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    • Donnie Brasco (DVD) / DVD / 37 Readings / 37 Ratings
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      well worth a watch and i may buy the DVD

      First of all I would like to make it clear that this is a film only review. I have watched the film on BT VISION and therefore the review will be based on the film and not the DVD.

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      'Donnie Brasco' is a true story, based on FBI agent Joseph D Pistone. He managed to infiltrate the New York mafia when working undercover and as a result of what he witnessed and the evidence he collected along with help from some other colleagues many hundred convictions were made. I find it extraordinary that anybody would put themselves in the position that he did and it was obvious that it took a huge toll on his family. Due to what he did and the level of bravery that he showed Pistone is considered and FBI legend. At the end of the movie it says that Pistone now lives under a false name with his family in a location that cannot be disclosed. Apparently there is also a half million dollar reward out for a hit on him; incredible.

      Who's in it and what happens?
      Brasco is played by a fresh faced Jonny Depp, being essentially a gangster and mafia film Al Pacino obviously plays a role and he is Lefty or Benjamin Ruggiero, Michael Madsen also plays Sonny Black. The film basically follows the mafia, their business deals, extravagant lifestyle including huge parties and generally indulging in things which are illegal. There are several occasions in the film where you think Brasco has been rumbled, mainly by Lefty but he somehow seems to wriggle through; even when an FBI raid occurs on a bar they own he is not suspected! The double life he leads takes its toll on his family and they go weeks on end without seeing him causing his wife to almost separate from him. He also begins to talk like the mafia family and acts like them also. Depp plays the role very well and it was interesting seeing him play a hard man rather someone like Captain Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonker as his roles more recently have centred around the weird and wonderful; although I think I prefer him in this type of role.

      So, is it any good?
      I thought it was a superb film with some great acting from Depp, Al Pacino and Madsen. The storyline is great and really keeps you on the edge of your seat as you feel drawn towards Brasco and the predicaments that he finds himself in, almost being identified by innocent members of the public and being asked to take his shoes off when he had a recording device inside.
      It's by no means family friendly and even for the older more hardened viewer it does contain a lot of violence, the scene in the Japanese restaurant toilet springs to mind for those people who have seen the film.
      I genuinely enjoyed the film and would happily watch it again. I may even purchase the DVD and add it to my ever growing collection.

      For me I give Donnie Brasco five Dooyoo stars as it's very easy watching and keeps your attention so well for the two or so hours that it is *****. Feel free to comment and ask any questions that you may have.

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        a great start to the morning

        I was introduced to Berocca by my partner who brought them home from a shopping trip one day. She said that it was good for you and that I should try and have one everyday. I've always been a bit wary of supplementary vitamins because I've never really seen the point of them, but I gave Berocca a go and I was quite impressed to be honest.

        To make the drink you add one of the tablets to a glass of water, it fizzes away and dissolves in the water to make an orange flavoured drink. I find that it doesn't taste particularly nice, but because it is supposed to be goof for you I normally down the glassful in one to get rid of it. I find it's not the sort of drink that you want to be sipping at.

        Now, from reading the information written on the side of the container it states that Berocca is best taken first thing in the morning to make the most of the day ahead. It also states that it can be taken every day throughout the year. I now have Berocca on most mornings as it's become part of my routine when I get up and it does make me feel invigorated. Some of my work mates also take Berocca in the morning and they rave about it too. The general idea is that it helps you to release your energy.

        Each Berocca tablet which will make one drink contains the following if you drink the whole lot - the numbers provided next to the contents are percentages of your recommended daily allowances:

        Vitamin C 595%
        Vitamin B1 945%
        Vitamin B2 971%
        Niacin 283%
        Vitamin B6 507%
        Folic Acid 183%
        Vitamin B12 344%
        Biotin 260%
        Panothenic Acid 378%
        Magnesium 25%
        Zinc 90%

        The containers that I purchase contain 15 tablets and can be purchased at most supermarkets and pharmacies. They cost around £6.00-£7.00.

        For any more information on Berocca you can visit www.berocca.co.uk

        I give Berocca tablets five dooyoo stars as they are a great start to the day *****. Feel free to comment Beanie8844.

