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      21.02.2017 11:33

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      I would not touch this company or any associated with it.

      The bed was supposed to be one where the back did not move away from the wall when raised - some mechanism underneath the bed (German made). This never worked so I got what I already had, a mobility bed. The back of the bed has screws in it that completely messed up my newly decorated bedroom. Willowbrook cannot do anything about the bed component that I really wanted and are uninterested in my decor problem.

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    • UGC Cinema (Didsbury) / Other UK / Ireland topic / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      20.02.2017 23:42

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      Bsskin - a film I saw here

      Genre – Horror
      Run Time – 97 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – Turkey
      Awards – 3 Wins & 3 Nominations
      Amazon – £8.00 DVD £22.00 Blue Ray
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      The Mayans believe that taking a picture could take a man’s soul. The Ottomans believed that if a loved one is between heaven and hell then their closest guardian, alive or dead, must lead them to heaven or leave them to hell. That is solid ground for a sinister, sadistic Turkish horror movie and so Baskin is here, a cracking low budget gore fest coming in at just $350,000 by first time Turkish director Can Evrenol. I’m all for a subtitled movie, wherever it’s from, and this one well worth the purchase. It’s a multi genre at times and the director heavily influenced by other movies but a very high standard for or a debut director. Keep an eye out for this guy and perhaps the nest Guillermo Del Toro.



      ===Cast===

      • Ergun Kuyucu as Boss Remzi
      • Muharrem Bayrak as Yavuz
      • Gorkem Kasal as Arda
      • Fatih Dokgöz as Apo
      • Sabahattin Yakut as Seyfi
      • Mehmet Cerrahoglu as Baba / The Father
      • Sevket Suha Tezel as Master Creep / The Servant
      • Fadik Bülbül as Sister Butcher
      • Mehmet Akif Budak as Diner Footboy

      ===Plot===

      The film opens with a young Turkish boy sleep waking in the middle of the night. He overhears the sound of a woman having sex in another room, which suddenly stops. He walks to the living room, where the television is playing static. He turns it off and notices a strange red light emanating from his bedroom. He becomes scared and runs to the closed door, yelling for his mother. A robed arm reaches towards him from his bedroom. The door slams.

      Flash forward 20 - years and the film cuts to a deserted parking lot in suburban Turkey at night where an empty police van is parked. The same hooded figure walks towards a building carrying a bucket full of bloody meat. It’s a family blue collar restaurant, where the only customers are five Turkish cops, who are sitting around talking football. A young kitchen hand is washing the dirty plates in the when he hears knocking at the back door. He opens the door, and is given the bloody meat bucket without exchanging words as the creepy hooded figure appears to leave. We do not see its face.
      The meat is handed to the chef, who begins cutting the meat.

      One of the police officers, Seyfi (Sabahattin Yakut), sits away from the table as he has a headache. The other officers continue yakking away about sport, women and booze. Senior officer Yavuz (Muharrem Bayrak) beckons the young man over with the food. In the restroom, Seyfi’s headache has intensified and notices a frog sitting where the soap should be. As he swipes away the frog, the hooded figure is revealed in the mirror, standing behind him. This triggers him to start screaming madly as the officer’s rush to him in a panic.

      Number two Remzi (Ergun Kuyucu) calms him down and Seyfi soon fit to drive when the cops get called out to offer fellow officer’s assistance at an address in the sticks in a place called Inceagac. Seyfi has heard bad rumors about this place.

      As they drive deeper into the night, Seyfi sees a blooded naked man run across the road in front of them. They stop the van and jump out but no sign of the man. As they do, something unseen jolts the van behind them, strange symbols suddenly carved into the side of the police van. The officers then notice a mass of frogs behind the van. As they argue, they fail to notice a bloody person standing in the middle of the road, which the van hits, then swerves and crashes into a shallow stream.
      They shaken but unhurt and shaken but still have the callout to answer, some local foreboding looking gypsies pointing the way to the old mansion. Inside things quickly get freaky and no ordinary house as they descend the stairs and meet the terrified offices who sent for backup. Whatever is in here its not about to let them leave.


