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The Crippled Masters
The Crippled Masters
DVD ~ Jack Conn
18 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Look Away....., April 17, 2014
This review is from: The Crippled Masters (DVD)
Are you a fan of those 1970's Shaw Brothers martial arts movies? Think you've seen it all when it comes to Kung Fu theater; flying guillotine hats, floating thrones, insane flying wire fights? Well if you're a fan of those cheesy movies, you must watch "The Crippled Masters"!

The storyline is that a cruel warlord punishes those who disobey him by having them crippled, one has his arms chopped off, and the second has his legs eaten away be acid.The two men team up with an old kung fu master and learn ways to overcome their loss of limbs and fight for revenge. Oh, did I forget to mention that the cruel warlord has a turtle-like humpback that he uses to snap other people's spines?

The story takes a backseat (as it usually does in these films), and the focus is strictly on the kung fu. Loaded with cheap sound f/x, badly dubbed dialogue, and fun fight choreography, "The Crippled Masters" is fascinating viewing.

Black Flag Wasp and Hornet Aerosol Spray, 14-Ounce
Black Flag Wasp and Hornet Aerosol Spray, 14-Ounce
Offered by Drill Spot
Price: $4.86
3 used & new from $4.86

5.0 out of 5 stars It's That Time of Year Again, April 16, 2014
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I love summer!! I love the warm weather, having cook-outs and friends over for beer and crabs on my deck, and I even enjoy opening the shed up and getting out the lawn and garden equipment. The only thing I don't like about the warm weather are the stinging insects that seem to prefer taking up residence in my shed, under the decking and along the gutters.

I always pick up a can of Black Flag Wasp spray at the beginning of every season because nothing ruins a nice summer day than having a bunch of angry hornets buzzing your patio or deck. This spray allows you to saturate and destroy nests from a safe distance as well, so there's no need to get out the ladder and risk getting stung when clearing out these pests. Simply saturate the nest, give the Black Flag time to work, and come back and knock the now dead nest down with a broom. Quick, easy and safe!

Spectracide Aerosol Weed and Grass Foaming Edger, 17-Ounce
Spectracide Aerosol Weed and Grass Foaming Edger, 17-Ounce
Offered by TheSaleBox
Price: $5.69
2 used & new from $2.97

3.0 out of 5 stars An Ongoing Review, April 9, 2014
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This will be another ongoing review, as I'm sure it will take a few weeks for any real results to appear. Every year I have to dig up weed that grow between the concrete slabs on my driveway, and front walk, as well as the sidewalk in front of my house. This year I'm going to apply Foaming Edger to these areas, and hope that I won't have to go out there every couple of weeks to pull up the weeds and grass that grow between the cracks.

I made the first application last night (it's the first time in a week that there is no rain in the forecast), and used maybe a 1/4 of the can. I will continue to modify this review as the "growing" season gets underway.

Safer Brand 9333 Ringer Lawn Fertilizer
Safer Brand 9333 Ringer Lawn Fertilizer
Price: $39.99
3 used & new from $32.83

4.0 out of 5 stars An Ongoing Review, April 7, 2014
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I figure that this review will take a few weeks to complete, as I want to wait until I see the final results before I settle on a rating.

With that said I spread Lawn Restore over my lawn this past weekend. I live on a quarter acre, and I would say that the Lawn Restore covered about 75% of lawn. Luckily the conditions were perfect, and we've had showers off and on over the past 3 days, with rain continuing today. According to the instructions, the lawn should be kept wet for a least four days after application, so I should be good to go.

I will update when I see any change or growth.

Update 1: It's been two weeks since spreading Lawn Restore, and I have to say that my lawn seems to be growing very lush and thick where I fertilized. I also notice that I don't have any weeds popping up where I spread the Lawn Restore, but have scattered dandelions where I was unable to spread the fertilizer.

I will post another update in a week or two.

South Park:  The Stick of Truth - Playstation 3
South Park: The Stick of Truth - Playstation 3
Price: $39.99
74 used & new from $30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A South Park Game That is Actually Fun!!, April 7, 2014
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While I've always been a big fan of the TV show, I always felt that the games produced using the title and characters from the show were a rip-off. (Remember that awful game where you ran around with a cow launcher??) "The Stick of Truth" is truly the first game where the creators were able to capture the humor of the show, while also providing a really fun and engrossing game.