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      • Kalms One-A-Night / Medicine / 32 Readings / 32 Ratings
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        08.10.2013 13:56
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        they helped me sleep so would recommend them to others suffering with the same problem

        For me there is nothing worse than going to bed when you are are really tired and in need of a decent deep sleep, but when your head hits the pillow your mind and body refuses to shut down for the night and you are left clock watching as the time that you have to be up draws nearer and nearer. I regularly work early shifts and have to be up for half past five, every time without fail i struggle to sleep before the first one, knowing that i had to be up early. I had been putting up with for around a year when one day on my way home from work i thought to myself that i would see if there was anything that i could buy to help me sleep. I stopped of at a Tesco Local store to see what they had. There was not a great selection, but after reading the box opted to go for Kalms Night One a Night tablets as they seemed like a natural and herbal remedy to help sleep and were reasonably priced at around £5.00 for a box of 21 tablets.

        The instructions state that you should take one tablet approximately an hour to an hour and a half before you are due to go to bed. I followed this advice and it did help me sleep, although i did struggle to get up the next day and wanted to stay in bed. I took another the next night and it seemed to work again, so i was quite pleased with the outcome. Now, I only take the tablets the night before my first early shift to aid my sleep and it does the job.

        The leaflet inside the pack states that if you do not have much joy from taking one tablet, then the next night you should increase the number of tablets taken to two. It also states that the effects of the tablets are not always immediate and that it can take a little while to get into your system, so when struggling with sleep over a period of time you should take a tablet every night. I do not really have this problem though and even though the tablets claim to be made of natural ingredients, i would not like to be taking one every day.

        For me the only downside of the tablets is the smell and taste, which is not very nice at all. I have to hold my nose when taking them and wash them down with a strong tasting juice or something as they are really quite strong and bitter tasting. I can put up with it though for a good nights sleep.

        Overall, i would give Kalm Night One a Night tablets four dooyoo stars ****. Feel free to comment or ask any questions that you may have and i will get back to you with an answer. Beanie8844.

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        a cracking day out on the slopes

        I had always wanted to start skiing as I have always seen it as a great getaway. Recently, we were booked an hour and a halves beginner's lesson to skiing at the Milton Keynes Snowzone and it was brilliant.

        Having never been before we we're quite nervous and did not know what to expect. However, the instructor was superb and eased us in gently. First of all we collected our equipment from the desk which included the ski tops and bottoms, helmet, ski's and boots. The boots were very uncomfortable at first but we got use to them in the end. They have lockers which you can use for a pound to keep all of your belongings safe while you ski.

        We started the lesson at the very bottom of the side slope and with just one ski on pushed ourselves around. Then we put the other on and tried moving across the snow on the flat ground. We then climbed up the slope sideways a few metres and then came down with the ski's parallel. Once we had all mastered this we came down from the same distance backwards, sounded rather hard but well all managed it. From here on in we learnt the snow plough technique to control speed and then went onto turning. By the end of the first lesson I was coming down the side slope at speed and doing turns and small jumps. The instructor at the end of the lesson signed off our ski cards for level one and two. To put this in context you have to be a level four before you can be signed off to ride the big slop by yourself.

        We've already booked up for our next lesson and the idea is to go skiing in February; we'll see. I though it would be really expensive, but it's not. You have to pay for the hire of the ski gear and the instructors time, but I think it only works out at about thirty pounds a person for an hour and a half. Plus, you don't have to walk far as there are two large ski lifts which carry you to the top of the slopes. Also, it was not overly busy when we went which was at the weekend, this was good as you had plenty of space and didn't feel pressurised by the more experienced skiers or snowboarders.

        I'm not sure on the minimum age that they allow on the slopes, but you can choose to ski or snowboard. There is also a children's area at the side where they can play in the snow, toboggan or slide down a small slope on some blow up rings.

        After you've finished skiing and feel pretty tired there is a café at the bottom of the slope (indoors I might add!). Here you can get lots of nice sugary treats to boost your energy levels once more. However, if you fancy something rather more substantial there are plenty of restaurants to choose from just outside of the snozone in the large shopping centre.

