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Bully [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]
Bully [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Ja'Meya Jackson

5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying look at children in pain, 16 Feb. 2013
This shocking and painful documentary exposes the misery several middle-schoolers endure daily at the hands of their bullies. We also see bereaved parents whose children couldn't take the abuse anymore and ended their lives. It's an intense film and one that calls for action.

I sobbed throughout the film; the tormented children are so innocent and helpless. I was angry at the "Everything's fine" attitude of the school officials whose refusal to help hurts the children just as much as the bullies. My one complaint with the movie is that, while it calls for awareness and action, it's preaching to the choir; at no time are the bullies, their parents, or the neglectful school staff punished. The extras show anti-bullying rallies, but none of the actual bullies attend them. I wanted justice!

This is a very important film that will open many eyes to the pain of bullying; I'm not sure any of offenders will see it or the error of their ways, unfortunately.

Suddenly Last Summer [DVD] [2002]
Suddenly Last Summer [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Taylor
Price: £4.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just say it, already!, 13 Feb. 2013
Long, slow, New Orleans-in-the-thirties talkfest filled with hystrionics and over-acting. Hepburn is excellent, playing a Southern grande dame with a decidedly New England accent, Taylor is gorgeous (complete with full makeup, tight dresses, and stilettos while incarcerated) but shreiks a lot, while Clift appears catatonic and bug-eyed throughout. McCambridge minces about with a silly, shrill drawl and looks ridiculous.

The whole point of the movie is summed up in one sentence, but it takes 113 minutes to get to it.

If you like Tennessee Williams' long-winded speeches, you'll love this movie. I didn't.

The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982) - Region 2 PAL, plays in English without subtitles
The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982) - Region 2 PAL, plays in English without subtitles
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by Rare Dvds
Price: £11.74

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glitzy but forgettable, 1 Feb. 2013
The London fog grounds several wealthy passengers who must spend the night in the airport. The unrelated stories involve a wife running off with her lover, a cheap movie mogul, a businessman on the brink of disaster, and an addled Duchess.

Typical of the star-studded movies of its time, this one is all style and no substance. The writing is straight out of a soap opera and Liz Taylor really wallows in the suds. Her star-power can't hide bad acting and her breathy, whiny voice and faux-British accent make the movie seem interminable. Burton is a better actor, but is still stuck with a predictable and ridiculously melodramatic storyline. The other vignettes serve no purpose except to fill the time, even though Margaret Rutherford won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as the pill-popping aristocrat.

This is a dated, cliché-ridden film filled with flowery speeches and shallow characters, although it is nice to return to the days when people wore their finest clothes to fly.

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Tefal Ultraglide FV4488G1 Anti-Scale Steam Iron - 2300 Watt - Night Blue
Tefal Ultraglide FV4488G1 Anti-Scale Steam Iron - 2300 Watt - Night Blue
Price: £29.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite iron, 24 Jan. 2013
I love this iron. It's sturdy, but not heavy, and rests securely on a cleverly-designed, triangular stand. The dial clearly indicates a range of fabric types and the water tank is easily accessible. Best of all, it glides smoothly and effortlessly. At this price, it's a great deal. Recommended.

24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking, 24 Jan. 2013
Jack Bauer fans will love this season, which is as every bit as good as the wonderful Season One. As this day begins, Jack is working for the DOD and happily in love when, bang! There is a kidnapping, an assassination attempt, and a couple of nuclear threats. The terrorists are keeping Agent Bauer busy and we love it.

This season of "24" brings back some great old friends (Tony, Michelle, and David Palmer) and introduces delightful new ones (Chloe, Edgar, and Bill Buchanan). There are twists and surprises at every turn and the body count is sky high; through it all, Jack keeps his cool and shows again that he can be vulnerable and still save humanity.

Kiefer Sutherland continues to wow us with his energy, intensity, and charisma. Production values rival those on feature films with split screens, extravagant special effects, and gritty locations. Season Four is addictive and fun.

24: Season Three DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season Three DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £15.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bauer has another long day, 12 Jan. 2013
Agent Jack Bauer must once again save the world as a fatal virus is about to be unleashed on Los Angeles. In the meantime, President Palmer's re-election is jeopardized when his ex-wife gets up to her old tricks and newlyweds Tony and Michelle face a crisis.

