The Strat Pack DVD is a guitar freak’s dream come true

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 24, 2005 By Steve Newton Last year, in celebration of the Fender Stratocaster's 50th anniversary, an impressive array of electric guitarists got together at London's Wembley Arena to see what kind of joyful noise they could all make with Leo Fender's masterpiece of metal, plastic, and wood. The result is … Continue reading The Strat Pack DVD is a guitar freak’s dream come true

Tragically Hip box set artfully melds sound and vision

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 8, 2005 By Steve Newton My wife Dawn and I are big Tragically Hip fans. Heck, back in '97 we went to see them at Thunderbird Stadium when she was eight-months pregnant, giving our first-born an in-utero sampling of Canada's top guitar rockers. No wonder the opening riffs of "Little … Continue reading Tragically Hip box set artfully melds sound and vision

Ozzy Osbourne box the perfect primer for his post-Sabbath period

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 8, 2005 By Steve Newton Ozzy Osbourne could easily have gotten away with compiling a bunch of album tracks, tossing in a live concert DVD, and calling it the Prince of Darkness box set. But the pioneering bat-biter evidently wanted to give his hordes of fans something special. His idea … Continue reading Ozzy Osbourne box the perfect primer for his post-Sabbath period

Cream live reunion DVD wasn’t worth hounding Clapton for

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 13, 2005 By Steve Newton In the interview portion of the new Cream DVD, Royal Albert Hall London 05, Eric Clapton explains how he's been dogged for the last 30 years by queries about whether the British power trio-which also included bassist-vocalist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker-would ever re-form. … Continue reading Cream live reunion DVD wasn’t worth hounding Clapton for

Grim Aussie shocker Wolf Creek depicts the unfathomable evil of man

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON DEC. 22, 2005 By Steve Newton The intro to Wolf Creek claims that 30,000 people are reported missing every year in Australia and that 90 percent of them are found within a month. Of those who are never heard from again, there's little doubt that some are murdered; there's been a spate … Continue reading Grim Aussie shocker Wolf Creek depicts the unfathomable evil of man

Horror review: The Dark Hours

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 10, 2005 What could be scarier than being diagnosed with a fast-growing, malignant brain tumour? Not much, I figure, and the makers of The Dark Hours would likely agree. That's why they made that most dreaded medical assessment a focus of their effective, unnerving little psychodrama. Kate Greenhouse took the … Continue reading Horror review: The Dark Hours

Horror review: Saw II

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 27, 2005 The original Saw had a pretty interesting premise, and one that kept the options wide open for gruesome, sadistic, squirm-in-your-seat horror. It was about a psychopathic genius named Jigsaw who trapped people and made them play horrific beat-the-clock games for a slim chance at avoiding a grisly death. … Continue reading Horror review: Saw II

Horror review: The Fog

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 2005 In the past few years, Hollywood has been shamelessly pounding out remakes of famous horror flicks, with varying results. In the case of retreads like The Ring, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, and House of Wax, at least the filmmakers had worthy sources to draw from. … Continue reading Horror review: The Fog

Horror review: Cry_Wolf

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 22, 2005 Cellphones bug the hell out of me. It's bad enough that your life is continually threatened by distracted drivers jabbering away on them. Now you've got teen-oriented slasher flicks with plots revolving around today's wireless technology. "Can you kill me now?" Cry_Wolf kicks off in traditional horror fashion, … Continue reading Horror review: Cry_Wolf

Horror review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 15, 2005 All those shocking images in the TV trailer for The Exorcism of Emily Rose had me thinking: "Cool! Maybe someone's finally made a worthy demonic-possession flick to rival The Exorcist." Then I ran into veteran Georgia Straight movie guy Ian Caddell, and he pooped all over my party. "It's … Continue reading Horror review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Horror review: The Cave

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 1, 2005 James Cameron's Aliens sure was one kick-ass action-horror flick. It had assured direction, amazing special effects, terrifying monsters-and, of course, Bill Paxton's immortal line as the cocky but cowardly grunt Hudson: "Game over, man. Game over!" But Aliens came out nearly two decades ago, so it's a little … Continue reading Horror review: The Cave

Horror review: The Skeleton Key

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 18, 2005 There hasn't been a decent Deep South occult flick since Alan Parker put Mickey Rourke's rumpled private dick through his satanic paces in 1987's noirish Angel Heart. Perhaps Hollywood hasn't tackled the voodoo angle that often because most folks just don't grasp all that gumbo mumbo jumbo. Voodoo … Continue reading Horror review: The Skeleton Key

Horror review: The Devil’s Rejects

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 21, 2005 With 2003's House of 1000 Corpses, former White Zombie main man Rob Zombie made a fitting transformation from over-the-top shock rocker to over-the-top shock filmmaker. The demented, evil-guy persona he nurtured on record and on-stage was child's play compared with the bloody horrors of his directorial debut, a … Continue reading Horror review: The Devil’s Rejects