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The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.39

2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Untouched, 19 Dec. 2004
I rented this film based on the enthusiastic reviews above. I was disappointed.
Despite it's potential, the film lacked coherence - it was far too fast paced and lacked character development. With one notable exception, scenes were too short, with minimal dialogue and no time for tension to mount.
In films such as The Godfather and Goodfellas, the personal lives of all characters were well infused in the plot, here they are rather tacked-on and subsequently, appeals to the viewer's emotions are rather pathetic.
Sean Connery is terrible, he speaks in soundbytes and is utterly unbelievable: as if James Bond had opted for acting school over MI6.
Kevin Costner is better but, despite attempting to under-play every scene, goes too far and appears wooden and bored.
Robert De Niro is fantastic; a brilliant performance. He gives this film an extra star. Unpredictable, calculating and stylish: capable of volcanic explosions of violence without so much as a whiff of precursory steam. It's just a shame he appears so rarely.
The soundtrack is horrible. It spoils the opening credits and goes on to spoil the rest of the film. It attempts to invoke emotion in the aforementioned emotionless scenes and also fails. Adding a modern beat to music of the film's era seemed to work in Plunkett & McClane, though not here.
If you're after a bit of a hollywood romp with guns, utterly mindless violence, a twisty plot and Robert De Niro then look no further: the shoot-out in the train station is tense and beautifully choreographed. If the same direction had been applied to all the remaining scenes lacking De Niro, the film would have been added to my personal Hall of Fame. Sadly it wasn't, so it hasn't.
If you want a film about gangsters, see Goodfellas or The Godfather.

Inside the Machine
Inside the Machine
Offered by all my music
Price: £39.89

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filthy, trance-bashing, hardhouse-crushing bass., 3 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Inside the Machine (Audio CD)
Having been fed hard house and trance by Mixmag and Radio 1 for a large portion of my late teens (oh how embarrassingly misinformed I was!), I discovered the real 'underground' when I was told to buy this album by a mate in late 2000. My first impressions weren't great - being more used to hideous female vocals and no-brain synth riffs - but slowly the basslines and superb drum programming won me over.
Following the wispy, floaty synth intro of the mix CD, the first 5 tracks progress from dirty to filthy to positively landfill and that's where it stays. When walking through crowded streets with this on the personal, I have to check myself from dancing as each slamming bassline drops. There's tight mixing, moody movie samples, truly twisted beats and dark stabbing sounds, but most of all there is bass enough to tap into that primeval, volcano fearing, mammoth dodging, adrenaline inducing caveman gene.
In short, I love this CD and as a result my hard house and trance collection is now confined to a box in the attic. If you're a true basshead, you should make an effort to find this CD - you won't be disappointed.
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