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      Blue Ruin - a film I saw here

      It’s better to burn out than rust

      Genre – Drama > Crime
      Run Time – 90 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Awards – 7 Wins & 15 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.99 DVD £6.99 Blue Ray
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      The big Vegas casinos never use mirrors as they want Blue collar Americans to feel like James Bond when they stride to the tables ready for some macho gambling. They don’t want you to see your reflection, reminding you of your chubby waste line, the likewise wife and your boring dead-end job. Blue Ruin takes that guy who best not catch his reflection in the mirror (lets face it, we all hate that) and throws him into an alien world of violence, revenge and killing in this above average low budget crime drama.

      ‘Blue Ruin’ is the Deep South slang for ‘tragedy’ and the fourth film from director Jeremy Saulnier, who is not best known for the Green Room (2016). He was not a rich man through some TV work and his first two movies and so chose to crowd fund Blue Ruin, pulling in $430,000 dollars through kickstarter. He didn’t get his money back as this rather enjoyable crime noir pulled only $393,435 back from just a seven cinema release but enough here to suggest we have a real talent to explode onto the scene with more access to funding. He reminds me a bit of Nuneaton boy Gareth Edwards, whose distinctive and low budget Sci-Fi movie Monsters quickly led to greater things, that of the Raid movies and none other than the billion dollar responsibility of Star Ware: Rogue One. Saulnier is definitely a talent to watch out for and Blue Ruin featuring on many films critics top 20 list in 2013. I’m good at picking winners.


      ===Cast===

      Macon Blair ... Dwight
      Devin Ratray ... Ben Gaffney
      Amy Hargreaves ... Sam
      Kevin Kolack ... Teddy Cleland
      Eve Plumb ... Kris Cleland (Sister)
      David W. Thompson ... William
      Brent Werzner ... Carl Cleland
      Stacy Rock ... Hope Cleland (Cousin)
      Sidné Anderson ... Officer Eddy
      Sandy Barnett ... Wade Cleland, Jr.

      ===Plot===

      Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) used to have his own place and a decent I.T job in the state of Virginia. When his parents are murdered by a stranger it’s all too much and after the trial and conviction he takes off and now lives out of his car on the Delaware coast. One day a local police officer who knows Dwight through his bad habits of dumpster diving taps on his windshield and informs him that Wade Cleland (Sandy Barnett), the man who did the brutal killing, is to be released from prison early. Dwight immediately knows what has to be done and drives to the prison and watches the Cleland’s collect Wade from the main gate.

      Following Wade and his extended family to a celebration at a club, he sneaks into he restroom and takes his chance and, after a fight for his life, fatally stabs Wade in the neck, who bleeds out and dies. Revenge has been taken. Dropping his car keys in the club in a panic, Dwight steals the Clelands' limousine and drives away, but discovering a teenage boy, William Cleland (David W. Thompson), in the back. He lets him go as he has no beef with him. But the kid has seen the killer.

      After losing the beard, cutting his hair short and dumping his tatty clothing, Dwight visits his sister (Amy Hargreaves) in Virginia to break the news. Sam is shocked but also glad he has done the deed, amazed that her meek brother had it in him. As the killing has gone unreported on the news, Dwight surmises that the Clelands have decided to seek revenge without police involvement. Sam flees her home with her daughters and Dwight waits in her house for the Clelands' attack. It won’t take long to trace his car to the house. The Clelands arrive in that car and Dwight surprises himself by injuring two of the Clelands but taking a crossbow bolt to the leg but escaping with one of them, Teddy (Kevin Kolak), placed unconscious in the trunk.

      Unable to get a firearm and the situation escalating, Dwight has no choice but to ask help of an old friend, ex national guardsman Ben Gaffney (Devin Ratray). Ben has all the firepower he needs and willing to lend him some. After some brief firearm training he is ready to take on the Clelands.


      ===Quote==

      Ben Gaffney: I know this is personal and that's how you'll fail. No speeches. You point the gun, you shoot.



      But first to deal with Teddy in the trunk to try and cut a deal and end the vendetta by explaining his decision to kill Wade. Teddy is sympathetic to his revenge but there is a problem – wade didn’t kill his parents, and now it’s extremely personal for the Cleland’s.

