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Silent Bob Speaks
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An amusing collection of comedic diatribes by funnyman Kevin Smith, if you're a fan of his films then you'll doubtless be familiar with the witty dialogue his films are laden with and that is pretty much what to be expected here.
Includes a couple of insightful interviews with Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck, a hilarious rant about Britney Spears, why he hates (and he does, deservedly so) "Greasy" Reese Witherspoon and his accounts on being diagnosed morbidly obese. Some good laughs for a great price.
Excellently written screenplay, Kevin Smith does lack a little in the prose of the direction but his dialogue literally talks off the page to you, you can hear it so well and he has such a skill for it, it is so interesting to see it on the page. The script and the film are literally identical, showing you how clear his vision is in the first place in that very little is/or had (has) to be changed in the completed picture, and also interesting to see that things you'd expect to be improv'd were actually scripted, and vice-versa. Definitely deserves a place on script-fans and Kevin Smith fans' bookshelves. Nootch!
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I'm a huge Most Haunted fan and was completely in my element reading this book, it's a shame it only covers up to series six as I would love to read one that spans the entire length of the show, but other than that is a great read and a total must-have for fans of the show.
All the crew give their thoughts on topics and shows and locations, backgrounds are given on crew members - including how the show came to be and what it was originally called, who is related to who - including psychics and mediums in the show and parasychologists and sceptics, explain their methods and techniques and equipment used in their investigation (which is very insightful as I never knew the specifics of these) and just how much goes into the show, or even one show - you honestly wouldn't believe! It is also absolutely bursting with trivia, which I'm sure I bored my girlfriend to death with by telling her snippets every five seconds.
Very good reading for believers and non-believers, casual fans to die-hard fans alike.
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I saw the film - which I loved - before I read the book, but after reading that the book was written by the same author as the acclaimed Gone, Baby, Gone and Mystic River, I was curious to check Dennis Lehane out as an author and started with Shutter Island.
It is very stylish and fast-paced, jumping straight into it and never really stopping, throwing in a few elements that shouldn't really be compatible but somehow go together; the fantasy dream sequence elements against the gritty detective mystery and the pyschology of the inmates and the cut-off-from-the-rest-of-the-world atmosphere creates a great tension, with the lead character's characteristics and backstory given in little snippets along the way of the never-stopping-for-a-second plot.
I read this book in a week and believe me most of that week - including my time at work - were spent reading this book, and as a bathroom reader, I found excuses to take it to the toilet with me which caused my girlfriend concern at how much time I was spending in the bathroom when my toilet trips became almost hourly and for sometimes as long as an hour and my bathtub-reading escapades clocked in at excesses of two and a half hours some nights but I couldn't put it down.
The style is slick and swift, the direction almost film-like and the dialogue very driven, you can hear it as it literally speaks off the page to you and the prose are never too much or too little; the film is very faithful to the book - save for one or two extended dream sequences, a few extra snippets about Teddy and his wife's relationship and how they met and an extended sequence with Teddy and the island's warden - and thank God, as the book is so damn near perfect anyway. An awesome book, a definite recommendation to any reading enthusiast.
Long Hard Road Out of Hell
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Not what most would expect from Marilyn Manson: Insightful, interesting and incredibly honest, surprisingly articulated and with equally surprising heart and intelligence. There's a hell of a lot more behind the facade.
I read this book in just under two days in the hospital after an operation, I couldn't put it down. Manson is very honest and surprisingly funny, he really gets his character across well and predictably shocks you but not neccessarily in the way you'd expect; more in the way he became what he is now; Marilyn Manson wasn't born Marilyn Manson, he was MADE through systematic and institutional abuse and tells wonderfully via his harrowingly disturbed grandfather, his ordeals in Christian school and the constant excess of drugs and alcohol abuse coupled with some horrible relationship choices.
This book was written quite early on, around the time of Antichrist Superstar and it is shocking how much happened at that early stage alone, if he were to write another book now, God only knows the kind of stories that would be depicted - and it is surprising to read how Antichrist Superstar was almost never completed and his career almost ended right there. It is a fascinating read for not just fans but newcomers as well, it shows how little we (fans and non-fans alike) know about Marilyn Manson from his lyrics and shows alone. Essential reading.
The rawness only adds to noir-like nature of the film and the quality, the low-budget black-and-white short is a masterclass in filmmaking, shows that you don't need a Hollywood budget and cast to create a damn good film, you just need the basic ingredients: the idea and the smarts to put it together on film.
Definitely one of his best, draws similarities with Memento - certain ideas have been semi-recycled on a bigger scale with Memento - and is very guerilla style put together, grabbing your attention from the start; one of those great films that just is; it happens and you either keep up and enjoy it or you don't, it plays out regardless.
The (very small) cast is superb and the story written brilliantly, playing out in its disjointed timeframe, Christopher Nolan's budgets might have gotten bigger and his cast more Hollywood but he is still dedicated one hundred percent to pure cinema, uninfluenced by commercialism: it's all about the experience with him and has been from the start.
If you enjoyed any of his films, in particular Memento or The Prestige, you will definitely enjoy this.
Machinations Of Dementia
Blotted Science - CD
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The technical brilliance and accuracy of the instruments here is breathtaking, the muicianship and how they all blend together is amazing, Alex Webster's bass in particular shines (especially on Synaptic Plasticity) and to stand up against Ron Jarzombek's guitarring says something about the man's skills.
As instrumentals do after a while, they tend to all blend into one if listened to all in one sitting, but it's a definite grower and listening to a song on your mp3 say, between other songs that you know, they all shine in their own unique way. A belter of musicianship.
Cannibal Corpse: Global Evisceration
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No touch on the Centuries Of Torment DVD, which is nigh unbeatable, but features some great live performances in pretty decent sound and picture quality and documentary footage that gives pretty good insight into the band and their touring experiences (some hilarious clips of the band falling asleep in embarassing places and positions).
Although it's not the best thing the band have put out, it's a still a must-have for the Corpse die-hards.
Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da
Rammstein - CD
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It is possible I might be missing something, perhaps this album is a grower, but I don't find this to be the classic fans are hailing it to be. There are one or two good moments, but no classic play-them-to-death anthems. It seems patchy and lacks the intensity of the last five or so albums.
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A superb follow up to Mutter, ups the heaviness and intensity, replacing some of the softer moments from the last album with upped testosterone and aggression, making the slower string-laden moments more powerful when they DO come along.
The title track is a chant-along anthem of an opener, while the second Mein Teil is a haunting industrial masterpiece and the best on the album (written about a German cannibal and his excursions).
Stein Um Stein and Keine Lust are dark, tripped-out and gothic gems that Manson and NIN fans should lap up, while Los is a very different track (featuring acoustic guitars!) you will either like or you won't, features a duff comedy-esque single in English called Amerika and the regular slow closer at the end.
Fans of Mutter will love this.