        I give the Snowzone at Milton Keynes Five Dooyoo Stars *****.

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        • Costco / Highstreet Shopping / 42 Readings / 41 Ratings
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          good value when you know what your buying

          I've been a member of Costco for around two years now. It is basically a large warehouse that offers cheap items, but you have to be a member to be able to shop there. They sell many things like a normal supermarket would, but also large electrical items and even tyres!

          The membership basically comes in three different forms, trade - where you are a business owner or manager, individual - where you are from a selected employment group or profession (this is what we've got) and executive - this costs more and is the upgraded version where you receive rewards when you spend.

          Now, we found that when we first went to Costco it is easy to get carried away as there is a lot of cheap goods, but they do come in sizes and numbers that you are not used to. For example I love Yazoo milkshake, however, unlike a normal supermarket I could not buy one or even four, I think I had to buy twelve in a pack. Also, not everything is cheaper than a normal supermarket. There are also no bags to put your purchases in, so you either bring your own or load up your vehicle. Plus, there at the moment there are only around twenty five branches in the United Kingdom. Although this means that most large cities will have one you may have to drive a fair way to get there and of course what with the cost of fuel these days it eats into your savings. To give an idea there are three stores relatively close by Croydon, Farnborough and Thurrock, but none would be as close as my nearest Asda, Tesco or Sainsbury's.

          That's the negatives out of the way, it's all positive from here on in. For me by far and away the best things to buy at Costco are meats and cakes. There's so much to choose from. I find with the meat, it's a lot cheaper than the supermarkets and the quality is superb. We buy loads and then when we get home divide it up into smaller portions in freezer bags so that it keeps. Then when we want to use it we simply get it out of the freezer and away we go. The variety of cakes and other baked goods on offer is remarkable and I don't think you could beat it if you are celebrating an occasion or like us for Christmas. They have everything you could ever need from the turkey to the spuds and pudding to the wine, beers and brandy.

          Costco also has a huge electrical section where you can buy things like televisions, fridge freezers and washing machines. I've never personally got any of these items from Costco, but they do have a decent selection, so I would consider it in the future.

          Lastly, when your all done and paid up, there is a café at the end where you can reward yourself with something hot, very nice. A bit like the meatballs at Ikea I suppose.

          For me you can't beat Costco so I give it five dooyoo stars *****. Feel free to comment and share your experiences of Costco.

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          • Glacéau Vitamin Water / Soft Drink / 18 Readings / 18 Ratings
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            01.10.2013 15:22
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            the best water that I've tasted

            I must admit that when Vitamin Water first came out I was rather dubious about because after all you can get perfectly good water out of the tap! However, after a few friends had tried and were quite impressed I decided to have a go myself. Also when reading some of the celebrity magazines I'd noticed that some of the celebrities have been pictured with a bottle too.

            Rather than some of the flavoured waters around, Vitamin Water is more like a squash and the flavour is a lot fuller. You can purchase it from most newsagents and supermarkets. It comes in 500ml bottles, but is rather expensive at between £1.00 and £1.50 for a bottle.

            If you read the flashy bottle that it comes in, it's hard not to agree that the product is going to be good for you as it seems to be packed full of essential vitamins and goodness. They have recently introduced some new flavours and drinks that are designed to do certain things. A few that I have had are:

            Defense - this is a raspberry and apple flavour
            Essential - this is double orange
            Energy - tropical citrus
            Revive - this is a fruit punch flavour and I had this several times when hung over and it gave me a spring to my step
            XXX - this one contains a lot of antioxidants and we're always told that they are a good thing

            I suppose like any drink it all comes down to taste and I do really like them. Vitamin Water is a regular now for me, although at over £1.00 a bottle it is rather expensive though.

            Overall, I give Vitamin Water four dooyo stars ****. Feel free to comment.

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            30.09.2013 18:09
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            well woth having the Kenwood FP190 in your kitchen

            I'd been after a blender and food processor for a while and when I saw that the Kenwood FP190 had been reduced in Sainsbury's to around £50 I knew that I had to buy it as it seemed like great value for money. Plus, a lot of the television cookery shows use blenders and processors and it now almost seems like a given by the chefs that everyone owns one.

