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Bronze White Crystal and Freshwater Pearl Strand Bracelet, 7.5+1" Extender
Bronze White Crystal and Freshwater Pearl Strand Bracelet, 7.5+1" Extender
Price: $21.13

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty and sparkly, March 27, 2013
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This bracelet is composed of irregularly shaped, oblong freshwater pearls interspersed randomly with clear crystals on a dark brown thread. The little crystals catch the light and creates rainbow dots scattered around. Like your own personal disco lights everywhere you go. Like!
It is nicely made and quite heavy giving it a luxurious feel. It came in a dark blue drawstring bag inside a box which is a nice touch for gift-giving. The bracelet itself is a bit small and may be tight on some folks. The extender should address that. My only quibble is with the less than robust looking extender chain; I think that if you hooked the clasp to the extender you might be able to accidentally pull it apart if you caught the bracelet on something.
Very nice, quite pretty.


The Magnificent 12: The Call
The Magnificent 12: The Call
by Michael Grant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.96
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3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't we read this before?, March 21, 2013
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The Prince of Noirs started reading this book and lost interest. He said the story was almost identical to many he had read before: ordinary boy discovers that he is Magical and Special and needs to save the world.
The Prince sniffed "I know how it's going to turn out". That said, he enjoyed "the same old story" many times before he got to this version. If your kid is not jaded and burned out on magical and special boy stories I'm sure it would be fine.


The Glass Key [Import]
The Glass Key [Import]
DVD ~ Brian Donlevy
Offered by Rare Imports
Price: $25.98
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish noir with Ladd and Lake at their peaks!, October 13, 2011
This review is from: The Glass Key [Import] (DVD)
This movie is a cheerful noir romp (really) with the delightful Brian Donlevy, the noir sex kitten Veronica Lake and the little rubber ball Alan Ladd all in top form. The story centers around some good old-fashioned political skullduggery where the League of Voters/racketeer Paul Madvig(Donlevy) throws his weight behind the "reform" mayoral candidate just to get a shot at his fabulous daughter Janet Henry(Lake). However, his trusty sidekick, Ed Beaumont(Ladd), gets a gander at Veronica and ...schwang! He wants her for himself. Problems arrive in the form of family members entwined in unholy ways, an angry rebuffed gangster and the murder of a ne'er-do-well son that Madvig seems bent on taking the fall for. Alan Ladd is the stand up guy for his boss who takes a truly brutal beating at the hands of Jeff(William Bendix in fine form as well) in order to ferret out information about the frame up. All's well in the end and our "hero" even gets the girl.

This movie is notable in a number of ways: the beating that Alan Ladd takes is truly scary. It is much more visceral than any ridiculous slo-mo John Woo kind of stuff. The baddies drop Alan Ladd into a tub full of water and they actually drop him in there...I can't see any modern movie star allowing such a degrading scene be filmed. There is something disturbing about the masochistic Jeff (Bendix) who seems to get some kind of unhealthy pleasure specifically out of beating the crap out of Beaumont. I think there's a psych thesis in there somewhere. Next is the Ladd/Lake thing. They look great together. She's not much of an acress but who cares? Finally, was Miller's Crossing based on this movie? I see significant plot parallels.

Anyway the whole thing is gorgeous to look at and plays along lickety split. Stands up to the test of time. Recommended.


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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Existential Kabuki Western nonsense, October 11, 2011
Holy guacamole this is a bad movie. I think with it's existential, stilted uncomfortable dialog and the kabuki theater stylings it should be much more interesting than it is. And it was directed by Nicholas Ray? I guess we all have bad days. Joan Crawford is positively scary in her make-up mask that never twitches no matter what the scene is. Tears come but they don't mess the face because I think her make-up repels water. And Sterling Hayden? Why do I keep thinking of the wolf in that Hoodwinked animated kid's movie? And finally, those two are supposed to be in love? Isn't she a bit...embalmed...for him? Eeeeeeeeeee

Anyway, the story as it is, revolves around "Vienna" the fallen woman who has built a saloon on the edge of town that apparently accepts all clientele including the underaged. She is canoodling with a bank robber called, get this, the Dancing Kid. However she gets to pining for her old lover Johnny Guitar. He shows up, Dancing Kid gets all snooty, the bank gets robbed, gunplay ensues, there are some explosions and there's a cat-fight with more gunplay at the end.

The other actors around the two leads apparently took this assignment seriously and hand in perfectly normal performances. Joan and Sterling, however, should have been sent back to community theater and please, someone wash that garish red gash off that woman's face.

Seriously, only for the masochistic.


