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  1. Five (5) one hour long games. That’s how long my Top Glider Brazuca ball lasted ! Five games ! And then the stitching snapped.

    The Brazuca I’ve got shows poor quality in every aspect. The paint for instance: was smearing the ball everywhere after just one game. And more and more of it came off as I continued playing.

    The stitching was poorly done. In some parts is OK but on others is just plain awful. Magnify the top left side of the picture provided by Amazon and see it for yourself (hopefully they won’t change the picture). My stitching snapped exactly there, where two panels were quite far apart.

    The panels were not flush on several locations so the ball was far from being “round”.

    Another strange thing I noticed about this ball was that it basically did not spin. I remember other balls bearing some serious spin sometimes but not this one.

    This ball was made in China. Together with another Nike ball I own, also made in China,…

  2. First off, this disc will only play in 3D, and it’s only 720p, this is one reason why I deducted 1 star.

    In spite of it only being 720p, the scenes on the soccer/football fields are pretty amazing. The extra inserted interview footage, not so much. the interview footage is very soft and not quite too sharp, where as the footage on the fields is amazingly sharp.

    This movie is simply a documentary of the World Cup playoffs in South Africa. It points out how having the tournament in S. Africa has given pride to the nation as a whole, and brought people of all races in Africa together.

    Mainly, however, it highlights many of the (most important) games of the FIFA 2010 World Cup series. I am by no means a sports fan, but I found this BD very entertaining. The footage shot during the games at times makes you feel like your right in the middle of the action. For the most part, the 3D was shot very well, except for a few brief instances of mis-synch…

  3. I purchased this product as part of a home-administered hearing test I wanted to perform on my wife and dog. Neither of them seemed to listen to a word I said; I could yammer on until I was blue in the uvula, with no response. Nothing but blank stares. So I decided to find out whether they’d actually gone clinically deaf or had just learned to tune me out, by making a series of loud and annoying noises and monitoring their responses.

    If three weeks of South African sport taught us anything, it’s that soccer is approximately as action-packed as a first date with an Amish chick — and that these vuvuzela things are really, REALLY annoying. Perfect for my experiment. Or so I thought.

    I started with the dog, waiting until she was asleep to sneak up behind her and give a good blast on the horn. What happened next is kind of a blur, but the encounter ended with a long trail of dog urine leading into the hall closet, from where the mutt wouldn’t come out for the next…

  4. This DVD set provides the only true definitive record of every World Cup Final ever played.

    Since 1954, FIFA has hired a top-notch film crew to shoot the World Cup finals on 35mm film and create a documentary to tell the story of the Finals. Not only do the films offer the best-looking footage of the football matches themselves but they do a nice job of capturing the feeling that surrounded each Finals, from the Brits in Hyde Park in 1966 to the Mexicans partying in the streets after escaping the group stage in 1970.

    Sometimes the editing makes it tough to catch certain plays (there does seem to be the occasional goal that the cameras missed) and the narration sometimes makes it tough to follow the flow of group-stage games. But nothing is perfect.

    If you want to see a game from end-to-end, there are places on the internet that will supply full games on burned DVDs. But if you want to educate yourself on the history of each World Cup, there is no…

  5. I got this game yesterday and so far I’m very impressed.

    This is by far the best world cup EA has created in their FIFA World Cup series. The atmosphere, graphics, and user interface are much improved over last world cup.

    First, the positives:

    The game play is pretty realistic. The defense is much harder to break down than in previous versions, which seems to keep the scoreline in check.

    The online mode is awesome. You can actually pick a team and challenge other teams in world cup.

    As far as the graphics go, I believe they’re pretty strong. Stadiums, game action, and atmosphere, everything looks good. The crowds make you feel you are actually in the stadium.

    Having 199 teams is a huge plus. You can even pick Afghanistan. LOL

    Having two Button game play is a great addition for new comers in game.

    Penalty kicks have improved and they are alot harder to score.

    Btw the Goal looks…

  6. This game has many differences to FIFA 10, but they are mostly small ones. The online mode is about 100 times better than FIFA 10 though since every game you play you earn points now for wins or 1 pt for tie. You are in a league and play 10 games per season, after 10 games u can get relegated or promoted to the next highest league, there are 10 leagues. If you win at the highest league you become champion and earn trophies. Plus all your wins go towards a country you represent, so there are rankings on how good the countries are at playing.

    The actual game has better sound than 10 by a million times. It’s extremely festive and loud and you really feel like your at a live match. The passing seems a lot more realistic and fluid and the players make brilliant runs now, the cpu seems to think off the ball so much better. Gameplay seems a bit faster so it tends to make the matches more exciting, sometimes it is a bit fast for realism. New penalty system I love, makes it a little…

  7. FINALLY! The complete Australian language version of Richard Franklin’s gem from 1978!

    An enigmatic young man kills his mother, and winds up in a coma in a private hospital. Enter the pretty nurse who discovers Patrick has capabilities no one seems to know (or admit) about.
    For those that are thrill seekers, this film is not a fast-paced action-packed story. BUT, for those of us that appreciate characters over wild thrills, and enjoy careful buildups to a final reveal, this one is nicely done. There IS a reason it was an initial success and has gained a big cult following, people understood Franklin’s intentions.

    Sure, Patrick is not Citizen Kane, but it is a nice mystery with great performances, a keen sense of humour (“self-referential humour” as it has been described), and some rather strong adult content for what was supposed to be a PG-rated film, even back in 1978. I first saw it theatrically and was surprised by its content, but appreciated the…

  8. I have always enjoyed the picture books of Tomie dePaola. His unique illustration style is immediately recognizable and is reminiscent of religious icons found in Catholic and Orthodox churches.

    Not surprisingly, dePaola often tackles Christian themes, making them accessible for younger readers and their parents. Among my all-time favorite children’s book is his “The Clown of God,” which I have enjoyed reading to children prior to Christmas.

    “Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland” is another such book. The simple narrative mainly addresses Patrick’s early years as a British boy, captured by the Irish to become a slave shepherd in Ireland. After many years alone in prayer, he escapes, but eventually is called in a dream to return to Ireland to spread the love of God. After religious studies, becoming a missionary and then a bishop, he finally returns to Ireland, setting up churches, but not without opposition from some of the local rulers.

    What I appreciate…

  9. If you are going to view or buy this DVD, Patrick Still Lives, do not bother buying the edited version.
    The first half of the film is basically about the characters and their situation–not much gore. One good thing is that 3 of the characters are beautiful women who are willing show their naked bodies to the camera–otherwise I would have fallen asleep. But near the end, the film starts to go insane with its murder scenes of each of the characters. One insane violent graphic scene is when a woman gets impaled by a sharp object through her vagina–you literally see her spreading her legs and the sharp object going inside. A great job on the special effects. The murder scenes are bloody and gory.
    If you are into shocking scenes, then you might not be disappointed because that is only thing this film really has to offer in terms of shock value. The characters are just stupid in this film because all they do is watch themselves get killed.
    The film is in Italian with…

  10. “Patrick Vive Ancora” (“Patrick Still Lives”) from 1980 was directed by Mario Landi. After the sleaze-fest shocker in the hard to find – “Giallo a Venezia” 1979, Mario Landi followed that one up with his own version of “Patrick” (the 1978 Australian movie about a comatose telekinetic). Mario Landi was far from being a good filmmaker, but what he lacked in cinematic skills, this dirty old-man made up in other ways! And this is where “Patrick Vive Ancora” excelled, in the sleaze and shock-factor (it’s actually so far-fetched that it’s unintentionally funny!). The wooden and campy acting along with the script – was a complete joke! If you don’t find yourself laughing at some of the ridiculous lines in this turkey, you may want to check your pulse! The reason I’m giving this one 4 stars is plainly obvious. All the female personnel (4) – took their clothes-off and not just for a couple of seconds, but for a good percentage of the time! With the likes of: Carmen Russo, Andrea Belfiore (who…

  11. This made for television movie is entertaining, inspiring, and educational. St. Patrick is one of the most well know, yet least “known about” significant personalities in world history. God used Patrick to transform Ireland and Ireland’s influence helped shape the world. The story starts with Patrick as a reckless youth, captured by slave traders. In slavery to a Irish Warlord he has a Divine encounter that grows into a holy passion for God. He is miraculously delivered from Ireland and returns to his family. Back in his British homeland He hears the call of God to return as a missionary to Ireland. Despite numerous obstacles, he refuses to let go of the heavenly vision and soon returns to Irish soil as the Bishop of Ireland. Through power encounters with the druid priests and a servants heart of love for the Irish people, Patrick becomes the catalyst for a spiritual awakening. Patrick Bergen’s portrayal of St. Patrick is convincing and compelling. Malcolm McDowell ideally…

  12. All my life I celebrated St. Patrick’s day with little knowledge of what I was celebrating. Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend is the first cinematic representation of this great Saint’s life. I was so impressed with the life of this Saint, and this video, that I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Saint Patrick and his Church.
    From his abduction as a teenager and enslavement by Irish marauders to his conversion on the solitary windswept hills Ireland while tending his master’s sheep, Saint Patrick is a shining example of what God can do in the life of a single soul. Through his intense and mystical prayer life, Saint Patrick is instructed on how to escape his captors to return home to England. Upon his return to England, Saint Patrick perceives in a vision the "Voice of the Irish" and is instructed to return to preach the Gospel to those who once held him captive. It is many more years before the Saint is able to return to Ireland, but in a serious of…

  13. I have enjoyed Lawhead’s works, but I find PATRICK troubling. Though the first quarter of the book is a nicely fleshed-out version of the Patrick story, most what remains story is fabricated out of whole cloth.