      ===Results===

      This is pretty good stuff folks and a film for regular film fans as it for horror and foreign film fans. There are not too many subtitles if you are stressed about that and the atmosphere and plot enough to keep you hooked in as the horror and tension are cranked up some. It’s a guerilla shoot to keep the budget down as the Turkish cops sneak around locations in fear of the real Turkish cops flashing their torches looking for them. The film is entirely shot at night in keeping with the genre. The twist at the end is brilliant and creepy and worth watching just for that.

      The central character of ‘Father’ is modeled after the character Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. Mehmet Cerrahoglu, who plays the role of Father, has an extremely rare skin condition that made his physical appearance very unique and instrumental to the look of Father, the character we meet in the bowels of the creaky old house. Director Can Evrenol had been looking for actors with rare natural appearances for all of the roles in the house ad this guy’s face will get him a lot more work. He is one of the most creepy actors I have ever seen, this, his first ever movie.

      It’s not a scary movie to a guy my age but to a younger crowd I can see it working. Once we get deep into the house it’s full on dory sadistic horror with eye balls plucked and peasants plucked. Some of the scenes would be considered iconic if this was made in the 1970s. It does borrow heavily from other movies but this a young filmmaker and who doesn’t at the age, here to great effect. The music is creepy and crawls all over you like the films impending malevolence and the actors right on it. Some would say we have been here before with the plot but it felt reasonably original to me.




      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.7/10.0 (4,645votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 76% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 58% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baskin



      ===Special Features===

      It’s a Blue Ray but the effect as the film is shot at night. I have no more to say on that. The Blue Ray does bring a better sound quality though.


      -Deleted Scenes-

      You can boxtick the cut scenes from what movies they are from.

      -Gallery-

      -The director: an interview with Can Evrenol-

      His English is good as we talk about his movie and the other he pulls from.



      ===Critics===

      Little White Lies –‘Sinister? Sadistic? Spine chilling? Check, check, check. This is a really nifty modern horror’.

      Times UK –‘Stylishly mounted, well paced, with clever use of flashbacks, and written with panache’.

      Empire Magazine –‘Grotesque rather than scary and severely underplotted - but certainly strong meat’.

      LA Times –‘The pacing is slack and the splatter excessive, but this twisted cross-genre exercise should be red meat to gore-hounds’.

      Total Film –‘Director/co-writer Can Evrenol's debut is short on plot but genuinely nightmarish, a mesmerising Hellraiser/Hostel mish-mash that's all Cenobites and no sense.

      The Independent –‘Baskin resorts to abstraction argument to string together a series of grisly vignettes that are depleted in their own visual impact’.

      Observer UK –‘For all the mortified, mottled flesh and salacious shots of butcher's equipment, Baskin is just not very frightening’.






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      20.02.2017 11:44
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      Baskin - a film I saw here.

      Genre – Horror
      Run Time – 97 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – Turkey
      Awards – 3 Wins & 3 Nominations
      Amazon – £8.00 DVD £22.00 Blue Ray
      = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

      The Mayans believe that taking a picture could take a man’s soul. The Ottomans believed that if a loved one is between heaven and hell then their closest guardian, alive or dead, must lead them to heaven or leave them to hell. That is solid ground for a sinister, sadistic Turkish horror movie and so Baskin is here, a cracking low budget gore fest coming in at just $350,000 by first time Turkish director Can Evrenol. I’m all for a subtitled movie, wherever it’s from, and this one well worth the purchase. It’s a multi genre at times and the director heavily influenced by other movies but a very high standard for or a debut director. Keep an eye out for this guy and perhaps the nest Guillermo Del Toro.



