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The Fantastic Four (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Fantastic Four (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fantastic Four - Original Score, July 31, 2015
With "Fantasic Four" we have a superhero soundtrack that comes from a collaboration between two great composers. Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass both contributed to the score for "Fantastic Four". This follows in the footsteps of the somewhat successful Tyler/Elfman teamwork on "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (although my understanding is that Elfman was added to "Ultron" late in the game, whereas both Beltrami and Glass were on this film for over a year before release).

Beltrami is no doubt a talented composer; and Glass is a legend for good reason. I'd be interested to find out more about who did what and in general how their collaborate process worked, but I guess the most important thing is that the final product is excellent.

So how does this score compare to the score for the original 2005 film score by John Ottman?: Fantastic 4 (Original Motion Picture Score). Well, for one thing Ottman's score was a lot of fun and seemed a bit lighter. The score for the new film feels darker in tone (which would seem appropriate given that the film appears to take a more realistic and serious approach)... you could say it is a more Grim(m) score than the previous ones.

It's a bit of an odd score, to be sure... it definitely does not sound like your typical superhero movie. And although I often miss the inclusion of great fanfare in movies, I suppose going more low-key is helpful to keeping the story grounded and the audience feeling like there are real-world stakes in play. However, the lack of discernible themes (at least the first time through) hurts the score in the action moments because it does little to differentiate itself from other generic action music.

Overall, for the most part it works - and I'm looking forward to listening to it again within the film.

FAVORITE TRACKS
[1] Fantastic Four Prelude
[11] Neil Armstrong
[25] End Titles


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Offered by ZookkiDirect
Price: $111.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Large Set of Mounts and Straps for GoPro Cameras, July 31, 2015
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This is a relatively nice set that includes all lot of accessories that you'd want or need to start using your GoPro.

Included are a bunch of nice mounts and straps. For those who want to mount the GoPro to their body, this set includes a wrist strap, head strap, and chest mount. There are also well over a dozen adhesive mounts included; these are always nice to have - because they really are more or less disposable once mounted for the first time, and most GoPro starter kits only come with two. There is also a mini-tripod with adjustable legs (similar in design to a Gorillapod, although nowhere near as sturdy).

Included is a carrying case that will be useful for transporting the accessories (especially given that there are a lot of small pieces than can be easily misplaced).

Overall, it's an extremely good value when compared to original GoPro-branded mounts (which are overpriced in my view). But you do sacrifice quality to some extent. For example, some mounts are a real tight fit and you may struggle to get the camera into the mount. Also, the monopod "selfie stick" is very poor quality and has trouble supporting the weight of the camera when extended. I'd recommend a purchase, but just be realistic in your expectations for the product given the price.
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Price: $59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars BAXIA GoPro Accessory Kit, July 31, 2015
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This is a relatively nice set that includes just about everything that you'd want or need to start using your GoPro. Included are a bunch of nice mounts and straps. There is also a mini-tripod with adjustable legs (similar in design to a Gorillapod, although nowhere near as sturdy).

Overall, it's an extremely good value when compared to original GoPro-branded mounts (which are overpriced in my view). But you do sacrifice quality to some extent. For example, some mounts are a real tight fit and you may struggle to get the camera into the mount. Also, the monopod "selfie stick" is very poor quality and has trouble supporting the weight of the camera when extended. I'd recommend a purchase, but just be realistic in your expectations for the product given the price.


Ocean Medal® 46-in-1 Accessory Kit for Gopro 4 Gopro Hero 3+,gopro Hero 3,gopro Hero 2 and Gopro Hero Cameras
Ocean Medal® 46-in-1 Accessory Kit for Gopro 4 Gopro Hero 3+,gopro Hero 3,gopro Hero 2 and Gopro Hero Cameras
Offered by Ocean Medal
Price: $89.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 46-piece GoPro Kit with Storage Case, July 31, 2015
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This is a relatively nice set that includes just about everything that you'd want or need to start using your GoPro.

Included are a bunch of nice mounts. The best ones are the clamp mount and the suction cup mount. The suction cup held very well in my tests - I tried on the inside windshield of a moving car; I also left it on an outdoor window of my house for an extended period of time. [FYI: whenever using something as unpredictable as a suction cup mount (even if it seems to work reliably), you want to tether the GoPro to your car/bike/etc so that just in case the suction cup fails your GoPro is not lost or damaged.]

