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    • Hannibal - Season 1 (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      Horrifyingly Gripping

      Usually when I start watching a show, I can get through the first 21-24 episodes within a week. Assuming it is an American show that I am watching. If it is a British show with the traditional 10-13 episodes, it will take me a couple of days, depending on how gripping it is. However, I began watching NBC''s Hannibal over a week ago and as of this morning, I was only 5 episodes in. That is how much the programme has disturbed me. However, I mean this in the most positive sense. I admit that it is a gripping show, but it makes me feel sickened nonetheless. I always tend to watch the cannibal scene''s when I am eating and it puts me off. Unluckily, always when I am eating meat. Anyway, as of today I watched the last 8 episodes and finished season one.

      The show is great, in a sadistic sort of way. I am not usually an individual who is invested in the crime genre, but there''s something about the plot line of ?hunting down cannibals'' that sparked my adamant interest. Not only that, but the show also stars Hugh Dancy. An actor that by all means, is strikingly handsome. However, in this show is represented as being strikingly deranged, or at least made out to be by Dr. Lector. Yes, that is Hannibal Lector.

      The colour tones within the show helps the theme of Crime and Thriller. Not every scene is dark, but they are made to look it with a dull blue and grey overlay. Yet again, another convention of your typical Thriller. That is if the eating of humans doesn''t clarify that genre for you. In some ways, this show can be depicted as a horror with the gruesome cases. Thriller''s, at least for me, are films or shows that make you jump and Horrors are about the gore. Which, this show is fluent in as not only do they show the crime, but re-enact it.

      Overall, I am eager to continue this show and I am also hoping to begin watching season two tonight. Season two is currently airing on television and if this review has interested you I recommend you watch this show or get a taste for it by watching an episode.

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      27.04.2014 20:35
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      Season 1 is satisfying, but season 2 is gripping

      I originally bought this box set because I enjoyed watching it online. I was surprised to find amongst it''s arrival, from Amazon, that this box set was so compact. It easily fits two box sets into one small case.

      I began watching Teen Wolf again a week ago. Not the 1985 television series with Michael J. Fox, but the teen drama that began in 2011. I have heard a lot about the teen show over the past couple of years, but strayed from watching it because of the bad reviews it received. However, some have told me that recently the storyline has picked up in season 3 and that it is thoroughly gripping. So being an avid American television show consumer, I jumped on the chance to watch something new. As I frequently watch ongoing shows back to back in a couple of days and then end up searching for something else.

      At first I was weary, I wasn''t sure if I wanted to sit and resolutely waste my time on forty plus episode''s waiting for it to get good, but then I realized season one and two only has ten episode''s each. This I found odd as American shows, at least to my knowledge, vary between 21-24 episodes. Evidently, after gaining this information I happily began watching the first twenty episode''s, waiting for this growing reputation in season three to show, but I was pleasantly surprised when the show bloomed for me in season two. Season one was a little dry, but I found season two be fantastic. New enemies raised into the limelight and the show always has a sense of enigma, who is the Kanima? I easily overlooked the corny acting from majority, but not all, of the actors. I also had to over-look the graphics quality in season one, which for anyone who knows me, was extremely hard to do! Being a film student, I am a stickler for good CGI in fantasy or sci-fi motion picture''s and Teen Wolf wass definitely lacking in the area.

      A short synopsis on the plot''s progression. Season one begins with the main protagonist turning into a werewolf and he undoubtedly mistakes who turned him. The end of the season presents a showdown with the alpha that turned him. Season two, digresses from the characters finding themselves and a hunt begins for a new demon, the Kanima. Nobody knows who it is, whether it''s being controlled or whether it''s controlling itself. The plot unfolds and becomes, at times, heartbreaking. Season three, says goodbye to several characters and also welcomes plenty of new one''s. Sacrifice''s are made by the Darach, which then leads into the second and more dark storyline of the Japanese demons, Oni.

      However, I noticed that these poor graphics were only in relation to the Werewolves within the series. In season one, Peter the alpha is literally a black blur with two red dots for eyes, until the end of the season when he looks like a plastic figurine. This is, of course, extremely laughable, but overlooking this you realize that every other supernatural being within the show is crafted perfectly. The Kanima in season two and the Oni in season three are amazingly crafted! But this begs the question, if this show is about werewolves, why didn''t they get as much consideration as the minor characters in relation to CGI?

