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Independence Day (Widescreen)
Independence Day (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Will Smith
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4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon, it's not that bad!!, March 24 2004
I know this movie has gotten mixed reviews, but it is worth watching. I've seen it many times, & every time it's on cable, I always find myself watching it again. I do agree with the editorial review about how everything just magically happens in the characters' favor, but *shrug* don't many movies work like that anyway? The thing that attracted me to it was just the story... the "what if" notion of aliens taking over the planet. That alone may push some away who don't feel open-minded enough to the possibility...& whether it is or not, it's just a movie. I myself don't think it's too far-fetched... but, well, I'd have to see it for myself. So with that in mind, it sort of falls into the fantasy category...with a mix of sci-fi, adventure, & comedy, so with all these genres mixed in, it's fun to watch.
As far as the characters, if you liked Will Smith in Men in Black, you'll certainly like him here. Randy Quaid's character is similar to the one he played in American Pie.... & actually, at times it feels like it IS the same character. You'll get a good laugh either way. Jeff Goldblum is pleasing as the genius cable guy who happens to crack the code that no one else noticed... yah, I know. Goldblum's character's Jewish dad, played by Judd Hirsch, is likable with his memorable wisecracks.
Overall, it's not the best movie in the world, but it is entertaining and has many good moments... so there must be some reason cable keeps playing it over & over. And of course, some of the special effects are really cool. I didn't see it in the theater, but I'm sure they were even more impressive. There are some frustrating & aggravating moments (like the virus idea) that many have already pointed out in here, but different things seem to annoy different people, so I'll let you figure it out. It is also safe enough for a family, esp. if kids are alien fanatics. If you like movies like this, I'd also suggest Twister, but if you found either of these aggravating, you'd probably find Godzilla even more so.

Daredevil (Widescreen)
Daredevil (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Ben Affleck
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...., Feb. 8 2004
This review is from: Daredevil (Widescreen) (DVD)
I just watched this last night on the cable premiere, & was surprised because it wasn't exactly like I expected. First of all, like some have mentioned, it is very dark (maybe that's what I liked about it).... the background itself, & the subject matter. I'm not familiar with the comic book, so this is totally based on viewing the movie. It's certainly not as happy-go-lucky as Spiderman, so if you're expecting that, it might disappoint. There are some rather sad things that happen in the movie, but afterwards, I'm thinking, well, I did keep watching it.... & even though most people like & expect happy endings, the fact is that life is not full of them. You can actually feel the pain of the characters... so in that respect, I didn't mind so much that it didn't have a totally happy & predictable ending. The visual effects are cool of course, & the music is good too.
As far as the acting, I don't think you have to be a huge Ben Affleck fan to appreciate it... I'm saying that cuz yah, I'm REALLY sick of the whole J-Lo thing, but don't let that keep you from seeing him act. He's not bad... I've only seen him in Kevin Smith movies like Dogma, so it was nice to see him do another character. And speaking of Dogma, it's interesting that Kevin Smith was involved in this... I'm sure that contributed to my appreciation for this film. I haven't even seen Garner & Farrell at work, & I think they both did a good job too. They made Garner look really lovely, & I thought her outfit she wore on the cover/fight was really cool. Farrell was a really good villain, & he fit the part almost too well.
A few downsides: yah, the playground scene was kinda too Matrix-ish like someone said, but I think it can be overlooked. And like I said earlier, some of the events that are down right sad might be aggravating to some cuz sometimes they were a little drawn out...even I was thinking at times "geez, could his luck get any worse?" But it kinda reminds me of listening to depressing music, as I often do...if you don't mind the reality of it, it might actually make you feel better... or maybe I'm just weird like that. All in all, I actually agree with the reviewer rating here of 3 & 1/2 stars, but since I had to pick, I give it a 4... just going with the majority, & I'm in a good mood. If you like other super-hero/vigilante movies like Batman, Spiderman, & The Crow, you'll be able to appreciate this as well. I love fantasy/action movies like this, so I would definitely see this again. Cheers.

