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Heart Beat [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Heart Beat [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by Newtownvideo_EU
Price: £13.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad at All, 18 Aug. 2011
Heard this was kind of flop when it was released. Still, it's a good movie. Not bad at all. Nick Nolte is good as Neal Cassady. And even if Kerouac don't look exactly like the real, the acting is still good. It also has a pretty good story in it. Basically it's about innocense and lost of it. It's based on Carolyn Cassady's book, which I haven't read, but what I know about these characters, this seems pretty realistic.

Would recommend.

Factotum [DVD]
Factotum [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Dillon
Price: £4.45

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Much Better Than the Barfly..., 17 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Factotum [DVD] (DVD)
Matt Dillon has got the Bukowski mannerism pretty well. Also the woman acting Jan really has got that alcoholic woman look and touch to it.

Of course, Bukowski's books don't translate very well into Hollywood language. It's so subtle. There are no high points, really. It's a good film, though, if you don't expect too much. I mean, if you don't expect a typical Hollywood film. This is maybe for the Bukowski-fans only, I don't know. But so much better than the Barfly. It goes pretty much by the book, Factotum, and there are some other bits also. Good film to drink and smoke with.

I think the main problem with the film is, that meditative drinking and writing don't translate very easily to the movie language. Aki Kaurismäki would have been perfect man to do this job.

Still, it's a good film. If you liked the book, you propably are interested in this also.

Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed
Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed
by Dave Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, after all, 5 Aug. 2011
I first wrote a review which said this book is total trash. That was when I had read about half of the book. And it was true, that there was some lousy, not so interesting moments before that, even so that I was not sure if I will ever get through it. But then something happened. There was also interesting parts in the first half of the book, especially concerning Andy Warhol's Factory and Velvet Underground, but there were also boring bits about Tony Defries, Moot the Hoople and such... Things that didn't seem to relate to the three big names on the cover. Anyway, when reading further all this other information and characters started to fall in place in the whole, and proved to be essential part of the story told. The other half of the book I read very fast and it was entertaining.

I can't say how much the information in this book is new, as I have read only very little books about Lou Reed and Iggy before. Anyway, it was interesting read and I would recommend it.

Price: £10.35

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Good For You, 6 April 2011
This is a very good record, and you should listen to it while taking drugs, until your brains melt completely.

Gonzo: The Life Of Hunter S. Thompson
Gonzo: The Life Of Hunter S. Thompson
by Hunter S. Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Good Potrait Of The Man, 6 April 2011
What this biography reveals, is that what we think of Hunter S. Thompson by reading his own books, wasn't almost nothing but the truth. Maybe not always literally, but in essence anyway. This book shows a man who wasn't just a narcist but also a strongly addicted person, mostly to alcohol and cocaine. The story in itself if familiar. It is a story of a man who uses a lot of drugs and finaly loses his talent. In Hunter's case this happened rather soon. By the mid-70's he was already nearly an invalid, when it came to writing a good sensible article. He was ego-centric, yes, but he was also very social, and it seems to me that this also destroyed his creativity. He chose to have fun and hang out with the buddies, stoned as ever, instead of withdrawing to loneliness and concentrating on his work. But that wasn't his way. He liked to have fun, and hell with everything else. He started as a fairly traditional journalist and ended up more like an performance artist, playing the part that he had created based on himself.

I don't doubt that the story this book tells isn't a true one. It developes from a collection of anecdotes, into a whole bigger than its parts. Maybe the picture it grows to be isn't always a pleasant one, even to a fan, but it still very likely is something very close to the truth. It's hard to imagine how these people here, telling their stories, would have any hideous shared interest to picture Hunter S. Thompson as anything other than the person they remembered him to be. So, from this background it seems a bit strange that Hunter's wife, Anita, wouldn't let use her stories in the book. It is told that she thought Jann wanted to show his own twisted image of the man rather than the truth. At least not the one that Anita thought it to be.

Still, it seems that every person in the book had a little bit different view of Hunter, so that there are many voices telling the story. Why didn't Anita let them add her story to it also, I don't know. Sounds strange to me. Of course it might be that the picture we get here of Hunter is a little one-sided, so that it tells only the weirder things about him. But then again, there must be also a truth to that, as so many people tell so many same kind of stories.

If I had to show one flaw in this book, it would be that it doesn't concern too much about Hunter's work, but rather focuses only to his personality. There are mentions about his books, but only here and there, and for example Kingdom of Fear is almost totally left out, only to be mentioned briefly. And instead of it many pages are devoted to the fact that Hunter couldn't write almost anything in his last years. KOF was also a book that Hunter apparently wrote pretty much in collaboration with Anita, so maybe with her parts left out, also the parts about that book were left out. Kingdom of Fear was anyway the biggest achievement of Hunter's last years, so it is a little funny that they only mention his inability to write anything. So who knows, maybe there are flaws like that also elsewhere in the book - it's hard to know.

Anyway, it's a fun and interesting read in addition to other books, by the man himself and by others about him. If you want Anita's version of her late husband, then you can read her little Gonzo Way -book. But if you don't know anything about Hunter or his books, I would recommend reading some of his own work first, before this. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a must, Hell's Angels is also pretty good, Great Shark Hunt also fairly recommended. For even though this book is fun and entertaining, it's not anywhere near the best works of "dr" Thompson himself.

Their Satanic Majesties Request
Their Satanic Majesties Request
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, 25 Sept. 2010
This is actually pretty funny record. Like, Rolling Stones, those bad boys of early rock'n'roll gettin' some acid and doing a happy hippie record in the style of Sgt Pepper's band. Just listen to Bill Wyman's funny sounding vocal on In Another Land. Really funny. Then, also, Stones seems to be over all, more merrier than normally, here.

All in all, it's not a bad record, and although it could be just a piece of hippy crap it's not, as it is, after all, performed by The Rolling Stones. It is very listenable record if you are not over allergic to strange hippy sounds, sitar, gongas, etc.

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