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DVD ~ Issiaka Kane
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Animal Cruelty, September 15, 2009
This review is from: Yeelen (DVD)
I suppose director Souleymane Cissé was going for stark realism in his film, but is torching a live rooster not considered exessively and criminally cruel in his country? Just thought I'd leave this warning for animal lovers and those sensitive to animal cruelty. The film opens with a close up of a real live rooster in flames and screeching in agony. I was so sick to my stomach, I threw away the dvd. There are pleanty of great world films that don't include authentic inhumane acts against animal life... inflicting pain and death upon a helpless living creature for the sake of "art." A waste of $27.
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Marvel Encyclopedia: The Hulk
Marvel Encyclopedia: The Hulk
by Marvel Comics
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, October 23, 2005
This is NOT an encyclopedia. It's a collection of extremely opinionated articles regarding the Hulk. On top of that, it's a blatant advertisement for the 2003 Hulk flick. It seems the author had to put in a word for the movie in almost every single page. This is not an exaggeration either. The author fills each page with his incredibly tiresome sarcastic wit and utter disrespect for the subject matter that makes the book almost unbearable to read and almost impossible to understand. It reminds me a lot of British Journalism. Is the author British? The author badmouths Hulk creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's early contributions, in some instances calling Kirby's artwork "square" which I find offensive. He provides some nice information on the Hulk film and the classic TV production, but treats the latter contemptuously. There is very little mention of prolific Hulk writer and Icon Peter David. The author seems insistant on disregarding any other incarnation than the famous Savage Hulk. There is little mention of the Grey Hulk (other than the debut issue) or the "Professor" incarnations. In fact the author blatantly states that the Hulks of the 80's and 90's were not the REAL Hulk. And he assumes the authority to say so. I was going to add another star to the rating because of the beautiful reprints that include Hulk #1, but these reprints are available in other collections minus the annoying sarcasm and unwanted opinions.

If you're looking for a thoroughly informative and objective look at the Hulk, look elswhere. If you want to read some jackass giving his un called for opinions, disrespecting the very subject he's writing on, blatantly advertising a new movie (I'm sure he got his share from Universal), trumping his conservative political stances and disregarding any and all information that he doesn't care for, then by all means buy this book.

No Love Lost
No Love Lost
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Originality isn't the priority with these guys, February 16, 2005
This review is from: No Love Lost (Audio CD)
What this record sounds like is a Nephilim/Nefilim tribute band that decided to write their own songs and record an album. The music sounds a little too close to the Nephilim/Nefilim for these guys to claim any originality. They do throw in some Cyber-Metal influence in the vein of Rammstein however. What is amazing is how close the singer of NFD comes to sounding like Carl McCoy. There are times when you would swear that he was singing! At times the vocals get get tiresome as the singer uses a certain irritating vocal manerism (something Carl would never sing) again, and again, and again in just about every song. Lyrically it's nothing McCoy would sing for the most part, unless you count the times they intentionally rip off a lyric. There's virtually non of the esoterc Lovecraft/Crowley influenced poetry here. Most of the songs seem to be grounded in our physical and conventional reality. The music is heavier, less etherial and less "Western" sounding than Fields of the Nephilim, not nearly as "Death Metal" sounding as Nefilim, but it does come very close to the unoficial FOTN album "Fallen". There are some great melodies and chord progressions that sound exactly like something the Nephilim/Nefilim would use. The song Turbine sounds like it could have come off of "Dawnrazor" or "The Nephilim". But there are instances all over the album where it sounds as if they had taken a melody or riff off of Elizium and simply altered a note or two. There are even lyrics which have been liften straight off of Elizium. "We can dream forever..." sung in a very similar melody as on Sumerland is one example. It was nice to hear Tony Pettit's unique bass sound and Peter Yates' stirring slide-guitar leads again. Overall it is an enjoyable record. Not a masterpiece, hardly original, but holds up for a spin when you've played your Nephilim/Nefilim albums into the ground.
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Information Overload
Information Overload
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Mind-Altering Sonic Surrealism, February 15, 2005
This review is from: Information Overload (Audio CD)
An impressive return! It truely seems as if ASF is back to reclaim their position as one of the weridest, wildest, most creative bands around. This record consists of layers upon layers of samples, beats, guitars, subleminal noises, yelling and screaming, and of course that distinctly Fiendish flavor; a perfect balance of social criticism, surrealism, creepiness and sillyness. They are definitely pushing forward sonically, yet remaining true to themselves. Sometimes I miss that old lo-fi, primitive ASF sound, but then I get caught up in the all-out brilliance of these songs. I'm also glad they haven't abandoned their Goth-Punk roots this time as I thought they had after Inferno and Nocturnal Emissions. Now hopefully they'll play some shows in the US and not take so long on recording a follow up to this album!