      ===Cast===

      • Ergun Kuyucu as Boss Remzi
      • Muharrem Bayrak as Yavuz
      • Gorkem Kasal as Arda
      • Fatih Dokgöz as Apo
      • Sabahattin Yakut as Seyfi
      • Mehmet Cerrahoglu as Baba / The Father
      • Sevket Suha Tezel as Master Creep / The Servant
      • Fadik Bülbül as Sister Butcher
      • Mehmet Akif Budak as Diner Footboy

      ===Plot===

      The film opens with a young Turkish boy sleep waking in the middle of the night. He overhears the sound of a woman having sex in another room, which suddenly stops. He walks to the living room, where the television is playing static. He turns it off and notices a strange red light emanating from his bedroom. He becomes scared and runs to the closed door, yelling for his mother. A robed arm reaches towards him from his bedroom. The door slams.

      Flash forward 20 - years and the film cuts to a deserted parking lot in suburban Turkey at night where an empty police van is parked. The same hooded figure walks towards a building carrying a bucket full of bloody meat. It’s a family blue collar restaurant, where the only customers are five Turkish cops, who are sitting around talking football. A young kitchen hand is washing the dirty plates in the when he hears knocking at the back door. He opens the door, and is given the bloody meat bucket without exchanging words as the creepy hooded figure appears to leave. We do not see its face.
      The meat is handed to the chef, who begins cutting the meat.

      One of the police officers, Seyfi (Sabahattin Yakut), sits away from the table as he has a headache. The other officers continue yakking away about sport, women and booze. Senior officer Yavuz (Muharrem Bayrak) beckons the young man over with the food. In the restroom, Seyfi’s headache has intensified and notices a frog sitting where the soap should be. As he swipes away the frog, the hooded figure is revealed in the mirror, standing behind him. This triggers him to start screaming madly as the officer’s rush to him in a panic.

      Number two Remzi (Ergun Kuyucu) calms him down and Seyfi soon fit to drive when the cops get called out to offer fellow officer’s assistance at an address in the sticks in a place called Inceagac. Seyfi has heard bad rumors about this place.

      As they drive deeper into the night, Seyfi sees a blooded naked man run across the road in front of them. They stop the van and jump out but no sign of the man. As they do, something unseen jolts the van behind them, strange symbols suddenly carved into the side of the police van. The officers then notice a mass of frogs behind the van. As they argue, they fail to notice a bloody person standing in the middle of the road, which the van hits, then swerves and crashes into a shallow stream.
      They shaken but unhurt and shaken but still have the callout to answer, some local foreboding looking gypsies pointing the way to the old mansion. Inside things quickly get freaky and no ordinary house as they descend the stairs and meet the terrified offices who sent for backup. Whatever is in here its not about to let them leave.


      ===Results===

      This is pretty good stuff folks and a film for regular film fans as it for horror and foreign film fans. There are not too many subtitles if you are stressed about that and the atmosphere and plot enough to keep you hooked in as the horror and tension are cranked up some. It’s a guerilla shoot to keep the budget down as the Turkish cops sneak around locations in fear of the real Turkish cops flashing their torches looking for them. The film is entirely shot at night in keeping with the genre. The twist at the end is brilliant and creepy and worth watching just for that.

      The central character of ‘Father’ is modeled after the character Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. Mehmet Cerrahoglu, who plays the role of Father, has an extremely rare skin condition that made his physical appearance very unique and instrumental to the look of Father, the character we meet in the bowels of the creaky old house. Director Can Evrenol had been looking for actors with rare natural appearances for all of the roles in the house ad this guy’s face will get him a lot more work. He is one of the most creepy actors I have ever seen, this, his first ever movie.

      It’s not a scary movie to a guy my age but to a younger crowd I can see it working. Once we get deep into the house it’s full on dory sadistic horror with eye balls plucked and peasants plucked. Some of the scenes would be considered iconic if this was made in the 1970s. It does borrow heavily from other movies but this a young filmmaker and who doesn’t at the age, here to great effect. The music is creepy and crawls all over you like the films impending malevolence and the actors right on it. Some would say we have been here before with the plot but it felt reasonably original to me.




      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.7/10.0 (4,645votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 76% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 58% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baskin



      ===Special Features===

      It’s a Blue Ray but the effect as the film is shot at night. I have no more to say on that. The Blue Ray does bring a better sound quality though.