Seventeen Seconds
Seventeen Seconds
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confession...., Jan. 25 2004
This review is from: Seventeen Seconds (Audio CD)
I have to confess one thing... first off, I heard "A Forest" when I got 'Staring at the Sea' years ago, & then only heard this album in its entirety later. I actually didn't see what all the fuss was with "A Forest" (please don't throw anything at me!)... at the time. Then I heard it in a club (80's night, of course) & thought...almost motionless.... "whoa... this is a really awesome song...", & it still is. Keep in mind a couple of things: I had only recently purchased Staring at the Sea & really hadn't heard the song enuff... & only in my 20's at the time & still in my 20's, I had only grown up with The Cure during the Disintegration/Wish era, so this was a going-back-in-time "discovery" phase... which still hasn't ended, as I still haven't heard everything they've ever done, but surely getting there!
So while someone who's listened to The Cure since its birth could say they like their earlier material best, I'm gonna naturally have a different perspective. I have my personal favorites... yah, "Disintegration is the best album ever!!" (heh, yah,
think that South Park episode with Rob), Pornography is darker than some people can stand but I love it anyway, & Wish has some memorable songs that remind me of high school...So where does this one fit in? After 10 Cure (counting 1 live, 2 best-ofs & mixed up), ok, then make that 6 albums I've owned before this one, it's not my favorite, but it's still a must-have for fans of the earlier darker material. I agree with couple of other reviewers, this definitely makes for a good winter afternoon listening... like it is now. Besides the 2 I heard on 'Staring at the Sea', I also really like tracks 3, 8 & 10. I still haven't heard the 2 albums that came before this... so I still have some homework to do.

Free All Angels
Free All Angels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock, Baby, Rock!!, Dec 7 2003
This review is from: Free All Angels (Audio CD)
Strong pop roots are obvious, but this band knows how to rock. I saw them live over the summer, & the energy never let up. They played all the good songs I knew of them at the time... many of the good ones off of here plus "Girl from Mars", "A Life Less Ordinary", & "Goldfinger", a song that I didn't even know they did cuz I hadn't heard it in ages! I was also impressed that Charlotte actually does a lot of the major guitar work, plus a lot of backing vocals. I left pumped up, knowing I HAD to get
one of their cds... so I got this one, since it was the most recent, & the one they were touring for. I have the DVD, which has videos & cool footage, but my cd copy only has 1 bonus track "So the story goes", so you may get one with slightly different tracks.
With catchy melodies, soaring guitars & basslines, you're missing out if you don't have this. "Walking Barefoot" is a GREAT opener... I especially like the way it starts off kind of soft & laidback, but then the guitars come blaring in. "Shining Light", "Burn Baby Burn" (my favorite here, & a cool video too), "Submission", & "Nicole" are personal favorites that they played live. "Shark" & "World Domination" rock out, while "Sometimes" & "There's a Star" change to a slower mood. "Candy"'s the most pop track on here, & though not my favorite track, it's still catchy. Here's another good example of a band that I'm glad I made myself go see, even though I only knew a handful of their songs at the time. I can't wait for a future release, plus I'll definitely look into their past albums. I agree with another reviewer: this cd IS very addictive, "Nicole" is a very addicting track, & WHY oh WHY aren't there more modern bands in the US that honestly rock like this?!?!!?!

Christmas Is...
Christmas Is...
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Christmas collection is... incomplete without this!, Dec 5 2003
This review is from: Christmas Is... (Audio CD)
I think it's safe to say that hearing these songs year after year as a child subconsciously inspired me to wanna join band by the time I got to middle school. I used to record Christmas songs off the radio every December... as many as I had room for on my old tapes (yaaah, back in the 80's). I always loved the Percy Faith arrangements, but had NO clue who did them... only until a few years ago did I figure it out! Yah, this might not be every modern listener's cup of tea, but who cares. I can't think of any other arrangements that capture the spirit of Christmas quite like these do. The instrumental colors are lovely... dynamics, choice of instruments in building these dynamics, & who can't love that old school sound! "Christmas Is" still remains one of my favorite Christmas songs after all these years. If you're stumped what Christmas cd to get out of all the mediocre pop compilations that only have a couple of good songs on them (yah, I've looked into them), put this on!! Who knows, you may even influence another future band nerd ;-)