            As soon as I got the product home I was keen to get it all set up and see what it could do. Whilst at the supermarket I had also bought some milk and berries. I followed the instructions and put it all together, which only took about five minutes and then I was ready to go. The booklet contains decent and easy to understand pictures of assembly, which really helps. I then made my first ever liquidised strawberry and raspberry milkshake and it was very nice. The blades are so strong and just cut through whatever you put in their way. With the milkshake within seconds their was a burst of pink liquid as the fruits combined with the milk.

            There is a safety feature on both the liquidiser and food processor to prevent any mistakes or injuries and this is that you cannot turn either on until both are locked in position with the lid on. Although I must admit I did find this a little frustrating at first as I could not work out why the machine would not turn on.

            The instruction booklet that accompanies the machine is very helpful and explains all of the different functions. There are 3 different speeds including a blitz function which is a quick surge of energy. Also there is a knife blade for chopping, pureeing and pates, a canopy which can be added when making soups and milkshakes to stop the contents from shooting out, a whisk for egg whites and creams, a slicing / shredding plate for firm food items such as carrots, hard cheeses and cucumbers, a citrus press for citrus fruits and the liquidiser.

            Also, contained in the instruction booklet are recipes for some cracking dishes which are actually easy to make with the machine. The recipes are for mackerel pate, shortcrust pastry, beef cobbler, layered salad, Victoria sandwich, white bread and carrot and coriander soup.

            The machine is very easy to use and I'm sure that it speeds up food preparation. The best thing about it for me though is that it is just so easy to clean. Simply add water and some washing up liquid and have a blitz, it's basically self cleaning which encourages me to use it even more. It is also not too large, which means that you can either have it sitting on the kitchen side or hidden away in a cupboard somewhere.

            Overall, I have been very impressed and would urge anybody to get one, especially if you can get it for the discounted price like I did. Would make a great birthday or Christmas present. I give the Kenwood FP190 liquidiser and food processor five dooyoo stars *****. If you liked the sound of the machine why not go to www.kenwood.co.uk to look at some of the other Kenwood products. If I had to give a negative for the product it would be that it is incredibly noisy, I was quite shocked at how noisy it was. The idea of having a healthy shake in the morning may have to be given a miss as it think in our flat I would wake the neighbours if I got liquidising early in the morning.

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            22.09.2013 20:25
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            an intriguing bar that's nice but won't blow your mind

            I love chocolate and have a really sweet tooth. I would always opt to go for a pudding rather than having a starter when going out for a meal. I am quite partial to chocolate bars and know my favourites, double decker, yorkie, mars bar and reeces pieces, but when a new one comes out that catches me eye I quite often buy one and see if I like it. This creation from Cadbury's was no exception.

            I think it was the Heston Blumenthal like popping candy idea that did it for me tied in with some of the Willy Wonka magic. It's clear from looking at the packaging that it is a Cadbury Dairy Milk product as the trade mark purple is their, however, it looks very different to the normal wrapper and I feel is aimed at children more than adults. "MARVELLOUS CREATIONS" is written in large letters across the front of the wrapper and we get a look into the middle of the chocolate bar which reveals some of the lovely coloured jelly beans and the intriguing popping candy. I quite fancy a bar just thinking about it. The bars come in two sizes, the normal small bars (about the same size as your standard dairy milk) and a larger bar that you can break up if you wanted. The smaller bar retails at between 50 and 70 pence and is available from most supermarkets and newsagents stores.

            So, that's the packaging, but what about the bar itself? Well, the bar is divided up into pieces which are joined together, but I found them hard to break into individual pieces because of the jelly and popping candy running through the bar. When I first tasted the bar I didn't really get what all the fuss was about and felt a little disappointed as all I could taste was the jelly beans, however, the popping candy builds up in your mouth as you munch your way through the chocolate bar. I found I forgot about the popping candy and then felt the tingle and pop on my gums and tongue, which is different. It's a nice tasting bar, but I was not blown away, although I've been back for more!

