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    • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.08.2016 14:28

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      • "colour is good"
      • "better matte effect than other matte powders"
      • "good quality for the price"

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      • "doesn't last very long"

      Good quality for price, better matte effect than other 'matte' powders

      As many of you probably do, I experiment with many different powders to find one that works for me. I have oily skin in some places so powder really needs to be matte in order to work. I have been duped in the past, by powders claiming to be matte, yet having none of the desired effect. This makes me and I’m sure others, reluctant to purchase powders (particularly expensive ones) for fear that it will be money wasted when they do not work.
      This powder was cheap and I have had trouble with Rimmel products in the past, so I wasn’t especially hopeful. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The powder is good and one of the better ones I have tried, particularly for how cheap it was. I have been able to get it for around £4 in most shops.
      The matte effect I was particularly impressed with, because it did matte my skin and stays on for a good couple of hours. It also doesn’t feel too dry when I put it on, which was always a drawback for me with wearing any powder, let alone a matte one. The colour is good and doesn’t appear orange. It matches my skin tone quite well, which is brilliant because I am very pale, so finding a powder that isn’t too orange or one that gives me the appearance of a ghost, has always been a bit difficult.
      My only draw-back with this powder is that it doesn’t last very long (within reason). My skin appears shiny again after approximately 3-5 hours, depending on what I am doing and the weather. You can always put a little more on, however I would discourage you from caking it on to make it last longer. It has no effect on the duration of the wear and makes it harder to top it up. Just dab it on with a powder brush and the shine will disappear.

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    • Argos Single Display Cabinet / Furniture / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.08.2016 11:25

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      • "Cheap and light"

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      • "Flimsy and difficult to assemble"

      Great first home buy cheap, flimsy and cheerful and does the job perfectly

      I brought this cabinet for my cousin from Argos in Ealing Broadway as she had just moved into a new home and her mum rang round asking everyone for donations and i thought that this would be better than the duplicate cutlery or another toaster and kettle ideas that were suggested.

      The cabinet was light to take home, but awkward to carry, then my cousin lives in flats so up to the top floor that goodness it was light i would suggest x2 people for this task.

      The putting up process need x2 people also.

      It was difficult to assemble possibly cos we always argue over the instructions (i don't like to use them - its common sense from the photo and the instructions sometimes over complicate things).

      It looked smaller after we put it up than the picture. Measuring tape time!

      My cousin however was delighted and already had a load of existing ornaments to display in her new glass display cabinet, because it was already assembled by the time she got home from work - it took us about 40 minutes in total to put up.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      30.08.2016 07:35
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      • "No unwanted software pre-installed"
      • "Excellent value"
      • "Accurate build times and constant updates"
      • "Responsive customer service"
      • "Don't have to research which items are compatible with each other"
      • "Able to easily customise laptop builds"

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      • "No international shipping"

      Excellent product and great value for money, would use them again.

      A friend of mine recommended PC Specialist having bought laptops from the twice previously.
      I decided to buy a gaming laptop as I travel around a lot and a desktop is obviously impractical. PC Specialist answered all my quires within 24 hours and were able to build my desired laptop both quickly and efficiently while continuously keeping me in the loop as to it's progress. When it arrived it was exactly as expected and i haven't had any issues. I'm very happy with my purchase and I would use them again. I would however advise ordering well before you actually need it I guess they are busy, mine took a little longer than i initially expected, though still well within the time frame i was given.