Imagine playing Skyrim with Cartman and you kind of get what's going on with "The Stick of Truth". You play as a customizable new kid who has just moved to South Park. You meet and make friends with Cartman, Stan, Kyle & Kenny, each leading their own faction of warriors, elves and wizards in search of The Stick of Truth. You take part in a variety of missions, gain skill levels and get more power the more missions you complete. It's a standard role playing game that you've probably seen a bunch of times, but with a unique South Park flavor.

If you are a fan of the show, you will love the game, simply because you can run around and explore the town, meet all of the characters from the TV show, and it's highly offensive. If you aren't familiar with South Park, I don't know this would be a title you would want to pick up. Sure the game is a fun to play, and can be challenging at times, but it's the game's sense of humor that pushes the rating to five stars.

Redemption Mountain: A Novel
Redemption Mountain: A Novel
by Gerry FitzGerald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.20
80 used & new from $0.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tries to Tackle Too Much, March 28, 2014
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Buried under all the excess, "Redemption Mountain" has a pretty decent love story to tell, but Firtzgerald tries to tackle too many topics and the interesting story gets buried in the mix.

Natty Oaks is young mother with two kids, one of which is mentally challenged. She's living in a loveless, sometimes abusive marriage, and hopes one day that things will get better. Unfortunately she soon learns that her family's farm on Redemption Mountain is about to be leveled in the progress. A new coal burning plant is being built in the small town of Red Bone, West Virginia, and the politicians have basically given the large corporate permission to come in and level Natty's mountain to mine coal.

Charlie Burden lives in a post upper New York neighborhood, his wife is hoping to become president of the local country club, and both of his children have moved on to successful careers of their own. Charlie wants to get back to his first passion of buidling stuff, and requests a change of venue. Hoping for China, Charlie soon learns he will be heading into the mountains of West Virginia to help correct an expensive company error with the plant in Red Bone.

When Natty and Charlie meet, the spark they feel is undeniable.

Again, this isn't a bad story, I like the characters to a degree, and I really liked the setting. There were a few problems though. For instance, the dialogue Natty is given is sometimes painful to read as it comes off almost stereotypical hillbilly. Her thoughts are internal monologues sound like a completely different "voice" than what comes tumbling over her lips. For instance, when her daughter rubs ketchup on her blouse as the corporate big-wigs are introducing themselves, Natty drops an "F" bomb as the first thing out of her mouth?? We've been reading her thoughts for almost 50 pages, and this seems so crass and out of character it was pretty jarring.

So if you don't mind wading through the fluff, and extra story tangents, you may like this novel.

Oreck Ultimate Handheld Bagged Canister Vacuum, CC1600
Oreck Ultimate Handheld Bagged Canister Vacuum, CC1600
Price: $129.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Little Handy Vac, March 27, 2014
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This little Oreck is perfect for cleaning up between the sofa cushions, or vacuuming up the stairway, or even pulling the occasional cobweb off the ceiling or light fixture.

The actual canister is pretty small, and it comes with a strap so that you can sling the vacuum over your hip and move around the room. You can reach some pretty difficult placed to vacuum with this unit, and since it's not heavy at all, simply strap it on and move around the room (or at least as much at the power cord allows) cleaning up.

I'm looking forward to warmer weather as the Oreck will be perfect to use when washing the cars. I won't have to lug out the upright and fiddle around with the hoses to clean down in and under the seats. Plus the Oreck is more powerful than a dust buster and with the multiple attachments that come with th unit, I'll be able to clean out all those nooks and crannies where the old Big Mac lettuce and stray M&M's like to hide.

I will say that the small bag does fill rather quickly, so you'll want to use this only for smaller jobs, but it does a great job.

Batman CLASSIC LOGO Adult Black Hoody Sweatshirt, 2XL
Batman CLASSIC LOGO Adult Black Hoody Sweatshirt, 2XL
Offered by PosterRevolution
Price: $35.49
2 used & new from $29.98

5.0 out of 5 stars My Son's "Winter" Coat??!?!, March 26, 2014
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I will say that this hoody is very, very well made. My son (who still wears short sleeved shirts in Winter?!?!?!), refuses to wear a coat. I have no idea where this comes from as once the mercury drops below 60 degrees, I'm breaking out the long-johns and bulky sweaters. So when the temp dropped this year, we picked up this hoody for a gift as he's a huge Batman fan.

