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Bret "Hitman" Hart: The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be
Bret "Hitman" Hart: The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be
by Bret Hart
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why, Bret, why?, Feb. 3 2001
If you could put the life story of each wrestler of the modern era into a book, I guarantee that Bret Hart's would be the best. This man has, by far, the most fascinating life & career in all of pro wrestling; he has done everything, and he has had everything done to him. What's that you say? "What about Mick Foley, he wrote a great book?" He did, but he has not had half the career that Hart has; he didn't grow up in the Dungeon, he hasn't had nearly as many classic matches, he didn't get screwed out of the world title in his last WWF match, and he didn't punch Vince McMahon in the face. Every wrestling fan knows at least the bare bones of Bret Hart's story even if they don't like him, simply because his story is so interesting & so essential to the story of pro wrestling itself. Hopefully, someday he will write his REAL autobiography and we'll be able to read all about his childhood, all his fond memories of Owen, his backstage feud with Shawn Michaels, & what he thought about so many classic matches (I personally would love to hear in detail about the iron man match & the submission match with Steve Austin). He is a good writer (he's been writing a column for the Calgary Sun for over 4 years), and he is not afraid to shoot his mouth off. Until then, we have to settle for this: a kiddie picture book, full of fluff, with no insight whatsoever. Any respectable wrestler would be embarrassed to have his name attached to this, and I can't imagine someone of Bret Hart's stature not dying of shame. A twelve-year-old could have written this. The way this book insults one's intelligence is bad enough, but the potential a Bret Hart autobiography had makes it unbearable. If Hart puts forth some effort, he could easily outdo Foley and write the Bible of wrestling autobiographies. Maybe he will, now that he's retired and would be able to focus on it.

To Venus and Back
To Venus and Back
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3.0 out of 5 stars decent, but nowhere near her best, Oct. 29 2000
This review is from: To Venus and Back (Audio CD)
The original studio material here is boring. Everything beautiful about Tori Amos music -- her piano playing, her incredibly dominating & emotional voice, powerful melodies -- is all but lost here. Tori was unique by keeping it basic, using a minimum of production & studio tricks & driving instead for pure visceral, emotional effect. She made an interesting turn on 'Choirgirl' by using the studio in a more calculated way to make an effect just as emotional. But here, she just goes off the deep end: she's got the studio tricks down, but emotionally there's nothing there. Except for 'Bliss,' there isn't a single driving, memorable song on the disc. She seems to be diluted into just another female pop singer.
The live disc is another story unto itself. She uses her voice for maximum effect, going off on wild tangents with made-up lyrics and pounding obsessively on her piano. It's, simply, a great performer doing great things with great songs. You really feel this disc. My personal favorites are the non-album tracks 'Sugar' and 'Purple People' (which doesn't sound like it was recorded live, but is still one of my favorite Tori songs ever).
Disc one gets two stars -- disc two gets four stars (it would've been five, but the version of 'The Waitress' is way off-key & goes on forever). Average of three

Faces [Import]
Faces [Import]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's a good idea for a movie..., Oct. 22 2000
This review is from: Faces [Import] (VHS Tape)
I wanted to like John Cassavetes, I really did. I love the idea of total disregard for the system, complete focus on the actors (sloppy technicalities be damned), & being as intimate & realistic as possible. However, this requires realistic acting and likable characters. The acting, especially in the opening drinking scene, is HORRIBLE. No one acts like this when they're drunk; it's way too overdone, even for theater it would be overdone, & it's embarrassing to watch. These characters just talk & talk, going in circles: everybody's happy, then things get tense, then somebody tries to make a joke & everybody's happy again but not as happy as before. It's painfully transparent in every scene what Cassavetes is trying to say & where he's going, but it takes FOREVER to get there. I clocked the drinking scene at seventeen minutes. Even a well-written scene in a movie will get old at seventeen minutes, and this is not a well-written scene, it is seventeen minutes of bad acting and unknowable, unlikable characters talking in circles. "But people talk in circles in real life." I know people talk in circles in real life, but certain things in real life are just boring on the screen. And the laughing...the actors realized that people laugh a lot in conversation, so they laugh...a lot. I don't think I've ever seen a movie with so much laughing in it. This might have turned the movie into something very warm & personal, but these people laugh at the stupidest things -- nothing they laugh at is ever funny. This makes all the laughter seem forced, it makes the actors look bad, & it makes the characters look stupid. I'm sure there was a point in here about adultery and husband & wife relations, but it was lost on me in a flurry of bad acting & scenes that refused to end. I do appreciate what Cassavetes was trying to do & his influence on cinema. If it weren't for him, there would be none of the intimate, cut-to-the-bone scenes in 'Mean Streets' and 'Raging Bull.' But though I can appreciate it, I still can't bear to watch it.

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