      -Deleted Scenes-

      You can boxtick the cut scenes from what movies they are from.

      -Gallery-

      -The director: an interview with Can Evrenol-

      His English is good as we talk about his movie and the other he pulls from.



      ===Critics===

      Little White Lies –‘Sinister? Sadistic? Spine chilling? Check, check, check. This is a really nifty modern horror’.

      Times UK –‘Stylishly mounted, well paced, with clever use of flashbacks, and written with panache’.

      Empire Magazine –‘Grotesque rather than scary and severely underplotted - but certainly strong meat’.

      LA Times –‘The pacing is slack and the splatter excessive, but this twisted cross-genre exercise should be red meat to gore-hounds’.

      Total Film –‘Director/co-writer Can Evrenol's debut is short on plot but genuinely nightmarish, a mesmerising Hellraiser/Hostel mish-mash that's all Cenobites and no sense.

      The Independent –‘Baskin resorts to abstraction argument to string together a series of grisly vignettes that are depleted in their own visual impact’.

      Observer UK –‘For all the mortified, mottled flesh and salacious shots of butcher's equipment, Baskin is just not very frightening’.






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      20.02.2017 10:52
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      Fantastic offer, will definitely order more.

      Starting up a small business can be intimidating and I've been thinking about doing it for ages........ I just needed a little extra incentive to get motivated. Then along came Easyprint with an offer for new customers for 250 free postcards...... Hello incentive!

      It was quick and easy to register and they have a fantastic range of products. I opted for the postcards because I thought they would be more resilient in terms of being able to store them without damage. They also offer 250 fliers for free but I was worried about them being being/damaged so I went for the postcards.

      They are as expected quality-wise - not cheap and thin, but normal postcard quality. I used a couple of different text fonts and found it was easy to change between them. They also have a good range of text colours - even though they are free they don't limit the colours you can use. I liked the contrast between red and black so changed the text every other line.

      Uploading my new company logo was OK - once I found the file I'd saved it as! I'm still learning as I go and naming files is something I'm not very good at! I also uploaded a couple of photographs.

      Being able to print out the postcards to check for typos was very helpful - I find there's only so much I pick up on-screen. It's also helpful to see the size of the text 'proper size' when you print it out.

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      20.02.2017 10:43
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      Fantastic offer, will definitely order more.

      Starting up a small business can be intimidating and I've been thinking about doing it for ages........ I just needed a little extra incentive to get motivated. Then along came Easyprint with an offer for new customers for 250 free postcards...... Hello incentive!

      It was quick and easy to register and they have a fantastic range of products. I opted for the postcards because I thought they would be more resilient in terms of being able to store them without damage. They also offer 250 fliers for free but I was worried about them being being/damaged so I went for the postcards.

      They are as expected quality-wise - not cheap and thin, but normal postcard quality. I used a couple of different text fonts and found it was easy to change between them. They also have a good range of text colours - even though they are free they don't limit the colours you can use. I liked the contrast between red and black so changed the text every other line.

      Uploading my new company logo was OK - once I found the file I'd saved it as! I'm still learning as I go and naming files is something I'm not very good at! I also uploaded a couple of photographs.

      Being able to print out the postcards to check for typos was very helpful - I find there's only so much I pick up on-screen. It's also helpful to see the size of the text 'proper size' when you print it out.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      19.02.2017 15:26
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      • "Get what you need without the extra crap"
      • "Ability to choose your own spec"
      • "Knowledgeable staff"

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      • "Need to have some knowledge to build a quote."
      • "Can't put multiple computers on one invoice"

      Easy to do business with. Good product, fair prices & helpful staff.

      Have now bought several computers from PC Specialist.
      The Customer Service team were great - they actually saved me money by downgrading some of the spec as it was more than I would need for the applications that I run.
      The site has plenty of helpful info and is easy to use. Easy to build up a quote and then tweak it until satisfied.
      And you don't get tons of crap software that you don't need like you do with some other suppliers!

