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Mead Spiral Notebook, 3-Subject, 120-Count, Wide Ruled, Blue (72223)
Mead Spiral Notebook, 3-Subject, 120-Count, Wide Ruled, Blue (72223)
Price: $4.72
6 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars A NOTEBOOK with thin paper, July 21, 2014
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This is a good product if you just need something to keep notes in or something that you need noted for the time-being. I wouldn't consider this all that long lasting. As most everything is these days, Mead is most likely nickel and diming people by decreasing the grade or thickness of their paper. This is certainly not just a Mead tactic. I've noticed this with many other paper companies as well. I purchased a ream of paper the other day though that was plenty thick, so their not all cutting costs by issuing tissue paper thin product.

The price is decent enough for what you get though. This would be a nice affordable product for somebody, as long as you aren't looking for something with more substantle weight to the pages.

Eden Pond Queen's Magic Bee Pollen Capsules, 120 Count
Eden Pond Queen's Magic Bee Pollen Capsules, 120 Count
Offered by Sky Ranch Store
Price: $19.95
4 used & new from $19.95

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR ROYALTY ANYMORE, July 21, 2014
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I was struggling hard with some allergies when I found this product and I figured I'd give it a shot. At first I wasn't sure if it was working or not because it didn't have an immediate impact, but as all natural products do, it took time to work its 'magic'. Within about 5-days, the fatigue that I was feeling from the allergies in my sinus passages disappeared and I have no doubts that it is from "Queen's Magic". I switched to natural remedies three-years ago and it made a total transportion of me but I had yet to find something that controlled my allergies effectively.

One of my first instincts was to question whether or not The Queen's Magic would spike my blood sugar. I recently found out that I am a diabetic, not a bad one, but I didn't want to take something that would make me worse. Upon doing some research, I found that Queen's Magic actually helps control blood sugar and many have theorized that it may or could be something that would eliminate the effects of diabetes entirely. That I've yet to see but I will be the first to let you know if it does.

Bottom line though, with all natural remedies, you can't judge them right away. You have to give them time. Keep a chart. Make a comparision in how you feel after taking it for a decent amount of time. I can without question say that this worked for me. In the heart of allergy season, two weeks into taking these and I haven't even thought about my allergies for the last 5 or 6 days.

To top it off... I e-mailed Eden Pond to ask them about the blood sugar thing and while they weren't allowed to give me a medical diagnosis, they responded quickly and I was able to have a really good conversation with them about the intent of their product and that just pushed my approval of the product over the top.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Blu-ray)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Gary Oldman

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EFFECTS MARVEL... but a little simplistic and disjointed, July 21, 2014
Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel “La Planete’ des Singes” spawned many “Planet of the Apes” movies that spans nearly 50-years, beginning with the classic Charlton Heston film in 1968. All of which have the same theme that appears to never get old; the fragility of humanity and the senselessness of war. This version, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the follow up to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. I’m not too sure there’s much of a difference between the words ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn’, but that’s beside the point.

I could nit-pick a few nickel and dime flaws in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, but the essence of the franchise and its meaning is alive and well. 2011’s “Rise” was an okay movie with a small plot and a cool Caesar ape portrayed by Andy Serkis who is quickly becoming a legend of playing CGI characters; Gollum, King Kong and now Caesar. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a huge step up from “Rise” in nearly every way possible.

If you thought Caesar was cool in “Rise”, wait until you see “Dawn”. In 1968, “Planet of the Apes” set a standard for makeup and costuming by creating a community of apes that looked amazing. Now days, watching 1968’s “Planet”, we are no longer amazed at guys and girls in monkey suits. The motion capture technology in “Dawn” has set a new standard, just as “Planet” did back then. Although as good as it is, effects alone do not make a movie.

“Dawn” isn’t complicated. You’d think that it would be as the name portrays, but it really isn’t. Co-existence is apparently a tough thing to practice in the real world and in monkey/human movies. That is pretty much the nuts and bolts of the movie. It isn’t done on a grand scale, as the word ‘planet’ implies, but in a small mountainous area. Ideals collide and symbolic struggles begin.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a really good movie and a big step up from its predecessor, but it certainly isn’t without some mild flaws. The biggest of those in my opinion, wasn’t the small scale of the film but in one final motivation right before the credits rolled that took everything you learned throughout the film about Caesar and tossed it out the window. Fortunately, they saved that until the very ending and it doesn’t ruin a really good time at the movies.

