Friday, May 20, 2005

The Return of the Green Giant

I'm back, so lets get down to business.
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
This is such a great antiwar book. Vonnegut's style is fabulous, and the book is laced with a whole lot of black humour, reminds me a bit of Sue Townsend and Douglas Adams (RIP). Its so funny, I wish it was titled slaughter houseI'm still reading it though, so expect a synopsis and rating later.

A Perfect Circle - eMOTIVE
What can I say? I must be on an antiwar kick right now, for who knows what reason. Probably coincidence. Anyways, this album is APC's brilliant alternative-rock take on several peace and antiwar songs. Each track has some clever new treatment, some chilling, some brooding, but all fantastic. Special mention - 'Passive' and 'Imagine'. 4/5

Dream Theater - Octavarium
Found it released on Bearshare. No great shakes at all. This album lacks any progressive moments, and really disappointed. What happened to the crazy time signatures and counter-melodies and everything? This sounds like a really good nu-metal album, which is not saying much. However, most of the tracks are catchy, and feature some amazing solos by John Petrucci. 2/5

Page 3 - Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, Starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Boman Irani...
Really tacky dialogues, horrible acting, and very irritating, up until halfway through. Then it picks up the pace, with some neat twists and turns, and eventually the quality improves by leaps and bounds. The ending isn't even the 100% feel-good kind you normally get, so thumbs up from me. 3.5/5

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