    Where did Patrick study Christianity? Lawhead never has him even peeking at the Bible, but hints that he learned from Pelagius (the proponent of a heresy which the historic Patrick combatted) and from, of all people, the Druids! The real Patrick, after escaping from slavery, reunited with his family in northern Britain or perhaps Scotland and very soon wanted to go back to Ireland as a missionary. Realizing that he had a lot to learn first, he hooked up with Germanus for several years before accompanying the bishop to Ireland. Lawhead mentions nothing of this! There were fewer and fewer pages left in the novel when I started to realize that, not only were we not back to Ireland yet to read about Patrick’s great mission in life, but he still was the same cynical,…

  14. I have been a huge fan of Stephen Lawhead for years. I loved his Byzantium, and his stories of Arthur and Merlin are absolutely superb. So it was with some excitement that I bought this book.
    It is indeed a well written, interesting story, but it does not satisfy me all that much at the end.
    Patrick, the book, focuses on the time during Patrick’s own slavery in Ireland, his later escape, and his life which eventually brought him back as a missionary. It does not seem to at all reflect the Patrick as found in his own writings (his Confession and his Letter to Coroticus), with there seeming to be only the barest indication that these actual primary sources had any bearing on the writing of this book. I also was disappointed by the lack of really dealing with matters of faith and prayer. Patrick seems here more motivated by his own selfishness rather than driven by faith, with little if any discussion of his internal battles with God. There is a surprising romance storyline…

  15. First things first: this review focuses on the novel’s religious perspective (the review itself is written from the perspective of a practicing Catholic). While there are other points addressed, if the religious take doesn’t interest you than you can skip my review. Also, please be aware that minor spoilers follow.

    Stephen Lawhead is probably most well-known for his Pendragon Cycle. I read the entire thing and for the most part, it was quality reading, at least in terms of fantasy fiction. As a Catholic and an historian, I was especially impressed by how well the church was treated, a rarity in fiction these days — it was a while ago that I last read them, but I remember nothing but respectful approaches to monks and other religious figures.

    Prior to Patrick, the only other Lawhead book I’d read was Byzantium, which likewise started off well regarding religious figures (the main character is an Irish monk who leaves his monastery on a journey with his…

  16. This three-movie collection of aussie spookers is well worth the price. PATRICK- A comatose murderer is still able to cause problems by using telekinesis. He becomes infatuated w/ his nurse (Susan Penhaligon) and his jealousy is unleashed on her husband and any male foolish enough to get involved w/ her. not much in the way of violence, but the story is pretty creepy. STRANGE BEHAVIOR- Teens are turning into psychotic murderers due to their involvement w/ experiments in behavior modification. Some bloody deaths and mutilations ensue. The finalé is a grabber! Michael Murphy (Batman Returns, Count Yorga, Vampire) plays the police chief who attempts to solve the killings. THIRST- A woman is abducted in order to be inducted into a cult of modern-day vampires. She soon learns that the compound where she’s being held is actually a “blood dairy” where drugged, human cattle are held for milking! This one’s a masterpiece! Henry Silva (Alligator) co-stars. THE AUSSIE HORROR COLLECTION is…

  17. This 6 DVD box set is titled, “History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game” on the outer package, but in fact, the documentary is actually called “History of FOOTBALL,” so I will be using the word “football” to describe this great game, as it should be called.

    At any rate, this is a very meticulous package. It contains the first ever, motion picture of football. Film footage of the 1901 FA Cup Final between Spurs and Sheffield United. Every World Cup final goal ever scored. And these are just the EXTRAS.

    The real show is the documentary, narrated wonderfully by Terence Stamp. It starts from the beginning, where a multitude of cultures and nations began to kick a ball around, and it moves through every significant event that has shaped the football world since.

    There is the Soccer War, where an actual war was started as a result of a football match.

    There is the Moscow Dynamo team, captured in Nazi-occupied Russia, whose exploits against Nazis in a…

  18. The TARDIS is moving through space, minding its own business, when it’s nearly trapped by a giant web. It escapes (or does it?!) and materializes in the London Underground. Waaay underground. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria find that the tunnels are infested with the web fungus and robot Yeti.

    What! We thought the Doctor deactivated all the Yeti at the end of “The Abominable Snowmen”. It turns out that Professor Travers has inadvertently reactivated one of the robots, allowing the Great Intelligence to attempt another invasion. It doesn’t look good for planet Earth. Travers confidently tells a reporter: “More than likely, we’ll not be able to defeat this menace. And London, the whole of England, might be completely wiped out. <aside> Have you got that?”

    This national catastrophe requires the army, and the Doctor meets Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (before he becomes a Brigadier in UNIT), who asks,
    “Tell me, Doctor. This Intelligence. Exactly what is…

  19. Even though the quality of footage is good, this DVD misses so many exciting points of the last world cup. The group stage is dealt with in basically 5 minutes, with a few highlights of selected games.

    Argentina – Serbia, for example, only 1 goal shown. France – Brazil game omitted, France – Spain game also ommited. Nothing said about controversial Italy – USA, or Italy – Australia game. About half of the teams competing were not shown, let alone mentioned!

    Highlights of England – Portugal (1/4 final), France – Portugal (semifinal) and Italy – Germany (semifinal) each goes on for 10 minutes, way to much for these games that produced 3 goals in total!!! waste of time, they should have used that time for more group games.

    Overall, very dissapointed, although the highlights of the final game and the interviews were good. Not what I expected. The 1982 and 1986 world cup highlight videos were the best, in my opinion. If I knew it would be like that,…

  20. The Fifa 2006 World Cup Film – The Grand Finale is an Exciting DVD and is Narrated by Pierce Bronsnan. The DVD Is in letter box format and looks and sounds beautiful. Special features include interviews with players Cannavaro; Nakata; Lehmann; Ballack; and Drogba as well as an interview of Final game referee Elizendo.

    The Film starts off with a sand lot soccer Game and then proceeds to the fan feasts and on to the game. We get the Beautiful game quote from Pala and off we go. We start of with he opening game of the round of 32 round Robin type set up-where 16 out of 32 teams move on to the next round. The first game is Germany the home nation VS Costa Rica and Germany goes on to win 4-2 in the highest scoring opening game of world cup history. The film process to highlight key games as Germany; Australia; Spain(who true to form win all three fist round games and then lose in the Quarter finals); England; Argentina who wins 6-0 in the first game; Italy; Brazil the pre…

  21. Even though the quality of footage is good, this DVD misses so many exciting points of the last world cup. The group stage is dealt with in basically 5 minutes, with a few highlights of selected games.

    Argentina – Serbia, for example, only 1 goal shown. France – Brazil game omitted, France – Spain game also ommited. Nothing said about controversial Italy – USA, or Italy – Australia game. About half of the teams competing were not shown, let alone mentioned!

    Highlights of England – Portugal (1/4 final), France – Portugal (semifinal) and Italy – Germany (semifinal) each goes on for 10 minutes, way to much for these games that produced 3 goals in total!!! waste of time, they should have used that time for more group games.

    Overall, very dissapointed, although the highlights of the final game and the interviews were good. Not what I expected. The 1982 and 1986 world cup highlight videos were the best, in my opinion. If I knew it would be like that,…

  22. The Fifa 2006 World Cup Film – The Grand Finale is an Exciting DVD and is Narrated by Pierce Bronsnan. The DVD Is in letter box format and looks and sounds beautiful. Special features include interviews with players Cannavaro; Nakata; Lehmann; Ballack; and Drogba as well as an interview of Final game referee Elizendo.

    The Film starts off with a sand lot soccer Game and then proceeds to the fan feasts and on to the game. We get the Beautiful game quote from Pala and off we go. We start of with he opening game of the round of 32 round Robin type set up-where 16 out of 32 teams move on to the next round. The first game is Germany the home nation VS Costa Rica and Germany goes on to win 4-2 in the highest scoring opening game of world cup history. The film process to highlight key games as Germany; Australia; Spain(who true to form win all three fist round games and then lose in the Quarter finals); England; Argentina who wins 6-0 in the first game; Italy; Brazil the pre…

  23. Having watched this DVD several times, I am puzzled by the negative reviews concerning the quality of the picture and sound. These complaints are unwarranted, and are made by people who either have unusually high standards, or are experiencing equipment malfunction.

    FIFA could have employed a dual-layer DVD for a nearly three-hour program, and achieved a higher picture quality. However, single-layer DVDs are common for sports programs of this length. The picture is not pristine, but is acceptable. Any complaints about the sound should be directed at the audience members who kept blowing in those obnoxious voovoozelas.

