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I saw Dodgeball when it first came out in the cinema. I wasn't expecting much beforehand at the time, partly because I hadn't heard much about it, but by the end of the film, I was so happy I saw it! The plot: Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) runs a second rate gym that is populated by non-paying members, who, lets say, are not your everyday men. These bunch of oddballs include a man who thinks he's a pirate and a man with a Thai mail order bride who hates him. Peter's relaxed existence is made difficult by the fact that a large gym across the road, owned by White Goodman (Ben Stiller in a hilarious wig), aims to shut him down. When the Average Joe gym receives its final warning from the bank, they face a 30-day deadline to come up with $50,000 or lose the gym to White Goodman. After their initial ideas fail, they discover that the national dodgeball contest has a prize of that very amount, and so they play dodgeball! The film has the same plot that all these sorts of sports movies have and you pretty much know where it is going from the very start but, to be honest, how many people have come here for the engaging story? No - me neither! The humour is very silly and it will not appeal to everyone but I found it pretty damn funny with the out-of-the-blue stuff being the funniest; if you find it funny to hear the line 'thank you Chuck Norris' said with sincerity then this will be the film for you. It isn't as consistent as I would have liked because it does have a couple of patches where there are more misses than hits but generally I had a good hatful of laughs and, when not laughing I still had a smile on my face. Of course, like I said, this isn't for everybody and I'm sure many will see it as juvenile, and it does seem to have been aimed at the young male side of the market, though I am a girl and I love it. The downside of this is that the majority of the laughs are pretty basic and, as we are seeing too often recently, the old audience draw of girls kissing is wheeled out yet again, and it has no relevance to the storyline. The casting also helps to a certain degree and does help a bit to cover the basic humour. Vaughn is cool and relaxed and, although you wouldn't call it 'acting' he is a likable lead. Stiller has a few dry moments but generally his 70's fitness freak steals every scene he is in. The support cast is more about off the wall characters than good writing or performances, but Long, Root, Moore, Tudyk and others are all OK. Cameos from Hasselhoff, Norris, Shatner and Lance Armstrong are all briefly amusing and, just like Best in Show, commentators Gary Cole and Jason Bateman do spot on spoofs of low-grade sports commentators and have some hilarious lines between them. Overall this is a really great, feel good film, with a lot of laughs. The cast generally do well and the material is funny and energetic enough to do the job, though this isn't for everyone.
I've lived in Borehamwood for my whole life and, with the only clothes shops being Select, Next and Peacocks, there were never any clothes shops worth going in to, until about 3 years ago when Outfit came along. Outfit is one of those shops that are normally in shopping parks rather than shopping centres, and there don't seem to be that many across England, as not many people actually know about it. The one in Borehamwood is quite big, and includes the shops, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Burtons, Warehouse, Tammy, Wallis and Evans. I have heard from others that other Outfits include Topshop, which annoyed me, as I am an avid Topshop shopper, but I tend to go to Outfit for Miss Selfridge, though I do sometimes find some gems in Dorothy Perkins. The shop is set out in these different departments, and you then go to a till at the front of the store where you pay for all of the items together. Along with these stores, it also has the jewellery and accessories ranges from each of these stores, along with, for some reason Topshop accessories, which I guess is a nice touch, even though I would prefer the clothes! There is also a shoe department, with shoes from each shop. Along with this, for some reason, there is a rack of Playboy pyjamas. The shop is set out really well, and it is easy to find the store that you are looking for, as they all have their respected signs above. The service is very friendly and helpful, and, on the whole, the pricing is quite reasonable. All in all, Outfit stores are really good, spacious, well stocked and easy to shop in. There really should be more like this, it's a great idea. My only problem with Outfit is that, as the shops in Outfit are only concessions, they don't have all the clothes that the real stores are selling. For example, I had tried on a dress in Miss Selfridge in Oxford Street that I loved, but I didn't buy it, as I didn't have enough money at the time. I then went to Outfit to buy it, but they didn't have it, telling me that, as they were a concession, they don't sell everything. On the whole, I think Outfit is a very good shop, and has a very clever format, but I would prefer more clothes in each concession.