            A chocolate bar is never going to be the healthiest thing in ones diet, but from time to time they are a nice treat. This particular chocolate bar contains the following: 235 calories, 27.5grams of sugar, 12.5 grams of fat, 7.7 grams of saturated fats and 0.11 grams of salt. These values aren't horrendous, but they're not the best either, but then what do you expect from a chocolate bar!

            Overall, a nice and different from the norm chocolate bar. I give this four dooyoo stars ****. Feel free to comment.

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            • In The Line Of Fire (DVD) / DVD / 25 Readings / 25 Ratings
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              a cracking thriller that will leave you wanting more

              Firstly, I would like to make it clear that this is a film only review.

              I love a good thriller and this certainly did not disappoint. The premise for 'In the Line of Fire' is simple, a madman is attempting to assassinate the US President, sounds a pretty likely story, but the way it is delivered and the twists and turns along the way are enthralling. John Malkovich loves playing crazy people and this film is no exception. He is superb as Mitch Leary, a former CIA agent who has become disillusioned and wants to test himself one final time by changing sides and attempting to beat the security and take out the president. Along with many others, the main man trying to stop Leary and all of the other threats is agent Frank Horrigan, played by Hollywood hard man Clint Eastwood. Horrigan is much older than the other agents and takes a lot of stick from his colleagues for this although he knows his stuff. The problem is he just does not know when to let go and insists of being in the thick of things even when he is ordered to take a lesser role in a calmer setting.

              The film is really about a power struggle between Horrigan and his bosses. Even though he is older and is perhaps goes about his work in a very different manner to the younger guys, there is no disputing he is a top agent and deep down they know that. He is convinced that Leary is going to make a genuine attempt to kill the president, but others don't take him so seriously. To cut a long story short Horrigan is correct, but can he stop Leary in time and what happens? You'll have to watch the movie to find out.

              A top film for me with big performances from Malkovich and Eastwood. I give 'In the Line of Fire' five dooyoo stars.

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            • The Devil's Own (DVD) / DVD / 39 Readings / 39 Ratings
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              a top film about a very dark and dangerous subject

              First of all I would like to make it clear that this is a film only review and I do not own the DVD. I watched the film recently on BT VISION and because I enjoyed it so much decided to write a review on it.

              The film begins in Northern Ireland in 1972 and a young Frankie McGuire (played by Brad Pitt) is working with his father on the family fishing trawler. After a hard day at sea they come back to the family home to a cooked dinner which his mother is serving up. Just as the family begin to eat a masked gunman storms into the house and shoots Frankie's father many times killing him. We later find out that the killer was a Republican sympathiser and so the story begins.

              Cutting forward a few years we learn that Frankie has become one of the top dogs of the Irish Republican Army and is one of the most wanted persons around due to his antics. Frankie's house comes under siege by the police and the army and there is a huge fire fight in which many are killed and injured, including some of Frankie's closest pals. Frankie somehow manages to escape out the rear of the house and takes shelter for a few days in the country, hiding in a large house under the floorboards in one of the bedrooms. He realises that he cannot stay in Northern Ireland when he hears a military helicopter circling overhead.

              The next huge jump in the film is that Frankie has managed to escape again, but this time a little further afield to the United States; crazy really. Here he completely changes his story, but he is never too far away from it. He is taken in as a lodger by a Police Sergeant and his family and begins living in the basement. At first we think that he has gone to the states to start a new life for himself, but this is not the case. He is sent money from back home and begins stashing it, but for what?

              At this stage the story splits in two. On the one hand we have Frankie and his suspicious circumstances which so far he has managed to keep secret and New York Police Sergeant Tom O'Meara (played by Harrison Ford) who is struggling with life as a cop and the moral decisions that he finds himself having to make on a daily basis. It turns out that the money that Frankie is stashing is for munitions and he plans to sail back to Ireland in a trawler - taking him back to his roots and enabling him to continue his fight. Unfortunately, Frankie learns that the SAS have managed to track a few of his pals down in the States and fearing that he could be next he decides he has to speed things up and becomes a little sloppy. O'Meara finds Frankie's stashed cash under the tiles in the bathroom and then begins questioning his background story. Frankie is forced to come clean, but at first O'Meara cannot see his point of view and tells him that he will have to take him in - after all he is an international terrorist!