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      19.02.2017 02:22
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      • "Last for years "

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      • Heavy
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      Pricey but worth every penny.

      The laptop is amazing. Ive had this product for years and it works perfectly fine. Highly recommend it, although its a bit pricey, but definetly worth it.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      18.02.2017 21:07
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      • "Added Extra are good"
      • "Great Support"
      • "Fair Prices"
      • "Fast build time"
      • "Website Easy to navigate "
      • "Quck Delivery"

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      Overall I would give them a glowing recommendation for price build and delivery times.

      I wanted to buy a decent gaming rig so I had a quick look at pc specialist and wasn't dissapointed they had excatly what I was after in terms of pricing and the products available I was able to pick every part of my new pc and all the various options are explained. The build time was quick as well I got notified every day about the progress of my pc from the order been received to the order been delivered. It took 4 days for my pc to get to me from the day it was ordered very fast delivery times. The quality of my pc wasnt damaged in transit as they place foaming around the parts that could be damaged or come loose during the journey, they also provided me with instructions on how to set up my new computer. The rig that I have works perfectly without any issues the quality is amazing. It also comes with a three year gurantee which is generous. The pricing was also fair and the delivery and manufacturing comes within the cost of the pc which means no added expanses when it comes to check out. They also have offered a lifetime hardware support for buying with them which I am sure to use in the future, as there will undoubtably be something that goes wrong somewhere. I am very statisifed with my order from pc specaialist and would highly recommend them for their high quality service and support you're sure to find what you need compuiters wise there.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      18.02.2017 18:50
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      • "Quality of Build"
      • "Fast service"
      • "Forum Integration"
      • "Selection available"
      • "Ease of use"

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      • "Enormous packaging"
      • "No standard PC build to use as a template"
      • "Component prices not listed"
      • "Size of PC"

      Excellent computer and good quality. Ordering wizard could be improved

      This was my first experience buying a custom built PC as before I have always used mid-high range laptops. I found the ordering process easy but needed the help of a friend to pick out exactly what I needed and didn't need. I didn't like how the only way to tell the difference in the cost of a component was to add it and remove it and compare the total cost. Itemized components would have made this much easier or even a (+£30) or (-£25) listed on each in the dropdown to allow me to choose the correct price part. Furthermore I would have liked to start with a template PC and build up better components to suit my budget. This would make it clear where I could expand or save money. The overall build of the PC is excellent in quality and runs wonderfully well and I am very happy with my purchase.
      In a negative point, the packaging for the computer was huge. So big, in fact, that the DPD location I aimed to send it to refused to accept the parcel due to its size. This meant I had to deliver to home and stay back from work one day which was not ideal. It was easily 5 times the size of the computer (which was larger than I was expecting anyway.
      I found the service to be very quick, my PC was with me within 5 days (even when delayed by redelivery) and the build looks good. I made use of the PC Specialist forums also where I could share my build and get very helpful feedback

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      18.02.2017 15:26
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      LOVE IT

      I LOVE IT.SO SOFT AND COMFORTABLE.IT A GOOD CHOICE FOR THE EACH FAMILY

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    • Samsung Chromebook 303C12 H01 / Laptop / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      18.02.2017 15:13
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      • "Long battery life"
      • "All Google-Centric"
      • Fast
      • Light

      Disadvantages

      • " maybe never (Netflix is one)"
      • "Some apps you know and love aren't available yet"
      • " it can't"
      • " or Android applications...none of them"
      • " Windows"
      • " iOS"
      • "Doesn't run Mac"
      • " maybe never (Netflix is one)"
      • "Some apps you know and love aren't available yet"
      • " it can't"
      • " or Android applications...none of them"
      • " Windows"
      • " iOS"
      • "Doesn't run Mac"
      • "Not a full-blown operating system"

      I give the Samsung Chromebook 4 stars because it's really good, but not perfect.