For those who want to mount the GoPro to their body, this set includes a wrist strap, head strap, and chest mount. There are also nearly a dozen adhesive mounts included; these are always nice to have - because they really are more or less disposable once mounted for the first time, and most GoPro starter kits only come with two.

The included accessory case is a nice addition, and it will adequately keep your stuff safe and in one place. It's not the nicest case from an aesthetic point of view, but it is very durable and gets the job done. The interior of the case is filled with protective foam that is pre-cut to fit GoPro cameras and common accessories. You simply remove the foam parts where you want to place an item. That way, the foam still fills all unused space - meaning your items will fit tightly and will not move around when in the case. If there's nothing too delicate and you're comfortable with your accessories tumbling around, you can remove the foam entirely to free up more space inside the case.

Overall, it's an extremely good value when compared to original GoPro-branded mounts (which are overpriced in my view). But you do sacrifice quality to some extent. For example, some mounts are a real tight fit and you may struggle to get the camera into the mount. Also, the monopod "selfie stick" is very poor quality and has trouble supporting the weight of the camera when extended. I'd recommend a purchase, but just be realistic in your expectations for the product given the price.


Etip Running Gloves - Lightweight - Use With iPhone or Other Touchscreen Devices
Etip Running Gloves - Lightweight - Use With iPhone or Other Touchscreen Devices
Offered by Blue Vase
Price: $29.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great gloves, very reliable for use with touch screens., July 31, 2015
These are very nice gloves; they are well-made and seem to be very durable. The fingertips are said to work with phone and touch screen devices. I tested the gloves with my iPhone 5S, my iPad Air, and my Kindle Fire tablet - and all of my devices were very responsive to touch while the gloves were on. Quite a relief to have finally found a pair of gloves with tips that actually have the reliability and responsiveness that is advertised.

The manufacturer sent me two different sizes to review: I have what I would call average-sized hands, and the Men's Medium was a tight fit, while the XL pair was ultimately more comfortable in my opinion because I like my gloves a bit loose-fitting. If you think you have larger hands than most or if you like some breathing room in there, I'd suggest you try Large or XL.

One feature worth noting is that the gloves clip together - so you don't have to worry about finding that other glove when you're on the way out the door.

Overall, it's clear that these gloves were designed with quality in mind. I'd highly recommend these gloves.


Pixels: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pixels: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Price: $9.49

3.0 out of 5 stars PIXELS - Original Soundtrack, July 31, 2015
The soundtrack for "Pixels" is one that I have mixed feelings about. Because composer Henry Jackman had much success with the arcade/game-related score "Wreck-It Ralph", he would naturally be one of the top choices to score "Pixels". On the one hand, the score is pretty good. But on the other hand, looking at Jackman's history of excellent work, there's not much innovation here and it seems like he just repeats himself with something that sounds too much like some of his previous scores.

Given that reviews for this film are quite poor (I have yet to see it myself), I think this is a case of Jackman doing his best to work with the movie he was handed - but it likely was never going to be as good as "Wreck-It Ralph". Still, there are some really fine tracks to be found: in particular, the final two tracks (titled "High Score" and "Arcaders '82") end the album on a high note. That last track specifically showcases the composer's talent with electronics.

It's also worth noting that with just 38 minutes, the album is a bit short on content... many tracks are over just as they are getting started. But if you enjoyed the film and/or like Jackman's music, then you might consider a purchase. I streamed the entire score for my review; but I decided I probably would not revisit it and thus ultimately decided to only purchase the last two tracks individually.


Mr. Holmes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Mr. Holmes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Price: $9.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Holmes - Original Score, July 31, 2015
There has been a lot of great Sherlock Holmes related content over the past few years - whether it's the "Sherlock Holmes" film franchise, or the two TV series "Sherlock" and "Elementary". These have all had pretty unique and interesting musical scores.

