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Clavicle Brace and Posture Support small/medium by Breg
Clavicle Brace and Posture Support small/medium by Breg
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply made and breaks easily. Utter garbage!, January 23, 2014
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The first time I tried to use this posture support it tore. A single piece of thread was holding the shoulder supports to the tightener in the back. Complete garbage! Got a refund immediately. DO NOT BUY. I will never purchase anything from Breg again after purchasing this cheap piece of junk.

Also, to reiterate other customer is also extremely difficult to get into. I'm pretty young and quite flexible and had initial difficulties just getting the thing over my arms onto my shoulders, then when trying to tighten the thing (and not using hardly any force) is when it ripped. Very disappointed with this because I am trying to improve my posture. Hopefully can find something better....if anyone has any recommendations please let me know.
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Face to Face
Face to Face
DVD ~ Liv Ullmann
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Note About the Olive DVD, November 18, 2011
This review is from: Face to Face (DVD)
I was very excited to see this film finally released on DVD, but was dismayed at so many negative reviews about the quality of the print. So, instead of purchasing the film for over $25 I was able to track down a library that lent me their copy and I am happy to report that the negative reviews are not entirely warranted.

I was led to believe the quality of the film was on par with some of the Alpha prints and all the copies of "Two Women" currently available on the market. The DVD of "Face to Face" is, of course, not on par with something Criterion would release (it's a shame they will not be able to produce this DVD now), but the quality is not bad. You can hear the dialogue clearly (there are a few quick moments that are not entirely distinguishable), but then again how many people will watch this without subtitles in the United States? No cracks or breaks in the audio track either. And there were only two moments that I noticed the subtitle was not in proper English, but you could still understand what was said.

The picture and color are not bad either. There are neither blurs nor lines through the film and the color is not faded.

I'm a huge movie fan, own over 5,000 titles and have studied film for five years and while I know very little about film restoration I'm satisfied with the Olive DVD I've viewed. And I think most people, especially fans of Bergman and this long unavailable film, are not exact perfectionists when it comes to the quality of their films will be satisfied with this DVD as well.

My suggestion is to wait until Amazon has it on sale for under $20.
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Malcolm in the Middle: Season 2
Malcolm in the Middle: Season 2
DVD ~ Frankie Muniz

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Release the GD Thing Without the Original Music!!!, September 2, 2011
They did it with the complete series of "Daria" and while, yes, that show isn't exactly the same it's going to be the only way this show will ever make it to DVD!

Now, with that problem fixed, when's the rest of "King of the Hill" coming out?

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Fool me once...umm...shame on ain't gonna fool me again", January 22, 2009
This review is from: W. (DVD)
A lot of people will hate "W." People who love/respect the former president will find it distasteful, biased and untrue. Those who hate the man will probably find it as an over glorified and too restrained portrait of a man who many call the "worst president of all time". So, who is this movie for? In my opinion, anyone who just likes good biographies.

"W.", Oliver Stone's controversial biopic of George W. Bush from his college days to the end of his first term as president is a fascinating film that you just need to see. "W." marks what is possibly the first film by the director that actually just shows the story. There is really no way to tell which way the writer/director voted in 2000 and 2004 based on this film because it's that neutral. There are scenes where speech flubs are made (the famous "misunderestimate" is casually throw out near the end), fights (both verbal and nearly physical) between father and son Bush and moments of complete embarrassment (in a press conference Bush tries to remember a reporter's name but comes out with "Miss China" because the woman is Asian). These could be taken as signs that this is a Bush-bashing film, but how can something be demeaning if Bush actually said and did these things?

According to Stone, everything in this film can be proven with documented evidence (with the exception of several 'dream sequences' where Bush is on a baseball field). In fact, there's apparently a documentary or book in the making chronicling all the sources used to make the film.

I'm sure Bush supporters will find this evidence falsified and inaccurate, but regardless nothing happens in the film, I feel, that doesn't seem far fetched or made up. Most of what's shown was publicly seen by millions so I don't see how that can be untrue.