      Which brings me to my next point, the characters. In season one it''s all about developing these characters and unfolding the progression of the main character, Scott. However, season two brings in a darker atmosphere and season three is indestructible with a sadistic and terrifying plot. Tyler Posey, who at times in season one has a minor fluctuating acting skill set, is brilliant as the main protagonist. He really fulfils the main role of Scott. Dylan O''Brien who plays Stiles (alongside Tyler Hoechlin, Derek and Ian Bohen, Peter) is without a doubt one of the only actors within this show to play his character flawlessly and as I mentioned earlier, one of the only actors within this show to be able to act. There are so many actors within this show that I should commend on their acting, but it would take up too much time.

      By pushing yourself past the terrible graphics, which severely improves in season three and the odd corny scene, there is a lot that should not be missed. The storyline is packed with action, twists, cliff hangers, gore and as the plot progresses in season three becomes extremely dark. I would definitely recommend this show to anyone who enjoys American television shows that is straying from irrelevant the stereotype the Twilight fan base has set up. Personally, I have very much enjoyed watching this show the past week and after how season three ended, are anticipating season four, in June 2014. I think it''s safe to say I am now a hooked fan.

      I would rate this show and box set 8/10.

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      27.04.2014 20:29
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      A society threatened by divergence

      ?We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another? We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.?

      This series of books are an evident cross between The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments. This is acknowledged through the strong themes of action, fantasy, gore, politics and love. Also, let us not forget a strong female protagonist, on this occasion, named Tris. To summarise, this trilogy tells of a corrupt society ruled by five factions, all of which represent a certain inner virtue. These are selfless, intelligent, brave, peaceful and honest. Then there is the factionless, being for those who failed their initiation test. The series begins with Tris Prior a Divergent who doesn''t fit in to any of the five factions, so she chooses her own. However, being Divergent is something that is rejected in society. She chooses Dauntless, the brave, and during her initiate training she discovers a plot to kill all Divergent''s.

      ?I choose to turn away from my reflection, to rely not on myself but on my brothers and sisters, to project always outward until I disappear.?

      After this point the story follows Tris and another character called Tobias Eaton as they try and destroy the perpetrator. This plot then carries over to the second book where Tris along with others escape their faction, many brutally dying alongside her in the process. They plot with other factions on how to take down the perpetrator and when they do an even malicious antagonist takes over. The third book then tells of their journey escaping the five faction''s district and life outside of the fence. Where they find the US government and a world that they did not know existed. Then head into a battle against politics and a shocking climax in which one of the main protagonists, within the book, dies.

      ?Give freely, trusting that you will be given what you need? Do not be angry. The opinions of others cannot damage you? The wrong is past. You must let it rest where it lies? You must no longer think cruel thoughts. Cruel thoughts lead to cruel words, and hurt you as much as they hurt their target.?

      Overall, this is a great series. The books are written in first person, which can take some time getting used to if you are like me and prefer a third person narrative. However, the first person narrative helps you to feel more involved with the protagonist''s inner emotions, which I think is the sole purpose of these books. This is evident because Veronica created them to focus on the inner human qualities and only fitting into one faction. Why can''t you be brave and still be honest? A lot of teenagers are able to relate to these books because ultimately it is about finding your inner self.

      ?Truth makes us transparent. Truth makes us strong. Truth makes us inextricable.?

      All three books within this trilogy are to be adapted into three feature films, releasing 2014 - 2015. The first Divergent film, is releasing in the UK April 6th. Starring Theo James (Downton Abbey,) Kate Winslet (Titanic,) and Shailene Woodley (The Fault in our Stars,) of which I have previously written a review on.

      ?Ignorance is defined not as stupidity but as lack of knowledge. Lack of knowledge inevitably leads to lack of understanding. Lack of understanding leads to a disconnect among people with differences. Disconnection among people with differences leads to conflict. Knowledge is the only logical solution to the problem of conflict.?

      I first started this series in 2010 and since have gotten all books upon their release, so my opinion may be slightly biased. However, if you don''t like books in a first person narrative or anything that is essentially about emotions then this series is not for you.

