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wrestlingfan66513
02-08-2012, 11:39 AM
I think it will be a good idea for members to post their thoughts and opinions on new albums and movies that came out in order to give others an idea on whether to buy it or not. I cannot count how many times I have seen people complain about seeing a bad movie or dropping some money on an album with only one good song on it. I hope this gets used and helps others.

Format for Album reviews

Artist name
Album Name
Genre
List of songs and song lengths with a 1-5 star rating
Verdict: Buy, Torrent, or Pass

Format for Movie Reviews

Movie Name
Genre
Director
Actors (at least 2 or 3)
Length
Short summary on what it's about
Rating: 1-10
Verdict: See, Wait, Torrent or Pass

THEKEVINBRAND
02-08-2012, 12:00 PM
Van Halen
A Different Kind Of Truth (Released February 7, 2012)
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Song List:
01. Tattoo 4:44
02. She's The Woman 2:56
03. You and Your Blues 3:43
04. China Town 3:14
05. Blood and Fire 4:26
06. Bullethead 2:30
07. As Is 4:47
08. Honeybabysweetiedoll 3:46
09. The Trouble With Never 3:59
10. Outta Space 2:53
11. Stay Frosty 4:07
12. Big River 3:50
13. Beats Workin' 5:02
The album is great from start to finish, Van Halen in my opinion intentionally threw us off when they released Tattoo as their lead off track. But it encouraged me to continue listening to the album. I highly recommend listening to China Town for a head bobbing song. They lived up to their heyday and King EVH is back on his throne! The only part missing is Michael Anthony`s presence on the album.
Verdict: BUY!!! 5/5!

wrestlingfan66513
02-08-2012, 12:52 PM
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Action/Adventure
Dir. Brad Peyton
Actors: The Rock, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson
94 mins

Review
This is apparently a squeal to Journey to the Center of the Earth (even thought there was never a book sequel to it).

The plot is simple with a minor twist towards the end. The story follows Sean (John Hutcherson) who is caught while attempting to access a signal broadcast that was too faint to pick up outside of the satellite research center. Later he discovers that the broadcast contains co-ordinates that would lead him to a 'mysterious island' which were hidden in three novels- Treasure Island, Gulliver's Travels and Jules Verne's Mysterious Island

Hank (Dwayne Johnson) Sean's stepfather & Sean now set out to discover this island because Sean strongly believes that the secret message was sent out by his long lost grandfather Alexander Anderson (Michael Caine). What follows is a series of events that ultimately lead these two and their friends on a not so incredible adventure.

Although the premise and cast of this film is good it fails at a few important levels.

Firstly the thrills aren't great the 3D doesn't help either. secondly the dialogue isn't very interesting tending to drag during most of the film. Thirdly the story line is very predictable.

Next the script is the cheesiest thing in the world. The acting was OK at best but nothing new or special in my opinion. The only good thing about the film is the CGI effects.

Overall the film should be enough for little kids to enjoy, but if you want substance in your movies then you should pass.

Rating: 5/10
Verdict: Pass

eyehatecena
02-09-2012, 11:06 PM
Van Halen
A Different Kind Of Truth (Released February 7, 2012)
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Song List:
01. Tattoo 4:44
02. She's The Woman 2:56
03. You and Your Blues 3:43
04. China Town 3:14
05. Blood and Fire 4:26
06. Bullethead 2:30
07. As Is 4:47
08. Honeybabysweetiedoll 3:46
09. The Trouble With Never 3:59
10. Outta Space 2:53
11. Stay Frosty 4:07
12. Big River 3:50
13. Beats Workin' 5:02
The album is great from start to finish, Van Halen in my opinion intentionally threw us off when they released Tattoo as their lead off track. But it encouraged me to continue listening to the album. I highly recommend listening to China Town for a head bobbing song. They lived up to their heyday and King EVH is back on his throne! The only part missing is Michael Anthony`s presence on the album.
Verdict: BUY!!! 5/5!

