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Gran Date Movie

Posted : 10 years ago on 10 July 2008 08:47 (A review of Priceless)

It really is. I don't know a girl (or a guy) who doesn't like Audrey Tautou. She's beautiful and splendid in this movie, but terribly unlikable at first - and that's because she plays her character so well! But by the end, the love affair ensues on and off the screen and everyone goes home a little happier. It's a fun and refreshingly French film.

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You'd Eat Them Too!

Posted : 10 years ago on 10 July 2008 01:41 (A review of Cannibal Holocaust (1980))

Yes, a revenge flick, my most favorite meta-genre, but good enough to be better than most. What I like best about this movie is the format in which it's told. Here's the high level overview, copied and pasted directly from Wikipedia.org...

"...the movie tells the story of four documentarians who journey deep into the jungle to film indigenous tribes. Two months later, after they fail to return, famous anthropologist Harold Monroe travels on a rescue mission to find the group. Eventually, he recovers and views their lost cans of film, which reveal the missing filmmakers' fate."

(Their fate is pretty obvious, btw.) In any case, the format gave it a true sense of reality as all you know about the four filmmakers is what you see as you watch the films with Mr. Monroe, the anthropologist.

It's a fascinating film, but heed the warnings! It really is as graphic and disturbing as they say and there are scenes of actual animal death. Also, I highly recommend reading the rest of the Wikipedia article. This movie knocked people off their asses back in the day!

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Complete in Every Sense

Posted : 10 years ago on 10 July 2008 01:04 (A review of Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas - A Catalogue Raisonne)

It's pretty amazing that someone has taken the time catalog every work that Mark Rothko has executed on canvas. It's amazing that there is only one painting per page, each one in full color. It's amazing that the pictures of the paintings are proportionally correct to each other. It's amazing, etcetera, etcetera.

Really, if you can get your hands on this 708 page monster, do so. It's a true pleasure to look through and experience. Start at the beginning and take your time; watch his style change and then mature. It's beautiful and inspiring.

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The Pumpkin Seed

Posted : 10 years ago on 3 July 2008 10:27 (A review of Smashing Pumpkins: Vieuphoria Live)

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Live performances are where the Pumpkins really become The Pumpkins and this DVD catches them at the peak of their post-Gish, Siamese Dream days.

These songs I really feel capture the essence of the Pumpkins during that time.
-- Quiet - Live in Atlanta ('93)
-- Soma - Live in London ('93)
-- Geek U.S.A. - Live on German TV ('93)
-- I Am One - Live in Barcelona ('93)
and especially...
-- Today - Live in Chicago ('93)

These are a cool paring.
-- Disarm - Live on English TV ('93) - with heavily distorted electric guitars
-- Mayonnaise - Live Everywhere ('88-'94) - played acoustic with a tambourine and a maracas

These I usually skip.
-- Slunk - Live on Japanese TV ('92)
-- Silverf*ck -live in London ('94)

I give it a 9/10 only b/c I wish the non-performance parts weren't there.

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The Best of Roger Waters?

Posted : 10 years ago on 2 July 2008 02:41 (A review of The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking)

His crowning musical achievement? As a solo artist, absolutely! Its climaxes and crescendos are so powerful. And more importantly, this is the last album before Roger's voice went hoarse. Other fantastic facets of this album are the female backup singers and having Eric Clapton on guitar. All that said, it may not be the most accessible album to the casual listener and it's best if listened to as a whole. I recommend that you give it some time and a few listens, and if you're old enough ;), it sounds even better after a half dozen beers or a bottle of wine.

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"THE" SRV Video to Own

Posted : 10 years ago on 27 June 2008 06:16 (A review of Live at the El Mocambo [US Import])

This is the best Stevie Ray Vaughan DVD that I have seen. The El Mocambo show, I've heard, was one of Stevie's most astounding performances, and you can almost feel it come through as he plays on your TV.

If you have time for only one track on this DVD, make it "Texas Flood". He pours his SOUL into this one! It's so real.

If you have time for only two(!), check out "Lenny". Sweeping, sweet, and melodic. Beautiful. And dedicated to his wife.

Tommy Shannon and Christopher Layton, the bassest and drummer, also get represented well here too. It's hard to put my finger on it, but it gave me the "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" feeling.

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A Most Pleasant Surprise.

Posted : 10 years ago on 27 June 2008 06:04 (A review of Pink Floyd - The Making of The Dark Side Of The Moon)

A friend of mine works for Eagle Rock Entertainment and gave this to me on a whim. I disregarded it as some opportunistic 3rd party capitolization on the Pink Floyd names.

Turns out it is f*cking awesome!!

Each song is broken down and commented on by all four band members, peers, and industry leaders. It goes into the history of the songs with amazing rare footage and even mid-interview song demonstrations by Dave, Rog, and Rick!

I can't say enough good things about this DVD. It's so well produced and interesting and you don't even have to be a PF fan to appreciate it. But if you are, I think this is one of the most important pieces you can have in your Pink Floyd collection.

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