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No More Mr. Nice Guy: Live [2 CD]
No More Mr. Nice Guy: Live [2 CD]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality for an official release..., October 17, 2013
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I have been a huge fan of Alice Cooper for many, many years, and I wish I could say this was a brilliant album. The setlist is okay, and it's really great to see "Muscle of Love" and "Clones" make an appearance, but they' too, are marred by the sound quality of this release. To me, it sounds like it's a bootleg taken from the soundboard, and not mixed very well at that. The bass notes are way too overpowering and distract from the songs. On the performance side, Alice sounds a little rough here... often like he's shouting rather than following the melody. There are some good things about this release, but overall it is average, and I would not recommend it for anybody except completest-type fans.


The Incredible Melting Man [Blu-ray]
The Incredible Melting Man [Blu-ray]
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1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T DO IT!!!! Don't buy this movie!, June 7, 2013
I'm amazed to see that somebody is taking the time to commit this cinematic atrocity to Blu-ray! This is an AWFUL movie. It's a super-low-budget exploitation flick, so if you're looking for a horror film that has people you care about (or at least find interesting), a coherent storyline, or anything you'd expect from even a B-grade horror flick, you won't find any of that here. The ONLY way to see this movie is if you're watching Mike and the 'bots rip it to shreds on MST3K (6th or 7th season... I don't remember which offhand). You have been warned.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, stay away!, September 21, 2012
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I'm looking to up-style my 2007 Mustang and thought this item would be a nice compliment. However, this item arrived warped, and the "supplied 3M tape kit" was nothing more than two small strips on either end that were each less than 1/4" long. Needless to say, it didn't stick, and yes, I followed their prep instructions to the letter.


Orphan
Orphan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and creepy, although it's been done before., August 1, 2011
This review is from: Orphan (DVD)
Pretty much any way you look at this movie, it's "The Bad Seed" again, which has been done numerous times to better effect. However, "Orphan" maintains a very creepy and intense atmosphere throughout, which is primarily what I look for in a good horror movie. Of course, the young sociopathic girl engaging in murder and mayhem is supposed to be the main shocker, but that's been done already. However, certain sexual overtones creep into this film which I found unsettling and very disturbing, and that aspect of this film was pulled off very well. That is, until they ruin it with a ham-fisted and entirely unnecessary twist near the end that negates everything.

If you've never seen or heard of "The Bad Seed," or even "The Good Son,' then definitely see this movie! If you're old enough to have seen those films, "Orphan" is still worth a watch because of its intensely creepy atmosphere. In most respects, this is a very good horror film.

Brent


The Last Exorcism
The Last Exorcism
DVD ~ Patrick Fabian
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish!, August 1, 2011
This review is from: The Last Exorcism (DVD)
After seeing previews for this movie on TV, I was really looking forward to seeing it. It looked truly scary, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. The writer and director of this film made little, if any, effort to research the subject of their film and it shows glaringly throughout. The self-styled preacher is laughable, the characters are poorly written and act and react in ways that inexplicably go against common sense, and the moronic story fails to deliver on practically every level. It takes a lot to make me consider walking out of the theater after paying too much at the box office, but two-thirds of the way through this turd burger I wanted to leave so bad that I could barely sit still.

And then there's the ending. I can't spoil it for you, but it can be best described as a laughable WTF cliche' that the writer simply pulled out of his @$$ as a way to end this train-wreck to nowhere and score a "twist" ending. People in the audience where I saw this movie laughed out loud or audibly groaned an incredulous, "Oh come ON!" See "The Rite" or the even better "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" because "The Last Exorcism" has all the intellectual appeal of a boiled potato. I wish Mike and the 'Bots were still around because this film is in serious need of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment.

I found this film wholly unsatisfying and built on a huge pile of been-there-done-that. Call this movie Legion, for the cliche's are MANY!

Brent


Fly From Here
Fly From Here
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make No Mistake... This is YES!, July 13, 2011
This review is from: Fly From Here (Audio CD)
It would be a great disservice to this band, and to yourself if you're a fan, to immediately dismiss "Fly from Here" as a bad album, or "not a Yes album" simply because Jon Anderson is not providing lead vocals. I, too, was very disappointed when I learned that Jon was no longer a part of the band, but Yes has ALWAYS moved on, and have ALWAYS had lineup changes. That aspect of this band is nothing new. However, Benoit David, the new lead vocalist, has the range and that golden quality to his voice to both sing new Yes music and to handle the old music live onstage. If anyone could replace Jon in Yes, it is Benoit David!