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    • Omniplex Cinemas / Other UK / Ireland topic / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.08.2016 22:02

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      Cheap Thrills - a film I saw here

      Star – Pat Healey
      Genre – Black Comedy
      Run Time – 1 Hour 28 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Awards – 8 Wins & 7 Nominations
      Amazon – £2.49 DVD (£4.99 Blue Ray)
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      Now that you can’t really rent physical films on the high street (ok, maybe your local library does them) I am buying in off Amazon Marketplace secondhand now. I am trawling through the online yearly top 100 movie lists, buying the recommended ones on Amazon Marketplace, watching them, then flipping them at CEX shop, and making a small profit in some cases. It’s not ideal but it is introducing me to lower budget interesting films I may have missed like Cheap Thrills. It cost me 1p plus £1.20 postage and I sold it for quid in CEX. The negative side to wanting to enjoy movies at home is it’s hard to see new films on DVD now and I’m not paying cinema prices at £9.99 at HMV for the privilege. It may be worth you guys using this method. I have smart TV but the internet connection has long since gone so Netflix is out. Just join a survey site that offers Amazon vouchers as rewards and away you go. Your films sorted for the winter! Works with video games as well.

      Cheap Thrills is one of those movies pitched and presented as low budget Indie but a mid budget studio backed $10 million to make. The cast are not well known but solid at what thye do as you have seen them on TV, box sets and smaller parts in other movies, in this case David Koechner, ‘that bloke in’ The Legend of Ron Burgundy that’s not Steve Carroll or Paul Rudd etc. These films are often quirky and interesting and always well acted and non mainstream, definitely the case with this psycho drama.


      ===Cast===

      • Pat Healy as Craig Daniels
      • Sara Paxton as Violet
      • Ethan Embry as Vince
      • David Koechner as Colin
      • Amanda Fuller as Audrey Daniels
      • Brighton Sharbino as Luann


      ===Plot===

      Mechanic Craig (Pat Healy) is a married man with a young baby and unemployed wife who has just lost his job. He can’t make the rent and after seeing the eviction sign go up in his yard, he goes to a sleazy bar to drown his sorrows, where he meets an old buddy from high school, Vince (Ethan Embry), bad news. After a few beers they meet a rich couple, Colin and Violet (David Koechner and Sara Paxton), who appear friendly at first and up for some boozy chat and drinks, and they are buying.

      After becoming aware of Craig's desperate financial situation, the couple decides to entertain themselves by offering the guy’s money in return for completing certain tasks to amuse the rich couple. Its Violets birthday after all. At first its harmless drunken stuff like pinching the barmaids bottom for $100 or throwing a punch at the bouncer for $500, resulting in a broken nose for our mechanic.

      When Craig comes around after a haymaker he is in the couple’s big house with Vince and soon earning more cash doing ever increasingly sadistic dares, like having a crap in the next door neighbor’s house to cheating on his wife and having sex with Violet for $6500, in front of Vince and Colin, the loser’s actions for cash increasingly turning the couple on. Craig needs that money and as much as he wants to go home blooded and broken he has to keep going to get enough money to save his house. When Colin asks one of them to cut their own finger off for $25 grand and Craig agrees its inevitable things are going to escalate even more as the dares rise with the reward ratio. When men are desperate they will do anything for their family.

      ===Results===

      Ok, it’s not a classic and done before but pretty good for what it is. With a lick of that Breaking Bad angst of dads not being able to pay the bills and so having to let their families down, and do anything to save them from it, however desperate (1-in-3 fatal shootings in America are parents killing themselves and, occasionally, their family members), it works on that level. This works as a vehicle to tap into that Middle America angst but that’s about it.

      It’s more psycho drama than horror film and although the cast is unknown that makes it a better movie as you don’t want to relate to the unlikeable lead characters. Some of the stuff they do is pretty gruesome and so very much an 18 certificate. Fingers do get cut off and a whole lot worse. The low budget mood also works and you are engrossed as to how far the two guys will go to get the money they need. There is a point where you twig how far they will go although when that point comes you don’t expect it until the end. It’s not a mystery thriller in anyway and there are no twists and a straight out psycho drama between the four. It is what it is.

      It has a dark and engrossing sadistic heart as the night thickens and a good example of how to make the most of the money you have. The one downer is the ropey soundtrack and the implausibility of the ending. Good things are it’s a fairly original idea in a big screen movie although more a Twighlight episode or Stephen King book than a two hour feature. Well worth a look though if it pops up on your movie channel or in the HMV reduction section….or on Amazon Marketplace.





