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Crayola Super Tips, Washable Markers, 80 Count, Includes Scented Markers, great for School Projects, Doodling & Coloring
Crayola Super Tips, Washable Markers, 80 Count, Includes Scented Markers, great for School Projects, Doodling & Coloring

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repeated colors, July 22, 2015
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Great price and the SuperTips are always great. The only real complaints: (1) the packaging doesn't allow for the normal, clear color-sorting I'd expect and (2) there are repeated colors that bring down the value of having an 80 count marker set.

iPhone 6 / 6s Screen Protector, BOOBOO Premium Tempered Glass Screen Guard for iPhone 6 4.7 inch (Iphone 6 4.7
iPhone 6 / 6s Screen Protector, BOOBOO Premium Tempered Glass Screen Guard for iPhone 6 4.7 inch (Iphone 6 4.7

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed after seeing rave reviews, July 22, 2015
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I purchased this screen protector after seeing it on a couple different lists of the best screen protectors for the iPhone 6. I'm sure there's a benefit as far as resisting scratches and maybe even drops because of the hardness of the protector itself, but I was so done with this protector after having it on for a couple of hours that I'll never get to see how it fares in that department.

After having another protector that fit the screen really well and maintained the clarity/resolution of the retina display, I was extremely disappointed with this one. First, even though application was simple, this is one screen protector that is incredibly obvious to the eye. Because it doesn't cover the entire front of the screen, you not only see the clear difference between the screen itself and the glass of the protector, but you also can see from the side the difference in brightness and resolution. It also lacks the feel of a lot of the other tempered glass protectors with the smoothness of the original iPhone screen so it changes the experience of using my phone in yet another way. I'll trade in the extra security that the hardness of this protector provides for a scratch-resistant protector that is less intrusive to the look and feel of my phone instead.

iPhone 6S Screen Protector, Tech Armor HYBRID Edge to Edge Glass (.2mm) Apple iPhone 6S / iPhone 6 (4.7-inch) Screen Protector (Blk) [1]
iPhone 6S Screen Protector, Tech Armor HYBRID Edge to Edge Glass (.2mm) Apple iPhone 6S / iPhone 6 (4.7-inch) Screen Protector (Blk) [1]
Offered by Tech Armor
Price: $10.95
8 used & new from $6.46

4.0 out of 5 stars So many positives but not protective of the screen with a drop, July 19, 2015
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Some of the reviews here mention the added benefit of dropping a phone with this screen protector on and either having the screen protector crack but save the screen beneath or having no damage to either at all. This was unfortunately not the case for me the first time I've ever dropped a phone (with about a three foot drop). I may have just not had the luck of the draw here and been the odd man out, but I know I definitely wouldn't buy this again with the idea of having an impact resistant screen protector.

Why I have purchased a second one, though, is because of all of the other features. I recently saw a few of the other highly rated screen protectors and was disappointed in how much of the screen they left uncovered, how they dimmed the screen and negatively impacted resolution, etc., etc. This protector instead cover the screen well and looks great. I could hardly tell I had a screen protector on, not just because of the clarity of the glass but also because it resisted some of the easy smudging seen with other protectors. A big bonus here for how easy the application process is.

Now, I just have to make sure I don't drop the phone again (my fault, not the screen protector's obviously) and I'll know I've got a good screen protector that fits well, looks great, and protects my phone from scratches.

Mulan II
Mulan II
DVD ~ Ming-Na Wen
Offered by SoughtAfter
Price: $39.99
49 used & new from $0.01

45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a sequel, not as great as the original, February 6, 2005
This review is from: Mulan II (DVD)
Being the father of a daughter, it's very important for me to find examples of strong women in real life and in art or anything else that she can see. The original Mulan is not perfect in this respect but is surprisingly amazing in comparison to so many other films without going overboard with it (sometimes, the attempt to create strong female characters ends up causing them to be caricatures who talk about how strong they are rather than just showing it...or making them so one-dimensional that it would be impossible to relate to them). I'm very weary of sequels, especially if they are straight to video years after the original release. It always seems like Disney has run out of ideas and so they make sequels far removed from the original films or rush to retell in a strange fashion a historical figure. It's often the case that it's uninspired and far from entertaining. Mulan II avoided that. It's been mentioned before, but I think it's important to say there are some tonal changes here. It's far more slapsticky than the original and plays to laughs more than drama. I don't think that's necessarily a negative. I was surprised, for example, not to be totally disappointed by the replacement of Eddie Murphy and to find the character of Mushu still very entertaining. On the other hand, I think the film's displacement of certain dramatic aspects makes it a little more one-dimensional than its predecessor. I know this is a kids' film and needs not overcomplicate its concepts of relationships or of duty, but I also think that Disney has in the past (and with the first film) really excelled at making films that are classics and not just genre pieces for children. This sequel certainly does not fail. It's entertaining. The songs were a delight to my daughter. The humor was well-done and well-suited to her. I think, though, that it will suffer over time in comparison to the first film. She's more likely to go back to it than the sequel. Does this make it a bad film? No, not at all. I would actually give it a 3.5 star rating. If not for the first film, it would probably be a 4.

