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Saturday Morning Pictures (Expanded Edition)
Saturday Morning Pictures (Expanded Edition)
Price: £9.66

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenally Good Album, 8 Feb. 2010
This album contains one great track after another but even if it only had 'Our Song' alone on it then it would be still worth buying. This track absolutely rocks like nobody's business. It is easily equal to the classic tracks of the Rock behemoths of the era with which we are all familiar. I recall hearing it for the first time in the early eighties. It was on tape and I virtually wore it thin playing the opening track over and over again. It is a masterpiece of riffing, intelligent lyrics and soaring guitars played by (apparent) giants!
After The Storm is another hard rocking track that drives along with clinical precision and intensity. Move That Wigwam rocks hard and also delivers a seering condemnation of the genocide of Native Americans in the old West. Moving and pulsatingly wonderful. These are great rock songs that are also highly original. Queen of the Sea is another fantastic piece that tells a story and reminds one of Moby Dick; it is a Folk Rock track that compares very favourably with both Rock and Folk bands of the era. An impressive achievement.

Stray managed to skilfully combine elements of Hard Rock, Folk and Jazz to produce a unique sound that really kicks butt especially on their earlier recordings. They deserved better than their near obscurity.
If you're a Rock fan there is no need to think twice. This is a brilliant album that you must have or forever miss out on a wonderful experience.

Poe: A Life Cut Short
Poe: A Life Cut Short
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tragedy Of Edgar Allen Poe, 8 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Poe: A Life Cut Short (Hardcover)
Peter Ackroyd is a towering writing talent. All of his work is a joy to read and this book is no exception. He writes with skill, striking a perfect balance between cold historic fact and the humanity of his subject.
It is a short book as Poe's was a short life and Ackroyd more than competently presents the known facts via his tireless research. It is extremely thorough but more than this it is a sensitive portrayal of a sensitive man.

Highly recommended. There isn't a better biography of Poe anywhwere.

Inglourious Basterds [DVD] (2009)
Inglourious Basterds [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.39

58 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, 8 Feb. 2010
Where do you start with this peculiar film?
It is a mess but it includes some magnificent moments of sheer virtuousity. The acting is generally highly accomplished with the exception of Brad Pitt who appears painfully constipated throughout. His part requires minimal effort and it seems that that was all Pitt was prepared to make. Having said that it may be Tarantino's directing to blame for Pitt's wooden approach.
On the other hand Christoph Waltz is simply incredible. His performance is a tour de force with a skilfully delivered balance achieved between palpable menace and grotesque comedy. Waltz is a significant find; a towering talent whose skills in this film deserve recognition with an Oscar. It is worth watching just for his performance alone. The opening scene is deftly done and appears to promise an intelligent adult film that Hollywood did so well in the late sixties and early seventies but the film from there onward fluctuates between farce and magnificence.
There is an excellently choreographed set-piece in a Parisian cellar bar that is reminiscent of the best of Sergio Leone and much of the film is a homage to the classic Spaghetti Westerns of the sixties as well as Sam Pekinpah. Even the musical score brings to mind those great Westerns. However, too much of the film is downright infantile and ridiculous with little sense of direction.

Worth watching once but only once. Borrow.
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The Royal Hunt Of The Sun [1969] [DVD]
The Royal Hunt Of The Sun [1969] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Shaw
Price: £15.11

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force acting from Christopher Plummer, 8 Feb. 2010
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The only negative criticism of this DVD is that it is true that the transfer is of a poor quality and the editing is faulty in places but the sheer skill of the performances and the magnificent script far outweigh these weaknesses. Robert Shaw delivers a highly accomplished portrayal of a basically decent man who is driven more by adventurism and curiousity than by greed. Pizarro is a Pontius Pilate-type figure who agonises over his role and the hypocrisy he knows is inherent in his position.
But Christopher Plummer's acting is a veritable tour de force. He is nothing short of amazing. To think that this is the same actor as the man in The Sound of Music is astonishing and only goes to show what a master of the art Plummer really is: he creates a powerful portrayal of Atahualpa, King of the Incas, that left a deep impression on me. It is a thoroughly convincing portrait of a man and his culture doomed and of a man who knows it but is powerless to do anything about it. Plummer is simply incredible in this part: beautifully balanced and painfully sensitive. I cannot praise him highly enough.
The script is intelligent and thought-provoking. It is a coruscating attack on greed and imperialism that is timeless and extremely moving. It is a film and a play aimed at an adult audience which is a breath of fresh air in this era of dumbed-down culture. Ignore the poor print (it is far from unwatchable!) and marvel at the geniuses that are Shaffer, Plummer and Shaw. Superb!

