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The Last of Us Remastered - PlayStation 4
The Last of Us Remastered - PlayStation 4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game I've Ever Played, July 25, 2015
Rarely has a game engaged me to the level of this game, and never has a video game had me involved with the characters as much as this one has, to the point of wanting them to do well and becoming emotionally attached. Along with great character development, the game is filled with strategy, suspense, and enough action to keep you wanted to play more. Not only that, the game looks tremendous on the PS4.

It came along with the console and couldn't be happier it did. This one is well worth putting many hours into for pure enjoyment.


Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
by Karyl McBride
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.21
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changing Experience, May 24, 2014
I stumbled on a website that talked about the effects of narcissistic parents on their children and it just so happened that here was a link to this book on this site. I had an "Ah Ha" moment when I started into this book - I finally started to realize what my parents were all about and why they were doing what they were doing. Wow! I had no idea!

I like how this book emphasizes the importance of grieving the loss of your mother - the notion that she will never be able to offer you the kind of affection you've always been looking for. I should mention as well, that I'm the son of a NM although I could relate to nearly everything written in this book.

It offers great insight and concrete steps on how to set boundaries, one of the last and most important steps in coping with a narcissistic parent. Sometimes, despite what society may or may not tell you, you just have to let some parents go. How sad and healing at the same time.

Thank you, Dr. McBride, for writing this book. It was a life-changer for me.


Nu Finish Liquid Car Polish
Nu Finish Liquid Car Polish
Price: $8.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good, April 18, 2014
I bought this polish based on the reviews her and CR. I own a brand new Mazda 3 and wanted to polish it 4 months after a long, harsh winter. Some points about this product:

1) I does go on/off quite easily. I watched a video on Youtube; one of the suggestions was to keep in on no longer than 3-5 min. so that's what I did. Wiping it off was easy although the advertising claim of "no buffing" is misleading. If you have a heavier coat that sits for several minutes you do have to use some elbow grease to get it off. I experimented and left some on for several minutes.
2) I didn't notice an incredible "pop" in the depth of the gloss. That being said, the car is only months old which is definitely a factor. I did notice however, that the headlights were much clearer after putting on one coat
3) The drops that feel on the car after washing it beaded up quite nicely. There was also a considerably smoother, more slippery feel to the parts that had been polished.
4) It's true that it doesn't smell great. But I don't care. What I do want is a wax (or wax-like product) that will keep my car looking good and protected for some time. I don't want to spend this much effort washing and drying a car then applying a wax or polish, only to have it work for a couple of months. If this does last as long as it claims (yet TBD) then it's worth it.

So overall so far so good. I do have a silver-colored car, so any white residue may not have been as noticeable.
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Dexter: The Complete Final Season
Dexter: The Complete Final Season
DVD ~ Michael C. Hall
Price: $14.96
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What Happened?, September 28, 2013
***Spoilers Ahead***

As a fan of Dexter throughout, there were high hopes of a great ending to this show after the series resurrected in Season 7. Although this season had some great moments, it became impossible to ignore aspects of the show that were too unbelievable or didn't make sense:

1. Deb walked in to Miami Metro drunk to confess that she killed LaGuerta and all but nothing happens. Really? Would that happen in real life where a drunken cop walks in to a police station and makes a major public confession all to have it virtually ignored?

2. From the end of Season 7 into early this season, Deb changed her mind about Dexter's life 3 times. Deb drives their car off into a swamp all but to realize she needed to save Dexter's life...again (referring to the fact that she could have killed him instead of LaGuerta at the end of Season 7). And all that is addressed is a 5 minute counselling session with Vogel afterwards. That's it? Deb is impulsive, but not that impulsive. Also, wouldn't this incident be talked about the next day at Miami Metro as being a little odd?

3. At the end, Dexter looks straight into the camera, resembling a horror movie preparing for a sequel. He also drives his boat into a hurricane leaving it in pieces and he somehow survives. A stretch on reality. It would have made more sense if Dexter had sacrificed himself based on the self-knowledge that he would have eventually harmed Hannah and Harrison. This would have been consistent with Vogel's view that he might have been capable of at least some empathy when observing him with Hannah. The Dexter story has been told and it was time to close the book in the final season - the last scene left a door open.