But by this using this straight forward approach to Bush's life and presidency is where Bush haters will jump off the wagon as well. Early advertisements for this film make it appear as a comedy; a real roast of the 43rd president, but to the dismay of those expecting that, it's not.

I know people will disagree, but I feel this film to be one of the most unbiased biographies ever made; and to think it came from Oliver Stone only adds to my praise for the director and his work.

The performances are all universally excellent. While not my first choice to play the commander-in-chief, Josh Brolin is amazing. There are moments when you actually believe it's Bush onscreen (the voice is extremely realistic). Elizabeth Banks (as Laura), James Cromwell (as H.W.), Ellen Burstyn (as Barbara) and Toby Jones (as Karl Rove) are never truly convincing in their respective parts, but still put on a pretty good illusion. The actor to see in this movie, however, is Richard Dreyfuss; who morphs himself into Dick Cheney. The disgruntled facial expressions, slightly hunched shoulders and those menacing dark eyes can send chills down your spine. But we get no more than that. In fact, the only viewpoint we get is Bush's and no one else's; this is really "THE George Bush Movie"; "BUSHOVISION" as I remarked after watching the film. This helps and hurts the film, because you want to see what's going on in the lives of those around Bush as well, but you don't. Maybe there will be a Cheney film next; I'm thinking "Undisclosed Location" as a title.

Regardless of the controversy that has surrounded this film, if you like biopics, then this movie is for you. But if you're looking for a Bush-praising or Bush-bashing story then move along, because this is neither.
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Frozen River
Frozen River
DVD ~ Melissa Leo
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Though the River is Frozen, the Film Heats Up - 4.5 / 5 Stars, January 22, 2009
This review is from: Frozen River (DVD)
Veteran and extremely underused actress Melissa Leo delivers a powerful, tour-de-force performance as Ray, a mother just abandoned by her lowlife, gambler husband several days before Christmas in Northern New York state. It's cold, very cold; the kind of cold that even the tiniest hole to the outside world can turn any home into a fully functional freezer. This is experienced worse more than anyone by Lila (Misty Upham) early on in the movie after Ray discovers her stolen car in the hands of this young Mohawk girl. Both women have heartbreaking back stories that are revealed throughout the movie and both are in the same boat; their flat broke.

Ray needs to make the down payment on a doublewide trailer for she and her two sons. Lila has reasons too that I won't go into for it will spoil some of the more dramatic elements of the plot.

Lila has already been arrested for smuggling illegal aliens over the frozen Hudson River into America from Canada several times, but she knows there's money in it. When Ray hears of this she jumps in for some fast cash.

The point of this movie is not illegal immigration; it's not really even about relations between Native Americans and whites, though both are depicted. The overall tone of this film is survival and what people are willing to do to survive, to put food on the table and keep a roof over their families' head. Ray has been working part-time at the same dead-end job for over two years but is refused full-time work. Lila pays out money to senior citizens playing bingo at the local VFW. What gives this film even more depth is that these women have so many opportunities to steal money easily (Ray can take it out of the cash drawer and Lila could steal it from the half-blind Bingo players) but neither do. They are both hardworking people willing to risk, not only their lives, but their freedom to perform work that pays; Ray and Lila don't want handouts.

"Frozen River" can be seen as a drama, which it is; but it can also be viewed as a thriller (the last forty minutes or so are as suspenseful as any big-budget Hollywood blockbuster). However, it is ultimately a story of people, people with their back to the walls that are willing to do anything for some breathing room.

Supporting roles by Charlie McDermott (as Ray's oldest son), Mark Boone jr. (as a malevolent human trafficker) and Michael O'Keefe (as a nosy state trooper) are believable and only add to this strong film by Courtney Hunt in the best debut since Patty Jenkins with 2003's "Monster". Her solid directing from her original screenplay (and a miniscule million dollar budget) turns "Frozen River" into one of the best films of 2008 and giving Melissa Leo the chance to shine in the finest performance from an actress this year.