Damn, I was actually gonna do this one. I pretty much agree with your review, but I think Tattoo is a horrible choice for the first single. Only other thing I would add in addition to your comments- Dave's vocals are great to hear again, Eddie actually sounds relevent again- best he has been playing in years- lyrically though- kind of odd at times- not sure if thats with Michael Anthony no longer around or what, but lyrically something is missing.

Verdict: 4/5 - Would be 5 if the lyrics were better. If you are a Van Halen fan- Hagar years or Dave years- buy it.

eyehatecena
02-09-2012, 11:36 PM
Artist name Nightwish
Album Name IMAGINAERUM- special edition

Artist name
Album Name
Genre
List of songs and song lengths with a 1-5 star rating




No.
Title
Writer(s)
Length


1.
"Taikatalvi"
Tuomas Holopainen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuomas_Holopainen)
2:35


2.
"Storytime (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storytime)" (first single)
Holopainen
5:22


3.
"Ghost River"
Holopainen
5:28


4.
"Slow, Love, Slow"
Holopainen
5:50


5.
"I Want My Tears Back"
Holopainen
5:07


6.
"Scaretale"
Holopainen
7:32


7.
"Arabesque" (instrumental[66] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginaerum#cite_note-mffblog-65))
Holopainen
2:57


8.
"Turn Loose the Mermaids"
Holopainen,
4:20


9.
"Rest Calm"
Holopainen
7:02


10.
"The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow,_the_Owl_and_the_Dove)" (second single)
Holopainen, Marco Hietala (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Hietala)
4:10


11.
"Last Ride of the Day"
Holopainen
4:32


12.
"Song of Myself"
Holopainen
13:37


13.
"Imaginaerum" (instrumental[66] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginaerum#cite_note-mffblog-65))
Holopainen, Pip Williams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip_Williams)[43] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginaerum#cite_note-about2-42)
6:18



This is Nightwish's second CD with their newest singer- Anette, who took over vocals when the band sacked Tarja(a great female singer). As much as I like Tarja's vocals I think Anette fits in with the band pretty great. In fact- her first CD with the band Dark Passion Play and this CD blows all other Nightwish cds away.
It starts off with a song sung in their native language- Finnish. Anette sings most of the vocals on the CD and the male vocals are done by Marco.
Its a concept album about an old composer on his deathbed looking back at his life. Each song on the CD are great as a whole or stand alone- you have some heavy stuff and some just really beautifal pieces like Turn Lose the Mermaids- Annetes vocals on that gave be the chills. I also read that they made a movie to go along with the CD, which I hope to track down.
Verdict: 5/5 Buy it dammit- if you are a fan of symphonic metal that is

and and the special edition comes with another CD- its instrumental tracks of the songs above- also 5/5

THEKEVINBRAND
02-10-2012, 12:07 AM
Damn, I was actually gonna do this one. I pretty much agree with your review, but I think Tattoo is a horrible choice for the first single. Only other thing I would add in addition to your comments- Dave's vocals are great to hear again, Eddie actually sounds relevent again- best he has been playing in years- lyrically though- kind of odd at times- not sure if thats with Michael Anthony no longer around or what, but lyrically something is missing.

Verdict: 4/5 - Would be 5 if the lyrics were better. If you are a Van Halen fan- Hagar years or Dave years- buy it.

Oddly, I like Hagar's rendition of Jump when he was in Van Halen, and I agree Tattoo sucked at first but it grew on me lol. What are your favorite tracks from this album? Mine are China Town and Stay Frosty. Another thing I noticed but it could only be me, but at the beginning of the song "As Is" it sounds as if Alex Van Halen is saying 1-2-3-4, fuck Sammy Hagar!

eyehatecena
02-10-2012, 01:33 AM
Oddly, I like Hagar's rendition of Jump when he was in Van Halen, and I agree Tattoo sucked at first but it grew on me lol. What are your favorite tracks from this album? Mine are China Town and Stay Frosty. Another thing I noticed but it could only be me, but at the beginning of the song "As Is" it sounds as if Alex Van Halen is saying 1-2-3-4, fuck Sammy Hagar!

