Reviews by DBJC
The Road to EPICNESS
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This is label as Syphonic, and it should be. Because this music is EPIC. I suppose that's the whole point of their group, which is to create trailer music. Yep, that's what it is. So if you've seen a trailer for a movie (action, drama, mystery, whatever) you've probably heard a track by Two Steps from Hell. Let's see..."Freedom Fighters" was featured in the second trailer for the 2009 Star Trek movie, "Moving Mountains" was featured in a New Moon trailer, "Protectors of the Earth" was used in the Inkheart trailer. And, the HALO team also used "Undying Love" in one of their videos. It was about Bungie leaving the HALO franchise or something like that. If you're a fan of E.S. Posthumus, then becoming a fan of Two Steps from Hell is not going to be a hard thing to do. Of course, more of their tracks have been featured in other movie trailers, but I'm limiting the examples to the ones on this CD. Because this is a review for...this CD. Anyway, I think that Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix make a great team as they rev up their epic music motors. Now, this album is completely INSTRUMENTAL. Which means that you cannot find lyrics to any of these tracks. But that shouldn't matter, right? 4.5/5 stars!!
Kill Bill
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I have to admit. I didn't think that I would ever like this movie because of all the blood, but then I realized that blood doesn't spurt out like that in real life so...that takes care of that! I would NOT recommend watching this around kids. PLEASE. Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie. Tarantino knows how to make characters, he knows how to make films. Period. The soundtrack is great, the storytelling is great, the acting is great. It actually made me feel like I was watching a comic book. What? This is probably the first and only movie I've seen where an action thriller had more women as the main characters. Yes, I think it is. This movie is fun, great everything. YES I would recommend. To people who can deal with violence, gore, and language. But yeah, I would recommend it.
Erik Satie
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I love Satie. I love French impressionist piano music. Therefore, it is only natural that I would like this album. The only problem is that if you listen to it through iTunes, it doesn't separate the pieces, so you have to listen to all three "gnosiennes" and "gynopedies" at once. But other than that, I love the tempos that this pianist takes. Some take it way to fast it sounds rushed. But the tempo for the gynopedies are right on the head.
Lana Del Rey?
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I added a question mark next to her name because I didn't expect to listen to Lana Del Rey. Or listen to her ENTRE album. Continuously. But I love the fact that her music isn't overlaid with all the "poppy" stuff that I usually hear in pop music. It has nice instrumentals that I love to here in music. It kind of reminds me of trip hop without being trip hop. It's not trip hop, but that's not the point. I did have to get used to her voice, but I think that Lana's crooning matches the subject of her music. Would I recommend this? Yes, I would. Especially as an intro to her music and her voice.
A Literary Work of Art
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This is the first official book that I've read by Toni Morrison. I tried reading Beloved by her as well, but couldn't settle myself into the strange plot, but I didn't give up on her! So I read this one, and I was blown. Absolutely blown. There is such poetry in her words that makes you ache with both beauty and sadness. The way that she places images into your head, the way that she phrases her sentences so that tragedy and confusion is closely interlaced brings out more emotions that you know you head. This book as definitely risen to my favorite's list, especially since the main character, an 11 year old girl just wants to be beautiful. To have blue eyes. For the longest time when I was a child, I thought that having blue eyes was also beautiful and I also wished that I good and bad. I would recommend this book to everyone and I would recommend that others who have already read it to re-read it. If you get a chance, buy a copy.