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Jimi: All is by my Side
Jimi: All is by my Side
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "BASED ON A TRUE STORY", May 8, 2015
that is the disclaimer at the beginning of this movie. well, they should have tried harder.
first of all, my personal opinion is that if they couldn't get the rights to any of jimi's music, they should have just killed the project. it's like making a biographical movie about bruce lee, and not including any martial arts in the film. what's the point?
the point seems to be that the film-makers were annoyed with not getting the rights, so that as a means of revenge, they proceeded to paint jimi in the worst possible light. and they don't even do a good job of that.
even if i had no idea who hendrix was, and i watched this movie strictly as a story in it's-self, i would have thought that it was boring, disconnected, confusing, and a waste of time.
but i DO know who hendrix was, and it's a shame that such a great opportunity (especially as andre 3000 really does do a great job of adopting his appearance and mannerisms) was wasted. none of the great moments in his career are depicted. what about his iconic burning of his guitar at montery? what about his creation of and touring for his incredible albums (even if they couldn't play the actual songs, they could have shown his success with them, touring with them, and how he became famous through them). what about his magical rendition of the star spangled banner at woodstock? how about having the guts to tackle the hard topic of his death?
none of this is in the story. instead, they basically took a year or two of his life, the period from when he decided to stop playing for other bands and go solo, up until just before he hit it big, and tried to make a 2 hour movie out of it. the movie turned out to be more about his girlfriends, and him acting like a fool with and around them, then about what a great songwriter and creative genius (as well as a spiritual, humble, and humorous man) he was. instead, they want to exaggerate disputed accounts of events that probably never happened (hello, phone beating scene.) worst of all, they couldn't even find a great guitarist to at least fill the sound track with playing that was at least somewhere NEAR the universe of how incredible his guitar work was. the guitar playing in the movie is mediocre at best... doing absolutely no justice to his stellar abilities. What a shame. What a waste. The people who made this movie should be ashamed of themselves.
To sum up, "no sir, i didn't like it!"
one of the worst movies i've ever seen, and definitely the worst biographical movie i've ever seen. NO STARS.

General Patton Vs the X-Ecutioners
General Patton Vs the X-Ecutioners
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3.0 out of 5 stars "just ok", April 3, 2015
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this is not my favorite work (or collaboration) from patton. it's not just the hip hop thing, i love all kinds of music and don't exclude any based on genre. it's just that there isn't much actual MUSIC on here... it's mostly sound effects and oddities (which, yes, i know, mike is known to do). it's interesting to listen to once or twice, and then there isn't much point after that. there are a few promising little ideas that could have developed into good songs, but they transition into some movie dialogue or sound effects within seconds. maybe it's my own fault for expecting this to be a collaboration of actual songs... there are other more "sound effect" laden releases from patton that i knew what i was getting into before purchasing, and enjoyed more.

Sonic Highways
Sonic Highways
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars meh. that is all. i would write more ..., November 19, 2014
This review is from: Sonic Highways (Audio CD)
meh. that is all.
i would write more if i had any emotion at all after listening to this a couple of times.
(i will say that after being unimpressed by the last few foo releases, i thought they were back in form with "wasting light". well THAT didn't last long.)

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5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTING AND BEAUTIFUL, October 15, 2014
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This review is from: Silver (Audio CD)
this cd just takes me into another world. i can't get enough of it's waves of sound, feeling, power, loss, emphemeral existence dancing with eternity, dizzying heights and crushing lows. i don't know why but this speaks to my soul. i have only yet heard this cd and "every day i get closer to the light from which i came" (which i also enjoyed but not nearly as much as this one for some reason.), but i am looking forward to hearing their other works. of course i loved godflesh too (and am giddy about getting their new cd as well), but i think this is an awesome evolution. my favorite godflesh songs always were the ones with ambient walls of sound with long delayed vocals, and jesu feels like an extension of that with something even more human thrown in. love love love. this gets one of the very few five star ratings i have ever given.

Extreme Aggression
Extreme Aggression
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4.0 out of 5 stars still rips after all these years, October 15, 2014
This review is from: Extreme Aggression (Audio CD)
i still have my vinyl from many years ago, but since i haven't had a working record player in years a recently ordered the cd. it still holds up pretty well! "betrayer" is still one of my all time favorite thrash songs. i will admit that some of the later songs get a little worn and weary, but there are at least a handful of gems on this album.

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1.0 out of 5 stars maybe it's just my cats..., March 22, 2014
i see reviews saying their cats loved it but it didn't work. i had the opposite experience... it works fine but my cats are terrified of it. it's kind of noisy and moves too quickly and constantly (maybe would be better if it changed up the speeds, i don't know)... after spending 20 bucks (plus another 6 bucks for batteries), this thing ended up getting tossed in the closet. didn't have a chance to see if it would last very long.

