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Marrywindix Fashion Unisex Computer Glasses- Anti-reflective ,Anti-glare ,Clear Lens, Uv Protection (Amber)
Marrywindix Fashion Unisex Computer Glasses- Anti-reflective ,Anti-glare ,Clear Lens, Uv Protection (Amber)
Offered by Marrywindix
Price: $10.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Paid for NEW, Received a Pre-Owned Pair., October 9, 2015
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Product is fine. There's no noticeable difference between viewing quality and the screen. The glasses themselves are cheap (which is why people buy them) and they feel cheap too - but look unassuming if they're something you plan to be using while typing notes in a lecture hall. You won't look ridiculous but you do need to keep them in their case because I guarantee they'll snap in two if placed in a pocket.

HOWEVER: my order arrived this morning but when I opened it the glasses were NOT new. Instead, the glasses were covered with finger prints, dried liquid and bleached blonde eyelashes. This was completely disgusting and unsanitary and for that reason I'm giving this a poor review. I reached out to amazon and they were kind enough to provide me with a partial refund for my troubles. Currently disinfecting the glasses with alcohol pads and screen cleaning cloth to be safe. Very unhygienic. I will add the photos I took if requested.


Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: $29.96
33 used & new from $9.95

58 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the man make the suit or the suit make the man?, May 1, 2013
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EDIT: If you are marking this review as unhelpful, please comment below as I would love to hear why you think so. In order to give potential customers the most informed opinion, discourse is good - so please tell me why you don't agree (be forewarned, I may rebut). It is my intention to provide the most thorough review of the film possible without spoilers. Please refrain from posting them in the comment section of this review.

Premise: One year after the harrowing events of "The Avengers", Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is a changed man - he's seen things and now they're taking a toll on his psyche and his relationship with Pepper (Paltrow). When a mysterious terrorist known only as the Mandarin (Kingsley) initiates a series of terrorist attacks against the United States, tragedy hits home for Stark - stirring him to action. As Stark investigates this new foe, he learns about the technological program known as "Extremis" which brings him against a new line of cyber-enhanced foes that might be more than a match for Iron Man...

Thoughts: Iron Man III is Marvel's unveiling of "Phase II" - the lead up to Avengers II - and it presents a subtly different take on Tony Stark/Iron Man. Taking over directorial duties for Jon Favreau is Shane Black (the acclaimed inventor of the Buddy Cop genre with his screenplay for Lethal Weapon), who brings a sharp flair for humorous quirk and sharp wit, which complements Robert Downey Jr.'s performance and enhances it. This film retains the charm of its predecessors while diving head into an exceptionally exciting genre: the technological thriller. On this third go around, the cast gels - Cheadle, Paltrow, Favreau and Downey all hit the ground running. The new additions (Pearce, Kingsley, and Hall) all act as very strong foils to each of the main cast and help develop the acclaimed "Extremis" story line from the comics. That said, certain stylistic elements were questionable: such as the Mandarin's voice - which has heavily reminiscent of Heath Ledger's Joker - gets a tad old quickly but with purpose. However, this is overshadowed by better choices: such as Tony's friendship with a young boy named Harley, which illustrates a side of him we have not scene before. The film is full of unexpected surprises and touching emotional moments which make this film a must see. And like all Marvel films, be sure to stick around for after the credits for a nice little post-credit scene involving a character we have seen before in a surprising situation. ;) "I'm not that kind of doctor..."

Should you buy this film? Absolutely. Iron Man III is the first "Must See" summer blockbuster of 2013 and it more than redeems Marvel for their last solo Iron Man film, which felt more like a commercial and less like a movie. Exceptionally crafted, brilliantly directed and realistically dealing with the "why not just call the Avengers" problem in a satisfying manner, this film will be a great collection for any fan of comics, Downey Jr. or Shane Black. For best viewing - get the Bluray: you'll get a DVD copy and a Digital copy so you can watch on the go - well worth the extra definition on the television.

IRON MAN III stars: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley
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Olympus Has Fallen
Olympus Has Fallen
DVD ~ Gerard Butler
Price: $3.99
121 used & new from $1.59

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You Get What You Pay For, April 27, 2013
This review is from: Olympus Has Fallen (DVD)
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013) - Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser, Finley Jacobsen, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Rick Yune

Premise: When a North Korean terrorist group launch an all out assault on the White House, a disgraced Secret Service Agent, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), must rise to the occasion to rescue the President (Aaron Eckhart) from his captor before the Mad Man gains access to a secret nuclear program called "Cerberus".