Hagar kept Van Halen relevent when Eddie sounded like everybody else. My fav tracks- Stay Frosty for sure, Chinatown and BulletHead.

I still think Tattoo sucks, but maybe it will grow on me- The Trouble With Never sucks too- at least lyrically. Its a lot better CD than I thought it would be.

THEKEVINBRAND
02-10-2012, 01:39 AM
Hagar kept Van Halen relevent when Eddie sounded like everybody else. My fav tracks- Stay Frosty for sure, Chinatown and BulletHead.

I still think Tattoo sucks, but maybe it will grow on me- The Trouble With Never sucks too- at least lyrically. Its a lot better CD than I thought it would be.

Oh yeah, but apparently it's a rehash of old songs

eyehatecena
02-10-2012, 01:18 PM
Oh yeah, but apparently it's a rehash of old songs
Yeah, I had read that too. Still not bad for a reunion/comeback CD even though M.A. is really missed- his harmony vocals were a big part of their sound.

wrestlingfan66513
02-10-2012, 02:26 PM
Great to see the tread being used and thanks for the tip on Van Halen. After the abomination that was Chinese Democracy its been hard to trust older artists comebacks

eyehatecena
02-10-2012, 02:52 PM
Great to see the tread being used and thanks for the tip on Van Halen. After the abomination that was Chinese Democracy its been hard to trust older artists comebacks

You know the bad thing about Chinese Democracy? I had demo version of probably half the songs, live version of maybe 3 others- and they all sounded better than the finished product. The finished product- I only liked maybe 3 songs- one of them one I had never heard before. Whats bad is all during that time Axl was working on 1 damn CD, Duff put out a few solo ones- as himself and as Loaded, Slash has put out a few- with his last solo cd being the best(I will write a review on that on later) and they all sounded better than Chinese Democracy- as did everything that Slash, Duff, Matt did with Velvet Revolver

wrestlingfan66513
02-10-2012, 03:07 PM
You know the bad thing about Chinese Democracy? I had demo version of probably half the songs, live version of maybe 3 others- and they all sounded better than the finished product. The finished product- I only liked maybe 3 songs- one of them one I had never heard before. Whats bad is all during that time Axl was working on 1 damn CD, Duff put out a few solo ones- as himself and as Loaded, Slash has put out a few- with his last solo cd being the best(I will write a review on that on later) and they all sounded better than Chinese Democracy- as did everything that Slash, Duff, Matt did with Velvet Revolver

That's true. Also the Grammys get rock and metal music wrong. Here are some of their awards for this Sunday.
12. Best Rock Performance Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Coldplay
[Capitol Records/ EMI/ Parlophone]


Down By The Water The Decemberists
Track from: The King Is Dead
[Capitol]


Walk Foo Fighters
Track from: Wasting Light
[RCA Records/ Roswell Records]


The Cave Mumford & Sons
Track from: Sigh No More
[Glassnote Records]


Lotus Flower Radiohead
Track from: The King Of Limbs
[XL/ TBD Recordings]


Back to top (http://www.grammy.com/nominees?year=2011&genre=31#content)

13. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance On The Backs Of Angels Dream Theater
[Roadrunner Records]


White Limo Foo Fighters
Track from: Wasting Light
[RCA Records/ Roswell Records]


Curl Of The Burl Mastodon
[Reprise Records]


Public Enemy No. 1 Megadeth
[Roadrunner Records]


Blood In My Eyes Sum 41
Track from: Screaming Bloody Murder
[Island]


Back to top (http://www.grammy.com/nominees?year=2011&genre=31#content)

14. Best Rock Song The Cave Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
Track from: Sigh No More
[Glassnote Records]


Down By The Water Colin Meloy, songwriter (The Decemberists)
Track from: The King Is Dead
[Capitol; Publisher: Osterozhna Music]


Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
[Capitol Records/ EMI/ Parlophone; Publishers: Edition Pink Music/Hanseatic Musikverklag, Opal Music/Upala Music, Universal Music Publishing, Woulnough Music/Irving Music]


Lotus Flower Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway & Thom Yorke, songwriters (Radiohead)
Track from: The King Of Limbs
[XL/ TBD Recordings; Publisher: Ticker Tape Ltd.]