The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text
The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text
by William Faulkner
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cry for Dilsey, I Cry for Benjy, March 21, 2007
I am taking an American Lit class, now in the second semester of my junior year in college, and just completed what my professor stated as "the most difficult novel to read outside of Joyce's 'Ulyesses'." My class, composed of about 20 students, hated the book for the difficult narrative skills in the 'Benjy' and 'Quentin' sections of the novel. If you've picked up this book and have been able to guide your way through those sections and have come out with some sense of the story then the rest of the book is downhill.

I think why I found this book more powerful than my peers is I practically disregarded the writing style. As a person born in 1986 the stream of conscience writing, the lack of constraint, Post-Modernist Experimental prose technique is nothing new in a book since I have been alive, I'm sure the case was different when this novel first appeared in 1929, or when it was really recognized in the 1940s when the "Portable Faulkner" first appeared to get people informed about this literary talent. But the saga, the vast epicness, of the Compson clan, through prose that at first appear to be random and obscure, that one takes from the work is sheer ingenious.

Besides "The Catcher and the Rye" and "The Hours," "The Sound and the Fury" is quite possibly the best book I have ever read, and is in fact only the second work ever to make me cry (the other is "Bridge to Terabithia"). One leaves this book, if that reader has been careful and active in reading, with utter hatred towards practically every character in the piece, with the exception of Dilsey and Benjy. I do not believe any work has ever instilled so much anger towards specific characters until this book, which can only show the giftedness of the writer.

Yes, the book is difficult. It requires a lot of work on the part of the reader, actually making you apart of the story, piecing together all the tattered bits of information that each character gives slowly through the process of their memory, but it is so rewarding in the end. Be warned, you must read this while awake, you cannot read "The Sound and the Fury" half-heartedly or you will miss out on the true experience of this tour-de-force literary masterpiece that will certainly haunt my memory for years to come.

The Queen
The Queen

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Royal Sin if Helen Mirren Doesn't Win the Oscar, November 5, 2006
This review is from: The Queen (Theatrical Release)
I just viewed the film "The Queen" today after traveling well over an hour to a theatre that is not afraid to show movies that actually have quality at heart and not just box-office results. I find it, first, a shame that most people will not see this movie, nor, probably, will never even hear of it. It is truely a movie that was made for two reasons, the first being to actually make a well-produced, directed, and acted film. The second, to bring a very real and timely issue to the screen in the hopes that people will see it for what it truely is.

The film begins on the second day of May in 1997 shortly after Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) is elected as Prime Minister of Great Britain in a landslide victory. Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren), of course, is grudgingly forced more or less into offering him the job which obviously he accepts with the ideas of modernization and advancement of the country at heart. Skip ahead several months and move the scene to Paris on that fateful night of Princess Diana's car accident and death at the hands of the paparazzi. A several brief phone calls later and the entire English Royal family is awake and watching the news for further up date except the young William and Harry.

"How are the children, Charles" asks Mirren.

"I've decided not to wake them until we have further word on the matter" answers Prince Charles (Alex Jennings).

And so begins the struggle that each family must go through when one of their own dies; or is Diana really one of their own? To the English populist, who instantly begin attacking the royal family for showing no sign of grief or remorse; while interiorly the queen orders continuously that "this is a private matter."

Blair is caught in the crossfire as the newly elected Prime Minister and must decide if he should side with the people or his sovereign. Trying to easy the tension between the two Blair must face off with the queen with polite, respectful, graceful tact and show the people too that the government is doing something out of all the chaos of this unexpected and troubling event.

"The Queen" is not a tabloid into the lives of the royal family; and only hints at the affair between Charles and Cammila, the supposed hatred Elizabeth and Philip have towards Diana, and inner workings of the public versus private funeral arrangements for Diana that may or may not have been stirred up out of malice, but rather shows the tame, more than likely, real life scenerio and roles played by every one who participated in them. The hatred and spite, if any, in refusing to have a public funeral was not so far as to have Elizabeth publically condemning Diana, but more so as a way to protect her grandchildren from the same fate that Diana, her whole life after being married into the royal family, spent in the presses eye. Overall the production shows the inner, much more humane, and understanding nature of the royal family than the one painted by the press.

