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Memento
Memento
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What? No Oscar?!, May 26, 2002
This review is from: Memento (DVD)
First, a word of warning, if you decide to buy this film, make sure that you're in the right frame of mind to sit down and watch it. Clear a two hour space in your schedule to watch it, and then add an extra hour or so while you flick back through the film and attempt to come to terms with what you've just witnessed. It really does help to have the brain cells firing on all cylinders for this film!
Memento is one of the most original and intelligent (not to mention funny and profound) films of the last decade. Possibly ever.
The story revolves around the character of Leonard Shelby, (played wonderfully by Guy Pearce), a man who has no short-term memory. Since an attack in which his wife was brutally raped and murdered (Leonard's last memory is of this in fact), and in which he recieved a damaging blow to the back of his head, he has been totally unable to make new memories. Something of a problem when Leonard is utterly consumed by the desire for revenge.
In order to place the viewer in a similar state to the protagonist, the film has a unique structure, beginning at the end of the movie chronologically, and working its way backwards through time in small (10 - 20 min) segments. Viewing the film, you find yourself in the same position as Leonard, desperately seeking the truth about what has happened to him, and willing him on in his strange investigation.
There is also a wonderful kind of twist at the (actual) end of the film, which completely changes your views on what has transpired and no matter how good you are at guessing the ending of films, this one is going to catch you out. How Christopher Nolan managed to cultivate such an intriguing and intricate story as this is astonishing.
The performances of the three main leads are superb. Guy Pearce plays Shelby with the perfect amount of bewilderment, ironic humour, and pathos. It is essential to the way the story works that we feel empathy for his character and his situation, and Pearce manages this brilliantly.
Carrie-Ann Moss puts in a great performance as Natalie, one of the two main characters whom Leonard comes into contact with. She manages to remain ambivalent all the way through the film, and one is never sure whether to trust her or not.
Joe Pantoliano puts in a scene-stealing performance as 'Teddy', the friend that Shelby can never quite trust. Pantoliano's performance, (like The Matrix co-star Carrie-Ann Moss'), is ambivalent throughout, but he manages to remain wonderfully charismatic. He keeps us guessing about what it is that he knows about Leonard and his past all the way through the movie.
The movie in itself would be worth the purchase of the DVD, but the inclusion of an original story by Jonathan Nolan (the directors brother), an interview with Christopher Nolan, the entire shooting script (complete with notes and scrawls written over by various parties involved in the film), as well as a hidden feature by which you can watch the film re-edited in chronological order, it really is an essential purchase.
I can't recommend this film highly enough, particularly to those who enjoy thrillers, or giving their brain a good work out during a film.
How this film missed out in the Oscars is beyond me. Brilliant stuff.


One
One
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent UK Rock, October 21, 2000
This review is from: One (Audio CD)
hundred reasons are one of the UK's most exciting new bands. Having blown Kittie off the stage on only their third ever gig, they proceeded to release this excellent debut single.
Cerebra rocks like a mutha. Opening with a distorted guitar line mixed into the background, it soon explodes into life like a rocket. Like the rest of the CD, it's got a great chorus, and a complex verse. In fact, the song structure reminds me a little of Tool, but with the passion of prime Pearl Jam running through it's veins.
Slow Learner is similarly passionate, mixing hardcore sensibilities with bags of melody and a cool chorus to great effect. This song shows Hundred Reasons grasp of dynamics very well.
Clear (Flawed) is the hardest of all three of the songs. Starting out with some great screaming and a cool guitar part that bleeds into the chorus. Great for moshing to, and for leaping around your bedroom like a total loon.
If there's any justice in the world Hundred Reasons will soon be selling records by the bucket load, and help to get rid of the Limp Bizkit's of the world with their great take on the Nu-Metal/Hardcore genre.


Relationship of Command
Relationship of Command
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5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling, October 21, 2000
This review is from: Relationship of Command (Audio CD)
ATD-I's first album proper for a major label is a fantastic effort, everything that punk should be, angry, visceral,imaginative, and downright entertaining. This isn't the kind of punk that floods MTV these days. It's about as far removed from bands like Greenday and Blink 182 as you could conceivably get.
The energy flowiing through this album is almost tangible. Each one of the songs is like a miniature atomic bomb. To borrow an album title, it's like a 'Tactical Neural Implant'. Intelligent, angry and unpredictable. This is the best punk album this year.
My personal favourite songs are the single One Armed Scissor, Invalid Letter Dept.(with it's refrain of "dancing on the corpses ashes" and a destructive riff nearing the end of the song).
If you want to experience the real alternative and true punk scene at the moment, then get out there and buy this. It's damn worth it.