              Things are never as simple as they seem though and on the way to the police station Frankie manages to make a break for it when they are held up in a traffic jam. He manages to get hold of his munitions and is then making a desperate dash for his trawler which is all ready to go, but O'Meara is onto him. What happens though? Does Frankie make it back to Northern Ireland or does O'Meara get to him in time and put an end to his outrageous quest? You'll have to see the film or buy the DVD to find out.

              One thing is for certain though it is a superb film with a fantastic plot and some great character acting buy Ford and Pitt. This was the start of Pitt and his famous Irish accent, which he brought back for his role in 'Snatch.' Not a family film by any means, but well worth a watch.

              I give 'The Devil's Own' Five Dooyoo Stars *****.

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            • The Rookie (DVD) / DVD / 39 Readings / 38 Ratings
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              an all round top family film

              First of all I would like to make it clear to everybody that I do not own the DVD and that this review is based purely on the film itself. I watched the movie from Vision films on BT VISION.

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              Directed by John Lee Hancock who was responsible for films such as A Perfect World, The Alamo and The Blindside, 'The Rookie' is a 2002 feel good family sports movie. It tells the true story of Jim Morris a failed baseball pitcher who still holds a burning ambition to play professional, but his years are running out. Jim Morris is played by Dennis Quaid and he does a sterling job of it. Quaid is famous for a plethora of roles but for me I distinctly remember him in Any Given Sunday and The Special Relationship - he played Bill Clinton in the latter.

              What's it all about then?

              The film begins by showing Morris as a young boy growing up and with a huge passion for baseball. His father works for the US Navy and because of his position within it the family have to move to suit his work. During one of the moves Morris's baseball stuff gets left behind. His mother understands how hard this is for Morris to take, but his father has no idea and tells him to realise that there is more to life than baseball. They move to a town where baseball is not really played and the major sport is American Football which Morris has little interest in.

              The film then jumps years into the future when Morris has a child of his own, a son. Still holding the ambition to be a professional and a real love of baseball he creates his own team and coaches them to the championship. We then learn that it wasn't his talent that let him down of the baseball field but an injury to his right shoulder and throwing arm. He tore the muscle and it hasn't been the same since. One day at training when some of the players are getting rather cocky Morris begins pitching to them. At first they mock him, but then he lets some real rippers down which fly past their bats and they are truly stunned at the speed and accuracy with which he can pitch. It's from this point that he truly realises that he has to start playing again as he has a natural talent and feels no pain. He himself then joins an adult team in the local leagues and loves every minute of it. He becomes the best player on the team and gets picked to play in the Major League a life's dream and ambition. What happens though and how does he get on? You'll have to see the film to find out.

              So, is it any good and would I buy the DVD?

              I had never heard of the film before and had no idea at all that it was a true story. It really is a feel good movie and is suitable for all of the family. Even if you don't like sports you will relate to the characters, situations and big decisions within the film. The acting was great and the storyline superb. I think I'll buy the DVD and add it to my collection and I would urge others to do the same.

              Five Dooyoo Stars for me *****

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              a cheap shower gel that really wakes you up in the morning

              I first started using Original Source Mint and Tea Tree shower gel whilst at university. I had run out of my normal shower gel and asked a housemate if I could use some of his. It was the Mint and Tea Tree stuff and I was absolutely amazed at how good it was. I have been using it ever since and no longer buy any other shower gels at all.

              I gave up using the old fashioned soap bars a while ago and then made the switch to shower gels as they are far more practical and easier to use, u don't keep dropping the bar! This product is different to other gels because it is just so refreshing and leaves you feeling so clean. Each dispenser claims to contain 7927 tingling real mint leaves. As you wash the gel away in the hot water the smell of mint is very intense and clears you nostrils - you feel as though you can breathe easily and have a tingling clean feeling. The makers of the product claim that Original Source and water is the ultimate wake up call and I have to agree. It does leave you feeling alert and awake.

