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Fight Club - 2 Disc Edition
Fight Club - 2 Disc Edition
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground Breaking, 28 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Fight Club - 2 Disc Edition (DVD)
It is not often a film comes along when you get a very strong feeling that it your are going to enjoy it from the opening titles, but Fight Club does just that. The story follows the 'Narrator' (as named in the credits!) played with awe inspiring melancholy and effectiveness by Ed Norton as he follows the route of new best friend Tylor Durden (equally well done by Brad Pitt) in an attempt to leave his mundane, ikea-led life. The winding and compelling plot finishes with the most original twist since 'Seven'!! (David Fincher's other film) Much of the film's success can only be attributed to the book it is based on by Chuck Palahnuik, in it's quirky subjects and facts, but it's direction does the book justice no end. The stimulating visuals of the film perfectly compliment the ideas and concepts in the story. The violence in the film is brutally real (none of your batman sound effects here!) but it in no way dominates the film as the title might suggest, instead adding depth and action to the core plotline. This film oozes cool from every line and visual, surely appealing to many. But to say the film is a rebellion against consumerism the enslaves us all is missing the point somewhat. The fact is that is says some fairly interesting pseudo-communist ideologies but the ending renders these as ironic, However I dont want to spoil the film so you must make your own mind up about this. There is some truth amongst it but I challenge anyone who's seen the film to sell all the 's**** you don't need', go and start a fight club and move into an abandoned house. But this doesnt make the film defective in any way, just as a Leatherface's outlook on life doesnt spoil 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'! This film is a must-see, a true modren classic.


Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994]
Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £4.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A top class gangster flick, 28 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Once again Al Pacino dominates yet another gangster film. But one has to admit rightly so as he delivers yet another rock solid performance. Based on the Books Carlito's Way and After Hours the film follows a snapshot of the Puerto Rican gangster and drug dealer Carlito Brigante and those he comes into contact with as he tries to scratch together an escape from his former life. This film is full of action and excitement and is yet another staple gangster film from the director of Scarface. If you like the world and action of Grand Theft Auto Vice City then look no further to find out the sole inspiration with music, costume, setting and even music found in the computer game! Definatley one to look out for if your a fan of Al Pacino, gangster films or like films with any action in them at all.


Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994]
Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £4.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A top class gnaster flick, 28 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Carlito's Way [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Once again Al Pacino dominates yet another gangster film. But one has to admit rightly so as he delivers yet another rock solid performance. Based on the Books Carlito's Way and After Hours the film follows a snapshot of the Puerto Rican gangster and drug dealer Carlito Brigante and those he comes into contact with as he tries to scratch together an escape from his former life. This film is full of action and excitement and is yet another staple gangster film from the director of Scarface. If you like the world and action of Grand Theft Auto Vice City then look no further to find out the sole inspiration with music, costume, setting and even music found in the computer game! Definatley one to look out for if your a fan of Al Pacino, gangster films or like films with any action in them at all.


Cinema Paradiso [1989] [DVD]
Cinema Paradiso [1989] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Philippe Noiret

9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 28 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Cinema Paradiso [1989] [DVD] (DVD)
Coming from a fairly accomplished art house and foreign film fan, cinema paradiso popped up quite alot as one to look out for. Not having seen a great deal of italian cinema that I can remember as being so I thought I'd give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised by this quaint and highly nostalgic film. The child in the first third of the film is inspiring with his relationship with the cinema worker being heart warming. The neutral feel and simple way it is shot give the film a relaxing and easy going feel throughout with a seemingly obvious turn of event to finish changing the mood somewhat. My only criticism is it does tend to drag a little and If you are looking for non stop action or deep plot then perhaps give this film a wait until your in the mood. And the theatrical version is substantially longer!!