Earth Rocker
Earth Rocker
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4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY DAMN GOOD, April 15, 2013
This review is from: Earth Rocker (Audio CD)
Clutch is one of the most consistently amazing bands in the rock world, putting out one killer cd after another for longer than most bands even exist. This Cd is another awesome addition to their discography... BUT, I can't say it's one of my FAVORITE Clutch cd's, if that makes any sense.
THIS BRINGS UP A QUESTION about the amazon rating system. I would give this five stars in comparison to most of the music released today. No doubt. But there have been Clutch Cd's that I just could not stop listening to (self titled, blast tyrant, and "beale street" for example), but this one... it's an excellent cd overall but for some reason it doesn't seem to stand out to me on the whole as much compared to their other cd's. That's why I've given it four stars... my logic is that people looking up reviews for a new Clutch Cd probably are already familiar with Clutch, and wonder how it compares to what they already have heard. I'd be happy to hear opinions about this or discuss it if somebody disagrees with what I am saying.
Again, it's a very good Cd, heavy and fast, great musicianship, great vocals. A little straightforward for Clutch, in my opinion, almost even a little safe, I hate to say, but still rockin'. ALTHOUGH... I have to say that "Gone Cold" is a standout gem here. That song just gets into my soul... the bluesy, slow, gritty little tune with an amazing vocal line by Mr. Fallon. If there was any justice in the world, this song would be on the top of the charts right now.

Kinect Star Wars - Xbox 360
Kinect Star Wars - Xbox 360
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LET'S FACE IT..., November 16, 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
most of us bought this game to use the lightsaber. truth be told, that aspect of the game is a letdown. i have a collection of other kinect games so i know pretty much what to expect for responsiveness, and was hoping with the amount of time put into development and the big names behind this game, it would be a step forward. really though, use of the lightsaber is not very satisfying. you really have no control, other than to swing your arm back and forth like a maniac. there's no skill involved (again, i know kinect is a new technology and they have a long way to go, but i was hoping that this particular game would have made some improvement.), you are forced to face a certain direction, most of the swings you make aren't translated correctly and you are very limited in the kinds of saber attacks. the whole game seems to be a matter of swinging your arm wildly, jumping, ducking, and holding out your arms for force moves. i found some of the riding/speeder sections to be more fun than the lightsaber duels.
i will say that the game is still fun to go through, being part of the star wars world, the characters and robots, the music, and accurate or not it's still fun to swing the saber for a while. i don't regret buying it to have it as part of my collection, and i'll definitely finish the game and try the mini-games (have not had a chance to do that yet), and when my niece and nephews come to visit i'm sure we'll have some fun with it. it's just a shame that the lightsaber action couldn't be a LITTLE bit more advanced.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BELIEVE IT OR NOT, NEVER PLAYED UNTIL NOW, June 1, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
No, I actually never have played any of the Halo games before I bought this anniversary edition. Of course I've heard people talk about Halo, I've heard the name thrown around in all kinds of pop culture references, on television, online, etc.
I'm fairly new to X-box, so I've just played some of the other exclusive titles such as Gears of War, and I figured that it was time to give Halo a shot. I wanted to start from the beginning, I always do if possible. Starting on a sequel of a game is just like watching a movie sequel without seeing the original. Usually they fill you in enough so that you know what's going on, but it's always better to start at the beginning.

Ok so I will admit, at first I thought it was kind of terrible. Right off the bat you are fighting these giggling gremlins, and i thought, "ok this is obviously just a kids game". I also thought that because of the lack of blood and brutality. The gremlins and robot looking guys just groaned and fell over and that was it. I knew it was an old game, (with upgraded graphics) but Doom is also an old game and I used to LOVE the feel of blowing them away with a shotgun, the "feel" of the recoil, blood gushing everywhere while the demons flew backwards. The game also seemed a little repetative and simple. Also I got a little annoyed with not really knowing where to go at first, having just played a couple of games that basically pointed you where you needed to go. I kept with it though, and I'm glad I did.

Once you get used to the feel of the game and accept the fact that it's simpler in some ways, you start to appreciate the really great aspects of the game. It is fun to figure out what the different weapons do and which situations they work best with. You start to get a feel for where you are supposed to go. You get immersed in the world(s) around you. The story might seem a little basic at first, but the more you get into the game, the more interesting it gets, and the overall mood of the game gets a little darker and heavier. Suddenly it doesn't seem so much like a kids game anymore... and THEN you meet up with the Flood. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! It's super creepy how you are introduced to them, and how they suddenly start swarming at you, while you are trapped deep in the bowels of some kind of alien base, and you have to fight your way out. The are evil, brutal, hateful creatures... and it just seems more satisfying to mow them down rather than a bunch of squeaky ewoks.

The game does stay a bit repetative throughout, sometimes it's almost frustrating to keep seeing the same exact layouts of hallways, leading to big round areas with a circular corridor and a central room with raised platforms, then find the next set of corridors that look exactly like all the others, then you go outside to either a bridge that you have to fight your way across or a huge open battlefield area. Then, it repeats all over again. And again. And again. But then there are changes of scenery a lot of completely new areas that break up the repetition. My favorite part so far is where you follow the flying orb... through some kind of futuristic place where they are keeping the flood I believe? (sometimes it's hard to follow the story because the girl telling you what's going on will explain something JUST as you are being bombarded by new creatures, vehicles, and explosions, so you can't hear what she says.) There are some cool variations, and sometimes you are given different tasks to change things up.

