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Educated Horses
Educated Horses
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such a disappointment, 16 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Educated Horses (Audio CD)
Let's set the record straight; I love Zombie's work. The guy is one of the reasons I got into heavy rock/metal in the first place. His work with White Zombie was ground-breaking in many ways, his solo efforts have been phenomenal 'club-metal' (I own one of the limited edition copies of Sinister Urge...y'know the one you got the free CD with??) and his recent "Best Of" album featuring collaborations with such diverse talents as Lionel Ritchie, Alice Cooper et al was actually a hell of a lot of fun.

So what went wrong here? Gone are the quasi-thrash guitars that made Feel So Numb and Dragula instant hits. The heavy sound of his previous two solo projects is gone, MIA. So too is the experimentalism that made La Sexorcisto so superb and the downright head-bangin' playablility of Astro-Creep. What we're left with is an experimental album devoid of much life. The Scorpion Sleeps has a stadium-rock feel to it, but lacks bite and the Devils Rejects theme seems like House of a 1000 Corpses (from SI) re-done with different words (much like the film then?).

At the end of the day, Zombie albums have never disappointed me until this one. After a 5 year wait and some promising material on Past Present & Future, maybe I had my hopes set too high. But this has been utterly surpassed by Wednesday 13 in my CD player since it's release. That says something...


Captain Corelli's Mandolin [DVD] [2001]
Captain Corelli's Mandolin [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They butchered it, 4 July 2003
This had the potential to be something truely superb, as De Bernieres' book is superb. Even casting Cage (one of my personal favourites) wasn't a total nail in the coffin of this film, but they butchered the book. The plot was disfigured beyond recognition ( Mandras as a hero!? )and despite some strong performances the film just lacked the essence and aura of the book. My advice is that if you have read the book then don't watch this film expecting anything like the book. If, however, you are going into this film with a clean mind then I imagineit isn't that bad, but for me it was abysmal.


Blade II [DVD] [2002]
Blade II [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Wesley Snipes
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More action, less plot, 26 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Blade II [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Blade 2 ups the action-quotient, body count and gore to provide a more violent, if slightly inferior, sequel.
The first thing that strikes you about Blade 2 is that it is very much designed to inform people who have not seen Blade what everything is, through a series of flashbacks and direct information. This can get a bit annoying if you have seen Blade, but it serves to jog the memory and isn't at all a bad thing when viewed retrospectively.
Blade 2 suffers mainly when it comes to continuity and plot. Many aspects of the first film have been either altered or left out (most notably the ommision of ANY references to Dr Karen Jensen) and the plot is weak when you consider it(although this does not make for a bad film).
However this aside Blade 2 is an intensely enjoyable and watchable experiance and Snipes and Kristofferson reprise their roles well, with solid performances from the British Danny-John-Jules (more commonly known as Cat in Red Dwarf) establishing his ability to act in a serious role in the big-time, and Luke Goss (formerly of Bros).
Blade 2 does not take itself as seriously as Blade which, in the end, saves it from failing as an action film by having any great tale of morality and instead concentrates on the superbly coreographed action sequences. The one-liners still come thick and fast and the film is very tounge-in-cheek in places. If you watched and enjoyed Blade then get this film and even if you didnt then still give it a shot, even if its only for the superb one-liners and action.


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