He loves it! It goes everywhere with him, and has stood up to the teenager test. This hoody has survived him playing football, running, filming horror movies, to riding bikes. It's been washed a couple dozen times by now and the logo has remained vibrant, it hasn't shrunk, hasn't frayed, it looks as it he's just pulled it out of the box.

Pick this up for the Batman fan in you life, they'll love it!

Dove Advanced Care with Nutriummoisture Antiperspirant Deodorant, Nourished Beauty, 2.6 Ounce
Dove Advanced Care with Nutriummoisture Antiperspirant Deodorant, Nourished Beauty, 2.6 Ounce
Price: $4.95
9 used & new from $0.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the Trick, March 26, 2014
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My daughter snapped up this deodorant to throw in her gym bag. Her school day starts off with gym, and she hates it!! Showering in the morning, only to ride the bus for 10 minutes, jump out and head right to the gym to work up a sweat and have to get cleaned up again.

She was happy that the Dove has a nice scent, but best of all, it kept her dry, and provided the antiperspriant protection she wants without smelling like she's doused her armpits with body spray.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze - Nintendo Wii U
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze - Nintendo Wii U
Price: $39.98
42 used & new from $37.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun...But Frustrating, March 13, 2014
I've really enjoyed playing several games with my kids on the Wii U, from the "Disney Infinity" to the "Super Mario" to this new "Donkey Kong Country", we've spent hours playing together.

"Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze" starts as Donkey Kong and family find their island under attack and put into a deep freeze. Donkey Kong, with the help of Diddie, Dixie and Cranky, must island hop back to the frozen fortress and retake their home from a variety of icy villains.

Like the previous entries in this series, it's all about team work and adding to Donkey Kong's abilities by having him partner up with Dixie, Diddie and Cranky, to overcome the baddies. The gameplay is a definate throw-back to the original titles in this series, and the game style featured in "Donkey Kong Country Returns" has been dropped. So if you are looking for an open world 3D experience, you won't like this title.

The graphics are fantastic, the music is fun, the bad guys are new and fun.

With that said, "Tropical Freeze" is a very, very tough game to play. The gameplay, while fun, is very difficult. My daughter has just about given up playing the game simply because it is so tough to beat. The boss battles go on forever!

For instance there is one level where you have to beat three monkeys who team up to swing hammers at you and toss bombs. The first stage is avoiding the mallet swinging monkeys, and rolling into the one not swinging the hammer. Once you do this twice, it knocks one of the monkeys away, so you're down to facing two. The next stage has the two remaining monkeys dropping down and rolling after you, you have to jump over the rolling monkeys, wait until they sit up and then roll into them to knock them away. The next stage has those two monkey throwing bombs at you. Bombs made out of barbs and bombs made out of melons. You have to avoid the barb bombs, as touching them or being too close will make you lose a life. Once the melon bombs are tossed out you can pick those up and throw them back , once you blow up one of the monkeys, the last monkey remaining climbs back to the top of the screen....and then re-creates two more monkeys out of ice, so you're back at square one. The next stage has the two ice monkeys grabbing the feet of the 3rd monkey and swinging down tossing bombs you have to avoid. Once they throw a melon bomb, you pick it up and toss it at the monkey chain and blow it up. Now all three monkeys climb back up and begin swinging on vines trying to hit you with mallets or hitting you with a bomb. Now you have to roll into the last non-ice monkey, when he's not swinging a hammer, and take him out. Finally you've beaten the boss for this level. And this is like the 2nd or 3rd level boss, not the final boss. And each level's boss is as difficult if not moreso?!?!

And as you play each level, you'll notice there are levels within each world that don't open up, I'm still trying to figure out how to open these levels to play. I'm guessing that I have to replay levels and Beat the Clock, or either collect all of the hidden puzzle pieces or make sure KONG is spelled out on each level....I'm not sure???

So to wrap up, yes the game is fun, but if you are picking this up for kids, you may want to reconsider as it's a tough game to beat.
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