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Star Trek Into Darkness (Bilingual)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Chris Pine
Offered by Keep It Real
Prix : CDN$ 14.07
9 used & new from CDN$ 4.49

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Love the new Star Trek, Sept. 12 2015
I've watched this movie a few times now and I love it. It's Star Trek as it should be with a new young cast that blend in perfectly into the roles of the actors I grew up watching as Star Trek went on its five year mission. As a Star Trek fan I felt totally rest assured with the new actors.

The sci-fi effects are fabulous and the scenes and performances are riveting and believeable. Benedict Cumberbatch makes a great, believable villain. The humour is really well done (mostly from Bones & Scottie) and is fits in well despite the seriousness of the events the crew are facing. The ending has a nice twist of genius that I really enjoyed. I can't wait for the next movie.

Interstellar [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
Interstellar [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Matthew McConaughey
Prix : CDN$ 24.99

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Glued to my seat watching this movie, Sept. 12 2015
I found myself on the edge of my seat for this film and even had to laugh at myself when I was tilting in my seat to help the actors along in the thrilling docking scene.

There were a few things about the movie that I had trouble buying into (corn being the only food they could produce in the world, changing history to say the Apollo landing on the moon wasn't true, and no attempts to colonize Mars). But despite these parts of the plot I had difficulty with, the rest of the story and the performances by the actors were awesome.

I found myself glued to my seat as they struggled, travelling through a new galaxy trying to find another planet to call home because earth and humanity are doomed.

I really enjoyed it the first time but I want to watch it again so I can pick up more detail. I recommend this movie.

Wild (Bilingual)
Wild (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Reese Witherspoon
Prix : CDN$ 9.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Riveting story of rediscovery, Sept. 12 2015
This review is from: Wild (Bilingual) (DVD)
The scenery in this movie was beautiful but it was the story that I found riveting. Reese's portrayal of Chery Grey/Strays life is absolutely convincing and I think one of her best performances. The movie is based on a true story so there are a few scenes that portray how Cheryl fell into a destructive life after the death of her mother.

After hitting rock bottom and desperate to make a huge change in her life Cheryl got a big backpack and gear and loaded herself down and set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail "PCT". She had no hiking or camping experience but had a lot of determination. She makes friends along the trail that help her (this is where I personally identified with her story because our family experienced the same thing and wonderful friendships made along the way).

Her goal was simple to say but not so easy to do--to find herself again, to become the woman she knew she was meant to be. Also the be the woman her mother raised her to be.

As Cheryl hikes she has a lot of time to be introspective and we flashback to the events of her past which show us her relationship with her mother and how she ran off the rails and hit rock bottom after her mother's death. These moments when she reflected on her past memories helped me identify with who she was, how she was brought up, her tremendous struggle and who she could be if she was successful in rediscovering herself.

I enjoyed the movie so much I have bought the book so I can read more detail about her experience.

EcoJeannie 2 Pack Super Strong Ripstop Nylon Foldable Reusable Bag Grocery Shopping Tote Bag with built-in Pouch (Gray+Navy)
EcoJeannie 2 Pack Super Strong Ripstop Nylon Foldable Reusable Bag Grocery Shopping Tote Bag with built-in Pouch (Gray+Navy)
Offered by Arrow Industries Inc
Prix : CDN$ 33.95

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Light, strong and large and it compacts easily, Aug. 30 2015
I love this collapsible bag. It's so light and small and easy to throw into my day bag. Then when I hit the market or drugstore I can pull it out and fill it up. It compacts down quite small but the bag is actually quite large. I love that it's ripstop nylon so I can go about my usual rough and tumble ways and if the bag catches on something and gets a tear it won't keep tearing. To compact it back into it's small pouch you just shove it into itself with your fingers - no fancy folding or fussing required. I received a sample for an honest review and I love this bag and really recommend it.

EcoJeannie (WB0003 - 3 Pack) Wool Dryer Balls - XL Eco-Friendly Natural Unscented Fabric Softener Static Guard - Handmade in Nepal
EcoJeannie (WB0003 - 3 Pack) Wool Dryer Balls - XL Eco-Friendly Natural Unscented Fabric Softener Static Guard - Handmade in Nepal
Offered by Arrow Industries Inc
Prix : CDN$ 30.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 15.85

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Soft Clothes from the dryer, reducing drying time and no chemicals, Aug. 16 2015
I love these 100% wool dryer balls. No more dryer sheets. These dryer balls are the perfect solution to anyone who doesn't like the scented dryer sheets or who may have allergies to chemicals.. The wool dryer balls actually work the same way as fabric softener but they do so completely without chemicals. They also considerably reduce drying time for clothes. They do make some noise in the dryer but for my home it's far enough away that I don't really hear it. These are a fabulous solution to people who want softer clothes from the dryer but want to avoid chemicals and perfumes. Of course the dryer balls are hypoallergenic. The info sheet that comes with the product says they will last up to one thousand loads of laundry. That's a great savings. Use all three balls at once in your load. The company also sells 6 packs. I highly recommend them, especially since they are solid wool with no fillers.

