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Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beasts of the Southern Wild
DVD
Price: $2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beasts of the Southern Wild review - from my website, January 14, 2013
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Depressingly optimistic and beautifully ugly. Beasts of the Southern Wild makes contradictions work to its extreme benefit. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a movie that audiences experience more than simply watch. The truly amazing thing is not only do they experience a unique story with interesting visuals but they experience it all through the eyes of a child.

One of the most unique stories of 2012 Beasts takes place in a small island separated by the mainland by a man made levee. The residents of this small island affectionately call it the Bathtub. The residents have a unique sense of community and feel that this place is not only their rightful home but is true freedom. Newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis plays Hushpuppy a little girl growing up rough with only her angry father as a guide. Hushpuppy is a strangely optimistic child when the audience first meets her despite her tough upbringing. Wink (Dwight Henry) is Hushpuppy’s father. He is a harsh man but he loves his daughter in his own unique way. Wink teaches Hushpuppy how to cope in their limited scope of the world and his life lessons are harsh and strange to outsiders but seem to be what Hushpuppy needs for life in the Bathtub. Hushpuppy’s life gets turned upside down by massive events out of anyone’s control and Beasts becomes a story about children in extreme circumstances.

Saying the movie is depressingly optimistic is very literal. Hushpuppy leads a hard life and she is surrounded by hard ship. When things look grim they somehow always get worse. The optimism comes from the purity and innocence of childhood. Part of Hushpuppy being able to cope with the hardships she faces is her unique education and rough upbringing. The other part is how a child’s mind perceives and processes things differently from an adult. The scenes with Hushpuppy and her father coming to grips with things together are spectacular. Hushpuppy also has her own unique way of seeing the world. Much of the movie is shot at very low angles so the child’s point of view is quite literal. There are also scenes that are real enough to be believable but also skewed just enough to be seen through her eyes.

The audience never questions whether any of the actors are actually from the Bathtub. The movie could almost be a documentary instead of a Drama with the realism portrayed in all of the characters. Hushpuppy was Quvenzhané Wallis’ first job acting. Having to lie about her age to be old enough to tryout she won the part and showed that she truly earned it. In a year full of astounding performances from some of Hollywood’s biggest names one of the most impressive performances in any movie was that of a six year old who had never acted professionally before. As the story progresses you are not only engaged enough to see how it all turns out but you truly care for the future and well being of the child. Almost equally as impressive is Dwight Henry as Wink, Hushpuppy’s father. Another new comer to acting, Henry had to play abrasive and rash while still showing immense love for Wallis. Playing mean opposite a small child can never be easy and playing mean opposite a child with kind and caring undertones has to be even harder. Both Wallis and Henry deliver flawless performances. The rest of the cast is two-dimensional. Witty nicknames and some long established inside jokes between the characters show them as staples in the community but no one is really given material to dive into since the story focuses on Hushpuppy.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a must see. Some of the best acting in any movie in recent memory is showcased in this original story. Quvenzhané Wallis may be the best child actor of all time and her career will be very interesting to watch develop. There is no mystery why Beasts is a 2012 Best Picture Nominee.


Entertainment Weekly (Issue #1226) The Big Bang Theory
Entertainment Weekly (Issue #1226) The Big Bang Theory
by EW
Edition: Single Issue Magazine
3 used & new from $5.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best entertainment magazine, November 1, 2012
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This is the best entertainment magazine on the market. If you like anything entertainment related you have no excuse not to subscribe. It's cheap seeing how many issues you get and the digital subscription is included for convenience.


Game of Thrones (Art Book Bundle)
Game of Thrones (Art Book Bundle)
Offered by Insane Web Deals...Simply the Best Deals on the Web!
Price: $78.78
6 used & new from $30.14

3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average all the way around, September 29, 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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As a huge fan of Game of Thrones I picked this up knowing it wasn't going to be anything incredible. It is a super easy, super linear game. I'm not finished with it yet because it's not all that interesting. The story runs parallel to the first book in the series which is cool, but the story isn't anything ground breaking. The cutscenes are choppy and awkward and there are only a few times when you can make a decision about something. The decisions don't affect the overall story or anything besides achievements really.

It's ok if the price is right. Otherwise there are a lot better games to be playing


SanDisk Cruzer Blade 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive- SDCZ50-008G-B35
SanDisk Cruzer Blade 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive- SDCZ50-008G-B35
Price: $5.15
78 used & new from $1.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good price usb, April 12, 2012
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Delete all of the garbage that comes from the company and takes up half the memory. Once you do that it is the drag and drop device it should be. Really good price for the size. 4 not 5 only because its loaded with junk out of the package


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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped my dog a lot, January 22, 2012
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Dousing the inside of my dog's ears twice a day for two weeks really helped clear up the bacterial infection he had. Since his ears were inflamed it did hurt him to apply the medicine but with some persistance it did help.


Speed Anatomy
Speed Anatomy
Offered by Appstore - US - MP - Offer
Price: $0.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fun, January 22, 2012
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This educational game is surprisingly fun and helps teach a good amount of anatomy placement. The only complaints I have are the low resolution and not being able to choose your particular area of interest.


Batman: Battle for the Cowl
Batman: Battle for the Cowl
by Fabian Nicieza
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.63
80 used & new from $7.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible trade, January 22, 2012
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The artwork is amazing throughout and this is a very original story for Batman. It calls in the full roster of Batman related heroes and villains but never feels forced or over saturated. This book leads perfectly into the 2009 series of Batman and Robin.


Rage - Xbox 360
Rage - Xbox 360
Offered by MediaDeluxe
Price: $11.47
190 used & new from $2.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty fun., January 22, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Rage - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
A decently fun shooter without much replay value. The quality of the environment and voice acting is high, the gameplay mechanics are smooth and I have not encountered any major glitches after 11+ hours of gameplay (just started the second disc).

However this is a long shot from the amazingly open world Fallout series. The questing and travel in Rage is fairly linear. Going off the beaten path is only necessary for some collectibles and areas close off entirely after completing all quests there.

Even with the linear approach the gameplay is fun. The weapons are creative and the combat is entertaining. The ability to craft gadgets and accessories adds a new element to the game play and makes the combat even quirkier. For the price the game is going for on Amazon I recommend it, I wouldn't have bought this game for 50 or 60 dollars however. I also recommend playing it on the hardest setting, even on Nightmare difficulty it isn't very challenging.


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Magazine (Kindle Tablet Edition)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Magazine (Kindle Tablet Edition)

5.0 out of 5 stars Best entertainment resource, now on tablets., January 22, 2012
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If you like any aspects of entertainment you need a subscription to EW. If you subscribe to the print version you also get the full blown digital subscription for free. The digital version is the full magazine with digital extras like links to download, buy, or preview the subject of various articles.


Crack & Break
Crack & Break
Offered by Appstore - US - MP - Offer
Price: $0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Friend downloaded it, it's stupid, January 22, 2012
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This is basically just a waste of hard drive space. My friend took my kindle and put started downloading all the free apps he could.


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