The Grudge
The Grudge
DVD ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good (Truly) Scary Movie, February 7, 2005
This review is from: The Grudge (DVD)
Ok, so it's obvious that this flick wouldn't recieve nominations, but let's face it; this is a great horror film. While most American horror for the last 10 years or so has gone for a cheap pseudo comical approach with actors delivering pointless and stupid one-liners, or the action/horror approach with leather clad babes toting ridiculously huge guns, this film (directed by a Japanese) leaves out all of what makes modern American horror films worthless and trite and injects it with some nightmarishly grotesque images and utter creepiness. Finally a movie that grasps what it means to be a HORROR movie. It's probably the scariest mainstream film I've seen in a very long time. Much better than The Ring. That movie left me bitterly disappointed and feeling like I was cheated. For all it's hype, I found the Ring to be downright lame. In The Grudge there is a certain element of ambiguity which might confuse some viewers. One thing that came to mind is why does the ghost of the young boy screech like a cat? The only clue is that we see his cat drowned in the bath tub along with him. It's just something to chew on, and it gives the film a definite surreal element. The ending was very satisfying and left me feeling stimulated rather than let down. There are far too many supernatural thrillers that end on a conventinal and almost "hallmark-ish" note. It's much scarier when what is going on is not fully explained.

Overall, an impressive little horror movie which I can say, truly creeped me out. I'm very interested in seeing the original Ju-On as well for comparison.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pessimistic classic, January 27, 2005
This review is from: 1983-1987 (Audio CD)
Remember the 80's? back when we had Ronald Reagan, the USSR, the Cold War and the thought of nuclear holocaust still scared us to death? Out of that era came some of the darkest and most pessimistic underground music ever. Among the early American Goth/Punk/Deathrock movement this band seems to have been somewhat overlooked. Every bit worthy of acclaim from the Gloom & Doom and Death Rock crowd as 45 Grave and Christian Death and from the Punk crowd as TSOL and Black Flag, yet no one seems to remember Burning Image. It's a shame because these fine young lads from Bakersfield (?!?!) California played some serious Graveyard Rock with a political twist. It's funny when you look at current mainstream bands like AFI, Alkaline Trio, Good Charlotte, Evanescense, and just about any other band who's t-shirts and cds you can find at Hot Topic stores in EVERY Mall in the country... you sit back and wonder what happened to the authenticity? What happened to the days when Goth kids were the fringe of society instead of being regarded as troubled mall rats, cute curiosities or teens going through annoying fads? Many of these "neo-goths" have no idea who Joy Division, Bauhaus, or Christian Death are! Sad.

Listening to this excellent cd brings back the old feeling before the dark subcultures became tainted and sanitized. Before "Goth" became a household word. Listen to this cd for some authentic Dark Rock. This is an album full of raw righteous anger, twisted, disturbing and sensuous music and real talent. Don't be surprized when it doesn't sound like Slipknot, AFI, Sum 41 or whatever else gets passed for "Goth" or "Punk" nowadays. This is the real deal.
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Love Metal
Love Metal
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band... Great songwriting, January 27, 2005
This review is from: Love Metal (Audio CD)
HIM is one of those few bands that reek of catchy instantly satisfying pop rock, yet still come accross as legitimate and true. It would be hard to compare them to any mainstream music today, yet they definitely have an infectious element thanks to some incredibly clever songwriting. They have never tried to be "mainstream" yet have developed a massive cult following in Europe and the US. So what is Love Metal anyway? To break it down, imagin those Gothic/Pop/Rock bands from the 80's: The Cult, The Mission UK, The Church, Early U2, The Sisters of Mercy, etc, take those elements and combine them with some Black Sabbath-esque riffing and heavy guitars. Lay on some Lullaby-like melodies and lyrics dealing with unhealthy romantic relationships and death. There you have HIM in a nutshell. Love Metal is probably their most accomplished album yet. There is not one song on here that can be skipped over. Definitely recommended if you're into classic Goth Rock and don't mind some heavy riffs.

The Last Temptation of Christ (The Criterion Collection)
The Last Temptation of Christ (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Willem Dafoe
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A profound artistic statement, January 24, 2005
There are two things that I am going to say before I review this film.

