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Revolver
Revolver
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £14.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven stars???, 29 Aug 2007
This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
Words cannot really describe how much this album is (1) brilliant musically (2) superb historically and (3) brilliant musically (yes I know I mentioned it twice).

'Taxman' tells us about the joys of supertax at 98%, a George Harrison number, and then a complete masterpiece beyond compare: 'Eleanor Rigby' is so haunting, so beautiful, so perfect that it sends a chill down your spine from the first violin and the refrain 'All the Lonely People, where do they all come from?' which asks us to ponder our own answer to this question.

'Yellow submarine' perhaps works better on the album of the film, but Ringo does it extremely well, just like 'Octopusses Garden' later (not on this album). Maybe he has a penchant for water and the deep blue sea?

'Got to get you into my life' is one of the most upbeat songs imaginable: if this doesn't get you going, nothing will, and finishing the album with the psychedelic 'Tomorrow never knows', played on 'C' gives you a glimpse into where the Beatles are heading with their next offering...Sergeant Pepper...


Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £18.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth 6 stars, 29 Aug 2007
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
Better than almost anything the Fab Four have done. Apart from the three immediately recognisable tracks - John's thumping, distorted voice in 'Come Together', the beautiful 'Something' with its haunting minor key change mid-chorus and the hardy perennial 'Here Comes the Sun' - there are a number of total gems that sound less like 'The Beatles' than someone new to the album might expect.

'I Want You' is a heavy guitar-rock number with a Blues undertone and strikes a dark note, 'You Never Give me Your Money' is a modern-day ballad with a fantastic step-change into the 'One Sweet Dream' sequence ending with a snatch from the lullaby 'all good children go to heaven' and 'The End' is simply magnificent, although I must profess to loving the quirkiness of 'Her Majesty' (just Paul and a guitar).

God knows where 'Mean Mr Mustard' and 'Polythene Pam' came from! Quick snippets of neatly observed rockmanship...'have you seen her in drag, dressed in a polythene bag?'

A fantastic album.


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £15.09

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire...and then a crescendo, 29 Aug 2007
For a song that exemplifies the human condition you could not do better than 'Day in the Life', which is an opera within the opera...the final orchestral crescendo is possibly the most harrowing way to end a song - or indeed any piece of music - and in its experimentation is like the finale of a Stravinsky performance.

The fact that some of the songs on the album have been covered hundreds of times eg 'With a Little Help from my Friends' (most notably by Joe Cocker) shows their durability. But the fact that the album hangs together - neatly done with the 'Sergeant Pepper' topping and tailing - like a work of art (as others have commented) must be viewed in its historical as well as modern-day context. This was ground-breaking stuff, and still packs a punch today. Not every song, by itself, is 10/10, but as a whole, the word 'album' applies aptly to SPLHCB: open it up and be surprised...


Mr Bean's Holiday [2007] [DVD]
Mr Bean's Holiday [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.73

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have made more of Cannes..., 28 Aug 2007
I loved the last 15 minutes. I felt the sequence in Cannes - without any spoilers - was the best part of the film. Until that moment we'd seen nothing particularly new: ear-wiggling etc and other Bean-isms that are amusing but possibly inferior to the first Bean movie. I felt the first one hour ten was 99% Bean, and the bit I preferred was more 'balanced' by other comedic turns.

Willem Dafoe was extremely good in this last section, sending himself up as the egomaniacal Carson Clay with a girlfriend a good foot taller than him. Emma de Caunnes (Antoine's daughter) was very likeable and believable as Mr Bean's 'crush'.

Although Rowan Atkinson holds it together, I felt he could have done with a better script.

However, the extras show deleted scenes that positively made me yawn: thank God they were cut!!


Scary Movie 3.5 [DVD]
Scary Movie 3.5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Faris
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £2.75

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, funny and exactly what you want to see, 26 Aug 2007
This review is from: Scary Movie 3.5 [DVD] (DVD)
From the first Pamela Anderson pre-credit sequence to the beautiful and great comedic actress Anna Faris wrapping it up on TV this film packs in more laughs than the other 3 put together. Surreal off-the-wall moments courtesy of Mr Zucker complement the Wayans' imaginative rip-off of the scary movie genre.

Leslie Nielsen is class as the president, Charlie Sheen makes a fine appearance as the reluctant reverend and the 8 mile sequence is extremely funny, as are all 'The Ring' spoof sequences.

Out of all the Scary Movies I'd buy this. The first is the next best, but 2 and 4 don't do it for me.


The Producers: Money, Movies and Who Calls the Shots (Screen and Cinema)
The Producers: Money, Movies and Who Calls the Shots (Screen and Cinema)
by Tim Adler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.52

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets under the skin: tries to define the indefinable, 26 Aug 2007
'Producer' means...well, what, exactly? I agree with the first reviewer's analysis about this book filling a gap, although I would say that the book becomes repetitive after the first 3 or 4 producers (each is dealt with in a 40 page chapter, total of 7) and for me by far the most interesting journeys were those of Michael Douglas, Andrew Macdonald, Duncan Kenworthy and Dino de Laurentiis.

To anyone intending to produce (mad! mad!) , I would recommend this and the Independent Producer's Handbook, although the latter is heavily skewed towards the US.


The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God
The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God
by Joe Eszterhas
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but feels very familiar, 26 Aug 2007
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Joe Esterhazs seems to re-hash the story of how he bedded Sharon Stone in every book he writes. I love the 'reality' of Hollywood painted by this book. It's certainly entertaining and gives a good guide to what to expect from Tinseltown.

However, it IS a lot like some of his past works, is internally repetitive and also...and also you cannot help but feel that Esterhasz, although famed as a writer, made more money from films that didn't get made than from films that did, and that more than 50% of those were rubbish, artistically and financially.

Still, if that's what it takes, I think I'm up to the job...
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Chinatown: Screenplay (FF Classics)
Chinatown: Screenplay (FF Classics)
by Robert Towne
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, suspenseful writing, 26 Aug 2007
If you like the film, and you write a bit, you'll love this. I like having the small 'pocket-size' screenplays around to remind you how it's done. Better than a hundred-page print-out from some script you found on the net. If you haven't seen the film, read this first, and then watch Nicholson's masterful performance, especially the nose/knife thing...


Airplane! [DVD]
Airplane! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Hays
Offered by videosanddvds
Price: £4.39

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular spoof...launched a dynasty, 26 Aug 2007
This review is from: Airplane! [DVD] (DVD)
The first disaster spoof movie, this is so funny it hurts. Leslie Nielsen hits the spot as the doctor on the plane where everyone's eaten dodgy fish including the pilot, and the leads are camp but reined in. The Zucker/Abrams combo is genius, and the gags have been much-copied by numerous other movies.

The extras were interesting, but not worth buying just for them alone. The double-set of Airplane and the sequel, the imaginatively titled Airplane II, is probably better value, but if you want the extras, go for this, because they're not on the double-film disc.


A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
by Marina Lewycka
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously non-PC. Wonderfully Ukrainian, 26 Aug 2007
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This book is not really about tractors. It's about people, and eccentric, unusual and foreign people at that, stuck in England, much like the author.

I'm the 158th reviewer trying to say something different. All I can say is that this is a very funny and original debut novel and is a fast read. If you haven't read it and you have a sense of hunour, buy it!


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