Jon's presence, however, is sorely missed when we get down to lyrics. I miss Jon's dippy-hippy, peace, truth, and love lyrics. The lyrics lack his unique Great Mother cosmic consciousness aspect, and his joy at using nonsensical vocal sounds just for their musical quality. The majority of the songs on this album were written my Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, which makes it feel like less of a band effort and allows some dated 80's-style staccato rhythms to creep in that just don't set well with me. If anything, this album needed more Yes and less Buggles. So while Benoit David sings like an angel, it's my opinion that the lyricists let him down a bit.

As for the music, we have the 20 minute opus, "Fly from Here," which sounds good and moves along well, but is let down by the lyrics. "Life on a Film Set" has a haunting quality to it, and "Hour of Need" is my favorite song on the album, the lyrics feeling more Yes-like on that song than probably anywhere else on the album. Steve has some solo pieces, and plays like the guitar god that he is, and Squire and White never fail to amaze. Squire will go down as one of the great bass players in rock history! I'm not so keen on Geoff Downes as the new keyboardist as I feel his work often feels very 80's instead of having the ethereal quality that suits Yes best. I wish they had kept Oliver Wakeman in the band, but Downes is a Yes veteran and certainly clicks with the band.

So even though Jon Anderson is missing from this album, Benoit David is a shining star, and that makes the transition much easier to bear. You should not skip this album simply because Jon isn't singing. After all, the band has been wanting to record new music for some time now, and Jon (his illness notwithstanding) has not been interested in making a new Yes album. It's been more than 10 years since there's been a studio album from Yes, and I'm grateful that there is new Yes music to enjoy! Hopefully, we won't have to wait so long for another new album.

Oh... and don't listen to the people who are knocking this band for being "geriatric." Is there a mandatory age where musicians should quit creating, sell their guitars, and become accountants? That's garbage! Yeah, these guys have been playing for a long time, but it is because of that fact that they are the virtuoso musicians that they are, and that virtuosity is on display on "Fly from Here!"

Brent
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Black Country Communion [CD/DVD Combo]
Black Country Communion [CD/DVD Combo]
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supergroup, super album!, September 22, 2010
"I am a messenger, this is my prophecy..." A bold statement of intent if ever there was one, and a lyric from the opening track on the new self-titled album by supergroup Black Country Communion. The album, Black Country Communion, due out September 20th in the UK and September 21st in the US, is definitely bold--in fact, it's the strongest new album release I've heard in two years. But when your band consists of the legendary Glenn Hughes (bass & vocals), blues/rock prodigy Joe Bonamassa (guitar and vocals), Led Zeppelin legacy Jason Bonham (drums), and Dream Theater, Kiss, and Alice Cooper alumni Derek Sherinian (keyboards), a strong, bold new album is almost certainly assured.

Produced by none other than Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, and Black Crowes among others), the album sounds as it should... a raw, live-in-the-studio sound that hasn't been heard since the mid-seventies. And while this album certainly harkens back to those wonderful classic days of yore, make no mistake, Black Country Communion is a breath of fresh air! It's not overly-polished, it allows room for light and dark, and it's not afraid to let its musicians stretch out and jam, and in today's world of over-produced, bland, soulless fare, this album pulls way ahead of the pack.

Performances are tight but loose, often driving and forceful, powered along by Bonham's steam hammer drumming and Hughes' heavy yet fluid bass lines. Bonamassa, as in his solo material, continues to amaze, pulling out massive riffs, soulful blues licks, and incredible guitar solos that will blister the paint on the walls. Sherinian works his magic in a somewhat understated way, providing textures and moods, but occasionally taking the spotlight while Hughes' world-renowned vocals soar above it all. The band is tight and fit together just as smoothly as whiskey and soda, sounding as if they've been playing together for years, and although the performances are tight, the songs sound loose and comfortable, as if they were done live in the studio in one or two takes.

