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Subterra Series: Prince Rhys
Subterra Series: Prince Rhys

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pass the Marmite, 6 Jan. 2012
What at first appears to be a simple children's adventure story about a young daydreamer named Rhys, rapidly morphs into a grand fantasy involving an underground world, a ferocious guardian, a group of gallant knights and of course an evil villain with a Napoleonic complex and a nasty lisp.

The style of writing and terminology are clearly British, and some of the terms may be unfamiliar to American and other readers, but there's enough of the UK remaining in my vocabulary to translate (but not understand) the young boy's love for marmite butties for example. The bad guy's lisping speech is also rather difficult to follow in places.

The illustrations are simple and rustic, and the plot gallops along at a rapid pace, picking up more and more side stories, characters (human and otherwise) and adventures as it goes along, leaving the reader rather breathless at the sheer volume of stuff going on.

The love of money proves again to be the root of all evil, and even though the whole package is clearly intended to be humorous fantasy, there's just too much information packed into the small space to be easily assimilated.

Regardless, this is a short and entertaining read, and even with its overabundance of plot, you'll want to keep reading until the end. A fun book for reading aloud using funny voices.

Amanda Richards, January 5, 2012

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't change a second, 22 Aug. 2009
Based on a novel by Audrey Niffenegger, this sci-fi/romance/drama movie explores the problems a couple experiences when one of them (Henry, played excellently by Eric Bana) disappears without warning for varying periods of time, while Claire (the radiant Rachel McAdams) deals with life and waits for his return.

The thing is, not only is Henry gone, but he's also gone in time, and the Henry that returns may not be the same age as the Henry who left. To compound it, he has no control over when or where he makes the jump, and his clothes don't make it, leading to many dangerous and embarrassing situations.

Short attention span summary (SASS):
1. Girl meets boy she's known all her life for the very first time
2. He doesn't know her yet
3. Together they try to work it out

Although not exactly a chick-flick, this movie may appeal primarily to female audiences, and it would be a definite plus to read the novel first. The chemistry between the lead characters is wonderful, and the "disappearing" special effect is rather cool.

I thought that the rather complex premise was handled very well, given the fairly short run time, and was impressed by the acting and direction. Not for everybody, but certainly good by me.

Amanda Richards

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince [DVD]
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Price: £2.90

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, to be young and to feel love's keen sting.", 22 Aug. 2009
Professor Minerva McGonagall: [to Harry, Ron, & Hermione] Why is it, that whenever anything happens, it's always you three?
Ron Weasley: Believe me, Professor. I've been asking myself that same question for the past six years.

Short attention span summary (SASS):

1. Dark times are at hand for both wizards and muggles, as the Death Eaters wreak a destructive path across both worlds.
2. Draco has a special assignment from you-know-who, which has his mum distressed enough to seek a bodyguard for him.
3. Hogwarts turns into hormone central as teenagers start getting googly-eyed, and sometimes enlist magical assistance in matters of the heart.
4. Quidditch is always good entertainment, and so is a little walk down memory lane, a hunt for a dark treasure and a dramatic ending.
5. Still not enough Bellatrix Lestrange (the always amazing Helena Bonham Carter) - MORE MORE!!!

This is a rather good interpretation of a book that was largely about young love at Hogwarts (except of course for the ending), and although it was long, it held the interest painlessly. I never expected much from this one, seeing as it isn't much more than a scene setter for the two grand finales, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

The young actors have settled down well in their roles, and the rest of the cast fit as comfortably as always. Jim Broadbent makes a perfect Horace Slughorn, and Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter and Dame Maggie Smith (albeit in a small role this time) continue to excel. Kudos also to Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley, a character that has finally come into her own on screen.

Highly recommended for all Potter fans, even if only to get your fix before the next movie.

Albus Dumbledore: You must be wondering why I brought you here.
Harry Potter: Actually Sir, after all these years I just sort of go with it.

Amanda Richards

Imagine Me and You [DVD] [2005]
Imagine Me and You [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Piper Perabo
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy together, 29 Jun. 2009
"Imagine me and you, I do
I think about you day and night, it's only right
To think about the girl you love and hold her tight
So happy together"
(The Turtles)

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Boy marries girl
2. Girl sees girl across the crowded room
3. Girl finds reasons to keep seeing girl
4. Delightful romantic comedy follows with great music and energetic dance sequence via Dance Dance Revolution
5. ... and everyone lives happily, even though not necessarily together

Piper Perabo and Lena Headey are the shining stars of this British romantic comedy, which leaves you with both a good feeling and a catchy song which you won't be able to stop singing for weeks after seeing the movie.

Recommended for anyone who believes in love at first sight, and those who take a little longer.

Amanda Richards

Push [DVD] (2009)
Push [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Chris Evans
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.38

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We don't ask to be special, we're just born that way, 29 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Push [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Experiments on specially gifted human beings have been going on since the 1940s
2. Unfortunately, the mortality rate is through the roof, until ...
3. Someone survives, but ...
4. She escapes, and takes the secret formula with her
5. Luckily, this has all been foreseen by a very talented Watcher (person who sees the future), and then ...
6. The convoluted plot takes over, throwing Watchers, Pushers, Movers, Bleeders, Shifters, Shadows, Wipers, Stitches and Sniffs together in Hong Kong, where "gifted" people seem to crawl out of the woodwork without explanation.
7. Even without trying to sort out the plot, this one is action-packed, but may make your brain hurt.

