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    • Be Kind Rewind (DVD) / DVD / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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      24.01.2010 14:06
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      An entertaining, funny and often moving film

      Introduction

      Be Kind Rewind is a comedy set in an ailing VHS rental shop with an inept employee, Mike, and his strange friend who is always hanging around. When Mike's boss goes out of town for a few days and leaves him in charge, chaos ensues.


      Story (May contain spoilers)

      Elroy (Danny Glover) owns a failing VHS rental shop in a run down part of town. He goes on 'holiday' (he is actually spying on a large DVD rental shop to get ideas) and leaves his only employee Mike (Mos Def) in charge, which strict instructions to keep his friend Jerry (Jack Black) out. Jerry becomes magnetised after a run in with a power plant and accidentally erases all of the VHS tapes. When a woman comes in to demand a copy of Ghostbusters and won't take no for an answer, Mike and Jerry film their own 20 minute version, complete with their own music and attempt at special effects. The woman's son finds the tape and watches it and he and his friends demand other films that have been 'Sweded' (Jerry tells the customers that the films are special Swedish imports to explain why they're different and expensive!). The Sweded films become very popular and the boys start to make real money for Elroy, but the films come to attention of the police, who confiscate the videos and fine them for copyright infringement. Can they still save the day??



      Acting

      Jack Black is funny and entertaining as oddball Jerry, and Mos Def is always worth watching (the ways he speaks is so bizarre it fascinates me!). Danny Glover plays it straight and does a good job, as always.


      Special Effects

      There aren't many special effects because the point of the movie is they're filming their own films and special effects with whatever they have available, but there's a good special effect in the scene of the power plant sabotage when Jerry becomes magnetised.

      Soundtrack

      The soundtrack is mainly jazz, as the premises the shop is in is also claimed to be the birthplace of Fats Waller. There are also a couple of movie theme tunes; Jerry's version of Ghostbusters is very amusing.

      Overall Opinion

      I really like the film, it's funny, moving in places and all round entertaining, although not quite as good as it looked from the trailer. I'd recommend this if you're a Jack Black fan, or want to see 2 people running around in ridiculous costumes!

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      24.06.2009 00:22
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      As with all Clinique products, a touch pricey but well worth it

      I tried this about a year ago because Debenhams didn't have any of my usual Clinique concealer and I'd read about it in a magazine a few weeks before. It comes in a tube, which is the characteristic Clinique green, and has a silver lid one end and a part that twists on the other. Under the lid is a small brush, and twisting the other end delivers the product onto the brush; you can then dab it onto your skin. The brush can be used to blend the concealer in, but if you've been a bit enthusiastic with your twisting you can end up with too much on the brush to do this. The twisty end clicks as you turn it to indicate it's delivering product, and usually 1 - 2 clicks will give you enough for any given area (if I'm running late I get a bit impatient and turn it too much, leading to the too much stuff problem!).

      I use this with the Almost Makeup and Superpowder Double Face Powder and it lasts all day, longer than most concealers I've tried. It works well to cover blemishes, fine lines and dark circles under the eyes (a regrettable result of age!) and blends in really nicely. It comes in 3 colours, all of these are quite light so not so good for olive or darker skins.

      It costs around £15 for a 1.5 ml tube, which doesn't sound like you're getting much for your money but it actually lasts quite a long time. I'd say mine lasts me about 6 months but I've got a lot to cover! It's available from department stores and the Clinique website. If I had to be picky and find a fault with it, I'd say that it's difficult to know when you're running out and just get clicking with no product when it's empty.

      All in all, this is the most effective concealer I've used.

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        17.06.2009 01:07
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        Brilliant for dry skin, even if it's sensitive

        I first tried Clinique deep comfort body butter after receiving a free tube (Debenhams were running a promotion where if you bought 2 Clinique items you received a free goody bag of trial sized items), and I really like it.

        Deep comfort body butter is a lovely thick body lotion and sinks into the skin really nicely, rather than sitting on top of the skin like some I've tried. I get dry skin on my legs, especially if I shave them, and this body butter is really good for soothing the skin and preventing dry patches. Like with all products in the Clinique range, it's 100% fragrance free and allergy tested.