Black Country Communion starts off strong with the title track, forceful rock and roll with a locomotive bass line, loose and dirty blues licks, and blazing guitar solos, and never lets up from there. "One Last Soul" is the first single from the album, already the most requested song on the UK's premier Classic Rock radio station, Planet Rock, and is catchy enough to have you tapping your foot and digging the funky, soulful chorus. By way of contrast, "Down Again" is a heavy, riff-based rhythm machine powered by Joe Bonamassa's grinding guitar and the 16-ton weight of the Bonham and Hughes rhythm machine working to nail the song to the floor. Derek Sherinian shines on this one, employing organ-based keys to provide a hypnotic outro that absolutely mesmerizes. "Beggarman" is another straight rocker, a hard blues guitar intro leading into a riff as the organ and bass join in to drive the song. Jason Bonham shines here, beating and kicking the drums like an animal.

But while the band certainly rocks hard, they are equally adept at playing with light and shade. "Sista Jane" starts with a kick-in-the-head opening, but changes to a light, quiet verse with acoustic guitar, which then builds in intensity into a chorus that will have you banging your head old-school style! "No Time" boogies right along as if there really is no time before it breaks into a moody "Kashmir-esque," eastern-flavored keyboard melody, allowing for a change of mood and pace before building once again into its kick-ass chorus. The band's cover of the Trapeze classic, "Medusa," gives the band some breathing room as well, opening as it does with slow acoustic guitar and restrained vocals before they crank it up to 11 and the song becomes heavier than the stone into which Medusa's gaze can render you. Bonamassa rips into the rhythm with obvious relish, a strong monster groove that is held down by a massive bass and drum combo while Glenn's vocals soar like an eagle over this majestic track. The raw, blistering guitar solo affirms Joe Bonamassa's reputation as a living-legend guitar god, his guitar tearing away with whirlwind speed, echoing like a lonely cry in the wilderness. This song not only affirms the band's Black Country roots, but it sounds right at home on this album.

Two songs especially give the band room to move around and jam a bit; the eight minute, thirty-three second "Song of Yesterday," and the eleven minute, nineteen second "Too Late for the Sun." There aren't many bands these days confident enough to put long-running tracks on an album that allow the musicians to stretch out a bit, improvise, and jam, but Black Country Communion gives us two long-runners and they prove to be worth the risk. "Too Late for the Sun" is a remarkable piece, Sherinian's organ providing a nice sonic texture, and the band jamming along like so many bands are afraid to do these days.

Black Country Communion showcases the talents of four amazing artists, and the combination of these four talents makes for one hell of a great album! Glenn Hughes rolls out huge, thumping bass lines and turns in a vocal performance that proves why the man is a rock legend. Joe Bonamassa, young though he may be, plays guitar with the passion of an old soul and shines like few other guitarists on the scene today. Jason Bonham is an absolute drum powerhouse, playing with a ferocity that blazes, and along with Glenn's bass, is the unstoppable engine for this band. Derek Sherinian is artful in the textures and moods he creates--he shows tasteful restraint, but steps forward when needed. Delivering twelve solid tracks of bold, old-school rock and roll, Black Country Communion stands out as a masterpiece and an instant classic!

Brent Soileau
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Batman: Under the Red Hood (Two-Disc Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition with Litho Cel)
Batman: Under the Red Hood (Two-Disc Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition with Litho Cel)
DVD ~ Bruce Greenwood

96 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, violent, and action packed!!!, July 12, 2010
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I was prepared to dislike the new DC direct-to-dvd animated film, Batman: Under the Red Hood. I've been annoyed with these animated films for a number of reasons, some admittedly nitpicky and petty, but annoyances just the same. However, after watching a review copy I was quite pleased with the way it worked out! Having read the original story arc in the comics, I wondered how they were going to take such a complex tale, one that draws on various Batman stories going as far back as 1951, and roll it all up into a neat little self-contained package lasting under an hour and 20 minutes (short running time--another gripe of mine). The answer is, quite deftly!

The story has to do with the Batman's greatest failure, the sadistic, violent death of the second Robin, Jason Todd, at the hands of the Joker, who began his career as a masked criminal known as the Red Hood, which is established in short, succinct flashbacks. The story begins five years after the death of Jason Todd and involves a criminal turf war between the Black Mask, an aggressive and entrepreneurial mob boss who wears a black skull mask, and a new masked criminal--a new Red Hood. This new Red Hood is trying to clean up Gotham by controlling the gangs, and his methods are violent, ruthless, and murderous, and thus he comes to the attention of the Batman. A showdown is inevitable, but who's manipulating who, how will the Black Mask react, and what role does the volatile Joker play in the plan?