      So why would I ever buy a device like this? Well, I ordered the Chromebook to evaluate it for my parents. They are not tech savvy at all. They have a Kindle Fire and an iPad, but when they do write e-mails and want to do other tasks, the pads are just not enough. They are computer users and media consumption people. What I found out during my work with the Chromebook is that it is the right computer for me too. Now, off to the review...
      First off the Google Chromebook is computer unlike anything coming from the minds of Apple or Microsoft. Something on the surface that an IT Geek like me probably wouldn't like. It doesn't have a full-blown operating system like OSX nor is it a mobile platform like Android. It is something in between, it is ChromeOS. It is very fast, very reliable, and is perfect for doing your everyday tasks. If you mostly read e-mail, write notes, run spreadsheets, develop presentations, chat, Facebook, and surf, you should read on.
      The Samsung Chromebook is very sleek, thin, and light. It is somewhat similar in form to a Macbook Air, but it's also close to a number of the new Ultrabooks. The feel in hand is very solid and doesn't seem like a $249 computer. The keyboard is very good; very solid feel and great action. If you type quickly (100+ wpm), you'll be happy to know this keyboard can keep up with you. The only better keyboard I've used in recent memory is the Air, but it's not far off.

      When you open the box and lift the lid it automatically starts up in under 10 seconds. This is not coming up from sleep mode. That's its boot time from a cold start. The setup process is as painless as it can be. Attach it to your wireless network and if you have a gmail account, just login and you are done. I up and reading e-mail in my account in less than 5 minutes. The last out of the box Windows experience took nearly an hour before I was through all of the setup questions, patches, and add-ons.

      Now that you are logged in, the simplicity of the system reveals itself. Effectively the entire Chromebook is a dedicated Chrome browser. Almost everything you do is in a Chrome browser window. There are applications included and that can be installed, but they all run inside of the Chrome framework. It is a new way to think about computing. And boy is it fast.

      About the speed: Wow is the best way to describe it. I dare you to find a browser that is as responsive as the Chrome broswer on ChromeOS. All running on a tiny little ARM processor. This tiny little ARM processor is what gives the Chromebook its 7+ hour run time on a single charge. In practice a lot of this depends on what you are doing. If you want to stream 7 hours of YouTube videos, you're probably going to be disappointed, but for practical all-day off the charger use,

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      18.02.2017 15:04
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      GOOD

      IT'S A BEST WATCHES I EVER BUY.IT'S MODEL,
      LUXURIOUS,BEAUTIFUL AND QUALITY.ALTHOUGHT IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE BUT I REALLY LOVE IT.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      18.02.2017 13:49
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      Very well done! Would order again

      Would definitely order from PCSpecialist again. The PC works well beyond what I believed. They were willing to communicate to me at all times and made sure the PC was delivered on time, keeping me updated during the process.

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    • Cinemas in Brighton / Other UK / Ireland topic / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      18.02.2017 13:05

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      Eye in the Sky -a film I saw here

      Star – Helen Mirren
      Genre – Action > War
      Run Time – 102 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA/UK
      Awards – 35Wins & 107 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.99 Blue Ray
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      So the same Tony Blair that fed us a ton of government bullshit and lies to drives us into an insane war with Iraq is this week telling us that we were ‘misinformed’ by the state before the referendum and so the Brexit vote doesn’t count. I wish we could say the Iraq War doesn’t count. What an absolute arrogant conceited dick he is. It was the War in Iraq that eventually displaced millions of Muslims that sort sanctuary in Europe and helped to force Cameron to have the referendum in the first place! Blair’s crazy decision to allow every Eastern Europe into the British job market to drive down working people’s wages that don’t even cover the rent and utilities doesn’t help his argument either. But to this day just two British citizens have been charged over Iraq, the guy who sold the fake bomb detectors the most notable. He got ten years and Blair got 58 million bucks for his services to big oil, the arms industry and his greedy personal talk circuit work. A War Crimes trail seems along way away.

