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A Bigger Bang
A Bigger Bang
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who cares if it doesn't play on an iPod, Nov. 13 2005
This review is from: A Bigger Bang (Audio CD)
"A Bigger Bang" should be retitled "The Biggest Bang", because you get the biggest bang for your buck. This album sees The Stones go back to what they do best: rock. This has been a long awaited album, seeing as their last studio album, "Bridges To Babylon", was a complete flop. You will not be disappointed with this album, The Stones have redeemed themselves for the years without a decent release (with the exception of "Forty Licks"). Highlights of this album for me are "Sweet Neo Con" and "Back Of My Hand", but the absolute best track on here is HANDS DOWN the Keith Richard's track entitled "Infamy". Simply phenomenal.

Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Sound; Unlike Anything I've Heard Recently, Nov. 11 2005
This review is from: Matt Mays & El Torpedo (Audio CD)
Matt Mays' second album (his first with El Torpedo) is by far the most consistant album I have heard all year. This band is the real deal, and I truly believe this album has the potential to become one of the great modern classics. Matt Mays' wonderfully gritty vocals can only be described as a smoother "Tom Petty-esque" sound. This entire album has the roots of raw southern rock (such as Skynyrd) but with a 21st century flair.
Each track enthralls me. Particularly, "Travellin'" and the haunting "What Are We Gonna Do Come The Month Of September?". Its hard to describe the sheer uniqueness of this group. Any possible chance you get, I would recommend to check out their live show. It's jaw-dropping.
Describe in two words "Matt Mays + El Torpedo" is "raw" and "rockin'".
If at all possible, listen to some of their sample music, and buy this album. An evening with Matt Mays + El Torpedo is always an evening to remember.

Flies In The No Fly
Flies In The No Fly
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Under-Appreciated Band's Sophmore Album Delivers, Nov. 11 2005
This review is from: Flies In The No Fly (Audio CD)
Grand Theft Bus is become sort of a local cult through the Maratimes in Canada, especially within the province of New Brunswick. Their first album, "Birth Of Confusion", put the band on the local band scene and helped them establish a strong fan base. Their sophmore effort, "Flies In The No Fly," definetly is just as strong as their first. Grand Theft Bus is a tough band to describe, but the closest I can come is Phish meets Weezer.
The song writing on this album is next to perfect. "Room In Your Brain" is the opening song and delivers a catchy chorus on top of simplistic yet astonishing guitar riffs, and this song is an excellent opening to "Flies In The No Fly."
Track four, "Plastic" is arguably the most infective song on the album. It is impossible not to tap your foot to this funk-driven, jazz rusted tune.
"Get What You Give" is darker than the hour before dawn, yet it is irrestible. "Get What You Give" is almost as dark as the haunting "Leader," which makles you almost feel guilty for liking it.
All-in-all, Grand Theft Bus is a solid band that many people unfortunatly have not heard of and are definetly worht checkin out. You can listen to samples at their website; www.grandtheftbus.com .

Hipeponymous (Ltd.Ed)
Hipeponymous (Ltd.Ed)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tragically Hip can never go wrong., Nov. 6 2005
This review is from: Hipeponymous (Ltd.Ed) (Audio CD)
It doesn't matter if you own every single Tragically Hip ever released, this boxset fires on all cylinders and doesn't miss a beat. Every song on the CD's are remastered, and in the case of all the tracks from the album "Fully Completely", remixed. That alone makes the boxset worth while. The clarity of the percussion on "Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)" more than makes up for the below average producing of the album. It's also great to see a great deal of The Tragically Hip's new songs on the CD's, my favorites being "Lake Fever", "Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park", "'It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken'" and also "The Darkest One". Also, two new songs are contained on these two discs: "The New Maybe" and "No Threat" (the latter one is better, in my opinion). They both are outstanding and have earned their spot along side great classics on this boxset set, and hopefully, both these tracks will not become forgotten when the Hip tour again in Summer/Fall 2006.
The two DVD's are also equally phenomenal. One disc is simply a bizarre and artistic documentary entitled "Macroscopic". Although this "documentary" lacks many things in its structure, its is extremely interesting, and is definetly worth a look. Also, all the music videos are contained on the same disc, and this is a very nice addition to the boxset. Tragically Hip music videos are definetly rare.
"That Night In Toronto" is the concert DVD which is on another disc in the boxset. This concert is completely uncut (the encore breaks are even on here in their entirty). The concert also breaks into unique split-screen perspectives.
Any Tragically Hip fan knows that they are a premiere live band, therefore the concert DVD, I believe, is hands down the best part of this boxed set. The three standout performances for me are "Three Pistols", "Giftshop", and "Bobcaygeon".
A 48 page book is also contained. Filled with several poems by Gord Downie (the lead singer of The Tragically Hip) and rare pictures and drawings, it is a very nice addition to the boxset.
In conclusion, "Hipeponymous" is the best investment I've made to my music collection all year. It is essential for every Tragically Hip fan. For casual fans, it is an excellent introduction, and for longtime fans, it is marvelous to add to your ever growing Tragically Hip collection.

