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The Gunman
The Gunman
DVD
Price: $14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like Taken, minus the throat-chops!, June 30, 2015
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This review is from: The Gunman (Amazon Instant Video)
Not sure why this was widely panned by critics. It was pretty entertaining with an all-star cast (always glad to see Idris Elba popup, even if it's in a cameo role). Although for a movie directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), I was expecting more action scenes. The plot was predictable with an easily guessed villain. Three way love triangle, mercenaries, backdrop of politically unstable Africa, no surprises. Penn was physically believable as a highly trained mercenary, bulking up considerably for the role.

Gunman was like a more mature version of Taken. There were 3-4 action scenes that were nicely staged. The end fight scene between Terrier (Penn) and henchman Reiniger (Peter Franzen) was brutal, but could have done with fewer fast cuts.

Overall, an entertaining rental.


Crockpot SCCPCCP350-CR Programmable Digital Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, 3.5 quart, Plum
Crockpot SCCPCCP350-CR Programmable Digital Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, 3.5 quart, Plum
Price: $69.94
2 used & new from $59.45

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with my first crockpot, June 30, 2015
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My first crockpot, and I think it has great utility.

First, it's very practical. I like the non-white eggplant exterior color, and locking handles for easy transportation (watch out, dinner parties!) The crockpot itself couldn't be easier to program, and the timer works well.

Second, I like the use of stoneware, which cleans up well and also offers a large capacity.

Only negative is that the entire base tends to get a bit hot during cooking, so don't burn yourself.

Definitely get this if you're looking for a basic introductory crockpot.


10k Yellow Gold Triangle Fashion Dangle Earrings
10k Yellow Gold Triangle Fashion Dangle Earrings
Price: $95.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No way this is worth $100!, June 29, 2015
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I have to agree with my fellow reviewers. There's no way these gold triangles are worth $100. First, the packaging is lousy. I would have expected that the earrings would come in something nicer than a plastic baggy and a cheap paper box.

Second, the earrings themselves look like plastic. Doesn't help that they're very lightweight. Was hoping for a more substantial product.

Definitely doesn't look like you paid $100 for them.


Kelty Tuck 22 Degree Sleeping Bag - Regular
Kelty Tuck 22 Degree Sleeping Bag - Regular
Price: $89.95
3 used & new from $89.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, warm, foot opening!, June 25, 2015
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This is replacing a monstrous 20-year old sleeping bag. The Kelty Tuck is a bit pricey, but its advantages are its lightweight, small footprint, warmth, and a feet hole. At 6'1, I was able to fit into the sleeping bag. The feet hole was doubly helpful. Both to a) vent my hot sweaty feet, and b) to accommodate my taller height.

Haven't been able to test its claims in 22 degree weather, but it's fine in 50-60 degree weather.


KitchenAid KKFTR7FLWM Professional Series 7" Flexible Filet Knife, Black
KitchenAid KKFTR7FLWM Professional Series 7" Flexible Filet Knife, Black

5.0 out of 5 stars KitchenAid's answer to Henckels Pro-S/Wusthof Classic lines, June 25, 2015
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Nice to see KitchenAid getting its game together with regard to its knives. They've had ProLine kitchen electrics for years but never a comparable cutlery line (as far as I can recall).

Like the Henckels Pro-S and Wusthof Classic, the KitchenAid Pro series is made from German steel, ice-hardened and triple riveted. Standard stuff. Compared to my Sabatier Grand Chef Flexible Boning Knife, this KA Fillet knife is wondrously thin and flexible. While I realize a Boning knife is probably intended to be a bit sturdier than a Fillet knife, I appreciate the KA's fine craftsmanship.

Definitely consider the KA Professional Series line if you're also thinking about buying into Henckels Pro-S or Wusthof Classic.


Keilen Origins 3 Piece Stir and Steam Set, Multicolored
Keilen Origins 3 Piece Stir and Steam Set, Multicolored
Price: $48.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent starter set, but not great value for the money, June 21, 2015
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I think the Keilen Origins set is a decent starter set, but not as good a value as you might think. For instance, the bamboo steamer and chopsticks can be picked up at any Asian grocery store for about $5. While the wok does have a thoughtful non-stick coating and flat bottom, the steel is very thin and my pan was slightly warped. Additionally, my bamboo steamers warped after prolonged steaming while attempting to make dim sum.