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      27.04.2014 20:23
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      Terrible show, great box set.

      80% of this show, give or take as my mathematic skills are as shoddy as this programme, was utterly boring. In all honesty, they could have combined Season 1 with Season 5 and nothing would have been different. Not to mention there''s only 13-16 episodes in a season, so they evidently could have just made one season of 24 episodes. No part of the plot would have been missed as there isn''t much of one in the first place. In fact, it would have been preferable because then they could have spared the audience 3 filler seasons of boredom. Critics have mentioned that each season is important because it selects the character development, which personally, I find hilarious when all but Jessie are exactly the same.

      The show starts with the protagonist, Walter White, who unfortunately has cancer. A plot that essentially on its own is enough, but to pay for his treatment he must become a meth maker. Yes, I used that phrase because I like the alliteration, but essentially Walter produces Methamphetamine with his partner and prior student, Jessie Pinkman. Indeed, I admit this plotline is unravelled in a realistic and very interesting way. However, when watching the show you realize how boring the producer''s fundamentally made out to be. The first four season''s shows Walter making deals with drug dealers, attempting to sell his product and keeping his assistant, Jessie, from going off the rails. Predictably, he repeatedly fails with Jessie and with securing resilient deals. Season 5 depicts the aftermath of all his troubles and though the protagonist has a climactic death during the finale of this season, it is still incredibly tedious.

      Asides from the realistically dull plot line, the narrative blurs together well. The fact that they allowed all season''s to blur together so well, even if you miss the odd season, or three, amazes me. I don''t mean that sarcastically either. The acting from majority of the cast is exceptional. You find yourself being annoyed with the characters you''re meant to be annoyed with and vice-versa as their character journey advances. Jessie, Aaron Paul, is by far the most tangible character. Personally, he is the only reason I stuck by this show until the end. However, Walter and his wife are the most abhorrent even though they are the ones, as an audience, you are meant to love the most. Jessie results to drugs when things don''t go his way and the show depicts his never ending struggle with substance abuse. However, when things don''t go Walter''s way he pretends to be bigger than he really is and it is overall? very cringe worthy.

      Walter''s character is the most disturbing from my point of view. His character''s demeanour is borderline cringy. He has the same creepy and repulsive characteristics that you expect to find on an amorphous person. His dialogue and actions are also extremely cringe-worthy, especially when he is trying to up one better on someone who is higher up than him. Whether this cringe-worthy dialogue is a result of the delivery of the lines being enhanced by the actor, or whether the scriptwriters are just simply terrible at writing. I honestly do not know, but they succeeded in making my spine crawl.

      On a whole I think that however poorly this show was written and thought out, that the actors deliver it well. Season 5''s viewing figures doubled. This obviously being because the audience knew the main protagonist was going to die in the final season, but previous to that this show had very little interest. If the main protagonist didn''t die, this show would have had a lot of back lash because audiences had been waiting a good five years for the outcome and if they weren''t waiting for this outcome? why were they watching it? It was obvious from episode one. However, the final season was the better of the five and I really think that Season 5 showed a lot of potential in narrative and character dynamics. As you can probably tell from this review, I have a strong distain for this show and the only thing that boosts my rating is some of the micro features, but Season 5 gets my praise.

      The box set itself it quite bulky. The box is thick, but I can slide past that knowing how many seasons are inside. The casing is efficient and has a very nice design. I bought mine off Amazon for a friendly amount, not sure of an accurate price as it was on sale at the time.

      I would rate this show 4/10 and the box set 8/10.

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    • Dove Bar Shea Butter / Soaps / 28 Readings / 25 Ratings
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      09.11.2013 18:48
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      A terrible bar

      I have used Dove all my life. Through my childhood into adulthood and have never really used any other brand. When it comes to Dove soap I love the rich scent and feeling. However, this bar is far from that.

      The place where I usually get the original dove soap from stopped selling it and replaced it with this. I first noticed it said sheer butter and upon buying it, thought it would smell like Palmer's Coca Butter. The experience I got was far from it.

