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Aerial
Aerial
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £24.44

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tap into your emotions, 8 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Aerial (Audio CD)
Like a lot of people, when this album came out it caught me, pleasantly by surprise. I'd moved form the UK to Australia and had lost touch with music biz news. I'd begun to think their might not be another album but thankfully I was wrong. This is a wonderful album and the other reviews are justly full of praise. It's not really important what's going on for Kate in terms of the songs but it is important that the songs and lyrics speak to us all about the roller-coaster ride that is life, the joys the sadness that we all have or may experience in life... and it has always been Kate's ability in my view to let us access it for ourselves and for us to find our own intimate meanings. This album is like a portal into ones own emotions if you are prepared to listen to and release. There are so many layers and nuances in the songs on both sides of the album, and the themes of love, joy, loss, children certainly touched me especially as a father, as did the rememberence for lost love ones. The final three tracks of the album build to a crescendo and for me illustrate the power of music to reach into the soul. I've loved Kate's music since I was a kid, and this album just consolidates my admiration and love of her music and of Kate Bush as unique artist. So good she is back and let's hope there is more to come!


The Ninth Configuration [DVD] [1981]
The Ninth Configuration [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Stacy Keach

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotton gem, 18 April 2001
I came across this movie when at college many years ago and was wowed by its story and a particularly memorable scene which takes place in a cafe when the main protagonist, played by Stacy Keach (and us the viewers) get a startling revelation about his forgotten past . The movie is essentially a gothic mystery set in a castle which houses psychiatrically disturbed service men, traumatised by there experiences of war. Into this insanity and into the psyche of the characters comes a new doctor Colonel Kane. Can he help these tormented casualties of war ? What can he bring of himself to offer a measure of salvation? This is the mystery which keeps you guessing throughout this gothic tale of the human condition and the need for salvation or personal redemption. Stacy Keach is better than you'll ever see him or imagine him able to be and is supported superbly by a supporting cast with Scott Wilson providing the catalyst for revealing the heart of darkness at the core of the story. Don't hesitate I've waited patiently for this film to come out on DVD and wasn't disappointed on watching it again. Buy it now
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Sophie's Choice [VHS]
Sophie's Choice [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £13.95

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving drama, hankies at the ready!, 28 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Sophie's Choice [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A story set after the second world war in New York, about the relationship between 3 people. Peter McNicol (better known for his role in 'Alley McBeal') is a young wided eyed aspiring writer who falls in with a couple (Streep and Kline) whose outwardly exuberent lives hide something darker, and for Streep a Polish immigrant, we are as the film unfolds wondering what ghosts she is struggling to free herself from. This unfolds beautifully as we observe the peice through the eyes of McNicol as he comes of age. Through his freindship with Steep, whose spell he falls under, he eventually comes to learn about the demons that haunt Kline and heatbreakingly those of Streep. McNicol is good but Kline and Streep turn in performances of real depth and intensity which I would challange anyone not to be moved by. This is Streep at the height of her powers.


Jeremiah Johnson [DVD] [1972]
Jeremiah Johnson [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Robert Redford
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £14.97

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old style Epic, 23 Nov. 2000
I watched this movie again having last watched it some 18 yrs ago as a kid, and wondered how it would stand the test of time? Well I was not disappointed, beautiful photography, solid performances a simple story with few words and dialogue, and the result is truly evocative movie, albeit idealising the a way of life in the 'Old West'. Redford gives a good performance,(as I've said one of little words... which feels right) and there is lovely supporting roles for Will Greer (yes of Waltons fame) as the wily old trapper teaching the ' pilgrim' Redford the ways of the Mountain men, after he escapes the rigours of 1800's 'civilization' for the purer simpler existence in the wilderness. There's a great little cameo performance in the guise of the character ' Del Gru' who we see as the bald headed trapper (to discourage the indians scalping him) who crosses paths with Redford on a couple of occasions. In many ways they don't make westerns like this anymore, and this film has a resonance and simple power which stays with you long after the credits have rolled. I'd say buy this one


Trouble In Mind [DVD]
Trouble In Mind [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kris Kristofferson

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Cult Classic, 21 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Trouble In Mind [DVD] (DVD)
If ever a movie deserves to be seen by a wider audience it's Trouble in Mind. Drawing on the film noir genre, with a nod to Raymond Chandler i.e. down on his luck detective (Kris Krisofferson) just out of jail, falls back on old flame (Genevieve Bujold) and gets mixed up with misfits (Keith Carradine and Lori Singer) and with gangster Hilly Blue - would you believe 'Divine' in a straight acting role! This is a wonderfully dark and atmospheric thriller, with director Rudolph developing each character's story in his own style, ... as the film builds to a climatic ending. There are great performances form the ensemble cast, and the overall atmosphere is added to by a brilliant soundtrack by Mark Isham, and in particular by Marianne Faithful's vocals, especially as the emotive final track plays over the film's closing sequences. This is one of Rudolph's finest for those who know his work, and for those who don't a treat lies ahead of you... don't miss it


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