If you don't have an Asian grocery store located in close proximity for you to pick up the pieces individually, then this starter set is decent value for anyone hoping to get the jump on Asian inspired cuisine.


Monopoly Avengers Game
Monopoly Avengers Game
Price: $18.71
26 used & new from $13.51

3.0 out of 5 stars At least Black Widow is represented!, June 19, 2015
This review is from: Monopoly Avengers Game (Toy)
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I was definitely excited to try out this Monopoly Avengers game. I like the Marvel universe tie-in, with Avengers characters, SHIELD/HYDRA pieces, and circular shaped board. However, that's where my excitement ended.

However as others noted, it's missing some of the core elements of what made Monopoly such a fun childhood experience. I can't build hotels or houses or otherwise increase the penalty for landing on one of my properties. It's a Monopoly-like game with a completely different gaming experience that has a faster round time.


Run All Night
Run All Night
DVD
Price: $14.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tekken All Night, starring Qui-Gon Jinn, June 18, 2015
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Robocop's childhood is Taken from him by Qui-Gon Jinn, who proves that he can still kick butt and Take names even after being killed by Darth Maul. Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel has his son (and 81 hostages and 15 guided rockets armed with VX poison gas) Taken from him by Qui-Gon. Gomer Pyle is an FBI agent not on the Take.

Taking $4.99 and 2 hours, Taken All Night was an entertaining movie.


Tom Ford Sunglasses TF 144 SILVER 14D MARKO
Tom Ford Sunglasses TF 144 SILVER 14D MARKO
Offered by SHADESANDSPRAYS
Price: $250.00
6 used & new from $250.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and solidly constructed, but not polarized, June 11, 2015
I purchased the Rhodium/blue tinted version of these TF 144s, popularized by Daniel Craig in the James Bond movies "Quantum of Solace" and "Skyfall". I had some doubts about the authenticity of the item, but Sunglass Express shipped these quickly via Prime, and with all Tom Ford branded accessories included. Additionally, Tom Ford identification was etched into the arms. A far better deal than ordering direct from Tom Ford.

Construction was solid, and these TF 144s are much sturdier than my Ray Ban Aviators. The TF144s are known for being narrow; they fit more snugly than my RB Aviators, but not to the point of being too tight. I would say the fit was perfect and sat evenly on my nose bridge. If you notice in press pictures, the TF 144s are a touch too small for Mr. Craig.

The biggest drawback of the TF144s is their lack of polarization. Note that a lack of polarization does NOT mean these particular TF144s are not authentic; if you check the Tom Ford manufacturer's website, the TF144s advertised there also lack polarization. While the lack of polarization has the advantage of enabling viewing of cell phones and other LCD displays, it also causes considerable eye strain on a sunny day.

I hope Tom Ford releases a polarized version of the Rhodium TF144s in the future.


Viking 4013-3S05 5 Piece Contemporary Starter Set, Silver
Viking 4013-3S05 5 Piece Contemporary Starter Set, Silver
Price: $249.99
5 used & new from $249.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but beautiful set. Found pans uncomfortable to hold due to handle design, June 10, 2015
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It seems that other reviewers were initially confused, but this set is stainless steel, NOT non-stick. I prefer stainless and find it superior to non-stick cooking. The pans do have a tendency to tarnish over time and will lose their magnificent luster, but Barkeeper's Friend will help maintain some of that original sheen.

I have mixed thoughts on this Viking set and give it a 3.5 star rating, rounded up to 4 stars on Amazon's ranking system. On one hand, it is a beautiful starter set with thoughtful touches, e.g. transparent glass lids and internal volume markings, but you're also paying extra for the brand name. Furthermore, the Contemporary line is one of their cheaper sets. I think the brand markup is therefore unreasonable.

I prefer the Calphalon Tri Ply line, which performs no worse on my induction range and also offers similar Tri Ply construction at a more competitive cost. Furthermore, I find the Calphalon Tri Ply comparable 3 quart saucepan more comfortable to hold because it offers an additional, smaller handle.

PROS:

- Viking brand name
- Solid construction and hefty weight
- Internal volume markings
- Taller sides on fry pan prevent spillage
- Mirrored exterior

CONS:

- Unreasonable price markup given cheaper line
- Saucepan and frypan uncomfortable to hold one-handed due to high arcing handle design and considerable weight
- Saucepan, as compared to comparable Calphalon Tri Ply saucepan, difficult to hold one handed due to weight and lacks additional smaller handle


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