      $10 Million
      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.8/10.0 (12,426votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 88% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 63% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      ===Special Features===


      ===Critics===

      Chicago Reader –‘Screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga pose a simple question -- how much will a person degrade himself to make ends meet? -- but it's a potent one, at least for those of us who ponder it every Monday through Friday;.

      Salon.com –‘Let's just say it takes a dim view of human nature that seems well supported by the evidence, and that if you have an appetite for fatalistic, dirty-minded gore you won't be disappointed’.

      Arizona Republic –‘To describe them would diminish their impact, but there are several occasions where it is tough to keep looking at the screen. Yet, thanks to the characters and their portrayals, you can't really look away, either’.

      The Horror Show –‘Strikes an astute balance between a simply engaging dark thriller and a trenchant piece of social commentary. Also it's a lot of fun’.

      The Mail –‘Cheap Thrills lives up to its name, and like many of life's guilty pleasures, it wouldn't be a surprise if audiences wanted another helping’.

      Under the Radar –‘The film makes the most of its premise and small cast, zipping from low-budget drama to sick black comedy to gruesome thriller’.

      Movie Talk –‘Director EL Katz ratchets up the tension effectively as the game gets ever more sickeningly dark, but it's his cast's fine performances that keep us watching and give this far-fetched tale a degree of emotional plausibility’.


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      29.08.2016 15:04
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      • "no-one is safe!"
      • "characters always surprise you"
      • "variety of characters and locations keeps you hooked"

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      • "need to pay attention or you'll miss something"

      Sheer brilliance! TV show that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout!

      Game of Thrones is a Television series based on the world-wide best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George RR Martin. Whether you have read the books or not, this is a series that you should watch. Jammed packed full of fantasy, mystery, drama, tragedy, and occasionally even humour. This series ranges from being rated 15 to 18; therefore, it is definitely not for someone expecting rainbows and unicorns from a fantasy series.
      There is a strong variety of characters, with no 2 characters alike. Being based on a land mass estimated to be the size of Europe; Westeros/the seven kingdoms, provides a huge number of magical and realistic locations that make this fantastical world feel all the more real. For example, in one episode you can go from the freezing cold North at Winterfell, to the warm and highly-populated South at Kings Landing, to the far east in Pentos or Quarth. the characters you will find in each location are as complex and interesting as the locations themselves.
      One thing I love about this series is that the characters are anything but 2-dimensional. In season 1, you tend to categorise the characters into ones you loved and root for, and ones you hate and want to die. However, by season 3 your perspective will be changed. One noticeable example being Jamie Lannister (but I won’t go into detail, you can find that out for yourself).
      The fact that characters in Game of Thrones are never safe makes this series the truly thrilling success it has been. With so many series trying to shock you and failing because everything is predictable, Game of Thrones goes above and beyond. Characters and plot lines that you never think possible (without damaging the show) happen so often and fluidly that this show is one that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
      However, with this amazing propensity to shock its audience, comes an inevitable problem. This show is not one to watch lightly. It requires your full attention constantly, because of how gripping and complex the plot is. Sadly, if you don’t keep your attention you may miss something. (E.g. characters’ names and details about them that may come into play later, are missed by casual viewers, lessening their viewing experience.)
      So if you fancy a light-hearted, easy show to watch, I’m sorry this isn’t for you. However, if you like gripping fantasy, with twists and turns, and slightly dark (i.e. not for kids); then Game of Thrones is the best choice.

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      29.08.2016 13:42
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      • "relatively cheap"
      • "comes in a nice displayable box"
      • "fun to collect them all"

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      • "some funkos look more like the characters than others"
      • "do have to wait for new editions in order to get all the characters"

      If you love Game of Thrones and the merchandise, pop-vinyls are the way to go!

