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This is Jinsy [DVD]
This is Jinsy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Bran
Price: £6.00

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tune in your Tessellator, 18 Nov. 2011
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Daily Greet! Like a casserole of Vic & Bob, The Mighty Boosh, The Wicker Man, Garth Marenghi's Dark Place and Monty Python's Flying Circus - but really quite unlike any of those things, This Is Jinsy is the sort of madness that you will either love or loathe depending on your comedy preferences. This bizarre program seemed to land fully formed, steeped in it's own mythology of the isle of Jinsy and its population ruled over by Arbiter Maven and his right-hand man Operative Sporall. Instructions, news, and even punishments, are communicated via Tessellators (which can also watch the 791 residents) in every home and throughout the land. Each show is peppered with musical numbers, weather reports and other obscurities. It's also rather hilarious.

Look out for guest stars such as David Tennant as Mr Slightlyman, Peter Serafinowicz as cupboard salesman Eric Dunt who is mistaken for a diety and Catherine Tate as the editor of Glove Hygiene Monthly. One of the best shows on 2011. Nightly Bye.
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The Laurie Records Story, Vol. 3: Girls and Girls Groups
The Laurie Records Story, Vol. 3: Girls and Girls Groups
Price: £10.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a small caveat, 12 Sept. 2011
Very happy to have most of the '80s Stop look & Listen LP compilation on disc finally, but the version of The Chiffons Stop look & Listen is not the same as on the original album - which is a little disappointing. However, this is overall good value and a fine thing indeed.

A Dandy in Aspic [DVD] [1968] [2007]
A Dandy in Aspic [DVD] [1968] [2007]
Dvd ~ Laurence Harvey
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £6.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 8 Jan. 2011
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So much of the '60s spy genre is campy, and I love that, but this is an exception. If for no other reason to recommend this film, the art direction and cinematography is outstanding with well-considered shot after shot getting the most out of the impressive locations. The colour of the film jumped out at me too, not the expected '60s Eastman colours, but more of a Douglas Sirk '50s kind of style. But, there's more. Not wanting to give too much away, the lead character is a dislikable creation who only grows on you a little as the film progresses, but is fascinating to watch throughout; he reminded me of Jason King with all traces of campery banished. Mia Farrow is a complete delight every moment she appears on screen, and there's an impressive cast of actors you will recognise from, well, everything, popping up, most of them I didn't know by name but knew by sight. Peter Cook's performance is effectievly the comic relief, however he plays it the right side of funny to blend in with the general seriousness of the proceedings and gives his role depth when called for. Richard O'Sullivan (Man About the House) even appears in a small role as the (implied gay) best friend to Mia Farrow's character. Most enjoyable for anyone who appreciates '60s Spy cinema, and after watching this I even more so wish there was a way I could visit late '60s London and Berlin!

Hippies : The Complete Series [DVD]
Hippies : The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Benfield

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Paisley gods!, 5 Mar. 2008
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I've been hoping this would come out on DVD. Given Simon Pegg's recent successes in film and TV it's amazing it's taken so long.

Hippies is a good fun sitcom based around a group of hippies in Notting Hill Gate (Where "we'll build a love state...") and featuring a bunch of now-famous comic actors (Sally Phillips, Peter Serafinowicz, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Darren Boyd and of course, Simon Pegg). The fact that most of the cast are too old to be playing the flower power youth is surely part of the joke. Great fun parody of the patchouli generation; look out for "Girl with a Beard" and the rather brilliant stage production with Hippy Horse. Peace!

Late Night Tales - Mixed by Nouvelle Vague
Late Night Tales - Mixed by Nouvelle Vague
Price: £14.73

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 1 April 2007
Following on from compilations by Air, Four Tet, Zero 7 and others, the Late Night Tales series has persuaded French New Wave samba-stylists Nouvelle Vague to offer a glimpse into their home stereo play list. And if you're expecting an album of gentle Latin rhythms well you're in for a surprise. NV's entry in the LNT series is a mix of ambient, easy listening, indie and even a little spoken word.

We start with The Special AKA's reggae-lite Girlfriend before NV's own `exclusive cover version' of Come On Eileen (not their strongest work, it must be said). The music of The Pale Fountains (Unless) and 80's electro goths / short-lived Bahaus side-project Tones on Tail (Moment of Fear) both demand re-examination based on the strength of the tracks included here. There's a great mix of vocal styles on offer from the `naïve' stylists such as Nouvelle Vague singer Cammile Dalmais (here singing as Les Petroleuses) and Norwegian singer-songwriter Anja Garbarek; the epic vocals of Glen Campbell and Charlie Rich and the butter-smooth Peggy Lee and Julie London.

A cool breeze blows through the Music of Os Mutantes, Isabelle Antena and Brazilian bossa ingenue Cibelle, while Kim Deal & Tanya Donnelly under the guise of This Mortal Coil could make time stand still with the ravishing You & Your Sister. The Charlie Rich track San Francisco is a Lonely Town surprised me with it's Walker Brothers majesty and although the mid-point Eno-esque ambience of Gavan Bryars' The Vespertine Park does slow the collection down perhaps a little too much, I'm going to think of it an as intermission. Proceedings pick up again with the glambient David Sylvian before an unexpected segue into the avant-guard pop of the Art Bears' Freedom and Peggy Lee's You're My Thrill. Also unmissable are the tracks from Avril and jazz diva Shirley Horn. This deeply moody collection is nothing if not eclectic and possibly a voyage of discovery for many listeners. If you're looking for something that's adventurous yet comforting, alien yet strangely familiar, this top notch collection will do you well.

