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Laurence R. Hunt "Laurence Hunt" (Kenora, Ontario, Canada)
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ProSource Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell, 45-Pound
ProSource Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell, 45-Pound
Price: CDN$ 56.80

5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal 45-pound kettlebell at a great price, July 18 2015
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This is a totally satisfactory 45-pound kettlebell. I'd also buy the same brand in a heavier weight (say, 60#) if I could get it. The handle works well for me with a one or two-hand grip, and my hands are about average size. It sits flat on the floor, and has a nice finish. Ideal for my purposes.

Terminator: Genisys [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
Terminator: Genisys [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: CDN$ 22.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A successful addition to the Terminator series --- easily as good a story as the rest, and worthy of the original!, July 17 2015
OK. It seems there have been some critical reviews of Terminator Genisys. Well, if you liked the other ones, then you'll like this one just fine. They didn't do anything wrong. Of course T100s can age, they have human skin. Then there are the polymetal terminators and the new human/terminator hybrids. Confused? Aw, it's not that confusing. Skynet is still bad and has to be stopped. It keeps coming up with new kinds of Terminators to fight humans in multiple timelines (thus, sequels can keep being made). Arnold is still fine as a Terminator, with marginal but meaningful emotions and awkward smiles, Jai Courtney excels as Kyle Reese, and Emilia Clarke is perfectly capable as Sarah Connor. John Connor is a more complex character this time, and that part may have to get fixed in the next one. Hopefully there will be another one. I'm sure Skynet has more tricks up its digital sleeve. No worries. Watch it if you're interested. (I for one don't need to see anywhere near so many things crashing and blowing up, but I guess there are those who do... they won't be disappointed. But there is a plot and quite a few things to think about as well.)

Chappie [Blu-ray + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
Chappie [Blu-ray + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: CDN$ 24.96
11 used & new from CDN$ 11.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and thoughtful on many levels --- a total success!, July 11 2015
Chappie was absolutely refreshing, one of the most enjoyable films I've watched in quite a while. It's all about what it means to be a "person." You will have no doubts as to how to answer that question by the time you've finished this one. Yolandi Visser was a real standout as "Mommy," and the acting was strong on all fronts. Credit (again) to Neill Blomkamp as the director, he's definitely on a roll. Mr. Blomkamp excels in showing the many faces of South Africa, bringing the country alive in his work. Actually, when I think about it, this was a brilliant film, and on many levels! It will leave you thinking long after watching... every bit as much as the perhaps more serious (and also excellent) Ex Machina.

JFIT Vinyl Kettlebell Set
JFIT Vinyl Kettlebell Set
Price: CDN$ 100.94 - CDN$ 226.37

5.0 out of 5 stars I can't imagine a better-made kettlebell, May 13 2015
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This review is from: JFIT Vinyl Kettlebell Set (Sports)
I recently ordered four J Fit kettlebells (20, 25, 30 & 35 pounds). I already had 10-pound CAP kettlebells, and the J Fit are clearly superior. The dipped vinyl is very thick and durable, and the handles are smooth and well-finished. There is a different colour for each weight, another feature I like. I can't imagine a better-made kettlebell. The thick vinyl is a real plus if you're sometimes impacting your body with them, as it noticeably softens the body contact. The kettlebells also came very clean and in good condition. I ordered them in sets at a discount, and the free shipping was an incredible bonus. There was no delay in delivery, prompt service, despite the considerable weight.

J Fit  Kettlebell
J Fit Kettlebell
Price: CDN$ 31.41 - CDN$ 54.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't imagine a better-made kettlebell, May 13 2015
This review is from: J Fit Kettlebell (Sports)
I recently ordered four J Fit kettlebells (20, 25, 30 & 35 pounds). I already had 10-pound CAP kettlebells, and the J Fit are clearly superior. The dipped vinyl is very thick and durable, and the handles are smooth and well-finished. There is a different colour for each weight, another feature I like. I can't imagine a better-made kettlebell. The thick vinyl is a real plus if you're sometimes impacting your body with them, as it noticeably softens the body contact. The kettlebells also came very clean and in good condition. I ordered them in sets at a discount, and the free shipping was an incredible bonus. There was no delay in delivery, prompt service, despite the considerable weight.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Colin Firth
Price: CDN$ 19.99
7 used & new from CDN$ 14.42

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of its genre... and it might be a new genre!, April 1 2015
Kingsman is just a little over the top, as it's laced with comic book violence, but somehow, that manages to stay in the background. So, start with a little bit of the Matrix, add in a big helping of "JB" (James Bond, Jason Bourne or Jack Bauer, your pick), and finish, maybe, with Mars Attacks and exploding heads (sorry about that part!)... and wrap it up in a Saville Row suit. How does that sound? Samuel Jackson is a smashing (eccentric) bad guy, newcomers Sofia Boutella and Taron Egerton look to be on the rise, and then you have the dependability of Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and a couple of other familiar names. In summary, a suitable evening's diversion. I hope they do a sequel... I have a soft spot for underground lairs and high tech gimmicks, etc., etc.