      If you enjoy collecting merchandise from shows, then pop vinyls are a great option. They have them for a huge variety of shows and characters, however some shows are more popular and therefore have a larger quantity of pop vinyls to collect (E.g. Game of thrones will have a lot more than other shows like Attack on Titan).
      The box itself has a clear viewing window in the front so you need not take them out the box to enjoy them. My friends have them out of their boxes on display, however I much prefer to keep them in their boxes. Either way, they can be displayed and look awesome.
      They are also quite cheap for their quality, with prices ranging from £5 to £15/£20. This means that it is very easy and not too expensive to cultivate a rather impressive collection.
      One problem is that pop vinyls are released in Editions, meaning that the one you want may not have been released yet. With a show like game of thrones, which is relatively long running (6 years!), this isn’t a huge problem, as most of the characters in the show have been in it for a while (they just tend to kill them off). It only is a problem with any newer shows that haven’t had enough editions out to include all the characters, or with newer characters in TV shows (E.g. Lyanna Mormont in Game of thrones has yet to have one).
      Another problem is that, although these are very well made as far as merchandise go, and the general design of a pop vinyl needs to be followed (large head, black circle eyes). Some pop vinyls do tend to look more like the characters than others. For example, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s pop vinyls look remarkably like them, whereas Tywin Lannister’s although it looks like him, it isn’t very clear and may be mistake for another old man in the show (as we all know there are a lot). This doesn’t really become an issue if they are kept in the box or even out if you are fine with this. I just thought it worth mentioning, because I have had questions about who Tywin is when I have had him out the box.
      Basically these are a fun collectable for a fan of Game of Thrones or most other shows really. Tywin is in edition 3, so you can imagine how many editions there are. Some characters (Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jamie Lannister) have even had new editions made of them as the characters have updated. You can even get Dany’s dragons (how cool is that!)

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      29.08.2016 07:07
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      • "lcd screen"
      • portable

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      • "no disadvantages"
      • none

      Recommended

      The Pioneer SBX-500 is a unique amplfier that showcases its superb, portable design which gives you its elegant looks and has 2 hidden subwoofers in the back. It also features a easy to display There’s an ARC-compatible HDMI output, two optical digital inputs, an Ethernet port and a socket for the IR extender. Add these to the 3.5mm input and USB on the front and your all set to play those movies. The main purpose of this device isn't sound though. It is a multipurpose Internet tool, that allows you to use your Wifi to stream the latest videos on Netflix and listen to the latest music like pandora, or if you are really a audiophile I would choose Tidal instead of all the others because Tidal is the only company that stream lossless audio .. the musical quality is not lost. I have personally tested it with movies such as avatar, and the matrix trilogys and the sound quality is impeccable, its like your really there sitting in a movie theater, the sound is really that good. The price though is a little high at 249 euros, you could get a little bit more bang for your buck if you were to shop around.. I would definitely recommend this product..

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      29.08.2016 01:56
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      • "Some people might like the ending"
      • "Good story"

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      • "Some people will hate the ending"
      • "No more books"

      An intense story and a relaxing end to probably the best book/movie saga ever.

      WARNING: CONTAINS ABSOLUTELY NO SPOILERS SO ENJOY :D

      Now being someone who absolutely loves the hunger games series, I have to say this book had a good place to finish the hunger games saga. As some people were expecting an ending that would allow the saga to continue some people were unsatisfied when reading the ending of this saga. I loved the books, the films and adore the writer but I have to say ending it how it did made me confused, upset and knowing I had to get involved in a new book/saga made me upset. But all round if you have read other hunger games books then this is for you. If you haven't, you can still buy the book but the story line in mocking jay and the ending will not make any sense to you. As the story line was good there will be no more books in the saga and many people will now have to resolve to catching up on harry potter or reading a new book they have never read before. I recommend before buying or reading this read Hunger games, and hunger game : catching fire. If you have read them but doubt this book, don't worry its still a good book and follows the originals just not many people liked the ending. But due to 90% of people enjoying the ending and thinking it was a nice way to end the whole "Lets throw some kids into an arena and watch them get slaughtered." on a very positive note.