    As for the program itself, it’s rather complete and quite entertaining. All sixty-four games are covered, plus the opening and closing ceremonies. In addition to the goals and their replays from different angles, the DVD includes the important non-goal highlights. There will always be those who want a longer, more complete DVD; but for most…

  24. This DVD is an excellent compilation of the highlights of the 2010 World Cup. I am dissapointed that there still does not appear to be a Blu-Ray version to watch on an HDTV. Typically, DVD’s on an HDTV look awful (even when using an upscaling blu-ray player, trust me) — so to be fair when judging the video quality, I watched the DVD on an older Sony XBR tube tv. I have to say — it looks incredible. If you still haven’t upgraded to an HDTV, you’re in luck, because this has to be one of the best looking DVDs i’ve seen on a regular old television. This is the strange irony of upgrading your TV to an HDTV — DVD’s will look worse! It has to do with native resolution. And the native resolution of a DVD was meant for the older tube tv’s. I forgot what it was like to watch TV and not have to deal with motion blur. Even the best LCD’s out there today still have to deal with motion blur. (Can’t comment on plasma, since i don’t own one) But I digress….

    About the documentary…

  25. I love The Name of the Wind. In fact, I’ve been able to make myself a hero on oodles of occasions by recommending Name of the Wind to people “looking for a good book.” The only person I’ve recommended it to who didn’t really care for it was my wife. So figure that one out.

    I received Wise Man’s Fear from Amazon early Tuesday morning and devoured it. I was never bored while reading it – the characters were sharp, Rothfuss is a ridiculously skilled writer, and there’s plenty in this book to keep you engrossed and entertained.

    So why three stars? Why am I not falling all over myself to praise this one?

    Because it’s kind of a mess. An engrossing, brilliant, hot and swanky mess, but a mess just the same.

    My biggest problem is that, with some minor, token exceptions, I know exactly as much about the Chandrian as I did before I read this book. Same goes for the Amyr and the Valeritas door in the archives. I actually feel like I know less about the…

  26. The first half of Wise Man’s Fear is an improvement over the previous book in the Kingkiller Chronicles. There is intrigue, mystery, complex interpersonal drama, great writing, and great pacing. Then halfway through the book, Rothfuss decides to let us in on the fantasies of his fifteen-year-old self, and the book goes downhill from there.

    The book picks up precisely when the previous book left off, sparing little time to catch people up or re-explain everything in case a reader started with book two. I’m glad about that. I hate it when a series is up and running and the author or publisher feels that they need to throw in some exposition for people who didn’t read the earlier books. Seriously…who starts a series at book two? Anyway…It goes great for a long while. I found the second half of the first book to be the best, and this seemed like a continuation of that. A lot happens, mostly having to do with Kvothe’s adventures at the University and then on to a…

  27. If, like me, you were so impressed with The Name of the Wind that you neglected all but the most pressing business until you turned the final page, you may have decided to give it a quick re-read in anticipation of the sequel. If you did, you probably spotted this quote in Chapter 43: “There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”

    After a long but worthwhile wait, we now have the second novel in The Kingkiller Chronicle, and its title refers directly back to the quote: The Wise Man’s Fear. (And by the way, if you didn’t feel like rereading book one, Patrick Rothfuss posted a wonderful web comic recap on his blog.)

    Saying that the level of anticipation for The Wise Man’s Fear was high is an understatement, especially given that The Name of the Wind was only Patrick Rothfuss’ debut. It’s not as if this is the concluding volume of a long multi-volume saga, decades in the making. The Name of the Wind…

  28. First of all, this game is great (as the title of my reveiw implys) for both fans of the Harry Potter book/movie/video game series and sports fans alike. Good things first–
    … this is an abselutely great game with 14 beautiful environments. These places are the national Quidditch Stadiums (which include, but are not limited to, France, Germany, Bulgaria, England, the USA, Japan and Australia) the Hogwarts stadium, and Queerditch Marsh (the birthplace of Quidditch, for those of you didn’t know).
    The plot of the game is suprisingly clever for a sports simulation-game; you start off at Hogwarts as one of the four Hogwarts Houses where you promptly learn how to play under the guise of “Quidditch Training.” (By the way, do not be put of by the first chaser’s challenge, it is one of the hardest in my opinion and I have abselutely no idea why EA Games chose to put it first). After you complete your training (but don’t feel put off if you don’t pass all of them, you’ll do fine…

  29. Keep in mind I am a 26 yr. old avid gamer. So my review will be diffrent than others. But I am also a Harry Potter FAN!!! I have fun with the game.
    Pros: If you like Potter and think Quidditch is the coolest idea in books, then stop reading and go buy the game now.
    EA made the game, One of the top game designers, especially for sports. Music is fitting, VERY colorful and the look is captured well. It is fun (most important part of a game), I do enjoy playing. Graphics are above average, character models are ok and try to reproduce the actors (a nice touch!)
    Cons: The game should be 3D and I should be able to control EVERY (up and down)direction. No Online play (come on this should be a staple now!) for 2 player you must share the keyboard (dumb), also, coming from EA, it should have had a build a character mode. Some type of customization. Like others before me said, the game had potential. Commentary is VERY repetitive. Cut scenes are nice but not needed. Need more…

  30. Official songs for major world sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics need to accomplish a few things. They need to capture the significance of the moment, pay suitable tribute to the local culture, and project an atmosphere of hope and brotherhood. On top of all that, they have to inspire a good atmosphere for just plain partying.

    Judged on these criteria, Shakira has done very well with “Waka Waka”. It’s a likeable tune with an African beat and singers, with plenty of South African-style guitar riffs, and it recognizes and celebrates the fact that Africa is hosting its first world sporting event on this scale. It hits all the bases on the party front as well!

    This isn’t an original song. The original version was by a band from Cameroon called Golden Sounds. It has been popular throughout Africa and also in Shakira’s native Columbia. It has kind of silly lyrics about military matters, but also has kind of a serious aspect behind it, criticizing…

  31. It seems to me that every year there are more books I want to read and less time for me to read them. Because my time is limited, I’m guilty of picking up the books by my favorite authors first, and fitting in new authors only when it’s convenient.

    Due to a stroke of luck, I’ve had an advance copy of The Name of the Wind by my bedside for over six months, just waiting for me to open it. Unfortunately, deadlines of my own kept getting in the way. But in a way, it’s lucky that I didn’t crack this book until just a few days ago. If I’d had this tale to distract me, I’d have been even later getting my work done.

    I loathe spoilers, so I’m not going to discuss the plot of this book. I will say it has all the things that I demand of a book. The characters are real, the action is convincing and it has a compelling story to tell.

    One of the things I like best about this book is that the magic is absolutely rooted in the book’s world. Nothing seems…

  32. I always read the negative reviews of books I liked. For one, I think people can be much more detailed about what they don’t like than what they did. Second, I just want to know what made people dislike something I liked.

    There seems to be an overall theme amongst the negative reviews that Kvothe is unlikable–but most of these reviews contradict themselves. They don’t like him because he’s arrogant, but then also complain that he’s too perfect to be realistic and has no flaws. I think Rothfuss’s intentions were to make Kvothe’s arrogance one of his biggest flaws. Imagine you caught on to many subjects in school very fast, were number one in your class and had a relatively quick wit. You’d probably be arrogant, too, as I know the smart, popular people in my high school were. And it’s Kvothe’s arrogance that constantly gets him into trouble.

    The theme of Rothfuss’s book, to me, is the difference between the reality of a man’s life and his actions, and the stories…

  33. This is the kind of novel that fantasy readers dream of reading. It’s the kind of novel would-be writers dream of writing. Excellent writing, deeply complex characters, careful revelations and wonderful plot twists. I haven’t enjoyed a debut fantasy novel this much since Barry Hughart’s “Bridge of Birds” or Rosemary Kirstein’s “The Steerswoman.”

    The protagonist, Kvothe, is seemingly hiding as an innkeeper. But there are nasty creatures about, that may or may not be attracted to him. After Kvothe rescues a bard, he ends up telling the bard his life story. So you get the back story on a nearly-mythical wizard, mixed with increasingly dark events happening in the present. It is an extremely effective way to to tell a story. It certainly kept me up all night. And I can truthfully say I savored each of the 660 plus pages.

    Maybe the best part is that Rothfuss, in his blog, says all three books in the trilogy are written, and will be released at one year intervals. I…

  34. This made for television movie is entertaining, inspiring, and educational. St. Patrick is one of the most well know, yet least “known about” significant personalities in world history. God used Patrick to transform Ireland and Ireland’s influence helped shape the world. The story starts with Patrick as a reckless youth, captured by slave traders. In slavery to a Irish Warlord he has a Divine encounter that grows into a holy passion for God. He is miraculously delivered from Ireland and returns to his family. Back in his British homeland He hears the call of God to return as a missionary to Ireland. Despite numerous obstacles, he refuses to let go of the heavenly vision and soon returns to Irish soil as the Bishop of Ireland. Through power encounters with the druid priests and a servants heart of love for the Irish people, Patrick becomes the catalyst for a spiritual awakening. Patrick Bergen’s portrayal of St. Patrick is convincing and compelling. Malcolm McDowell ideally…

  35. All my life I celebrated St. Patrick’s day with little knowledge of what I was celebrating. Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend is the first cinematic representation of this great Saint’s life. I was so impressed with the life of this Saint, and this video, that I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Saint Patrick and his Church.
    From his abduction as a teenager and enslavement by Irish marauders to his conversion on the solitary windswept hills Ireland while tending his master’s sheep, Saint Patrick is a shining example of what God can do in the life of a single soul. Through his intense and mystical prayer life, Saint Patrick is instructed on how to escape his captors to return home to England. Upon his return to England, Saint Patrick perceives in a vision the "Voice of the Irish" and is instructed to return to preach the Gospel to those who once held him captive. It is many more years before the Saint is able to return to Ireland, but in a serious of…

  36. If you know about this film already, you’ll not need any other words. But if you don’t, and if you have some taste on this genre, Horror, and need something different, THIRST is just for you. I don’t want to shout about it as a GREAT film though, but literally a LITTLE GEM from Ausie Horror Scene of mid-70s to mid-80s, its MadMax Age. A Head of a modern-day-vampire-community tries to seduce a young girl, Kate Davies, who is the decendant of the infamous blood-drinking Baroness Elizabeth Bathory. It’s somewhat a low budget production, but the tone of the film is surprisingly atomospheric, eerie, and effective. Direction is tight, and its music score, yes, the music is just great. Brian May, who wrote first two MadMax, and almost all the Ausie SciFi/Horror scores of this age, is at his best here. The disc has his entire music on its isolated track, thus proving this DVD knows what is juicy about the film. Also this is the very first presentation of the film’s CinemaScope aspect ratio,…

  37. I bought this rice cooker for my husband for Christmas. We never had a rice cooker so we didn’t know what to expect and for the price (and the other reviews) I thought I’d give this one a try. If there was any confusion about how much rice it would make, one look at it would be a huge clue….but I knew it would be fine for the two of us. I’ve made 2 ‘measures’ of raw rice and it was way too much for both of us ~ even though it’s designed for 3 cups (measures) I doubt we would ever make that much.