Rubberneck
Rubberneck
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Mess with Texas, Nov. 30 2003
This review is from: Rubberneck (Audio CD)
This is one of the few good bands Texas can claim as its own. They come from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which really isn't known for many other bands besides Tripping Daisy & Deep Blue Something. I agree with another reviewer, this is the best rock album a lot of you have never heard yet. It's coming close to that 10 year old mark... wow, I didn't realize it came out that long ago, cuz it still sounds fresh!! They played the hell out of "Possum Kingdom" on Houston radio, as well as MTV... & so did I... it was my favorite rock track to come out that whole year. I cranked this up as loud as possible whenever I drove anywhere... particularly parking lots at school *grin*. They also ended up playing "Away", "I Come from the Water", & the other well known "Tyler" with the controversial lyrics. I don't know how often they got played in other states, though.
I got this album in '95, despite all the radio play of about half the album... it's that good, & still is. It's under 40 minutes of fun rocking sounds that has you gripping on to your steering wheel, tapping your foot hard kinda feel. It rocks hard with catchy riffs & mixed-meter rhythms, but at the same time has a lyrical quality so lacking in many hard rock bands out right now... & I miss that!! "I Burn" is the last & only slow track & it's awesome... acoustic intro with dissonant chords, yummy. But for some reason, you may have problems playing it on your computer (I can't). I've also never been able to play it in juke boxes, so there may be a glitch for just the last track... which is a shame, cuz it's one of the best tracks here. So whether your new to the 90's rock scene, or just looking for stuff you over looked somehow, this is a MUST-have.

Night Time
Night Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Fitting Album Title, Nov. 5 2003
This review is from: Night Time (Audio CD)
If you were a child of the 80's, how on earth do you find out about this band? I had gotten a random email from someone only 3 years ago recommending I check them out cuz they thought I would like the bassline to "Love Like Blood".... how thoughtful of them, huh? And how right they were!! I was hooked, & had to get this cd... & that song is still my favorite on here. I have, of course, checked out some of their other stuff, & what an interesting history they have! If you like diverse histories of bands (ahem, Ministry for one), then KJ would be right up your alley. Yah, you might either just like the "new-wave" albums or the later heavier ones, that's up to you... I personally like both, depending on my mood of course. If you've only vaguely heard of them before, this would be a great starting point... unless you want something harder, but then you'd prolly be looking at one of their later albums anyway, huh? The only complaint I have about this cd is it feels too short!! It's only 8 songs... but they're so freaking good! "Eighties" is definitely one of the catchier ones, & you've MOSTLY LIKELY heard it at an '80's club. It also seems to be my theme song for my musical listening habits :-D
If you want another album of theirs like this, then definitely check out 'Brighter Than a Thousand Suns' (you'll instantly love "Sanity").... &/but if you want something heavier, their new one is a must hear also!! I just saw them live this weekend, & though they only played "Kings & Queens" from this album (might I add a bit heavier version), they put on a helluva show. I must also add this interesting note... since Dave Grohl played drums on the new album, it does make sense the striking similarities to the riff of "Eighties" & to that of Nirvana's "Come as You Are"...yaaaaah, if you didn't notice that before, you notice it now, huh? :-D