      ===Quote===
      Teddy Cleland: That's how this works, man. The one with the gun gets to tell the truth.



      ===Results===

      What’s interesting about this movie is the tone. I’m guessing there are not many IT assistant that are ready to join the army. Putting one from suburbia in a fight or flee situation with some country boys works well and you suddenly feel yourself backing the geek to kick ass. But he is not a kickass guy and desperation not heroics to his actions and so always vulnerable on screen. But many Americans have access to guns so Jeremy Saulnier says lets see what happens when they have to use one?

      The director has shaded his film with the color blur to emphasize the color of revenge in these parts as our hero becomes emancipated and so a man. The settings clash between rural Virginia and downtown Virginia add an extra dimension to the film as Dwight is driven deeper into his mission of redemption as a man by the supreme but misguided act of vengeance. Many people watching this probably feel their lives are leading up to a moment like this that makes a man of them and spend that life hiding from that moment.

      It crackles with tension and an oppressive atmosphere hangs over it as our hero enters into a violent world. This is not one of those films where the handsome hero has a Special Forces background and the body count rises with his skills. No, this film is about you in Dwight’s situation, like facing a mugger alone on a dark London street after work or standing up to your boss. It brings those two worlds smashing together. Acting and scripting is good and although this lost money at the box office that’s no judge of the movie. This is a directing talent emerging and I look forward to seeing Green Room now.



      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.1/10.0 (46,345votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 96% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 77% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3065752345?playlistId=tt2359024&ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===

      -Audio Commentary –

      Jeremy Saulnier talks about his movie


      -Behind the Scenes-

      The little known cast talk about being on set and the movie


      -Deleted Scenes-

      Not that many


      -Art Work-

      -Premier -

      Some red carpet stuff.






      ===Critics===

      Washington Post –‘The world doesn't need another empty genre exercise. But as Blue Ruin reminds us, it can always use more filmmakers of Saulnier's resourcefulness, sensitivity and quiet assurance’.

      Entertainment –‘With the same brand of realist irony the Coens used to cool down Blood Simple, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier slows the genre's heartbeat to gripping effect’.

      The NY Post –‘Blue Ruin starts promisingly with a hairy hobo living in a blue, rusty, bullet-holed Pontiac on a Delaware beach’.

      Film Comment Magazine –‘[A]n atmospheric, elegant piece, a more delicate, intriguingly nervous piece of pulp noir’.

      Daily Mail -‘Saulnier makes impressive use of silence and slow camera movements, allowing the suspense to simmer until violence seems practically inevitable’.

      Little White Lies –‘It's a dark film, with a sicko sense of humor, that's not for all tastes. But the talented director knows how to keep things tense, taut and exciting’.

      The Seattle Times –‘Brilliant stroke to have a nerdiish carrying out a one-man vendetta against a gang of bad guys rather than a Charles Bronson retread.’

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    • Sony SLV-SX 710 / Video Recorder / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      Best beast

      This is easy to operate and nice the design , the best

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      The design is nice, Color good and after all this very nice

      I think this vespa is quitely awesome in anything without the box behind , this vespa is very nice to see on dove or grey colors , i ride this thing and so far there is no problem , before i buy this i think this vespa is nothing good on it, but after i buy this , i realize that something really awesome about this vespa, make sure u buy it

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      Smart and reliable easy to understand .

      I was recommended by friend who advised me that i can put exactly what i needed on laptop wich is a advantage as not paying for programmes not needed .

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      I used these throughout my lactation and would encourage others to use them.

      These were comfortable to wear, not feeling sweaty or claggysfter use.
      Stayed in place with my bra and felt fresh next to my skin.
      Good absorbency with no leakage.
      For me the security of having a natural fibre breastfeeding pad was important and these pads met the challenges required without any of the gels found in some bra pads that I personally felt uncomfortable in wearing.

