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Dolan's Cadillac [DVD] [2009]
Dolan's Cadillac [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Christian Slater
Offered by infinative prosperity dvd
Price: 2.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A Stephen King adaptation that impresses, 30 Jan 2013
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Being a keen Stephen King reader, I am usually skeptical about adaptations of his work, having found that most movie/television versions fail to live up to the tensions wrought by King's unique style of storytelling. However, at a purchase price under 3 it didn't seem like too much of a risk to take. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that not only had the script for "Dolan's Cadillac" been well written but that the additions put in to flesh out the story rounded out all the characters nicely.

Christian Slater gives an excellent performance as the amoral Dolan, moving from in-control kingpin to a crazed man trapped by the husband of one of his victims. Wes Bentley also pulls off a nicely understated performance as Robinson. Admittedly there are points where staring vacuously is overdone, but on the whole it's a very enjoyable 85 minutes. A must for any King film fans.

The original story can be found in Stephen King's collection of short stories "Nightmares and Dreamscapes". It's a different experience to the film as it takes much longer for the tension to build, but I recommend it for anyone who wants an alternate take on this film.


Hex: Season 2 [DVD] [2006]
Hex: Season 2 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Jemima Rooper
Price: 12.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, how the mighty have fallen!, 29 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Hex: Season 2 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I am SO disappointed with season 2 of Hex. I watched it straight after season 1, which I adored. All I can say is "what happened?".

Within the first few episodes Cassie is gone, there's a new girl called Ella in town (she's a 500 year old witch), Leon the class jerk becomes Mr Sensitive, Michael Fassbender disappears off to who knows where, ostensibly because a mysterious someone has called Azazeal home, Roxanne converts from slut to wannabe nun and Jo goes from cool teacher to nymphet sleeping with the man who used to be the child she babysat (disturbing!). Seriously, it's like the writers started writing any plot they could think of and then tried to find a way to mesh them all together.

There are a few good episodes - particularly the one where Ella experiences her old life as the Medenham witch - but overall this is just one disappointment after the other. Thelma is the only character who has remained consistent from season 1 to season 2 and she is great to watch, but it isn't enough to distract from the fact that the characters are radically different from those in season 1. To be honest, having Michael Fassbender and Christina Cole on the cover is a little misleading given how little they are in it.

It is 13 episodes long, so maybe the scriptwriters just lost their way, but unless this is selling for under a tenner, I'd leave it be and just re-watch season 1.


Hex: Season 1 [DVD] [2004]
Hex: Season 1 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jemima Rooper
Price: 8.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God they made a season two!, 28 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Hex: Season 1 [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
English television series are so much grittier than US ones. The series is set in a private boarding school where the students head out to clubs at night, drink beer in the local pub and enjoy casual chats with teachers who treat them like equals rather than students. Far-fetched? Maybe, but who cares? The story kicks off with Cassie, the quiet girl who really longs to be in with the popular crowd, finding a strange vase on which she pricks her finger. Cleaning it up, she brings it back to her room where subsequent attempts to handle it result in her seeing flashes of nightmarish past events. Soon she is being stalked by a tall, dark stranger (Fassbender) while she secretly - and not so secretly - moons over the hot boy in school, Troy. Meanwhile her best friend and roommate, Thelma, is hopelessly in love with her.

Suffice to say that having a fallen angel stalking you is not going to lead to a quiet life... Death, telekinesis, pregnancy, ghosts and madness all rear their heads to make Cassie's life just that little bit more exciting than she ever wanted it to be.

Any series with Michael Fassbender as a fallen angel is going to have be worth a look. In this case, the series just kept getting better as it went along. But a word of warning; there are only six episodes in Season 1 and you will be left wanting more.

I have Season 2 ready to go...


Black Leather Wallet Case Cover For The Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Arc
Black Leather Wallet Case Cover For The Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Arc

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic functional cover, 8 Aug 2012
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This is a great phone cover. It is well-cut and its the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc perfectly - leaving all buttons accessible. It provides good cushioning should you be unfortunate enough to drop it (I'm only human - it happens!). Unlike the silicone style covers, it has good grip and thanks to the snap-close cover, it protects the screen from scratching, so you can comfortably put it in a bag or jacket without worrying about it.

Definitely worth buying.


The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
Offered by slcmusic
Price: 35.90

1.0 out of 5 stars Worst sound quality ever!, 8 Aug 2012
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This review is from: The Phantom of the Opera (DVD)
First, let's be clear - despite the claim that this is based on Gaston Leroux's novel "The Phantom of the Opera" it is only very loosely based on it. The film opens with Jane Seymour playing the soprano Elena Korvin. Married to the conductor of the opera, she turns down the advances of the Opera's owner, the Baron Hunyadi. Furious, he arranges for the audience to heckle her on her debut. She is so traumatised that she kills herself. Her husband Sandor Korvin then goes off to attack the people who caused her death but is burnt by acid and injured in a fire. Four years later, a new soprano Maria Gianelli is being auditioning as an understudy in the opera. Surprise, surprise, Gianelli is the image of Korvin's dead wife. Oh, and the opera house is in Hungary, not Paris.

Actually, I wouldn't have minded all the above so much if I could just HEAR the dvd. The music frequently drowns out the speech of the actors. But worse than that is the overall static-y quality of the soundtrack. It is really difficult to actually hear anything. Changing the settings didn't help. The sound quality of this dvd is so poor it sounds almost like a bootleg.