This season is not as well-written as the stellar Season One, with way too many domestic/soap opera-like subplots competing for screen time with the main terrorist theme. Jack is off-screen too much and often-annoying lesser characters (his dopey daughter, Kim, in particular) clutter the story. Plot holes and unrealistic story lines abound (they drive across LA in one minute and never get a red light, and no one ever says, "My shift ended 16 hours ago!") but it's all so exciting and compelling that you just go along for the ride.

Keifer Sutherland is still superb as the super agent who can do anything. He is a talented actor and carries the show squarely on his shoulders. And the special effects, location filming, and high production values make this a great series.

Disneynature Chimpanzee [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]
Disneynature Chimpanzee [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Tim Allen
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £13.01

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better, 8 Jan. 2013
A young chimpanzee named Oscar is raised by his loving mother, Isha, in a large, extended family. Living at the edge of their territory is an aggressive chimp tribe that wants to take over their fruit trees.

The photography is very enjoyable but Tim Allen was a poor choice for narrator with his tool references and grunting. His voice is too casual and low-brow and Morgan Freeman would have been a much better choice. The soap opera storyline was overdone. In most cases, it seemed the animals were photographed randomly and the scenes were later made to fit a contrived plot. For example, there is much drama about a big battle between the two chimp bands, but all we see is animals running quickly through the forest; there is no actual contact.

Definitely not up to Disney standards.

24: Season Two DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season Two DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £15.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bauer saves the day (again!), 30 Dec. 2012
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returns to CTU as an impending nuclear bomb explosion threatens southern California. The President (Dennis Haysbert) must rely on Jack's help to prevent WWIII.

While the writing is not as good as Season One, this is still the best series on TV. Kiefer Sutherland is outstanding as the intrepid secret agent who overcomes all adversities with the help of computers, cell phones, and his trusty CTU pals, Tony and Michelle. David Palmer and his manipulative ex-wife are back as well, as is Jack's nemesis from last season, Nina. Rounding out the superb supporting cast are Jude Ciccolella and Glenn Morshower as Chief of State Mike Novick and Agent Pierce.

The weak link this season is the storyline involvong Jack's daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), who is surely the most annoying character on TV. She's onscreen half of the time and yet nothing she does affects the main plot; she's just a time-filler. Kim is unbelievably stupid, weak, and whiny and I want to fast forward whenever I see her.

The production values are high and the series feels like a good feature film. It's tense and exciting with several shockingly graphic torture scenes. There are occasional commentaries, deleted scenes, and some behind-the-scenes features.

Arbitrage [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Arbitrage [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Richard Gere
Price: £6.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ZZZzzz..., 28 Dec. 2012
Richard Gere stars as a millionaire Wall Street financier with big troubles at work and a dead mistress, too.

It's always a bad sign when I have to look up the meaning of a movie title after seeing the movie and still don't know what it means. This was a big disappointment, although the acting was excellent. Richard Gere is always a pleasure to watch; he's confidant, capable, and charismatic, giving a very good performance as a single-minded and unscrupulous man. The problem here is the script, which is confusing and boring, and gives us no one to root for. None of the characters are likable and most of the dialogue consist of muffled references to Big Trade Deals that we aren't meant to fully understand.

The story paints a believable picture of a powerful man who can buy anything except, of course, his family's love. The movie is predictable and only interesting in brief spurts; basically, it's an unsympathetic and dull story. Recommended only for those who find high finance interesting.
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A Friend Like Ben: The cat that came home for Christmas
A Friend Like Ben: The cat that came home for Christmas
by Julia Romp
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars How a cat changed an autistic boy's life, 21 Dec. 2012
This heartwarming book is the true story of Julia Romp and George, her autistic son. It details the endless challenges she faced with a screaming, stiff baby and a distant, unresponsive adolescent. Then Ben came into their lives, a mangy stray cat that nobody wanted...except George.

This story is about autism and while the cat did, indeed "come back for Christmas," those expecting a "cat book" will be disappointed and the target audience, those interested in autism, may well overlook it. I understand photos of the family would violate their privacy, but I still would have liked to see some or, at the very least, have the real Ben on the cover.

The book is very well-written and is fast-paced and emotion-packed, drawing tears several times. I'd be very interested in reading a follow-up book in a few years. Recommended.
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