              There are other benefits to the product as well. Environmentally it is sound as the bottle is one hundred percent recyclable and it is only tested on humans.

              You can purchase these shower gels for around £2.00 individually for a 250 ml dispenser. This has a flat bottom to it so that you can leave it standing upright on the shower floor which is handy and means that you never come to the shower and see that your shower gel has spilt all over the place!

              Like many products the dispensers are cheaper if you can find a store that sells them in bulk. I am a member of the supermarket cost co and they sell them with a discount if you buy a box of 12 I think it is.

              A top product and well recommended. Five dooyoo stars *****.

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              • Old Dogs (DVD) / DVD / 61 Readings / 61 Ratings
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                a great family comedy - well worth a watch

                First of all I would like to make it clear that this is a film only review. My review will be based on the film alone and therefore will not include anything in relation to the DVD due to the fact that I do not own it and therefore it would be unfair to do this.

                Directed by Walt Becker - famous for Van Wilder and Wild Hogs - this film is an American feel good comedy suitable for all the family. Starring the world renowned John Travolta and Robin Williams as Charlie Reed and Dan Rayburn as best friends and business partners. They are a pair of cheeky chaps who between them own a very successful sports marketing company, although they have and still are having their fair share of issues along the way.

                Without giving too much away the pair have the opportunity of a lifetime when a huge Japanese company which could make their brand recognised on a global scale and set them up for life. Everything is going smoothly and they look set to win the deal, there are only three things left that they have to do to win the contract. 1) Deliver the pitch - in the bag already 2) Play a round of golf with the top boss from the Japanese firm and 3) Give a good performance on a conference call to the board of directors. It should be fine surely and they are even celebrating with a glass of champagne.

                Unfortunately for Reed and Rayburn the past has a funny way of catching up with you. You see a few years back Dan went through a very messy divorce and to make his buddy feel better Charlie took him away on vacation. On this trip the pair went wild, staying up all night drinking and Dan even managed to get a tattoo in the early hours which was supposed to read "FREE MAN" due to his divorce, however, the foreign tattooist didn't quite understand their drunken instructions and he ended up with "FREMON" written in large capital letters on his chest. Also, on the trip Dan met another lady and instantly fell for her. One thing led to another but they never really spoke again after that. Seven years later and in a rather down period Dan write to this lady. They exchanged and agreed to meet for lunch. At lunch Vicki played by Kelly Preston drops the bombshell that Dan is actually the father to her twins Zach and Emily and that she had kept it quiet as she did not want to bother him, but had changed her mind when she received his letter! Oops.

                So, with the biggest contract of a lifetime up for grabs Dan has to break the news to Charlie. However, it doesn't stop there, oh no. Vicki also announces that she is to go to jail for two weeks for a minor crime and that she genuinely has nobody to look after the kids. You can see what's coming. To Charlie's horror Dan agrees to take the kids under his wing for the two weeks even though they have this huge contract on and have to be on the top of their game. Although, Dan has a great time with the kids, it starts to effect his performance at work.

                Will they or won't they get the contract and what will it mean for Dan and Vicki? I'm not going to say anymore, you'll have to watch the film to find out.

                Overall, I though 'Old Dogs' was a cracking family comedy. Travolta and Williams are great as best friends and business partners and go together seamlessly. Their stories are also brilliant to listen to and I especially like the way the Japanese business men react to them - class. It would appear though that the critics weren't quite so enthused as I about the film when it first came out as I have read that it received some rather poor reviews, oh well don't be put off by that I say.

                I give it Four Dooyoo Stars ****.

                Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. Beanie8844.

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                • The Pacifier (DVD) / DVD / 55 Readings / 55 Ratings
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                  Could be a good film for kids, a family commedy i suppose

                  First of all I want to make it clear that this is a film only review. I do not own the DVD so it would be unfair for me to write about any of its features, however, I have watched the film so shall be giving a review based on that and that alone.