        Although it's good quality and nice to use, it's quite expensive compared to most body lotions. That said, a little goes a long way and it makes a really nice present for a friend who likes a bit of pampering. It's available in 200ml tubs, which look stylish sitting on your bathroom shelf, and costs around £20. You can get it from department stores like Debenham and House of Fraser, and in larger Boots stores.

        This is a nice, pampering product for dry skin, it's comforting as it's so thick and it does the job really well.

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      • What Happens In Vegas... (DVD) / DVD / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        17.06.2009 00:49
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        Light, feelgood romcom starring eyecandy Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz

        I saw this film the other night on Sky Anytime, as it was one I'd seen trailers for and liked the look of. It stars Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in the lead roles, Joy Mcnally and Jack Fuller, and lasts for 99 minutes.

        The beginning of the film is set in New York, where Joy is dumped by her fiance, Mason, for being too organised and having her life too planned out.
        Elsewhere in New York, Jack, who works for his father making furniture, has been fired from his job for slacking off and not taking things seriously. They both (seperately) decide to go to Las Vegas with a friend to take their minds off things, and meet when the hotel accidentally put them in the same room. Joy sorts things out with the hotel, then they all go out together and get very, very drunk. The next day, Joy wakes up and has a flashback to them getting married the night before, as well as having a gorgeous wedding ring with dice on it! When she tries to tell Jack she doesn't want to be married to him, he gets in first and she gets angry because she feels like she being dumped again. As she storms off, he plays her quarter in a slot machine and they win $3 million.

        Back in New York, they try to get divorced and split the winnings, but the judge insists they make a go of their marriage for 6 months, after which time he'll let them divorce if they want to. As part of the deal, they have to live with each other and go to marriage counselling once a week, and this is where the fun really starts......

        This is an entertaining rom com, and putting Cameron Diaz's control freak character in the same bedsit as slacker Ashton Kutcher provides plenty of funny and sometimes gross out scenes. The sparring between their best friends, bitchy Tipper and lovelorn Hater, also give many comic moments. It's a feel good film, you know exactly what's going to happen but that's all part of the fun and for me didn't detract from the film. It's perhaps not the most realistic film, but then if you want gritty realism you're probably not going to choose this film anyway.

        I really enjoyed this film, it's perfect for a girl's night in with popcorn, and it light, funny entertainment.

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        15.06.2009 23:53
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        A good aid to help get rid of stubborn celluilie

        I bought some of this after reading a write up in a weekly glossy enthused about it. It's manufactured by Soap and Glory, and the packaging is in a 50's kitsch style, which makes their products stand out in a display. The Firminator is a body contouring gel that can be used anywhere on the body to reduce cellulite and smooth the skin over the course of 56 days, on a twice a day basis. It contains multi-fruit smoothers, seaweed to detoxify, elasticity boosters and the all important Firm2Fit Complex. The Firm2Fit Complex is clinically proven to help drain cellular fat, therefore reducing the size of your fat cells and improving the look of your cellulite.

        I have been using this for a few months now and it does seem to have made a difference - my thighs are much less dimpled and the skin is smoother and firmer. I have been exercising and drinking more water though, so it's difficult to say which element has made the difference, or if it's a combination of all three. The Firminator is a green gel, you squeeze a dollop into your hand and massage it into the affected areas (bum and thighs for me!). It takes a bit of time to rub in properly, which I gues all adds to how it works, and leaves the skin feeling pleasantly tingly for a few min utes. It smells quite strongly of menthol, so it isn't an unpleasant aroma, and t makes your skin feels softer almost immediately.

        A 200ml tube costs around £10, you can buy it from places like Boots (who quite often have Soap and Glory products on 3 for 2 offers!), and it will last a few weeks, depending on how much you need to use.

        I like this product as it's the only anti cellulite product I've used that seems to make a difference, and I like the way it makes my skin feel. I think you need to bear in mind that there's no miracle cure for cellulite though, and that it needs to be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes. It works best for the really stubborn bits that don't respond well to diet and exercise.

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      • The Slanket / Homeware / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        15.06.2009 23:06
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        It keeps you warm but leaves your hands free!