Anyway, I have really come to love playing the game. I haven't finished it yet, but in a way I almost don't mind the repetition because it has given me a chance to play the game longer and have more fun with it. I am NOT a fan of multiplayer, (in fact I can't stand it... to me games are boring without a story to follow, an overall goal, and making progress over time towards an end)which I know is a huge part of Halo, so I am glad that the solo campaign is also very well done. It took me a little while to get into it, but the more you play, the more you love it. I would give it five stars, and compared to games of it's era it is definitely five stars, but putting it into perspective of the entire game universe that is out there, I have to give it slightly less (would give it 4.5 if I could), but that's still saying a lot that a game that had it's heydey a decade ago is still 4 stars compared to todays games. It's been a great experience, and I'm looking forward to moving on to the rest of the series!

Born Villain
Born Villain
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars starts out great, but loses momentum, May 8, 2012
This review is from: Born Villain (Audio CD)
i have mixed feelings about this cd so far. i'm not one of the people who had a problem with EMDM and HEOL, they both have some material that i really liked and even found original for manson. i was excited though, at some of the buzz that this was a return to classic mm, because in my opinion the first 3 albums he made were superior to the rest of his work. (and yes i'm including 'portrait' as one of the three). in my humble opinion, holywood' was the first album that lacked something new. it was powerful, but sounded a bit like 'antichrist superstar part 2', only a little less fresh and tasty. some of that creativity seemed to come back over the next few albums, but a lot of the brutality that i loved seemed to dwindle.

so... when i put in 'born villain' and the first song, 'hey, cruel world' started up, i thought 'yes! this is the manson i've been missing! the fury is back!' it's the most energetic i've heard him in a while. unfortunately, the cd practically comes to a screeching halt on the very next song, 'no reflection'. it's just bland, boring, and forgettable. (by the way, i do like medium and slow songs too, but this song is just... ehhhhhhh) i do like the next song, 'pistol whipped', which is slow and sleazy and creepy, but once again the flow of the cd just seems to get derailed with 'overneath the path of misery'. it's a tease of a song... sounds like it's going to build up to a crushing thrasher or something, but unfortunately it never goes there. maybe that's what manson intended, to tease you... but that would have worked better if it paid of with something that actually DELIVERED in the next song. instead, we get slow-mo-tion, which is another clunky, plodding, boring song that sounds like it was thrown together in about 15 minutes to give length to the cd. again, there are some gems here, like 'the gardener'... i really love the sound of it, and the way he speaks the verses, and this is one of the songs that does indeed have a chorus that has the feel of classic manson. once again though, the album dissolves back into 'meh'... with three mostly forgettable songs. after making it through those, the cd does end strong with the powerful 'lay down your goddamn arms', and then FINALLY works back up to intense power and speed with 'murders are getting prettier every day. the title track follows that, and it is another winner... slow but grooving and cool with a nice little acoustic guitar lick, a kind of almost tribal drum/sound effect rythmn, and even a cool little distorted bass lick thrown in at times. i really wish that the cd would have ended with this song, it would have ended on a high note... instead the last track is a cover of 'you're so vain', which i'm sorry but is just horrible. manson can usually put a nice twist on cover songs and make them something special... this sounded so passion-less and forced... like they thought it might be a good idea, but the execution sucked but they care enough to remove it from the cd like they should have. or maybe he just wanted to answer trent reznor's reference to the song in 'starf****s', which was said to be about manson... either way somebody should have had the balls to level with manson if he himself didn't realize how bad this cover song turned out.

all-in-all, it's not a terrible manson album, and i think most of his fans will be able to enjoy it. as is the case with most of his albums (again, after the first three which, in my opinion, were great all the way through) there are some songs which stand out and kill it, and there are some songs which are not quite up to par. my rating is a 3 because some songs are a 5 and some songs are a 1 or 2. i do worry a little bit about the future of marilyn manson though, because i feel like his music has become somewhat of a formula that he follows, and we all know about his over-the-top drug and alcohol use, and those things just do take the piss and vinegar out of a person, no matter how much of a creative bada$$ rebel they were to start with. this cd has some promises of his flame continuing on and even flaring up a little more than it's been, but hopefully it's not just the sparks of a sputtering fire that's about to settle into smouldering coals.

UPDATE... i've REALLY tried having an open mind about this cd and have given it a chance, and listened to it quite a few times now. it's JUST not growing on me. in fact, it's so bland and boring that i'm getting annoyed with it. there are still two or three tracks that i like a lot, but the rest of the cd is just just killing me. i've taken a star off of my rating. i'm sorry but i have to be honest. i seriously don't understand how anybody sees this as a comeback or being anywhere close to his classic works. proceed with the downvotes now, but i'll bet in a few weeks or months you will be agreeing with me, once the shine of a new (and yes a bit heavier but just not better) release wears off. unless you just adore manson and anything he does because he has meant somethng to you at some point in your life... i loved his music too but i have to be honest and objective with new music when i hear it. either way, i am being completely honest and not hating on the guy... i want him to do well, and i am still hoping that he will put out great music in the future.
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