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    • Idle Hands (DVD) / DVD / 44 Readings / 42 Ratings
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      29.06.2009 19:11
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      Got a lot of bottle! One to watch!

      Sounds like a great title for a blue movie! But don't be fooled! This is a slick horror comedy staring Devin Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Vivica A Fox, Jack Noseworthy and the divine Jessica Alba.

      Anton Tobias (Sawa) is your typical lazy 17 year old - He smokes pot all day from the comfort of his parents sofa whilst channel hopping through cartoons stuffing his face with junk food.

      I promise you this is no blue movie! Don't be fooled by the teenage boy and the title! "Idle Hands are the Devils Playground!"

      So Anton loses control of his murderous impulses with his believed to be possessed hand. With aid from his buddys Mick (Green) and Pnub (Henson) - they go to work to stop the devils new appendage before it kills everyone and ruins his chances with the love of his life Molly (Alba).

      Meanwhile while the stoner threesome are dealing with their issues help comes in the way of Vivica A Fox a priestess with a scary looking dagger!

      Masses of laughs, plenty of gore - If I'm honest Seth Green and Elden Henson steal the show in this film, they really do make it!

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        29.06.2009 19:00
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        You will have more fun reading War and Peace

        Oh dear! The bugs are back in this sequel to Starship Troopers - The federations best infantry unit goes back to battle the Bug horde! Except predictably the bugs are waiting for them...

        Stuck in an outpost too far from any reinforcements - a group of bad actors... sorry I mean soldiers fight a new type of bug thats supposedly smarter than before! Forced to unite with a traitor to the federation to maintain the survival of the human race - Quote " If they want to live, they'll have to use thier heads before the bugs do"

        Well... what can i say other than I would rather sit in a room with Janet Street Porter than watch this film again - I appologise for anybody out there who is a fan of Janet Street Porter - I do believe she is a great woman, but on the otherhand I see that quality more often while the TV is on mute.

        Back to the thread - The first film is a winner - This film is not worth the light of day.

        AVOID - AVOID - AVOID

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        • Lucky Number Slevin (DVD) / DVD / 17 Readings / 13 Ratings
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          29.06.2009 18:31

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          Josh Hartnett finally grows up!

          Josh Hartnett is Slevin, and Slevin is having a really really bad day! And now he is being mistaken for someone he is not - and thrown slap bang in the middle of a war between the city's two most infamous crime bosses -

          The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman).

          Under 24/7 surveillance by the local Police authorities and the worlds most famous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis). Still things in this review don't look good in his favour either let alone the film!

          But are things looking up? His choices are simply this - Pay alot of money to some people he owes nothing to - Or come up with his own ingenious plan to get to them before they finally catch up with him!

          A clever and slick crime thriller which will provide you with some laughs and most definitely keep you guessing - I wouldn't put it to the top of your viewing lists, but have it there for that rainy day! If you day is bad - Slevin's could well be worse!

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        • Training Day (DVD) / DVD / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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          29.06.2009 18:13
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          To catch a wolf - you need to be a wolf!

          Written by David Ayer and Directed by Antoine Fuqua - Training Day is a the top of its game. Quoted by the Daily Express as being "One of the best thrillers from Hollywood in many a year" And who am I to disagree!

          His first day. A rookie NARC (Narcotics Officer) in the form a young LA cop called Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawk) is thrown into the deep end of the streets with his mentor and detective Alonso Harris (Denzel Washington) for a day that will either make him or destroy him.

          Alonso is no angel, and strongly believes that he owns a piece of everything - pushing Jake to the limits in following his own rule bending and breaking, Jake soon comes to the conclusion that his superior is up to something bigger!

          A fantastic film which will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? A question which takes some time to be answered!

          Denzel Washington plays one of his best performances yet - and in support form of Ethan Hawk this movie smells nice before you even get it back home!

          What out for Cameos from some of America's biggest hip hop stars!

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        • Dog Soldiers (DVD) / DVD / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          29.06.2009 18:01
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          Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Yes!

          Finally a werewolf film worth watching! Written and directed by Neil Marshall this film takes you to the remote region of... well lets face it like any horror film the middle of nowhere.

          On the eve of one of the biggest football matches ever - Germany Vs England in a World Cup qualifier, six British soldiers are stuck in the Scottish Highlands on a tactical training mission. Things suddenly go grim and change their initial battle plan when they stumble upon a half masticated Captain Ryan from a Special Forces unit - Whom luck would have it is the only survivor of his team.

          The Soldiers now on high alert are left in the shadows about Ryans intentions and the secret behind his being there! Still with rumbling bellies these beasties have only just began - and soon make themselves known to the squadron...

          Staring Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham and the increasingly more popular Kevin McKidd, this film brings together good old fashioned slasher style horror with a dry and witty comic outlook.

          Overall this is one of better films I have seen in a while of its genre - but like the majority of Slasher flicks has almost enough downfalls. It has its parts of suspense and expected gore but manages to keep rather predictable. Worthy of watch and will have you laughing and possibly cowering like the first time you saw Jaws pop out the water!