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      18.01.2017 16:16

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      The Big Short - a film I downloaded here


      Star – Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt
      Genre – Comedy
      Run Time – 1 minutes
      Certificate – 18R
      Country – USA
      Oscars – Won 1
      Awards – 80 Nominations & 35 Wins
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £8.00 Blue Ray
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      So the Big Short, based on the book ‘The Big Short: Inside Doomsday Machine’, by Michael Lewis, a book that details the main players in the 2008 housing bubble collapse. The story just had to be turned into a movie as it was so bloody mind-blowing and recklessly unbelievable. Hollywood decided to give it to comedy director Adam McKay (he of most of Will Ferrell’s’ films) and his wring partner Charles Randolph, a masterstroke as a comedy movie is probably the only vehicle to describe and deliver the unpalatable and complex world of investment bankers and the best way to keep us engaged. The Academy certainly thought so and the pair won the Oscar for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’. We had previously the serious and intelligent Margin Call movie about the same crisis and it’s been serious ever since so why not a bit of brevity and levity around a near comical collapse of the world banking system? Trust me; this method and film will keep you hooked.

      99% of us are still none the wiser what happened and why it happened but this film is the first to really lay it out in an articulate and entertaining way that one can follow. You will certainly be a whole lot clearer about sub prime mortgages and CDOs (Credit default Obligations) by the end of this cracking film. We also know financial services are 20% of the U.K.’s GDP and 12% of the taxes raised. We know that the banks knew along that they were too big to fail and we would bail them out.

      What seems to have happened is that up until the 1970s people that should be allowed to have a mortgage that wanted a mortgage had a mortgage. They were the house owners who would pay on time and had good jobs and so owned most housing stock and so a rock solid banking asset. Then in the 1980s when the City and Wall Street was deregulated the bankers decided they needed to sell more mortgages as they had run out of new reliable house owners and mortgage payers that would never default, the so-called triple AAA’S, and so wanted more buyers. This was achieved by selling mortgages to people who were slightly less reliable but still good credit payers, the new middle-class, the AAB’s. The first bill to be paid is always the mortgage payment and who doesn’t pay the mortgage, right? Because the banks were making millions through interest mortgage rates and commissions on those mortgages they continued to drop the ‘requirements’ to get a mortgage. In the 1990s they realized that they could bundle in the AAA’s with lesser mortgages, say ABBs’, in financial packages. As long as the value of the AAA’s covered the defaults on the ABB’s, etc then the products would remain sound. But, by the beginning of the new millennium everyone had got too greedy and even unemployed black Americans were getting loans and mortgages just so the the realtor got a commission, the so-called Sub Prime, known as the NINJA loan --No income, No job, No Assets. As long as the banks could keep hiding this bad debt in those Collateral Debt Obligations and the Rating Agencies could be paid off to keep those Triple AAA ratings coming to say the packages are perfectly safe then this could go on for a while yet. But it couldn’t and they knew it so they started selling/offloading these CDOs to other investors to decrease their exposure. And they were selling them everywhere! At one point they were demanding South American banks buy them or trade deals would suffer. Most South American banks told them to get stuffed and so those painful tarrifs came in. It was later discovered that the banks colluded with the major bond-rating companies to maintain ratings on worthless CDOs, allowing them to sell off their losing positions before the true values became known. But smart traders knew ‘enough’ of the bad debts would eventually be defaulted on and the whole lot would come crashing down one day, the people just as irresponsible as the banks for taking those loans. We hoped the corrupt bankers and co would go to jail for their madness but only one ever did - a black guy for Credit Suisse. Nothing has much changed in America under Obama.