Louder Than Love
Louder Than Love
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Full On Power Trip, October 21, 2000
This review is from: Louder Than Love (Audio CD)
This album isn't Soundgarden's best by any means. However, there aren't many bands that ever achieve the level of excellence that soundgarden did, so this is three stars in soundgarden standards. In other words it's damn good!
I feel it better to approach this album as an indicator as to how soundgarden developed. Some songs on here (such as the title track and Big Dumb Sex) hint at the way that soundgarden would develop.
For anyone new to the band, I'd say get either Down On The Upside, or Superunknown first, as they're the most accessible. If you like those a lot then delve a little further back and get the rest of the albums. They're all worth it.
So in conclusion, its' great by anyone else's standards, and just average by Soundgardens.


06/6/00 - Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales
06/6/00 - Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential, if you were there or not., October 5, 2000
This CD is a monument to the only time (as far as I know) that Pearl Jam have ever visited Cardiff.
Perhaps my view is a little biased as I was there, and consider the concert to be the highlight of my whole year so far.
This was an almost perfect gig, recorded on a cd for all to own.
Eddie Vedder's voice is better than I've ever heard it before, including on all six of their studio albums! The extended versions of several of the more established favourites are excellent, and really show off the bands' awe inspiring musicianship. The guitars of Mr Stone Gossard and Mike McCready are superb, complementing the amazing vocal performance (and each other) perfectly. Matt Cameron's drumming is totally spot on, as usual (his touring with them being an extra treat for me, being a huge soundgarden fan). Unfortunately, while Jeff Ament's performance on the bass was utterly awe inspiring on the night, the recording is lacking somewhat in the bass dept. being strangely mixed far into the background.
Apart from this the cd is great. There's no overdubs at all, what you hear is the real thing, including several funny little (and not so little) anectdotes from Eddie.
This is a truly magical performance, particularly on the set closer Yellow Ledbetter, Alive (with slightly modified lyrics), Betterman, Immortality and a spine-tingling performance of Black.
Absolutely priceless.


Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sound of a revolution, September 3, 2000
Since RATM exploded onto the scene with their self titled albumway back in 1992, music hasn't been the same. RATM easily rank as one of the best bands to have emerged in the last decade, if not since the inception of rock music itself.
This CD is perhaps still the best they've created. I've never heard an album brimming over with so much anger, and heard it so focused against anyone or anything.
The most political band since the Sex Pistols (but with much more defined political ideas) and just as revolutionary music-wise, Rage fused political manifestos to heavy metal, aggro funk and rap vocals. They single handedly defined the sound that now infuses MTV and radio waves everywhere with bands such as Limp Bizkit playing watered down versions of their music, minus the talent and intelligence. Featuring Zack's venom filled lyrical diatribes, Tom Morello's amazing other-worldly guitar sounds and squeals, and one of the best rythm sections in the world, this is the sound of a band who are perfectly in tune with one-another both mentally and musically.
From opener Bomb Track through the famous singles Killing In The Name, Bullet In The Head and Know Your Enemy to closer Freedom this album is one of the most energetic, ...and intense blasts you'll find. Awe inspiring stuff. Join the revolution.


Vitalogy
Vitalogy
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spin this black circle., September 3, 2000
This review is from: Vitalogy (Audio CD)
Pearl Jam's third album Vitalogy is possibly their most weird, least commercial moment yet.
Beginning with two of the fastest songs they've recorded, Last Exit and the punked up Spin The Black Circle, in which Eddie shows off his low end growl to great effect, the record quickly begins to diversify.
There's the anger of Not For You and Whipping; the weird song structure of Tremor Christ; magical ballads (although not exactly love ballads) such as Nothingman, Better Man and Immortality; a few traditional Pearl Jam rockers, such as Corduroy; and song more experimental songs like Bugs and the extremely odd Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me.
It's these one or two weird songs that bring the album down from a five star rating. I like experimentation (and Pearl Jam have never been a band to rest on their laurels and relive past glories), but Bugs and Foxymophandle... just get on my nerves. They're fun at first, but eventually you just find yourself skipping them.
Vitalogy is a great album, it has depth, emotion, good musicianship, and most of all, some damn fine songs. Godd, but not Pearl Jam's best.


