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Bella Double Sided Contemporary Reversible Floral Cushion Cover 18" x 18" Yellow Cream
Bella Double Sided Contemporary Reversible Floral Cushion Cover 18" x 18" Yellow Cream

5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase, 18 April 2013
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Cushion was actually better than I visualised. Material is a good quality and I am very happy with the product.


Gerry [DVD]
Gerry [DVD]
Dvd ~ Casey Affleck
Price: £5.69

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lifeless, 30 Jun 2010
This review is from: Gerry [DVD] (DVD)
Don't be fooled by Gus Van Sant, he merely produced it and didn't direct it, and I can only summise that he owed the guy a massive favour. First of all let me say that I'm open to different approaches in film making and I knew about the lack of dialogue etc. But the only impression this film left me was a great appreciation for editing and the ability to know the difference between making an actual film or placing a camera next to some grass and watching it grow.

The first five minutes we watch two people drive in a car without a word, smile or even nod of the head to each other. The next ten minutes we watch them walk or sometimes run maybe sit for a moment in bushland. For another fifteen Damon places handfuls of dust in a heap to break Affleck's fall because he's climbed up on a boulder and can't get down. Anyway to cut out the first forty-five minutes of the film, they eventually get lost. Why they would ever choose to go on walking when they are clearly nowhere near their car (we know this firstly because we're educated, secondly because their car was left in bushland, but they've now wandered through white mountains, then grey, then a canyon, then desert and finally some sort of salt desert), is beyond me.

Affleck and Damon's performances are always reliable, but even they can't hold an audience as they trudge along for an hour and a half. There is no depth or logic or empathy for their characters or the film. The words "haunting" and "beguiling" on the front cover are describing the director's reasoning for making such a film in such a way, surely! If you suffer from insomnia, watch this film with a warm glass of milk and I guarantee you you'll be sleeping like a baby within ten minutes. Watch it every night and your insomnia will be cured.


August [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
August [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Josh Hartnett

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hartnett at his best, 29 Jun 2010
The dynamics of a young dot com company during its dramatic rise and fall in the share market world, this is a film energised completely by Hartnett's robust performance. Along the lines of Tom Cruise driven by money in Jerry Hall, add in a more complex side driven by success, which unfortunately the film never tries to explain, and you have Tom Stirling. Hartnett fast talks, fast walks his way through the role, as the pretentious upshot who doesn't give a damn about anything other than success and couldn't remember the name of his brother's new born baby if he tried. But the promise of success which his brash and arrogant personality has brought to his company, begins to fade in the end, because of it.

Hartnett's performance is flawless. The anti-climatic sex scene in particular shows the desolation which failure causes to his soul, and this one scene brilliantly sums up his whole character: a wham-bam approach to everything. But the torment on Hartnett's face at the end of the scene, when he fails to satisfy his girlfriend, is quite haunting and you start to see his vulnerability for the first time. Another scene in a bar where he deliberately fast talks his way to a punch on the nose as he insults a stranger with references clearly meant for himself is superb. And the quick smirk Hartnett gives right before the punch is priceless.

The storyline, for me, leaves a bit too much to speculation and doesn't try to explain why Stirling's character is the way that he is or what his company actually does. In fact the whole film runs on Stirling's energy throughout, and just like an Energex battery, as soon as his character runs out of gas, the film instantly finishes. And that's probably the only thing I didn't like about the film, the abrupt ending. Don't watch it for the storyline, watch it for the performance.


Cracker: The Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Cracker: The Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Robert Pastorelli
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £11.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Drawn out drama, 28 Jun 2010
This is based on the popular English Series which I have not seen. I have to say it was disappointing, apart from the first episode which lures you in instantly with a serial killer storyline and which introduces you to Robert Pastorelli's character together with his family. But the lure is immediately broken after that with a succession of stories unable to match the intrigue of the first, together with an unlikeable central character. Not that there is anything wrong with the acting, or the concept behind the series, the writers simply failed to deliver the goods. Pastorelli's character as the know-all criminal psychologist is over-emphasised, and although he is faultless in the role there are no other characters of significance to keep him in balance. Here, the writers failed to cash in on the family members, who they successfully introduced us to in the first episode but then kept under-developed throughout the series. This would have given Pastorelli's dysfunctional character more substance and added depth to the series, but they were merely left to flit in and out of the series without any basis or continuing storyline. What should have been a cracker of a series was let down miserably by a succession of weak stories. You can't follow a sex-maniac-serial-killer sharp-hook with a missing-baby-eventually-found-alive-and-well blunt-knife.


Mozart and the Whale [DVD]
Mozart and the Whale [DVD]
Dvd ~ Petter Næss

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Sweet, 28 Jun 2010
This review is from: Mozart and the Whale [DVD] (DVD)
I loved this film. It was simple and sweet. Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell are excellent as two people suffering aspergers syndrome who persist in their efforts to build a life together against the odds. The supporting cast are also great, with the characters carrying us along the Josh and Radha ride, through odd little moments in a quirky script. Josh Hartnett is excellent in the role, without being over-the-top. And there are some wonderfully simplistic moments when he's enthralled by the digital numbers on the Microwave, or when he's having a conversation about sex while mesmerised by the rotation of a spin-dryer in the launderette. I can't think of one thing I don't like about this film. Great cast, great acting, great script. A simple story that works.


Blow Dry [DVD] [2001]
Blow Dry [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Alan Rickman

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, 28 Jun 2010
This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
I didn't expect too much from this film, but I found that I really enjoyed it. Rachel Griffith and a young Josh Hartnett do an excellent job of their English Accents which was highly enjoyable to watch. A warm little comedy, where the National Hairdressers Championship comes to a small village in the north of England and the has-beens of the hairdressing world vie for its Cup. There could definitely have been a few more idiosyncratic comedic moments in light of its storyline, but the ones that are in there work well. There are also some lovely, tender moments which are very well played by Natasha Richardson, whose character is battling a terminal illness amidst the pomp extravaganza that this tournament brings to her village. Some great actors in this film bring this simple light-hearted script to life without being over the top. Go in with an open mind and it will bring a smile to your face.


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