      When my previous soap had finally ran out I opened up this bar eagerly. However, upon taking the packaging off I was hit by an overwhelming sickly Vanilla scent. I proceeded to take the cardboard box off until I was left with the soap and after taking time to read the box correctly it said that the bar was Shea Butter (not soap, but acts as soap) and the bar was vanilla.

      No word of a lie, this bar of Shes Butter smelt revolting, at least to me. I couldn't physically bring myself to use it. I put it aside and the following day found my whole bathroom stank of this product. Today I eventually got around to using it because it was a last resort and I found that it left a perfumated, but less Vanillary scent on my skin. It was just the bar that smelt to vivid.

      Not only does the scent bring this review down, but so does the after effect. My skin felt incredibly dry and gritty and the experience on a whole was terrible. I binned the other bars and have resulted in getting by on other products until my shopping day at the end of this week.

      This product is extremely inconvenient and would never recommend it.

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      • Johnson's Cotton Buds / Baby Care / 28 Readings / 27 Ratings
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        03.11.2013 15:33
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        A great cotton bud

        When I wake up in the morning or after my shower on the night I like to clean my ears with a cotton bud. I know many will complain about this, but majority of us still do it none the less. It's an excellent way of cleaning our ears out without having to go spend money on expensive products to clear the wax out.

        I hate hard cotton buds, which is what I usually find in cheap branded one's. However, these cotton buds are friendly. They're soft and you get quite a nice amount of wool on the end. The stick the wool is attached to is blue and made of plastic. They're easy to use and obviously you don't put a lot of it into your ear. I only put the bud part in and never the blue stick.

        In a large box of Johnson's cotton buds, you get 200 buds. Where I live they don't sell smaller tubs. This 200 buds usually last me a couple of weeks because I also use them for other things, not just my ears. I also like to use them for make up. If I'm going to a party and I wear liquid eyeliner I like to use these cotton buds to tidy up my mistakes. They're very soft on the facial skin. I also use them for cleaning out instruments. Such as nozzle's on the end of my cream tubes etc. They're pretty much handy for anything small.

        I get mine from Pound Land, obviously fora pound, but sometimes Body Care sells them for 99p. It's never a hit and miss because I haven't spotted them anywhere else. I would highly recommend this product to all ages, because they're really suitable.

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          A great cheap fridge freezer

          I have never had a new fridge. In fact I've had the same fridge since I moved into this house and it was really small and ancient because it was a hand me down. I have an extremely small kitchen and every time have looked in the catalog for a new fridge freezer have never found one to fit in the space of my current one.

          However, I thought it was right about time I got a new one and re-decorated my kitchen. I set up the measurements on the website for my kitchen and I found a space next to my tumble drier where it would fit perfectly. It took a few days for it to arrive, but when it did, I found it to be extremely heavy! I could barely move the box out of my porch and into my living room.

          Upon opening the box I found that the fridge was packed neatly and securely. There was a lot of polystyrene and a lot of mess afterwards, but that's to be expected. It took me a couple of hours to get it into my kitchen and set it up like the manual stated. The manual is not easy to read. Everything is in a mixed up order. The first set or instructions are at the back of the manual, rather than at the front and it confused me. I was also pleased that the measurements on the catalog website were bang on. The fridge freezer fit perfectly in my desired spot.

          When I put it on, it made a heck of a lot of noise, but the manual said it would. On a whole, this one is a lot noisier than my previous one, but it can't be perfect. I left it for 24 hours before putting anything in. It's quite big and it is a lovely metallic silver/grey. Which is perfect for me because it matches everything in my kitchen.

          The doors are reversible so you can open then whichever way you want. I can't say how hard or easy it is in changing the door hinge, because I haven't done it. Upon opening the fridge there are three compartments in the door which I fit a lot in. The top shelf holds my eggs and the rest is free space. The middle shelf holds my sauces and the bottom holds drinks and milk. Inside the fridge there is three shelves and one salad drawer. I have a shelf for every desired product, salad, dairy and meat.

          The freezer is also quite large. It comes with an ice cube tray, a fast freeze compartment and two drawers. Again I separated my freezer into potato products, meat and deserts. I still have a lot of space in both fridge and freezer.

