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Charmed Season 8
Charmed Season 8
Price: $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Season of Charmed, April 28, 2015
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This season suffers terribly with the introduction of the character of Billie. If they wanted a spin-off they should have introduced the character and made her likeable and sympathetic instead of antagonistic to the Halliwell sisters. The introduction of Coop was better as he's a likeable and believable romantic interest. Having Leo leave halfway through the season left a real gap of humor, warmth, and romance. The overall story arc of the season revolving around Billie trying to reunite with Christy got old really quickly.

I loved Charmed and was sorry to see it go but I didn't love this season. I'm grateful they got a chance to wrap up all of the storylines gracefully and left the characters in a good place instead of leaving us on a cliffhanger.


Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.28
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4.0 out of 5 stars These aren't bedtime stories, April 28, 2015
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I'm not a fan of the poetry. I thought it was a little ordinary, much like a stream of consciousness email I'd send to my best friend. But the prose is very fine. The characters are offbeat and interesting. You want to step into their lives and learn just a little more. They keep you turning pages until Gaiman blindsides you with a twist that leaves you feeling vaguely unsettled and off balance. You try reading another story just to settle your nerves but there is no palliative here. Each story is as disquieting as the next.

Recommend


Problem Child
Problem Child
DVD
Price: $1.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brenda Leigh is a pretty, little donut filled with poison, April 26, 2013
Brenda Leigh Johnson is one of the most objectionable female characters I've seen in a long time. She seems like a "strong woman," but in actuality is just cruel, manipulative and selfish. Having this kind of female character on television has a negative impact on society because it implies that being a strong woman means being crappy to men.

No thank you.


The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lincoln Lawyer
DVD
Price: $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change from the rom-coms, March 24, 2013
This is quietly entertaining mind popcorn. The nicest thing about it is that it shows that McConaughey is willing to take some risks with his image and career. Instead of close-ups of his 6-pack abs, there are close-ups of every line and wrinkle on his face. Wow. In the wrong light, even the beautiful look lousy.

It's an interesting plot, nice supporting characters but nothing that I won't forget by next week.


The Poet's Fire [HD]
The Poet's Fire [HD]
DVD
Price: $2.99

22 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable, February 5, 2013
I've watched 3 episodes and can feel some of the storylines a mile away. Just wait until they reveal that the young FBI agent is a follower. Couldn't see that one coming.

This is just more romanticizing death and gore, elevating the serial killer as a genius. I can't imagine a plot twist that would be engaging enough to "follow" this program through 12 more episodes.

Even the marvelous Kevin Bacon can't save the show. I wish he could because it's been too long since we've seen him on the screen. This role is too one dimensional for him. There's no emotional rangei in the role. All he gets to do is grimace his way through the episodes as the tortured hero. Snore.
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Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series)
Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series)
by Ann Budd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.60
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to love sock knitting if you hated it before", January 5, 2013
I could write epic love poems about how awesome this book is. I took a class on how to knit socks but hated it. It mystified me that so many knitters talk about how great socks are as a fast, easy project.

Then, I met Ann's book.

She liberated me from the idea that I had to knit socks with tiny little yarn on fussy little needles.

With the help of Ann's book, I've knocked out a pair of socks ON MY OWN using chunky yarn on size 8 needles. This allowed me to master how to knit each part of the sock. It's sort of how kids use big red pencils and lined papers when they're learning to write.

Even more, it showed common problems, like laddering, and how to fix them.

My second sock is coming off the needles tonight. In truth, they'll be slippers because they're too fat for shoes. But they're AWEDOME and i'm proud.

What's even more awesome, is that I can't wait too start my next pair on size 4/5 needles!!!!!

BUY THIS BOOK NOW!


Man In The Middle
Man In The Middle
DVD
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to find the fun, November 4, 2012
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It seems like the writers @ USANetwork tried to make their awesome shows really depressing. The fun and capable Annie is gone and all we've got is angry, vigilante Annie. They lamely dredge up one of Auggie's past lovers to keep the will they / won't they tension going, but, in the process, they're killing the heart of the show.

Everyone seems angry at everyone else. Not escapist fun.


Suffragette City
Suffragette City
DVD
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been a nice season finale, September 12, 2012
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I'm sorry to see the romance story arc with Simon end but hoping we've seen the start of a new one. Also does a good job of creating a new super villian for the CIA to track down.

The story was improved by having it produced as dream sequences interspersed with "reality" sequences.


Under The Gun
Under The Gun
DVD
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh - Off the rails, July 13, 2012
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The thrill is gone. No chemistry. No tension. The show is snoozable because it's predictable. There's no good situational tension--will they catch the bad guy? Of course. Will Fiona's life be threatened in prison? Of course. Because the writers are covering two "A" storylines, there's little room for humor or playing on the relationships we've come to love over the past 5 years. There's not even the decent presence of a villan to hate.

Car chases without decent explosions - yawn

Madeline as an ineffectual delivery girl? bleah (In season 5, Madeline would have figured out a clever way to get the package away from the creep and get it to Fiona on her own.)

Sam without mojitos and snappy observations - vanilla

Michael without a cool cover story - why bother?

Fiona without killer shoes, sexy clothes, and C4 - not happenin'


Last Rites
Last Rites
DVD
Price: $1.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jumped the shark, June 29, 2012
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What I loved about Burn Notice is that it was a fun, action-packed hour with pretty, middle-aged people and just a pinch of drama. Now,the show is just dreary. With Fiona confined, there's only gun play, no explosions or car chases, no derisive banter between Fiona and Sam. Without those things, the show feels flat. Jesse is foxy, but the reason for tuning into the show--the tension and friendship between the 3 principals--just isn't there. The scene where Michael visits Fiona in prison is touching, but not enough to make up for the other 38 minutes of meh.

The writers need to find the fun again. If the season arc is "will they spring Fiona from prison," I am done.


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