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Leftoverture (Rm) (W/2 Live/7
Leftoverture (Rm) (W/2 Live/7
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Do You Think They Are?, July 19 2004
Yeah, I'm reviewing a Kansas album so go ahead and laugh. But with all laughing aside, I think more people should realize that Kansas aren't the band they seem to be. God only knows why, but Kansas are always lumped together with a bunch of other bands that sound nothing like them. Have you noticed that too? Kansas always seem to be lumped in with Foreigner, Journey, Styx, etc. That's very inaccurate, and probably turns alot of people away; People who would actually like the band. I've said it before about other bands, but those people fortunate enough to have grown up and listened to rock in the 70s know what the deal with Kansas was. They were good.....very good. AND THEY SOUNDED NOTHING LIKE FOREIGNER OR JOURNEY! It sounds more like a mix of Rush and Molly Hatchet(minus the southern twang of course). Sure, they could have picked a better name for the band. I mean, after all, Kansas is a pretty lame name for a band. But if you have the slightest interest in what Kansas are really about, or you're a classic/progressive/hard rock fan, there's no reason you shouldn't get Leftoverture. And there's no reason you shouldn't like it either.

Tyranny And Mutation
Tyranny And Mutation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Taste, No Filler, July 17 2004
This review is from: Tyranny And Mutation (Audio CD)
BOC score another hit with their second album. By this time they're known as "The American Black Sabbath." I'm not sure who this deaf schmuck was that started this rumor coz it's not accurate. Sabbath and BOC are both hard rock/metal bands from the 70s, but that's where all similarities end if you ask me. BOC were always hard rock, but were much more diverse and weren't afraid to experiment with what ever sounded good to them, even if that meant not being totally heavy 100% of the time. Plus, they weren't afraid to put a little humor into things. In all honesty, they don't sound anything like Black Sabbath. If you're a newcomer to BOC, and are curious because of this silly label, please disregard it. You'll be disappointed if you're looking for a Black Sabbath clone. Sabbath are great, but there is alot more substance to BOC. T&M is yet another masterpiece by BOC that's practically unknown to anyone under 50. Do yourself a favor and discover it. You owe it to yourself.

Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut, July 17 2004
This review is from: Blue Oyster Cult (Audio CD)
Man, I love this album. Don't be fooled into thinking you can just go out and buy a "Best Of" BOC album and think you have all the BOC worth owning. And don't be a schmuck thinking that Don't Fear The Reaper is the only great song they ever did just coz it's the only one played on the radio. Blue Oyster Cult have to be one of the most underrated bands in rock history. Sure they get recognition from Reaper and Godzilla, but that's only two songs. Their debut is an excellent slab of hard rock. There's no filler on this one. That's the great thing about bands from the 70s-they didn't have the luxury of making 70+ minute cds, thus allowing them to just throw any crap they want onto the album. No, BOC made the best of their 40 minutes. This cd rocks. The lyrics are above par, and the musicianship is minute rice perfect. Why Buck Dharma isn't as worshipped as much as Jimmy Page is a complete mystery. Zeppelin has survived into this generation, but ask any older guy about BOC. Those who lived in the 70s knew what the big deal was. Luckily for the young ones like me, Sony has made it possible for us to experience this underrated band in all it's glory.

777: I Luciferi
777: I Luciferi
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kiss The A......., July 12 2004
This review is from: 777: I Luciferi (Audio CD)
Danzig's career has fallen much like the angels he sings about. 7 continues his losing streak even further, though it's not as bad as 5. Now, for many years I was a Danzig fanatic. I can honestly say that there couldn't have been many Danzig fans bigger than me(in the tri-county area anyway). The man had achieved almost godlike status with me. But it wasn't just Glenn, I liked the band. I really liked John Christ. I don't care what anyone says, the band just isn't as good without the original members, though Glenn would beg to differ. At this point he thinks that he can record anything and it'll be considered genius. I read an interview where he's going off on nu-metal. This is hypocritical considering you'll find some of that here, as well as his previous album. In fact, he's got a song here where he does some half-assed nu-metal rap-type vocals. That should tell you right there how far he's fallen. All I need now is for Don Henley to do a song with death metal vocals and I'll have heard it all. And what's with his voice anyway? Has Glenn fallen ill or is he just old and burned out? His vocals were some of the most unique in metal, as we all know. To me, this further indicates that he just doesn't care like he used to. There are little bits here and there to indicate the potential this album might have had, but the fans don't want to settle for bits of songs or ideas when it comes to Danzig. Back in the day when you bought a Danzig album, you could almost guarantee loving practically every second of it. You could play that first Danzig album a million times over and love it every single time. On this album you get sick of some songs less than a minute through. Danzig had better lock his ego away for a little while and get his band back if he wants to regain his dignity as well as a good number of his fans. We all know Glenn has been a serious egotistical schmuck since The Misfits, but we could let that slide coz he put out good albums. Now, Glenn's a serious egotistical schmuck who puts out bad albums, and that's the DOUBLE DEATH! It'll run him straight into the ground. No disrespect to the guys in his group(in fact, I'm sure they have balls of steel to work with him, so they should be commended to a certain degree), but they're just not packing the punch....and neither is this album. We can only hope that that right hook to the head knocked some of the ego out and some sense in.