Walk Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
Track from: Wasting Light
[RCA Records/ Roswell Records; Publishers: M.J.-Twelve Music, I Love The Punk Rock Music, Living Under A Rock Music, Flying Earform Music, Ruthensmear Music]


Back to top (http://www.grammy.com/nominees?year=2011&genre=31#content)

15. Best Rock Album Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul Jeff Beck
[ATCO]


Wasting Light Foo Fighters
[RCA Records/ Roswell Records]


Come Around Sundown Kings Of Leon
[RCA Records]


I'm With You Red Hot Chili Peppers
[WB]


The Whole Love Wilco
[dBpm Records/ Anti Records]


Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon always get up there (especially the first one) and the judges probably don't even listen to most bands like they should. Also they always put an older band that usually made a bad studio album up for nomination taking it from a deserving contender.

THEKEVINBRAND
02-10-2012, 03:20 PM
You know the bad thing about Chinese Democracy? I had demo version of probably half the songs, live version of maybe 3 others- and they all sounded better than the finished product. The finished product- I only liked maybe 3 songs- one of them one I had never heard before. Whats bad is all during that time Axl was working on 1 damn CD, Duff put out a few solo ones- as himself and as Loaded, Slash has put out a few- with his last solo cd being the best(I will write a review on that on later) and they all sounded better than Chinese Democracy- as did everything that Slash, Duff, Matt did with Velvet Revolver

Old GNR>New GNR

Necroyeti
02-10-2012, 03:43 PM
Any electronic music fans on here that want to point me in the direction of more awesome minimal techno á la Plastikman, Gas and Trentemoller?

Clock DVA - Man-Amplified (1991). post-punky sounding industrial that sounds like it came straight out of a William Gibson novel. Cold, paranoid, menacing , low key kinda stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSJ9oy4RKjI

eyehatecena
02-10-2012, 04:25 PM
Any electronic music fans on here that want to point me in the direction of more awesome minimal techno á la Plastikman, Gas and Trentemoller?

Clock DVA - Man-Amplified (1991). post-punky sounding industrial that sounds like it came straight out of a William Gibson novel. Cold, paranoid, menacing , low key kinda stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSJ9oy4RKjI

Not sure if they could really be considered electronic music- but am and have always been a fan of KMFDM, pretty much anything Tim Skold has done- as a solo artist or even with KMFDM- just do a search on youtube for samples of their music. Industrail metal- Ministry, NIN

I do like other stuff like Skrillex, VNV Nation, Velvet Acid Christ, Paul Van Dyke(I think I spelled his name wrong). I pretty much listen to everything, not much country though.

wrestlingfan66513
02-10-2012, 04:57 PM
Any electronic music fans on here that want to point me in the direction of more awesome minimal techno á la Plastikman, Gas and Trentemoller?

Clock DVA - Man-Amplified (1991). post-punky sounding industrial that sounds like it came straight out of a William Gibson novel. Cold, paranoid, menacing , low key kinda stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSJ9oy4RKjI

You might be interested in the Chemical Brothers. Its not exactly what you described but I think you would like them.

eyehatecena
02-10-2012, 10:29 PM
Artist name Slash
Album Name Slash- deluxe edition
Genre Metal



1.
"Ghost" (feat. Ian Astbury (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Astbury))
Slash, Ian Astbury
3:34


2.
"Crucify the Dead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucify_the_Dead)" (feat. Ozzy Osbourne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzy_Osbourne))
Slash, Ozzy Osbourne
4:04