    We love the small size and have cooked brown rice, jasmine and basmati perfectly so far. We learned that if the warmer is left on too long it will get a little browned on the bottom so we just unplug it and let it steam. I would give it 5 stars, however it does ‘spew’ as someone else wrote earlier and I’ve learned to put a paper towel under it to catch any mess. I don’t know if that is because it’s such a small size or if that’s common with rice cookers in general. However,…

  38. I bought the Gamecube version of Quidditch World Cup so that my ten-year-old daughter and I could play it together on our widescreen TV. For the most part, it’s very fun, and it DOES have a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen mode for those of you with widescreen TV’s. I wish more Gamecube games had this feature. Very cool.
    The single player game is quite fun, and worth the price of admission for sure. That’s been covered in other reviews. But I have to cover the two-player aspect here, and that’s where it gets docked a couple of stars:
    In the books and movies, the scoring system (150 points for the snitch) always seemed strange to me. It was as if the only thing that mattered was catching the snitch. The only time that the rest of the game would be important is if it dragged on for an unusually long time and was a particularly high-scoring game. Without that, the rest of the game is just killing time until the race for the snitch happens.
    I’d hoped that EA would somehow come up…

  39. In my head, I’ve been clamoring for this game since I first read through the Potter books in 2001. Quidditch is simply too well-realized a sport not to enjoy a video game incarnation; now, finally, we Muggles can play it whenever we wish.
    From the first tutorial training challenges, Quidditch World Cup is immensely satisfying. The character animations and special effects are breathtaking, always worth the brief cutscene following any special move. Controlling the three chasers (the only position over which you have direct control until the end of a match) is simple and intuitive, though passing can get tricky at times. Whacking a bludger at an opposing chaser is always a sadisitic good time, and chasing down the snitch at the end of the match is appropriately exciting.
    Are there problems with Quidditch World Cup? Absolutely. Most glaring is the utter lack of customization options, a staple for any respectable sports title. There is no way to slow down or speed up the…

  40. This game was the best addition to my nintendo gaming systems! After playing the Hogwarts School games for every nintendo system, (gamecube and gameboy)I was furious at how boring and simple the quidditch games were compared to how excited I got while reading the quidditch scenes in the seiries. This game Interested me at the time they were advertizing it on the television because it was only concentrated on quidditch and the trailer looked like it would be like a real great quidditch game.
    The best part of this game is the world cup where the player can become the controller of an international quidditch team and fight there way to the top of the league. Befor you can get to the world cup you first have to beat the Hogwarts cup, which seemed to me to be like an enterance into the controls of the game. In this game you can play as all of the Hogwarts house teams and some of the international quidditch teams mentioned in the Harry Potter sieries. One team that you can not play…

  41. Forget “Dirty Dancing”: Patrick Swayze’s career peaked in this and the similarly underrated “Point Break.” It doesn’t quite reach the stratospheric heights (or is it depths?) of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deservedly legendary “Commando,” but “Road House” is still the stuff of which B-movie legend is made. Starring Swayze as the head bouncer at a rowdy Southern bar called the Double Deuce, “Road House” derives its appeal largely from the ingenious idea of having a bunch of rednecks for villains. You get to see Swayze’s Dalton, perhaps the only Mercedes-driving, philosophy-majoring bouncer in history, take on a seemingly endless succession of slack-jawed inbred troglodytes as he tames the Double Deuce and ensures victory for truth, justice, and the American way.
    The Double Deuce is one of the those bars where it seems half the patrons are on parole, but that doesn’t stop them from throwing fists at the proverbial drop of a hat. I’ve always believed that bar fights held vast,…

  42. To avoid any confusion, by rating this movie 5 stars I am NOT suggesting that it is in the same league as GLADIATOR, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (trilogy), GONE WITH THE WIND or any other top-calibre flick. However, this film doesn’t try to compete with the likes of top-rated movies, and that’s the beauty of it.

    The story is based on a top-notch bar bouncer (Patrick Swayze) who is compelled to call in his old mentor (Sam Elliot) for an especially tough project. Instead of just busting heads and throwing hoodlums out of the bar, these guys end up having to save the whole town!

    This is a B-movie all the way. In my opinion, it COULD be the greatest B-movie of all time. In short, despite being stupid it is also immensely entertaining. The plot is contrived. There are aspects of it that are way, way beyond being remotely believable. It seems the whole movie was inspired by pushing the envelope on the concept of the bar brawl.

    Despite its limited plot, the…

  43. At this point, I’m sure pretty much everyone has seen the movie so I won’t go into the details about why this movie is so fun and rewatchable. Overall, this is a good blu-ray release as far as content. The blu-ray is bare bones, however this release includes the DVD that has all of the extras from the last DVD release(yes, it has Kevin Smith’s and Scott Mosier’s commentary track).

    Now for the bad. The packaging is awful. The case looks like a normal blu-ray blue plastic case until you remove one of the discs and reveal the spaces or holes in the plastic. And the best part? The holes are right where the disc is resting in the case, which means if any blunt or sharp object hits the case, it will go through the thin plasic sleeve cover and the paper cover and damage the disc. I imagine amazon will have a lot of damage returns with this one since they are sending it in a bubble lined envelope (it really needs to be shipped in a box). My blu-ray cover was punctured in…

  44. I love this series (except for "An Irish Country Girl" which I thought was ridiculous), but it seemed to me that the author was "coasting" on this one.

    First the good: The story was as wonderful as Taylor’s series always is. The characters are among my favorites. I honestly look forward to each new book in this series so much so that I hate to criticize, but I must.

    Now, The bad: Too much overly-stilted conversation drawn from newspapers of the day, old medical textbooks and the like. It is a series that does need medical explanations, but they got pretty long-winded in this one. When a character says something like "So, do you think England’s King Edward will abdicate" and when a guy in a pub started pontificating in very newspaper-ish language about the Civil War in Spain, I groaned. It sometimes seemed as though he was stringing bits of story together with Wikipedia articles too. A lot of tourist guide stuff was wedged in, too, and…

  45. Before anyone asks, I did indeed get this early, as I imported one of the limited (but identical) discs that were allowed for sale in Canada a bit early.

    First of all, if you haven’t seen this story, it is brilliant. It showcases Pat Troughton’s acting chops, as both the hero and the villain. It is action packed, with some great location work and an interesting twist around 2/3 of the way through. It has a 007 or Avengers kind of feel to it, and six episodes fly by rapidly. I was always a fan of the previously sole surviving episode, and the audio of this story. But seeing it from start to finish, it is certainly one of my favorite Troughton serials. If ‘Tomb’ was slightly disappointing compared to its legacy, in 1991, this story has received the exact opposite effect after it was miraculously found.

    The restoration work on the film is superb, especially if you have seen some of the film frames published in DWM, as they were in a state of disrepair. The…

  46. I haven’t actually seen this DVD yet, nor the completed serial but I am a longtime Doctor Who fan and started watching in the late 70′s in the Tom Baker era and have been hooked ever since.
    I had previously owned The Beginning set and own Tomb of the Cybermen, The Mind Robber, The Dominators and The War Games. Because of the 50th Anniversary I have taken the last few months to celebrate in my own way and continue purchasing as many classic Doctor Who’s as I can. I also bought the Series 1-7 Gift Set on Blu-ray for the new series which was more than worth the $300.00 price tag.
    Same here, ANY completed Troughten or Hartnell serials are well worth picking up even if they aren’t you’re favorite stories making The Enemy of the World a MUST get.
    I just ordered The Ice Warrors and loved every second of it, that animation is very nice and fits in the missing episodes and I plan on completing my Troughten collection in the near future with The Invasion, The Krotons, The Seeds…

  47. I just finished watching Rupert Goold’s film of Macbeth, starring Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood. As mentioned in the last post, I saw this production on Broadway and was eagerly awaiting the film version. Now I’ve seen a lot of great film Macbeths, including the Ian McKellen/Judi Dench version, the RSC film with Antony Sher, and Roman Polanski’s. This film is the best Macbeth that you will ever see. In fact, scenes that I didn’t find very effective on stage (Lady Macbeth’s mad scene and and the long scene between Malcolm and Macduff) were very powerful in the movie. Patrick Stewart’s performance is definitive. You can see every thought that passes through his mind. Kate Fleetwood’s Lady Macbeth charted her fall into insanity with such clarity that when Macbeth is told that she has died, it’s no surprise to him or the audience. You see that there was no other end to her story. The Weird Sisters, here played as Nurses who have gone over to the dark side, are truly…

  48. *
    Shakespeare Most Amazing…

    Firstly, let’s understand something: this is cinema art–a motion picture, not a filmed stage performance. Therefore the director (Rupert Goold), cinematographer, set designers et alii are enabled to make brilliant choices concerning the visuals, sound, lighting, and other stunning effects.