I, Robot (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
I, Robot (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Will Smith
Offered by tommycruise29
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2004's Best Sci-Fi, Dec 24 2004
Science-Fiction movies have to be entertaining and crowd-pleasing. "I, Robot" nails the crowd-pleaser with absolute precision. Every summer, Will Smith plays an unlikely hero (1995 "Bad Boys", 1996 "Independence Day", 1997 "Men In Black, 1998 "Enemy Of The State", 1999 "WilBad Boiysd Wild West", 2000 "Legend Of Bagger Vance", 2001 "Ali", 2002 "Men In Black II", 2003 "Bad Boys II"...) and he is either hit or miss. In "I, Robot," Will Smith smashed one out of the park. They're have been several Smith movies I have not enjoyed, but Will more than redeemed himself with "I, Robot".
And if your not a Will Smith, that's alright, because "I, Robot" has the most butt-kicking special effects you will see all year. With an original plot, and an even better ending, "I, Robot" is one of those flicks that you will always remember for its sheer presentation.
"I, Robot" may not be Academy Award friendly like "Titanic" or "Lord Of The Rings", but I assure you, you may not have as much fun watching a movie for a very long time, or at least until summer 2005...

The Bourne Supremacy (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
The Bourne Supremacy (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Matt Damon
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next Bond? Wait no more!, Dec 22 2004
"The Bourne Supremecy" is one of those films that I love, and I think is an awesome picture in the most "popcorny" way possible. This film has all the action of a 007 flick with a (somewhat) realistic plotline. I believe that "The Bourne Supremecy" is one of the best of 2004. There are two unforgettable scenes, and both are very similar. I will not give away the film, but I am referring to the two times when Jason Bourne is on the phone with Pamela. Awesome. "Supremecy" is defineatly a sensational movie, and is at least worth a rent.

Ghost Ship (Widescreen)
Ghost Ship (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Gabriel Byrne
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2.0 out of 5 stars Grade B Horror Film's Grade: 2\5, April 7 2004
This review is from: Ghost Ship (Widescreen) (DVD)
"Ghost Ship" is another grade B horror film that just isn't scary. Director Steve Beck is more interested in mood and showmanship, but unfortunately, he can't even get that right despite some spooky art direction and what looks to be a pretty big budget. And this isn't the first time that Beck has told a ghost story, he directed "Thirteen Ghosts," which, in my opinion, is one of the better horror films in recent history.
"Ghost Ship" could have been fun had it gone in more interesting and unpredictable directions. Instead, we're treated to a fairly dull movie experience with one dimensional characters and very few scares. And it's all capped off by a sequel-ready ending complete with an obtrusive hard rock tune that offsets any sense of terror "Ghost Ship" might have had to offer.
In my opinion, this film should not be purchased. It is an okay rent, but make sure it a 99cent rent, as more would be a waste of your money.

Out of Time
Out of Time
DVD ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Box Office Flop Should Be A Winner, April 4 2004
This review is from: Out of Time (DVD)
"Out of Time" is a tautly paced crime thriller about a small town Florida cop investigating a double homicide in which all evidence points to him as the prime suspect. Despite the film's morally clouded ending, director Carl Franklin navigates the plot turns and twists with workmanlike efficiency, resulting in an engaging neo-noir tale of lust, greed and deception.
In my opinion, this film is a marvel, the plot twists every scene, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat every second. I'll admit, the start might be a little slow, but it is easily made up for by the rest of the film.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
DVD ~ David Spade
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Are You Nucking Futs?", April 4 2004
David Spade is Dickie, a sitcom child star who never shook his signature catch phrase. J. J. had "Dy-No-Mite!" The Fonz, "Sit on it!" And Dickie: "Are you nucking futs?"
Early on we learn that Dickie used to be the king of sitcoms, but is a modern day moron. He is oblivious to the fact that his time has come and gone.
I won't bother you with the plot line; you can watch the movie for yourself. But I will say that David Spade delivers an "allright" performance. The jokes are sometimes lame. It's childish humour, so it does not appeal to adults, but adults shouldn't let their children watch it, as this immature jokes are delivered with launguage most of the time. And believe it or not, the main character learns something about himself, and believe it or not... there IS a moral!
"Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" isn't worth a purchase, but it's a good rent.

Timeline (Bilingual)
Timeline (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Paul Walker
Offered by newtownvideo_ca
Price: CDN$ 33.62
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Hollywood Sci-Fi Flick, But A Definate Must!, March 28 2004
This review is from: Timeline (Bilingual) (DVD)
I am a fan of the author Michael Crichton, and I will not comment on the differences between the book and the movie, as they are never the same. I'll admit, the "3-D fax machine" and the "worm-hole" are crummy ways of explaining time travel, but the sheer adventure of time travel is thrilling.
The director, Donner, paces the action briskly and seems unaware or simply unperturbed by the campy dialogue supplied by Crichton's adapters -- writers Jeff Maguire and George Nolfi. Similarly, the actors tear into these thin roles with a passion worthy of Shakespeare. This "over-acting" may be enough to draw some people away.
All-in-all, Timeline is not a masterpiece, but it is a film that is a personal favorite. It is a typical movie that you hear about opening weekend, and than may go the rest of your life without hearing from it again. Timeline is a film you should see, but not one you should purchase without giving yourself your own opinion.

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