3.
"Beautiful Dangerous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Dangerous)" (feat. Fergie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergie_(singer)))
Slash, Fergie
4:41


4.
"Back from Cali (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_from_Cali)" (feat. Myles Kennedy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myles_Kennedy))
Slash, Myles Kennedy
3:35


5.
"Promise" (feat. Chris Cornell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Cornell))
Slash, Chris Cornell
4:41


6.
"By the Sword (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By_the_Sword_(song))" (feat. Andrew Stockdale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Stockdale))
Slash, Andrew Stockdale
4:50


7.
"Gotten" (feat. Adam Levine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Levine))
Slash, Adam Levine
5:05


8.
"Doctor Alibi" (feat. Lemmy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmy))
Slash, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister
3:07


9.
"Watch This*" (feat. Dave Grohl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Grohl) & Duff McKagan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duff_McKagan))
Slash
3:46


10.
"I Hold On" (feat. Kid Rock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid_Rock))
Slash, Kid Rock, Marlon Young (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_Young)
4:10


11.
"Nothing to Say**" (feat. M. Shadows (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Shadows))
Slash, M. Shadows
5:27


12.
"Starlight" (feat. Myles Kennedy)
Slash, Kennedy
5:25


13.
"Saint Is a Sinner Too" (feat. Rocco DeLuca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocco_DeLuca_and_the_Burden))
Slash, Rocco DeLuca
3:28


14.
"We're All Gonna Die" (feat. Iggy Pop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iggy_Pop))
Slash, Iggy Pop
4:30







15.
"Sahara (English version)" (feat. Koshi Inaba)
Slash, Koshi Inaba
3:58


16.
"Paradise City" (feat. Cypress Hill & Fergie)
Rose, Slash, McKagan, Stradlin, Adler[50] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_(album)#cite_note-GNR_AfD-49)[51] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_(album)#cite_note-GNR_hits-50)
5:14


17.
"Mother Maria" (feat. Beth Hart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_Hart))
Slash, Hart
5:27


18.
"Baby Can't Drive" (feat. Alice Cooper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Cooper), Nicole Scherzinger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Scherzinger), Steven Adler & Flea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flea_(musician)))
Slash, Cooper
3:20


19.
"Sahara" (feat. Koshi Inaba)
Slash, Inaba
4:00


20.
"Beautiful Dangerous (Radio Mix)" (feat. Fergie)
Slash, Fergie
4:11


21.
"Demo #4"
Slash
3:52


22.
"Demo #16"
Slash
3:23


23.
"Back from Cali (acoustic)" (feat. Myles Kennedy)
Slash, Kennedy
3:42


24.
"Fall to Pieces (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_to_Pieces_(Velvet_Revolver_song)) (acoustic)" (feat. Myles Kennedy)
Scott Weiland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Weiland)
4:29


25.
"Sweet Child o' Mine (acoustic)" (feat. Myles Kennedy)
Rose, Slash, McKagan, Stradlin, Adler[50] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_(album)#cite_note-GNR_AfD-49)[51] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_(album)#cite_note-GNR_hits-50)
6:02


26.
"Watch This* (Live)"
Slash
3:44


27.
"Nightrain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightrain) (Live)" (feat. Myles Kennedy)
Rose, Slash, McKagan, Stradlin, Adler[50] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_(album)#cite_note-GNR_AfD-49)
5:00


28.
"(Bonus DVD) Making of the Album"




29.
"(Bonus DVD) Back From Cali feat. Myles Kennedy (Live)"




30.
"(Bonus DVD) By The Sword (Music Video)"




31.
"(Bonus DVD) Behind The Scenes of 'By The Sword'"




32.
"(Bonus DVD) Starlight feat. Myles Kennedy (Live)"




33.
"(Bonus DVD) Mean Bone feat. Myles Kennedy (Live)"




34.
"(Bonus DVD) Track-By-Track Interview with Slash"