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      28.08.2016 21:41
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      • "- remastured"
      • "- inclusive "

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      • "- extremely long"
      • "- repetitive"

      Very good musically, but unless you are a die-hard fan could be too much

      lavishly designed like a high school photo scrap book with unseen photographs aplenty, there is too much music here (seven hours!) for someone taking tentative steps into a back catalogue crammed with so many aural delights. However, at the same time, there’s too much material included that connoisseurs don’t necessarily need. As great as it is to hear shiny new stereo re-masters, of which there are plenty here, even casual fans of The Beach Boys could probably do without hearing ‘Sloop John B’ again.1993’s box set Good Vibrations hit the money due to containing a large segment of the then unheard Smile album. Twenty years later, we now know what that sounds like, so is there any point to Made in California? The answer of course, is a massive yes; content wise for sure and also because of the modern re-mastering techniques that have given much needed clarity to some highly complex and sophisticated rock music. Seasoned fans of arguably America’s finest band will skip over the majority of the first half of CD1, as the real action only begins once co-vocalist and serial writ lodger Mike Love is marginalised and Brian Wilson takes control of the band, augmented by members of the famed session musician troupe The Wrecking Crew. The chronological track list is fascinating, as it clearly shows the meltdown of Brian Wilson. In fact, when songs from Smile are introduced, it still sounds weird, more so when you consider a typical lyric from main collaborator for the project Van Dyke Parks, psychedelic whimsy such as “The fullness of the wine, the dim last toasting, while at port adieu or die, a choke of grief, heart hardened I, beyond belief, a broken man too tough to cry” only caused consternation from the less artistic members of the band, resulting in further alienation from the head Wilson. Dreamy songs such as ‘I Went To Sleep’, all five voices deliciously melting into one over a minimal bongo and synth backing, Brian’s ‘Busy Doin’ Nothin’, little more than acoustic guitar, oboes and vibraphone with detailed lyrical instruction on how to drive to his house and Carl’s ‘Feel Flow’, a sprawling, five minutes of insistent piano, saxophone, flute, flange effects and early use of synthesisers, resulting in a state of trance: all hold their own alongside their better known mid-sixties material.

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    • Olympus SP-100EE / Digital Camera / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      28.08.2016 18:01
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      • zoom

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      • "distorsions at 200mm"

      Good camera

      If you have trouble keeping your subject in the frame at high magnifications, then this could help.

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      28.08.2016 03:05
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      • "Keeps your eyeshadow on all day"
      • "Works super well"

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      • Pricey

      Great quality item but pricey

      The first time I used this, I was given it as a gift, and I practically cherished the thing. I didn't buy it the first time, but I went back later and bought it myself. A little goes a super long way. One dot or two and I can practically get both eyes. I helps so much to get those creamy eyeshadows to blend perfectly. But, sometimes when you use cheap eyeshadows with it, it does make it super patchy, and we all know how we feel about that. I once used this five dollar palette with it to see if it would help it blend better, but it actually made it worse. You have to let it dry completely too if you want it to work. Make sure you really massage it into your eyelid and use good brushes. Your fingers won't do. You can use shadows like maybe line nudes and such that run about ten dollars, and it'll work just as well as using two-faced peach palette or smashbox. It is super pricey for the little bottle, but a little does go a long way, like I said. With a great primer does come a great responsibility. Better products work with better products. You have to use good quality products to get great results. The end result is of it stays on for the entire day and looks good beginning to end. Truly, this product does do that and it's worth the money you're willing to spend.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.08.2016 17:09
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      • "Get what you want"
      • "Built to spec"

      Disadvantages

      • "Lead time can be long"

      Very good company and very satisfied with my order.

