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The Green Inferno [Blu-ray]
The Green Inferno [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Lorenza Izzo
Price: $19.96
30 used & new from $12.30

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a PG-13 Horror, But Fails to Live Up to the Genre Classics, February 8, 2016
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I'm a big fan of the films "Green Inferno" is inspired by; "Cannibal Holocaust", "Cannibal Ferox" etc. I had heard this movie was good, but not able to live up to what came before it, and after watching it, I have to agree. There are moments that approach the intensity of those older films, but "Green Inferno" almost always pulls back at the last moment. While in this day and age of PG-13 horror, "Green Inferno" can be seen as pushing the envelope, genre fans understand that this films fails in delivering the horror and chills that the films which inspired it achieved.

A group of activists fly down to the rain forest in order to stop a natural gas company from bulldozing a native village. When the students' plane crashes, the survivors find themselves captured, and on the menu of the local cannibal clan.

A nice alternative to the too tame horror film of today, but nowhere near as intense as the same genre films of the 1980's.

Night Train To Terror (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
Night Train To Terror (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
DVD ~ Cameron Mitchell
Price: $14.39
16 used & new from $12.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Horrible Film, February 5, 2016
The right audience will LOVE this movie, but if you're looking for jolts and scare...or even a good movie, keep on looking. "Night Train to Terror" is amazing. Packed full of incompetence, but lots of heart, it's a train-wreck (sorry but I couldn't resist) of a movie.

As the film opens we meet a jazzercise class in full swing on a runaway train. All spandexed up and looking to rock and roll, this group of partiers fails to realize they are on a trained doomed to crash, and in the next car over God and Satan are dueling over their fates. Satan presents three "cases" for God's review in which he gleefully points out humanity's failings, and as God points out the good found in Man in even the worst circumstances. Each case is it's own little story, none of which are very good or even really coherent, but each is chock full of over-the-top scenery chewing, blood, boobs and amazing dialog.

No, this isn't a "good" film, but it's enjoyable as hell in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way. Recommended if bad movies are your thing.

Mineralizing Thermal Spa Water, from French Volcanoes, 150g
Mineralizing Thermal Spa Water, from French Volcanoes, 150g
Price: $14.00

3.0 out of 5 stars My Wife Likes It, February 3, 2016
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I grabbed a bottle of this for my wife to use. Here in the Northeast, Winter can be tough on skin. Everything is so dry, my wife would use hand lotion and body lotion like crazy. I thought that the Vichy Water may be a nice alternative to the oily lotion.

It's not really, so if that's why you may be thinking of picking this up, you're better off going the body lotion route. The bottle says to spray the Vichy water on, let it sit, and then dry off. Unlike a lotion, this isn't meant to soak into the skin. To me it just seems like added hassle, but my wife likes it.

I think I'll just stick to body and hand lotion.

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Pave Heart Pendant Necklace, 16.5"+2" Extender
Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Pave Heart Pendant Necklace, 16.5"+2" Extender
Price: $19.12

5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Pick-Me-Up Present, February 1, 2016
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I picked this up for my Mom for a "just because" gift and she loved it. She's a big fan of Silver Sterling jewelry, and this Heart fits right into her style. It's a nice piece, that won't break the bank, and makes for a nice pick-me-up for someone.

Black Samson
Black Samson
Offered by It's the Kismet, Stupid
Price: $27.16
2 used & new from $24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, But a Bit Slow, January 28, 2016
This review is from: Black Samson (DVD)
Before I write this review, let me state that if you're thinking of picking this film up, there is a 4-movie set titled "Urban Action", and "Black Samson" is included with that pack for about 1/3 the price listed here.4 Film Favorites: Urban Action (Black Belt Jones, Black Samson, Hot Potato, Three the Hard Way)

Samson is a strip club owner in Los Angeles, but he's a "righteous" dude, and does his best to keep his streets clean of drugs and violence. The mob wants to move into Samson's territory as they see it's been left untouched by the local drug kingpin, and see it as an opportunity to expand their presence.

This isn't a bad flick, but it's a bit slow compared to similar titles in the genre. What action there is, isn't bad, but there are long stretches where not much happens.

Brotherhood of Death
Brotherhood of Death

3.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Low Budget Entertainment, January 26, 2016
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I'm a fan of these 70's Blaxploitation flicks, and "Brotherhood of Death" is a quick fun watch.

Three friends find themselves targeted by the KKK, and join the army to escape the persecution at home. Over in Vietnam they learn how to fight, and how to make money thanks to the drug trade. They return home ready to take the fight back to the Klan.

Most of these films are low budget quickies, but "Brotherhood of Death" is a true cheapie. Vietnam looks suspiciously like the woods of Virginia, and the only sets are an abandoned barn and what looks like a basement bar. That's not a bad thing though, it give the movie a great vibe, and I'm in to see the Klan get what it deserves.

The acting is horrible, and the directing is awful. Quite a few times the screen is simply too dark to see what's happening. But for a free movie on Amazon Prime, I was entertained. If you like this type of movie, give it a shot.

