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Dresden Dolls - CD
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The one's with the bubblegum in the middle and the sour outside?Well, this album is a bit like that.As a newcomer to Dresden Dolls back then, introduced by their controversial support slot to Nine Inch Nails, I craved something a little different, and different was certainly what i got. It was fresh, it was attention grabbing, it was oh-so-exciting, it's like a musical revolution in your ears!
Coupla years down the line, this album's still fresh as ever, and singer and pianist Amanda Palmer has gone on to become probably one of the greatest songwriters of this generation, so this album is worth getting to see her just starting to spread her musical wings and really take-off. Back to the sweet metaphor, it's melodies are sweet-hearted sugary piano-driven pop with a sort of cabaret element introduced, but the lyrics are laced with poison, dripping with a sort of refreshing punkish wit and anger.
All in all, sounds like Queen, Iggy Pop and Sex Pistols assaulting Abba in a vat of bitter irony surrounded by cabaret can-can dancers and half of them are men, you don't know which ones, so you've just gotta sorta dive in and hope.That was a very crude and specific metaphor, but that really is how 'Yes, Virginia' sounds. And I mean this in a good, good way, man. A good, good way.
Dalek - CD
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As a first timer to Dalek, I couldn't say how this compares to their other stuff, I heard Ever Somber and it blew my little mind, so I picked this up and it's just...something amazing. As far as underground hip-hop goes, this is hella-dark, angry and political, how hip-hop should be, but melodic and unpredictable like decent music is.It's minimalist samples and backings to some pretty heavy beats, with some great rhymes and lyrics intelligently written and delivered with feeling. One minute beautiful, the next sinister, one minute electronica, the next rock, this kind of has a Deftones feel to it I think, perhaps why I love it so.Hip-hop fan or not, this is worth every penny.
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But this game is HAAAARD.Even on easy mode! I struggle! And I'm good at the Hitman games!Overall, it's very similar to Hitman 2, the hits are well thought out, you can't go in gun's blazing and have to use skill and cunning to get by, which I love, and it's as good as Hitman 2, but missing one crucial detail.No saves."No saves!?!?" I hear you sayNo saves.This game is hard as hell with no save. Get caught and you're stuffed, and some of the missions are long as.Like I say, not one to gripe, but the overall feeling is one of absolute frustration at this rather than enjoyment, which it would be if only they'd put saves in there, which they didn't, it would've been a very satisfying game.But obviously they rectified this problem in the later games, so overall I'd say it's best to stick with them. Also some of the missions in Hitman: Contracts are actually "re-makes", as it were, of mission's in Codename 47. FACT.So Hitman: Codename 47, die-hard fans only, if you must.
DC Universe as Written by Alan Moore
...he knows his stuff.Basically yeah, this work just highlights Alan Moore's absolute, idiosyncratic, striking story-work. Philosophical, razor-sharp witted when it needs to be, devastatingly sad when it wants to be, and overall... ...just fantastic. Words honestly fail me for this.You need to have this in your collection.Not a great place to start in the comics world or, in fact, the DC Universe, and not a starting point for people new to Moore either, but if you're a Moore fan, or a comic-reader who's seen it all and looking for something different - look no further.
Silent Hill 4: The Room
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I will be honest, I LOVE this game. There are moments in this game that I consider to be some the most chilling moments in the series. I love the storyline, the setting, the characters, and the monsters, including the unkillable flying zombie mush people. Dammit, I love everything down to the loading screens. There is not a damn thing wrong with this game, it's claustrophobic, scary, mysterious and well thought out. And is over all another winner from Konami.
It's nowhere near Silent Hill 2 of course, which is probably the greatest game ever, and definitely the greatest survival horror ever, but fortunately, it's not trying to be another SH2 and I rate this just as highly as SH3, I think they really hit the mark, for the fourth time in a row.
An acquired taste I must admit, very different to the others, but overall, I think it's great. So there.
Resident Evil: Degeneration
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Must say I'm bemused how much everyone loves this. I actually wanted to rate this 3 stars, but felt i had to rate it two to drag the overall rating down from the rather excessive 4.5/5 average.
The film's okay. Starts off really well, great pace, almost Romero-esque, but keeping within the Resident Evil territory we all love, and it keeps tension running well, not just on the zombie bits, but also with the characters, as is typical in RE, you never know who to trust.
You get an hour of good film-making, horror and classic Resident Evil plot twisting.
So what about the remaining half an hour?Well, they throw everything they've built up away, completely give-up on a good thing and roll in the trade-mark monster with claws and a massive eye on his shoulder. I mean that's all well and good, but we've seen it all before really, haven't we? And the sudden-ness of it just sorta makes the whole film, even the good bits, seem just kinda pointless.
So, you get an hour of the film you really wanted to see, and a half hour of brainless action, a la Paul Anderson's totally unrelated, non-sensical Resident Evil films. But it's not a bad film by any means.
Oh, also, youtube Resident Evil Executer for more CGI Resi action. It's a short movie, also made by Capcom and it's definitely worth a look.
Planet Of The Apes Collection Box Set (6 Discs)
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A great collection of movies very nicely presented. The first two movies are especially enjoyable films, big musts for sci-fi fans, and the last two are certainly not to be sniffed at either, especially Conquest, it's got a whole Orwellian thing to it, which I rather enjoyed.There's also a bonus movie, Behind the Planet of the Apes, which is a fairly interesting documentary chronicling the making of the original Planet of the Apes film, and there's a booklet, of chapter info and paked with information about the films' conceptions, plots and characters.
The only thing that stops this getting five stars is the third film in the series, "Escape from the Planet of the Apes", which is easily THE WORST film I ever seen, ever. Awful plot, acting and screenplay.Damn them.Damn them all.
Rest of it's top-notch though.
King Kong (1933) / King Kong Escapes / King Kong vs Godzilla (3 Discs)
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Of all my DVD's, and I have many (I'm one of those geeks with every storage space availiable to me, used to store my massive film collection) , this is easily a favourite item in there. 3 Great films in this set (technically 4 actually), so to break them down:
King Kong (1933, b&w original & colour vers. (NOT remake), English): One of the greatest adventures human imagination has ever cooked up, and when I say that, I'm putting it on the Robert Louis Stevenson/Jules Verne/Alexandre Dumas scale, big, old fashioned, massively entertaining stuff. If you like the remake, and haven't seen this, watch it, you'll love it. (and it's only an hour and half, unlike the remake which is like three days long)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963, colour, Japanese): Not gonna give much info here, I'll just tell you what you want to know - yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.
King Kong Escapes (1967, colour, Japanese) Kong gets into a slug-match with the man-made mecha-kong, ran by business men obsessed with killing him. He tries to make friends with robot and all. Who's the goddamn monster now, huh? WHO'S THE MONSTER NOW, YOU DAMN HUMANS!:'(
All in all, worth a buy I think, some good viewing in there, suitable for all ages too.
King Kong Box Set (1933)
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I was expecting this to be far better, though it i wouldn't say it was disappointing. It kind of lacks in the story-line area, which is unusual for joe quesada, because his work is almost always brilliant, but wolverine origins just, sorta, isn't, although i must say, the ending to it is fantastic and did almost make me give it another star.As the dude above me rightly said, the artwork's stunning, great detail and at the start of each chapter is a portrait that they used for the individual issue covers, which are also rather fantastic.So all in all, awesome artwork, not so great story, not too well thought out, but if you're an x-men or a wolverine fan, it's worth picking it up, catch up before the movie's released.