One last comment, the dvd title says "The Phantom of the Opera" - what you may not realise is that this is a GERMAN edition of the dvd. Luckily, there is the option to turn on the English soundtrack, but as I say, the sound quality is so poor, it's hardly worth it.

Save your money!


New Ladies Tropical Palm Print Strap Maxi Dress Womens Colourful Long Dress Fuchsia 10
New Ladies Tropical Palm Print Strap Maxi Dress Womens Colourful Long Dress Fuchsia 10

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's gorgeous!, 1 Jun 2012
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This is a fabulous, flattering maxi dress. This was my first time buying a dress without trying it on first so I was a bit hesitant but this one is beautiful. The high waistline and mid-size straps are very flattering and the folds at the front will help hide any overeating you might do while wearing this - something which can't be said of all Elastane-mix dresses. However, it is quite fitted from the back and sides so seamfree lingerie is a must!

If you are 5'4" or smaller (like me) you may have to take this dress up a bit as it is quite long. Don't let that put you off however. A bit of Wundaweb will do the trick nicely. And some comfortable high heels - still looking for those though...

The colours are absolutely gorgeous. The images on Amazon are good, but I was blown away when the dress arrived, it was so bright. I felt better just looking at it!


EMARTBUY SONY ERICSSON XPERIA X10 PURPLE BLOOM CLIP ON PROTECTION CASE/COVER/SKIN
EMARTBUY SONY ERICSSON XPERIA X10 PURPLE BLOOM CLIP ON PROTECTION CASE/COVER/SKIN

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cover but causes problems on phone, 5 Feb 2011
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Ok, the good news - this is a pretty and good quality (in terms of durability) cover for your Xperia X10.

The bad news - There was no hole to access the power button, which meant that with the cover on, a lot of the functionality froze. I ended up having to cut a hole in it myself to allow access to the power button. Unfortunately because it was such a strong silicone, the end result wasn't pretty and I ended up damaging the cover a bit. Not to worry though, it now performs its basic functionality. However, as a number of the other external buttons are covered, I find I frequently have to pull the cover away from the phone to use particular functionality, as pushing the buttons through the cover doesn't work. Having learnt my lesson with cutting the skin to access the power button, I won't be in any rush to try cutting further holes for the other function buttons.

It's a shame really because it's actually a really nice cover and I've had lots of compliments on it.


Safe Haven
Safe Haven
by Nicholas Sparks
Edition: Paperback

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No tissues required for this one!, 19 Jan 2011
This review is from: Safe Haven (Paperback)
I like Nicholas Sparks. I've read at least 8 of his books by now and most of them have had me reaching for my box of tissues. No tissues at all were required because, thankfully, this one has a happy ending.

Katie is a former abused spouse who has finally found the courage to run away and has built a new life for herself in the small town of Southport. She begins a relationship with the local store owner Alex, a widower with two small children. However, her abusive ex-husband, is searching for her and...

Enough already! If, like me, you've seen "Sleeping With The Enemy" then a lot of this book is going to seem old and familiar. Sparks does conjure the feeling of suspense well but there was always a niggling feeling at the back of mind that I already knew how it was all going to play out.

I did like the side story of Jo, Katie's new neighbour, which was an unexpected twist and gave a nice finish to the story. However, I don't think "Safe Haven" is a book I would be picking up to read again in a hurry.


Mercy
Mercy
by Jodi Picoult
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tricky subject beautifully handled, 19 Jan 2011
This review is from: Mercy (Paperback)
Euthanasia is a tricky subject at the best of times. Is it murder? Is it assisted suicide? Is it right? Is it wrong? Who gets to decide?

In this book Picoult tells the story of Jamie MacDonald whose wife Maggie was dying of terminal cancer. Having had many bouts of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, Maggie asked Jamie to kill her, so that she would not have to continue to endure the pain.

The story picks up after Jamie has driven to the local sheriffs office and turned himself in for the killing. The local sheriff Cameron MacDonald is a distant cousin of Jamie's, as well as a clan chief of the MacDonalds in the town of Wheelock. There is quite a lot of backstory relating to Jamie and Cameron's Scottish backgrounds. In addition there is a love triangle between the sheriff, his wife and his wife's shop assistant. However, the most interesting thing that Picoult deals with is what happens to Jamie, both legally and emotionally, once he has done what his wife asked.

There is no massively dramatic ending for this novel, which is nicely in keeping with the subject matter. It leaves more questions hanging open than answered and for a topic of this nature that is no bad thing.


The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, boring, boring, 19 Jan 2011
The best thing about this book? It's short. So you can in a short space of time (assuming you are dedicated enough to pursue it to the end) put it down and breathe a sigh of relief that you have now read the book that everyone has told you was so amazing. Unfortunately, it isn't that amazing. Instead it's stiff, slow and, quite frankly, irritating.

Why, oh why, did this book get rave reviews? Did the reviewers actually read it? Little shepherd goes off to find treasure and along the way meets God in a variety of forms, then manages to talk to the wind and the sun and comes home to discover that his treasure was there all along. So what? The "messages" of this book have been widely and much more enjoyably discussed in books such as "The Secret", "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", "Think and Grow Rich" and numerous others. Read those instead!
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