                  Directed by Adam Shankman (known for productions such as The Wedding Planner, Hairspray and Glee) 'The Pacifier' is a family comedy staring Vin Diesel. Most known for his roles in impressive action movies, this must have been somewhat of a role change for Vin Diesel. He plays 'Shane Wolfe' a US Navy Seal - what you could imagine him doing right, but the main crux of the role is as a babysitter for the Plummer family, strange hey? To start with Wolfe and his team have to rescue Howard Plummer from a team of Serbian rebels who have him held hostage on a boat. They achieve this feat however, Wolfe becomes injured during the rescue and has to spend a period of time recovering in hospital due to his injuries. When he returns to duty his commanding officer takes it upon himself to give him a temporary role that should be a little less strenuous - babysitting the rest of the Plummer family. You see Howard invented something that many people are after and due to the situation on the boat the family could be in danger.

                  The film is about Wolfe's battle with the family as they struggle to get to grips with his rules on discipline, but they soon realise that he is really there to help when intruders break into the property and he has to defend them. From this point onwards Wolfe and the family get on far better and take the time to understand each other.

                  At the heart of it this film is I suppose a feel good family comedy, but it is rather slow to get going, doesn't have the best plot that I've ever seen and is not really that funny; although I suppose children would find it more so. The overriding thing for me and the thing that I could not seem to get out of my head whilst watching it was the fact that hard action film man Vin Diesel was playing a nanny, effectively looking after children whilst their mother was away for a while. I suppose he did an ok job of it and must have been paid a lot of money for this huge change of role, but it did not seem right and I think they would have been better of casting another actor for the role.

                  Overall, I will give 'The Pacifier' 3 Dooyoo stars *** because I could imagine that it would be more appealing to younger viewers.

                  Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. Beanie8844.

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                • 127 Hours (DVD) / DVD / 50 Readings / 47 Ratings
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                  26.07.2013 16:07
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                  well worth a watch

                  First of all I would like to say that this is a film only review as I do not own the DVD and have simply watched the movie. My review is therefore only based on the movie itself and does not incorporate any of the DVD features etc.

                  127 hours was a film that I had always wanted to see and for many reasons, but my partner does not like gruesome things or films that can be quite hard to watch. This is why it has taken me a few years to get round to finally watching it, but I was not disappointed. Also to find out that the story is 100% true is quite remarkable and very rare.

                  The film features one man - Aron Ralston, played by actor James Franco. He is an adrenaline junkie and loves climbing and canyoneering. Set in the united states the film starts by Aron planning his next adventure which is a canyoneering exploration across Utah's Canyonlands National Park. He visits his local store and takes a photocopy of a map book outlining the general area that he wants to explore. He knows the shopkeeper and he is aware of Aron and what he likes to get up to however he doesn't tell him nor anybody else for that matter where he is going and this is his downfall. So, Aron reaches the park and starts exploring. First in his truck and then on his bike and finally when he is quite a way into the park on foot. He meets a couple of ladies and spends a few hours with them, helping them as they are lost and they enjoy each others company, so much so that they invite him to a party on leaving him. Unfortunately, Aron never makes it to the party. Although a very experienced canyoner and climber Aron trusting the footing of a large bolder falls along with the bolder into a large canyon. It gets worse though as the bolder traps his arm and whatever he tries to free his arm he cannot. Things go downhill for Aron from here onwards as he is met with some very difficult decisions. Nobody knows where he is and he does not have enough food or water to survive for any length of time. Along with his climbing ropes the only other useful item that he has with him is his knife. After many days inside the canyon and after hallucinating in the heat of the day he is left with no option. He realises that if he is to live then he can only do one thing - cut his arm off! This part is incredibly hard to watch, especially when he has to go through the nerve! Anyway, I shall not say anymore as I realise that I have given rather enough away all ready. Does Aron live or die? You'll have to se the film to find out.

                  What I was worried about before viewing the film was the fact that it could be rather boring - one man stuck in a canyon for days, but it is gripping. The storyline is fantastic and James Franco plays a brilliant part. It makes you think what you might do in his desperate plight.

                  Danny Boyle has definitely struck gold again with this film, very well written and directed. It seems he can't put a foot wrong at the moment!

                  Five Dooyoo Stars from me *****

                  Thanks for reading - feel free to comment. Beanie8844

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