          So far I haven't had any problems with this product and I think it's brilliant. I took out an extra 3 year warranty for only £60 and I'm really happy with it. I am yet to experience any problems and I have had this product for two weeks. I would highly recommend this product to big families with little money.

          PRODUCT INFORMATION
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          197 litre total net capacity
          134 litre fridge
          63 litre freezer
          A+ rated energy
          Auto defrost fridge
          Frost free freezer
          3 safety glass fridge shelves
          3 freezer compartments
          Ice cube tray with ice bank
          Salad container
          Interior light
          Reversible doors
          Dimensions: H 153, W 54.5, D 60 cm
          Beko CF5533APS frost free fridge freezer

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        • Sainsbury's Strawberry Jam / Spread / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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          29.10.2013 20:35
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          A lovely cheap product.

          Over the years I have transferred from Jam's. As I child I was hooked on Robinson. I had it on toast, sandwich's, crumpets and pretty much anything. However, the product was disbanded and I started eating Hartley's.

          Now this product took me a long time to get used to. Moving on, recently with all the bedroom tax I've had to cut out all branded products and I found this Sainsbury's Jam for a mere 80-90p.

          At first I was weary because of the price. I did some research on the product on my mobile phone as I went around the supermarket looking for whatever else I needed and found that it was a highly rated jam. So I was more than happy to oblige in purchasing the product.

          After I got it home I popped it straight in the fridge and had it the following morning on my toast. Now, I am heavy on my jam. I have about four knife fulls onto one piece of toast. I found after biting into my toast that this jam was incredibly sweet and it reminded me of those little jam pots you get it hotels. It was amazing.

          However, a few days later when I got half way down the jar, I found a whole mass of lumps, not small lumps, but more or less a whole strawberry. Now my mother was more than happy to eat them, but for me it is a no go and this is where the product defaults for me.

          The packaging is nice. It comes in a large glass jar and a tin lid. I think this is very efficient for keep the product fresh. However, it also makes the product quite heavy.

          I would recommend this product to those who are into money saving and don't mind the odd few strawberry's mixed in. It's cheap and sweet!

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          29.10.2013 20:26
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          An excellent lip balm.

          I have a huge selection of lip balms and I mean huge. I have all different makes, ranging from cheap hello kitty to MAC. However, I saw this product in the UK Glamour magazine around March 2013 and have been looking for them ever since. In the advertisement they were in the shape of lip sticks and claimed to work like lip balms. I found it shocking that they were advertised in a UK magazine and not sold in the second biggest city, Birmingham. However, recently I spotted them in three UK magazine's so went searching again and found a new stand in my local Superdrug store, chock a block full of them. I was of course, happy to oblige and bought all the different products. I read the advertisements and they claimed that though they look like a lipstick they do not act like a lip stick. They are lip moisturizers that leave a gloss look on your lips.

          The first one I used was the blue one, I think it is called Hydrate. The stick inside is white and when applied to your lips comes out see through. This is very much the same with all the other one's. I was a little uneasy about the dark red one, because I'm not one for wearing lippy. However, when I applied it it came out see through. It had no pink or red tint and I was extremely happy with it. It also smelled of a luscious cherry. The intense moisture and hydrate sticks smell slightly like watermelon and the peach one obviously smells like peach. Again, I was extremely happy with this product and for once it did what the advertisement said. I am extremely happy I waited for these to show up in stores.

          I would highly recommend these lip balms to anyone who likes a little gloss or fruityness. The product container is made out of plastic and the lid is see-through so you can see what you are getting. In Superdrug this product sells for £2.99 per stick and I think this is fantastic. However, when I got mine there was a sale of three for two. Hence why I got one of each.

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          A great product.

          I bought this product last week because yes, lets not get embarrassed, I was suffering from constipation. I don't think I need to go into details, but as far as this product goes, it works and that is that.

          Upon entering my local Sainsbury's, I tried to find a product that was for stomach pains and constipation. Of course, I had no idea what I was looking for. I found Andrew's Salts, which I've used in the past, but it is tailored to a lot of symptoms and I wanted something to pin point constipation only. I refused to ask a member of staff, so I spent a good amount of time trying to find a decent product. That's when I found Senokot.