      ===Cast===

      • Christian Bale as Michael Burry, M.D.[8]
      • Aiden Flowers as young Michael Burry
      • Steve Carell as Mark Baum (based on Steve Eisman)[8]
      • Ryan Gosling as Jared Vennett (based on Greg Lippmann)[8]
      • Brad Pitt as Ben Rickert (based on Ben Hockett)[8]
      • Melissa Leo as Georgia Hale
      • Hamish Linklater as Porter Collins
      • John Magaro as Charlie Geller
      • Rafe Spall as Danny Moses
      • Jeremy Strong as Vincent "Vinny" Daniel
      • Finn Wittrock as Jamie Shipley (based on Jamie Mai)[9]
      • Marisa Tomei as Cynthia Baum (based on Valerie Feigen)[9]
      • Tracy Letts as Lawrence Fields
      • Byron Mann as Wing Chau
      • Adepero Oduye as Kathy Tao
      • Karen Gillan as Evie[10]
      • Max Greenfield as Mortgage Broker #1[11]
      • Billy Magnussen as Mortgage Broker #2[12]
      • Rudy Eisenzopf as Lewis Ranieri
      • Margot Robbie as herself (uncredited)[5]
      • Anthony Bourdain as himself[5]
      • Richard Thaler as himself[5][13]
      • Selena Gomez as herself (uncredited)[5]

      ===Plot===

      Michael NBurry (Christian Bale), an eccentric hedge fund manager, nose is twitching when he notices an anomaly in the mortgage market. Mortgage fraud is rising fast in 2007 and so are defaults and so maybe trouble brewing? He has gone over the numbers in almost autistic detail and believes there is a housing bubble about to burst when defaults hit 8.1%. But no one on Wall Street is seeing anywhere near 8% and so he goes to his boss to explain it. Chief Executive Lawrence Fields (Tracy Letts) trusts him to a point as he often delivers big deals and so profits for the firm with those instincts but cant believe the housing market is about to collapse. But Nburry is sure and begins to spend the company’s money on shorting the housing market. He does that by going to a bank on Wall Street to ask if he can buy a product that will do exactly that and when they hear how much he wants to spend with their bank on something that they think will never happen they willingly invent that product and take his money, the so-called CDO. They think the housing Market is fine and every month it is then Nburry $50 million investment will have to pay them at last $50,000 dollars. But if the market goes then he will get back twenty times that. Nburry is so sure he agrees the deal with other banks as word get out some nut is betting against the mortgages of America, considered a rock sold market and Triple A safe.

      Our second and third players are a maverick investment firm headed by Mark Baum (Steve Carell), an obnoxious and righteous trader who believes in ethical investing, and bonds salesman Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling). A misplaced phone call alerts Vennett to Nburry’s actions and calls a meeting with Baum to get him to buy into it. Baum hates the bankers and blames them for his brother’s suicide and joins in the short to bring them down.

      Our final players are a growing investment firm from Denver, young investors Charlie Geller (John Magaro) and Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock), in Manhattan to try and get a seat at the big table. When they are rejected for that license they accidentally discover a prospectus by Vennett in the lobby, convincing them to become involved in the swaps. They decide to call retired hedge fund guru and neighbor Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt) for advice. He looks the numbers over with his sageful eye and agrees the boys could have something and get seriously rich with that information.

      As 2007 ticks into 2008 the pressure is on Nburry as nothing seems to be happening to the housing market and his firm is hemorrhaging money. He is in for 1.3 billion and something is wrong. All the indicators are the market should have collapsed. Defaults are at 9% and lending as high as ever. Baum decides to check out market for himself and sends a team down to Florida to talk to house owners on the ground while he attends a conference in Vegas with all the players in the housing market. He finds a striper able to get that cheap credit and she owns 5 house on just $22,000 a year! What he hears in Vegas not only confirms his fears but terrifies him. Not only is the market going to collapse but the whole baking system.


      ===Results===

      Watching The Big Short makes you as happy as a dog with his head stuck out of the car window with the ears flapping and the wind in their gums. This is a belting movie and the best of 2016 for me. It has all the ingredients you want from an Oscar winner and should have been Best Picture for me. I felt Spotlight didn’t quite have the all around appeal this one did but both biopic’s on two of the biggest scandals of the decade. You are quickly drawn in from the opening scene where Bales somewhat mumbling character starts to notice the catastrophic flaw in the mortgage market and then further characters being introduced just edging up the interest, enjoyment and outright anger some more. Through quirky little touches like well timed occasional celebrity cameos breaking the fourth wall (addressing you the viewer watching the film) to explain the most important and pivotal facts on the banking crisis, and the writer and directors ability to make us laugh over something so horrendous, this film has you buy the cajones throughout. Its all there, from the opening Michael Moore style archive footage commentary of bankers being fired to the detailed breakdown of the backing collapse through a zinging script and great performances I guarantee you will love this film. Steve Carrell is excellent and steals the move as his righteous angry trader character and there is no real point where this film lags or slows down. There is no baggy love interest or side stories either as we just crack on through the banking demise with humor and astonishment.