1. I have been a believer my whole life. I have been a Christian proper for about half of it. I have also rejected the fake religiosity and vain piety that modern Churchianity has imposed upon faith and spirituality. It's this that removes the "magic" and power of the Bible and its message.

2. I am not going to compare this film to Mel Gibson's Passion. That would be unfair since both films are coming from two completely different, yet equally valid points of view.

The Last Temptation of Christ is, in my opinion, one of the greatest and most powerful religious films ever made. Its purpose was to use the story of Jesus and his victory over the world and over fallen humanity as a metaphor for man's struggle between the Spirit and the Flesh. The Christ we see in this movie is in essence Nikos Kazantzakis (the author of the original novel which this film is based upon), Paul Schrader (screenwriter) and Martin Scorcese (director). Each person infused a bit of themselves into this vision of Christ in an attempt to put themselves in His sandals, to experience the Passion, Glory and Horror of Christ's life, ministry and death for themselves and that way become closer to Him. They've created a modern parable for just about anyone with an open mind and an open heart; a "supreme model for the man who struggles" as Kazantzakis states in the introduction to his novel.

Yes, the Jesus we see in this film is quite insecure, confused and at times downright terrified. The point is, when God calls someone to accomplish such a seemingly impossible mission, who isn't scared to death? Who wouldn't rather live an average life in comfort than endure the emotional and physical torture of being God's sacrificial lamb? This film speculates "What if Jesus the carpenter had these feelings? If he was fully human as well as fully divine, who's to say that the carpenter wasn't terrified when he learned that he was in fact, the Christ?" The next point the film addresses is that while Jesus was tempted in every way... including sexual temptation (maybe the strongest kind), He never once gave in. Even at his weakest and most vulnerable point, bloody, thrashed beyond recognition and dying on the cross, when he experiences his "Last Temptation" - that of leading a normal human life (including marriage, work, child raising, etc) - he shakes off the temptation and shouts triumphantly, "It is accomplished!" And thank God it was!

I will point out that there are major historical and Biblical inaccuracies in the film. But then again, this film never claimed to be accurate. Its message and power isn't in its accuracy, but in its essence. It unfolds in a very dream-like and surreal way. However its grit and realism as far as locations, and details such as the actual crucifixion are more historically correct than most film versions.

Overall this is a profound expression of faith coming from film makers who based their work on a profound expression of faith by one of the greatest writers of modern literature we have. It continues to inspire me to do my best and follow God's calling despite my fears and insecurities. There was something Roger Ebert said about this film having the power to draw more people to Christ than any film before it. He may have been right. A couple suggestions: Read the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and read the Gospels.

Hope Like a Candle
Hope Like a Candle

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Industrial Masterpiece, January 20, 2005
This review is from: Hope Like a Candle (Audio CD)
1984. The second wave of Industrial music and Power Electronics. From beginning to end this record pummels and crushes the listener into a twitching mass, only occasionally letting up for some quiet, more subtle moments. Most of the songs run together and there are some recognizable themes repeated variously on the album making this a sort of "Industrial Opera". Sonically it's sparse yet incredibly loud and violent. The simple use of feedback, distortion, primitive drum machine, clanging metal percussion and crazed vocals create an almost visible texture and could serve as a soundtrack to some surreal underground futurist film. What lyrics are discernable are outright Christian in nature. No beating around the bush here, these guys are about God and they make it known. This may come as a surprise to some since most other pioneering Industrial and Noise artists are certainly not known for positive vibes. Someone had to do it obviously. Blackhouse paved the way not only for other Christian artists who, rejecting the Contemporary Christian subculture, wished to express their faith using unconventional means, but also for many non-religious Industrial projects to follow them.
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Dance With Me
Dance With Me
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL PUNK, January 18, 2005
This review is from: Dance With Me (Audio CD)
TSOL rules. Everyone knows this. This is my favorite album of theirs and for good reason. I always prefered the dark side of Punk. Especially Horror Punk, Goth Punk and Deathrock. This album could be considered a Deathrock masterpiece. We have songs describing depression, necrophilia, bones, skulls, cobwebs etc... This was long before poseur bands like AFI and Alkaline Trio started whoring out dark Punk. The music is raw, catchy and full of life (or living death?). A far cry from most over-produced manufactured pseudo Punk. I would say that the songs are catchy enough to make a convert of your average Hot Topic slave. Get a copy of this cd for one of the less fortunate. They will thank you.
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