Reviews by jfclams
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Despite the low-brow National Lampoon feel and frequent rearranging of innumerable details surrounding the Good Doctor's life (right down to changing Oscar Ascota's name to...Carl Laszlo? Where did that come from?) this is a fun watch, boosted by Murray and Peter Boyle's presence on-screen.
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The amount of liberties Herzog's movie takes in retelling the ill-fated 1560 Amazonian expedition in search of El Dorado is beside the point. The real movie is Klaus Kinski in the role of Don Lope de Aguirre and how closely it resembles a "Sympathy for The Devil" scenario. Which, despite what so-called accomplished movie critics tell you, isn't as spellbinding, shocking, or original, as they would have you think it is.
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I'm conflicted about this album, because there are some arguably great moments contained within, and equally amateur ones as well, and that's not a compliment. My best guess is overall they have pulled together a roughshod update of the classic formula which brought them success at the turn of the 90's. Even Professor Griff returns to the fold for a couple of tracks. It's easy to dismiss this as just another awful rehash attempt, but they are trying different things with varying results, and one thing that could always be said about Public Enemy is they were never afraid of change. Case in point - the epic, 12 minute "Superman's Black In The Building", which features a Dylan-like twangy guitar riff, booming beats straight out of the 80's, and Chuck D proselytizing like old times. Like the album overall, despite the ups and downs it's unexpected, a bit head-scratching, and ultimately you're better for the experience.
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From the cover alone it's clear Buckcherry had entered the hangover phase of their career - at least to this point - and correctly they deliver to us a fairly lackluster follow-up. Appropriately, the most interesting song here is "Porno Star", amidst a murky junket of watered-down, corporate-approved content.
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Man's debut record makes it easy to either love or hate them from the jump, being equal parts exasperating and charming. What else would an enterprising new act in the late 60s do but build on the Sgt. Pepper template, frame their friendly but sloppy acid-fried ramblings within the larger Story of Mankind, include a track with a woman feigning orgasms to further grab people's attention, and even throw in a VERY orgy-suggestive cover and.....??? Oh wait! You have Revelation - Man's debut album.
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