Thoughts: Olympus Has Fallen is one of 2013's two "Die Hard In The White House" entries (the other being the upcoming White House Down). Unfortunately, it sets the bar quite low. While Gerard Butler gives a really enjoyable performance in an action hero role, his choice of vehicle was questionable. Without giving too much away, the internal logic of the film is FUBAR'd from the word "Go." The characters behave not as characters but what is most convenient to the plot - instead of providing us with competent villains, the writers gave us stupid ones. Additionally, their actions - as terrorists - do not make sense. The biggest offender of the internal logic problem, however, is the president in regards to scenes where his staff is tortured - if you watch the movie you will instantly catch on to what I am referring (hint: if you can't stand seeing your staff get put through the ringer, what do you think a terrorist is going to do to get you to comply to his plan? Genius.) While the direction, overall, is solid - the main detractors here are story choice and visuals: the key determinants in why would want to pay to see this movie.

Should you buy this movie? Absolutely not. For one thing, the film looks cheap. In their race to beat "White House Down" to the market, the producers cut corners which is obvious in any scene involving CGI (and the fact that White House looks absolutely nothing like the real White House - to the point where it is more of a distraction). The Story is a mess and characters show up at random places when it makes no logical sense for them to be on the scene (Banning's Girlfriend in the final scene of the film).

Should you rent this movie? Yea, if you're the kind of person who enjoys mindless entertainment (not saying that in a bad way - after all, I did watch and enjoy the film for what it was) then this is definitely worth a one off rental. It's enjoyable to see Gerard Butler return to the genre that made him famous but it lacks all the merits it needs for ownership. It's a solid action movie that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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Synesthesia
Synesthesia
Price: $1.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synesthesia Review - Colors in the Mind from the Words in The Air, April 26, 2013
This review is from: Synesthesia (MP3 Music)
Didn't post this here, so I'm reposting my review on both products as they are, curiously, separate. Below is my original review:
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"Synesthesia" is the preview single off of Andrew McMahon's solo EP "The Pop Underground." For those worried that he might completely shed his musical affinities with the dissolution of Jack's Mannequin, this preview is a glimpse of the even better things to come. From an auditory stand point, the songs are as catchy as ever - with McMahon's trademark lyrical style staying wholly intact. If you're a fan who misses Jack's Mannequin, this definitely does not disappoint. It sounds both new, yet comfortingly familiar (which is to be expected when it's the same guy writing and singing).


Last Man Standing (Radio Edit)
Last Man Standing (Radio Edit)

4.0 out of 5 stars Last Man Standing - Radio Edit, April 26, 2013
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I bought this song after hearing it in the promos for AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 3 trailer. Fitting the themes of the season, it helped complement the imagery of a world's descent into madness and violence. The song is catchy, soulful singing and very much an anthem - great track to work out to while running on a treadmill as it gets your blood pumping. Will check out their other work because of this song.


Synesthesia
Synesthesia
Price: $1.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Synesthesia - Colours In My Mind From The Words In Air, April 26, 2013
This review is from: Synesthesia (MP3 Music)
"Synesthesia" is the preview single off of Andrew McMahon's solo EP "The Pop Underground." For those worried that he might completely shed his musical affinities with the dissolution of Jack's Mannequin, this preview is a glimpse of the even better things to come. From an auditory stand point, the songs are as catchy as ever - with McMahon's trademark lyrical style staying wholly intact. If you're a fan who misses Jack's Mannequin, this definitely does not disappoint. It sounds both new, yet comfortingly familiar (which is to be expected when it's the same guy writing and singing).


Scary Movie 5  (Unrated) (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet)
Scary Movie 5 (Unrated) (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet)
DVD ~ Simon Rex
Offered by Lennie's Corner Store
Price: $18.50
42 used & new from $2.92

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They really need to stop making these films., April 26, 2013
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Scary Movie 5 - the continuation in a long line of mindless drivel. The first two (and arguably even the third film) in the Scary Movie film series were entertaining. Riffing on famous films with low brow humor, they were absolutely hilarious. However, this is not at all near the calibre of those films. In those previous films, there'd be one film parodied with slight nods to other franchises in a humorous manner. However, in this one - SPOILERS - there is no plot. It's just haphazard attempt to parody numerous movies that were out in 2009. So not only is this film 3-4 years too late, it just flat out IS NOT FUNNY.

It was a painful movie to watch and even worst to think about after the fact. Save yourselves the headache - if you want a good parody film, I recommend Scary Movie I and II. Pretend this crap doesn't exist, don't buy it, don't rent it and maybe for once Hollywood will let it die.


The Numbers Station [Blu-ray]
The Numbers Station [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ John Cusack
Price: $11.99
40 used & new from $2.74

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not Great., April 25, 2013
The Numbers Station (2013) - John Cusack (Say Anything, Better Off Dead, Grosse Point Blank), Malin Akerman (Children's Hospital), Liam Cunningham (Safe House, Game of Thrones)

Premise: Emerson Kent (Cusack), a former hitman, is assigned to guard a broadcaster (Akerman) in a Numbers Station - a broadcast station that transmits targets to assassins in the field. When their location is compromised, Kent is ordered to execute the broadcaster and kill anyone who enters the station - until he realize that he's caught up in a conspiracy he never could have anticipated.

