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The Strange Case of Angelica
The Strange Case of Angelica
DVD ~ Pilar Lopez de Ayala
Price: $19.99
17 used & new from $4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The strange case of Isaac the photographer, April 11, 2013
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This review is from: The Strange Case of Angelica (DVD)
This would be a better title, as the film is primarily about an introverted photographer who becomes emotionally unstable after photographing a deceased married woman at the request of her family. The film only features "Angelica" for very short moments, and as others have pointed out, it is a very slow paced film with plenty of extra dialogue and lingering shots that do not necessarily add anything to the film. de Oliveira's Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl was under 70 minutes, and I feel this film could have benefitted from a shorter run time. Nonetheless, I found it a good character study of a man who turns his back on people in a crowded room, chooses to shoot with an old film camera in the digital photography age, and is interested in taking pictures of the few manual laborers still working the hillside of the Portuguese city of Porto. It is more a psychological film rather than the fantasy one the trailer makes it out to be. This becomes an overall sad tale of a man who appears to be so lonely, that he has to resort to fantasizing over someone he'll never have apart from viewing her in his photos. The cinematography has some nice touches (like the interior scene with the orange goldfish) and features a mostly bland color palette, with Isaac wearing very conservative black and white clothing throughout, and several older characters who do not wear the latest fashions. If it weren't for the children wearing backpacks in the trailer, you would think the film was set in the 1950's, but it is a contemporary Portuguese setting.

Psychic Beginner
Psychic Beginner
Price: $1.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb B-side track, March 27, 2013
This review is from: Psychic Beginner (MP3 Music)
You can also find this on the UPSTARTS 7 INCH (7" VINYL 45) EUROPEAN WEA 2012. It's got a great guitar melody, similar to some of his strong melodic album tracks from The Messenger. Well worth downloading, of if you collect vinyl, worth seeking out the 45.

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (2014 model)
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (2014 model)
Offered by LGeOO Electronics
Price: $100.99
72 used & new from $61.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blazing fast interface speed; no better way to view streaming on your TV, March 17, 2013
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I still have the Roku 2 on one TV in the house and while it's very slow to navigate, the buffer often freezes, and sometimes it flashes in and out of HD, it was always a better option to me than streaming Netflix through a gaming system, Smart TV, or WIFI DVD player. I had two Smart TV's and returned both as the WIFI features never worked correctly. I tried a Blu Ray DVD player and the menu was awful and it took too long to finally get a movie to stream. Same thing on my WII: it takes a while to finally get to the "play movie" area of Netflix, and my WII does not stream in HD.

Roku has now released an even better model and this Roku 3 is amazingly fast and I have it way on the other side of my house from our router, and it has no trouble with streaming movies. It takes a mere seconds to switch the HDMI input on my tv, click on Netflix, and have a movie up and streaming.

The one thing that I still notice that also happened on the Roku 2 is that when you first play an HD movie through Netflix, it takes anywhere from 2-6 seconds for the HD to kick in, first appearing a little blurry. This may be a Netflix issue, because I notice this happens on my computer and Ipad when starting movies through Netflix.

Overall, this is the best and only way you should go if you want streaming to your TV. Forget the WIFI DVD players and Smart TV's and just buy Roku! Keep in mind you have to purchase an HDMI cable and there are many inexpensive options here on Amazon. I've gone with the BlueRigger High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 6.6 Feet (2m) - Supports 3D and Audio Return [Latest Version] for both my Rokus and they are only $5.
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Targus Versavu Rotating Keyboard Case and Stand for iPad 2, 3, and 4, Black (THZ17101US)
Targus Versavu Rotating Keyboard Case and Stand for iPad 2, 3, and 4, Black (THZ17101US)
Offered by Phospedia
Price: $65.00
67 used & new from $23.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Too hard, clunky, and can do more harm than good., March 13, 2013
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The only thing keeping me from giving this 1 star is the keyboard. It is excellent, very easy to type on, and like other users have commented, it can go on forever before you need to recharge it by hooking it up to a computer via USB.

However, there are several reasons why it fails:

1. The holder for the iPad is too hard and tight. It feels like you are going to crush your iPad just wedging it in there. The holder is entirely made of a rigid plastic. They should of coated the inside that touches the ipad with rubber or the felt cloth that is around the keyboard area.
2. When the ipad is in the portrait position, it can easily fall backward very quickly, landing on anything behind it. I found out the hard way when using it near the end of my bed, and the ipad quickly fell back onto the hard footboard of my bed. Luckily, the ipad was fine.
3. This can leave marks/scratches on your ipad. I had a brand new ipad without a mark on it, and after using this case for a day, I took it out and had a scratch line along the back edge of the ipad, and a mysterious half circle mark on the back of it as well.
4. When you try to use the elastic closure, it feels like it's way too tight around the edge and putting a lot of pressure on the ipad.
5. You can't practically use the keyboard with the ipad in horizontal mode. It is completely upright, and they only way it works is if you're sitting at a desk or table. The reason we all get an ipad is to not have to use it at a desk or table so this defeats the purpose. It does stay very sturdy in this position, however, and does not have the knack of falling backward like in portrait mode.