Curse of the Dragon Slayer (Blu Ray/DVD Combo)
Curse of the Dragon Slayer (Blu Ray/DVD Combo)
DVD ~ Danielle Chuchran
Price: $17.98
29 used & new from $13.97

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I APPLAUD THE EFFORT... but the execution leaves a lot to be desired, July 20, 2014
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I won't judge this film based on the fact that it is a low-budget independent film with many handicaps in comparison to other larger budget movies. Clearly the creators had access to some really nice cameras, some acceptable film locations, the vault of cast off Lord of the Rings costumes and makeups and some pretty decent actors. The potential for something great and message sending to the billion dollar Lord of the Rings franchise and big studios was all there, it just wasn't realized.

Fine, make a fantasy movie, but if you're going to use all the costumes and makeup from the Lord of the Rings vault at least alter them to make them unique. Fine, make a fantasy movie, but if you're going to use the Lord of the Rings costumes and makeups, how about trying to avoid things that reek of the Lord of the Rings.... like a crazy cave troll.... an elfish-female type character who speaks to other characters... with her mind... in nearly the exact same voice as Cate Blanchett from the Lord of the Rings.

How about making a film with some personality instead of being so convoluted that I can only compare it to "Dune". They should have issued a manual with the movie just so you can keep everything straight or know what people are talking about when they say stuff like this: "The shadow agent has the ashes of Amenkah (or something like that) and the blood of Gotha-Zool (?). He took the canteen I collected at the bleeding stone. When they are mixed together at the entrance of the underworld, they will raise a avatar of Gotha-zool lord of the dead. With him at their head, their legions swelling with the corpses they'll reanimate... etc. etc."

All of the dialogue is like this. In fact, everything is over-acted and over-staged. Fight sequence are edited so loosely, you can actually see the actor for a split second waiting to hear 'action' before moving. The music plays through the film as if they want you to love this movie like the Lord of the Rings with such drama and importance, but you can't. They want you to care, but all you can do is watch mindnumbingly as they talk about things like you should know who and what they are talking about.

Movies should let their audience play along. It doesn't have to be dummied down until it is stupid or simple.... but it doesn't have to be "DUNE" and it should NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER make you think of another movie as you watch it at any time. Especially one as epic and memorable as the Lord of the RIngs. There are some good things about "Curse of the Dragon Slayer", but movies like this disappoint me. It's 2014 and this is something that Roger Corman would have made in the 1970s. That's fine if that was what the creators intended, but it is obviously NOT what they intended. They intended to be a more adult version of "Lord of the Rings" and while they certainly succeeded, they also succeeded in making a bad movie despite having all the right tools to make a good one.

Deliver Us From Evil (2 Discs) [Blu-ray]
Deliver Us From Evil (2 Discs) [Blu-ray]
Price: $36.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Se7en meets the Exorcist, July 4, 2014
Based on the real-life accounts of former New York Cop Ralph Sarchie, "Deliver Us from Evil" makes you wonder if this craziness actually happened, or some retired cop figured he'd make some bucks off of hyping up something sort of similar that actually happened. I have no opinion on this, but I do have an opinion on the movie that delivered a mixed bag of intrigue, shocks, gore and monotony.

From the early going the movie has you on the edge of your seat. The intrigue is well done and the two cops on the beat type storytelling is always a draw for me. Sarchie (Eric Bana) and his partner McHale are tying the events of multiple cases together to track down a bizarre and complicated criminal. The things they find are gruesome and the evidence they find string you the viewer along as a third-person very capably.

Unfortunately the events leading up to the culmination are the most interesting part of the film. Not that the culmination wasn't interesting or fulfilling, but at one point, what was a relentlessly entertaining and intriguing movie dropped off into a form of monotony. It was like being in a racing car for about fifty minutes and then veering off into 40mph traffic for thirty minutes. The monotonous moments in the film should have been spread out over the length of the movie, but instead they chose to do it all at once and then deliver their grand finale.