Pacifier
Pacifier
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock returns again, Sept. 27 2003
This review is from: Pacifier (Audio CD)
I actually caught the "Bullitproof" video on regular MTV.... can you believe that?! I was impressed, & soon after saw it for only $10 at the local cd store. I thought why not, I don't hardly buy new cds anymore cuz there's not alot of new bands that impress me anymore, *sigh*. So I gave this a few listens...
So what do they sound like, you ask? Hard to put a finger on it...which is good! They're a mix of lots of 70s/80s/90s rock bands you already know & love, so at some point they'll remind you something. I've had this a few months now, & I still like it... no bad tracks in sight. My favorite track is definitely "Run". "Bullitprooof", "Semi-Normal", & the punkish "My Mind's Sedate" rock out, & are sure to please. Some tracks might slow down too much if you want it all to rock out, but hey, variety is good. There're too many bands out there that JUST rock out, & don't know how to do anything else BUT that... so at least these guys have a softer side, & the singer can actually sing instead of just scream. I'd say if you're a teenager & sick of this type of anti-lyrical rock of your generation that I just described, give these guys a listen. For everyone else, if you're assuming this band is one of those types of bands, then definitely give them a listen!! But if you're on this page, you've heard of them somehow though, & you probably know that already. The lyrics are actually worth noting too, & seem more thought-provoking & heart felt, as opposed to some random jottings that just happen to "fit", like most the bands out now. And if you're a nostalgic STP fan, then the last track will please you...
My complaint with the cd is the enhanced part, which includes Bandlink...a program that may be problematic to run on some computers, & you can only watch the video if you're connected to the internet with a fast connection, of course. It would've been better if they had just included the video on the cd. It would've been cool to see it more often on MTV rotation too :-P Oh well, hopefully I'll catch em live soon.

The Matrix
The Matrix
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Soundtrack, May 31 2003
This review is from: The Matrix (Audio CD)
I don't have this cd, but I have enuff of these songs on other cds to be familiar with the songs. I can always do without Manson, but the other rock tracks by Ministry, Zombie, & Rammstein are good. I don't remember hearing the Deftones track anywhere though, maybe the credits? I was just kinda surprised to find that here & not the more recognizable song by Crystal Method. The techno tracks alone make this worth getting. "Spybreak" has a way catchy bass riff. "Clubbed to Death" is by far my favorite track here. And to answer the burning question, was any of it sampled? YES IT WAS!! The intro is from a classical piece 'Enigma Variations' by Sir Edward Elgar... I should know, I've played it, & I remember the cello part giving me shivers (we band nerds ARE good for something afterall!!). But this wasn't the riff the song was based from, it's taken into another territory, thanks to the piano bits & my favorite minor key of G minor... classy, effective, & dreamy! Also love the Prodigy track, but if you love that, you should already own "Fat of the Land" by now... & if not, you should!! And, of course, gotta love the Rage track from the self-titled album... which you own already, right? Also interesting is they use another Rage song for the ending credits of "Reloaded". If you don't have the cds these songs are from, then this is a must-have, & one of the better soundtrack listings I've seen since maybe The Crow.... I'm talking about songs that actually go with the movie.

Unplugged In New York
Unplugged In New York
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, March 18 2003
This review is from: Unplugged In New York (Audio CD)
I had not been a Nirvana fan up until I heard this album, which was shortly after it came out. I had liked a few singles, like "Come as you are" & "Heart-shaped Box", but when I heard this, it made me go back. And no, it wasn't from the fact that he had just died either. What impressed me was the consistent mellowness that was just driving with an edge at the same time. My mom even liked it!! It was also impressive to learn that they were one of the only bands to do unplugged in one take. Perhaps it would not have been as appreciated if it had been dubbed over & over like a lot of people do. I do have to agree with the majority here that the raw emotion that permeates is what deems this performance so great. It is also my favorite recording of Nirvana, even though this is a live performance, & I have worn it out so much. This is also a landmark for me personally because it inspired me to want to learn acoustic guitar after seeing it on MTV so much (back when they USED to show unplugged specials).
I think the Bowie cover is what caught my attention at first. My favorite track for sure is "Something in the Way", which is even better than the original. I was also relieved that they didn't have to rely on the popularity of the overplayed "Smells like Teen Spirit" to make this album do as well as it did. So for sure if you like early-mid 90's rock & don't have this, this should be at the top of your cds-to-buy list. Even if you don't like harder rock or don't understand the Nirvana hype if you weren't old enuff then, this is a must-have. Also worth getting is the video version, and Alice in Chains unplugged. I'd like to see some of these modern rock bands out now pull off good unplugged performances!!

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