As for the film itself; production wise, it was a very nuanced approach to a subject that could have easily been reduced to an hour episode of 'Jerry Springer'. Not that I did not have my qualms about certain aspects of the movie, particularly the presences of the Queen Mother. Sylvia Syms' protrayal is nothing to be criticized, but rather the character in the screenplay always seems to be the comic relief. The 'old, senile, fat lady' who is always there for a good laugh, but really serving no other purpose than that was, unfortunatly, all she was good for in the film. But that minor detail, though so what annoying on film, was such a minor glich in an otherwise well made production.

As for performances; James Cromwell (yes, that James Cromwell) as Prince Philip makes an equally headstrong, subborned partner for Elizabeth and both play off each other well. Jennings as Charles casts the Prince in a rarely seen sympathetic light as a man who did have grief to deal with after his ex-wife's death. Applause definitely go out to Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, a family man at heart who, as an outsider, eventually sees the understandable reasonings behind Elizabeth and family's privacy in the midst of both scandal and sorrow.

But the real star of the show is of course Helen Mirren, in a performance as powerful, haunting, and exact that one actually forgets this is an actress portrayal and completely believes this is in fact Elizabeth the Second, Queen of England. As the title says, Mirren is definitely the queen, and it certainly would be a royal sin if this actress did not finally win an Oscar that she has so desperately earned on many occasion with her portrayals on film. Helen Mirren, along with Meryl Streep, is the most talented and versatile actress working in entertainment today.

Without a doubt, 'The Queen', is easily one of the ten best films of the year; the director of 'Dangerous Liaisons' and 'Mrs. Henderson Presents' has created a stirring and important film that addresses the subjects of both the paparazzi and the private affairs of those constantly in the public eye and the portrayal they are given by the journalists and other media sources to the public as opposed to their actually workings in dealing with such issues that can have enough sorrowful impact upon them personally, let alone having the entire world watching and judging them as they grieve.

Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 4
Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 4
DVD ~ Stacey Farber
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 4th Season of the Best High School Drama Ever!!!, August 21, 2006
I accidently stumbbled onto Degrassi several years ago over a Christmas break and found the show to be easily addictive. Not being one for the standard sterotypical high school scene like in the OC or Dawson's Creek I was stunned on how well the show was put together along side it's addictiveness.

Not only is the show intelligently written and plotted the acting from the youthful cast is spectacular. Each character (as partly a result from them being well written) is brought out onto the screen with that particular oddness and poignancy that is all to familar with someone who just left high school.

This is not a show where the entire cast is drop down gorgeous nor act exactly the same; there is a wonderful diversity with the roster of characters present. They all don't wear most expensive clothes or drive the most expensive cars to school and do not go around spouting out mindless phrases such as 'waxing philosophical.' This is a real life show displaying real life characters with real life problems and having those characters work through them with real life means.

About six months after I discovered this little gem of a show I found with much surprise that the DVD sets for each season were available and freaked out; quickly drove to the store and laid down my money. I bought season one sortly before season two came out in Aug. 2005, and saw that the release date for the third season was already scheduled for this past March and quickly pre-ordered. I watched them the entire way through and was able to pick up larger story arcs that I had missed when I saw the reruns on the Noggin Network and longed for more after the last episode had ended on the third season disk set. Once again I saw the release date was only about six months away after the third season (a very short time considering it takes over a year for each season of most other shows to be released on DVD).

I wrote a review for the third season of this show months back and claimed it the be the best season of the entire show (based on what I had picked up on TV and later watched on DVD) and still claim that, but must admit that season four is a very close second.

As in past shows Degrassi boldly faces down such issues as teen pregnancy, drinking, drugs, sex, cutting, homosexuality, violence, and much much more with a raw force that other shows would only dream of doing. The fourth season however goes even further with such issues as noted and beyond.