The story is action-packed, very dark, and should make casual viewers and fans quite happy. Some gripes; Bruce Greenwood and John DiMaggio turn in terrific jobs as the Batman and the Joker, respectively, but I really wish they would have gotten Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to play the parts. Those two actors are so well associated with the roles and it would have been quite interesting to see how they would have handled such a dark and violent story. Sometimes the violence is kept to a nil when it should be amped up. For example, the death of Jason Todd is fairly unbelievable; the Joker spends a good deal of time beating him with a crowbar, yet afterwards he looks only as though he fell down and scraped himself up a little. The comic book story, A Death In the Family, regulated by the Comics Code Authority no less, showed blood, bruising, swelling, a shredded costume, and made him look more than half dead. The movie fails to convey this, and when they're dealing with a PG-13 rating they could certainly have done better.

Another big problem I have with this film, and the DC direct-to-dvd movies in general, is the short running time. Again, with a PG-13 rating and such dark and complex stories, it's more than obvious that the intended audience is NOT young children and pre-teens, but rather an older, more mature audience. So why the short running times geared towards the short attention spans of young children?! This film runs one hour and 15 minutes. The last film, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, ran only one hour and 13 minutes. Please, DC, PLEASE--know your audience and realize that the vast majority of people purchasing these films are adults who can keep track of sophisticated plots, complex character development, and running times that are closer to those of adult movies--an hour and a half to two hours! If you did that, you could do so much more with these animated films.

Depsite my gripes, I have to give this movie four out of five stars. It was very entertaining, with lots of action and some seriously twisted moments from both the Joker and the Black Mask. Parents, please take note from a fellow parent: just because this is an animated film, that does not mean it is suitable for young children. Please take the PG-13 rating seriously.
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Charlemagne: By the Sword & The Cross
Charlemagne: By the Sword & The Cross

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Brooding Tour de Force..., April 20, 2010
I'm going to mention a name--Sir Christopher Lee. What does that bring to mind for you? Legendary British film icon who terrified us in the infamous Hammer Films' productions, "The Curse of Frankenstein," "The Horror of Dracula," and "The Devil Rides Out"? The charismatic Lord Summerisle from the legendary cult film "The Wicker Man"? James Bond's nemesis, the assassin Scaramanga, in the 007 film "The Man With the Golden Gun"? Perhaps his memorable roles in the Tim Burton films, "Sleepy Hollow," "The Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and most recently "Alice in Wonderland"? Would it be his role as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel films, or as the wizard Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings films? Maybe it would be his masterful performance of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan, in the film "Jinnah"?

For me, the first thing that comes to mind is his remarkably distinctive voice; a deep baritone that rings with the authority and gravitas that could make a mere mortal man tremble in his shoes. His is a voice so distinctive that you know exactly who it belongs to as soon as you hear it, even if you cannot see his face. In fact, it could easily be the voice of a noble king on centuries past. And that would be his latest and intensely intriguing performance.

Sir Christopher Lee portrays one of the most important men in the development of Western Civilization, the King and the first Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne, on his new cd, "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross". His performance and rich singing voice and an outstanding symphonic metal musical score combine to produce a powerful concept album that tells the tale of Charlemagne as a ruler and a warrior king, and as a man who was haunted by bloody decisions made in battle, as recounted in "The Bloody Verdict of Verden" in which 4000 Saxon men were beheaded in a single day by order of King Charlemagne. We see the steely-eyed warrior as a young king, but we also see the older, wiser man seeking to make peace with his God, seeking redemption and validation as he lies dying. Sir Christopher's performance as an older Charlemagne looking back upon his past with a mix of regret and resolve is remarkable, bringing depth and humanity to a long-dead historical figure and allowing us to connect with the character in a very intimate way.

