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Nia 24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum, 1 fl. oz.
Nia 24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum, 1 fl. oz.

4.0 out of 5 stars IS IT WORTH THE PRICE?, May 26, 2015
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Well, as is with most things that actually are of some form of quality or aren't watered down, chemicalized or whatever they do to stuff that poor people can afford to buy, this product is priced for the celebrity in your family. You know, that aging diva who used to be in the bikini movies back in the 80s and then as she got older and wasn't all that cute anymore, the roles dried up, but that didn't stop her from trying desperately to return herself to the glory days, to defy the gods and look like she did when she was 20 again. She'd pay for the botox, but then she saw pictures of Joan Rivers, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Courtney Cox, Heidi Montag, Priscilla Presley and others before she broke down in tears, hopeless to defy the gods. Then somebody said, "Have you tried Nia?"

Well, Nia isn't going to defy the gods, but it's a nice simple product that I can tell worked a little bit of magic on some wrinkles around my eyes after just a few days and I'm a guy. There's no reason why a guy can't use this product. I'm sure Mickey Rourke would have loved to have tried some of this stuff before doing the whatever the heck he did to himself treatment. Now, he's relegated to playing beaten up bad guys and monsters in his movies.

Of course this product works, but if you're like me and raising a child on a typical American pathetically low single income then you won't be curing your wrinkles anytime soon. Just deal with it or pay for it.


Extraterrestrial [Blu-ray]
Extraterrestrial [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Brittany Allen
Price: $15.85
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHEN INDEPENDENT FILMS ARE DONE WELL, May 25, 2015
Don't think that you won't be entertained by this well-done film because you don't know anybody in it and you've seen dozens of movies just like it be absolutely terrible. "Extraterrestrial" does an outstanding job with f/x, sound, cinematography and creature revelation and development. A carload of kids go out into the woods to enjoy some camping and end up fighting for their lives. I know, we've heard that a thousand times but some of those times, an actual really great movie was filmed.

In my humble opinion, 1 in 10 independent films are worth the $1.99 rental fee and finding which one of those 10 are the one can get expensive. I mean, if you watch all 10 then that's $20 you spent on 10 films and wasted 900+ minutes of your life to realize that you too can film a movie with your buddies and a single camcorder. "Extraterrestrial" is one of those ones. It is a good independent film, professionally done and it has a knockout punch that you won't want to miss.

There are many moments in this movie that impressed me greatly. Every single time they gave us a glimpse of what our kids were dealing with was effective and scary; from a flash of light through a sliding glass door, to one standing in the road off in the distance to one standing still moments before lunging with long outstretched arms. There is also an awe-inspiring moment where one of the kids is lifted from the ground by a beam of light and is then violently sucked up into the air all to the thundering and effective musical score which by the end of the film was probably overused a few times.

Bottom line though, "Extraterrestrial" is one of the good ones and is certainly worth a check out, especially if you are a fan of the X-Files or anything like it. In fact, there is even a wink-wink at the end of the film for X-Files fans who may or may not be offended. I was not. I thought it was brilliant. The movie changes courses many times and I more than once checked to see how much was left of the film because many times I was thinking, "What! It's over already? How can they go anywhere else from here?" But they do, so hang in there. Well done.


Just Before I Go
Just Before I Go
DVD ~ Sean William Scott
Price: $9.88
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4.0 out of 5 stars CRUDE HUMOR mixed with DEPRESSION...?, May 25, 2015
This review is from: Just Before I Go (DVD)
I don't know if this is a 4-star movie or not, but I will wholeheartedly admit that it held my interest the entire time. The very audacity to try to push off something like this on the viewing public quite simply gives me hope that there are still people out there who want to tell unique stories and be different and unsafe. Eggs are meant to be broken and "Just Before I Go" certainly does this.

I mean, who would have the audacity to mix depression and suicide with the filthy degrading humor of "American Pie"? These guys would. Seann William Scott plays Ted Morgan, a guy who is ready to end his life and wants to make amends with all the people he has hurt over the years. Maybe the creators thought that because they had Seann William Scott from "American Pie" that the audience would buy some ridiculously dirty humor like a sleepwalking masturbator or a guy getting aroused in obvious fashion by the female police officer who arrested his brother. That's why I'm not sure if this is a good movie or not because these tactics could possibly be called cheap, tactless or capitalizing, but they worked. I was watching and I was laughing and I was either enjoying what I was watching or fascinated by the strangeness of it all.

"Just Before I Go" is a rude crude thought-provoking movie that will definitely hold your interest in one way or another; mostly because you won't believe what you're watching. The truth is though, there's a lot of reality and heart to the movie. You walk away from the craziness with a lot of thoughts to contemplate and that is its ultimate victory. Life is too complicated to judge it based on past experiences. Life can change on a dime and movies can be multi-faceted.