    There have been many wonderful film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays (since Olivier’s 1948 Hamlet).
    Personal favourites include Olivier’s 1955 Richard III, Olivier’s 1965 Othello, Peter Hall’s 1968 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth, Branagh’s 1989 Henry V, Greenaway’s 1991 Prospero’s Books [The Tempest], Richard Loncraine’s 1995 Richard III, Branagh’s 1996 Hamlet, Julie Taymor’s 1999 Titus [Titus Andronicus], Michael Radford’s 2004 Merchant of Venice, and Gregory Doran’s 2009 Hamlet.

    Here Rupert Goold’s Macbeth is the summum bonum of all its predecessors.

    Goold has taken all the best ideas from…

  49. I respectfully disagree with the previous comments saying this game is similar to RTWC. For me RTWC was not finished and had to go out in order to not loose the momentum of the Xbox 360 launch. This version is probably the RTWC, but ready for the market. It has the Fifa 06 (for Xbox) gameplay, and more !!! It also has all the nice graphics that we had in RTWC. For me this is the best soccer game ever in terms of quality and gameplay. For sure there are some basic mistakes, as any other Fifa game, i.e.: you can’t see the overall rate of each player without manually going to every single player’s bio (x button); you can’t create a tournament for 2 people and use the cpu teams to play against your friend, you can only play with one of the 2 teams you’ve marked as user teams; the goalkeeper may still jump to catch the ball and fall down inside the goal, while the referee doesn’t flag that as a score; and some others that the Fifa consumers are already used to (unfortunately). I also agree…

  50. A picture-perfect modern-day romance that tells an exciting romantic story, "Ghost" is one of the best romantic films ever made. In it, we see just what lengths someone will go to for their love for someone else, and also shows us that the love we have for someone in our life goes on after death. Director Jerry Zucker, and acting by Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, all make this movie a landmark that everybody knows about.
    What is so special about the story is the connection between the two romantic leads. Swayze plays Sam Wheat, who, with his longtime girlfriend Molly, is remodeling a penthouse apartment in New York, where they soon live together, completely happy and in love. We have no reason to question the love story angle because the direction and acting tell us from the very beginning the nature of their relationship, and does it in understandable terms. Sam also works for a major banking corporation, where he has a best friend Carl, who seems more…

  51. I bought this kettle strictly for heating water for French press coffee making. Since this kettle is glass there is no chance of it imparting off flavors to the water (then the coffee). I got tired of my metal kettles becoming discolored and rusted, even with proper care. I love the idea of glass for coffee making and this kettle by Medelco is indispensable for coffee making!

    It is also easy to clean (dishwasher safe) and looks wonderful. It holds 64 ounces of water when filled to the bottom of the rim, however DO NOT boil that much as it will erupt and shoot steaming water up out of the lid. I feel safe however boiling 50 to 55 ounces of water, which is more than enough for even the largest French presses.

    I like to use a probe thermometer to monitor the water temp and stop at 200F, which is the ideal temperature for coffee brewing. This kettle does have a whistling lid that I use (I simply insert the thermometer into the whistling hole). The plastic…

  52. I purchased this glass tea kettle for use with my Bodum Chambord 12-cup coffee press. Although I am not a “coffee snob” I do like a very good cup of coffee, and the best coffee (and tea) is made in glass because there is no chance of tainting your coffee with metallic substances or Teflon.

    This kettle is easy to use and easy to clean (you can even put it in the dishwasher if you like). It comes with a heat diffuser for use on electric ranges, but I suggest using it even for glasstop ranges as well. The whistle works well, but is a little more throaty than the high-pitch whistle on your standard metal tea-kettle. I use a probe thermometer and place it in the whistle hole, and let the water get between 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit – which is the proper brewing temperature for the best cup of coffee.

    The kettle has a clean, retro design and is very well-constructed. Some reviewers have noted that the handle heats-up. I believe this is most likely because they are…

  53. Amusing story of a nerdy high school student Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) who discovers that becoming popular isn’t the greatest thing in the world. After she accidentally ruins her mother’s suede dress with some wine, Cyndi, the most popular girl at school (played wonderfully by Amanda Petersen) will do anything to replace it before her mother gets back from her trip.
    Enter Ronald. After seeing her desperate attempt to replace the dress at the mall, Ronald makes a deal with Amanda. He’ll use the money that he has earned all summer by mowing lawns to buy a new dress, in return for Amanda’s help in turning him to Mr. popularity.
    Along the way, Ronnie learns lessons about the true value of having real friends, and towards the end of the movie Ronald discovers that he is still himself.
    This film, which is no longer produced by Touchstone Video (a division of the Disney Corporation) features many couple of stars before they hit it big. Gerardo, the…

  54. As a fan of super low budget 80′s trash cinema, I naturally stumbled upon DYI studio Intervision’s other releases like The Burning Moon, Things, and Sledgehammer. Intervision caters to the VHS era underground horror scene (a small but dedicated fan base), and their releases have been extremely enjoyable with plenty of extras thrown in, as well as providing the best possible presentation for these forgotten oddball genre films.

    Following in the footsteps of their mondo/exploitation documentary release Australia After Dark, comes this immense collection of 65 Australian horror, action, and sex films – all presented uncensored, one right after the other, with a run time of 165 minutes.

    If you have seen any of Synapse Film’s 42nd Street Forever collections, you will know what to expect here. I was astonished at just how many genre films Australia actually put out – a lot of them I never heard of. These trailers are extended (most of them) and really do package up the…

  55. I was so happy with the quick delivery but astounded by the poor quality ! This product looks just like the original but that’s where it ends .It is not designed at all in the way the suction cup is connected to the gps mount . I attached it to my windshield and left it there over the weekend Monday morning it was broken . I had even taken the gps off . it was just the simple force of being mounted . I even ordered 2 so i could leave them in each vehicle . now i cant use that because i don’t want my gps falling off . Do you even carry the original ? Its not a lot of money and the other item i bought from you ( adapter ) works great but i really feel ripped off by this item and worse i bought two of them. i would appreciated a response . thank you , JAMES ANDERSON. I WILL UPDATE THEIR RESPONSE { UPDATE } THIS IS WHAT THEY SENT ME We are very sorry to hear about the defective mounts. We had received a
    bad batch from the manufacturer and did not know until they have been…

  56. A Toon Book publication, PATRICK EATS HIS PEAS is a collection of four Patrick graphic novel stories by Geoffrey Hayes. Patrick is a tiny mouse who deals with many of the same challenges that young children do: eating the food served him, learning to help out, taking a bath, and going to bed when he’s supposed to. The stories in PATRICK EATS HIS PEAS are:

    “Patrick Eats His Peas” – In this story Patrick’s mother is trying to get Patrick to eat his peas. He does what he can to avoid doing so, but his mother won’t let him.

    “Patrick Help Out” – Patrick’s father is busy doing yard work and Patrick wants to help, but Patrick seems to be more in the way than helpful.

    “Patrick Takes a Bath” – It’s time for Patrick to take a bath, but he doesn’t want to. Then he spies his toys.

    “Patrick Goes to Bed” – It’s time for Patrick to go to bed,…

  57. This movie is not without flaws–the dialogue and acting occasionally seem flat, recycled storylines, melodrama, etc., yet I am a sucker for dance movies and loved it nonetheless. It’s pretty obvious from the get-go that Travis and Chrissa are soul mates destined to reconnect after seven years of separation and misunderstandings. When Alex, the emotionally abusive director of a New York Dance Company, goes too far with his criticisms (this is the point where I’d like to introduce people of Alex’s bent to the wonders of Dale Carnegie in helpfully motivating people), three dancers’ lives are redirected. Chrissa has a nervous breakdown (we later learn that she was newly pregnant during this scene, so horomones and stress contributed to her break) while Travis (injured from overexertion) can do little to comfort her besides telling off Alex. Max, the other member of the pas de trois, carries off a sobbing and temporarily deranged Chrissa to the nearest mental health hospital. (The…

  58. So few films have been made about the dance world, and this one captures the heart of it, with the insane hours of hard work, the sweat, and the frayed egos. The plot of “One Last Dance” is based on “Without a Word,” a play Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Neimi created many years ago. It is a wisp of a story, mostly about the emotions and conflicts of 3 dancers who are past their performance peak, returning to the stage for a benefit gala, to face their fears and the relationships they left behind.