Not to give anything away (though I will give away some) a school shooting occurs, a student is murdered, another paralyzed, affairs of the heart go out of control, secrets are revealed, and pretty much the same intensity ignites as it has done in the past seasons.

Though some has called this show pretentious, overly dramatic, or just plain stupid they need to think again and take a look at the other shows out there depicting life in high school and recall what it was like for themselves years past in high school. I for one (as someone who just left it) find Degrassi to be all to true to the reality that teens go through as they walk the halls to class. It's safe to simply say this show gets it right.

As for the DVD as with the past three seasons the extras seem to be a step above one another with each passing season. Deleted/extended scenes, gag reels, casting tapes; the usual (I'm not one who does much with extra features on DVDs apart from deleted scenes). The quality of the print of each episode is great (the only drawback is it's in fullscreen (although apart from HBO DVDs not many TV shows that I own are in widescreen format)).

In the end is Degrassi worth laying down the money for? Absolutely...100%...YES!!! It is a must own for fans of the show, fans of high school programs, and fans of people who just like plain good old television; you will not be disappointed.
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Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 3
Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 3
DVD ~ Stefan Brogren
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Degrassi, February 22, 2006
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It is pretty difficult to describe the television show 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' in just a few sentences, you have to experience it yourself. On the outside it is you're typical teen soap opera/drama in the tradtion of such favorites as 'Dawson's Creek' and 'The O.C.' But what makes Degrassi a higher quality show than those others is the heart, tenderness, and believability that the show provides to it's audience.

At its center 'Degrassi' has a cast of extremely gifted young actors who don't play their characters as the sterotypical jocks, geeks, etc. that one sees in other shows. Though many of the characters have roles that would only require that amount of energy to make them sterotypical they go above and beyond to create realistic people that resemble not the James Van Der Beeks or Adam Brodys that we see in other shows, but real live people who we grew up with in high school. The writing and direction of the show is of an excellent caliber and continues again and again to surprise with the increasing quality of each passing episode.

In the thrid season of the show (in my opinion the best season) plots that began back in season two emerge into greater importance and the students of Degrassi Community School must deal with crises that mimic almost exactly what every high school in the world at one point or another has to go through.

The bottom line is that 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' is an outstanding show and one that no one can watch without feeling affected. Though some may think because this is the newest series in a long line of popular shows in the eighties and ninties (and some may think that it couldn't be as good as the originals) one should watch it and see for themselves the quality of the show is equal (and in some cases better) than the original 'Degrassi.'

Cinderella Man (Widescreen Edition)
Cinderella Man (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Russell Crowe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella Man, August 31, 2005
The first trailer I saw of this film was when I went to see "Million Dollar Baby," and of course felt that it had to a rip off weaker version of the film I was about to see. It turns out I absolutely loved "Million Dollar Baby" and of course that film went on to be named Best Picture of the year at the Academy Awards. So by the time that June rolled around and "Cinderalla Man" hit theatres (and mostly positive reviews) I did not, like many people to a great deal of experts eyes, flock to see this movie.

It was not until the end of July when I was on vacation that I saw it at a small theatre in the town next to where I live in New England did I go out and see it, dragging with me my family who, like me loved "Million Dollar Baby" and was expecting a cheap knock off of that film.

"Cinderalla Man" however proved not to be "Million Dollar Baby," it proved to be better. Russell Crowe (whom I have always felt was overrated in both "Gladiator" and "A Beautiful Mind") turns in what is easily the best perfomance of the year. A tender, heartfelt performance that can be compared to Wallace Beery's perfomance in the orignal "The Champ" (which won him an Oscar in 1931) in some ways. Zellweger is good as Crowe's devoted and caring wife. But the perfomance that impressed me the most in this film (apart from Crowes) was Paul Giamatti as Crowe's manager. I've seen just about every movie that has come out this year and I would find a shame if neither Crowe nor Giamatti would not be recognized this coming award season.

Ron Howard directors the brillant cast in what I feel to be his best movie since 1995's "Apollo 13," and like "Apollo 13" "Cinderalla Man" will most likely remain at the number one spot on my top ten list this year.

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