Pitch Perfect 2 (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD)
Pitch Perfect 2 (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD)
DVD ~ Anna Kendrick
Price: $19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LAZY SCREENPLAY for the second time is UNACCEPTABLE, May 25, 2015
Being a fan of the original "Pitch Perfect" I may have been looking forward to this movie as much as any other summer movie. The original had a ho-hum screenplay and some fantastic impromptu music. It had some well-crafted raunchy humor that kept the vanilla screenplay from being too big of a deal and the quality of the music pushed it over the top into cult status thanks to a culture of reality singing shows and shows like "Glee". I'm a typical guy that happens to enjoy all types of movies as long as their done well. I may be as dudeish as the next guy, but I'm also a stage performer and singer. So I'm not afraid to admit that "Pitch Perfect 2" is as much my bag as "Mad Max: Fury Road" was.

Well, despite the fact that there were numerous scenes that had me bursting out laughing, "Pitch Perfect 2" sort of insulted me a bit. You see, the powers behind the "Pitch Perfect" movies had a decision to make and their decision to push forward an almost identical screenplay with an almost identical story arc is a perfect example of movie-makers thinking very little of the people who made them rich the first time around. The fact that they used almost the exact same story outline and just changed the details is just one word.... unacceptable. The movie opens with an embarrassing moment that sets them back, just like the first. The movie inserts freshman Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) who can most easily be described as pretty close to the same character that Anna Kendrick played in the first one, except she is actually gung-ho to be part of the group. There is even a Rip-off competition that is actually about the exact same time in the film as the empty pool rip-off from the first film. Of course, the rest of the film is just about the same except very little time is spent showing the group work through their performance struggles, we are just supposed to assume that a camping retreat fixed pretty much everything.

"Pitch Perfect 2" deserved a better screenplay this time, but people who want money FAST take easy ways out and this is exactly what happened here. I like these characters and I find it hard pressed to not watch the original and not be interested to see what has become of them. Although some of the characters were written so thinly that you don't even know what they are doing in the film, other than they were in the first one. Stacie (Alexis Knapp) and Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) had zero story-lines. I think Stacie had like two lines in the whole film and of course Lilly does her really silent twisted speaking and had some funny moments, but neither girl had any additional insight written in as to who they were. The writers added in Flo (Chrissie Fit), who was a funny addition to the show.

I really wanted to love "Pitch Perfect 2" and I guess I could say that I liked it, but in a very generic and shrug it off way. The creators did themselves no favors by popping the top on the canned screenplay. Apparently this low grade tactic works these days though. It worked with "22 Jump Street", so why not? The audiences don't care that their being handed a pile of 2-hour laziness and making people who would pawn off 2-hours of laziness super wealthy, but I do. I wish they had a Christmas release and spent 6 more months writing a better and more challenging screenplay, but who am I? Millions of teenagers will throw their allowance away like it means nothing to them regardless if we demand some sort of effort from the recipients or not.


DII Oceanique 14-Piece Bathroom Set, Machine Washable, for Everyday Use, Kids, Teens, Includes Shower Curtain, Shower Hooks, and Bath Rug, Pink
DII Oceanique 14-Piece Bathroom Set, Machine Washable, for Everyday Use, Kids, Teens, Includes Shower Curtain, Shower Hooks, and Bath Rug, Pink
Price: $29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars NICE WASHABLE PRODUCT, May 21, 2015
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a quality product and I like the washable feature to it. This should add to a lot to longevity. It looks very nice in a bathroom and adds a lot of quality to the bathroom as well. The material is different and feels like a better shower curtain. The only downside I would point out would be the open-ended curtain hangars that may be problematic but I guess since it's washable, they made it easier to take it down.


Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road
DVD
Price: $14.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SYMPHONY OF INCIDENTS AND DISASTERS, May 18, 2015
"Mad Max: Fury Road" was one of the movies of the summer that some experts were predicting would under perform. It has been 30-years since the last movie and the series' star, Mel Gibson, had to take a backseat to a new generation of actors. I doubt it under performs, but if it does it will only be because the modern day moviegoer is clueless about what a good movie is. This is a good movie. "Mad Max: Fury Road" proves that you can still do crazy over-the-top stuff and still keep things feasible. Too many movie creators have made the decision that moviegoers need ridiculous and even more ridiculous on top of their typical ridiculous in order to be satisfied. "Fury Road", despite it's futuristic, apocalyptic premise and despite the chaos reigns theme, keeps everything grounded and real. Despite hundreds of characters and hundreds of incidents upon incidents that form its organized chaos, never once does George Miller leave his roots.

