Britney Spears Circus Fantasy (Perfume)

It’s a new year, and we at NeuFutur Magazine would like to introduce you to our new section – FAB.
FAB is our fashion and beauty segment, and it looks to provide coverage to all of the new (and existing) products that are on the market. We have given extensive coverage to all things media over the course of the last twelve years, and we feel that it is time that we provide reviews, interviews, and other pieces having to do with something that is near and dear to our hearts. We here at NeuFutur feel that it is time to go forth and begin coverage by covering a release that is related to our music section – Britney Spears Circus Fantasy. Continue reading “Britney Spears Circus Fantasy (Perfume)”

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery (Book)

While some may say that the Complete Idiot’s Guides are getting increasingly less relevant as the years go on, I feel that there are still a lot of good things to be educated about coming out of these titles. In “Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery”, Margaret Furtado and Joseph Ewing match wits to create a fulfilling and healthy life for those individuals that have elected to choose weight loss surgery. This means that there are well-written (but not overly complex) instructions present throughout this tome, along with countless recipes and further tips placed throughout. Continue reading “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery (Book)”

Van Gogh Double Espresso (70 Proof)

We have been looking for a special time to break out the Van Gogh and give it a proper review, and we thought that the New Years Eve holiday would be the best time for it. The vodka, which is now turning 10, has steadily crafted some of the more memorable fruit-flavored vodkas on the market (including Pineapple, Raspberry, and Melon). Continue reading “Van Gogh Double Espresso (70 Proof)”

Big Love: The Complete Third Season (DVD Set)

Big Love was a show that I had heard boatloads about, but only got to pick up on the show when the wife and I were at the Arcade in Cleveland. The one thing that we noticed is that HBO has done a hell of a job ensuring that viewers that might be completely new to the show (like we were) would be able to appreciate any random episode. The third season contains a large amount of different twists and turns in regards to the plot that consumes all sides of the Henrickson family and anyone that Bill et al may ultimately touch. This means that Bill, the leader of the family, is trying to hold everything together as ey considers an additional wife, while all sides of the family, be it Sarah (Amanda Seyfried), Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton), or even the trio of wives look to take eir down a notch. Continue reading “Big Love: The Complete Third Season (DVD Set)”

Ciroc Coconut (Vodka)

Ciroc Coconut is the first spirit that we have received that has not actively been on the market yet, so I feel as if our little Alcohol Reviews section is finally getting somewhere. As that is enough of an aside, we will take an in-depth look at the spirit now.

Ciroc itself had been an interesting anomaly in terms of vodka. Where a great number of higher-end vodkas pride themselves on having a smooth burn and a nuanced aftertaste, Ciroc was sharper and (as a result) more memorable than say a Grey Goose or Belvedere. This distinctive taste may have turned some individuals off from the vodka, and with the release of the Coconut (and its “brother”, Red Berry), I hope that these same individuals can find their way back. Continue reading “Ciroc Coconut (Vodka)”

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Nintendo Wii)

The Crystal Bearers has been on my watch list since it was first discussed back at the 2006 E3 conference. In a sentence, the game does not disappoint. For those that are not familiar with the title, it operates in the Crystal Chronicles world, albeit much further in the time line (1,000 years) than the initial effort in the line. The title focuses on Layle, a Crystal Bearer, as first a crash and later a conspiracy comes to eir attention. These events come as a result of the Lilty domination of the world over the Yuke Tribe, as the few remaining Selky and Clavats attempt to keep their heads down. The title itself breaks from most of Square Enix’s previous efforts in terms of complexity, as individuals will only have to deal with three equip slots, which provide more than enough in the way of personalization for even those that are used to equipping ten or more slots. Whether honored or hated, the different requirements of these slots ensure that no item goes untapped in the desire to complete the game. Continue reading “Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Nintendo Wii)”

Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision by Louis P. Masur (Book)

There are very few records that could illicit the almost academic like study of its origins, but Bruce Springsteen’s career defining Born to Run is one that can. Recorded nearly 35 years ago, the record was delayed in part due to Springsteen’s extreme perfectionism and intense pressure from the band’s record label desperate for a big seller after their first two efforts garnered critical praise, but failed to find an audience with the record-buying public.

Louis Masur, author of the Soiling of Old Glory, brings both a researcher’s mind and a fan’s sense of history in dissecting the story around the making this laborious album. Though clearly and admittedly a fan of Springsteen’s music, Masur still manages to remain objective blending not only the raves that followed the album’s eventual release, but also the negative reviews and expected backlash. Though Springsteen wasn’t interviewed for the book, Masur does manage to quote extensively from past interviews with the musician and includes plenty of The Boss’s almost legendary onstage banter.

“When I did Born to Run, I thought, I’m going to make the greatest rock ‘n’ roll record ever made.” Springsteen, 1987.

The book might be a bit tedious for anyone who’s not a real fan of the record, but come on, how many people out there really don’t consider Born to Run one a brilliant album?
Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision by Louis P. Masur/Bloomsbury Press/256 pages

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas (DVD)

Christmas and holiday specials more generally have been plagued for years by a style of writing that breaks the characters in question from their normal motivation and fills them with some sort of cross-cutting holiday spirit. All involved with the It’s Always Sunny holiday special have ensured that this does not happen, and as a result, this special is one that will be remembered. First off, the DVD version of the release allows individuals (Should they want) to view an uncut version of the episode that shows DeVito in all eir glory, while the flashback versions of the main cast have some important parallels to the current crew. The print used for the DVD is considerably sharper than the broadcast print in all aspects, meaning that the incidental music is clearer, the voices cleaner, and the entirety of the effort just seems to achieve a level that is simply not present in FX’s transmission of typical episodes of the show. Continue reading “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas (DVD)”

Up (Blu-Ray)

Up is one of those films that practically everyone I talked to appreciated. Some found it ultimately sad, others funny, but all appreciated the work that Pixar and Disney put into it. The film itself really discusses the limits of truth, whether it be the possibility of setting a house to flight through the use of numerous balloons or the dethroning of Charles F. Muntz (Christopher Plummer) through what all think to be a fraudulent find. The plot itself surrounds Carl (Ed Asner) being pushed off eir land and coming up with the aforementioned balloon idea, while Wilderness Explorer Russell (Jordan Nagai) gets taken for the ride. Continue reading “Up (Blu-Ray)”