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
by Paul Andrew Hutton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Shaara's Civil War Trilogy?, January 26, 2016
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It really depends on what you are looking for if you'll like "The Apache Wars". If you want something more along the lines of historical fiction, look elsewhere, as Hutton's writing style is chock full of dates, names and historical details. No, it doesn't read like a dry text book, but it's a bit more heavy than historical fiction.

Good novel, and an amazing story told very, very well. If you are a fan of Michael Shaara's Civil War Trilogy, you would probably enjoy "The Apache Wars."

Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy
DVD ~ Warren Beatty
Price: $4.99
73 used & new from $0.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Colorful, January 22, 2016
This review is from: Dick Tracy (DVD)
Visually impressive, "Dick Tracy" takes "comic book movie" to a whole new level. Filled with vibrant colors, and odd camera angles, Warren Beatty's vision of the famous detective literally pops off the screen.

As the film opens we learn that gangster Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice is taking over, and wants to unite all of the mob families under his control. Big Boy uses any means necessary to grab control, and the only person that can stop Caprice's rampage is police detective Dick Tracy. Tracy finds himself falling for Caprice's new singer, Breathless Mahoney, who may be working with Caprice to set Tracy up.

There are a few twists and turns, and while the character development is about as deep as a four panel comic, there is plenty of fun here. The cast is fantastic, and you can really tell that they are having a blast bringing these larger than life characters to the screen. While the story feels ripped right from some 1930's pulp, it's all about the visuals with this film.

The only reason I don't rate this film higher is due to Madonna. She is almost toxic in this film. While 90% of the movie plays out like a fun, family film that Disney could've put out, Madonna shows up, and is either dropping sexual innuendos, or wearing a see-through negligee. It's almost like she wasn't aware of the film she was appearing in, a real jarring shift in gears. To top it off, the songs she sings are horrible, and don't showcase her strongest talent. She's trying to channel Betty-Boop and just falls flat.

Overall it's a fun movie, and Beatty did a solid job of creating a wonderfully colorful university for his yellow trench coated detective.

Untouchables, The (1987)
Untouchables, The (1987)
DVD ~ Various
Price: $3.74
64 used & new from $2.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film, January 18, 2016
This review is from: Untouchables, The (1987) (DVD)
This movie stands the test of time. How in the world is this almost 30 years old now??? Based on true events, "The Untouchables" features the hunt for Al Capone by Elliott Ness and his G-men during the Prohibition era of the 1930's. While we've seen this story before (the film itself is based on a 1960's TV show), it's the direction and the acting which elevates this movie to such a high mark.

Costner is at his best as Elliott Ness, a straight laced Treasury agent thrust onto the front line of a mob ruled Chicago. Sean Connery as Jimmy Malone, an older beat cop that takes Ness under his wing, and shows him how to work around the system to go after Capone. Robert DeNiro as Al Capone, a charming psychopath that will stop at nothing to maintain the power hold he has over the city's bootleg liquor operation.

A great score, suspenseful direction, and beautifully shot makes this a must own movie.

Zinus Tufted Faux Leather Upholstered Platform Bed with Footboard and Wooden Slats, Full, Espresso
Zinus Tufted Faux Leather Upholstered Platform Bed with Footboard and Wooden Slats, Full, Espresso
Price: $249.89
2 used & new from $244.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 Minute Build Time!!! Looks Great!!, January 18, 2016
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In all honesty, I think it took me longer to get the box this bed came in upstairs and unpacked than it took for me to assemble the bed!!

At one point in time, we've all gotten one of those do-it-yourself/some-assembly-required boxes of furniture from Walmart, Target or IKEA. (and I'm usually the guy that inevitably screws up the assembly within the 1st or 2nd step, and then have to go back and correct my error at a later step). It's time consuming drudgery, that makes us question why we didn't just drop the extra money to go buy a pre-assembled piece. So when I picked out this Zinus bed for my son, I planned on spending most of a Saturday getting the thing put together.

So here is how it went, step by step:
1. UPS Drops off 1 box, a big box for sure, but I expected that there would be 2 boxes at a minimum? Oh well, call my son over, and he helps me carry the box upstairs. (definitely get help lifting the box, it's 70lbs and a bit large for a 1-person move)
2. Unpack the box, and inside is the headboard.....only the headboard!?!?! (I knew it!!...they forgot the box with the base still sitting on the UPS truck probably). Oh never mind, there's a zipper on the back of the headboard, all of the other components are stored inside the headboard.
3. That's it? I'm still not sure they sent the whole bed. Where are all the screws, and grommets and wedge things? First you screw in the feet on the headboard and baseboard.
4. I unfold a long metal bar, snap down two support legs. I insert two screws into the support legs to keep them straight.
5. I secure this long metal bar (think of it like a spine that connects the baseboard and headboard) using two screws at each end.
6. I unfold a 2nd metal bar which fits securely into the first metal bar creating a big plus sign.
7. There are 4 side supports that fasten to 2 per side, one from the head and one from the foot of the bed, secure them with 2 screws per end.
8. The slats are secured with Velcro to the top of the side supports, simply unroll them.


I began construction on the bed at Noon on Saturday, and I was done by 12:17!!!

To top it off, the bed is super sturdy, provide a great level of support, and it looks great!

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