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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Special Edition)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Marilyn Burns
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Prix : CDN$ 46.87
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a truly disturbing horror film, Feb. 21 2004
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"(1974) is one of the most effective and skillful horror films ever made. While I would say Alfred Hitchcock was the master; this film comes close. It is far better than all its other contemporaries, which just depended on buckets of blood and gore and the boogey man jumping out of the closet to scare people. It was a blessing that Tobe Hooper had a low budget to work with on this film because he couldn't depend on special effects to scare the audience with. The film is filmed in a documentary-style with grainy quality film, which makes the film obviously more realistic. The killers in the film are not from hell or supernatural, but a real family of cannibals and based loosely on real events. This element makes the film more creepy than say "A Nightmare on Elm Street." The scenes where the killers actually kidnap the main character are VERY disturbing, and yet little blood or gore(compared to today's standards) were used. Tobe Hooper relies entirely on shocking the audience on a more human level. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is one of the best horror films ever made and probably the best of the 70's.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a film that offers us something new, Feb. 21 2004
I was one of the few people who didn't see "Lost In Translation" when it first came out, but I longed to see it and plugged my ears everytime someone around me talked about it, so it wouldn't be ruined for me. As soon as "Lost In Translation" came out on DVD I rented it, and have to say I loved it. The film shows us something that hollywood rarely does. Two smart strangers, who are not lovers, who meet and have fun together and talk philosophy, here and there. The story is realistic and one that the audience can relate to. Bill Murray does a top-notch performance. He is hilarious as always, but at the same time he remains in character and shows us a real person. Sopfia Coppola does an amazing job at showing us modern Tokyo. It is amazing that this is her second film. "Lost In Translation" is a fantastic film, and should be seen by all.

1972: Bataclan 72 (W/2 Bonus T
1972: Bataclan 72 (W/2 Bonus T
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a treat for Velvet Underground fans, Feb. 12 2004
As a fan of The Velvet Underground, I had always heard of the La Bataclan '72 concert and was excited to hear it was being released on CD. When I first heard it, my intial reaction was that it was great but not as great as other Velvet Underground recordings like the live 1969 series. However, one can't judge it as a Velvet Underground recording. It is Lou Reed, John Cale, and Nico playing after The Velvet Underground broke up, and a lot of the material played here is from their solo albums. Each member gets their own set within the concert and play from previous Velvet Underground songs and their own solo material. It is really amazing to see how each of them progressed after The Velvet Underground and The Velvet Underground songs that they do play, are much more mature. I have read other reviews of this album and the main criticism is that the sound quality is poor. Apparently the bootlegs sound better but I, like many don't have access to bootlegs and refuse to pay $30 for a CD-R burned copy in a record store. Also most of the Velvet Underground live recordings released have been of poor quality, so I am kinda use to it. The sound quality is poor and that's why it doesn't get 5 stars BUT it is still listenable and well worth buying if you are a fan of The Velvet Underground and the solo carrers of the members that play in this concert. I am thankful that this concert was released and reccomend it to anyone who loved The Velvet Underground. It is by no means the best to come from The Velvet Underground and its members, but it comes pretty close.

Joseph Campbell:Power of Myth
Joseph Campbell:Power of Myth
DVD ~ Joseph Campbell
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Prix : CDN$ 232.84
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A treasure chest of wisdom and knowledge, Feb. 12 2004
Joseph Campbell was, without a doubt one of the greatest thinkers ever and "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth" is evidence of this. While much of Campbell's work were meant for the academic community, the interviews contained in this series show Campbell's ideas and beliefs about myths, religion, and life, that everyone can understand. Campbell's ideas were not those of your ordinary scholar on myth but closer to thinkers like Carl Jung. He believed that myths should be interrupted symbolically and how they apply to our lives. He tells us that myths are not just from the past but how we have many myths in our own present state. Campbell tells us how we should follow our bliss and take the hero's journey. These interviews will not only inform you about the world of myth but inspire your own life. Whenever I start to despair, I come back to these interviews to recieve Campbell's wisdom again and again.

Kristofferson
Kristofferson
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a legendary album, Feb. 11 2004
This review is from: Kristofferson (Audio CD)
Kris Kristofferson's "Kristofferson" is one of the most original and underrated albums of his generation. While his contemporaries were rehashing the same material and ides over and over, Kristofferson offered something new to Nashville. What makes this album so great is how Kristofferson tells the bitter truth. His songs are about drunks and despair and straying away from one's path. Instead of being depressing however, it is uplifting and can be cathartic to people who have been through similar experiences as Kristofferson did. The music is top notch and a great mixture of different genres. The highlights on the album are: "To Beat The Devil," "Me And Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "Just The Other Side Of Nowhere," and of course "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down." A must have for anyone who likes good and sincere music. I can't even begin to explain how much this album means to me.

Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen [Import]
Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen [Import]
DVD ~ Donald Brittain
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Prix : CDN$ 42.83
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Portrait of an artist as a writer, Feb. 6 2004
"Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen" is a documentary made in 1965 about Leonard Cohen, before he was a singer-songwriter(although the film shows a brief scene of him playing guitar) but a writer. The film follows Leonard Cohen around Montreal, Canada(where he is on vacation from his home in Greece) as he goes about his daily life. The film also shows interviews with Cohen and has readings of his poetry in the background. Leonard Cohen is a man of many incarnations and this is simply one of them. The biggest surprise for me was seeing Leonard Cohen do standup comedy. While I don't believe Leonard Cohen is as depressing as most have made him out to be, I definitely would have never expect to see him do comedy. This documentary reminded me of Bob Dylan's "Don't Look Back," an intimate look at an artist at a very young age. I recommend this documentary to anyone who is a fan of Leonard Cohen.

White Noise
White Noise
by Don DeLillo
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books I've read, Jan. 24 2004
This review is from: White Noise (Paperback)
Don DeLillo's "White Noise" is one of the best books I've read in a long. It reminded me just how powerful and great literature can be. I found out about "White Noise" when someone told me they were reading this weird but interesting book and told me about a few of the ideas of the book. I usually tend to read more classical fiction but I decided to take a risk and read something new. From the first fifty pages of the book, I was addicted to the plot, characters, observations, and ideas. I devoted most of the next week to reading "White Noise." The plot of the book is not so important, it's the OBSERVATIONS that count. Each observation written in the book is a whole new revelation in itself and you could write an entire essay on just that observation. I found myself thinking 'wow..that is so true..I never thought of it that way' when reading. The most interesting parts of the book had to do with technology and our relationship to it. Most informed people(including myself) tend to believe that technology is slowly taking over our lives and turning us into zombies for the corporate world and we must free ourselves from T.V., internet, cell phones etc... DeLillo through the character of Murray, seems to suggest the opposite; that we must accept technology as a new mode of living like our ancestors accepted working with tools as a new mode of living. To Murray, technology is like a religion or piece of art with many symbols that if interrupted right, can lead the viewer to a new revelation of how society works and even one's own self-liberation. There is so much that can be said about "White Noise" but let me simply say that it is one of the best books I've read. It got me to wake up and start thinking about my environment and who am I in relationship with it.

Jason X [Widescreen Platinum Series] [Import]
Jason X [Widescreen Platinum Series] [Import]
DVD ~ Kane Hodder
Prix : CDN$ 14.48
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 simply a waste of film, Jan. 24 2004
"Jason X" is yet another installment to the "Friday the 13th" series and attempts at trying to add a new twist to the usual formula of the series. However, it uses the same formula as all the other films in the series do expect in space. When we finally see Jason get his upgrade, it is only for about ten or fifteen minutes and we don't get to see him go down town on anybody really. Jason should've gotten the upgrade near the beginning of the film to make it a little more exciting. The plot is ridiculous and even outrageous for a horror movie. The graphics are cheesy and look like they were made on my computer. The attempts at science are laughable There are plenty of hot chicks though. "Jason X" was just plain awful, not even good enough to mock.

Evil Dead 2 (Widescreen/ Full Screen)
Evil Dead 2 (Widescreen/ Full Screen)
DVD ~ Bruce Campbell
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Prix : CDN$ 16.97
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unlike anything you've seen, Jan. 24 2004
When I first saw "Evil Dead 2," I had recently become a fan of watching horror movies and mocking them with a friend and a beer. A friend of mine told me I had to see "Evil Dead 2" so I thought that meant it would be pretty bad and I would have myself a good time watching it. From the first six minutes of "Evil Dead 2" I became strangely in love with this film and watched with awe. "Evil Dead 2" is a remake of "The Evil Dead" but instead of making a serious horror film, it is a satire of the whole genre. "Evil Dead 2" has some of the greatest and most interesting camera work I've seen in a movie. The film is filled with the craziest crap your eyes will ever see. Bruce Campbell, instead of being a wimp like he is in "The Evil Dead," is now a witty mad man that can take anything and delivers some of the greatest one liners ever (kinda like John McLane in the "Die Hard" series). If you want to see a horror film that is beyond anything you've ever seen and will actually enjoy then you need to see "Evil Dead 2." It is the best horror film I've seen thus far and the best in the series.

Evil Dead (Full Screen)
Evil Dead (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Bruce Campbell
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Prix : CDN$ 60.23
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 the start of something great and unique, Jan. 24 2004
This review is from: Evil Dead (Full Screen) (DVD)
Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead"(1979) was the start of one of the most original and great horror series in the genre. Even if you are not a horror fan and like movies that are highly creative, stylish, witty, and have the feel of a cult classic like say Quentin Tarantino's films then you should check out the series. The other two "Evil Dead 2"(which is practicaly a remake of this film) and "Army Of Darkness" were satires but "The Evil Dead" was intended to be a serious horror film. It is hard to take it serious after seeing the other two first but it is well worth seeing and can be appreciated for the amazing cinematography and camera work on such a low budget film. You can see in "The Evil Dead" what was coming in the next two films and while it is worth watching, it is nowhere as brilliant as the next two. I recommend you see "The Evil Dead" last.

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