Body Melt
Body Melt
DVD ~ Gerard Kennedy
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4.0 out of 5 stars If David Cronenberg Made A Comedy...., July 5 2004
This review is from: Body Melt (DVD)
Apparently Austrailian director Brophy wanted to make a film to rival New Zealander Peter Jackson's gorefest, Dead Alive. The outrageous gore and humor are very Jackson-esque in Body Melt. But this film is crazy-100% nuts. It's not as gory as Jackson's film, but it's alot more off the wall. In fact, I'm surprised this film isn't a bigger hit amongst hardcore horror fans. Must not have had very good distribution or promotion, and that's a shame coz this film should be viewed at least once by any horror fan. The gore here doesn't come from flesh eating zombies(which is very reliable subject matter for gore), but from an experimental drug, actually vitamin or vitamin supplement, it's never defined 100%. Some evil, wacky corporation/health club is making this stuff in the hopes of making a totally healthy human being, but the darn stuff just doesn't work right. It basically just makes the body lose all control and rebel against itself. This doesn't stop our corporation from wanted to sell it in the markets though. The Corporation decides to give this stuff a little test run in an unsuspecting small neighborhood. Once our neighborhood has taken it, the trouble starts. Trouble-with a capital T, that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool. Speaking of pool, some of these folks get invited to the health spa(for scientific observation I'm guessing) and meet their ends in particularly gruesome fashion. Most of the(short) film has the police investigating the entire mess and unraveling the conspiracy. I could easily see David Cronenberg doing this film, though it would be alot different. Just imagine if David Cronenberg decided to let his sense of humor take over(fat chance) for one film, and you get a pretty good idea of what Body Melt is like. This is an independant film done in Australia, which means no Hollywood meddling. The Hollywood system would NEVER allow such a film to hit theaters. That's fine though coz you can get this dvd for a pretty reasonable price. At least rent it if you aren't willing to gamble with your purchases. I can tell ya, if you like Peter Jackson's or Sam Raimi's early work, Body Melt is highly recommended for you.

Dungeons & Dragons (Widescreen)
Dungeons & Dragons (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Justin Whalin
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Dragons, June 26 2004
This film had alot of dragons, but was seriously lacking in dungeons. I don't know about you, but I like alot of dungeon action.

Deathwatch [Import]
Deathwatch [Import]
DVD ~ Jamie Bell
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3.0 out of 5 stars Those Wacky Germans, June 26 2004
This review is from: Deathwatch [Import] (DVD)
With all the crapola trying to pass itself off as horror these days, Deathwatch was an attempt to make an honest to God horror film. Unfortunately, this is one of those films where you admire the effort more than the film itself. I do love the effort here. The film looks great, it obviously had a budget behind it, and I'm sure it had a theatrical run in England. The acting was good all around as well. The story has a bunch of soldiers during WWI taking over a German trench in some unknown territory, and eventually finding out that it's basically haunted. Great concept-haunted trench in WWI. The down side of this is that the film just isn't scary, nor does it really pull you in. There's a cool scene straight out of Children Of The Corn with "something" tunnelling under the ground(looks like Bugs Bunny when he tunnels around), some barbed wire with a mind of it's own, and some rats eating a guy's legs off. These are the only "horror" parts that really stand out, and that's not much out of a 96 minute film. Still, I'd suggest checking it out, coz if this film is any indication of things to come from this director, we may be in luck

Jaws 2 (Widescreen)
Jaws 2 (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Roy Scheider
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary Sequels.....Gotta Love Em, June 13 2004
This review is from: Jaws 2 (Widescreen) (DVD)
Jaws is one of those films that needs no sequel. C'mon, how the hell do you make a sequel to Jaws? The story was told and there's no more to tell! Sequel? The Exorcist fell victim to this as well. Some movies you can make sequels to because you can actually take the story somewhere else. The Terminator's a good example. But when you get a simple open and shut premise like Jaws, the only thing a sequel will do is rehash the plot of the original film in one way or another coz there's no new territory to take a story like Jaws in. Friday The 13th is a good example of this. So, what we get with Jaws 2 is basically the same plot as the first one, so immediately the suspense is down a notch coz you know what to expect. Personally I can't buy the concept of another giant shark invading the same area for no reason. People say it's an offspring of the original shark. Yeah, right. Now I'm sold on it. Kind of like Son Of Dracula, eh? Roy is back and is a saving grace for the film. There's some gruesome shark attacks as well as a few fairly suspenseful ones. The movie isn't THAT bad, it's just unnecessary. It won't kill you to watch it, but you'll be wishing you were watching Jaws.