"Mr. Holmes" is no different. Carter Burwell has composed a great classical score to accompany our favorite detective as he solves one last case in his old age. This is one of Burwell's best scores in a while (although in my opinion it does not surpass the fantastic score for the Coen's "True Grit"). Given that this film is not as action-heavy as Guy Ritchie's films or the "Sherlock" UK series, the music is naturally paced slower and is more subdued... but it's no less beautiful. This album would actually be quite suitable to play in the background while reading a Holmes novel.

This soundtrack is a nice antidote to the typical bombastic scores of the summer movie season (although I like both types of scores). I can see this being a potential awards contender for Original Score. Once again I am pleased that there is yet another great source of brilliant music to accompany our favorite detective - I recommend a purchase!


Southpaw (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Southpaw (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southpaw - Original Score, July 31, 2015
"Southpaw" is one of the summer's best soundtracks. I'd put it right up there with "Rocky" in terms of great fight movie scores. One if the things that makes this score great is that it compliments the movie perfectly, but is not the type of music I would have imagined would accompany a film like this. The film has a great story, is full of powerful performances and is very competently directed -- so there's no need for the composer to over-do it in terms of the music. Horner does what he does best - composes a great score with interesting melodies. There are not many composers and filmmakers left who are comfortable using the piano as it is used here. This is not a "busy" score by any means; but its simplicity and subtlety is its beauty.

The legacy that James Horner leaves behind is an incredible one; a career full of memorable music and diverse sounds. His work on "Southpaw" is a worthy entry into his impressive filmography.

FAVORITE TRACKS
[1] The Preparations
[6] Empty Showers
[10] A Long Road Back
[12] How Much They Miss Her

Note: This is the original score composed for the film. If you are looking for the album with songs, please go here: Southpaw (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture) [Explicit]


Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Music from the Motion Picture)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Music from the Motion Picture)
Price: $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation -- Original Score, July 31, 2015
The Mission: Impossible franchise has attracted some very talented composers -- Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Giacchino. And now we can add Joe Kramer to that list - he delivers a score every bit as strong as the previous installments. Kraemer scored the last Christopher McQuarrie picture "Jack Reacher" (also starring Tom Cruise), and his score was serviceable but not very memorable. I'm pleased to say that in my opinion he does a really great job with "Mission Impossible 5".

The score works in the well-known Mission Impossible main theme, you can hear it both at the end of the first track (which I assume will play over the main title cards) as well as the last track "Finale and Curtain Call". The theme is also prominent in some of the action cues, such as "Moroccan Pursuit". Kraemer's variations of the theme is really great.

Most franchises tend to keep the same composer on, but Mission Impossible has always thrived on new interpretations of its musical identity. Each new composer honors what has come before, while at the same time expanding the musical language of the films... and that legacy continues successfully with Kraemer's work on "Rogue Nation".

FAVORITE TRACKS
[5] Havana to Vienna
[10] Moroccan Pursuit
[13] The Blenheim Sequence
[17] Finale and Curtain Call


V-LIGHT Architect Style CFL Desk Lamp with Adjustable Arms and Heavy Duty Weighted Base (VS100502BC)
V-LIGHT Architect Style CFL Desk Lamp with Adjustable Arms and Heavy Duty Weighted Base (VS100502BC)
Price: $28.99
2 used & new from $25.37

4.0 out of 5 stars V-Light Architect-Style Desk Lamp, July 18, 2015
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This is a decent desk lamp. It has a fairly intense and well focused light that would be acceptable for everyday desk activities (including your work desk) such as reading documents or writing/drawing. It sits on top of your desk surface (no clamps or other mechanisms needed, the base is adequately weighted so it will stay in place). The articulating arm allows you to adjust the placement and height of the light source without having to move the lamp's base - this is a major plus for convenience. Build quality is probably below average (at least compared to other desk lamps I have) -- I suspect this would not survive rigorous use, but if you handle it with care then it should be alright.

One thing I would have liked is if this lamp was adjustable in terms of brightness. Many lamps have multiple brightness settings to accommodate not just different customer lighting preferences, but different rooms or situations. There are certain situations where I require more intense light, and others where I just need a soft light. The lack of multiple light settings may or may not be a deal-breaker for you, but either way the inability to adjust brightness makes this lamp far less versatile as it would have been otherwise.


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