Seeing as though we got to talking about G N R, I decided to review Slash's latest CD- ok he has a live one he released after this- which is also great- but just doing a review on the studio album. Anyways, Slash has many guest vocalist on the CD- and they all do a great job. Fergie, from the Black Eyed Peas, is the biggest suprise here- I mean she has a good voice when singing with BEPs, but she really shines on the songs she sings on. Even Adam Levine puts in a great effort on this. About the only song I do not care a lot about is the Ozzy one- its ok, just not great. And one of my fav singers is on this album too, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge. He sings on two studio songs on the first CD and a few live songs on the second CD- two of them G N R songs, and one Velvet Revolver song- doing them both great- Myles was also Slash's vocalist on the tour for the album(which Slash released a live CD of- and Myles also sounds great on that)
As far as the DVD part- I have yet to watch any of it.
Verdict: Buy. 5/5

I think I might review a Hank Williams III cd next- not tonight of course.

eyehatecena
02-10-2012, 10:31 PM
Dammit, sorry for how that got posted

wrestlingfan66513
02-13-2012, 11:13 AM
Dammit, sorry for how that got posted

It's no problem

eyehatecena
02-16-2012, 11:16 PM
Artist: Hank Williams III also goes by Hank III

Album: Damn Right, Rebel Proud

Genre: Country/Rockibilly/ hints of metal

Track listing

All songs written by Hank Williams III except "Workin' Man" written by Bob Wayne.
"The Grand Ole Opry (Ain't So Grand)" (2:35)
"Wild & Free" (2:58)
"Me & My Friends" (3:12)
"Six Pack of Beer" (2:32)
"I Wish I Knew" (3:30)
"If You Can't Help Your Own" (3:32)
"Candidate for Suicide" (3:41)
"H8 Line" (3:12)
"Long Hauls & Close Calls" (2:43)
"Stoned & Alone" (5:12)
"P.F.F." (10:01)
"3 Shades of Black" (4:18)
"Workin' Man" (3:01)

Grandson of Hank Sr, son of Hank Jr. Hank III sounds a lot like his grandpa- and if you have ever heard him do one of his songs- well, it is kind of hard to tell which one is which.

Anyways, Hank III started off doing punk music- but did the country thing to make money. Hank III also plays in one of Phil Anselmnos(Pantera) bands- Arson Anthem- playing drums. He also has played with Phil in another band- playing bass in Superjoint Ritual. Hank III also has his own metal band- Assjack. But he has made more country CDs than other genres.

this is his 4th CD, not including his Bootleg Series(I, II, III)

Anyways, it starts off with his Fuck You to the grand old opry- its not your country shit you hear today- its more like older stuff...its a lot like his other fuck you song to Country music of today- a song on his 3rd cd- Put the Dick in Dixie and the Cunt in Country. The next few songs are in that same style- down and dirty country

Tracks 8 and 9 have kind of a country metal vibe- not southern rock like your Lynard Sknrds and such- metal

Track 10- same style as tracks before 8 and 9

Track 11- Its actually in two parts- the song is called Punch Fight Fuck- the first part is metalish, the second part is the song done country style

Track 12 country, with touches of metal- reminds me of a Johnny Cash song

Track 13- just a good ole country song- a duet

Verdict: 5/5 I am not much of a fan of country except for some of the older guys- Waylon, his son Shooter Jennings, Johnny Cash- David Allen Coe- so if you like that- or just country a lil different buy this

wrestlingfan66513
02-17-2012, 12:32 PM
Safe House
115 Mins
Action/Mystery
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington
Dir.- Daniel Espinosa

Safe House is a movie that fulfils its popcorn intentions, but metaphorically brings to mind the image of a bobble-head – a bloated brain supported by little else, springing uncontrollably in different directions. When the action ramps up, Safe House is at its best, providing ample energy, a plethora or gunplay and a number of gritty combat sequences. When pausing to forward the plot, spew exposition or focus on perfunctory romances, it grinds to a halt. Safe House would be better viewed with a remote equipped with a fast forward button nearby.