I love ASOS. They add new items everyday, so I go on everyday to check out their new stuff. They also have a blog, which is updated everyday, where they show what celebrities have been wearing, and advertise their new products. Though I look everyday, I tend to buy less often, as, being a student, I never have money! Thinking of other shopping websites, I can't think of one with as much variety, as usually, you get either the designer ones like Net-a-porter or the high street ones like Miss Selfridge. It has an incredible range of clothes, from the very cheap at less than £5 to the designer, with bags at over £1000! Along with designers, they also sell high street brands, like Motel, Dahlia, French Connection and Miss Sixty, along with many others! They also have a wide range of sizes, with some clothes at size 4 and most of the clothes going up to size 20, so it's good for the bigger ladies too! They also have a child range, maternity range and a mens range. I've got to say, if I was pregnant, I would definitely look at the clothes on Asos, as, from looking at the pictures, they are still very stylish, but don't show off too much of the bump! For each item, you can also zoom in to see the item closerpclose, turn it around 360 degrees to get a full view of the product from every angle, and also see a video of it being modelled on a runway. Not only do they have, women, children, men and maternity, they also have beauty and an outlet section. The outlet section isn't very good, as all the nice stuff is still very expensive, while the cheaper stuff isn't very nice. This is very different to their sale, in which I managed to buy a 75 pounds dress at 30 pounds! Their sale is huge, and very reasonable, but you have to be quick. because once it's gone, it's gone. The beauty range is very good, with makes like Benefit and Dainty Dolly by Nicola from Girls Aloud. I have never actually bought make up from Asos, as I don't like buying make up without trying it first. As much as I love Asos, the one BIG problem, and it is a big problem, is that a lot of the stuff isn't as described. Everytime that I have bought from Asos, I have recieved my items and had to send at least one of the items back, which costs extra. Usually, the one that I have to send back is the item made by Asos, while I keep the item that is made from another brand. For this reason, I would reccomend steering clear of the Asos branded items, because, as a general rule, they are either sized wierdly or not great quality. On the whole, I would reccomed Asos, but my one big problem is the fact that Asos hasn't got a shop where you can try on. I wouldn't mind this if the postage to send back was free, but it's not.
I have been a fan of Singstar ever since it was first brought out, so I have tried many of the different Singstar games. For those who don't know, before getting a Singstar game, you need to buy the microphones first, which cost am extra 20 pounds. Singstar is basically karaoke, where you actually have to sing in tune to earn points. There are three modes - Solo, Party (for 2 or more players) or head to head. Once you have chosen which mode you want to play, there is then a choice of difficulty to choose from. There is then a choice of songs, but if your'e playing in Party Mode, you aren't allowed to choose the song you want to sing, so if you don't know the song that's been chosen, you can use a shuffle token to change the song, but be careful, as you only have a certain amount of these to use! As the song plays, it shows the video in the background with lyrics on the top or bottom on the screen, depending with microphone you are using. There are then bars, showing the pitch that you should be singing at, going across the screen, which you have to hit to earn points. Once you hit the bar, it fills up, showing you that you're in tune. This may sound complicated, but I promise you, it's incredibly easy to play! Just sing and voila! The price is 15 pounds, which I think is quite reasonable, seeing as most of the Singstar games are around 20. It is a great game to play at parties or with family, when there are 4 or more people. My friend bought me the Disney Singstar for my birthday and, as a huge fan of Disney, I was very excited to play it! The game includes songs from the classics, like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, while also including songs from the more recent films, like Toy Story. The main problem that I found with the game was the choice of songs. Disney has made tons of movies, yet six films have been given two songs each - Cinderella, Jungle Book, The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. Also, some of the songs aren't as well known as other songs that they could have chosen. I didn't really know "Son of Man" from Tarzan or "I wonder" from Sleeping Beauty, among others. On the whole, I think this game is fun for all the family, but it isn't the best Singstar game out there.
On the whole, the Ipod classic is a great mp3 player. Not only does it look great, but it also has ALOT of space to store as much music and films as possible. Literally, I can't even think of enough songs to fill up the storage space! Like all the other Ipods, this one is very unreliable. I have had a lot of problems with it, such as the fact that it crashes a lot of the time. Also, the headphones break very easily. The actual product is very easy to use, and the controls are very easy to get used to, with its touch-sensitive scroll button. Just be sure not to wear gloves when using it! Also, if you want to use your Ipod for games, as well as music and films, the Itunes website has a wide range of games that you can buy for 4 pounds, such as Uno and Monopoly.