undoubtedly one of my favourite films of all time.


No Tomorrow
No Tomorrow
Offered by rarerecs
Price: £3.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic single, 24 Nov 2006
This review is from: No Tomorrow (Audio CD)
A really catchy melody over a good strong guitar riff.great refrain,one of the best American efforts from the summer.A soundtrack to good times..


Revelations [CD + DVD]
Revelations [CD + DVD]
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £5.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another year, another quality audioslave release.., 13 Nov 2006
This review is from: Revelations [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
The difference being this time around, the band have sort of dispensed with the catchy melodies like 'dandelion' (out of exile's standout track) and 'i am the highway' from the self titled debut.This third effort,produced by brendan o brien, is the experimental opus. It also refines their sound as, along with queens of the stone age, the best seriously-straight up american hard rock act currently on the scene. So the riffs heard in 'sound of a gun' (terrible lyrics, but hey!) 'Moth'(makes other rock bands sound like coldplay!) and 'shape of things to come'(heard in the brilliant 'Miami Vice' movie ) take precedence here. And its about time really that the band let Tom Morello go totally over the top-the group sound even more like a 21st century Led Zeppelin now than they did before(QED:a VERY good thing) and Brad Wilk's drums sound better than ever for some reason. Cornell is still up there with the best vocalists of the generation, and Timmy C rounds off the tightest rhythm section with some interesting funk outs on the bass.(Aforementioned 'Sound of a gun', and 'original fire' being good examples of the bands delivery as a tight knit unit).
This album arrived relatively straight after the 'Out of exile' tour, and now Chris has decided to release a second solo album.Unfortunately,that could mean the end of this radical supergroup. lets hope not, they have provided us with some of this decade's true hard rock classics. ignore the petulant likes of NME, who are quite happy to criticise bands of the calibre of Audioslave, and laughably turn around with for praise 'babyshambles' or 'the darkness'. There is no better sound in the genre at the moment.


Miami Vice (Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx) [DVD] [2006]
Miami Vice (Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx) [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.88

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated opulence, 13 Nov 2006
This film is so underrated by the press that it has, in part, led me to writing many encouraging reviews for it. As the remake of a groundbreaking 1980s series, I naturally assume that a large portion of the criticism was directed at the picture because so many original elements were discarded.Yet that is entirely the point here, Miami vice:the motion picture is such a different beast to the series which bor e that name they almost exist on other planes,bar the infrequent reference of course.

Micheal Mann has been a favourite director with both audiences and film critics alike for some time now, and one of the first aspects that springs to mind in his movies is always how beautiful they always look. This feature is no different and is shot on a similar digital camera to the one used in 'collateral'- brimming with shaded neon, absolutely the best filmed movie i've seen in a long time.

Just as well, then, that the screenplay and the action sequences measure up.Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx glide into the roles of crockett and tubbs with ease, playing them as straight laced serious undercover cops. The plot is specific, though hardly of 'the usual suspects' style, with the partners going into deep cover to infiltrate a venomous arms dealer. This transpires as good an excuse as any to make use of such locations as Haiti and Cuba. Support is notable also in the form of asian actress Gong Li as crocketts sometimes lover Isabella, and Ciaran Hinds is an FBI suit sending the men into their dangerous mission.I dont like spoiling movies I love for people that havent seen them, so I am not going to emphasise plot details.Suffice to say there are shootouts so well played out that they equal the bank heist scene in 'Heat', again with the added 'realism' factor in place.

Not the bad boys-esque slick blockbuster the trailers hinted at, this is a firm adult drama which might explain its underwhelming box office.Yet I heartily recommend it as one of the movies of the year, along with Martin Scorsese's 'the Departed' and 'the Proposition.'


Poseidon [DVD] [2006]
Poseidon [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Kurt Russell
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Its a disaster alright!, 13 Nov 2006
This review is from: Poseidon [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
We have here a worthless remake of a popular 1970s disaster movie which wasn't exactly on the 'wish list' of many to be set out..

To be fair though, director Wolfgang Peterson, who dealt with similar subjects matter in the astounding Das Boot and mediocre The Perfect Storm, has delivered a significantly more economical entertainment than the original. It is shorter, faster and features considerably fewer main characters. Within 15 minutes of the credits rolling, the titular cruise ship has been struck by a great wave and violently upended.

While characters played by less famous actors await submersion in the ballroom, a knot of strangely well-qualified heroes makes its way upwards to the keel. "I'm an architect," Richard Dreyfuss announces when knowledge of structures is required. "I was a fireman," Kurt Russell declares as they encounter a blaze. It's a shame none of them trained as a screenwriter.

The preponderance of loose ends suggests that Poseidon's merciful brevity may result from ruthless, panicked cutting rather than any inclination towards narrative leanness. With the characters' personalities reduced to an adjective or two - Dreyfuss is gay, Josh Lucas is dissolute - the film develops into little more than a live-action version of Donkey Kong. Leap to this beam. Avoid this tumbling barrel.

Sadly, nothing as thrilling as a giant monkey greets the surviving heroes when they eventually reach the final level.


Stop the Clocks
Stop the Clocks
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.67

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling, 13 Nov 2006
This review is from: Stop the Clocks (Audio CD)
Hard to say who this compilation is aimed at,really.The hardcore fans will be disappointed with the lack of any new material, the only notable effort is a re-recorded 'acquiesce' from 'the masterplan'(good but not essential). Though this 'greatest hits' package delves into the entire career, many aspects are misrepresented. For example, the band's first two (and best) albums have the most material included on here, and STILL the likes of 'shakermaker' (a brilliant single from 'Definitely maybe') and 'roll with it' are omitted. the later selections prove more accurate, the excellent 'Go let it out' and 'Importance of being idle' were the clear standouts from weak records and it is thrilling to hear great song after great song on a double career retrospective.So whilst 'Stop the clocks' does cover 1999-present day Oasis quite accurately(in providing less) it also skimps entirely on the underrated 'be here now', namely 'd y know what i mean', one of my personal favourites. My advice is still go for 'definitely maybe' and 'Morning glory', back to back masterpieces.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4