Science
Science
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favourite Things, August 30, 2000
This review is from: Science (Audio CD)
A lot of people seem to catagorise Incubus with bands like Korn and their many soundalikes. However, this simply isn't the case. This is one of the most varied, and most enjoyable CD's I've heard yet.
While a lot of modern rock/metal bands seem content with just getting their heads down and churning out riff after riff, and complaining about screwed up they are, Incubus seem to constantly be challenging themselves both musically and lyrically. Every song is meticulously realised, and yet S.C.I.E.N.C.E retains a loose, energetic, and overall, funky feel throughout.
What must be said about Incubus is that all the musicians are really really great, including some of the best vocals I've heard from Brandon Boyd, and the best bassist I've heard since Flea (Dirk Lance).
Redefine is a great way to open a CD, with a great, bouncy riff and a superb bass/drums/turntables breakdown in the middle. Vitamin follows in a similar vein, with a spoken verse opening into a great chorus.
New Skin is one of the best songs Incubus have ever produced (high praise indeed) with an excellent riff that you just can't get out of your head. Idiot Box is pretty funky, with a great bassline and vocals. Glass is very experimental and has a good chorus.
Magic medicine is an instrumental drum&bass track with DJ Lyfe providing lots of weird samples to colour the music. A Certain Shade Of Green is a firm live favourite with a really cool riff that just makes you want to get up and jump around. Favorite Things is really cool with a great riff and some great vocals.
Summer Romance is one of my favourite tracks with a really cool, awesomely funky bassline, great guitar and exceptional vocals from Brandon. There's also a cool sax solo. Nebula is one of the most experimental tracks with a weird off-kilter rythm, plenty of percussion and even some samples of what sounds like a drill! It has one of the heaviest choruses on the album. Deep Inside has some great vocals from Brandon, more funky bass and a killer tune.
Calgone is pretty heavy, and again very experimental, with lyrics about being abducted and probed by aliens among other things. There's also a secret track which is basically the band just screwing around with loads of weird samples and stuff. Like the rest of this album, it's really good fun.


Neon Ballroom
Neon Ballroom
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverchair 'matures', August 30, 2000
This review is from: Neon Ballroom (Audio CD)
I bought this album about a week before it's release (don't ask me how), being a big fan of silverchair. This is very different from their previous two albums, (but then Freakshow was quite different to Frogstomp so there ya go), and I know some fans were quite dissapointed with it. However, those people are quite narrow minded, as this album showcases some of their best work to date.
There are huge orchestral tracks such as the excellent opener Emotion Sickness which is a superb example of controlled power and Black Tangled Heart with its massive noise breaks; the heavier more traditional 'chair style songs such as Anthem For The Year 2000, Spawn Again, Dearest Helpless and Do You Feel The Same; a fast punk song (Satin Sheets) in a similar style to Lie To Me; and bunch of exquisite ballads such as Ana's Song (Open Fire), Point Of View and Miss You Love, and even a more funky, atmospheric closer, Steam Will Rise.
Silverchair have confounded their critics now to produce three great, differing albums, Frogstomp with its' fantastic raw and energetic rock feel, Freakshow with its' grungier influences, and now Neon Ballroom, with its' complex melodies and great variation in style.
Buy it, and listen with an open mind.


The Holy Bible,Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible,Manic Street Preachers
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Intense Humming Of Genius, August 30, 2000
This is, as many Manics fans agree, their masterpiece. That one piece of work that an artist will produce in their life that they will never surpass.
this really is a work of lyrical and musical genius. I really can't express it any other way. This album represents all the disgust and anger that even Kurt Cobain couldn't express.
Beginning with Yes, a song about prostitution, ("in these plagued streets you can buy anything"), and a superb opening. The next song, IfWhiteAmericaToldTheTruthForOneDayIt'sWorldWouldFallApart, shows why it was never released in the USA, ("who shall we choose for our morality"). This is an angry rally against the 'culture' of the USA invading other countries to 'improve' them. Of Walking Abortion is as shiver-inducing as its' title suggests. This song is one of the most angry I've ever heard, ("hitler reprised in the worm of your soul... the massacred innocent blood stains us all"). She is Suffering is about the price of beauty, ("beauty she poisons unfaithfull all/stifled her touch is leprous and pale"). With a more gentle refrain that most of the songs on here. Archives Of Pain follows with its pro-death penalty view point, ("there is never redemption/any fool can regret yesterday") and it's chorus comprised of the names of various killers. The bassline on this song is the sound of pure evil. Revol takes it upon itself to destroy all revolutionary leaders, and to show the world their true nature. 4st 7lb is my favourite song on here. It is the most harrowing song I've ever heard. Written from the point of view of an anorexic girl, it is a lyrical masterpiece, possibly the best lyrics of the whole of the nineties. Mausoleum makes the skin crawl, with its sinister music and lyrics about concentration camps ("wherever you go I will be Carcass/ whatever you see will be rotting flesh"). faster is from the point of view of what appears to be a serial killer. This Is Yesterday is full of regret and a longing for a time when life was more innocent than it is now, perhaps through the eyes of a child. this is followed by Die In The Summertime, another song about the loss of innocence, and the wish to regain the way things once were, and the inability to live up to people's (and your own) expectations. The Intense Humming Of Evil is another song about the Nazi concentration camps, and like one of its lyrics is a "funeral march for agony's last edge". Even the introduction of this song makes the hairs on the back of my neck rise. Finally, P.C.P is an angry song about political correctness and its' ridiculousness when so much evil is taking place in the world.
This album is superb. I've never heard anything sound so ugly, and yet simultaneously so beautiful. The lyrics are the most honest I've ever heard, and the music and vocals complement them perfectly. Prepare for a journey into the darkest recesses of humanity, buy The Holy Bible.


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