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The Beatles: 1962-1966
The Beatles: 1962-1966
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Has To Be A Compilation, October 20, 2010
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This review is from: The Beatles: 1962-1966 (Audio CD)
Anyway you look at it there are people who don't want all of the Beatles recordings. That's why this collection is so necessary. It's really not a greatest hits. It's more of a sampler. The songs cover the years beautifully.
The chronological tracklist order the sets utilize is smart and ultimately logical, illuminating the group's snowballing artistic development throughout its career as well as accounting for the various advents made in recording technology throughout the 1960s (many pioneered by the Beatles themselves) that make songs captured to tape in 1969 sound markedly different from those laid down in 1963. It all starts inauspiciously enough with the band's debut single "Love Me Do", a pleasant yet slight ditty. Things really start to get cooking with the second track "Please Please Me"--where primary songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney deftly ratchet up the excitement level in a standard verse-chorus-bridge song structure--and hit the first real high-water mark with the irresistible "She Loves You", which features a chorus for the ages. After that, it's clear sailing through hit after hit, songs get longer, the lyrics expand beyond love-based topics, the drums become more prominent, Indian influences begin to seep in, those career-making harmonies become deployed less often, lead guitarist George Harrison emerges as a masterful songwriter in his own right, and so on. Although the sets were originally compiled with the vinyl format in mind--which explains why songs from the same studio album do not always follow their original sequential order and why the consummate album opening number "A Hard Day's Night" shows up in the middle of the first CD--both compilations flow beautifully in compact disc form without the benefit of having for flip a disc over to create a break in the listening experience.

Session 9
Session 9
DVD ~ David Caruso
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I THINK I WATCHED ANOTHER MOVIE, September 19, 2010
This review is from: Session 9 (DVD)
It starts off bad from the start. We are introduced to a bunch of characters, but it feels as though the movie left out the part where we were actually introduced to them. They are talking about and referring to things that the audience has no clue about, yet the film acts as though we are supposed to. The point is that we are supposed to piece things together and at the end of the story, a dark secret will be revealed, but it really isn't an effective way to start off a movie. I don't want to be confused from the get go, especially in a mindless horror film.
should you choose to watch it against my advice, Session 9 is a character movie, just without character.

In terms of horror, Session 9 has very little. Most of the movie takes place during the day, and the climax even takes place in daylight. The creepiest part of the movie, where one of the workers is pursued down a pitch black corridor by someone or something, only lasts for a minute. There isn't anything even remotely exciting in the whole film.

he only interesting part of Session 9 is the small storyline where one of the workers listens to a bunch of old tapes of a psychologist interviewing a woman who has multiple personalities, one of which is a killer. Listening to the tapes was truly creepy, and also grabbed my attention. Strangely enough, these tapes are where the movie gets its title from ("Session 9" is the interview number with the patient), but the story the tapes tell never gets incorporated into the movie. I see where the screenwriter was trying to go with it, but I didn't see much of a connection.

By the end of the movie, I had already made up my mind. Session 9 is an utterly bad movie without much going for it. I have to admit that I was impressed by the little twist at the end, but by that point, the movie had lost.

If you want to see Session 9, change your mind.
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The Last Exorcism
The Last Exorcism
DVD ~ Patrick Fabian
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CREATIVELY BANKRUPT, September 2, 2010
This review is from: The Last Exorcism (DVD)
This movie was such a let down. There was no creepiness at all.
The scariest stuff in the movie was alot of neck bending and moaning.
This could have been a decent movie with it's faux doucumentary style.
An almost unnerving lack of scares and tension permeates the movie, with the uninspired script being suitably complemented by the insipid, leaden direction. The decision to cobble together `homages' to certain masterpieces serves to highlight how creatively bankrupt this project is. In particular, the representation of the possessed girl - complete with white frilly nightie, greasy hair, pivoting head and demonic voices spouting obscenities - is simply pathetic. It's a minor miracle that those Tubular Bells never start their distinctive chiming, although that was presumably down to clearance issues. To make matters worse, the climactic sequence in the woods is astoundingly similar to the ambiguous denouement of Blair Witch - including a near identical last shot. What a waste...