        Shortly after hearing about these on the Scott Mills Radio 1 show, and without ever mentioning them, I got one of these as a present from my fiance (spooky - can he read my mind, does he know me that well, or does he read my diary?!), and I absolutely love it. For those of you unaware of the Slanket phenomenon, it's a massive blanket but, and this is the genius bit, it has sleeves in it! So you can use the remote, drink you cuppa, play your DS, fuss your cat, etc, all while keeping your arms and chest toasty warm. I was gutted when it started to get warmer out because I can't use it for a while now!

        It's a fleece blanket, made of 100% polyester microfibres, and it's soft, warm and light. It measures 240cm by 150cm and the sleeves are 71cm by 34cm so should fit most people. It comes in blue, pink, burgundy, beige, and more manly grey and brown. Because it's so big it covers you completely, whatever your position on the sofa, and it has quite a bit of material at the top that you can tuck or drape round your neck. It's also available in a travel size, which I believe means it's a bit smaller so you won't get it tangled if you're on a flight or in the car. Slankets are available from online distributors like Firebox and Amazon, and cost around £35 for the original size and £25 for the travel size.

        These are brilliant for those cold horrible days you just want to snuggle up on the sofa with a book or the TV. I will warn you though, people will try to steal it!

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        • Tesco Value bread / Snacks / 12 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          15.06.2009 22:38
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          Life's too short - spend the extra 50p and get a decent loaf

          I bought this bread in a misguided attempt at economy in my weekly shop the other week. I say miguided because I had to buy another loaf of bread (a different, more edible brand), to replace it.

          Now, it is cheap at only 38p for an 800g loaf, and it does come in medium and thick sliced varieties, but..... that's all it has going for it. It tastes of faintly nasty nothing, which taints whatever you put on it, and the texture is just wrong. Put it this way, I have never in my life come across stretchy bread before. With nice, or even mediocre, bread, you pull it, it tears. Tesco value bread stretches, then pings away from the crust (the point of least resistance). It doesn't even stay fresh, going mouldy in record time. To be fair, it could be that this was a rogue loaf, but I really don't want to risk trying it again.

          I'm all for buying discount brands, and the Tesco own bread is actually quite nice, but this is awful. I've learnt something about myself - I don't do cheap bread or loo roll!

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          • Innocent Smoothies / Soft Drink / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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            15.06.2009 01:15
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            The next best thing (and a lot less hassle!) to making your own smoothies.

            I stumbled upon Innocent smoothies last year while I was going through a bit of a health kick, and of the ready made smoothies I tried, these were the best They are lovely and fruity and have a nice, smooth, thick texture. They are available in litre cartons, small kids cartons and small 200ml bottles, and there is a huge array of different flavours. The basic types are: smoothies, thickies (smoothies with added yoghurt or honey), kids smoothies (no bits and thinner than the other types, great for picky kiddies!), orange juice and superfruit smoothies (with fruits like pomegranates and goji berries). All of the ones I've tried are delicious (my favourite is the strawberry and banana), and they have the added benefit of contributing to your 5 a day.

            The packaging is sweet and reinforces the Innocent brand as it's a white label with a childlike drawing of a face with a halo over the top. The back of the label tells you exactly what fruits have gone into the container and in what quantities, and also a note on their ethos (all bottles are 100% recycled, they don't use concentrates etc). There is also usually a funny sentence or two, and the brand comes across as environmentally friendly, making a natural product and not taking itself too seriously.

            The small bottles are just the right size for a lunchtime drink and the kids cartons are perfect for lunch boxes, and you know you're not drinking reconstituted concentrated rubbish. The only think I would say is that they are quite expensive, but you occasionally get them in offers, meal deals etc which makes them a bit more affordable.

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            • lovefilm.com / Internet Site / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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              14.06.2009 19:51
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              A good online film rental company for those with limited time or energy!

              Love Film.com is a DVD rental site; you register and they send upto 3 DVDs or games out to you at once, then when you've finished with them you send them back in the postage paid enevelopes they provide. My partner and I subscribed to Love Film.com about a year ago, and it's been really good. The package we have is unlimited rentals (we really love films!), which costs around £15 per month, and the turnover between them getting the DVD back and sending out a different one is really fast. On the website you select the DVDs you want and they get sent to you as they become available, so it's good to have a lot on the list in case some aren't available for whatever reason. There are several different packages available depending on your needs.