Oldboy [DVD] [2003]
Oldboy [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Choi Min-Sik
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £21.49

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth A Look, 28 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Oldboy [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
As one of the best cult foreign films of 2005 I probably heard about this film in similar ways you did. Korea does not often contribute so accessably to world cinema, often overshadowed by Japan, but this was definatley watchable. The story of a company holding people prisoner for years on end is a bit ludacris, but it does enable to interesting situations and concepts to arrise. With an action packed story, the film does show it's western influences, especially in the fight scenes which display skill and agility whilst retained a greater degree of realism which many japanese films lack, even without special effects. The climax of the film is a stunning and sumwhat uncomfortable twist, which I cant decide whether it is a weak ending or a legitimate suprise. All the same, curiousity will definatley mean you will want to see it.


Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Price: £5.20

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The finest and most original of their field, 28 Jan. 2006
This much anticipated album from the wild quartet that is Coheed and Cambria arrived in late summer 2005 and made up the third album in the band’s repertoire, continuing their tradition of ludicrous, yet intriguing album titles. But the epic proportions of this album do not stop there. The ominous sleeve is removed to reveal an eerie, sinister album cover, establishing a dark, horror-themed artwork that continues throughout the booklet. This vast saga quality is in keeping with the graphic novels that accompany Coheed’s work, which I found equally impenetrable. One cannot help but feel that it is all a little pretentious, although it succeeds in creating the (presumably) desired effect.
The dark messiah like tone continues into the start of the album, with the awesome string arrangements by Karl Berger in “Keeping the Blade” that breaks into a sombre, breath-taking motif at approximately 1:10, which I challenge anyone to experience and not be filled with inspiration and anticipation for the rest of the album, an anticipation that I feel is not entirely fulfilled. Perhaps this premier track sets too high a standard, however I can in no way describe this album negatively.
Instead of bursting into a scream or a virtuosic riff, the following song “Always & Never” pleasantly surprises. It sets up a homely, nostalgic feel with the sound of children (though not sinister as one may expect) and sweet, woody guitar, that remains throughout the song, perfectly complimenting the sweeter, breathier side of Claudio Sanchez’s voice. The shortness of the song makes it feel like a nourishing breath before the album really starts, giving the whole album a stronger and more calculated impression. This is a far more effective and impressive use of this build up device than offered by such bands as Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold.
The opening lick of “Welcome Home” conjures images of a virtuosic guitarist sitting down, picking up his instrument and taking a breath before the distortion-soaked, harmonic-rich guitar melody kicks in. This is a towering anthem that harks back to late Led Zepplin works, with the verses like a dark, aggressive version of “Kashmir”. The string backing certainly adds depths to the song, giving the impression of vast planes of hell, with an animated priest animatedly preaching over the top. The bleak, disturbing lyrics are entirely congruent with the general impression of the song, giving way to the vast instrumental section that climaxes with the moans of a colossal army, like a hellish workforce lament. The outro brings resolution as well as saying “now get ready for the rest of this onslaught”.
It is at this point that the album seems to diminish. Don’t get me wrong, the music that is put forward is far from being disappointing, but the awe-inspiring start to the work is let down from here. Though the opening tracks render the album as an anti-climax, it has to be said that if tracks 4 – 15 were offered by a contempory band, or indeed as an album in themselves then they would be well respected. But the music falls into a lot more familiar territory from here.
The guitars of Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever are perfectly toned to provide bite and melody, and the harmonising shows meticulous effort and fills out the songs well. The increasingly popular lap steel also makes an appearance, though deep in the layering of the instrumentation. Sanchez delivers once again with his trade mark funky, harmonised vocals that provide a breath of fresh air the genre that looks to become set in its style. The sound of the album is theatrical to say the least, with build up sections such as in “Apollo 1: The Writing Writer” adding variety to the overall tone.
The album finishes with a set of four songs entitled “The Willing Well (I – IV)” that presumably are intended to be aside from the rest of the album. It is here that the album picks up its grand style, with none of the songs being less than seven minutes. “The Final Cut” brings appropriate resolve to the album with soaring bluesy guitars soloing over a bed of layered harmony. The final hidden track seems a little misguided. Perhaps Coheed we fed up of being to austere and ominous and fancied a country outing for a laugh. However in my view the respect the album demands is somewhat tainted by this. At least there are no comedy vocals to accompany it…
Tim Harper


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