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5.0 out of 5 stars WHY BOTHER RE-RECORDING? THEY FORGOT TO RE ADD THE ROCK, August 8, 2010
This review is from: Croweology (Audio CD)
This CD is excellent. But why?
Bow out with a fantastic "Greatest Hits" Remaster/Re-Mix.....Don't re-record.
What is the point of re-recording your greatest hits? Why not put out a live album? This album has all the makings of hanging out and catching a buzz on a lazy sunday. It's not a "Rocker" at all
I found the acoustic flavor mellowed these songs ala VH1 Storytellers.
I'm not bashing this record, there was just no reason for it.
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Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar
Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar
by Edward Ball
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, July 22, 2010
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What a beautifully done book about one of the most recognized guitars in Rock n' Roll history. THE GRETSCH 6120. I am a 6120 owner and this book is a phenominal companion to the guitar. The history of the guitar is well detailed and the photo's are beautiful. If you're a Gretsch owner you already know what I'm talking about. This one is not to be missed. WELL DONE!!!!

The Runaways
The Runaways
DVD ~ Kristen Stewart
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RUNAWAYS? UNRECOGNIZABLE!, July 17, 2010
This review is from: The Runaways (DVD)
Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed. I was looking forward to this movie. While it captures the era it tells a story. A story about what? The Runaways is a formula-based fictionalized retrospective piece that tells an interesting story but does so in a wholly uninteresting light; sure the film looks good and the acting is superb, but there's very little spirit or feeling to the picture and seemingly no real purpose behind the telling of the story. The Runaways seems like a movie that's been made for the sake of making a movie, the filmmakers having taken a perfectly fine story but doing nothing of substance with it. The result is a watchable but ultimately hollow movie that's of the old "see it and forget it" variety, it's the performances of Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning that save The Runaways from disappearing into complete obscurity. But at the very least it'll probably sell a few music downloads on iTunes.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE HAS THE ROCK GONE?, June 17, 2010
This review is from: Mojo (Audio CD)
"Mojo" is a great record. It's Tom Petty how bad could it be?
Mojo offers 15 tunes that run the gamut from riff based jump blues ("Jefferson Jericho Blues") to a quasi-Steve Miller Band sound ("Candy") to country-inflected pop ("No Reason to Cry," which offers perhaps the best Dylanesque vocal yet from Petty) to harder rocking tunes built around unison riffs ("I Should Have Known It"). Petty and his longtime compatriots Mike Campbell on guitars, Benmont Tench on keys, Ron Blair on bass, Scott Thurston on rhythm guitar and Steve Ferrone on drums, decided to record Mojo with none of the ProTools bells and whistles that have become de rigeur in modern recordings. The band simply showed up, not even having cut any demos, stood in a circle facing each other, and started playing as the tape--well, probably the hard drive--started "rolling." The results are a somewhat looser, less produced sound than some of Petty's earlier outings, but there's also a spark of spontaneity that can only be caught by musicians not knowing exactly what's going to happen next.

I found it to be musically all over the place. Delta blues, British Invasion, American Pop. It's not the kind of record where you just listen and it flows smoothly. It's a record that translates in to an anxiety attack.

With that in mind, You'll be prepared. The second listen worked out much better.

The Mothers-in-Law: The Complete Series
The Mothers-in-Law: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Eve Arden
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9 of 220 people found the following review helpful
This show was terrible. As I read the plot descriptions of each episode I couldn't believe it.

HOW NOT TO MANAGE A ROCK GROUP- A new rock group called The Warts catches the interest of the Hubbards and Buells, who decide they'd like to invest money into the group. (Joe Besser (3 Stooges) and The Seeds guest star-they are known for their hit- Pushin' Too Hard)

Sounds hilarious.

And this little gem.

ALL FALL DOWN- Eve and Kaye both go skiing and end up with broken legs.

I can't stop laughing I'm going to wet my pants.

Leave this one alone.
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Avatar (Two-Disc Original Theatrical Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Avatar (Two-Disc Original Theatrical Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
DVD ~ Sam Worthington
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6.7 million Blu-ray's Sold In The United States In 4 Days - Screw the Special Edition!, April 23, 2010
What a bunch of whiny babies. The absence of extra's on the Blu-ray is because the Bit-rate is so high that it took up all of the memory. This is as close to perfect Blu-ray as you can get. Sure there will be many versions down the line.
This one is just fine for what it is. "AVATAR" the movie. It was never intended to be a special edition. It's $19 which is well worth having this beautiful albiet plane version, to watch and enjoy. The rest of you get in line with the cry babies waiting for the "Lord Of The Rings" Special editions.

Live: The 1971 Tour
Live: The 1971 Tour
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1971 ALL OVER AGAIN!, April 9, 2010
This review is from: Live: The 1971 Tour (Audio CD)
This concert is what every new artist should listen to before going out on tour.
This is rock concert 101! GFR outsold Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin in 1971 making them the #1 concert draw of 71-72. This recording is history in the making.

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