As the keyboard works so well, I am considering getting a different ipad case and stand, and then cutting off the entire top half of the case and just using this as a wireless keyboard next to my new case. In my opinion, it's the only good feature of this item, as the holder part is useless and both scratched my ipad and allowed it to fall back onto a hard surface.

Overall, I cannot recommend this item.

Heaven (CD Maxi Single)
Heaven (CD Maxi Single)
Offered by IMS Distribution
Price: $12.18
37 used & new from $2.73

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two standout remixes on the maxi - 1st new DM single since '09, February 5, 2013
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First new single from Depeche Mode since 2009. The song plays like a continuation of their sound from Sounds of the Universe: slower moving melodies and less fast paced synths than those found on Playing the Angel. This isn't a bad thing, but it is the type of song that takes longer to grow on you than the hard hitting, catchy synth tunes that Depeche has been so known for over the years. I'm a little displeased that they included the same album version of Heaven that will be on their upcoming album. They could have changed it up with an alternate mix, radio edit, or single edit. Out of the two CD singles for Heaven, I don't feel the normal single is worth it, as both Heaven (normal album version again) and the B-side, All That's Mine, will appear on the deluxe version of Delta Machine, so I'd save the few bucks and put it toward the full deluxe album.

As far as the 4 remixes found on the maxi single, the dark techno sounds of Audion and Matthew Dear give the song a whole new edge and feel, and judging by the samples, I felt this would be the best out of the remixes. I was wrong. The Ollwe remix is the standout for me, featuring a deep house like groove with a touch of female vocal melody, courtesy of relatively unknown French synth-pop artist Owlle. It's the perfect compliment to Dave's vocals and ever so slightly increases the pace and groove of the original song. Remixers adding in their own vocals to songs has been a trend over the past few years, and I'm not sure it's ever been done with a Depeche Mode remix before. Granted, Owlle does not sing any lyrics, it's just an "ohh-ohhh" sprinkled in the background, but it adds a unique touch to the song. I'm torn between liking this version even over the original. And I don't usually ever like DM remixes better than their single or extended versions.

What brings the Maxi single down are the other two remixes, which quite frankly, would have been better left out. Once you get the album with the same version of Heaven there, the only reason to revisit the maxi single are the Owlle and Matthew Dear remixes. If you opt for the deluxe version of the full album, it will make the normal single redundant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lasted under a year., October 29, 2012
The screws that hold in the latch on the front are way too tiny. The latch broke off in only about 10 months of me owning it. That was in usage of even less time, as I only carried it from room to room now and then. You can't screw them back in, as they are too tiny and the holes are stripped. I cannot recommend this case.

Smarthealth Walking Fit Activity Tracker - Black - Large
Smarthealth Walking Fit Activity Tracker - Black - Large

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Watch, September 5, 2012
This review is from: Smart Health Walking FIT (Sports)
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I have really loved this "smart" watch. It counts calories and the distance that you have walked, jogged, or ran. The feature I was really interested in was the BPM measurement. Those who are concerned about their blood pressure, this feature will give you a reading of beats per minute. It also allows you to set the watch to your BMI, and it also lights up in dark places. The watch was very simple to enter my personal setting, and can also resist water.

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (Two-Disc Blu-ray/ DVD Combo)
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (Two-Disc Blu-ray/ DVD Combo)
DVD ~ Mae Whitman
Price: $14.99
67 used & new from $0.53

5.0 out of 5 stars The animation was "awesome", August 16, 2012
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That is according to my daughter, who despite being a little older, says this is one of her favorites. It definitely looks and sounds the part, with the voiceover actors doing an excellent job with the leads; and I agree that the digital animation appears top notch, despite being a straight to DVD film (although I read that Disney briefly released it theatrically in LA to qualify for award nominations).

Life Is Hot In Cracktown
Life Is Hot In Cracktown
DVD ~ Evan Ross
Price: $6.49
34 used & new from $2.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Too much grit, not enough substance., August 16, 2012
This review is from: Life Is Hot In Cracktown (DVD)
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Characters run too fast through choppy scenes, and it seems like the shock value of some of their excess behavior outweighs any real story value or entertainment. When it was over, there really wasn't one standout character or performance. A forgettable film for me.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 on Demand
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 on Demand
by Steve Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $34.99
68 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is Dreamweaver for Dummies, August 16, 2012
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This guide created for Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 was very easy to follow to create your own websites. I was able to develop 3 different websites with ease. It was amazing how fast I had a website up and running. This book shows you how to map out a website with step by step instructions, including pictures of the process. I've used other books to learn how to create a website, but they were not easy to follow, where I was not able to produce a site never mind publish it.

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