          It came in different flavours, but this was the cheapest. It was a mere £1.60 in Sainsbury's and I thought that was fair for a pack of twenty. The bigger the pack or the different flavour, cost a lot more. It doesn't come with instructions on a piece of paper. They have a small amount of guidelines on the back and it worried me. However, I thought they were a safe bet.

          I took two of the tablets whilst walking home. They're a natural remedy and tasted like pure herbs. It made me cringe slightly whilst swallowing them, but when they're gone they're gone. I waited all day for something to happen and I got nothing. I read the box and it said to take them at night and that is where I went wrong.

          However, the next morning I awoke and was able to pass properly. You have to take them three nights in a row. Which, is what I have done and day after day the problem has gotten better for me.

          I would highly recommend these to anyone suffering with constipation, because they are a cheap and natural way to help you pass.

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        • Swizzels Matlow Love Hearts / Sweets / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          A cute sweet

          So on average these Love Heart sweets are in almost every Swizzle multi-bag and comes in a range of different sizes. They come in tiny children's packs that hold about six sweets and original size packs that hold almost triple that. Which, is quite shocking and you'll know why when you get a pack. They can be quite sickly.

          The taste of these Love Hearts isn't something I'd personally enjoy everyday, like I do other Swizzle sweets. Love Hearts is a product I'd have on the rare occasion. I have a really big sweet tooth, but these sweets are far too acidic. They foam up in your mouth and I really would not let children eat them. They are also extremely powdery, but again, I think that's what they were going for. They're an odd treat for children's parties for putting into goodie bags or even to lay on the table. Personally, I grew up with them and over time have found them more revolting, but doesn't that happen to most people as they reach adulthood?

          On the other hand, they're cute and tailored for children. They come with little cute anchorage on the top of each sweet, which is then surrounded by a coloured heart. Some of the saying are, "I love you" and "kiss me" which I personally think is inappropriate for children. The sweet itself comes in many different colours. These colours consists of red, green, yellow, white and pink.

          The packaging is fair. The large packets have a large amount of plastic, which is then twisted at both ends and the smaller packets are all paper. However, once they're open, they're hard to re-seal without the odd one or two falling out.

          I'd recommend these mainly to mother's, or to those who have sweet tooth's. You can generally find them at any supermarket or corner shop for around 30p-60p. Which on a whole I think is a fair price to pay for a classic Swizzle sweet. It's not one of my favourite, as I'm a Parma Violets lover, but they're unique and handy.

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          A great film for a small perk

          The opening sequence was a little disappointing, not only was it the same as Atonement (type writer sound and text font) but, the footage used afterwards was enough to make you feel quizzically sick. This brings me to my next point that some of the cinematography was a little off. Some shots used were terrible and lighting in others was way too low key. This allows the consumer not able to see the character or sets properly. It did not seem coherent. However, the non-diegetic music was lovely and the key theme song fit the narrative well.

          The narrating was okay; it suited the theme of the film, which is growing up in high school. I admit I was waiting for something to happen at first. The film was slow and did not have much of a storyline, however it had a narrative journey and its the motive that needs to be paid attention to, (the reason for his black outs.) Sadly, they used a very common book to study, To Kill A Mockingbird. This book seems to be in every single high school based programme or film. His life at the beginning is pretty much stereotypical of every student who is bullied or left alone. As depressing and formidable as it was, it is very true to real life. I very much like how Charlie started his awkward conversation with Patrick, it was once again realistic. Once Sam was introduced the narrative picked up a little and the film became more interesting.

          I like the way the characters were introduced and the actors used for certain characters. Especially, Mr Anderson, Charlie's sister, Candace and obviously Sam. However I wish I could have seen more of Candace. Emma's acting overall was brilliant, however, to me her American accent deemed terrible. Whether it be that she cannot do one OR that I am not used to her with one. I did not like it, but hey she needed it for the role. I won't be too picky on it as her acting overall was good. I like how the group of friends are an awkward trio and weren't afraid to be different. The story line is completely messed up but it is one that needs to be told. No matter how brutal it is.

          I have not read the book so I cannot be critical of the adaptation.

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        • Iron Man 3 (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          A lovely film for Marvel fans

          Iron Man 3 is decent if you don't base it off the comics. It is set as the second best film at the box office, but is this film triumphant?

