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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 11
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 11
Price: $14.99

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh., January 28, 2016
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It's pretty apparent into its eleventh season that 'Sunny' has jumped the shark and lost the comedic sparkle that it flaunted so well in its heyday of hilarity with episodes like "Frank's Pretty Woman", "Who Got Dee Pregnant", "The Gang Buys A Boat"... (Really, almost ANY episodes pre-season 10.) Though they elicited a few chuckles here and there, these episodes are pretty light on the laughs, as the outrageous character and antics of the gang seem uninspired and all too familiar now.
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Texas Chainsaw [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
Texas Chainsaw [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
DVD ~ Alexandra Daddario
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Price: $8.32
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All the things the other reviews aren't telling you..., May 14, 2013
Just got finished viewing the film on bluray and I can't help but feel that the $25 I spent at Target has gone completely to waste.

First off, because we've all heard it ad nauseum on every other review for this film, I did not take into consideration when viewing or writing the review for the film the inconsistencies in timeline (ie the main character being waaay too young to fit in with the rest of the storyline.)

The first thing that stuck out to me was the incredibly poor quality of the writing. Too much needless exposition (characters awkwardly mentioning to each other how they're "really gonna enjoy that road trip we're going on for four days") or just oversimplified writing (Hick Man: "Hey, I just found this baby" Hick Woman: "Hooray! Can we really keep it?"). I kid you not, folks. The dialogue is THAT basic, and you probably read it in your mind with more enthusiasm and better delivery than you'll see from ANY of the actors in this film.

The second thing that struck me was the LAUGHABLY unbelievable scenarios (even for your standard slasher film, they're ridiculous). Example: At the beginning of the film, a group of hicks burns down the family's farmhouse with the family inside, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SHERIFF, who explicitly forbids them from doing so beforehand. What does the sheriff do? Just rolls his eyes and watches as they lay waste to the farmhouse and murder an entire family, then tells the leader of the group "this is on you!" He then continues to watch the farmhouse burn for several hours. No arrests, no attempt to call the fire department to put out the fire, or to keep it from spreading. Nope. He just watches. Or when Leatherface is chasing the beaten, bloodied and screaming main character ("Help me! Please!") around a CROWDED carnival, chainsaw blazing, and nobody else at the carnival even REACTS. At all. It's just a bloody girl screaming for help and getting chased by a gore-splattered chainsaw-psycho wearing somebody else's face. Nothing to see here; carry on.

Thirdly, the acting is HORRENDOUS. Like TERRIBLE. As in "the main character is practically smiling and calmly telling another character that all of her friends have just been murdered by a chainsaw-wielding psychopath" bad. Or someone getting chopped on the shoulder with a hatchet, falling to the floor and, instead of attempting to dodge the ensuing blows or defend themselves, just laying on their stomach, arms at their side (despite there being a gun in reach) screaming for 10 seconds as they continue to be chopped in the back. NO EXAGGERATION. AT ALL. I was actually somewhat surprised to see performances THIS bad, especially from the lead girl, primarily because a major film studio released this film and they usually tend to have at least some meager standards for what constitutes as an "audience-ready" performance from the cast in order for a film to even get to post-production. Seriously, anyone who's seen the abysmal TCM: Next Generation film released in the 90's will find better acting therein. Every single performance in this film is terrible - there are no show-stealers or hidden gems. Just REALLY bad acting all around.

Fourth, the editing is atrociously bad. Some of you reading might be asking "what do I care about editing?" Well, you'll care when you see a meat hook coming to stab a character AT THE SPEED OF SNAIL. And yet the music cues the shrieking violin. Or extended moments of watching Leatherface just limp around. For no apparent reason. ("We needed extra filler, so we thought we'd just throw in snippets of Leatherface limping for 30 seconds or so...") This footage should have been lining the cutting room floor instead of "gracing" the screen. Here's another reason why you should care: The lack of even decent editing robs the film of any potential it might have had to be even REMOTELY atmospheric or suspenseful. How do they expect the audience to jump when they're gonna show you a good 10 seconds of Leatherface lumbering after his victims, chainsaw buzzing, giving anyone ample opportunity to escape?

Fifth, the makeup and effects are pretty rudimentary. The skin mask looks like a cheap vinyl Halloween mask, a lot of the blood is clearly CGI, and the quality of the gore makeup and effects (Leatherface flaying skin from a half-conscious man's face) is only comparable to that which you might see on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Bones.

Given all these aspects, if I was pressed to name ANYTHING I found redeeming or rewarding about viewing this film, I'd draw a blank. The gore factor is low; the acting's bad; the dialogue is horrible; the story is inconsistent and weak; there is no mood, atmosphere or suspense; there are no scares at all; Leatherface looks and acts like a 60 year old (the only real storyline consistency present in the film) and isn't frightening by any stretch of the imagination. Just an overall bad movie.

If you buy it, you'll most likely regret it. I do. Just saying.