4. At one point in the series, 3 serial killers (Zach, Hannah and Dexter) were having dinner together with Vogel, who herself was enabling the murders to continue. This scene in of itself is hard to imagine realistically happening.

5. To create great suspense, the good guys and the bad guys both have to be smart. Throughout Season 2, it was never known if Dexter would be caught and how, and we had a great performance by Keith Carradine as Agent Lundy asking hard questions. In this season, with the exception of tracking down Hannah, the cops weren't asking enough questions.

This season had a great start introducing us to Vogel as an expert on psychopathy, a great idea because the whole series has been based on a character study of Dexter. Although it did over some insight into psychopathy through Vogel, it could have offered more: was Dexter actually a psychopath capable of some empathy or feelings towards others? What is the criteria for being a psychopath? Is there any treatment for psychopathy? And what effect does psychopathy have on their offspring?

Getting into the grey areas of plausibility was part of the downfall of seasons 5 and 6. It's disappointing this season wasn't able to combine factors from previous seasons that worked so well to make a believable, suspenseful and insightful finish to what has been a great series.
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Concrete Angel
Concrete Angel

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Trance songs I've Heard, June 10, 2013
This review is from: Concrete Angel (MP3 Music)
...and not much more to say than this. This song is addictive..an incredible beat with an incredible voice. This could easily be number one on the pop charts as well.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.60
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent argument made, April 28, 2013
This is an excellent book for anyone who wants more understanding/insight into their own personality if they are introverted, and a general commentary on societies as a whole. As an introvert, it helped give validation for the need for much more alone time than most people I know. As the book points out, society can easily label someone who spends a lot of time alone as a "loner" or "anti-social" or some other derogatory term. It is also give great insight into how introverts can best adapt to their environments, or as the author puts it, "fake it till you make it" in situations that require introverts to be temporarily extroverted.
Overall, very helpful read.
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The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Andrew Lincoln
Price: $16.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gets even better this season, February 14, 2013
I thought the first season was good - very good because it put characters in difficult moral dilemmas and forced them to make decisions. It also includes great action. Season 2 does this and much more than the first. It's rare that part 2 of any movie or tv series is better than the first , but season 2 of the Walking Dead accomplishes just this by adding depth to the characters, posing more complex moral dilemmas, asking tougher questions based on faith, and creating more suspense.

Several themes emerge in this series, including:

SURVIVAL - what does it take to survive? How far do you have to go? Do you have to compromise values and principles you held in a different setting?
GROUP LEADERSHIP - when a world crumbles, who decides who leads a group of people? What are the qualities of that leader? And how do you decide who you can trust and who is loyal to you?
CIVILIZATION - how is a civil society defined? Is it possible to maintain civilization as we know it hen a world crumbles?
FAMILY - how do you raise a child in a cruel world or can you?
FAITH - how much of a role does faith play in survival? If there is a God, why would he allow the world to come to the world of the Walking Dead? Are the characters fighting for survival acting on faith by staying alive one day at a time?

Shane argues that you have to be cutthroat to survive in this new world. Maybe to some degree he is right - that a different set of rules apply. But the question of whether or not a person's values and principles change in the face of more extreme behaviour in a cruel world is a different question entirely - just because a person has to be tougher in a different situation doesn't mean they don't carry the same values.

This seasons offers some answers to these complex questions and lets the audience agree or disagree. It is also filled with great action and suspense.
I never thought I'd watch a show that could match Dexter, but this show comes awefully close.


Dexter: Season 7
Dexter: Season 7
DVD ~ Michael C. Hall
Offered by Big_Box_Bargains
Price: $9.09
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191 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How are they able to do it?, November 1, 2012
This review is from: Dexter: Season 7 (DVD)
I began watching the 7th Season with low expectations. I became disappointed with Dexter after Season 4 as some of the murders became inplausable and I thought the series lacked the creativity and suspense of the first two seasons. The show's pattern of watching Dexter stalk other serial killers became too familiar with less attention focused on character development. In my experience, it is *character development* that makes a series like this so watchable. With Season 7, the show has restored itself to a level of viewership found in earlier seasons.