          It's acknowledged that Iron Man films are well known for weak plot lines and this is definitely one. The standard narrative of Tony Stark sitting in his mansion making technology whilst the enemy is destroying everything, Miss Potts does everything and Iron Man comes in at the end to ironically save the day. Pretty much the plot line for one and two, right? Well three is different, as he spends majority of the film on the road.

          Furthermore, the narrative in the third film is made up better than the first two films. Which, makes it better than the first two already, but not by a major lot. Iron Man 3 has an extra sub-plot to keep the audience engaged, this being what happened in The Avengers. This is a nice little touch because it acknowledges previous films from the Marvel series. These events tormenting Tony matched with Tony's comedy statements, no matter how harsh, automatically makes this film better than the first two on a whole.

          As the Iron Man films progress Tony Stark got more 'cocky' shall we say and this lives up to the expectation of The Avengers. This is acknowledged in The Avengers when he had a dramatic change in attitude, but this attitude change lived on in Iron Man 3. Admittedly, he had a hint of an absurd attitude in Iron Man 1 and 2, but it was mainly Tony Stark being a woman's type of man. This absurd attitude then excelled a lot in The Avengers and Iron Man 3. I am inclined to say that the major twist of behavioral issues in Iron Man 3 was to be expected.

          The acting once again was flawless from Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and other substitute actors. They keep the audience engaged successfully. New scenery is also introduced and the special effects are brilliant.

          This film was brilliant for the ending of Iron Man. However, overall nothing is over. Tony Stark will probably make a suit without his reactor for The Avengers 2. I say probably because he is only rumored to be joining the film. Why not? He lets people use his suits and they don't have a reactor to power it? Fair enough, it doesn't work as good as Tony's but hey, this is Tony Stark, he'll find a way around it.

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          An okay product.

          I was out shopping last week when I realized when digging into my bag that my hand sanitizer was empty. At the time I was in Wilkinson and I noticed this hand sanitizer for 90p. At first I was put off because I always use the brand, Carex. I picked it up and began to slip the cap off so I could capture the scent. I was surprisingly captured into this scent because it smells exactly like the Wilkinson bubble bath I use. When reading up on the ingredients I found that it was the same scent.

          After purchasing this product I use it and at first I found the scent to be extremely fruity and over powering. It wasn't fresh and reminded me of alcohol mixed in with baby sick. All hand sanitizers have that strong alcohol scent that disappears, but with this it doesn't. For example I am using my laptop right now and whilst my hands move over the keys I can smell it. I am not one to waste a product. I have continued to use this product since, but I don't think it is something I will buy again.

          The product is dark pink and reminds me of Cherry Tango. The bottle is transparent so it ables you to see the liquid around the sides, as the sticker on the back and front prevent the rest of the bottle from being seen. In the bottle the liquid seems thick but when squeezing it out it comes out at an incredible speed. This surprised me. However, my old hand sanitizer was a push down dispenser and not a squeeze. I still haven't mastered getting this product out of the bottle without swamping myself in it.

          The product has a black lid and the writing on the sticker is also black. The sticker background is pink like the liquid itself. This is great colour co-ordination for me. The front of the bottle also has picture's of fruits on. I think this bottle is ideal for the summer and it is a shame, because my summer is coming to an end. I would recommend this product to children because it is fun and fruity for them. The bottle contains 50ml of the product itself. It works well, I think and doesn't stein.

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        • The Mortal Instruments (DVD) / DVD / 19 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          08.09.2013 13:36
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          A decent film for children.

          A lot of people may have heard of this upcoming franchise. It has been getting a lot of attention from critics and fans worldwide, but not enough to make it a blockbuster. Which is what a lot of fans expected. However, when the film was released a lot of fans turned against the film side of this franchise. There are many reasons for this, one is because of how bad the film was promoted and the other because it was only barely just based on the books. The only things that were took from the book was character names and demons alike. The books have a bigger and more connected audience than the film itself. If comparing this film to the book, you are going to be strongly disappointed. So if anyone reading this review is planning to watch this film after they have read the books, be prepared for something that isn't like the book. Please remember, this film is only based on the books.