Max has to fight to free himself from the grill of a car and then fight to remove the chains from his hands and the arm of another body and then he has to fight to remove the hannibal lecter iron from his face and then he has to find his way forward interacting with numerous diverse characters and figuring out who to trust. Every little detail of what makes these thundering vehicles work and thrive is fleshed out in reality. There's no ridiculous unrealistic parachuting cars here. Every plot progression and developing story is the result of a counter action and a carefully crafted orchestra of chaos. It's quite simply brilliance that can't be described.

The real star of the film though is Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a rogue tanker driver who deviates from her delivery plans without explanation and sets off a series of events that leads to a film experience like no other. She's everything that is great about movies these days. Here's this beautiful, stunning tall blonde supermodelish actress who is willing to ugly herself up a bit and get dirty with the big boys; wiping her buzzcut forehead with engine oil and fighting tooth and nail despite her one mechanical arm. Not only that she delivers passion and purpose to the chaos, giving credibility to everything that happens throughout.

"Mad Max: Fury Road" is a dazzling collection of incidents that barely lets up. Some movies would be criticized for such audacity but George Miller made everything work with such intricate detail you don't question it one bit, you just ride along with eyes wide and amazed. Sure there are some moments in the film where character progressions happen way too fast, but that isn't enough to bring the film down. Max and Furiosa relationship cascades too quickly from wanting to kill each other to helping each other and one other relationship later on in the film seems to blossom out of nowhere, but despite that, the movie will take your breath away and even hit you in the heart a few times.

More Directors should treat the action movie genre with the care that George Miller does here. He used his brain and made a brilliant film. He didn't sell out to the over-ridiculous trend that has ruined action movies over the years. He did what he does best; cars. He knows what makes cars tick and he used that knowledge in a feasible fashion. Then he put characters and purpose into the mix and let it all come together like a rock concert that can be watched over and over and over again.


Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
DVD
Price: $4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars TOO TAME TOO LAME, May 18, 2015
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Well, when you hear words like "phenomenon" and "ground-breaking" tossed around with a movie, they either live up to the hype or they are just hype. In the case of "Fifty Shades", it's all pretty much hype. There is much to be said that is great about the film, but inexplicably there is the same amount to be said about the things it is missing.

First and foremost, the movie is brilliantly filmed and you can tell that no expense was wasted making sure that this film got the royal treatment. They were hoping and praying that the outcome of the film would be equivalent to the success of the book and that they could all go swim in their pool full of money and slap each others behinds saying, "Great game!" Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan both actually deliver great performances as well. So, what is wrong and why the poor reviews?

Personally, the movie just falls flat. I don't know if it's the source material or not because I haven't read the book but the conflict is not enough. Dakota Johnson's character, Anastasia Steele (eww, a very dirty novel name there), too easily agrees to everything this guy wants her to do. I understand naivety, but the naivety too easily becomes readily available without a single moment of drama or question or just, "Really? You have a friggin' contract? I'm out. Good luck with that you self-righteous scumbag."

You see, the creators are counting on you filling their swimming pool up with more dollars when they release more movies because that's what people do these days. So they deliver less than quality films, leaving the expectation to the viewer that they will get their fulfillment when they return for movie 2 and 3. There is nothing with impact in this film until nearly the end of the film when the emotion and drama seems to come out of nowhere after a movie of sex scene, normal life, sex scene, normal life etc. etc.

The only thing that drives this movie is the sex scenes and as I've already said there is nowhere near enough tension and apprehension after full of himself Christian Grey whips out a contract, but add to the fact that the sex scenes are too short and not dangerous or scandalous enough then what do you have? 1992's "Basic Instinct" had more scandalous sex scenes than this movie and that was over 20-years ago! The creators, in their efforts to fill their swimming pool up with dollars, decided that the tamer they made the movie, the more people would pay to see their film, not taking into account that in doing so, they would make a movie about sex that was quite simply.... dull.

Not enough tension. Not enough scandal. The only thing that drives this film is the sex and every single scene was so brief and capitalized on zero emotions, that it was like slamming the gas pedal to take off in a drag race, only to find out you didn't fill up with gas.


The Wedding Ringer
The Wedding Ringer
DVD
Price: $3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars IMPACT MISHANDLED, May 18, 2015
This was actually a pretty good movie for the most part, but man did they miss every opportunity possible to put a meaningful ending on it. The feelings and resolutions that you want the filmmakers to flesh out and deliver with began to materialize and then landed with a splat and a thud. "The Wedding Ringer" has a lot of good moments for the most part and I enjoyed this movie much more than I thought I would, but it amazes me how often these high-paid millionaire movie-makers mishandle and misdeliver impactful moments in movies. There's a moment in this film where everything culminates and you can feel the importance of everything you watched the movie for getting ready to be delivered and then just like the scene where the best man goes unscripted with his speech, so does the movie.