          On a plus though the ending could well keep you guessing...

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        • The Prestige (Blu-ray) / Blu-Ray Movie / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          29.06.2009 14:01
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          Magic yourself a copy now!

          First comes the Pledge - A Magician sells his trick to you - showing you everything he want you to know...

          Then we have the Turn - Here he shows you the trick! Vamoosh! It Disappears...

          --But thats the easy bit... In order to be a real magician you need to bring it back

          This is called the Prestige!

          Based on the novel by Christopher Priest - Director Christopher Nolan has successfully captured a master piece on film!

          Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Chirstian Bale) go head to head to prove they are better at their chosen trade! They start as eager pupils and co-workers willing to learn as part of another Magicians act. Working as stooges while Angiers girlfriend is the gorgeous magicians assistant.

          During one night their big finale goes wrong - This leads to a bitter twisted rivalry between the two upcoming illusionists. With no remorse they lock horns to prove who is the best and stop at nothing to find out each others secrets - cue the ever sexy Scarlette Johansson who starts in one corner and perhaps gets pushed too far!

          The obsession goes to far for one magaician - who finds himself in cold colorado looking for what they believe to call a 'Wizard' - To us this man comes in the form of Nikola Tesla (David Bowie). Can this man provide the absolute prestige for one magician!

          Nothing is as it seems, you need to be on the ball for this one, and get ready to watch it over and over again!

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          • Clerks (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            29.06.2009 13:24
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            More fun that you can shake a Salsa Shark at!

            The first movie from Kevin Smith - Shot at his old place of work, with his film school buddy Scott Mosier - Smith has brought together a great cast and some memorable characters.

            Dante is a down and out clerk in a Quick stop store - always got something to bitch or cry about (bit like some of us on Dooyoo eh? - just messing). Poor Dante pines all day over the fact he wasn't even meant to be at work and can't quite understand why his Ex girlfriend is getting married and she never told him!

            Enter Randal - His not so helpful, blunt to the point best friend. Who just so happens to hate everyone and everything. You have heard of difficult customers, well this is one nightmare of a shop assistant!

            The film is broken up in chapters and people introduced gradually (which has set Smith up for his later films).

            So If you ever wondered what goes on in the life of a store clerk, and what they really think of the consumer public? Maybe this film will give you an insight - Second that maybe it wont but will definitely have your sides splitting!

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            • Love, Honour And Obey (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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              29.06.2009 13:09
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              A nice firefight separates the men from the boys

              "My friends are my friends, but my family is my business"

              Jonny (Jonny Lee Miller) is a dreamer - Wishing to leave his god forsaken job as a courier. So he gets in touch with his best mate Jude (Jude Law) who just so happens to be the nephew of North London crime boss Ray Kreed (Ray Winstone).

              Once Jonny is in, he decides to take things into his own hands - leading his best friend Jude astray - and managing to look like the sun shines out his back side when it comes to impressing Ray, whilst upsetting Sean (Sean Pertwee) and his South London gang. And all this while North London are organising Ray's wedding day!

              Staring Ray Winstone, Sean Pertwee, Kathy Burke, Denise Van Outen, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Rhys Ifans and many many more make up this all star cast!

              A comical journey awaits! This film will have you giggling for days on end - After all whats so scary about a Gangster Boss on his Karioke?

              Oh and have a heart for poor little fat one!

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                28.06.2009 22:26
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                Essential toner.

                My essential toner. I have used this product for years since having it recommended to me as a teenager. It worked wonders when I first found it and although over the years I have tired alternatives - both more expensive and cheaper - and nothing matches up to this excellent product.

                However I am aware it does not suit all skin types. My skin is combination and tends to be spotty if I do not keep on top of my cleansing routine - but I advise tolerance to the ingredients to be thoroughly checked. I did once try CCL 3 once which so did not suit me!

                My tip for this product is to use as directed but on any spot formed or forming to hold the pad in over the blemish for about a minute - it dries it out or brings it out quickly so healing can take place which I believe this product also helps.

                Certainly a dressing table essential.

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                  28.06.2009 19:28

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                  Chanel chic!

                  Chanel pressed powder compact. I have used this product for years and find it a reliable stable and although there are better powders available nothing beats getting the Chanel compact out to check one's lipstick in it's mirror!

                  Being very fair skinned I use 02 Plein Jour which is an excellent colour for me given that the range is limited. The powder has average coverage and a translucent effect which means it does not build up and gives a natural coverage for day use as the name would suggest.

                  The packaging is the Chanel trademark black with the logo on the lid - discrete not blatant - a squarer compact with rounded corners. Opening is easy (no nail chipping ladies!) and the mirror takes up the entire inner lid area which is brilliant for those impromptu checks. The compact comes with a perfectly white velour sponge which applies well and fits snugly over the rounded pressed powder within.

                  I tend to buy at airports (usually duty free) so I will not comment on price. This powder lasts me a year or more as it has durability so I find it very cost effective.