    Writer/director/actress and dancer Neimi, who has an inner and outer beauty so lovely to watch, has put “One Last Dance” together on a shoestring budget, with tremendous skill and a marvelous cast. The company dancers are superb, with a technical virtuosity in many styles, from traditional to the most contemporary. George de la Pena plays Max Delano, one of the 3 leads, and will be remembered from his days with the American Ballet Theater and on Broadway, and is dynamic both as…

  59. 160 years ago (1843), Charles Dickens (1812-1870) wrote one of his most beloved short stories, "A Christmas Carol". After the advent of film early in the twentieth century, several different directors have attempted to capture Charles Dickens’ story, and various actors have portrayed the story’s protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge.
    Such was the case in 1999 when director David Hugh Jones directed an updated version of the classic story for television, which stared the venerable Shakespearean-trained actor Patrick Stewart. (Patrick Stewart was also one of the film’s executive producers.) Patrick Stewart, who is well known for his portrayal of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the 7-year TV-series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and 4 "Star Trek" feature films (as well as many other roles), has always used his Shakespearean training to create a very realistic performance in most anything that he does, and his portrayal of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge was no…

  60. For years Patrick Stewart has done a one person stage version of "Christmas Carol" playing all the parts. Twice he has taken it to New York where he received rave reviews. Those of us who could not get to New York had to be satisfied with an audio tape version. Then someone had the brilliant idea of doing the video. Naturally it was expanded to have a full cast and sets. Because of his years of doing the stage version Mr. Stewart fits so easily into the role that he is not playing a part, he IS Scrooge. There are other fine versions of the story, notably the wonderful George C. Scott production, but none can compare with Mr. Stewart. The adaptation of the story to film is so true to Dickens, he must have sat on the script writers shoulder as it was written. I taped it from the TV broadcast and now can not wait for the DVD to be released. Anyone who makes "Christmas Carol" part of their holiday or just loves magnificent acting should definitely add this…

  61. Given the enormous potential for failure, it takes either a lot of guts or a big ego to remake a classic and step into a pair of shoes worn so well by the likes of George C. Scott and Alastair Sim – you don’t have to have grown up in an English speaking country to take those two names and their portrayal of Dickens’s miserly anti-hero for granted as part of your Christmas experience. And I suspect a good part of both guts and ego was at play in this production; but let’s face it: after years of bringing Scrooge to the stage in a much-acclaimed one man show and after also having recorded the audio book version of “A Christmas Carol,” a movie adaptation starring Patrick Stewart was probably due to come out sooner or later. Yet, while it does sometimes have the feel of another huge star vehicle for Stewart (even without the self-congratulatory trailer and brief “behind the scenes” features included on the DVD), his experience and insight into the character of Scrooge allow him to pull…

  62. In 2002 I bought a book called THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE WORLD CUP by CHRIS FREDDI. It covered every World Cup tournament from the first one in 1930 through the most recent one (then) in 1998. Each tournament was broken down on a match by match basis. You got the line-ups (and when permitted) the substitutions for both countries, the names and times of every goal in each match, the name and country of each referee, the stadium where each match was played, and even the attendance at the stadium. In short, the book was a treasure trove for the intense fan. I wore out two copies.

    THE WORLD CUP:THE COMPLETE HISTORY appears, on the surface, to follow FREDDI’S path. But beware. It falls fall woefully short. Yes, you get the line-ups of each match (including substitutions) along with the name of the match officials. Goals are assigned to the appropriate goals scorers but without the times of the goal. That denies you any sense of what the momentum changes were of the match and in…

  63. ***NOTE: I wrote this in one sitting so if I ramble, that’s just who I am so don’t hate me for it…lol***

    So…as the 25 year old son of an Air Traffic Controller, I applied in July 2007 via the open applications (as a non-CTI applicant) on the FAA’s website (which I was notified of by my father). It took until December to find out that I was selected to take the AT-SAT test…my test date was Jan. 24th. I freaked and this was the only book that I could locate that seemed to have the updated tests and everything. Bought the book via Amazon and started reading.

    I found the first part interesting (regarding the history of the FAA, a lot of general info) but not important as to taking the AT-SAT test. I found the “journal/diary” of a trainee that had gone to the class in Oklahoma City to be extremely interesting and informative…I will definately re-read that if I get selected for the class. The test prep for the AT-SAT is the part I was most interested…

  64. I’m currently preparing for the AT-SAT as a non-CTI applicant and purchased this book to aid in my preparation for the exam. While this book provides the only, and therefore best, resources for preparing for this exam, so much could have been done better, particularly when it comes down to the software.

    This book serves well as a informational resource. It will answer many questions for those early on in the application process, especially for those that did not complete a CTI program. Of particular interest to anyone that picks up the book would be the daily account of a former trainee as he went through his paces at the FAA Training Academy in Oklahoma City. Also provided is an account of the facility training process at a station in the Atlanta, GA area. While this provides some useful information on what facility training can be like, it wont be applicable to all who get up to facility training as each facility trains their new controllers differently.

    The…

  65. The Region 1 DVD release of The Moonbase has been severely botched by BBC Worldwide and they have NO intention to fix their mistake or offer replacement discs to customers who already purchased this abominable release! It was mastered with an incorrect framerate of 23.98 (film speed) instead of the correct NTSC video framerate of 29.97 and essentially removes all of the VidFire sequences which is the process used by the Restoration Team to restore a “live” video look to sequences that were originally recorded in the studio onto videotape. The result makes these sequences look like they were incorrectly shot on film instead and the pixels are muddy and smeared on episodes 2 and 4.

    According to the Doctor Who DVD FAQ, BBC Worldwide is aware of the mastering problem and they have issued a statement that they have NO plans to fix it or offer replacement discs with a “Take-it-or-leave-it” attitude:

    “MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR – UPDATE

    Due to a tight…

  66. In terms of just pure plot, Next of Kin is — in many ways — a typical example of the unconventional cop vs. the mob film genre of the 1980s…However, if Next of Kin is ultimately a genre piece, its still a better-than-average example of the what the genre is capable of. Certainly, its probably the only film ever made by Patrick Swayze that can legitimately be called underrated.
    Plotwise, the film sounds almost like a parody. Patrick Swayze is a former hillbilly from Appalacia Country who has left behind his rustic family to become a big city cop and to romance sophisticated music teacher Helen Hunt. (Is there a reason why big city cops with simple backgrounds always seem to end up romancing music teacers in these films?) Swayze’s younger brother Bill Paxton also comes to the city, to pursue a life of petty crime that ends up getting him killed by mobster Adam Baldwin which leads to yet another Swayze brother coming down to the city, this one played by Liam Neeson. As…

  67. So it’s nothing short of a miracle that I ran into this webcast musical. I’d never dipped in the pond of Whedon’s work and at the time I wasn’t a fan of any of the actors, but boy did that change.

    I first heard about Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog from a couple weekly podcasts that I listened to and everyone loved it, so I gave it a try. I came out of the experience singing the catchy songs for weeks, seeking out the actors’ works, and wanting to be a bigger Whedon fan.

    The acting is spectacular. Neil Patrick Harris is one of the best actors of his generation and he shows real and refined talent by both singing and acting as Dr. Horrible himself. It’s a shame that Nathan Fillion, Captain Hammer, is not an exploding star. Felica Day, too, exhibits fine acting and singing skills and it’s hard not to fall in love with her character, Penny.

    The Whedon team (+ Mo) do an amazing job of weaving together fine acting, extremely catchy and well-written songs,…

  68. I originally worte this in May of ’06, but now Ifeel I need to update it. I’ve added some things to my review, now that I’ve played the heck out of this game.

    First of all, I have to say I have been playing the “Winning Eleven” Konami games for the past few years, giving up on the EA Sports FIFA games back in 2002, after the last World Cup video game. FIFA just isn’t that realistic, going for the arcade action rather than realism. This is the first FIFA game I’ve played in years, picking up the first ’06 World Cup game I could find, and it doesn’t disappoint.

    The ’02 game was a bit more glamorous, but it seems the designers at EA must have been playing the Konami “Winning 11″ series, because they picked up a bunch of it’s movements and in-game options and mixed it with highlights of its own series. Now don’t get me wrong–some W11 person will get on here and say, “there’s no way it can be just like W11!” It’s not. It has picked up many of its stronger…

  69. I bought this coffee maker for myself for Christmas because I wanted a single serve maker, but I didn’t want to pay the money for a Keurig. Imagine my surprise when I got a Keurig from my husband for Christmas….but I also got this. So we set up the Keurig and I put this away. Shortly after Christmas my grandfather who lives with me entered his final journey with cancer. I moved into his apartment to care for him 24/7, and I opened the Hamilton Beach so I could make a quick cup of coffee during the night while sitting up with him. I was shocked to discover that this little $20 coffee pot makes just as good coffee as my $150 Keurig.

    1. It doesn’t brew as fast as a Keurig that is “ready to go”…but it takes the same amount of time to brew a cup of coffee as a Keurig that has been “off” over night and you have to wait for the water to heat up. In my opinion, it is still faster than brewing a “traditional” pot of coffee.