              The choice is immense, with them providing films (all genres), TV series, documentaries, fitness DVDs, games, kids films and TV, musicals and more. We find it useful for films we quite wanted to see but not enough to pay £6 each for a cinema ticket, and for trying out fitness DVDs and games before we buy them. The service has always been good, we've never had a faulty disc, and one time that a DVD went missing in the post they sorted it (I was slightly worried we'd be charged for it).

              I'd say that Love Film is excellent for people that want to rent DVDs and games from the comfort of their own homes.

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                14.06.2009 19:34
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                Typical good Persil quality in a dinky container

                Persil Small and Mighty is a concentrated washing liquid, so you only need 1 small capful for a load of washing. It comes in 5 different types; bio, non bio, aloe vera, Persil with freshness of comfort and colour care (which is the one I use). Because it's concentrated, it comes in smaller bottles which are easier to store in your cupboards and pour when you're using it, and are also more environmentally friendly as they require less packaging and transport. The washing liquid itself is very efficient and cleans thoroughly even at lower temperatures or if I've overloaded the washing machine a touch. The colour care also works really well to prevent fade of garments (I wear a lot of dark and bright colours so this is important to me). It also smell nice and doesn't leave any residue in the washing machine drawer.

                I first picked up a bottle of Persil Small and Mighty when I saw it on offer at my local supermarket - I already used Persil washing liquid so thought I'd try it. It usually costs about £6.80 for a 1.47 litre bottle, but this will last quite a while and Tesco often have it on offer.

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              • Flymo Turbo Compact 330 / Lawn Mower / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                14.06.2009 18:33
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                A good lawn mower for medium to large lawns

                My partner and I were bought this lawn mower when we moved into our house 4 years ago. It has to be said I don't have tons of experience with lawn mowers, but this one does the job nicely. You start it by pressing a button in the centre of the handle and squeezing one the levers at either side of the handle, and off you go. If you release the lever the mower stops, which is a good safety feature, and you can't start it again without pressing the central button. It's a hover mower so is easy to use, and it collects the grass cuttings as you go and compresses them into the grassbox (which holds 30 litres). When the grassbox is full the mower gets a bit heavy so it's obvious it needs emptying even without the indicator.

                This mower works well and my lawn looks nice and even when it's been cut, and there's the option of changing the cutting height. It's quite a heavy mower though, and when I'm carrying it round to the front lawn I find it unwieldly (I'm short though, only 5 foot 1). It's also heavy when it's full of grass, and because of the boxy shape it's not brilliant for getting into corners or around curves. It's a good product though, and seems to have little trouble even when the grass is really long. As it's Flymo it's also easy to source spare parts if they're needed.

                To sum up, it's a good mower for medium to large lawns but if you had a smaller lawn then a lighter mower may be better.

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                14.06.2009 02:09
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                A good, cheap, no frills puzzle game

                I was given this game as a present (I had requested it as my mum has a copy and I thought it looked good) and I've played it an awful lot! It has 4 types of puzzle game on it; sudoku, wordsearch, fitword and crossword. There are 3 ability levels ranging from beginner to pro, and there are various different modes, including a daily challenge where you complete puzzles in a 20 minute window and a fast and fun where you have to fill in one or 2 clues against the clock, as well as standard puzzles.

                The puzzles are good fun, but the fitwords are still easy even on the pro level, and the skill levels on the sudokus are a little bit random. The crosswords are good but the same clues do crop up, so after a while you can remember some of the answers. There are enough clues for it not to be annoying though. The visual style is fairly basic, but if you wanted exciting graphics you probably wouldn't choose this type of puzzle game anyway.

                The game is controlled by the stylus and the touchscreen, and this is where it falls down slightly. In the fitword, sudoku and crosswords you can select the clue/area you want to complete, but this can sometimes take several goes or select the wrong thing, which is frustrating if you're playing a timed game. The wordsearch gives me most trouble though, with the stylus either not registering at all or selecting the wrong squares - after losing a fast and fun match because of the dodgy controls I could have happily winged my DS across the room.