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
Offered by cdgiveaways
Price: $11.27
301 used & new from $0.01

14 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best debut of 2004?, August 23, 2004
This review is from: Franz Ferdinand (Audio CD)
Take one part single all based around an E chord and add in generic lyrical content. Sell said single as being "the next big thing," as being representative of indie music. Toss around words like inventive, creative, original, retro, garage rock revival, etc. Do absolute best to keep people from shouting the word derivative. Compare with bands who have been able to clearly show their influences and gain critical acclaim despite that. Toss in 10 other songs that sound almost exactly like the single (it would be horrid for people to hear the radio single and then find out the album doesn't all sound like that...see Modest Mouse's Float On, a very similar song but luckily not so one-dimensional an album that houses it). Gain media attention. Overplay on radio. Sell many, many albums. Have critics talk about how "indie music" is taking over while also missing the huge variety of albums that this label encompasses and that are being released every week with so much more musical talent and ability to stand up to repeated listens. Make money. Make end of year lists. Make more money. Wait for trend to die out. Look for next big thing.

Fever To Tell
Fever To Tell
Price: $7.52
195 used & new from $0.01

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The problem with these reviews..., May 29, 2004
This review is from: Fever To Tell (Audio CD)
is that so many of the people who have this album have now been purchasing it because they saw it cheap at Target or because they saw the video for "Maps" on MTV or because they want some new "punk" cd to add to their collection or sadly enough because they have preconceived notions that every band with a female singer sounds alike. Criticisms are fine, but please give us some well-informed ones rather than "hey, if you like punk, you should really listen to the Distillers instead." Yeah, because this is not punk. It never claimed to be as far as I knew. Also, let's refrain from "the bass and guitars don't sound that good." Yes, possibly because there is no bass and possibly because you're so used to that rhythmic power chord progression that every "punk" band uses and find the guitar playing here a little less traditional in that sense. It's a great album that I would agree for some might be a little off-putting. Karen O's vocals sometimes border on the strange. For me, that's a plus. But it's definitely understandable to listen to something like "Tick" and want to laugh if you're expecting something more straight-forward. Another justifiable criticism of the band is the lyrical content. There's not much to the lyrics, but for me it's not a barrier because even if there are only a few lines of real lyrics in the entire song, the sound of the songs mixed with Karen O's vocals and the sparse lyrical content all equal the general mood and feeling that the album evokes so easily. If you're uncertain or you're planning to buy this because you think it sounds like something else you've witnessed, don't. Go to [...] and use the player and see what you think. If you hate it, come back here and give an informed criticism, and it will be much appreciated by actual consumers.

Adaptation (Superbit Collection)
Adaptation (Superbit Collection)
DVD ~ Maggie Gyllenhaal
Offered by FASTSHIP50100
Price: $5.66
269 used & new from $0.01

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is the average movie (re)viewer a total moron?, October 25, 2003
I won't ruin the end of the movie for those that haven't seen it but I will comment on the reaction to it. Those that see it as a major change of style and tone and are disappointed aren't paying attention to the movie. How could you possibly miss why this happens? Were you sleeping through the film? Were you lamenting over the fact that you had to listen to dialogue rather than watch scantily clad women and tricked-out cars? Were you missing the infernal pairing of Bruckheimer and Bay that keeps you living? Honestly take a look even in the beginning credits and realize that this movie is written by Charlie Kaufman and his (nonexistent) twin Donald Kaufman and you'll realize why the style changes. But oh well. While I laugh at all that comes in that section these viewers can sit and mutter about how things didn't pan out as they like.

Blue's Treasure Hunt (Jewel Case) - PC
Blue's Treasure Hunt (Jewel Case) - PC
17 used & new from $1.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think age needs to be considered for this one..., October 24, 2003
The previous reviewer mentioned that the 5-year-old playing the game found it too slow and very disappointing in terms of being interactive and engaging. I think that this is a reasonable point to make but I think the game shouldn't be sold out based on this point alone. I have a 3-year-old who is really into the game, and I think that the age level makes a huge difference. She is very much into reading and into pointing out specific details so even if the game slows a bit while traveling from point to point there is always something there for her to find and comment on. She in particular enjoys how much there is to click on with every screen. I think if she were a couple years older this wouldn't be the game for her. Perhaps the age suggestion on the game (3-6) should be changed to apply mainly to preschool children. Blue's Clues could certainly offer (and probably does offer) games for the slightly more advanced school-age child.

The End
The End
DVD ~ Stephen Berra
22 used & new from $6.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reminder of the excellence of birdhouse, October 18, 2003
This review is from: The End (DVD)
As a skate video alone, I would most likely give the end 5 stars, but the dvd clearly takes it to that great level. The video itself interweaves individual skaters' footage with more humorous introductions (some very short, some just as long as the footage itself). When you talk with your friends about the video, you'll probably mention Andrew Reynolds' beer-drinking monkey or Heath and Jeremy's disastrous van ride, but I think what makes it great (and what should make it great) is the skating itself. The skits can get old over time and will lose their novelty but the skating is ground-breaking enough to stay with you. In addition, the dvd really includes a ton of extra material (I especially enjoyed the extra footage with each skater's bio and had a laugh at the chaotic team commentary) that clearly makes this an excellent purchase.

DVD ~ Eric Koston
18 used & new from $2.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best skate vids, October 18, 2003
This review is from: Menikmati (DVD)
Going into Menikmati the documentary feel in the beginning made me worry a bit. I've got absolutely nothing against a skating documentary but after seeing the names of the eS team members I could not wait to see their skate parts. Luckily, Menikmati doesn't disapoint. It has an overly formulaic structure of including a skater intro followed by a regular skate part and then a slow-mo section, but the skating is so amazing that it doesn't really take away from your enjoyment (although I will say that the regular motion shots included as a dvd extra were so much more entertaining than their slow-mo counterparts and I've watched that montage in regular motion again and again). Tom Penny sticks out as always. His skating and the intro to his part really caught my attention and it was great to see on the dvd extras a chance to look at penny skating from a young age and watching that progression as he developed his skating skills over the years. Highly, highly recommended!

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