      Not only did Bush and Blair unleash the War on Terror on the world but they also set up the deadly Reaper drone program, a toy for rich western militaries to hit targets pretty much anywhere in the world, so far 99% of them brown people and mostly Muslim. But they are not just killing terrorists but people, who might be terrorists, or could be terrorists in the future, or just so happen to be in the same space as the terrorist or half-a-mile away from terrorists. Wikileaks revealed that 90% of the people killed or injured by drones in Afghanistan were ‘not the intended targets’. Because no one is policing these drone operations, innocuously run from places like Las Vegas, it’s pretty much a turkey shoot out there. Its disturbing stuff, the subject of this taut, thrilling and intelligent drama about the line of command for the British to fire one of these things in the theatre. Incredibly we already have 500 of them in various shapes and sizes, including ten Reapers, the badass ones, which have fired 350 missiles and laser guided bombs since Afghanistan all over the Muslim world, all under the name of ‘a surveillance program’.



      ===Cast===

      • Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK military intelligence officer
      • Aaron Paul as 2nd Lieutenant Steve Watts, a USAF MQ-9 pilot
      • Alan Rickman as Lieutenant General Frank Benson
      • Barkhad Abdi as Jama Farah, a Kenyan undercover agent
      • Jeremy Northam as Brian Woodale
      • Iain Glen as British Foreign Secretary James Willett
      • Phoebe Fox as A1C Carrie Gershon, USAF
      • Monica Dolan as Angela Northman
      • Armaan Haggio as Musa Mo'Allim
      • Aisha Takow as Alia
      • Richard McCabe as Attorney General George Matherson
      • Michael O'Keefe as US Secretary of State Ken Stanitzke
      • Carl Beukes as Sergeant Mike Gleeson
      • Kim Engelbrecht as Lucy
      • Gavin Hood as Lieutenant Colonel Ed Walsh, USAF
      • Laila Robins as Jillian Goldman


      ===Plot===

      In Eastleigh, a rundown suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, young girl, Alia Mo'Allim (Aisha Takow), twirls a hula hoop that was just made by her father in their backyard, and not a care in the world. 10,000 meters above her a reaper drone is taking part in an operation to capture or kill a known Islamic extremist in the same neighborhood after a British Kenyan agent is killed for getting too close to the group. British Army Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is in charge of the operation on the British side in Northwood HQ in Kent as a snatch Kenyan army team fuel up on the ground in Nairobi and the American coordinates to capture the Al-Shabaab terrorist group leaders in a safe house. The British are involved as a British couple; Susan Helen Danford (based on the real Samantha Lewthwaite) and her husband Abdul are the targets.

      American drones based in Las Vegas armed with missiles in case it gets out of hand hover high above Kenya ready to engage, 2nd Lt Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) piloting the drone. Undercover Kenyan field agents Jama Farah (Barkhad Abdi) and Alia (Aisha Takow) are detailed to confirm the terrorists at the compound on the ground. But the cars and trucks are suddenly on the move and racing deeper into a bustling suburb of shacks and shops, images from the drone and on the ground ‘intel’ broadcast to all involved in the operation showing increasing civilian risk every minute.

      Kenyan Special Forces are put on hold as the entourage arrives at a house and enters. Finally the military get facial recognition to identify Susan Helen Danford as one of the human targets as Joint Intelligence Center Pacific at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii OK the drone to arm its hellfire to obliterate the building. The mission is supervised in the United Kingdom by a COBRA meeting that includes Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) of the Royal Marines, government ministers and the UK Attorney George Matherson (Richard McCabe).

      Kenyan agent Farah discovers that the terrorists have explosives in the house and are preparing two suicide bombers for what is presumed to be an attack on a civilian target. Powell decides the imminent threat changes the mission objective from "capture" to "kill". She informs the drone pilot to ready a Hellfire missile attack on the building and solicits the opinion of her British Army legal counsel (Carl Beukes) about doing so.