Thoughts: This is a direct to DVD film. Solid writing, decent acting - but this is not a mind-blowing film. It's an entertaining, self-contained thriller which is mainly located in the broadcast station. It's a passable thriller - but your mileage may vary at times depending on your feelings towards the leads. Cusack doesn't strike me as the action thriller type - belonging more to the dramatic-comedy genre which defined his early career. He essentially plays a dramatic version of his Martin Blank-character from Grosse Point Blank.

Should you buy this: I'd recommend it for a rental.

EDIT: This film is apparently not a direct-to-DVD film - due to Apple TV it was available on VOD in early April, which lead me to the false assumption that it was not released theatrically when it has been brought to my attention that it has received a limited release in the US. So it's a cut above what you'd get for Direct To DVD, but still only a decent movie.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You'll Never See Me Coming...", April 25, 2013
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IRON MAN III - Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley

Premise: One year after the harrowing events of "The Avengers", Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is a changed man - he's seen things and now they're taking a toll on his psyche and his relationship with Pepper (Paltrow). When the Mandarin (Kingsley) initiates a series of terrorist attacks against the United States, tragedy hits home for Stark - stirring him to action. As Stark investigates this new foe, he learns about the technological program known as "Extremis" which brings him against a new line of cyber-enhanced foes that might be more than a match for Iron Man...

Thoughts: Iron Man III is Marvel's unveiling of "Phase II" - the lead up to Avengers II - and it presents a subtly different take on Tony Stark/Iron Man. Taking over directorial duties for Jon Favreau is Shane Black (the acclaimed inventor of the Buddy Cop genre with his screenplay for Lethal Weapon), who brings a sharp flair for humorous quirk and sharp wit, which complements Robert Downey Jr.'s performance and enhances it. This film retains the charm of its predecessors while diving head into an exceptionally exciting genre: the technological thriller. On this third go around, the cast gels - Cheadle, Paltrow, Favreau and Downey all hit the ground running. The new additions (Pearce, Kingsley, and Hall) all act as very strong foils to each of the main cast and help develop the acclaimed "Extremis" story line from the comics. That said, certain stylistic elements were questionable: such as the Mandarin's voice - which has heavily reminiscent of Heath Ledger's Joker - gets a tad old quickly but with purpose. However, this is overshadowed by better choices: such as Tony's friendship with a young boy named Harley, which illustrates a side of him we have not scene before. The film is full of unexpected surprises and touching emotional moments which make this film a must see. And like all Marvel films, be sure to stick around for after the credits for a nice little post-credit scene involving a character we have seen before in a surprising situation. ;)

Should you buy this film? Absolutely. Iron Man III is the first "Must See" summer blockbuster and it more than redeems Marvel for their last solo Iron Man film, which felt more like a commercial and less like a movie. Exceptionally crafted, brilliantly directed and realistically dealing with the "why not just call the Avengers" problem in a satisfying manner, this film will be a great collection for any fan of comics, Downey Jr. or Shane Black. For best viewing - get the Bluray: you'll get a DVD copy and a Digital copy so you can watch on the go - well worth the extra definition on the television.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 26, 2013 3:25 AM PDT


Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain
DVD ~ Mark Wahlberg
Offered by MightySilver
Price: $11.99
52 used & new from $1.49

83 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Bay makes a smaller film., April 25, 2013
This review is from: Pain & Gain (DVD)
Pain & Gain (2013)- Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Ken Jeong

Premise: Danny Lugo (Wahlberg) is a body builder who is sick of being poor. With his friend, Adrian (Mackie), and an ex-con (Johnson), Danny decides to rob a spoiled and egotistical businessman named Victor Kershaw (Shalhoub). After seemingly succeeding, Kershaw turns to a private investigator (Harris) to recover his finances and deal with the trio...But everything gets out of hand quickly.

Thoughts: This is a Michael Bay film. As such, it matches his general off-kilter aesthetics and love of the "BOOM, BANG, BOOM". That said, this is different from his most recent endeavors (i.e. the Transformers) in that it is exceedingly more violent. However, the cast give morbidly entertaining performances which quickly helped make this a much more enjoyable film. Visually intense, dark and even surprisingly violent at times - the film is an enjoyable dark "R" comedy.

Should you buy it: This comes down to a matter of taste. Do you regularly enjoy Michael Bay films? Then yes, this is a pretty good purchase. I intend to buy it on Bluray since I found it to be quite enjoyable despite the dark content. Unwilling to commit? Rent away!
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