                  A thing of beauty.

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                  28.06.2009 18:56
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                  Maybe Maybelline: definitely below average

                  Maybe Maybelline? I recently tried this mascara as it was on promotion although I would normally choose a more expensive brand (Lancome) as I do not believe there is a saving in using cheaper usually inferior products although often try the odd one that is being 'talked up' or on a very good promotion. Unfortunately this product has not changed my mind and it leaves much to be desired from a good mascara.

                  I am used to getting excellent coverage on one coat - Stiletto takes 2-3 coats for the coverage and effect I like just for the day. Evenings and night time are a different matter entirely but this product simply clumps after three coats so is totally unsuitable for anything other than work.

                  Which brings me onto the second down point: it is not the longest lasting mascara by far. It begins to flake off after a few hours (work is 8+ hours out of the house) and finding little black flecks on my cheeks was not pleasant.

                  Touching up throughout the day or topping up to go out in the evening is no go due to the flaking so that the new mascara clumps with the flakes making, well, a horrid mess that made my eyes quite sore.

                  I will use this up for work but not purchase again so maybe Maybelline - definitely NOT for me!

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                  28.06.2009 18:01

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                  The best product in the category.

                  Sweet corn really is one of my favourite vegetables but when it comes to being a convenience food nothing beats canned sweet corn and Green Giant is without a doubt the best of the best.

                  Gorgeous by itself - warmed with a little butter - I like it with a slice of really fresh soft bread which makes for a light healthy lunch (or an emergency starter). Other uses are of course as a side vegetable with almost any meat and in salads. I also use sweet corn as a good addition to homemade soup (usually a Thai/Indonesian or Chinese style) where it works to not only thicken the soup, add great flavour and colour but extra goodness as it is classed as 1 of your 5 a day - save some to add at the very end so it just warms through for extra crispness is my tip.

                  My kitchen always has some Green Giant sweet corn in the cupboard as it adds a tasty colourful extra to any meal.

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                • Blackball (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                  28.06.2009 14:40
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                  "It's on the Condom"

                  "In the world of spectator sports, there are of course the all time greats: Football, Rugby, Tennis, Golf and... Lawn Bowls?"

                  And why not! Who said lawn bowls was boring! Paul Kaye plays the trouble making Cliff Starkey - Who's dream is to play lawn bowls for his country and show the world its not just a sport for the stiff upper lipped gentleman - And basically give the Aussies what for!

                  This all star cast of some real British talent proves to be a real good giggle - the humour is spot on for topic, and there is even somewhat of a little love story going on in the back ground to provide you with more than enough laughs!

                  With classic scenes and lines you will remember this film - Be it the rocky march or the arrogant cry of "Is it on the condom?"!

                  Staring Paul Kaye, Johnny Vegas, James Cromwell and the legendary Bernard Cribbins - Directed by Mel Smith - you know you in for a good show.

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                  • Pan's Labyrinth (2 DVDs) / DVD / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                    28.06.2009 14:30
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                    A film to see before you die!

                    A beautiful heart warming story! Fairytale fantasy and a child's twist of horror!

                    Set in spain during the civil war - A young girl (Ofelia) is battling with her own demons in both reality and her own dark fairytale. After being uprooted by her mother to a military outpost set in a remote forest to live with her newly acquired sadistic step father - She embarks on a journey to find what she believes to be her true identity.

                    On arrival she meets what she believes to be a fairy - who later in toll takes her into a labyrinth located behind her new house. This is where the film starts to make its impact as she meets a faun named Pan. This estranged, scary but gentle character tells Ofelia of three tasks which she must complete in order to reveal her true being... and so the story goes...

                    Subtitled in spanish but I wouldn't have it any other way - Director Guillermo Del Toro has captured a masterpiece, a story to take you through a range of emotions with a lasting impact. A film you cannot miss and most definitely will never forget!

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                    • Nokia 6500 classic / Mobile Phone / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                      28.06.2009 14:13

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                      Simplicity at its best!

                      One of Nokia's finest phones!
                      It's compact, lightweight, easy to use and has a very good built in memory capacity.

                      I originally bought this phone almost 2 years ago - and hell and below its still works as new as the day I bought it!
                      It is basically contained in metal so it has high durability and on a plus side it's light to handle. Its slim line too, and this added bonus does not hinder its performance in any which way! A simple OS setup makes this phone a joy to use for any ability!

                      It has all your essential functions - Calendar, Alarms, Converters (which you can manually and automatically update) - It does Email and Web browsing, photos (with its 2 mega pixel camera - and a whole range of added perks and effects). It also has a built in Giga-bite of memory and easily performs as an MP3 player - holding a good 12-15 albums at a good bit rate - as well as your messages, numbers, photos and videos! And has a large colourful colour screen!

                      Unlike some phones this one I believe still comes with its computer disk and cable as well as quality headphones.

                      For its price this is a bargin buy! Its sleek, stylish, remarkably easy to use, a pocket camera which comes up trumps when loading them to your PC and without fail a good MP3 player!

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