This was a good movie and most people won't care that the entire reason for the movie was mishandled when it finally got there, but I did. That being said, the movie has a lot of truth to it, despite its obvious humorous delivery. The premise revolves around Doug Harris, a guy who is marrying a woman because she is beautiful and she talked to him. He has been so buried in work that he has little to no friends and can't seem to form a collection of groomsmen to match his brides (played by Kaley Cuoco) party. So, with the date nearing he reaches out to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) who has an underground business of pretending to be groomsmen and even best men. The movie plays like a comedic spy caper with dossier's and elaborate event stagings etc and it is all very entertaining and frequently funny.

For the most part, this is a funny and good time wasting film but just be prepared to have everything you watched it for be underwhelming when the time comes.


Ex Machina
Ex Machina
DVD
Price: $12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT DEBUT for Director Alex Garland, May 12, 2015
This review is from: Ex Machina (Amazon Instant Video)
The movie business is in real trouble in my humble opinion and it's a fortunate thing that there are still movie makers and directors like Alex Garland out there. As I write this review, "Ex Machina" has made almost 16 million dollars in a little over a month since its release. A movie like "Paul Blart 2" which came out a week later has made 4x that amount. Look, I appreciate a good lighthearted comedy just like the next guy, but I had to fight to even see "Ex Machina" in my area without having to drive an hour out of my way. If we're not careful, these intelligent, tactful and beautifully crafted movies will become fewer and fewer. The movie business gives us what we pay for and too often movie-goers are more willing to pay for stupid and tactless.

When it comes to a movie like "Ex Machina" that's a real shame. It's doing okay and 15 million is nothing to shrug off but do yourself a favor and go see this in the movie theater if you can even find the thing anywhere. No, there aren't Michael Bay explosions and stupidity involved and no there's no horses kicking a CG Kevin James across a street, but there's a brilliantly crafted tug of war between the minds of two men and a female A.I. that is in the trial test stages.

Garland's directorial debut is exciting for a movie lover like me because he shows some of the tact and pacing that has too often been left on the cutting room floor in recent years. As the movie unfolds, I was riveted to the screen, watching the three personalities unfold and wondering what character traits were ploys, what was real or what was genuine. The three personalities, programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleason), the CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) and Ava (Alicia Vikander) are all blank slate personalities to the audience and every single thing we see them do is a new unraveling of their true selves and their true motivations. Ava at one point is compared to a newborn baby looking to experience life and while the premise of the film is to discover who she is and what she thinks, we are suddenly drawn into the exploration of all three characters.

"Ex Machina" is a movie that must be experienced in a movie theater without distractions to truly enjoy. To watch this movie in a distracting environment with cell phones and other noises would do it an injustice. Find a way. I know the movie business makes it hard, releasing movies like this in splattering effect because quite frankly it isn't stupid and people like stupid movies, but find a way. It's a brilliant debut film for a director that should be rewarded for his work and hopefully some future works with a better box office return.


Interstellar [Blu-ray]
Interstellar [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Matthew McConaughey
Price: $18.99
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TOO WEIRD to CAPTURE, April 27, 2015
This review is from: Interstellar [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I believe that Christopher Nolan has become full of himself after his success with the first two batman movies. Following "Dark Knight", his grasp upon what audiences are entertained by has taken a hit. To me, "Dark Knight Rises", "Man of Steel" and "Interstellar" all missed the mark by varying degrees; "Interstellar" being the lesser of these. Nolan seems to have lost his ability to do any other emotion except drama and doom.

With "Interstellar", Nolan goes off into Stanley Kubrick land where his intent is to become legend; to dazzle, to confuse, to make the viewer go "Eww" and "Aww" and mention him in such circles as Kubrick. The problem is, that is all I could think about while watching the film. All I could think about was the director's ego. This movie is supposed to leave you with an enlightened and reflective mood when credits rolled, but on top of the movie just being too weird, it really isn't all that complex at all. Once you get the point and explanation of how treacherous of a venture that McConaughey's character Cooper is embarking upon, you have reached the complexity of the film. Once there, you just have to watch him overcome this problem and then stumble forward into 'what the heck' land. The ending, which I won't ruin for people, is more weird than 'aww' inspiring. Therefore, the impact of the film is cheapened by a whole lot of hoopla and charade, leaving you with that feeling you get when you spend a lot of money on a dinner and are still hungry.

With Nolan though, you get quality and he certainly has become an expert at portraying drama at the highest level. Thankfully McConaughey and Jessica Chastain hit it out of the park and deliver some tour-de-force performances that will leave you choked up regardless of the silly smoke and mirrors premise of the film. "Interstellar" is a magic trick full of hoopla and machismo that has your eyes peeled because of the talent the magicians possess, but left unimpressed by the shoulder shrug results.


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