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Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor
Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor
Price: $99.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was a gift, May 14, 2013
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I have not used this personally, it was a gift for my mother. She seems to really like it and has been using it three times a day since I gave it to her.


Wahl 5537-1801 Cordless Battery Operated Beard Trimmer with Bonus Ear, Nose and Brow Trimmer
Wahl 5537-1801 Cordless Battery Operated Beard Trimmer with Bonus Ear, Nose and Brow Trimmer
Price: $11.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for the price, May 14, 2013
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It's not very powerful and the metal rusts if you rinse it in a sink. But for 10 bucks if I get a year out of use it seems worth it. Does what it needs to.


Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)
Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Skyfall Review, May 14, 2013
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Daniel Craig is finally back in the expensive suits for his third run as the iconic James Bond. The stakes are high and the super spy’s very existence is examined in this worthy entry to the franchise on its 50th anniversary.

Director Sam Mendes wastes no time jumping straight into the action as Bond and Eve (Naomie Harris), another field agent, are tracking down a missing hard drive. M (Judi Dench) is forced to make one of the toughest calls of her career leaving Bond incapacitated. The script drops the ball on Bonds return to the world of the living and the details are merely glossed over, but non-existent. When MI6 is directly threatened through terrorist acts, Bond brings himself back to active duty. In trying to discover who is committing the terrorist acts against his agency Bond has the pleasure of running into Severine (Berenice Marlohe). Severine is Bond’s link to Silva but the character doesn’t have much purpose beyond being a bridge and is incredibly underdeveloped. Silva (Javier Bardem) is the greatest Bond villain in recent memory. He is smart, powerful, and funny while simultaneously being creepy, threatening and emotionally disturbed. Silva has a personal grudge against MI6 and using his vast well of internal knowledge tests Bond’s dedication to M.

A big part of Skyfall is the question of someone like James Bond still being relevant in a digital world. This is an especially interesting question to ask on Bond’s 50th anniversary as well as Daniel Craig’s return to the character after a lackluster second film and an extended break due to MGM’s financial woes. Q (Ben Whishaw) summarizes these exact thoughts to Bond in a very well written scene that speaks directly to the audience without being blatant exposition. Unfortunately the question of Bond’s irrelevance and his triumph in proving otherwise isn’t fully explored and the notion is essentially ignored by everyone involved except newcomer Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes). Mallory is the British Government’s answer to M after the aging director failed in recovering the crucial hard drive Bond was hunting when he was injured.

The script for Skyfall pursues many interesting angles for an action franchise. Unfortunately Mendes leaves a lot of threads hanging on some of these subplots. Skyfall does something that the Bond series has needed for a while, it begins to explore who James Bond actually is as a man. Since he is not someone whose origin story needs to be shrouded it is surprising that this character could have such an impact on pop culture without his past being well known cannon. Exploring Bond as a man is great for breathing new life into the franchise and would have been absolutely perfect in 2006′s Casino Royale. The concepts are not wasted on Skyfall but the subplot is not fleshed out fully. The question of old fashioned ways in comparison to the amazing technology that world governments now posses is another brilliant concept in the script. However when it comes down to the finished film Mendes again fails to fully deliver to the audience. There is never a moment of doubt in Bond’s capabilities or a major triumph moment for the character where technology is proven to not be able to do everything a thinking man in the field can do. The subplot merely tells the audience that times have changed in the 50 years since Bond began entertaining us and that goes without say.

Craig embodies the character he re-created in Casino Royale and this version of Bond lands somewhere between his Royale and Solace roles. In Royale Bond was as charming as he could ever be and the most physically impressive Bond ever. Solace was a much darker story where Bond was only motivated by hatred and revenge. Skyfall strikes a nice balance where the spy can turn on his charm when needed, even directing it towards a man at one point, and despite some bodily harm is still fit and up to the physical tasks that Silva throws at him. M plays the same role she has with little variation. Dench is not a physically dominating woman but when she is playing M it is clear that she is a character you don’t want to cross. Mallory and Eve are both newcomers to the Daniel Craig Bond franchise but both characters are played so magnificently its a shame they couldn’t get more screen time. Mallory seems almost villainous since he is introduced as damage control to a botched operation but he is likable and a man just doing his job in the most sensible and real way possible. He proves his worth in a few pivotal moments and definitely wins over the audience with ease. More of Eve and Bond working in the field would have been nice to see. The script doesn’t short the audience on the interactions between the two characters but they play off each other so smoothly that an entire movie could be built around their working relationship. The true stand out performance of the Bond film is in the villain. Villains are often allowed to be larger than life while the heroes have to remain relate-able to the audience and Silva is no exception. A strange look to a strange man Silva seems very happy and confident in his work. At the flip of a switch he can change the mood of the entire scene and really make the audience feel for him. A sympathetic villain that can remain terrifying is not an easy feat but Bardem nails it.

Despite some minor pacing issues and a couple sub-plots that needed a bit of grooming Skyfall is a great action movie with a lot to offer fans of James Bond and action movies alike. To answer the main questioned poised by the movie, Skyfall tells us that James Bond is up to the challenge and here to stay.