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Price: £4.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Maybe - YES!, 19 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Maybe (Audio CD)
Asserting her individuality from her Spice sisters Emma Bunton's talent is proven with this great 60's style stomper - and what a refreshing change it is. Sounding like nothing else in the charts Emma channels the talents of Cilla Black , Sandie Shaw and every other Carnaby Street starlet in a song that's part Ready Steady Go, part 60's Eurovision Song Contest and part cocktail party.
Her stylists have worked overtime to give her a matching video and image complete with dancers in op art mod gear, outrageous 60's stylings and crazy dance moves - it's like an explosion at Biba. Maybe is such a perfect package and so dreamily individual I'll bet Kylie's kicking herself for having not thought of it first. I'm looking forward to the album after this stunning introduction.

My Suitor (Jpn)
My Suitor (Jpn)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Wave delight from Kahimi, 7 Jun. 2003
This review is from: My Suitor (Jpn) (Audio CD)
Well it's not cheap, clearly, but Kahimi Karie fans are probably used to bankrupting themselves to acquire her releases. It is though a very fine record.
Somewhat of a "concept" release, Kahimi covers all new wave tracks in her own unique style (if you're not familiar with her work imagine a Japanese schoolgirl whispering her vocals to nicely produced, alternative-sounding backing tracks. Her odd, usually a bit off-key "singing" and musical landscape is always strange and beautiful).
On My Suitor Kahimi brings her individual perspective to songs by The Lilac Time, Weekend, Virginia Astley, The Dolly Mixture, X-Ray Spex, Holger Czukay and others. The X-Ray Specs cover (Warrior in Woolworths) is a hidden extra track.
I especially love what's she's done with "The Photo Song" and "Drumbeat For Baby". A treasure, much like Ms Karie herself.

Price: £12.80

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Monde Du Pastel Vespa, 22 Sept. 2002
This review is from: L'anarchie (Audio CD)
Pastel Vespa has been performing in Australia for several years. With her music she radically restyles (and improves) popular songs, endowing them with a warm lounge/retro style and a strong emphasis on melody - For example: "Anarchy in the U.K." (The Sex Pistols) is presented as Parisian pop (and sung in French) and Thin Lizzy's "The Boys are Back in Town" is Mariachi style, she finds the hidden tune that was always threatening to escape from Alanis Morrisette's "Ironic" and her version of "California Dreamin'" even manages to improve on The Free Design's breezy cover.
There's a Carpenters-twist thrown in her version of "Teenage Dirtbag" and the quintessential Australian rock Anthem - "Evie - Parts 1, 2 & 3" is almost unrecognisable as it weaves through samba, to 70's easy listening, finishing up as Donna Summer-style disco!
L'Anarchie is a knockout and you'll kick yourself if you're not the first kid on your block with it!
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The Psychotronic Video Guide
The Psychotronic Video Guide
by Michael Weldon
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Press Play and Record, 1 Aug. 2002
This is the companion title to the cult film bible (The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film) but with the focus that everything reviewed within is or was available on videotape. It updates the other publication and there's very little, if any, duplication of reviews. I like how they also include some more mainstream releases that have a Psychotronic bent (Silence of the Lambs etc...) which like it or not deserve a place here.
If your movie tastes gravitate to the offbeat, and you want to know whether that 3AM horror movie on TV will be worth setting a tape for, this book will steer you right. As with the companion publication, a must have in every B-Movie fan's library. I eagerly anticipate an updated publication.

TV Land to Go: The Big Book of TV Lists, TV Lore, and TV Bests
TV Land to Go: The Big Book of TV Lists, TV Lore, and TV Bests
by Tom Hill
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Better Living Through Good TV, 1 Aug. 2002
TV Land To Go is an entertaining reference book about Classic TV shows split into two halves, the first half is a a selection of "Best of" lists, some more expected ('Best TV Books ever', 'Best Made for TV dramas') and some wonderfully off the wall ('Characters, TV Shows and TV Stars not recognised by spellcheck', 'TV's 15 greatest grumps'). I also enjoyed the other unexpected pieces such as 'The Punctuation Awards' (best/most creative use of punctuation in TV show names) and the enlightning "The 29 most important comic formulae featured in sitcoms" (gotta love the 'whee wohn' - essential reading for all comedy script writers).
The second half of the book counts down the 100 greatest sitcom episodes of all time, and it's a far more entertaining read than I initially expected. It's also pleasing to see modern and non-TV Land shows such as Ellen & Seinfeld making the list along with the Mary Tyler Moore Show, I Love Lucy and The Addams Family. The countdown is based on the actual episode, not the overall show, so a great episode of a mediocre program would rate highly.
Overall, a clever idea that's well done and serves in making one want to watch more classic TV (I only wish we could get TV Land here in Australia!). Great weekend reading.

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