      It’s finally given the go after some legal pontificating with various phone calls. But at the last minute that young girl with the hula hoop pitches up with some pita bread to sell outside of the house. British army technicians at Northwood calculate the explosion spread from the missile has an 80% chance of killing the girl. Government ministers Brian Woodale (Jeremy Northam) and Angela Northman (Monica Dolan) are not happy and Jeremy refers the decision up the government chain. Tense legal arguments begin as the terrorists strap the suicide belts on and the window agonizingly begins to close. The propaganda argument is simple. If the British military blow up a child trying to kill terrorists, that has afar grater negative effect on the west than the girl walking free and the terrorists blowing up 50 African civilians. Powell (Mirren) is ready to fire whereas the drone pilot is torn by the young girl on his screen. Never has the sale or pita bread been so gripping. Never mind innocent lives being lost, careers and pensions are at stake for making the wrong decision here.


      ===Results===

      Its pretty good stuff folks and of the recent drone action movies released this is probably the best. Good Kill (2014) was solid and very much an American perspective on the US military drone program through the pilots and the cowards they feel killing the 90% whereas this is more about the moral and legal arguments of the U.K.s involvement. Mirren is believable as the abrupt and confident military rank ready to carry out the operation come what may and all the ministers shown as liberal and lily-livered. It’s a breeze for Alan Rickman in his final film as the prim and proper high ranking British officer and very much an ensemble piece in the end. Aaron ‘Breaking Bad’ Paul is the token American ‘star’ involvement and it’s looking increasingly difficult to cast the short ass in meaningful role without thinking he will suddenly say ‘Yo Mr White!’. He could hardly see over the wheel in Need for Speed.

      It’s taut and tense stuff throughout as the target is lit up ready for destruction and the various assets on the ground also risk being blown up or caught by the Islamist’s. As I say, never has the sale of bread been so tense. It’s shot in real time and that adds an extra layer of tension. This stuff is going on for real every week and well paid white people are deciding which poor brown people should die that pose a threat down the line to white wealth and dominance on the planet, ‘British interests abroad’, as Blair calls the oil and gas industry. This is not, and never was, about terrorism. This is the ongoing Great Game, the control of the worlds energy supplies to keep the west empowered. The film never really goes into the politics of why we are there though and plays the terrorism card throughout. A more intelligent film on the subject may have earned a fifth ciao star and maybe big awards.

      It’s not an acting movie and more in the drama /thriller genre as the various assets are deployed and the tension rises to the dramatic and harrowing conclusion. In real life it appears they just fire the missiles and sod the legal and the spin doctors and lawyers do the rest as it’s all the innocent kills are buried like the bodies. The Americans actually target weddings and funerals of jihadists simply on the basis that fellow friends and family will be there and so take out the next generation of the anti west crowd, and that produces another target rich funeral, of course. This is western terrorism, end of, and however much moves try to sanitize it we are at war with Islam and just as bad. But for just $13 m it looks good and entertains and did a healthy $34.5m back.


      ===RATINGS===
      Imdb.com – 7.3/10.0 (52,992votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – % critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/eye_in_the_sky/


      ===Special Features===

      -Featurette: Morals-

      A look at the political, legal and military chain of command in firing a hellfire missile abroad.


      -Featurette: perspectives –

      More of the same. We learn that Alan Rikman remained on set well after his filming was complete, perhaps aware it would be his last film.


      -Cast & Crew interviews-

      Mirren and co talk about their movie.




      ===Critics===

      South China Morning Post –‘This tale is intriguingly structured and expertly executed, and wholeheartedly embraces the moral complexities of one of the most divisive issues of modern military combat’.

      Financial Times –‘Director Gavin Hood works the tension and the moral uncertainty to good effect but at times the film feels schematic and too much like revision’.

      The Mail –‘It's a lean, Lumet-like thriller that puts the moral calculus of drone warfare in its crosshairs’.

      Little Whit Lies –‘A basic conundrum; yet it's smart, tense, and surprisingly pointed’.

      Independent –‘What's refreshing, though, is how nuanced the film's approach remains. There is no simple minded resolution here and it is inevitable that there will be blood on somebody's hands by the final reel’

      Metro –‘Hood shows us the war on terror as a literal world war, being strategized everywhere from the dust to the heavens’.

      The Sun –‘Taut and chastening, Eye in The Sky leaves you saddened and shaken’.


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