    2. I don’t like really strong…

  70. First, I bought this item at Walmart on clearance. Bought one for $10 intending to take up to the office. Our hot water spout on our water cooler at home (yes, it’s that bad here) went out and this has replaced it. I ended up buying a second later at $9 (both included the free bag of pods) for the office since we’re keeping the first one at home. My wife and I use it almost daily to make coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. We interchange the tea bag for a coffee pod (depending on the tea, I will either leave the bag in my cup or actually use the basket) and have great results. I prefer using this over the microwave for hot water as it doesn’t take much longer and stays hotter longer. It’s quick, efficient, and easy to clean. Hot chocolate will splash up on the basket if you put it in the cup first, so be warned. We’ve been using them for about three months with no problems. Here are my main talking points:

    1. Single cup reservoir: you get about 8oz from a single brew…

  71. *** Note 8/6/2012 – So I’m finally able to update this thing, now that Senseo is starting to get some product in stock. A few things to note for those new to Senseo, their majority holdings from Philips were recently sold to Sara Lee I believe, and this caused a massive disruption in production and availability for the US, and thus Senseo brand coffee had been unavailable for several months. They have also made the decision to go to online-only shipping of their coffee, meaning you will not find Senseo coffee in stores anymore. The in-store alternative is the Melitta brand pods, which fit the Senseo maker, and should be sold in places such as WalMart. Personally, since Senseo has also increased their costs of their coffee (while also jerking their customers such as myself around for months), I won’t really recommend the Senseo brand anymore. Decent coffee depending on your tastes, so you will have to decide what’s worthwhile to you.

    The review for this pod drip brewer will…

  72. Ever since I purchased this item, I’ve been using it almost every single day! It is extremely convenient and is a snap to use. I live in a small apartment and this is the perfect size for one person. I always cook 1 cup of uncooked rice and it is a hearty serving for one person. It is very easy to measure all your ingredients because the non-stick bowl has marked lines on the inside (1 cup, 2 cup, and 3 cup) to show you how much water to add. Clean-up is a breeze because of the non-stick bowl.

    My favorite rice to make is jasmine rice with lots of lime juice, a little lemon juice, and cilantro. I add the rice to the non-stick bowl (1 cup uncooked). Then I add enough lime juice so that all of the rice is wet and soaking in it. Then I add just a little bit of lemon juice (1-2 tsp.). Then add a bit of butter and some salt. After rice is cooked, mix in 2 tsp. of cilantro and stir well. It’s delicious and it’s the only rice I ever make.

    The only problem with…

  73. I have always enjoyed the picture books of Tomie dePaola. His unique illustration style is immediately recognizable and is reminiscent of religious icons found in Catholic and Orthodox churches.

    Not surprisingly, dePaola often tackles Christian themes, making them accessible for younger readers and their parents. Among my all-time favorite children’s book is his “The Clown of God,” which I have enjoyed reading to children prior to Christmas.

    “Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland” is another such book. The simple narrative mainly addresses Patrick’s early years as a British boy, captured by the Irish to become a slave shepherd in Ireland. After many years alone in prayer, he escapes, but eventually is called in a dream to return to Ireland to spread the love of God. After religious studies, becoming a missionary and then a bishop, he finally returns to Ireland, setting up churches, but not without opposition from some of the local rulers.

    What I appreciate…

  74. I purchased this game and received the competing game Rugby Challenge 2011 (RC 2011) for my birthday on the same day, so I am able to have a go at comparing Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011 – the game being reviewed here) to the said RC 2011.

    RC 2011 (the other game), has more polished graphics, heaps of competition, club teams and customisation options. However, I believe that this game (RWC 2011) has smoother open play, better flow in the passing mechanism, better defending and more natural use of attacks or breaks over the advantage line. The line outs, rucks and scrums have more options in the other game. I have yet to see a driving maul in this game (I’d played both games for quite a few hours each, at the time of writing this review). RWC 2011 is limited to the 20 teams that qualified for the 2011 tournament.

    Unfortunately, the licensing for player and team likenesses do not extend to the New Zealand or Australian teams, as these were snapped up by RC 2011)…

  75. There wasn’t too much to this game you can only do the Full Tournament (real Schedule or random schedule) Warm up tour, International Tests (exhibition) and Place Kick Shoot out. but all in all it’s an ok experiance

    Pros
    - The Tournament mode is great take a team from Pool Play and take them to the Fianls for the Web Ellis Cup. (i Played as Japan beat the Springboks 27-17 in the final to win the Web Ellis Cup)
    -10 REAL Teams USA Eagles, Ireland, South Africa Springboks, Argentina Pumas, France, Scottland, Wales, Italy, Canada, and England Roses
    - the stratagies (ie Dummy and screen) are well played out
    Cons
    -Tournament mode is short and after you win the Web Ellis Cup there is literaly nothing left to accomplish.
    - The Tournament this year is in New Zealand yet no All Blacks team or the rival Wallabies.
    - No National Anthems/Team anthems if i play as Ireland i want to hear Irelands Call before i play some rugby
    -Since the All Blacks…

  76. I anticipated the release of this game for two months and even paid extra to have it priority shipped. I wish I could sell it back for the cost of shipping alone. There is no strategy to the racing just hold the controler down and wait until you win pretty much. As a reviewer stated you can pinball off of other horses and it has no effect. The worse part in my opinion is that in career mode you can “skip” the races you are not in, but you still have to skip them one by one and look at the horse that won the race in the winners circle. If you are racing in race number 9 on the card you simply have to hit “skip” for each race individualy and lumber through the ridiculous fact that you have to watch every horse in the winners circle. Four minuets later you can race (and win) your race. Sound fun? This game makes me so sick I do not even want it in my house one day longer. I will trade it today for Madden 98 or whatever they will give me at the gamestop. I wonder if the creators…

  77. As far as I know I have played every horseracing videogame to come to an American console, I even bought a Saturn just so I could play Winning Post, and this game is the worst. I had high hopes upon hearing about this game and bought it right after it came out. I was hoping it would have the race and breeding mechanics of gallop racer but with American tracks and races, boy was I disappointed. The other two reviewers have pretty much nailed down the game’s faults; it is far to easy, I probably won 75-80% of my races the first year I have played, the racing part of the game is pathetic, you basically just have to gun your horse to the lead rather he prefers to be there or not and you will win most of the time. Even pinballing between horses does not seem to hurt you, if you are blocked in just knock the horses out of the way and go right through. The breeding is also bad, the first horse that I bred with my initial 50k won the Breeder’s Cup Mile the first year. I also thought…

  78. This film demonstrates the tremendous power movies have to inspire and instruct. The production team of Jeremiah did an excellent job of taking a 52 chapter book of the Bible and condensing it accurately to film. The dialogue is Scriptural, creative, and inspiring. The acting is superb. The sets, costumes, and effects are all realistic. But what sets this film apart from other Biblical stories on film is that while some liberties were taken with characters and dialogue, they were both believable and in-line with Scripture. One example ? The character of "Judith". Basically, this young woman is the wife-to-be of Jeremiah. They have a tender relationship, share some adventures together, but never marry. Why ? In the book of Jeremiah, God tells him that he will never marry because of the terrible wrath and destruction the Babylonian armies will bring upon Israel. In creating this character, the writers make the audience feel the pain and devastation such an unction…

  79. This film demonstrates the tremendous power movies have to inspire and instruct. The production team of Jeremiah did an excellent job of taking a 52 chapter book of the Bible and condensing it accurately to film. The dialogue is Scriptural, creative, and inspiring. The acting is superb. The sets, costumes, and effects are all realistic. But what sets this film apart from other Biblical stories on film is that while some liberties were taken with characters and dialogue, they were both believable and in-line with Scripture. One example ? The character of “Judith”. Basically, this young woman is the wife-to-be of Jeremiah. They have a tender relationship, share some adventures together, but never marry. Why ? In the book of Jeremiah, God tells him that he will never marry because of the terrible wrath and destruction the Babylonian armies will bring upon Israel. In creating this character, the writers make the audience feel the pain and devastation such an unction from God would…

  80. This film is an excellent telling of Jeremiah’s life, and although time has been compressed, and some fictitious characters added to fill out the scenario, the heart of this part of biblical history is intact, and follows the accounts given in The Book of Jeremiah, II Kings 23-25, and II Chronicles 34-36.
    Some of the additions: The lovely "Judith" (Lenor Varela) as an early love interest, and "General Safan", played by that lionesque man, Oliver Reed, as one of Jeremiah’s adversaries, and someone who consistently gives bad advice to the king.
    Among the omissions: Jeremiah’s good years, when he was a friend and confidant to the devout King Josiah, which ended in 609 B.C. with the Josiah’s death.
    Jeremiah was older when most of the events that take place in this film occur, and had been ministering since 627 B.C.
    The film starts with the finding the scriptures, which King Josiah reads to the people, and a young Jeremiah, "I cannot speak, for…

  81. Imagine a Woody Allen film without Jazz music, without references to Dostoevsky, Nietzsche and the Marx Brothers, without existential questioning but with similar themes – broken marriages, second chances – and some similar characters (there is usually a hysterical woman in a Woody Allen film and Purple Violets has one as well).

    Edward Burns, I feel, is the next director to keep an eye on. The film’s plot is relatively straight-forward: two guys (Burns, Wilson), two girls (Messing, Blair), they used to know each other, are slowly coming back into each other’s lives. The two guys have been friends for a long time, the two girls have been friends for a long time. Reconciliation, being true to yourself… other themes which emerge making the film lovely, solid and very approachable.

    I would guest 65% of the film is devoted to Blair and Wilson’s characters whereas Messing and Burns follow-through with some comedic moments. He is a recovering alcoholic, trying to put…

  82. Written by, produced by, directed by, and starring Edward Burns, one has to believe that Burns’ soul is in this film. But, for a man, this is all about Selma Blair.

