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Elizabeth "mariposadiabla" (Hole in the Ground, USA)

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A Rush of Blood to the Head
A Rush of Blood to the Head
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ooo-oooohh....., Sept. 16 2003
Coldplay is shaping into one of the best bands to actually find success in the past few years. A Rush of Blood to the Head is well-written, well-performed, and altogether pleasant to listen too. One problem; they haven't figured out how to cut it down yet. With the exception of Green Eyes (a happy surprise, which doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the album but works perfectly anyway), most of these songs are over five minutes long, and most of the excess is not remarkable; I find myself usually skipping the last minutes of most of these songs, which is almost all repetitious piano phrases. I don't mind long songs, usually, as long as they're inventive and the notes express something (listen to Radiohead and you'll know what I mean). But Coldplay sounds like they just weren't sure where to stop. Apart from this (mostly me being picky), this is an enjoyable album and a talent that promises to get better. Listen especially to The Scientist and Green Eyes.

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
DVD ~ Eric Idle
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific spoof..., Sept. 14 2003
Any Beatles fan worth his salt (ie one with a sense of humour) will appreciate this spot-on film; even the younger generation who missed Beatlemania will know enough to get the drift, and will especially be amused by the latter half of the film (especially when Ron marries a girl "whose father started World War two"). With songs arguably better than some of those that made the Beatles popular (all sentimentality aside, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" cannot be much better than a loving spoof of itself) and incredible acting (Idle is more McCartney than McCartney), it's a wonderful film and should be owned by anyone who is anyone. DVD features are fine, not wonderful, but really, how many droning directors commentaries and "making of" films do you really want?

Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Something..., Sept. 13 2003
This review is from: Much Ado About Nothing (DVD)
A warning: watching this film is apt to take away from your pleasure in watching any other film of a Shakespearian play. Simply, it's beautiful. The cast is a surprising ensemble that works incredibly well together (except, alas, for Keanu Reeves, who despite his best efforts, cannot act - luckily, the role doesn't require that he do so), the cinematography is beautiful, and the joy of watching Shakespeare done by good actors is that you actually understand the wordplay and the plot. Furthermore, there is no one star of the show (perhaps two, if Benedict and Beatrice are counted as the leads), so you don't get as sick of Brannaugh as you usually do in his mind-numbing epics (i.e. Hamlet - wherein near the end you feel like screaming, "There's a knife right there! Get it over with!). Finally, Emma Thompson and Denzel Washington are wonderful; Thompson is so consistently exquisite in all of her movies that Britain should put out an insurance policy, and I am very embarrassed to say that, of all of Washington's excellent films, I love this one the best. I have never seen Shakespeare done better in a movie.

Black Adder, Vol. 3
Black Adder, Vol. 3
DVD ~ Rowan Atkinson
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of the Blackadder Series, Sept. 12 2003
This review is from: Black Adder, Vol. 3 (DVD)
As very much not a fan of Rowan Atkinson, I am always surprised how incredibly hilarious this series is. Black Adder III, however, is the cream of the crop for only one reason: Hugh Laurie. The man is a genius; I can say no more, watch an episode and see. From squirrel-hating transvestites to a puerile adolescent Prime Minister, there's something strangely believable about the absurdities in this Black Adder. And for anyone who knows English history and literature, there are tons of little jokes that you can will enjoy understanding when no one else does.

Lullaby
Lullaby
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars View From an Outsider, Sept. 5 2003
This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)
As a relative newcomer to Chuck Palahniuk's work (I've only read Invisible Monsters besides), I can't say anything about his other books apart from that I'd like to read them very quickly. However, I can say this - the man writes monster stories. Not horror stories, but monster stories about human monsters, which manage to be very enjoyable and sort of reassuring anyway. People who get confused over words and changes in time/place might not enjoy the book, as it gleefully mixes things up to make everything seem more real. However, if you can work these kinds of things out you should give it a try, because there's a good chance you will enjoy this book.

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