The music that swirls and surges around this story is what is being called "symphonic metal," and it is a truly interesting medium upon which to paint this tale. The music is indeed symphonic, being performed by the European Cinematic Symphony Orchestra & Choir as arranged, orchestrated, and conducted by Marco Sabiu, and it engages the senses wonderfully as it not only serves as a backdrop to the story, but sometimes seems like a participant. Swelling strings mix with electric guitars, bass, and drums to exceptional dramatic effect, guitar arpeggios fade as the orchestra rises and huge bells toll. The mixing of such instruments, however, has been done with great care, skill, and craft--for each complements the other, and neither overwhelms.

Musically, it is an adventurous endeavor. While there are certainly aspects of classical music, it is not classical. While operatic and theatrical, it is not opera. And while there are the charging, heavy rhythms and soaring guitar solos of heavy metal, it is not heavy metal. For me, in places, it recalls Pink Floyd's magnum opus, The Wall. It ambitiously mixes and integrates various styles to convey the moods and passions of the conceptual story, and it succeeds quite well.

All in all, this is something new and different, and it works very well. The vocal performances are remarkable, and the voice of Sir Christopher entrances and enthralls in a tale that spans the life of a remarkable king who led Europe out of the Dark Ages, and harkens back four centuries that preceded him. "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross" is a masterpiece that will appeal to fans of progressive and art rock, as well as classical music, and is a treat for those rock fans who may want to challenge themselves to taking on something a little different, yet still somehow familiar.

Brent Soileau aka "Baton Rouge Brent"
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Rites of Burial
Rites of Burial
by Tom Jackman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book About A Cruel and Twisted Man..., January 11, 2010
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As a student of criminal psychology, behavioral profiling, psychopathy, and sexually motivated homicide, I recently began taking a keen interest in sexual sadists and the behavioral patterns they share. That's how I came upon "Burial Rites," a book about a terrifyingly cruel sexual sadist and serial killer named Robert Berdella. Apparently, this case caused quite a stir when Berdella's crimes were discovered in the late 80's, and the local community still seems to harbor a deep sensitivity to it.

The book is an excellent read, albeit not for the faint of heart. The author typically does not shy away from the details of the torture Berdella made his victims endure before their eventual murder. Although I did occasionally get the feeling that some details weren't shared, it wasn't often. Berdella's interrogation and confession are well detailed and the author provides interesting insight into the psychological games investigators engage in to attempt to elicit confessions. The book moves at a quick pace and takes us through the crimes, Berdella's arrest, interrogation and confession, and the trial.

The other interesting thing about this book is that it details the case within the context of the time--the late 1980's--when the nation was in the grip of a "Satanic hysteria." Religious wackos were stridently assuring America's parents that the music their children were listening to contained Satanic messages (both forward and backwards), that advertisements in print and film were full of hidden images and words designed to control their innocent babes, and all sorts of conspiratorial crap like that. This national panic became a factor in this case as rumors of witchcraft, Satanism, human sacrifice, and cannibalism ran rampant. After embarrassing himself with two prime time television exposes on Satanism in America, even Geralso Rivera came scrambling like a hungry cockroach to the Berdella case and its supposed "Satanic" elements to report once again that Satanists surrounded us. Satanists were among us. They were everywhere. In fact, they could be your NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR!!! To quote Bugs Bunny, "What a maroon!" It's quite interesting to see how that particular zeitgeist played a role in this case.

BTW, if anybody knows of any book that details and explores the "Satanic hystera" that gripped the nation in the 1980's and into the early 90's, please, please, PLEASE recommend it to me in a comment!

An interesting side note: Practiacally every true crime book I've ever seen screams "Eight Pages of SHOCKING PHOTOS Inside!" and then proceeds to show us such "shocking" photos of the offender's home and baby pictures, the victims' high school photos or prior mug shots, and various photos of the investigators involved in the case. Yeah... "shocking." (Rolls eyes...) You should know that this book actually DOES have shocking photos that are not very pleasant. Berdella took hundreds of photos of his victims in the throes of torture and some of those photos are included in this book. If I'm not mistaken, the book was a bit controversial because of that.

The book is a great read for those readers interested in this subject matter and I highly recommend it. Kudos to the author! In another aside, the book was published before Berdella's death in 1992. Berdella had been corresponding with a preacher and complaining in his letters that the police were withholding his heart medication. Shortly thereafter, Bedella died in prison. Of a heart attack. The man was so reviled that despite the allegations, his death was never even investigated. Pretty funny in a dark sort of way!

Cheers!

Brent


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