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Daisuke Takeoka "Daisuke J Takeoka" (Monterey Park, CA United States)

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AMERICAN ME (Bilingual)
AMERICAN ME (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, July 5 2003
This review is from: AMERICAN ME (Bilingual) (DVD)
This is the most brilliant film I have seen about East Los Angeles. It's about consequences which follow action, and about those victims that fall between them. It's about the true struggle that Mexican-Americans face in the Barrio and about the air of violence and hatred that these children grow up in. Violence conceives violence, and creates a cyclical conundrum in which escape is futile. I see that the Editorial Reviewer on this page wanted to see a solution to our problem. Well miss O'Gorman, if we could find a solution, trust me, we would fix it. As for now, things stay as it is (to some extent) portrayed on the film. The film uses juxtapositions of scenes of love with scenes of violence and creates an aesthetic captured only by great story tellers (such as Tolstoy which you see the main character reading in the film). This film is beautiful and Olmo's life's work. A must see for those interested in ELA culture.

Rocket In The Pocket
Rocket In The Pocket
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four-eyed B-Boys on the Enterprise, March 4 2001
This review is from: Rocket In The Pocket (Audio CD)
With flying kicks and swift punches from the tierra of electronica (Germany), Console is a band of four dedicated musicians, ready to stupefy you with a breed of ambient chill-out, e-funk music created using many sounds heard in daily life. Through the usage of tonal harmony and rhythm, Console takes you on a roller-coaster of moods. Take for instance, tracks 5 and 6 ("Pigeon Party" and "Delay Dackel"). The two songs are tonally and rhythmically opposites. "Pigeon Party" is in a minor key and has an unsettling break beat giving it a sinister feel, while "Delay Dackel" shows optimism in its harmony and simple beats. Yet the two are united by the DJing technique of beat matching, blending the edges together to provide a smooth non-stop flow between the tracks while changing the moods. Console has made use of other musical techniques to show their sophistication in their knowledge of music. There is a passacaglia of a fax/internet dial up sound on the last movement of "Gulls Galore" allowing a natural flow right into "Dolphin Dos", which is composed of beats heard over the ear piece of a phone. By now one maybe asking him/herself how these strange song titles could actually be song titles, but when one hears the tunes they will realize that these titles add an appropriate subject matter to the non-programmatic music. A few of the numbers may seem too "sci-fi geek" oriented for some tastes, but anyone can learn to enjoy the trekieness of it (given listening to it a couple of times). Over all the album is composed of retro synths and distortion, layered with a dose of b-boy funk breaks. This album is a definite keeper for fans of innovative and intelligent music.

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