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Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (16 of 22)
 

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In The Aeroplane Over The Sea ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever?, 8 Jan 2004
Neutral Milk Hotel are the brainchild of enigmatic leader and primary Elephant 6 member Jeff Magnum. They are probably best described as folk/lo-fi/indie in the same vein as other Elephant 6 outgrowths Olivia Tremor Control and Apples In Stereo.
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea ranges from single acoustic numbers to intense (yet accessible) indie-rock, all excellently complimented by the brilliant lyrical expertise of Magnum.
In the title track (my personal favourite), Magnum sings about coming to terms with death in a way that reminds me of Bob Dylan lashing out almost life-changing lyrics with unmatched emotive brilliance - "And when we meet on a cloud, I'll be laughing out… Read more
Bottle Rocket [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Luke Wilson
Bottle Rocket [DVD] DVD ~ Luke Wilson
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bottle Rocket, 6 Jan 2004
Bottle Rocket was co written by director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums), and actor Owen Wilson (Meet the Parents, The Royal Tenenbaums), and tells the tale of three friends who decide to escape their mundane (and a little bit disturbed) lives and live a life of crime.
From other reviews I have seen of this film, the word most often used is, "quirky". And by all accounts the humour in it is very subtle and offbeat. If you're looking for slapstick laughs, this isn't the film for you.
Owen Wilson is excellent as militant Dignan (surely a classic cult character), showcasing the actors brilliant head for comedy. Praise must also be given to Luke Wilson, Bob Musgrave and James Caan… Read more
F# A# Oo ~ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F# A# Oo ~ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I put F#A#Infinity on a few days ago after playing it to death when I first discovered it a while back, and it only seems to have got better in time.
The first album from GYBE leads us into a post-apocalyptic world, beautifully soundtracked by guitars, violins, pianos and true to life sound samples (voices, trains etc.). Just listening to the first two minutes you know that you're hearing something very special - I dare you to not feel haunted by the opening "Dead Flag Blues" monologue.
Great to listen to at 5 in the morning.