After viewing "Deliver us From Evil", I couldn't help thinking that we've been here before numerous times. With it being based upon real-life accounts, maybe that was unavoidable, but the "Se7en" meets "The Exorcist" premise hung there like a ghost and both of those were better films; much better films. Maybe even the finale would have been more interesting had we not already seen it dozens of times in other films. The only director to ever make an exorcism on film different than everybody else was Tim Burton in "Beetlejuice".

"Deliver us from Evil" is a passable film with talented people in front of and behind the camera, but it just needed to find a way to transfuse that edge of the seat delivery from the beginning of the film into the second half.

Marvel Guardians of The Galaxy Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon Figure, 10 Inch
Marvel Guardians of The Galaxy Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon Figure, 10 Inch
Price: $28.48
12 used & new from $24.53

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL MOVIE ROOM ADDITION, July 1, 2014
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This is a cool figurine that is about 15% bobblehead. I wouldn't necessarily consider this a childs play-toy, although it absolutely is. This is not the kind of toy you give to your kid so that they can recreate their own little movie in their head or move it around, etc. This has very limited mobility and as I said, is part bobblehead. Me personally, I put my bobbleheads on a shelf for observation. They aren't played with.

This Rocket Raccoon has a cool gun that activates by hitting the button i.e. loader on the top. It rattles off a powerful (simulated) shot that causes the bobblehead and body to shake and rattle. It also has a few voices that can also be operated by a button on his leg.

This is a cool toy that is more novelty than versatile but as a novelty it is top notch and a welcome addition to my movie room.

Waggin Train Smoky Jerky Treats, Made with Real Chicken and a Hint of Brown Sugar, 11-Ounce
Waggin Train Smoky Jerky Treats, Made with Real Chicken and a Hint of Brown Sugar, 11-Ounce
Price: $11.99
2 used & new from $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ONE EXCITED CHIHUAHUA, July 1, 2014
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My dog went crazy for these. At first, she was a little apathetic, but eventually she was bouncing around like she does when I have popcorn. I have a small small dog and these are maybe meant for a bigger dog because they come in people-sized beef jerky pieces. Although, they are crisp and easily broken. I broke the treats up into mini-chihuahua sized treats and once she tasted one... she went nuts. Love these and I've never seen my dog respond to any treats this way. The only thing she truly gets excited about is popcorn and now I have something better to give her.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
DVD ~ Mark Wahlberg
Price: $19.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph for RIDICULOUS EXCESS, a dagger to original INTELLIGENT filmmaking, June 30, 2014
Michael Bay is like an old faithful horse packed with rocket launchers, laser-eyes and the ability to gallop through buildings, causing them to crumble to the ground. Also you may as well slap a Pepsi-Cola, Budweiser or John Deere logo on the rear end of that horse in order to truly cap off explaining Michael Bay. Michael Bay is the Nascar or WWE of Hollywood’s movie directors. In fact, Michael Bay has even said, “I make movies for teenage boys. Oh dear, what a crime.”

Well, it may not be a ‘crime’, but it may not be the best use of your gifts and opportunities. Despite the fact that critics have bombasted his films for years, Bay continues to rock the box office with big numbers. For the same reason why professional wrestling is still a huge money maker and “Walker, Texas Ranger” lasted nine seasons, you can expect more Bay-type movies. As long as people want their action movies simple-minded and relentlessly destructive, Bay will continue to get opportunities and others will not.

As far as Bay Movies go, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is one of his better movies. It certainly makes the second and third Transformers installments look like the drink coasters I thought they were. At a ridiculous 165-minutes, those who crave their chaos in unforgiving amounts will get exactly what they paid for. In fact, many of the action sequences had me in awe and appreciating good old fashion mindless fun. Even better, Bay even managed to attach a pretty good human element to his destruction epic.

With that human element comes a fine line in believability when it comes to some sequences. It’s a Bay movie though; who cares about believability? Well, I do. So, numerous instances where Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) appeared to be more James Bond or Jason Bourne than farmland inventor were problematic. The worst of those were the instances where humans survived numerous falls without a scratch or were showered with the debris from dozens of buildings. That though, is typical Michael Bay.