      Admittedly it ends up a polemic against the greedy banking system and Wall Street rather than the corrupt bankers. Like I said only one guy went to jail and he was black, the bankers causing the most damage being Jewish of origin. That accusation would have been too much for Hollywood to handle. It remains a fact though. The film also admonishes the people that took out the crazy loans and mortgages of any blame and clearly a bias to keep the audience on side and rooting for a mixed bag of likable Wall Street rogues. The banks were simply creating money out of thin air to give to people who could never pay it back and the people who could and did pay their mortgages having to pay the penalty around the world. It’s notable that in the United Kingdom very few people took out mortgages over 100% and the bulk of the sub prime debt was in America. But the banking system is global and the American banks had off loaded a lot of the risk though those corrupt rating agencies that allowed them to flog useless CDOs as anything but. The Tory Government simply took the opportunity to destroy public service and blame black immigrants.

      For it $28m budget it did a decent $133 million for an excellent issues movie, a mockery when you think the dreadful Batman V Superman did $850million! Hype sells movie more than quality. This is one of those films that people may have been put off because its requires brain power but its done in a way when its not as complicated it looks and should have pulled a bigger crowd if that was communicated.



      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com –7.8 /10.0 (227,435votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 88% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/videoplayer/vi1593618969?ref_=tt_ov_vi

      ===Special Features===

      -In the Trenches-

      A short film about the real characters involved and plenty of behind the scenes stuff from cast & crew from the excellent movie.


      ===Critics===

      The South China Morning Post –‘It's a fine feat of screenwriting; particularly given its 'heroes' are bankers about to get rich on public misery. ... This is one Hollywood film that doesn't come up short’.

      London Evening Standard –‘Confronting these facts while snorting at how funny this film often can be is quite confounding’.

      Total Film –‘Slick and funny, this is the years most entertaining economics lesson, making the facts of the financial crisis easier to digest without making them any more palatable’.

      Film Enquirer –‘The Big Short's faults aren't hidden, but neither is its remarkable ability to entertain while giving a rather complex lesson’

      The Star –‘It's to McKay's credit that he makes The Big Short so fun; there are a lot of talented comedic actors here, the banter is strong, and there are pop culture montages strewn throughout, meant to mark the passage of time, that help maintain visual interest’.

      New Statesman –‘The knowing, boisterous humor comes off as irredeemably smug and the A-list cast can't disguise the fact that they are portraying points of view, rather than characters’.

      Financial Times –‘A big, clever chortle, full of sardonic insights into a time of woe’.

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    • Parcel2go.com / Transport / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      18.01.2017 15:41
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      Brilliant aftercare service

      I booked a delivery through parcel2go with in post not realising how far away the in post lockers are from my address. I decided to cancel and book a different courier so I spoke to a lovely lady called Agata who was very helpful and managed to transfer my delivery to dpd, to collect from my address this option should of been more money but was changed for me at no extra cost. Saved me a big headache. Thank you!

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      18.01.2017 10:17
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      They are the cheapest, there is a reason for that....