Thankfully for Safe House, the sequences with action outnumber those without, so it comes out on top on a percentage basis alone. What makes it slip just out of the realm of solid praise is that it really fails as a tense, psychological duel of wits. I mean c'mon you have the one of the coolest actors working today (Denzel Washington of course) trying to escape his confines with only a lowly safe house guard (Ryan Reynolds) in his way – use it! The trailers and radio ads prominently feature the line "I'm already in your head", but the movie itself offers little in the way of subtle manipulation or mind games. All we get are a few scenes where Washington's Tobin Frost intimidates the crap out of the inexperienced operative and forebodingly warns that the CIA will screw him one day.

Now that I've kicked this movie while it's down, let me tell you what it does very well: bloodshed. I already mentioned the ample high-octane set pieces, but of course volume of action does not always translate directly to a solid film ("Transformers" springs to mind) it has to bring something to the table. Safe House earns its R-rating in many an instance with sometimes uncomfortably realistic shootouts, brutal interrogations and wonderfully choreographed (but wince-inducing) hand- to-hand combat sequences. If you think that John McClane looks rough at the end of a "Die Hard" flick, wait until you see how Reynolds looks when the credits roll. Refreshingly, this is not the kind of movie where a character is shot, grits his teeth a little bit, holds his wound and then ten minutes later they have apparently forgotten about it. You feel every punch and when somebody gets stabbed they writhe on the floor in pain and when somebody gets shot they are likely not getting back up.

There are also a handful of lengthy chase sequences through the streets of Cape Town, a soccer stadium and the slums of Langa and in all instances deliver. They are easy to follow, high-energy and far more real-world than we're normally accustomed when talking about a Hollywood car chase. In all of these sequences (automotive or otherwise) we have Reynolds front and center. Safe House is really a Ryan Reynolds movie masquerading as a Denzel Washington film, though that is not to say Washington is relegated to a just supporting role, it is simply more focused on our in-way-over-his-head rookie than the lethal pro. Reynolds is the surprise here, not only holding his own against the veteran but delivering his best mainstream performance to date (there is not a hint of his wise-cracking The Green Lantern or Deadpool characters to be found here).

Curiously, there were very few one-liners delivered by Washington and though he oozed charisma through his presence alone, I would have liked to see a little more sizzle; one more duty that lands on the script, which just offers nothing in the way of interesting dialogue, insights into the mind of a killer or even a brisk pace for that matter. As a movie to pop in the DVD player with some buds, however (one that you can tune out the downtimes between action set pieces) it delivers absolutely and does offer one of the rarer instances for Washington to do his bad guy thing – a welcome sight.

Rating: 6.5/10

wrestlingfan66513
04-18-2012, 10:58 AM
Evans Blue
Graveyard of Empires
Hard Rock

Song Lists




1.
"This Time It’s Different"
3:29


2.
"Crawl Inside"
3:35


3.
"Thank You"
3:42


4.
"Beyond The Stars"
3:42


5.
"Graveyard Of Empires"
2:49


6.
"Alone Not Lonely"
3:24


7.
"In The Shadow"
3:30


8.
"Live To Die"
3:42


9.
"Destroy The Obvious"
3:48


10.
"Warrior"
4:05


11.
"Underwater"
3:26


12.
"Halo"
3:42









A great album from them. They are still pretty small and unknown but they have a lot of potential to grow. On their third studio album, everyone gave them shit for the new lead singer, but the album turned out good. Now that the band and new frontman have had time to get to know each other we get a new album. This is harder than the last 3 which is good to take a step in a different direction. All of the songs are solid but if I had to pick some standout songs I liked in order: This Time it's Different, Warrior, Halo, and Live to Die. My only complaints are some of the songs could go on longer, and it felt like they were going for radio rock.

I preordered the album because they were autographing all preorders but I recommend picking it up and giving it a chance.

Rating: 7/10