The Man Who Changed His Mind
The Man Who Changed His Mind
DVD ~ Boris Karloff
Price: $17.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah. Classic sci-fi romp, May 2, 2011
This review is from: The Man Who Changed His Mind (DVD)
Nice indeed! This is an excellent science fiction movie from 1936 starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee. Boris is almost humane as the experimental neurologists who goes over the edge when his peers laugh him off the podium during a presentation. I know how he feels! His fabulous discovery is the ability to transfer the "soul" of a person, their thoughts and personality, to another body. He is working in a shabby house with his catty, wheelchair bound critic (lover?) whose primary purpose is to throw cold water all over the professor's bigger ideas including the notion of getting a woman in the place to cook and clean! The prof had apparently been tossed out of his last gig in Zurich but not before he found his muse, a lovely young lady doctor (yes! how I enjoyed seeing a strong smart woman on the screen). He calls to her, she can't refuse. The catty wheelchair boyfriend bristles, the rich newspaper reporter boyfriend pursues, rich dad comes on in and the whole thing is set in motion. Rich dad sets up the professor in his Institute and expects him to produce! Such pressure! The talk goes bad, and personalities start flying in and out of bodies but in the end the girl scientist sets is all right. The monkeys make an effective cameo, and all this plays out in about an hour.

I totally loved this movie. It played like a house on fire. There were unexpected twists and turns to the plot both devious and unexpected. Speaking of fire, Mr Karloff smokes through the whole movie, lighting his cigarette on the bunsen burner in a gesture so graceful and nonchalant I wanted to take up smoking just to do that very thing. The production values were surprisingly good as was the acting. The print and the sound were great. I totally recommend it.


The Man with Nine Lives
The Man with Nine Lives
DVD ~ Boris Karloff
Offered by Paint it Orange
Price: $7.68
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee brings the dead back to life!, April 5, 2011
This review is from: The Man with Nine Lives (DVD)
Classic queso! This little sci fi chiller (pun intended) moves right along. We open with a young buck scientist exploring the boundaries of science in the eternal fight against cancer. His premise is right: apply just enough death to kill the cancer but not the patient. We struggle with this fine line all the time in my field. So he freezes folks to kill the cancer, but can't get them cold enough for long enough. Love the freeze antidote: hot coffee! Poured in with a funnel! Coffee bong!! Brings ME back to life so I can vouch for that. Anyway, he is told off for his bad PR skills and is encouraged to take a vacation. What does he do? He takes his decidedly not frozen nursey squeeze and heads north to find the pioneering Dr Kravaal. Who is surprisingly easy to find in his frozen lair! Nursey falls through the rotten wooden floor which would have had me refusing to walk through the wooden-rail-propped corridors but hey. The fun begins when they find the Frozen Doc and some baddies who just don't have the right appreciation for the nuances of Science. Genuine chills (pun-ish me!) when the doc defends his experiments in extremis (I know just how he feels! A little gunplay around here might improve my projects as well) and then decides to turn his experimental plans on Our Heroes.
I really enjoyed this movie. Nicely filmed, reasonable acting, plot went right along and except for the fact that the scientists completely forgot about that curing cancer thing, the plot held together pretty well. Recommended!


Reebok Zigenergy Running Shoe (Big Kid)
Reebok Zigenergy Running Shoe (Big Kid)
Price: $40.00 - $69.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can see them from space, January 23, 2011
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My boy got these shoes from Santa for Christmas. He wanted them because Sidney Crosby shills them. He absolutely loves them because they are very springy. He is the envy of his hockey home boys. However, you can see them from space. Bright and huge.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars argh!, January 23, 2011
I loved this jacket. It fit perfectly, had a nice soft hand, and looks casually glamorous. I washed it with cold water, and dried it on low heat until it was still damp, and it shrunk! It got kind of twisted looking across the back lower seam. Not happy. Don't wash it.


The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
Price: $11.88
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. Bob as he steps off the precipice., October 31, 2010
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Just Bob, his guitar, his harmonica and a reel-to-reel. He sings these demos straight then offers to write them down and apologizes for forgetting the words. It is sweet, sad, charming, lovely. He covers lots of songs on these two DVDs, ranging from the very obscure to his landmark songs. The sound is clean and sharp and it's like Bob is in your house, strumming away and singing you songs. I totally love this.


Breathless (The Criterion Collection)
Breathless (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Jean-Paul Belmondo
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2 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't speak French., October 31, 2010
I am starting to come to the conclusion that "The Criterion Collection" means "buyer beware". This is not the first Criterion Collection DVD I have purchased that has had technical issues. In this movie, the entire bedroom scene where our two protagonists chat in bed was uninterpretable on this DVD due to the fact that the subtitles went by in a single frame flash. I thought: is this intended to be subliminal? Because that's about all I was getting. I don't speak french and couldn't read the subtitles, and the scene went on too long for me to simply enjoy two lovely humans rolling around together. Last time I saw this movie, in about 1979, I think it had the same problem. I would have thought that it would have been fixed for this release.

The movie itself is of interest in that it represented a break from traditional films and moviemaking. Even now, the casual nature of the protagonists love affair is a bit shocking, and the nihilistic approach to life that the main characters display is oh so stylized. But I loved looking at it and enjoyed the cat-and-mouse with the Inspector. The jazz music score is funny to us now but it still a great counterpoint to the action. How I wish to look like Jean Seberg! Worthwhile viewing, but it's best only if you speak french.
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