In Season 7, while Dexter's character continues to evolve, the show focuses more on Deb's character. Watching Deb and Dexter interact is fascinating - they both evolve in their relationship as each learns more about one another. As Deb learns more about Dexter, we watch with anticipation how she reacts as she battles her own demons. The evolution of Deb's character takes center stage in this season, a break in the series. Dexter's new nemesis - the head of a crime family played with charm and great intensity by Ray Stevenson - is far more complex than the killer in Season 6.

Yvonne Strahovski does a terrific job playing Hannah McKay - a mysterious and cunning character who has the rare opportunity of getting close enough to Dexter to earn some of his trust. One of the more philosophical questions this season poses is the cost/benefit of making yourself vulnerable in relationships. And Erik King makes a welcome and sometimes humorous return playing Doakes during flashbacks - the only person who was on to Dexter from the beginning.

A great show like Dexter takes the audience to a place it's never been before. In season 1, we had a glimpse for the very first time how a serial killer might think and feel on an intimate level. In Season 7, the audience is taken to another place we can only try to imagine: what would it be like to learn your brother was a serial killer? How would you feel? And what would you do if your job was to protect the public from the very kind of person your brother had become? Watching someone work through the complexity of these emotions makes great television. To keep this series fresh after 6 seasons, the show had to do more than its already done.

The producers have made wise decisions by taking the audience back into new territory. So if you've watched the other 6 seasons and are thinking of quitting, give this season a chance.
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Dexter: Season 1
Dexter: Season 1
DVD ~ Michael C. Hall
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone can relate to Dexter, April 7, 2012
This review is from: Dexter: Season 1 (DVD)
... as hard as it might be for some to admit. This is why I think this show has so much appeal...serial killers have been the subject of much fascination over time and this is the only show that has attempted the answer the question "How could someone do this?"

And the audience can relate to him for a vareity of common challenges: he craves a sense of belonging, has a broken family, adopts family values as a moral code, struggles with addiction, feels different and feels alone. He even dislikes in others what he sees in himself. He is scarred, haunted by his past and trying to discover who he really is and why he does what he does.

Dexter represents the dark side of human nature...a side that most people are afraid of on one had, wanting to explore and still like who we are at the end of the day.

We can relate to Dexter because he goes after what makes him feel good....so many people do what is not good for them or good for others because it satisfies some basic desire to feel good. The difference with Dexter is *what* makes him feel good, and because what he needs to do is so against society's values. It's an interesting question: what would the common person do if killing made them feel good, satisfied some basic instinct? Would we really be that much different?

It's a fascinating character study that has never been done before quite like this. A phenomenal show, and unbelieveably addicting.


Sicko (Special Edition)
Sicko (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Michael Moore
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Documentary - A Gift to Americans, October 1, 2011
This review is from: Sicko (Special Edition) (DVD)
As a Canadian watching this movie, I was shocked from the 1st segment to learn that some Americans resort to stitching themselves because they can't afford health insurance. Who would have thought this would happen in the wealthiest country in the world? I can say that I have never worried about getting the health care I have needed...the wait times can be frustrating, but I've always got what I have needed. Being billed for an ambulance is beyond my comprehension.

Michael Moore is at his best when he takes what is an obvious injustice, sorts through evidence, and makes a compelling case. He did this with Bowling For Columbine. The American health care system offers much material as it is so obvious to many in American and those of us around the world that not providing for the most vulnerable Americans is a national embarrassment. Sicko punches it's point home with sarcasm, politicians making Moore's point for him with statements and speech clips, and statistics.

This movie highlights a philosophical and moral question: should heatlh care delivery be based on a model of profit, or be a government provided service available to everyone through tax dollars? Where do America's values lie.....as a capalist society, how far will it go - will it allow it's people to go bankrupt because of a health care bill? There are no easy answers - America's politics reflected through it's values are conflicting, on one hand valuing individualism, another community.

Moore does a superb job in answering these questions and making the point that a government that includes a sense of community by supplying health care to everyone is far better off. It is a tragedy that so many poor Americans vote directly against there best interests by voting Republican - fear, patriotism and religion are used to draw them. The passage of Obama's bill can be credited in part to this movie - "pre-existing" is used much more often than it was before the film was made.

This is a brilliant film and a gift to everyone in America whether they realize it or not.


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