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Amazon Kindle Keyboard Leather Cover, Black (only fits Kindle Keyboard)
Amazon Kindle Keyboard Leather Cover, Black (only fits Kindle Keyboard)
Price: 30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Protect your Kindle, 7 Feb 2011
From the moment I got my kindle, I was wary of it picking up scratches and scrapes, and wanted something to protect it. This cover works perfectly. The hooks lock it firmly in place, and the strap keeps it firmly closed when you're not reading.

My Blue Heaven (1990) [Regions 2&4] Steve Martin
My Blue Heaven (1990) [Regions 2&4] Steve Martin

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Wilkinson's finest, 6 April 2008
If you want a soppy Steve Martin film (like LA Story, or Parenthood), this won't be for you. If you like his sillier side (like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Man with Two Brains, or Bowfinger), you'll probably think this is a classic, although it's not really slapstick. Personally, it's one of my favourite films, and has the capacity to cheer me up no matter how many times I see it.

Vinnie Antonelli (Martin, AKA Todd Wilkinson under witness protection) gives the whole town the run-around with some not-too-legal business activities, whilst retaining the ability to help people out with his straightforward approach to life.

Many, many funny moments, such as the exchange with the woman in the frozen food section of the supermarket, the scenes in jail, and the two of them in New York.

My favourite scene... Barney Coopersmith (hard-working FBI agent, played by Rick Moranis) still working hard in the office when the TV station closes down and the National Anthem comes on - stands up. Cut to Vinnie, lying on his bed at home, listening to 'Stranger in Paradise'. He goes outside and 30 seconds must pass as he does some of the best imitations of 'general mobster stances' as the music plays on, and the camera pulls back to show him standing in the back garden of his new-build suburban America as the sun goes down.

The last line of the film sums it up. It doesn't get rave reviews, but for me it's one of the most underrated of Martin's comedies - perhaps he even surprised himself - at least I don't think he has produced anything quite as funny since.

Crash [2005] [DVD]
Crash [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sandra Bullock
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 2.95

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairly ordinary events, but no ordinary film, 1 Aug 2006
This review is from: Crash [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
I'm really glad I finally got round to seeing this film. Having heard all the hype, I too was initially put off. Whilst I heard everyone saying it was really good, I couldn't understand from al the hype what the premise was, or who was leading the action. With the benefit of hindsight, let me assure you that the film would be excellent value at normal dvd prices, and is exceptional value at under 6.00.

Earlier reviewers have commented on the lack of a decent plot line, but for me (and having got through to the end of the film) this was a great strength. It's hard to define any single character as 'lead', and not surprising that most award nominations came for supporting roles. This really is a team effort. Whilst not having any 'blockbuster' talent or A list names - with the possible exception of Sandra Bullock - all actors deliver excellent, believable, performances.

The film's subtlety hangs on the fact that none of the events portrayed are particularly extraordinary (no-one's going to have to save the world), but the events affect the characters in a most profound way. Okay, so I found some of the observations about race and stereotyping slightly exaggerated (to say the least), but this creative licence is taken on a much shorter journey than in some other films, and I'm sure others would argue it is very 'real'.

Early on in the film, Don Cheadle's character comments that people in LA are drawn into crashing into one another because at all other times they're so far removed from each other, its the only thing left to do to establish contact. This sets the tone and subject matter for the rest of the film. It's excellent at showing the how theconsequences of one person's behaviours or decisions impact on others, how the decisions they make can be affected by their own earlier experiences, and how within a short period of time people can do both very good and very bad things. Above all, it demonstrates how little each of the characters is aware of how the others feel.

Because it doesn't call for massive leaps of faith, it allows you to accept the plot twists and linkages as being totally plausible. You also need to keep watching carefully to spot all the occasions on which seemingly obscure characters turn up in the plot is a more significant way later on (eg; than man repairing the lock at Bullock's house... oh yes, that's him with the 5 year old daughter...).

Creating such a host of characters with whom you are able to empathise so quickly is tantamount to genius, and the director & script writer should be highly praised for pulling this off.

if you 'get' all this, and you like thought provoking cinema, then chances are you'll like this film.

If on the other hand you want a tall tale that involves shoot-em-ups and a happy ending, chances are you should be looking somewhere else.

The West Wing - Complete Season 7 [DVD] [2001]
The West Wing - Complete Season 7 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 10.99

81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the beginning, 28 July 2006
You have to remember that whilst The West Wing's been must-see TV ever since series 1, it's also had the ability to educate and inform our understanding of the political process. You may disagree with the politics (definitely a democratic leaning) and some of the scenarios may be a little warped, but the backbone - the fundamentals of the American political process - remains throughout.

So we return to the beginning of the presidential process. In series 6, Santos secured the Democratic nomination. So series 7 outlines what happens next, and what it's like to tick down the clock on the last 365 days of a presidency. We get to savour the full panoply of Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits leading the charge for the Republican and Democratic parties respectively, and also have time to honour the passing of John Spencer mid-series.

Despite the introduction of many new characters, I found the symetry and resolution that this series produced satisfying. Brief appearances in the final two episodes of a host of 'usual suspects' will round off any die-hard's viewing pleasure.

The last series 7 episode airs on More4 in the UK this evening, and I for one will miss this quality programming. Time to dust off those dvds and start my personal re-runs....

Fans of Aaron Sorking may wish to hold their breath to see if a uk network picks up his new series, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip". If they do, lets hope they have more consistency in scheduling than Channel 4 has given to TWW over the years.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [DVD] [2005]
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr
Price: 2.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average whodunnit, 1 May 2006
If you're looking for an 'Arnie' movie, or something you can watch without half your brain cells plugged in, then this isn't for you. There's a very dark mind behind this script - surreal at times, and yet somehow more realistically messy than the usual shoot-em-ups.

It's not at all surprising that this isn't mainstream 'box office', but definitely has the potential to become a cult classic.

Downey and Kilmer deliver excellent performances - more like this please...

The West Wing - Complete Season 6 [DVD] [2001]
The West Wing - Complete Season 6 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Price: 11.46

213 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advance viewing for Wing Nuts, 3 Aug 2005
This boxed set follows hot on the heels of the fifth series, and is to be released before the series has hit UK TV screens (which is unusual - not sure if C4 / E4 have any intention of picking up this series).
As ever, there are plot twists, which Wing Nuts have come to know and love (and expect). These allow the series' focus to move away from day-to-day White House goings on, and into the Democrat and Repubican Presidential Primaries. Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) and Alan Alda (MASH) are brought into the cast as presidential candidates. Anyone left wondering from series 5 - "does 'Bingo Bob' put himself forward as a candidate?", "will Hoynes run?", or "what happens to Donna and Josh?" will need to buy this to find out.
All the cliff-hangers from the end of series five are resolved - and leaves a few more on closing to tee up the seventh series.
Some might say the content isn't as good as the classic Sorkin-scipted earlier series, but there's still plenty of storyline content, and the acting is as superb as ever.

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