    This is a story of second chances, and how, through determination, perseverance, understanding, and love, we can sometimes make better choices than the first time round, and arrive at better outcomes. But it’s never easy. Nothing that matters is easy.

    The soundtrack is a series of mood pieces, and is very beautiful and soul stirring. The characters are irreverant, needful, full of potential, always earnest (the main ones are!), and in the end triumphant (again, the ones we care about are). All the aching sadness along the way leads to a glorious and inspiring end.

    Selma Blair has a breakout role. Her acting is inspired, captivating, and stunningly good. She is a brilliant sunburst of energy. If there is any justice, this role will mark the point where she emerges as a brilliant and…

  83. I love the squeeze bottle … the aerosol bottle just sprays everywhere and is harder to control quantity and where it hits. It also seems harder to judge when you have applied to much, or too little.

    With the squeeze bottle, you simply apply an even amount along the ridges on both sides of the filter and allow time for the oil to soak down into the fibers of the filter.

    This way, you can start with a smaller amount and if it isn’t enough to “soak to the middle” you know you need more, and can judge how much more based on how much you applied the first time and how much white space is left. After time, you start to get a good feel for the amount of oil needed to re-oil the filter.

    K&N filters are also specifically distributed with a spec sheet showing the amount of oil needed, and this information can also be viewed on the K&N website. For instance, my car’s filter requires 1.24oz of oil to re-oil the filter.

    With the squeeze bottle it is…

  84. We streamed this movie on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day looking for some edification in preparation for the morrow. The release date is likely 1999 rather than 1909 as stated. There is little description of the movie, and the first few minutes were devoted to images of modern raucous, hedonistic Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, but without explanation, so it was a confusing introduction to a piece about the Apostle of Ireland, but it finally got around to the Saint. It seems that much of the fact about Saint Patrick is lost in the mists of time, and those who were interviewed in the movie related as much legend and mythology as anything else; One was a priest, and another seemed to be speaking from an academic perspective, but they seemed detached rather than religious or persuasive in presentation. Without much theology, there is a little history, and a quite a lot of speculation in it. The movie is only 45 minutes, but could have been shorter and it could have been much…

  85. One year after the success of the 1994 Australian film “The Adventures Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures joined to produce the 1995 American version, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar”. Like the Australian film, which featured a trio of drag queens traveling across the rugged Australian outback from Sydney to the isolated resort of Alice Springs in a pink bus, the American version featured its own drag queen trio traveling from NYC to Los Angeles in an aging yellow Cadillac convertible; but the similarities end there. The drag queen trio featured in the American version was Miss Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), Miss Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo). After Noxeema and Vida share the title of a drag queen contest, they invite (with Noxeema’s reluctance) Chi-Chi to join them to participate in a national contest in Los Angeles. Not having enough money for all three to fly to Los Angeles…

  86. I purchased this item in part because of my interest in the style of architecture this structure exemplifies. There was one “5 star” review from a previous customer which helped in my decision to purchase. The backside of the package has 3 paragraphs that gives some brief history relative to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There are indeed 117 individual pieces which one is required to push through the 1/4 inch cards that they are set in. They are relatively easy to remove and they separate cleanly from the cards. Additionally, as the previous reviewer mentioned the tiny tab holes are also easily removed with a toothpick. The pieces are all numbered, but it isn’t always easy to follow the order of assembly that the step-by-step directions show. That would be my only complaint because if one is not careful about the order of assembly it might require pulling sections out in order to fit the proper piece and/or section into the proper spot. Otherwise, most of the structure is relatively easy…

  87. In terms of just pure plot, Next of Kin is — in many ways — a typical example of the unconventional cop vs. the mob film genre of the 1980s…However, if Next of Kin is ultimately a genre piece, its still a better-than-average example of the what the genre is capable of. Certainly, its probably the only film ever made by Patrick Swayze that can legitimately be called underrated.
    Plotwise, the film sounds almost like a parody. Patrick Swayze is a former hillbilly from Appalacia Country who has left behind his rustic family to become a big city cop and to romance sophisticated music teacher Helen Hunt. (Is there a reason why big city cops with simple backgrounds always seem to end up romancing music teacers in these films?) Swayze’s younger brother Bill Paxton also comes to the city, to pursue a life of petty crime that ends up getting him killed by mobster Adam Baldwin which leads to yet another Swayze brother coming down to the city, this one played by Liam Neeson. As…

  88. I picked up this book mainly on the premise of identical triplets separated as babies and raised in very different households. The whole nature vs. nurture thing is fascinating to me (plus I’m writing a book with a similar concept, so the idea is pretty close to my heart), so I figured I’d try it.

    Dorthea, the triplet that didn’t go to the mansion, was the main character for the first half of the book. She was ambitious, which I admired…but that was about it. She was just so heartless and ruthless and immoral. I kept trying to find something redeeming, I really did. But as the book went on, she got worse, and I hated her so much.

    Veronica, Judith’s daughter, was a spoiled brat. A spoiled, selfish, irresponsible, lazy brat. She had so much potential, though, and I hated her mostly because she could do so much…and instead, she got in trouble and threw money at it to make it go away.

    Sarah, Abigail’s daughter, was the…

  89. Timothy Patrick’s TEA CUPS & TIGER CLAWS is a fractured fairytale, a darkly funny parable about haves and have-nots, takers and givers, and what it’s like to live in the shadow of great mansions on the Hill. The story is divided into three parts. The first revolves around three identical triplet sisters born to a white trash mother and her alcoholic loser husband living in a garbage-littered dump. Two of the babies – Abigail and Judith – are adopted by “the Duchess,” who lives in one of the town’s two palatial Victorian mansions; the third sister – Dorthea – grows up in poverty with her parents in a run-down shack, with little hope of anything better. Abbey and Judith become young ladies living in the lap of luxury, while Dorthea learns the lesson her parents teach her – “when love isn’t an option, sometimes the next best thing is hate.” She vows to get revenge on her sisters, the Duchess, and the Newfields who live in Sunny Slope Manor, the grandest estate in town.

    In…

  90. “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” written by Timothy Patrick is the story about unequal opportunities for success in life, aspiration to get rich and gain position in society, about injustice and revenge seen through the history of a family in which there is no lack of excitement.

    The novel is divided in three parts. In first part, called “Sisters” reader will meet identical triplet girls; two of them, Abbey and Judith, will be adopted by a rich Duchess while the third one Dorthea will remain living with her poor and troubled natural parents. Therefore she will vow to get revenge both on her sisters and the Duchess.

    In second part, named “Cousins” after many years have passed and a new generation was born, Sarah and Veronica which are daughters of Abbey and Judith, together with Ernest, Dorthea’s adopted son will become pawns in her vicious plan for vengeance.

    An in the final part “Enemies” Dorthea will go…

  91. Forget the gym! Patrick brings a great workout right into your home. Using a body bar and an aerobic step, Patrick leads you through an innovative and effective total body toning, strength-building workout. Interspersed throughout are brief, athletic, cardio intervals, so you get the whole package wrapped up in one! You finish the workout with a very thorough ab section. If you’ve been wanting to give Patrick a try, but have found descriptions of his complex, dancy choreography intimidating, this is the Patrick workout for you. :-) The choreography in the cardio segments is very basic and athletic.

    Throughout the workout, you get the bonus of Patrick’s fun and engaging personality, making you feel like you’re working out with a good buddy. He is one of the best instructors in the industry, combining an infectious grin with impeccable cuing, effective routines, and the understanding that if a workout isn’t fun, you won’t do it. So he makes FUN a priority. If you…

  92. …that Amazon does not provide sufficient information as to the contents of this DVD collection, so I took the liberty of posting this list. I hope it may be useful to others.

    Tom Alone a.k.a. Last Train Home (1990) – TV Movie – 92 min – Drama – Director: Randy Bradshaw – Stars: Ron White, Noam Zylberman and Donna Goodhand.

    Devil’s Hill a.k.a. Touch the Sun: Devil’s Hill (1988) – TV Movie – 95 min – Director: Esben Storm – Stars: Cameron Atkins, Peter Hehir and Mary Haire.

    To Brave Alaska (1996) – TV Movie – 89 min – Adventure / Drama – Director: Bruce Pittman – Stars: Alyssa Milano, Cameron Bancroft and Winston Rekert.

    Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994) – TV Movie – 92 min – Drama – Director: Christian Duguay – Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Kelli Williams and Richard Ian Cox.

    The Red Fury (1984) – 105 min – Drama – Director: Lyman Dayton – Stars: Wendy Lynne, Cal Bartlett and Katherine Cannon.

    Captain…

  93. This collection of mostly made-for-TV movies is a lot better than you’d expect for the price. (That said, you can pick this up at any Walmart or K-Mart for $5, so don’t buy it here.).

    The standouts, each of which is worth the $5 alone, are “To Brave Alaska,” with Alyssa Milano and Cameron Bancroft as a couple stuck in the freezing Alaska wilderness, “Rugged Gold,” with Jill Eikenberry and Art Hindle as a couple stuck in the freezing Alaska wilderness, and “Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story,” with Neil Patrick Harris and Kelli Williams as a couple stuck in the freezing American wilderness.

    Noticing a pattern here? Good. That’s just what prolific movie repackager Echo Bridge wants you to notice. EB is very good at two things: Grouping similarly themed movies, and doing it over and over again in different packages, so you have to sometimes own three copies of the same movie in order to get copies of all the movies you’d like. How annoyingly douchy of…

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