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The Great and Secret Show
The Great and Secret Show
by Clive Barker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.41
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master of seemingly inexhaustible gifts., May 9, 2001
I don't believe words alone can do justice to not only this novel, but the man responsible for its making. I read a Clive Barker interview several years ago where he says he loves working with big canvases- the bigger the canvas, the more possibilities there are to create, and create he does!
There is a big, sprawling canvas set out before you here when you read this book. The characters pull you in with them, making you feel what they feel, see what they see, hear what they hear. The description of the other worlds, and the mysterious sea of Quiddity really hooked me.
Perhaps its most redeeming value is the fact that so many different strands of ideas are tossed in and jumbled up that you think he will screw up, you think there is no possible way of ending this, not without calling for a Deus Ex Machina- but he has an ace up his sleeve that he lets slide out at the perfect moment, bringing the First Book of the Art to a close.
What is very upsetting, though, is to know that Everville, the second book, is no longer in print. Which is why I am thankful I have found it through a used book dealer. The only other negative aspect of all this is to wait for the third installment to come out...and when it comes out, knowing that there won't be anymore of it.

The Thief of Always
The Thief of Always
by Clive Barker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barker reaching out to all ages., May 8, 2001
With The Thief of Always, Clive Barker scores a bull's eye, and proves he does not have his imagination solely restricted to the violent eroticism which are largely predominant in his "adult writings." Here, he writes what people classify as a "children's book", but that could mislead and discourage many adults, which would be a shame, since this book is lovely.
As always, Barker brings forth examples of prodigal imagination at work, and using both words as well as illustrations done by himself- he brings this book to life. It is compulsively readable, and with its short chapters, you'll find yourself hurrying through it to find out what happens next. Clive Barker is doubtlessly one of the most important writers in our times, and this work is just further testament to his growing string of successes.

The Cell (New Line Platinum Series)
The Cell (New Line Platinum Series)
DVD ~ Jennifer Lopez
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it was., May 8, 2001
Basically what this film is, is a long look at weird and wonderful visual effects, that look like a cross of David Lynch, Salvador Dali and the Matrix creators at their weirdest and best.
The premise is weird but actually quite interesting. A serial killer suffers a seizure and lapses into a deep coma, and it's up to a psychologist (Lopez) to use a newly developed method that allows her to delve deep into his psyche and find out where the last girl he abducted is, before she dies.
From then on, we see her trudge through the twisted hallways of the depravity of the serial killer's mind. It's a stunning visual feat, but that's all there is to it.
Director Singh himself admitted he was more concerned with the visual effects aspect of the story, rather than with the story itself. This film WAS meant to be eye candy, and that's just exactly what it is. There is even a plus side for those who watched this film specifically because of Jennifer Lopez. There are a few scenes where she appears scantily clad which should make the testosterone-raged portion of the audience happy.

Frequency [VHS]
Frequency [VHS]
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely well done movie with stunning imagery use., March 16, 2001
This review is from: Frequency [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I waited a long time to see this film, and all I can say is that it was well worth it. Quaid and Caviezel are very good in their roles. I can't help but comparing this film to the 80's blockbuster trilogy "Back to the Future" although the underlying theme here is somewhat darker. It is competently directed, and holds the viewer's attention from beginning to end. It is a film worth having not only because of the performances from the lead actors, but also because of the very interesting use of imagery in it, and the attention to detail it shows. I believe it demands repeated viewings so you don't miss significant little tidbits here and there.
On the whole, two thumbs up. This is a truly entertaining film. Especially for people who have liked Back to the Future. I recommend it unreservedly.

by Thomas Harris
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $4.83
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel cheated out and here is why!, February 14, 2001
This review is from: Hannibal (Mass Market Paperback)
Dear readers of this review,
Just so you realize how cheated out I feel, I have not finished this book yet. I am hanging on by sheer determination (or stubbornness) to see if it gets any better, any more credible.
Reasons why I believe this book should not have been written:
-The Silence of the Lambs grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go until you're finished. Hannibal Lecter is the genius, the mastermind, and to me- the central character in that novel. -The confrontations between Clarice and Hannibal are devoured readily and eagerly and you want more. -When Lecter orchestrates spectacularly his escape from the jail, I cheered him on. As he says in his letter to Clarice..."the world is more interesting with you in it." I thought so too. Not much was known about Lecter's past, his background. Virtually nothing, actually. When he ran away at the end of "Silence" I felt oddly satisfied. It was the appropriate conclusion for the book.
Where Harris really goofed up for me, was in writing this book. An unnecessary sequel that devalues Hannibal Lecter. He's no longer the caged creature. The mind games are pretty much over.
Silence of the Lambs was a "mess with your mind" novel. Hannibal is a "mess with your stomach" novel, going for excessive gore and shock value to get its point across. In doing that, in my mind it makes a mockery of the character of Hannibal Lecter.
He has never looked so "bad guy from the bad B movies" like before! You can almost expect to hear him cackling shrilly after committing an evil deed. Like the character of Brad Pitt said to that of Kevin Spacey in "Seven", and I quote:
"You're a movie of the week! A T-shirt, at best!"
I believe Lecter is heading for the same unwelcome status headed by the likes of Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger. These guys used to scare us in the past, as did Lecter. Now they're just comical.

