Candella – EP (CD)

“Fragile” is the first Candella track that I was turned on to, and what is immediately noticeable about the track is the energy that each member of the band brings to the track. While the instrumental intensity of Candella can never be questioned, the emotive vocals bridge the gap between emo and metal, making for a track that goes in countless directions, whether it be resembling Three Days Grace, Trapt, 30 Seconds to Mars , and Breaking Benjamin. “Numb” is a track that showcases the band’s ability, coming forth from much different influences than “Fragile”. Continue reading “Candella – EP (CD)”

The Boxer (DVD)

It has been a while since I had heard anything from Stacy Keach. In fact, the last time that I heard eir name mentioned, it was as the father in Titus. This role is very different in regards to that, and it showcases much more of Keach’s tremendous acting ability than the aforementioned show. The story revolves around Keach’s character, Joe Miller, and eir young charge, Ben Wilson (played by Joshua Dallas from The Descent: Part 2”). Continue reading “The Boxer (DVD)”

Hatching Pete / Dadnapped (DVD)

Where it seemed almost as if there was a period where some made ofr Disney Channel movies feel off the face of the earth for an extended period of time, Disney has really gotten back on their game and ensured that there will not be a similar collective loss of memory. While the quality of some of the Disney releases does vary, having ease of access to these films years after the fact ensures that individuals that grew up with the film will be able to show their children and grandchildren, whenever they may age into the shows.
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Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 (Xbox 360)

I must say, I missed out on the original release in the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam series, but this title is as good as any to showcase the incredibly game play options and abilities that Koei has thrown in to this series. For players that have played the Dynasty Warriors series, there will be a number of elements that are similar. That is, there are tons of hack and slash elements tied to a wealth of more RPG-like bits and pieces. Throw on another layer –that of a sci-fi bit of back story – and what results is a delightful mélange of different approaches and styles. Continue reading “Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 (Xbox 360)”

Taken (DVD)

Taken is one of those films that will have viewers on the edges of their seats throughout the entirety of the film. For those of NeuFutur’s readers that did not see Taken when it was first in theaters, Liam Neeson turns in a great role as Bryan Mills, whose daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) has been abducted halfway across the world while attempting to follow U2 through the entirety of a worldwide tour. Bryan, a former operative of the CIA, has to get eir back. Bryan ultimately learns that Kim is in the hands of the Albanian mafia, and that ey only has about 4 days before the daughter goes the way of the dodo. Continue reading “Taken (DVD)”

Eddie Cochran / Gene Vincent – Rock N Roll Rebels Live (CD)

These recordings all came from a time nearly fifty years ago, on a medium (radio) that has been shown to be crackly and hard to hear. However, Yellow / SPV have done a heck of a job remastering these recordings to properly showcase the energy and power that these early rock and rollers brought to the table. This set of recordings is impressive considering the fact that there are introductions to certain tracks, interviews from the time period, and even tracks that feel different from the recorded versions that individuals are familiar with. “Be Bop A Lula”, “Milk Cow Blues”, and even “Somethin’ Else” all make the cute, while the final two tracks go back even further in the way back machine to further show the evolution of Cochran. Continue reading “Eddie Cochran / Gene Vincent – Rock N Roll Rebels Live (CD)”

L’Elisir D’Amore (DVD)

The picture may be black and white, the setting may be extremely foreign, the performers trained in a different way, but the emotion and spirit of L’Elisir D’Amore is shown brilliantly by this Video Artists International release. Fully fifty years have passed since this performance and over one hundred seventy since Donizetti wrote L’Elisir D’Amore, and nothing has been shown to be dated or otherwise weak. While there may be minor issues with the video quality on this release (9 minutes of the film have been lost during the entrance of Dulcamara, while the original Japanese subtitles are still present), they do not decrease the enjoyment that individuals will have with this performance. Continue reading “L’Elisir D’Amore (DVD)”

Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea (Vodka)

Firefly was a solid enough alcoholic tea-based spirit, but we received an email touting the quality of a new product, the Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea. While the alcohol content between the two is considerably different, thee taste of each is similar. Where there is a distinct alcoholic note in the Jeremiah Weed, one could conceivably sip this spirit as if it was straight tea. Continue reading “Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea (Vodka)”

S. Darko (DVD)

I’ll make no bones about it, Donnie Darko is one of my favorite movies. I was very worried when I first heard that a sequel to Donnie Darko was being kicked around, and made all the more worried when a number of web sites that I have visited panned the new movie. However, after getting a chance to watch S. Darko, I find a number of these claims to be without merit. The film surrounds Donnie’s sister, Samantha (played again by Daveigh Chase), and the premonitions that ey has regarding the end of the world. Where the destruction of Donnie came at the exclusion of eirself from family and the inhabitants of the town, Samantha’s own journey requires that ey taps anyone that ey can, lest the world be lost. Continue reading “S. Darko (DVD)”

Murder Princess: The Complete Series (DVD)

Murder Princess was originally a manga, and only a few years after the manga started did the OVA version of Murder Princess air. The show begins with Dr. Akamashi, a former employee of the Forland kingdom, trying to strike back against eir former employers. The royal family splits up after the king, dying, sends eir daughter (Alita) off to attempt to find an emissary. Running into the most well-known bounty hunter in the land, Falis, something odd takes place – the two switch bodies. With this taking place, Alita promise Falis eir body and soul in exchange for helping eir take back the kingdom. Continue reading “Murder Princess: The Complete Series (DVD)”