Reasonable acting and popping special effects are the main reasons to watch this movie, which doesn't bother stopping to reason why, but does and does, until the horribly anti-climactic ending.

Rent it because it's there, or if someone "pushes" you to see it.

Amanda Richards

Crank 2: High Voltage [DVD]
Crank 2: High Voltage [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bai Ling
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.46

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A shocking day at the races, 29 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Crank 2: High Voltage [DVD] (DVD)
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) gets the short end of the stick in a one-sided body part trade, after falling from a helicopter at the end of the first movie.
2. He escapes when he learns which part is next up on the list.
3. The battery for his Chinese-implanted artificial heart has to be charged frequently, by any means possible.
4. "Any means" in this case involves a lot of gratuitous violence, public exhibitionism, corny humor, a crazy hooker, a gay man with Tourette's Syndrome and even a couple of dream sequences.
5. This is a movie only a guy could love.

This one totally failed for me, but I can see why it would appeal to some audiences. Too bizarre and cranked up for my taste, but to each his own.

Amanda Richards
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Sanyo Eneloop AA 4 Pack Batteries 1900mAh
Sanyo Eneloop AA 4 Pack Batteries 1900mAh
Offered by HEIBA Electroincs GmbH
Price: £8.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more jumping through hoops with my eneloops, 29 Jun. 2009
So, I got me this Sony Cybershot H5 camera, and was on the verge of bankruptcy as I tried to satisfy its two battery per day habit.

I had a couple of another brand of rechargeable battery, but found that I was only getting about 75 pictures per charge, while regular batteries gave me about 200 before giving up the ghost.

Enter the eneloop, which is not only a starkly professional looking battery, but gives me somewhere in the vicinity of 300 photographs on a single charge.

One thing though - when I put them in the camera, the reading showed ĺ charge after about 10 photographs, but maintained that reading for a much longer time than I expected.

Buying this pack of four allows me to keep two in the camera and two on standby on photo shoots, which is more than enough for an amateur photo-take-outerer like myself, plus the savings in battery purchases allows for refreshments afterwards.

I can't say how good they are for any other application, because no one is going to be laying a finger on my eneloops.

Highly recommended for digital cameras.

Amanda Richards

Crossing Over [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Crossing Over [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £4.28

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All types of illegal, 29 Jun. 2009
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Everybody seems to want to live in the USA
2. Harrison Ford plays an ICE Agent whose job is to seek out illegal immigrants.
3. His major problem is that he has a heart, and sometimes gets deeper into busts than he should.
4. Seemingly different storylines somehow get tied together in the end.
5. It seems that there are no happy endings for illegal immigrants, and those who aid and abet them.

A tired looking Harry Ford leads the pack of gifted actors in this surprisingly gripping movie, which will leave you with every emotion except bored.

Supporting roles are played by Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Cliff Curtis, Jim Sturgess and Alice Eve, and there are several scenes which will leave a bad taste in your mouth and some that will break your heart.

This is a movie you may have overlooked, but shouldn't miss as a rental.

Amanda Richards
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He's Just Not That Into You [DVD]
He's Just Not That Into You [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Aniston
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £2.35

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exception or rule?, 10 May 2009
"If a guy doesn't call you, he doesn't want to call you."

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Two characters are desperately looking for love in the right places, but with the wrong guys.
2. One character is in love with another character, who's just not that into him.
3. One is married, but infatuated with another, who's also infatuated with him.
4. Two are living together, but only one of them wants to get married.
5. One has no intention of falling in love.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, and Bradley Cooper make up the star power for this romantic dramedy about relationships and falling in love.

All the main characters are also linked to other main characters through friendship or work, making for interesting mixing and matching, until the dust settles and the hearts fall where they may.

Several scenes and situations drag on too long, and the movie could have used a bit of editing for length, but overall not bad for a chick flick.

My bet is that guys will just not be that into this.

Amanda Richards

X-Men Origins: Wolverine [DVD] (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: £2.99

24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, Shiny!, 10 May 2009
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Young man in a vengeful moment discovers that he's got bones to pick with everyone.
2. His half brother's all for clawing and scratching.
3. Regenerative benefits see them through the Civil War, the World Wars and Vietnam
4. Things get interesting when they get recruited for a select mutant group and sent to recover a valuable object.
5. Brotherly feud intensifies.
6. Young man, now named James Logan (Hugh Jackman) undergoes major surgery and becomes Wolverine.
7. Oooh, Shiny!
8. Rather convoluted story follows, involving lots of CGI, stunts and of course several (mostly underutilized) mutants.
9. Anticlimactic ending is quite unmemorable.

Hugh Jackman will forever be Wolverine, but Liev Schreiber holds his own as the scene-stealing Sabretooth. Throughout their love/hate relationship it's Sabretooth who carries the movie, and if not for Wolverine having nicer claws, it would probably be Sabretooth you'd remember.

See this one for Jackman, Schreiber and the action sequences, not for the plot. (3.5 stars)

Amanda Richards
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