      On the 7th of January 2017 a woman crashed into the back of my car. The accident was completely her fault and she admitted liability at the scene. I have been driving for 16 years and this is the first time I have ever had a traffic accident, and I drive about 500 miles a week. As soon as I got home I called my insurance, Tesco, who immediately told me I should pay my £450 excess and they would get my car fixed. I was still a little shaken up and did not know the process however I was a little reluctant to pay the £450 when my insurance told me I may not get it back. I told them that she admitted liability however they said they needed to hear it from her insurance and that they would call me back next week. On Tuesday the 10th of January Tesco called me and told me that Aviva, the other parties insurance had admitted liability and that I should contact them to get my car repaired. As this was a non-fault claim it wouldn’t affect my policy or no claims. Now my insurance was due to renew on the 12th of January, previous to having the accident I searched around on comparison sites and my renewal price from Tesco was the cheapest, so I just decided to renew with them. On the 12th of January I received an email from Tesco with no attachment simply titled Your Insurance Documents. Tesco do not attached your documents on the email, nor can you go to their website and log in to access your documents, you have to click on the specific link which they send you by email and enter your date of birth and postcode on the screen. This then takes you to the pdf of your policy documents. When I clicked on the first email the document, there was a covering letter saying, “thank you for renewing with Tesco”, the renewal date of the 12th of January and the cost of renewal £413, which they charged my credit card for. The same day they sent me another email simply stating again Your Insurance Documents, no more information, it was the same standard email with the link to click on. As I had already received my insurance documents, I did not click on this link. The same thing happened on the 13th of January, they sent me another standard email. I just thought that they had sent the email out by mistake as the emails were just the standard Your Insurance Documents emails. On the 17th January I received an email from Tesco stating IMPORTANT - Please contact us urgently. When I clicked on this link and entered my emails there was a letter stating that I owed them £75.13 and I had seven days to pay it. Completely confused I went back through all my emails, clicking on all the individual links from Tesco and found that what they had attached wasn’t my insurance documents, it was letters stating that I owed them extra money. The first one was a letter stating because of my recent claim I owed them £143.09. The second was one stating that because it was a non-fault claim they would refund me £67.97. I did not claim on my policy, I went through the other parties insurance and so I did not expect this to have any effect on my policy. I called Tesco who did say they were partially at fault for the confusion however I still had to pay them £75.13 because I had an accident. I asked why I was did not receive a call from Tesco stating that my renewal had gone up and I was told that “we don’t have enough staff to do this “….seriously? Tesco is a massive corporation, saying they don’t have enough staff is a joke.

      Firstly, having a car accident is stressful enough without having to deal with insurance companies trying to rip you off. The government should stop insurance companies from putting premiums up for people who have non fault claims, especially when they don’t go through their own policy. There was absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent this accident, she was 100% at fault as she was not looking where she was going, and now I’m being penalised, how in any sense is this right? Also Tesco have been very cunning in the way they send you correspondence. Like I have said previous, their emails were titled Your Insurance Documents. Which states they are sending you your documents, not letters saying you owe them money. I have put in a complaint with Tesco however I am going to cancel my policy and go with another provider as luckily I am still within the 14 day period.


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    • Ebuyer.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      A*** service

      Nathan Cain was the person I was connected too, was a great help, would definitely recommend Ebuyer, and would use again in the future, a***

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      Try another supplier

      I tried to buy a pair of Muckboots and was happy with the price, and the £1.99 delivery advertised, so that went to the checkout. The £1.99 was not shown there and I did not want to pay the £4.95 charge so I wrote them an email.
      They did not ready my email and just listed the delivery charges advertised....even though the cheapest is not shown at the checkout.
      I bought the exact same boots from another supplier who were £12 cheaper, who delivered for free and, amazingly, who delivered within 48 hours. Fantastic

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      Worst Company to deal with.

      I wish I could give them 0 star. Worst company ever I have dealt with. Have ordered an item from them a label printer, and realised that its not fit for the intended purpose. When I contacted them fro return they refused to take the return as we were business customer and not an individual customer. The guy i spoke to over the phone told me that they cant take return and after insisting he said I need to contact my solicitor in case I am not happy with their policy or service. Finally I mange to speak to other person in their team and he said send us the request return and we can look into it. Its been more than a month no response from them. I sent few chaser emails but no response what so ever. Beware of such fraudsters!!!! better to buy from companies like PC world or Curries who value their customers rather than these companies operating from bed room or Garage.

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      Becky L!

      Becky L was the person I was connected with and she was extremely helpful in understanding my issue with my account and understood exactly who she needed to talk to, to get the right answers in my direction. She has outstanding customer service skills and goes above and beyond her role. I can tell she had a smile on her face without even seeing her! Really does make your day just that little bit better so thank you again, Becky. Superb attitude and I can only imagine she provides great moral.