I’m certain there are better movie-makers and movies out there (Edge of Tomorrow), but unfortunately and apparently there is a huge market for Bay and that keeps us from seeing other people given the same bankroll to make their movie. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is an epic action movie that will please those who love this type thing and it is good enough that it may even please some that don’t. Yet, its typical Bay delivery will take away from its longevity. When the credits rolled, I no longer cared and that is the long legacy of such films.
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The LEGO Movie: Everything is Awesome Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack + Exclusive Minifigure + Exclusive Content + Bonus Blu-ray 3D)
The LEGO Movie: Everything is Awesome Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack + Exclusive Minifigure + Exclusive Content + Bonus Blu-ray 3D)
DVD ~ Chris Pratt
Price: $34.96
43 used & new from $28.88

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING IS AWESOME... except for the price of the 3D collection, June 17, 2014
My son was so excited to see this movie today on BLURAY 3D!!!. I was prepared to go buy it and surprise him with it when I picked him up. NOPE. Not paying $35 for any movie. I don't care how much trumped up junk you throw in it. To make matters worse, Amazon offers this for $34.96 (just 4-cents short of free-shipping... making it $39). There is NOTHING in this edition other than a lego figure that any other 3D RELEASE hasn't offered. When will movie studios get the hint that PEOPLE ARE POOR RIGHT NOW!! Oh, I forgot... their rich. *sigh*... guess I'll $1 rent it. So sorry Warner... no $$$$ from me. Now my review of this FUN MOVIE:

Every parent in the free world knows the mystique and endlessness of the Lego and every parent in the world knows the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night and feeling one of those Legos seemingly cut your foot to the bone. They also know the price tag of such Lego's and their child's disregard for formalities. That's what makes "The Lego Movie" such a great thing. While the 3D is dazzling and entertaining, the Lego's don't come out of the screen so that you can step on them and the price tag is no different than any other movie.

All that aside, "The Lego Movie" is a creative and imaginative movie for all ages. An ordinary lego named Emmet Brickowski wakes up in his world where 'Everything is Awesome' and soon finds his ordinary world exploded into a world of endless possibility. When Emmet finds a mysterious girl named Wildstyle tinkering around his construction site after hours, he becomes involved in her search for an object called 'the piece of resistance'; thus opening his eyes to incredible possibilities.

Every moment of the movie is endlessly entertaining and we quickly realize that the possibilities keep us continuously on our toes and unsure of what may be next. The little in-destructive pieces just keep clicking together to form more and more environments and story-lines. The entire thing plays out like an epic play day for any child; even with ghosts on strings and boats and spaceships moving off screen with a 'brrrrrrrrrrr...'

With all the pop culture references and movie references, "The Lego Movie" is a movie that everybody will enjoy. There are endless movie references and characters such as Batman, Superman, Han Solo, Chewie, Gandolf and so on. Not only that, you won't understand the ultimate meaning of the film until its finale. After watching a movie that played liked an assault on the synapse, it finished with a feeling of calm and promise.

Sure, it may have been the longest commercial in the history of film-making, but despite stepping on those little things in the middle of the night and crying out in pain, or wondering why such a little tiny thing costs so much money, Lego's are an amazing source of imagination, patience and building mentality for children; just like the movie.
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Kernel Season's White Cheddar Seasoning, 8.5 Ounce Shakers (Pack of 2)
Kernel Season's White Cheddar Seasoning, 8.5 Ounce Shakers (Pack of 2)
Price: $20.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WAY TOO SALTY, June 17, 2014
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I have also tried the Nacho Cheddar version of Kernels Season's and I didn't find it to be overly salty, but the White Cheddar had too much of a salty taste to it. I didn't like this one as much for some reason. Maybe I don't like the White Cheddar taste on my popcorn. The Nacho Cheddar was not bad at all, but as I was eating this popcorn with White Cheddar seasoning, I kept thinking that I'd rather be eating White Cheddar Cheezit's. THOSE... I like.

I think my opinion of this product is a personal taste. I'm not knocking the product, I just prefer something different.

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