                Iffy controls notwithstanding, this a basically good, no frills puzzle game, and is available for around £10 online. It's very good (and aimed at) gamers like my mum, who doesn't want to platform or shoot things, but is looking for a more sedate and relaxing game.

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                14.06.2009 01:01
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                Not just for kids!

                I love chocolate. I have to eat it every day or I feel severely deprived. I will happily eat any Cadbury chocolate product but my favourites have to be the purely milk chocolate ones, and one of my all time favourites has to be Buttons. Every time I eat them I am transported back to my childhood, when I used to read the nursery rhyme on the packet whilst scarfing the contents as quickly as humanly possible.

                For those of you unaware of these delicious morsels (few and far between I would imagine!), Buttons are small flat round buttons of chocolate (hence the name) around 2cm in diameter. They usually come in 30g packets for around 50p, but you can also get them in the family size packets or treat size packets too. White chocolate button are available, but in my opinion they're missing the point slightly, and you can get giant buttons now as well. All of the milk chocolate varieties are dangerously addictive and I wouldn't recommend opening one of the large packets unless you have a) lots of people to share with or b) cast iron self control.

                Because they are small they literally melt in the mouth in all their creamy gorgeousness, and are easy to eat whilst on the computer, reading etc. They are also brilliant for kids because they are bite size (no chocolatey hands!) and more easily portion controlled than a chocolate bar. The packaging is clearly aimed at children, although the nursery rhymes are long gone there are child like pictures and a friendly logo.

                In summary, Cadbury lovers are wil find these gorgeous whatever their age.

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                  14.06.2009 00:28
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                  A fantastic mascara that does the job without the fake look

                  I first tried this mascara after trying the Clinique 3 step system, as I had tried many different mascaras and wasn't fantastically happy with any of them. This mascara gives a natural looking fullness and blackness to the eyelashes which makes it good for work, and extra coats can be applied to take it to an evening look. The mascara doesn't clump into big lumps on my lashes and doesn't flake off during the day, a problem I've had with practically every other mascara I've tried!

                  The tube is the usual classy Clinique style and is matt grey with a silver lid, and the wand has close set bristles to seperate the lashes. I love the black one, but it also comes in a black/brown colour. A tube lasts for ages, over 6 months, and I really like that it doesn't dry out like some mascaras so you really can use it all up. It's water resistant enough to stay out in a bit of rain or with a few tears, but a full on crying fit or swim will leave it all down your face! It also comes off nicely with make up remover so I never wake up with the panda eye effect you sometimes get even if you've tried to get it all off. It's available from department stores and the Clinique website, and costs around £13.50. Like with all Clinique products it's fragrance free and allergy tested, so it's good for sensitive eyes too.

                  This is a lovely product to give longer looking lashes without the drag queen effect!

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                • Whiskas Pouches / Cat Food / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                  13.06.2009 22:23
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                  The same Whiskas goodness in a handy portion sized pack

                  Anybody that's read any of my other reviews will know I like convenience, and that's precisely why I like Whiskas pouches for the cats, as it saves dishing up with a fork, my hubby to be complaning about cat food in the fridge, etc. The pouches are easy to dish up, you just tear off the top and squeeze the food out from the bottom, which is especially easy with the jelly varieties. Each pouch contains 100g of food, which is enough for a portion (although one of our little piglets will happily eat til she's sick), which means you have no left over food to store. There are also a variety of flavours in a box, which means if your cat decides they no longer like a particular flavour you haven't got loads knocking about your cupboards to try to get rid of. Our cats seem to like all of the flavours, particularly the ones in gravy, and we always get clean dishes!

                  A box contains 12 pouches containing 100g, and costs around £3.90. The manufacturers recommend you feed your cat 4 a day, which does work out quite expensive, but Tesco, Asda and Pets at Home often do 2 for £5 or £6 offers. We also feed our cats Iams dry food, so they get 2 pouches per day and the dry food in between. There are jelly and gravy varieties and each box contains 4 flavours to stop your pet getting bored. There are lots of different combinations and I tend to buy a selection (although I avoid the fish flavours as they smell REALLY fishy).

                  Our cats really like this (even more than the tinned version) and it's convenient for me, so everyone's a winner!

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