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      Pacino's swansong

      Star – Al Pacino
      Genre – Comedy
      Run Time – 106 minutes
      Certificate – 18R
      Country – USA
      Awards – 3 Nominations & 1 Win
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD - £8.67 Blue Ray
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      In 1971 John and Yoko sent a complimentary short note to up and coming British folk Steve Tilson, offering him some advice about how to deal with fame and life in general, if his talent came to fruition. But Steve never got it, or knew about that letter, until 2006, when an antiques collector rang him up to verify it. He couldn’t, of course, but quite a surprise for a man that never did become famous. Hollywood read this story and 8 years later made a movie about it, Danny Collins. But it wasn’t going to be about some ginger bearded nobody from Leicestershire, opting instead for the more Hollywood option of the letter being sent by just John to an ageing fictional pop star, Danny Collins, more Rod Stewart than Nick Drake, Pacino’s best and certainly most enjoyable performance for a while. This film will remind you why you like this guy.

      Al, like DeNiro, and many of those Italian American A-Listers from the 1980s, hasn’t really done much of note since and we stopped watching their movies, mostly romantic comedies or mid range thrillers now as they refuse to play the characters they should be in their 60s and 70s, the dreaded avuncular old man roles. It must be hard to entertain the idea that you may not be a big star anymore. But for Danny Collins, Pacino did, at least, and earnt a Golden Globe nomination for his efforts, his 20th in total, with 5 wins to his name to date. But his only Oscar was back in 1993, Scent of a Woman, an apologetic one by The Academy for not giving him an Oscar for the previous seven nominations, including the Godfather trilogy, Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, barnstorming performances in likewise movies. It shows you how tough it was to win gongs back then.


      ===Cast===

      • Al Pacino as Danny Collins
      • Annette Bening as Mary Sinclair
      • Jennifer Garner as Samantha Leigh Donnelly
      • Bobby Cannavale as Tom Donnelly
      • Christopher Plummer as Frank Grubman
      • Nick Offerman as Guy DeLoach
      • Josh Peck as Nicky Ernst
      • Fernando Colunga as Fernando
      • Michelle Vieth as Selena
      • Katarina Čas as Sophie
      • Melissa Benoist as Jamie
      • Giselle Eisenberg as Hope Donnelly
      • Eric Michael Roy as Young Danny Collins



      ===Plot===

      Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is a huge perma - tanned star with the Vegas mansion and showbiz lifestyle but living off past glories, just old enough to get away with throwing cool pool parties with lots of beautiful people and rock and roll enough to pop A-List drugs. But he hasn’t had a hit in 25-years and hasn’t written a new song in three decades but still making a great living by touring the back catalogue and hits to packed venues for the older crowd, his loyal fans, demanding he sing his hit song Baby Doll, and others. He is a likable guy and people still want to be around him, a beautiful young girlfriend (Michelle Vieth) and a loyal manager, Frank (Christopher Plummer), for all those years still by his side.

      On Collins big 65th birthday bash at the mansion he receives a special gift from Frank, something Frank has been keeping secret for three months and champing at the bit to show him. It’s a brief letter from none other than John Lennon, sent to him 40-years ago with words of encouragement on keeping it real and complementing his talent when he was just starting out. Somehow it never got to him and Frank has bought it off a collector after verifying it. Danny loves the present and soon contemplating its meaning, then and now. Lennon obviously thought he was very good, no bigger compliment.

      Soon after the party he discovers his girlfriend has a lover, who he is not really that bothered about, but can’t get the letters sentiment out of his head that he has wasted too many years not producing new music to the level of the songwriter Lennon knew him as. Its time for a late midlife crisis as Danny tells Frank to cancel the rest of the tour and ship his piano out to an obscure New Jersey hotel so he can start writing again. Frank, thinking its phase and will pass, agrees, Danny pitching up at the local Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey, much to the shock of the staff and pretty day manager Mary Sinclair (Annette Bening). He announces at reception he will be staying for a while and begins composing in his room.


      ===Quote===
      Mary Sinclair: I'm sorry, are you on drugs?
      Danny Collins: Currently or in general?