      I went to PCSpecialist as I wanted a fairly well specced gaming laptop with a large screen. Looking at other well known PC companies I was going to pay a lot of money to get sort of what I wanted. My other route was to buy the parts and build my own but having never done this I would rather pay someone who really knows what they are doing to build it for me. PCSpecialist allowed me to specify exactly what I wanted, checked the specification to ensure that all components would work together correctly, and then built it and shipped it to me at a much lower price than other well known PC companies.
      The time between placing my order and receiving it was just under 2 weeks. During this time I was kept informed of the status of my order from it being received to gathering components to buiding then testing and QA and finally shipping.
      Delivery was by DPD and they let me know what was happening to the parcel during its route through their network, as did PCSpecialist. I was able to take a late lunch from work so that I could be in to receive delivery due to the accurate timings that DPD gave me.
      Overall I had no problems with my order and the next time I, or any one I know, wants a high spec PC or Laptop I will definitely use them or recommend them again.
      They cannot compete on price for bog standard PCs and laptops, but that is not why you get a PC built to order. For high spec PCs they are very good both on proce and service.

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    • Garden Trading Kitchen Bin / Bin / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.08.2016 05:53
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      • "Easy to clean"
      • "Deep capacity"
      • "Easy to live"
      • "Very Sturdy"

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      • "The bin is quite heavy when full"

      These bins are good value for money, essential in any household.

      These bins are ideal in the kitchen. They are compact,very sturdy, easy to clean and they take quite a bit of waste. The bins do get quite heavy when full, however the handles make it easier to lift them. They are also damage restistant, in the sense that they don't dent easily if knocked over. They are also water resistant, so if they get wet they will not get damaged quickly. I have two of these in my kitchen, one for recycling, the other for household waste. I have had mine for almost 3 years now and they are still as good as new

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    • Johnny English Reborn (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.08.2016 21:56

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      • "Rosamund Pike"

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      • "Waste of Rowans talent"

      Johnny Re-Bore

      Star – Rowan Atkinson
      Genre – Comedy
      Run Time – 101 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – U.K
      Amazon – £.00 DVD
      Awards – Wins & Nominations
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      On the face of it a James Bond spoof starring Rowan Atkinson should have been very good. It wasn’t, Johnny English a real stinker. The base humor completely missed its target audience as Rowan presented Mr Bean not Mr Bond. This is Britain’s finest and most articulate and intelligent comedian that bought us Blackadder’, after all? Surely he could mix in some Edmond Blackadder and that public school pompous genius humor for the Bond send up? It was a chanced missed to make a brilliant remembered comedy movie the way the Python boys and girls did, presenting us with a silly version of his Barclaycard commercials from way back then. Interestingly, Both Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English) and co-sat Rosamund Pike here made their film debuts in Bond films, the former in Never Say Never Again (1983) and the latter in Die Another Day (2002). Atkinson, ironically, played an inept agent in Never Say Never Again. So would lessons be learnt and Johnny English: Reborn be any good?

      ===Johnny English===

      Imdb.com – 6.0/10
      Rottentomatos.com – 39%
      Roger Ebert – 1.5%

      ===Cast===

      Rowan Atkinson ... Johnny English
      Rosamund Pike ... Kate Sumner
      Gillian Anderson ... Pamela Stokes
      Dominic West ... Simon Ambrose
      Tim McInnerny ... Patch Quartermain
      Mariella Frostrup ... Royce (voice)
      Roger Barclay ... Agent Two
      Eric Carte ... Agent One
      Togo Igawa ... Ting Wang
      Daniel Kaluuya ... Agent Tucker
      Miles Jupp ... Technician
      Pik Sen Lim ... Killer Cleaner (as Pik-Sen Lim)

      ===Plot===

      After a bungled operation in Mozambique, where their entire royal family and Prime Minister were wiped out under MI6’s protection, Agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), stripped of his Knighthood, disappeared in shame and ended up at a Buddhist monk temple in Tibet, using the time, to be fully trained in Monk martial arts, five long years of solitude. But a new department, MI7 ( sponsored by a Japanese technology company), headed by Pamela Stokes (Gillian Anderson), want English back in London with his license to kill reactivated, preferably not to use on the people he is protecting this time.