          The one thing I need to stress as much as I can is that this film is ONLY based on the books. I had high expectations of this film before and whilst watching it and was a very disheartened fan when leaving the cinema. We create our own images of what we expect. What sets look like and what characters look like. All this stayed true. However, the whole entire plot and narrative order changed dynamically. If you haven't read the books the changes in narrative is okay because it still works a little. If you have read the books the narrative doesn't make sense and it ruins it for us for City of Ashes. A lot of the differences that were made are key or rather ruined key features that lead to City of Ashes.

          I have been a fan of the books for a couple of years, since my mother got me into them. I was never one for the cheesy romance, but when I began the book series I found it was far from it. I found myself shipping characters, (Malec, Sizzy, Clace) right from the off. I was most anticipated for the film and I kept up to date with all that was going on. I caught every candid and every teaser scene. This only improved my anticipation and set up my own audience expectation. However, my anticipation changed dramatically after watching the film. I had no idea a company could ruin a franchise so bad. This film was badly receipted by fans and they had already completed the script for the second film by the time of this one was released. Many fans of the books now have high hopes that the second film, City of Ashes, will be just as bad because they didn't wait for their audience's response. With this said they may be able to make slight changes, but not enough to please a worldwide audience. The actors have already been given the script's to start filming at the end of September.

          I try hard not to compare this to the book, but it is hard. The film is meant to be a demon hunting spree whilst the female protagonist Clary Fray finds out that she was born into a family og Shadowhunter's. As the film goes on she is meant to learn more about herself and who she is. Piecing together the missing fragments of her life that her mother, Jocelyn Fray, has always kept hidden from her. Whilst in the midst she starts a short lived romance with Jace Wayland and battles a few demons of her own. However, the film portrays a love story between Jace Wayland and Clary Fray as the main plot, rather than the sub-plot. This brings me to my next point of characters being represented completely differently, though they kept their appearances.

          The first thing I accept about this film is the choice of actors. All characters are how I pictured them, apart from Valentine. Valentine was meant to have long white hair and instead got traded for a shaved head with three long plaits at the back, acting as a pony tail. All actors are extremely good looking too, however typical. Jace Wayland in the book is a strong minded, witty, self centered character. He closes himself off and believes in the laws of his world and loves, his adopted, Lightwood family. In the film he is represented as a love sick puppy, always pining over Clary Fray. In the books Clary Fray is also a strong minded character. She stands for what she believes in, protects her best friend, Simon and is irrevocably in love with Jace Wayland. In the film she cold shoulders Jace the entire time and spends most of her time crying when in the book on two occasions, tells herself to be strong and not to cry. Clary Fray's best friend Simon is the only character from the book that has stayed in tact. Whilst we are still on the point of couples gone wrong, the one that has gone right is Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane. The early romance of the two starts blooming right from the off and this is what I will give the producers credit for.

          Now I have spoke about what should have been and the downfalls. I will now talk about what we do get. If watching this film without reading the books, I think this film is worth a 3 out of 5 stars. Clary Fray is thrown into a world of demons and shadowhunters right from the beginning when she learns her mother was taken by the antagonist, Valentine. Things unlock throughout the film, but I will not ruin too much and spoil the plot's twists. If you can call them that. The film has some action where needed and a lot of action towards the end and in the climax. It has a few downworlder demons and a lot of werewolves and vampires. Though Agramon was scrapped completely. Over ruling this majority is the romance in the film. Now prepare yourself for the films complicated set of romance, (not the books.) Magnus Bane loves Alec Lightwood, Alec Lightwood loves Jace Wayland and Jace Wayland and Simon Lewis love, Clary Fray. Clary Fray then cold shoulders everyone and friend zone's them all. What was meant to be a main plot of Clary finding out who she is, gets downgraded into a sub-plot. This sets the film up for something along the lines of Twilight, but with broader themes.

          The film on a whole is decent for it's audience. There is no bad language and no profanities. Everything in the film is extremely predicable and everything is easy on the human eyes. Though a lot was scrapped, a lot was also added in as a replacement. Actors complete their own stunts and as long as you have some popcorn or nachos the experience is enjoyable. If you have read the books and are a critic like me, you may enjoy depicting certain things. If watching this film after reading the books, I think this film is worth a 2 out of 5 stars.

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