      Danny is soon chating Marry up in his charismatic way but she knows it’s all an act but flattering in its own way. A bit of normality is what Danny is looking for in his life and hopes it will inspire his songwriting. Mary is impressed by the story of the letter, proudly framed and perched on his $35,000 dollar Steinway. Danny also wants to take this timeout to make things right with his son from his third marriage, Tommy (Bobby Cannavale), why Danny is really in New Jersey, Tommy’s wife Samantha (Jennifer Garner) as equally surprised to see her famous father-in-law pitch up at the family home when her husband is at work. She is not looking forward to phoning the news to her hubby. But Danny has a lot of emotions to offload and so decides to spend the day with them to try and fix things.



      ===Results===

      I wasn’t really sure I would enjoy this but I did. Yes AP’s turn is very hammy and the film somewhat too nice at times but its joyous fun and you enjoy Pacino’s company, in full chest wig mood, Tony Ferrino style. The script is smarter than, and not as cheesy as, it appears and has a real heart to it. This is Pacinos most endearing turn for ages, reminding how engaging an actor he once was. He is only 5ft 7’ and so only suited to certain roles and that’s when his star shines and that sexy voice growls. The rest of the classy cast is mere window dressing. This is no real narrative of note here other than pursuit of the maudlin to draw an audience and so you need to enjoy it as a mood piece.

      For its Pacino light $10m budget it lost money and bombed at $8 million. I’m guessing his core and more cerebral audience drew parallels with his character and how Pacinos career was living of past glories and gave this a miss. Tony Montono playing piano in Vegas? I had certainly not seen or hard of any publicity for this movie on TV or magazine ads. This is really the legacy of Blockbuster Videos’ collapse, a company that was quite literally the shop window for the film industry. Today people go to the movies to see the big blockbuster films and maybe watch the medium sized ones they missed on their satellite package. Very few people are looking for the smaller movies like this that are not signposted. I don’t have a movie package so have to trawl through top 100 lists online to find these films on places like Amazon Market place and buy them at under a quid, with postage, over two quid all in. I then flip them at CEX Exchange to claw a bit back. I’m not asking Pacino for a thankyou letter like the one John Lennon sent but it would be nice if Hollywood had physical high street rental somehow, other than the small range of films at the dusty local library.

      So if you like a gentle sentimental tale with a charismatic lead and a middle aged romance or two then you will enjoy this. There is no real reason you should but it s just a nice experience. The kitsch Danny Collins ‘hits’ from the film actually featured on the movie soundtrack and Baby Doll sounding remarkably like Sweet Caroline. The suggestion was Danny Collins character was based on a cross between our very own Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow. Just take this film for what it is and you will enjoy it.


      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.0/10.0 (22,432votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 78% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772288/videoplayer/vi343846681?ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===


      -Behind the Scenes-

      Pacino doesn’t contribute but the folk singer chap dos, the only interesting bit here.

      -Album-

      Some Danny Collins tunes from the film, Steve Coogan style!



      ===Critics===

      Little White Lies –‘Return to sender’.

      Chicago Times –‘The story works because it's told like a catchy pop song that doesn't try to be more than what it is’.

      The Baltimore Sun –‘What could have been a cheap piece of hackwork becomes a pleasing little trifle, thanks to its actors.

      The Observer –‘Pacino delivers his best turn in a very long time, hiding the fact that he can't even carry a tune behind a magnetic presence that screams "star".

      The Independent –‘Danny is a role tailor-made for Pacino at this stage in his career, one that enables him both to indulge in some very hammy scene-stealing, but also to show his character's vulnerability and essential decency’.


      Cinema.com –‘Even if Pacino's singing voice leaves much to desired, his performance doesn't. Much like the film itself, it's all in the execution’.

      Red Eye –‘There's undeniable humanity and gentle humor running through this tale of redemption’.


      South China Morning Post –‘There is so much goodwill in Danny Collins that even its characters' struggles are made to feel frothy.

      The Guardian –‘Pacino is good company, keeping his more mannered Pacinoisms in check, but none of it feels like a stretch for him.
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