Caddyshack 2 (Full Screen) [Import]
Caddyshack 2 (Full Screen) [Import]
DVD ~ Jackie Mason
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Film Is Actually Funny! Crazy, Huh?, June 13 2004
Most people already have their minds made up on this one, and it is easy to see why. After all, Caddyshack is not a film that needed a sequel. Why would you need one? Well, the 80s was a great time for unecessary sequels. It's hard to top the cast from the first film; I mean, it was full of funny characters. This one tries for that and only succeeds to a limited degree. As much as you may hate this film, how can you not laugh your behind off at Chevy Chase? He's hilarious in this film. IN fact, his performance is reason enough to watch this film. Well, he is playing Ty Webb who was hilarious in the first film. How did they talk Chase into doing this film? My theory(and I could be wrong) is that Chase didn't need a paycheck so bad as much as he probably loved playing Ty Webb. Jackie Mason is no Rodney Dangerfield, not in a million years. His presence is okay, but he's just not that funny. Randy Quaid is a little over the top, but he has some pretty hilarious lines. The whole "putting with a wedgie" thing is great. And Dan Aykroyd. Oh Lord, poor Dan Aykroyd. He should leave Caddyshack 2 off his resume. He's trying to replace Bill Murray's chracter from the first film, but fails miserably. We all know Dan can be funny, but wow. He may say one or two fairly funny things, but that's the extent. The rest of the time you'll have to deal with his fingernails on a chalkboard voice. The voice would be okay if he were funny. These are the comedians of the film, everyone else is there just coz some nonfunny people were needed. Robert Stack(if you have any information call 1-800-876-5353) is always a good actor and plays a stiff snob convincingly, but it's surely an unsolved mystery why he chose to do this film. Jonathan Silverman isn't here for laughs, but I've always liked him either way, even though his role here is throwaway. All in all, the gags here are all hit and miss, but there are some pretty heavy hits I must say(like when Chevy Chase introduces Jackie Mason to some country club members in the men's locker room. I can't get too descriptive, but it's hilarious). If you put it up against the first film, well then you're doomed because Caddyshack this is not. There are worse ways to spend your time......like the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre for instance.

The Stoned Age (Sous-titres français) [Import]
The Stoned Age (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Michael Kopelow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Cruisin', June 6 2004
I saw this in the theater(yup, it actually had a theatrical release for a day or so) at the perfect age-17. Anyone who went to high school can recall the years of 16 and 17 to be the years of that mindless activity called "cruising"(of course, I know some losers in their 30s who continue to do this, I'm sure you do too). At that age you could drive, but you couldn't buy cigarettes, liquor or get into a bar, so what could you do? Go cruising! The idea was to meet girls with varying degrees of success. If you can relate to that, you'll get some degree of entertainment from The Stoned Age which starts off with this premise. This film is over exaggerated but ironically very realistic at the same time. Everyone knew someone like Tack-some annoying schmuck who would usually find his way into your car somehow. Everyone's also ended up at a party thrown by a bunch of idiots from a totally different "class" or "scene" than you. And who didn't know a couple of "Buffalo Chicks?" If you were one of those guys who took the "nice guy" approach to getting women, you'll totally identify with Joe. You can literally feel his frustration as he desperately attempts to woo the amazingly sexy Laney, only to have her jump in the sack with a sexist jerk who seduces her through...well....acting like a jerk. If you were a womanizing jerk like Hubbs, then you'll relive fond memories as you watch him get the chick through the most juvenile tactics available. I didn't grow up in the 70s, but it was the perfect setting for this film. The lingo is accurate, the music great, and the issues and concepts are still relevant today; The rich disco kids and their hatred for the lower/middle class hard rock stoners for example. Cruising, of course. People should really stop the comparisons to Dazed and Confused. That quote on the box was a bad idea, the director even says so in the commentary track! Two different films, folks. The only thing they have in common is the time period and some stoner characters. Would you compare Monty Python and The Holy Grail to Excalibur coz they take place in the same time period and have a few similar themes? Back to the music I mentioned before, I was very impressed with the soundtrack. In the commentary, the director mentions that this whole film was to be strictly Led Zeppelin songs, but it couldn't be done financially. Thank God for that! That would have been way too cliche. This movie works so much better with a soundtrack with no Led Zeppelin. God forbid there were other bands in the 70s other than Zeppelin, alot of them better, believe it or not. In this film we get songs by Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, Focus, Montrose, references to the Scorpions, and The Blue Oyster Cult takes center stage. That's cool coz BOC don't get the respect they deserve anymore. The cast of unknowns does a decent enough job. I'm not sure why the character of Jill is refered to as an "oinker" and "hoagley". Throughout the film, we keep getting reinforced the notion that Jill is supposed to be unattractive. Well, just watch the film and see if you think Jill is unattractive. Sure, maybe she doesn't leap off the screen like Laney, but she is one good looking woman. Of course, Laney is always dressed skimpy while Jill is isn't. Jill also looks the most 70s, Laney doesn't. Anyhow, this film is a sure gem to discover if you did the cruising thing in high school or were a teenager in the 70s. Also, to really enjoy this, totally disregard that Dazed and Confused quote on the box.

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