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Offered by Movieland
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Quality Print, 13 Nov. 2012
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I have a few movie posters on my bedroom wall and thought it would be great to add an icon portrait. After a lot of thinking about which star to choose, I settled on Natalie Wood whose career I have explored and enjoyed. Movieland had quite a good selection of prints and this for me looked the most beautiful and suggestive. The eyes are veering off camera toward something, and it really shows a sultry, mysterious side that was very much part of Wood's character. There is a certain french-ness to the pose, like a raven, Hollywood version of Catherine Deneuve.

My investment in Movieland paid off. The poster arrived today and it is just stunning. The print quality is extremely high, even at a large size of 24x36. I will definitely purchase again with this company, particularly knowing now how swiftly they despatch (California to Dublin, Ireland in a week!).
One thing to note is that the print is slightly cropped compared with the advertising image here on Amazon. The top and bottom are full scale, however the sides are cropped a little. This doesn't matter to me because I love the print anyway but for those a little more particular, this is something to consider.

Highly recommended overall.

Grimm Love [DVD]
Grimm Love [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Kretschmann

4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and thought-provoking, 29 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Grimm Love [DVD] (DVD)
I came across Grimm Love as I got into the work of Keri Russell, following her success with TV's Felicity and the film Waitress. Like any actor/actress, there's always a couple of roles that are under-the-radar and perhaps even quite surprising. I bought Grimm Love along with another of Russell's work, August Rush, eager to see what else she could do.

What an unusual film and an even more unusual choice for Keri Russell. The film is a study of the infamous German cannibal case where two men met online and agreed that one would eat the other. Keri plays Katie Armstrong, an American student studying criminal psychology, with a very specific and obsessive interest in the case, choosing it for her thesis. Her character is fictional, but works quite well in giving the viewer an excuse to analyse the men behind the shocking story, and ponder via evidence and probable cause the secret behind what drove them to do what they did. Katie narrates, retracing their steps from individual family homes, schools etc, darkly fascinated by their story and facilitating flashbacks from important and significant moments from the two men's lives leading up to their fateful meeting. Katie represents the viewer as she discovers the case as we do. She becomes increasingly dishevelled as her imagination recreates the events leading toward the grim conclusion. There are a number of disturbing scenes which illustrate very well, the damaged states of these men.

The men in question, played with precision and depth by Thomas Kretschmann and Thomas Huber, are desperately lonely in their secret desires of the most extreme nature, and the film suggests that perhaps in a way that they were a perfect match. One wanted nothing more than to consume the flesh of another man. The other wanted to be consumed, albeit slightly reluctantly and with a terrible sadness not hinted at with his killer.

Grimm Love has stayed with me. It is by no means perfect but it is nonetheless powerful in its true-life subject matter and the way the film probes the characters in its bravely direct approach to such a disturbing and shocking subject matter. Germany is portrayed with a deliberate grey-grain that aims to reflect the pysche of the characters. This is not a happy film, and not for the casual viewer. The moody and mournful music is also effective in setting the scene for what is to come.

I won't say anymore because Grimm Love is best experienced without any kind of gore-hype as this is no Hostel or Saw. The violence is relatively minimal and always purposeful. For film lovers looking for something dark and thought-provoking. You will be richly rewarded (even if it does make you want to have a shower or two post-viewing).

Possession [DVD]
Possession [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
Offered by SweetBuzzards
Price: £3.85

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth catching - mostly for Gellar, 2 May 2012
This review is from: Possession [DVD] (DVD)
As a Sarah Michelle Gellar completist, I was delighted that the UK/Ireland finally had a release of Possession, which had a number of delays due to the studio behind it going bankrupt. Much like her earlier film The Return, Possession has been marketed as a horror, which is not the case. This is very much a thriller. But I guess horrors are an easier sell than thrillers.

Gellar stars as Jess, a career-orientated woman who has a particularly caring and thoughtful husband. Perhaps too caring, as he has allowed his criminal-brother to stay with them and he more than a little intimidates Jess. Following a car collision which leaves both brothers in a coma, Jess is devastated. Things get even more complicated when her brother in law wakes up, claiming to be her husband. Is he genuine or is there something evil happening?

Gellar as per usual acts very well in her role as the confused and vulnerable Jess. Unfortunately her leading man, Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) isn't quite as convincing and the two don't share much in the way of chemistry. The final act ramps up the tension but for me, this was a little slight and predictable. In its defence, the direction is stylish and the music helps create an atmosphere.
Worth watching as a Saturday night popcorn flick, but not one for the permanent collection.

For Gellar fans, I'd recommend Veronika Decides to Die. She is just fantastic and it's a very moving and uplifting film.

190cm Buttercup Artificial Silk Flowers Garland (Yellow) from GT Decorations
190cm Buttercup Artificial Silk Flowers Garland (Yellow) from GT Decorations
Offered by GT Decorations
Price: £12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality, 25 Sept. 2011
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I have used this garland to decorate a very tall floor lamp in my bedroom and it looks beautiful. From a distance, it looks real and generally the quality is very, very good. I also have an ivy garland by GT Decorations. Could not be happier. Their range is perfect for a window display or for personal decoration, making any space that bit warmer. Recommended.

Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White (PC CD)
Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White (PC CD)
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Price: £1.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 25 Sept. 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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This was my third hidden-object game and unfortunately the worst by far. The computer graphics are distractingly bad and the story is not as realised or compellingly created visually to fully engage with the game as a whole. I didn't know the novel on which it was based so it was to my advantage that I was new to the story. But between the poor visuals and the plain bad voice acting, there are quite a few problems with this title to make it one to avoid. Avantquest are proving to be a really hit-and-miss producer of this type of game. Their earlier title, Princess Isabella: The Witch's Curse fairs better, with way better rendering of the setting and a more fluid experience. If you are searching for the best-of-the-best, Dire Grove by Big Fish Games is a must. Very creepy and atmospheric.

The Resident [Blu-ray]
The Resident [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Hilary Swank
Price: £8.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat Thriller from Hammer, 1 July 2011
This review is from: The Resident [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Hammer Films continues its revival with this sick little thriller starring the always watchable Hilary Swank. She plays a rather bruised city doctor who is trying to move on from her cheating husband (Lee Pace in a bland, underdeveloped role). She rents a beautiful loft apartment from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, where all kinds of wrong start to happen. Initially romantic between them, it is quickly revealed that Swank's new landlord is a very dark soul with a very unhealthy sexual obsession with her.

This is a straight-forward, old-fashioned thriller with a bit of an edge (you'll feel the edge when you see some of the things Morgan doesn't!) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hardly a classic but a great Saturday night in movie.

Christopher Lee's role is extremely minimal, but still a lovely tribute to the Hammer of old.
Swank gives it her all, as she does with any role she takes on and it is great to see an actress of her calibre trying out genre films like this, especially the jaded thriller. Grey's Anatomy fans may never look at Jeffrey Dean Morgan in quite the same way again. He is fantastic here, creating a character with depth, and a fairly realistic villain.

Looking at Hammer's official website, it doesn't look like they have any new films in production beyond their next, 'The Woman in Black' starring Daniel Radcliffe. Hoping they manage to keep going, as it really is great to have old-school spooky flicks back, in a way that only Hammer can deliver.
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The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess (GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess (GameCube)

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible - A Joy!, 4 Jun. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Bought this game for my partner and he is totally in love with it. I have to say, the effort and creativity poured into this is just amazing. So intelligent and completely immersive. It is certainly an investment of time but it's more than worth it. The twilight setting give the game an extra layer of emotion and melancholy, making this game a real stand out.

Very, very highly recommended. If you don't have a Gamecube, this was also released on the Wii.

Don't Bother To Knock [DVD]
Don't Bother To Knock [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marilyn Monroe
Price: £3.80

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look, 4 Jun. 2011
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A neat little thriller starring the iconic Marilyn Monroe in a fairly rare dramatic role. The plot is quite limited and straightforward, and as a result this is hardly a classic. But the actors are all excellent here, making this worth a look at least.

Fans of Monroe used to her glamorous side will get a bit of shock here, as she is demure for a good portion of the film and her character is not the fun-loving, happy-go-lucky gal we're used to but rather a disturbed, dangerous person very much in need of saving.

Widmark is on typically good form, while Anne Bancroft appears in a supporting role that already showed the huge potential she'd follow through on in later roles.

Veronika Decides to Die
Veronika Decides to Die
Dvd ~ Barbara Sukowa
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £18.69

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual & Rewarding Film, 23 May 2011
This review is from: Veronika Decides to Die (DVD)
I am a long-time Gellar fan and it's been an interesting journey for her since Buffy ended. Though some of her films are hardly worth recommending (The Return, The Air I Breathe), she has always acted well in everything she does. This fascinating adaptation is her finest work to date, and luckily the film itself is very good too. She has great support in the likes of Thewlis, Tucker and Leo and Emily Young provides sensitive direction for a very downbeat story. And yet if you stick with this film, which is a slow-burning one, you will find Veronika Decides to Die very surprising and genuinely uplifting.

Gellar's character is someone so weighed down, so filled with emptiness that she is desperate to leave this world. And then in her failed suicide attempt, she is told she has a very short time to live due to a heart condition. Veronika is forced to re-evaluate her life and what it means to her, and out of that she forms a bond with a fellow patient. I won't give away too much - this is a film to be discovered rather than spelled out for the viewer.

For drama lovers who are willing to invest in something a little unusual, this is a gem.

Thomas Dybdahl
Thomas Dybdahl
Offered by BJD MUSIC
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An early Greatest Hits, 31 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Thomas Dybdahl (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of Thomas' for a while but had not been able to purchase a non-import release until now. This is a sort-of best of collection from his first four albums (fifth recently released). Some wonderful tracks here, standouts for me are:

2. A Love Story
6. Cecelia
7. That Great October Sound
10. Adelaide
11. One Day You'll Dance For Me New York City.

Plenty to enjoy. His sound is quite folky, but with unexpected instruments and arrangements throughout. His voice is quite soft and strong, in style not a million miles from Jeff Buckley, Duncan Sheik, Damien Rice.

Hoping he gets some recognition here in Ireland and also in the UK - he deserves credit and an expanded fanbase for his original, beautiful musical take on life and love. RECOMMENDED!

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