We Are The Best! [Blu-ray]
We Are The Best! [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Mira Barkhammar
Price: CDN$ 29.98
2 used & new from CDN$ 23.74

5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh and unsentimental take on how children really grow up...., March 7 2015
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This is absolutely one of the freshest of the recent crop of movies. Simple and disarming, the gentle narrative takes you in and brings alive the stories of young people growing up in Stockholm in the 80s. We begin with two girls, Klara and Bobo, both of whom are somewhat invisible to the adults in their lives as well as to their peers. They are creative enough to explore and experiment with the freedom that their marginal status paradoxically accords them. We see Klara, the dominant personality, challenged in subtle and direct ways by Bobo, who, though more reticent, is actually an equally strong character.

One of the most touching aspects of the film is the girls' decision to take in Hedvig, a talented classical guitarist who is more socially disconnected than they, as their close friend. Hedvig proves also to be their equal. Together, the three girls literally ignite as they discover their ability to collaborate in forming a punk band and writing their own music, taking on largely innocent modes of rebellion to create their own niche in a world that mostly leaves them free to find their own way.

The girls are up to the challenge, with the result that the viewer's time spent with them on-screen is richly rewarded. A highlight is the girls' theme song, "Hata Sport" ("Hate the Sport") in which they argue that there are more important things in the world than the next sports competition and "throwing your ball." The real delight of the film is watching all three girls' personalities develop. A breath of fresh Scandinavian air.

Predestination Bilingual [Blu-ray]
Predestination Bilingual [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Sarah Snook
Price: CDN$ 22.96
7 used & new from CDN$ 22.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only recent film presentation of a Heinlein story that has truly succeeded, March 5 2015
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Almost nothing written by Robert Heinlein has been translated from novel to screen. In fact, only his minor works have ever been done, and until now, the film translations of these minor works have failed or at least disappointed (Puppet Masters; Starship Troopers; 2-3 low budget 50s movies). Well, the short story that Predestination is based on is still a minor work, but the realization on film is jawdropping. From my perspective, this film is a 100% success --- a minor masterpiece. And who is/are the main character(s)? You'll figure it out. With Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook... both at the absolute peak of their form. Noah Taylor is solid in a supporting role. An Australian production (obviously to its advantage.)

Vikings: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Vikings: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Travis Fimmel
Price: CDN$ 40.49
7 used & new from CDN$ 34.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing almost every desirable feature, including subtitles: This inferior Canadian version should be taken off the market!, Feb. 23 2015
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This inferior Canadian edition of a superlative series is without subtitles, extended episodes, alternate tracks, high quality sound, and possibly other features. As a person with moderate hearing loss, I depend on the subtitles, and I challenge anyone to catch every word in the heat of action without them. Given that the US edition is fully-featured, and that this is a Canadian production, there is no excuse. I was also too late to return this shoddy product. For shame on Phase Four Productions for churning out this piece of junk. And I challenge Amazon.ca to obtain the superior American product. It is more disappointing because I really enjoy the series! DO NOT BUY THIS. Amazon.com will ship the high quality US version to Canada for a $10 premium, from a lower base price. It's worth it, based on quality alone.

(OK. I did a little research on Phase 4. They also produced the Miss Meadows DVD recently, another one that I had noticed had no features or subtitles. We may be onto something here. Possibly good news, after doing several acquisitions of their own, they themselves were acquired on June 2, 2014, by Entertainment One, also a Canadian company. Hopefully eOne cleans up the act. However, for now at least, the label "Phase 4" will mean "do not buy" in my world.)

Miss Meadows [Import]
Miss Meadows [Import]
Price: CDN$ 24.15
13 used & new from CDN$ 16.33

4.0 out of 5 stars A morality play dressed as satire, Feb. 6 2015
This review is from: Miss Meadows [Import] (DVD)
This is a morality play, lightly presented. There are comedic elements, but it is hardly a comedy. Katie Holmes is indeed brilliant as the (almost) entirely perfectionistic Miss (not Ms.) Meadows. While the film is easy to watch, it does force the viewer to give thought to its overarching theme, which is that citizens must take action to preserve community safety (this is not a film that revels in violence, though violence is used to set the stage and to drive the primary theme).

The film is also a particular treat for that small minority of us who care about the proper (if not overly exacting) usage of the English language.

While this may be a minority concern, the film lacks subtitles, and I found several of the characters to mumble to the point that I couldn't make out what was being said, even at high volume. There are several child characters, and I had to interpret their communication through their actions and facial expressions, as their words were wholly unintelligible to me. Hopefully in future editions, subtitles will be added.

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