Highball With The Devil
Highball With The Devil
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BASSically, Les., February 14, 2001
This review is from: Highball With The Devil (Audio CD)
This is a great CD. Sure, it's not perfect, not a masterpiece but it makes for great listening, if you're a Primus fan. Les Claypool unwinds completely, kicks back, relaxes and has fun. This album is 100% Les, I believe. If you want to hear Les doing what he does best, check out the wonderful instrumental "The Awakening". There are far too many standouts in this CD. But if you want to hear Les doing his great bass work, then "The Awakening" alone is worth the price of admission, I believe.

The Lion King (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
The Lion King (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
DVD ~ Matthew Broderick
Offered by RareFlix-N-Classix
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical Disney film, on par with its best, January 27, 2001
Who could watch this and not love it? It is a very lovely story, with the traditional breathtaking animation Disney is ever-so-famous for, as well as an impeccable cast of voices, among who's you'll find Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick and James Earl Jones. It's a very pretty film with a touching sad side to it, but that side is beautifully contrasted with the humor of perhaps the most comical duo to hit the screen in the toon world- Timon and Pumbaa. Whenever they're on screen you can be sure you'll have a fun time laughing.
Granted, this isn't a much of a kid's movie because it is quite violent (by Disney's standards) but in now way does that make this any less enjoyable for those who watch it.
As everyone knows, there's more to a film than just settings and characters. It will all fall flat if it's not supported by pretty and/or catchy songs. The Lion King has several of those that fit in both categories. Especially "The Circle of Life", "Hakuna Matata", and "Can you feel the love tonight?"
Add all that together and you have one of Disney's best movies to date.

La Dama y El Vagabundo (The Lady and the Tramp) [VHS]
La Dama y El Vagabundo (The Lady and the Tramp) [VHS]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even a dog could rate this 5 stars!, January 26, 2001
Quite simply, Disney's most effective and saccharine movie to date, it is an adorable movie with unforgettable characters, and Disney's trademark impeccable attention to detail in making the moves and mannerims of a cartoon dog true to life. How can a person with a heart that isn't made of stone watch the ever-so-famous (and ever-so-repeated) "spaghetti scene" and end watching it with a dry eye? It is virtually impossible. "La Bella Notte" is a beautiful song. All the characters are beautifully drawn, and the romance between Lady and the Tramp is poignant and believable. This is a truly welcome- and why not, essential, too?- addition to the collection of any good film viewer. Films such as these are not made anymore, and that is a pity of course.
If you haven't watched this, do yourself a favor. Anyone who is anyone would love this film...especially the dogs, ladies and tramps of the world!

Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
DVD ~ John Cusack
Offered by Drennor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Ebert hit the nail on the head., January 18, 2001
This review is from: Being John Malkovich (DVD)
Rare is the the time when I will go out of my way to agree with a movie critic. With "Being John Malkovich" this was one of those times. What makes it eye-catching and attention-grabbing is the bizarre and intriguing premise. It makes you think, "Will the director be able to pull it off?" It is such an audacious idea, expertly executed, it grabs your attention right from the start, grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go. You finish watching the film feeling drained. They put YOU in John Malkovich's mind...and the experience is breathtaking.
To me, what makes this film so fantastic, memorable and above all, unique, is its refreshing originality. A film that is remarkably original, and, I believe also very hard to categorize. I wouldn't call this a "comedy." It is so much more than that. It works on so many levels. It is a metaphysical voyage through the mind.
John Cusack, Catherine Keener, and last but not least, John Malkovich- give their all in this film...and it just goes to prove that there still are original films out there. Thank goodness.

by Clive Barker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnum opus from the decade's most visionary author!, December 10, 2000
This review is from: Weaveworld (Mass Market Paperback)
Weaveworld is Clive Barker's finest effort (at least from all the ones I've read, probably on part with The Hellbound Heart, if not better than it.) It is so compulsively readable, it hypnotizes you with it's beautiful passages. Few writers can be as effective as Barker in opening a window to their mind and soul so you can peek inside, and revel in the devouring darkness of an imagination that runs amok shamelessly. This is a much darker and twisted version of Lewis Carrol, and one must read it with an open mind to fully appreciate the enormity of the canvas that is spread before your very eyes. Barker is a contemporary genius, a true wizard, a wordsmith of unparalleled talent. One of the most enthralling, engrossing books I've ever read. If you haven't read this yet, do yourself a favor and go get it.

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