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Foxcatcher [Blu-ray] [2015]
Foxcatcher [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Steve Carell
Price: £17.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Film, Base On Real Life Events, 28 Feb. 2015
Bennett Miller has only made 3 films. Capote, Moneyball and now Foxcatcher. Two of these projects were rejected by Steven Soderbergh, otherwise he may not have made the. As a director he has his own unique style. His scripts are very dry and he takes his time to flesh out the characters and the story. I saw 4 good movies, either side of Christmas (Gone Girl, Nightcrawlers and American Sniper the other 3) and this was just about my favourite of them. It tells the story of two wrestling brothers. The younger one, Mark, played by Channing Tatum and the older one, Dave, played (brilliantly) by Mark Ruffalo. Then there is Jon Du Pont, a millionaire philanthropist with Steve Carell in a career best role (him and Ruffalo both got Oscar nominations). Du Pont is mad, but he also has a dream to use his wealth to help train a successful American Olympic winning team. Mark takes up his offer, but Dave doesn't want to uproot his family. Mark is initially happy with his new home and the trappings of wealth, but he eventually comes to realise that something isn't right with Du Pont and his behaviour. Just as he is thinking about leaving and has also started to reject his brother, Dave arrives with his family, to help train the other wrestlers. In between, the wrestling it is well acted and the real life story is very interesting. Not all films have lots of action and are at a fast pace. Personally I prefer films with an interesting story and a good plot. I also like many sports and enjoyed Moneyball, a film about Baseball. Please give this a try and then read the story of Dave and Mark Schultz (AFTER you have seen the film). It's been a good few months for cinema and there are some interesting and brave films with great variety being made, rather than all the sequels and super heroes which can become tedious.


Casio Edifice Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet EFR-534D-1A2VEF
Casio Edifice Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet EFR-534D-1A2VEF
Price: £100.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful watch. Part of an impressive range of Casio Edifice watches., 8 Jan. 2015
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I think it is a really attractive watch. The blue is striking and works well with the black face and silver strap, which is very solid. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is the pull out button which leads to you moving the hands and changing the date is incredibly stiff and hard to move. It should not be like this. But other than this, I'm very happy and got a great deal in the lightening deals over Christmas.


TASSIMO Costa Americano 16 T DISCs (Pack of 5, Total 80 T DISCs/pods)
TASSIMO Costa Americano 16 T DISCs (Pack of 5, Total 80 T DISCs/pods)
Price: £15.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Costa Americano Pods are miles better. Strong, 1 Dec. 2014
New to Tassimo, but bought 3 packs of these and 1 of Kenco Colombian. These Costa Americano Pods are miles better. Strong, great flavour. As a strong white coffee drinker, I put a small amount of milk at the bottom, then the machine gives it a lovely froth at the end. Really is excellent and while I want to try Carte Noir Espresso, Costa will be the number one choice for me. A real step up from instant coffee. We just need decaf pods now, as I can't drink these as late in the day as I would like. Will be a real money spinner if they do produce decaf ones. Enjoy.


TASSIMO Kenco Colombian 16 T DISCs (Pack of 5, Total 80 T DISCs)
TASSIMO Kenco Colombian 16 T DISCs (Pack of 5, Total 80 T DISCs)
Price: £15.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They taste more like instant coffee to me than special pods, 1 Dec. 2014
Just bought a Tassimo machine and this was my first try of Kenco Colombian. They taste more like instant coffee to me than special pods. They have a milder fruitier taste than the Costa pods for instance. I won't be buying them again. Drinkable, but will stick with the Costa Espresso Pods and want to try the Carte Noire Espresso too. The whole point of an espresso machine is strong fresh tasting coffee, so these aren't up to standard.


Frankie Boyle Live - The Last Days of Sodom [DVD]
Frankie Boyle Live - The Last Days of Sodom [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frankie Boyle
Price: £19.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb return to form, 18 July 2014
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After loving his first stand up DVD, the second one was disappointing. This is return to form. He is as shocking as ever, but very funny too. My favourite part was when he referred to John Terry and Wayne Rooney. Nobody is safe from his scathing commentaries. If you like your comedy, dark black, shocking and controversial, Frankie is your man.


Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights [DVD]
Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frankie Boyle
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor sketches, with some very good stand up bit in between., 18 July 2014
The stand up parts of the DVD are very good. The sketches are dreadful. Not funny at all. I am a big fan of his stand up. I would fast forward through the sketches as I did in the end. The stand up parts are good and I couldn't sit through the sketches as they were that bad. I'm unsure why he went in this direction. 2 of his 3 stand up DVDs have been superb and this one was a mistake.


Olympus Has Fallen [Blu-ray] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: £6.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie, great cast, but highly implausible, 6 Feb. 2014
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First watch, I really liked this, but second time around it did seem a bit silly and the best part, if highly implausible, is when they take down the white house at the start. Still it is good fun with a great cast. A popcorn action movie. Just don't think about the plot holes too much.


King of Masks [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
King of Masks [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film unavailable in the uk., 5 Nov. 2009
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While staying with relations in Seattle, this Chinese film was rented out by my auntie. The story is of an old man who is a street performer who changes masks at incredible speed. He decides that he needs to have an heir, which tradition means has to be a boy. Needless to say he shortly finds out he has been tricked and has bought a little girl at the slave market. I found the performances from both the old man and the child to be incredible and the story was excellent and heart warming. I was very surprised that there are no other listings for this child actor who was apparently sent away by her family at the age of the 3 to work as an acrobat. She would surely have been the next child star. If you don't mind foreign language movies with subtitles and can play region 1 dvd's, I would strongly recommend either viewing or purchasing this fine movie.
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Deadhead
Deadhead
by Shaun Hutson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaun Hutson's best book, 25 May 2008
This review is from: Deadhead (Paperback)
I own all of Shaun Hutson's novels. This is the first one I read about 15 years ago. I also think it is his best. Some of his recent novels have more of a supernatural or less believable plot, but he did go through a spell when many of his books were set in London or were more realistic gritty gangland thrillers. This book involves a private investigator who's daughter is kidnapped by a gang who make snuff movies. This character, Nick Ryan is one of the best Hutson has ever written and as usual this book is a fantastic page turner. Hutson's secret is short snappy chapters and a pace that makes his books difficult to put down. The final shootout at the end of the book is incredibly graphic and if your a main character in one his novels, you'd better watch out. I would highly recommend buying this book and would put Victims, Assassins, Captives and White Ghost as the best of his other novels. I don't think he is quite on the form he used to be with his recent books, but they are still damn fine reads and he is my favourite author.


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