      With the help of fellow agent Simon Ambrose (Dominic West), quartermaster Patch Quartermain
      (Tim McInnerny a.k.a Captain Darling) and sexy behavioral psychologist Kate Summer (Rosumund Pike), English is bought up to speed and reassigned to Honk Kong, where there is a plot to kill the Chinese Premier, Agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya) his right hand man and support.

      English first lead is ex CIA Agent Titus Fisher (Richard Schiff), who is killed when he hands English an exotic metal key. Fisher mentions a shadowy group called ‘Vortex, before a sniper takes Fisher out. English, of course, loses the key and it falls into the wrong hands, one of three smart keys needed to activate a secret weapon.

      Various people get killed as English, as expected, bungles his away around the world looking for the keys, Vortex and the secret weapon, always a fag paper away from being fired again in disgrace.


      ===Results===

      The huge problem with the Johnny English thing is it’s not aimed at kids or adults, somewhere in-between, the sort of people who watch the One Show, a movie for idiots. And that’s the story of Atkinson’s wasted talent on the big screen. What the film really needed was an injection of comedy that plays to Atkinson's strengths - and some decent writers. He's a funny guy, but this material just isn't worthy of him. If Ben Elton and Richard Curtiss had got hold of this then who knows. I think Ricky Gervais and co should write the third film, rumored to be coming in 2018. More of the same of this lame parody will make money though, Johnny English costing $40 million and doing $160 million back, Reborn costing just $5 million more and also doing $160 million. The franchise certainly needs refreshing though.

      It’s frustrating watching this as the humor is just not clever enough. Again, imagine if the latest Edmond Blackadder was Bond. It’s disappointingly dumbed down to target the lowest common denominator and widest multiplex audience. The Americans did it way better with spoof films like Spy and Austin Powers, as they are now with the Bond spy genre with Bourne and Mission Impossible films.

      There are one or two mildly funny bits but not enough to recommend. It’s not as bad as the first film but still pretty flat. I tried to laugh and watched the film all the way through. It’s been ten years since I saw the first one and hoping it was not as bad a franchise as I thought it was. I’m still baffled why it’s so bad to be honest. Unless Ricky G does the third film I am out.




      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.3/10.0 (89,72votes)
      Rottentomatos.com –39% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 51% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1634122/


      ===Special Features===

      Blue Ray option has some good extras on it. The film is definitely improved by a Blue Ray presentation as it is an action movie with plenty of chase scenes and explosions. Sound is excellent and very sharp and plenty of ratio options to enjoy the film.

      -Deleted Scenes-

      Quite a few as the director must have hated some of the stuff he was told to put on screen.


      -Behind the Scenes-

      Straightforward one with most cast & crew involved, including Rowan. He didn’t say what he thought of the film and so the cheque must have been big.

      -Goofs 7 Bloopers-

      I’m not a fan of them and these feel forced.









      ===Critics===
      Tribune –‘English Reborn" isn't terrible and is certainly seriously harmless...But it does remind one of the glorious past and the potential Atkinson never realized in his movies, even the hit ones’.

      New York Post –‘It would seem to appeal mostly to hard-core fans of the "Mr. Bean'' star and children who laugh at the sight of men being repeatedly kicked in the groin’.

      Movies.com –‘Just a reasonably steady stream of closed-mouth chuckles over comic incidents designed for that laziest little compartment of your brain’.

      Screen It –‘ While I wouldn't recommend paying full admission price, you could do worse flipping past it on a rainy Saturday afternoon at home while looking for family entertainment.

      NY Times –‘It's banal to the point that kids at the film's New York press screening were apparently bored out of their minds.

      Deadspin –‘ This is not the highest level of comedy, or even the highest level of effort from everyone involved, but at least they get out of the way and let the man work’.


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