Veho VSD-229 54-in-1 Card Reader with Sim Card Backup
Veho VSD-229 54-in-1 Card Reader with Sim Card Backup

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!, 27 May 2009
I'd read the negative reviews and felt some trepidation but on I went and bought this complete waste of money. It's impossible to believe that such tat is still being sold in the 21st century and on Amazon. Really really really DO NOT BUY this piece of junk. Even setting up was a bit of a nightmare. After that it kinda worked once and then went dodo on me. The display window was woefully badly designed and completely useless. It should be simple and straightforward but it is simply shoddy I'm afraid. Next to useless.

Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
by Humberto Fontova
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.17

34 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 14 Jan. 2009
Dear oh dear oh dear. This rubbish ought to be pulped. It is absolutely dire.

It wouldn't have been so bad if it had been written coherently but it is just another cliche ridden piece of maniacal nonsense from someone on the rabid right. No research, no evidence: just bald assertions with no FACTS. Right wingers should have learned by now that their rants can only be taken seriously if they are based on reality and not feelings, hunches and downright lies. So he doesn't like Che or left wingers generally. Fair enough but he must just learn to live with it. Simply making up garbage and spewing it out in hate filled sentences is not a substitute for proper evidence based research.

Please do not buy this drivel but if you see the author give him a hug. He didn't get any from his mommy...

Zero stars.
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Last Decade Dead Century
Last Decade Dead Century
Offered by zoreno-uk
Price: £7.70

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Brilliance, 25 Mar. 2008
Warrior Soul are true originals. The music and lyrics are charged with an intensity rarely found anywhere. It's punk (and I mean real punk not modern corporate trash), it's metal, it's hard rock, it's ambient...these guys are geniuses and deserve to be considered Rock Gods!

They are anti-establishment rebels with the added bonus that their music is, unlike others who have tried to mix music and politics, actually excrutiatingly brilliant. The lyrics are genuinely poetic, thought-provoking and convey an anger that will shake your foundations. If you like kick-ass rock then this is definitely for you. Warrior Soul are unique: a perfect combination of quality hard rocking music and laser sharp lyrics with biting sincerity.

Dead Of Night [DVD]
Dead Of Night [DVD]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic, 25 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Dead Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this incredible film as a child in the seventies and it scared me witless. As a teenager I imagined that a British black and white movie from the 1940s would be very unimpressive. How wrong I was! In fact this powerful work of art only increases in potency with age. It is a remarkable film of real psychological intensity.

Forget other films in the horror/supernatural genre made since. This is the real deal: a truly disturbing masterpiece that you will remember for a very, very long time...
A true classic.

A History of Modern Britain
A History of Modern Britain
by Andrew Marr
Edition: Hardcover

60 of 134 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial, 21 Sept. 2007
The fact that Andrew Marr is in the privileged position which allows him to write and have published something as weak as this book supports the belief that Britain is still thoroughly in the grip of the Class System. If he had not been privately educated it is impossible to believe that such superficial and cliche-ridden piffle would have ever made it to the printing presses. Anyone looking for an in-depth, analytical or intellectual study of modern Britain will be sadly disappointed.

This book reads like a sixth form history essay researched via British tabloid newspapers.Again the reader has to endure yet another British toff telling us that the eighties were a boom period for the UK. Tell that to the millions unemployed. The cliche of the 'winter of discontent' (a tabloid invention) is regurgitated with reference to the tired old lie that 'the dead went unburied'. They did in one city, Liverpool, for less than a week.

Boring, hackneyed and predictable.
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Stand Up And Be Counted
Stand Up And Be Counted

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best British band who never quite made it, 21 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Stand Up And Be Counted (Audio CD)
Stray were somehow overlooked in the early seventies. Certainly they had Zeppelin, Purple etc to compete with but if you like superb, high quality and thought-provoking hard rock then give Stray a listen. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Quite simply they produced one fantastic, classic track after the other in the early seventies. A brilliant band who deserved more. Much more.I discovered them quite by chance and wondered why on earth I'd never heard of them before. It just goes to prove that there's no justice in the world. An excellent, top-notch, hard rocking phenomenon: Stray.

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