Diablo III
Diablo III
Price: $18.85
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did away with character personalization points system...!, May 22, 2012
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First off, let me state that, like many of the reviewers here, I ADORED Diablo II. I would play it for hours on end just to level my character up and find unique magic items, as well as hone the skills of my choice. That D2 absorbed so much of my time is definitely saying something since I'm not the "gamer" type at all. D2 was fun, expansive, and, most importantly, provided you with the ability to craft your own unique and powerful warrior through skill points and abilities. So, naturally, the first thing that stuck out like a sore thumb to me in playing THIS game was the LACK of such a system. Gone is the ability to personalize and therefore create a unique fighter to pit against the forces of evil (or other players). And, really, that is one BIG boo-boo one Blizzard's part. As one of the drives that kept people playing D2 just to level up and create their own character, it was a truly foolish move to do away with that ability.

Secondly, it may just be me, but this game seems more... boring? Sure, its basically the same modus operandi as D1 and D2, but it feels a little too much like a beginner RPG from the early 90's ("Quest breakdown: To find A, you must find B. But to find B, you have to find and kill C. Talk to D to find out where C is located."). Its just more of a "going through the motions" kind of RPG and gets stale REALLY quickly. I find little to no motivation to find and kill Maghda, or whomever, because it simply feels like facing just another enemy, knowing full well that it will only result in yet another boring quest and a few rare items that your character class probably won't be able to use anyway.

And perhaps some of this boredom comes from the fact that the game is just too damn EASY. You're only allowed to start out at "easy" difficulty, and after a while of gameplay, you seriously start to feel like you must have made some REALLY smart choices in how you equipped your hero because even the "big" baddies you encounter barely leave a scratch, and releasing prisoners or flipping levers is a quick, almost effortless process.

And that really hits at the sore spot with Diablo III - its as if Blizzard was trying to make a foolproof RPG; one in which there is no difficulty in obtaining Scrolls of Town Portals or Scrolls of Item Identification - these abilities are automatically provided for you (and don't even require any mana, spirit, etc to use!). You no longer have to strategically plan which items you will equip your character with or where you will allocate your hard-earned skill points or which abilities to level up. Leveling your character up is a breeze now, too. But it doesn't really matter since there's no point to get excited about leveling up anyways (for the aforementioned reasons). No more having to pay to hire on a mercenary (or "follower") - they work for free! No more shifting items in your inventory to make room for something new and (somewhat) cool. EVERYTHING fits in 1-2 slots, so you have more than enough space for all the cool crap you find, plus some filler junk that you happen to accidentally pick up along the way.

All in all, a big disappointment from Blizzard. I'm guessing they invested most of their energies in creating the cinematics (which ARE stunning and impressive) and neglected the gameplay aspect. Sigh. Hopefully they'll reinvent certain aspects of the game and address some of these problems with the inevitable expansion pack. But I'm not holding my breath.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) (Packaging May Vary) [Blu-ray]
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) (Packaging May Vary) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by Shopville USA
Price: $79.99
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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At long last, the Ewoks FINALLY have eyelids of their own!, September 10, 2011
Bless you, George Lucas, in all your benevolent glory, for finally granting the deserving Ewoks the gift of blinking. Their unwavering devotion to the great and all-powerful deity that is yourself has paid off at last. Again, I say "bless you, kind sir!"

The Fame Monster [Deluxe Edition]
The Fame Monster [Deluxe Edition]
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Price: $13.40
147 used & new from $0.31

744 of 850 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY is it edited?!, November 24, 2009
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There was no mention either on Amazon or on the CD case that this album was edited/censored! "Bitc*" just doesn't sound natural as "bit." Period. If the record companies are going to continue to censor albums that I shelled out my hard-earned money for, I will have no qualms nor any feeling of emotional turmoil or moral dilemma downloading uncensored bootlegged versions for free instead and keeping my cash. Record/releasing companies: Release the unedited album now and at no additional cost to those of us who already bought this censored garbage!
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Tales from the Crypt: Season 2
Tales from the Crypt: Season 2
DVD ~ Various
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Price: $8.99
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest seasons!, July 19, 2006
This one's got some great episodes:

"Dead Right" starring Demi Moore as a gold-digger looking for a quick cash fix by wedding a fat slob (Jeffrey Tambor). Very entertaining episode.

"The Switch" starring William Hickey as an old man searching for the fountain of youth (figuratively) in order to make himself attractive to the woman of his dreams. Directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Three's A Crowd" starring Gavin O'Herlihy as a jealous husband who suspects his wife is running away with his best friend for their anniversary. Definitely one of the best "deadly serious" TFTC episodes ever made.

"The Thing From The Grave" starring Teri Hatcher as a supermodel whose agent/ex-boyfriend (Miguel Ferrer) kills off her new beau.

"For Cryin' Out Loud" starring Lee Arenberg as Marty, a crooked concert promoter whose nosey and annoying conscience decides to speak up. Also starring Katey Sagal, Iggy Pop, and Sam Kinison as the voice of Marty's conscience.

"Four-Sided Triangle" starring Patricia Arquette as a girl trapped on a farm who insists that her boyfriend, the farm scarecrow, is alive.

"Fitting Punishment" starring Moses Gunn as a dishonest, penny-pinching funeral home director who takes in a lifestyle-cramping relative.

"Television Terror" starring Morton Downey Jr. as a sleazy TV journalist who takes a tour of a haunted house... LIVE on television! Very atmospheric and creepy episode...

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