Django Unchained (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
Django Unchained (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
DVD ~ Jamie Foxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Django Unchained Review, May 14, 2013
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Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest director’s working in the movie industry. Django Unchained manages to tell a great story, have a big heart, show the absolute inhumanity and brutality of slavery in pre-civil war United States, be brutally violent, and hysterically funny all at the same time. The combination of all those elements while paying homage to spaghetti westerns and 70′s style film making with Tarantino’s uniquely modern flair is nothing short of amazing. Django Unchained is like the most spectacular house of cards you have ever seen, one slight miscalculation could topple the entire thing but instead it stands strong and is a must see for any movie lover.

Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave in 1858 America. Early on in the film Django crosses paths with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is an out of practice dentist turned bounty hunter who originally recruits Django’s help for a single job. Schultz makes it clear he despises slavery and quickly forms a bond with Django. Schultz takes an interest in Django’s goal to rescue his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who was cruelly separated from him. Django and Schultz spend a winter together hunting bounties and making a good deal of money. Django takes to the bounty hunting trade and gun slinging naturally. Schultz discovers that Broomhilda is being held at an infamously cruel plantation known as Candie-Land under the slaver Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Django Unchained is a fictional story but seems to take place in a very real world. The brutality and widespread of slavery in the early United States is crystal clear all throughout the movie. Every actor in the film does a flawless job of getting the audience up to speed with the general mentality and racial structures in the time period. The abundant racism and cruelty toward the slaves is, at times, almost difficult to watch but it is never overdone or unnecessary. A lot of prejudgements and accusations have been thrown around because of the sensitive material and racist elements. This movie is in no way racist. It tells a story during one of America’s more shameful moments and does so without pulling its punches. The slavery and racist aspect of Django Unchained is also only one aspect of a phenomenal film. On top of the brutal realism and historical aspects is a story about a man willing to do anything for the love of his love. Intertwined to the great, though somewhat unconventional love story, is a fantastic story about two people who could not be anymore different finding common ground and forming a strong friendship. Dress all these elements up with some hilarious moments and amazing action sequences and Tarantino may have produced his best work yet, that’s really saying something.

Jamie Foxx plays the titular hero in this Western-action-homage. Soft spoken and closed off for the majority of the movie Foxx plays Django from the inside out. Much of the characters understanding and development is told in his face, and especially his eyes. It is completely believable that Django lived a hard life and the audience never has reason to question the actors commitment to the role. There is never doubt that Django lived through his past traumas or that his blood wasn’t actually boiling during some very tense situations. Foxx is an actor who could have easily made a career out of soft roles and phoned in performances but he is constantly trying new things and succeeding immensely. Christoph Waltz first worked with Tarantino in 2009′s Inglorious Basterds. This was also his introduction to the majority of the Hollywood audience. Waltz absolutely stole the movie and outperformed all of his costars despite being virtually unknown to American audiences and playing the main antagonist. Waltz’s performance is equally impressive in Django, he is quick witted and very funny. Waltz as an actor has an air and charm about him that says he knows something that those around him don’t. He carries scenes effortlessly whether he is merely sitting at a table in dialogue or running a wild west type shoot-out. The dialogue he was given as the Dentist turned Bounty Hunter is perfect and Waltz sells the delivery of every single line, no matter how small it may seem. The only actor who may have out-done him ever so slightly is DiCaprio. DiCaprio has been one of the movie industry’s greatest actors since he was a kid. Constantly blowing away expectations and steering clear of being type cast of thrown into cash-grab quality projects it isn’t a surprise DiCaprio did well. What was surprising is that the actor took the role at all. The role was absolutely a good one but Calvin Candie is a straight up monster. DiCaprio has never played a character so repulsive and evil down to his core. Another complete shock in casting was Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen. Stephen is essentially Candie’s estate manager and top tier slave. The two banter as equals and Stephen seems to hold a power over Candie’s other slaves. Jackson who has proven in the past to be a solid actor lately has been a little lazy in many parts he has played. Choosing to simply play himself in a costume rather than really challenge himself. In Django, Jackson really pulled out all the stops along with the rest of the cast and did something no one has seen him do before.

Django is shot so beautifully. In true Western fashion there are plenty of sprawling scenery shots and very nice establishing shots. The camera is never irritating and shots are set up so well that the audience can be totally immersed in the rest of the movie. The most amazing stylistic approach to how this was shot is that despite it being a top quality gorgeous movie it never loses its “Tarantino” flair. Fast zooms, interesting angles, and almost a 70s style feel are applied all throughout the movie in a perfect balance with new film trends and technologies. The soundtrack is equally good and equally as diverse. Music audience’s would expect in a mid 1800s set movie is mixed in with classic rock, easy listening and modern rap. Combining the elements with the flawless sets, props and wardrobes must have been a tough mixture to pull off and Tarantino does it expertly.
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Django Unchained is a movie with a little bit of everything. Quality cinematography, acting, directing and writing all come together to form a perfect historical action movie with a huge heart. This is certainly unlike anything Quentin Tarantino has ever done while still having all the familiarities Tarantino fans have grown to love. It is safe to say this is the director’s best work despite his very impressive resume. Hopefully Django is a sign of more great things to come not only from the director but also from the entire cast. More movies need to be as bold and more actors need to tackle roles they are not as used to being put in. The challenge clearly produces astounding results. It is no question why Django Unchained is a 2012 Best Picture nomination.


Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beasts of the Southern Wild
DVD
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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
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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 Nanahinc
Price: $120.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average all the way around, September 29, 2012
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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
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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
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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.


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