EcoJeannie CK0001 6-Inch Advanced Ceramic Blade Professional Chef's Knife with Plastic Cover, 13.7 by 13.7 by 5-Inch, Coffee
EcoJeannie CK0001 6-Inch Advanced Ceramic Blade Professional Chef's Knife with Plastic Cover, 13.7 by 13.7 by 5-Inch, Coffee
Offered by Arrow Industries Inc
Prix : CDN$ 29.95
2 used & new from CDN$ 22.95

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Light weight and efficient at cutting, Aug. 16 2015
I had never used a ceramic knife before but I have to say that I really like this knife. First of all it is nice and sharp. It cuts through veggies quickly and efficiently. It does feel different that a metal knife. It's much lighter and the handle makes gripping it really easy. The directions say that ceramic knives stay sharper much much longer which is a huge plus. It comes with a protective sheath for storing. Also it'll never rust. I highly recommend this knife for regular kitchen use.

Alien Quadrilogy (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
Alien Quadrilogy (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
Prix : CDN$ 17.49
4 used & new from CDN$ 17.49

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic series that you will watch over and over, July 29 2015
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When Alien first came out many years ago I was much younger and I found the movie pretty scary. The second movie, Aliens, has always been my favourite as Sigourney plays Ellen Ripley, a tough, smart pilot who can really kick alien butt.
The aliens in this story are tough, smart, and weaponized. They are more than a match for manpower and weapons but Ripley is a fast learner as she struggles to stay alive.
Every time an Alien movie would came on the air I would watch it. When VCR's came around I bought the set and now of course I have the DVD's.
This is a series of movies that any sci-fi lover will really enjoy. I watch the whole series every other year or so and enjoy it every time. I highly recommend the whole set.

Kisscut (Grant County)
Kisscut (Grant County)
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers CA
Prix : CDN$ 11.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great as a second time reading, July 22 2015
This is the second time that I've read Kisscut. This is the author's second book and the second one in the Grant County series with Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tollifer. Obviously I like the book a lot and so am reading it again.
I won't go into story detail other than to state that it involves child pornography. Note - other reviews here don't mention spoilers but there are many that give away most of the story and who done it. I didn't find the writing to be too graphic for the topic. In truth it could have been much worse and hard to read considering the topic is child pornography. (On the author's website is a really good interview where Karen explains about her books. She did say that many things she is told by cops is horrific and true but she can't write about it because no one would believe it - truth being stranger than fiction).

I will say that the criminals in this story are not who I expected them to be. The book is suspenseful and there are many secrets which keeps you turning pages to have them revealed. Lena, a detective on the force is recovering from post traumatic stress among other things and we follow her as she struggles to rejoin her job and her sense of self after her horrific experiences in the first book Blindsighted.

This author is good. She writes a strong story that winds and unfolds bit by bit. I find her characters to be realistic, although I don't always like them very much (Lena). I've read all Karen Slaughter's books to date and have enjoyed them all, especially the Will Trent series which is the most recent. You'll enjoy the books best if you read them all in order as the characters carry on in the other books.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.53
33 used & new from CDN$ 2.68

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb story telling, July 19 2015
This is the first book in the Dragon Tattoo triology. The author, Stieg Larsson, unfortunately died shortly after the manuscripts were completed which is such a great loss of an excellent writer. It now appears a fourth book will soon be available, The GIrl in the Spider's Web written by David Lagercrantz (it's on Amazon now for pre-order now and will be available Sept 2015).

I read many reviews before purchasing this book and so I knew ahead that there would be a detailed family tree introduced in the story and that some reviewers found that difficult to remember or get through. I didn't have any problem with it at all, but because of the pre-warning I paid more attention to the names to help me keep everyone straight. To me this part of the book didn't appear to be slow or boring. I saw it as the author presenting all the evidence and research of potential killers.

I found Salander to be a fascinating character. She's a street-wise bisexual gal who just happens to have a genius level IQ. But she has had a rough past and is dealing with a lot of emotional baggage. The story revolves around Salander and publisher/magazine owner Michal Blomkist as they research a 40 year mysterious disappearance of a young woman. The crimes that come out prove there's a nasty serial killer that's been operating for years.

The conclusion is a real surprise and I found the book to be a page turner all the way through. The other two books you will enjoy even more as the Salander and Blomkist story continues and Salander's past is revealed.

There are two movies based on the books and they are excellent as well. One covers all three books and is in Swedish with English sub titles. The other is in English and covers book 1 and parts of book 2. I own both and recommend them as well.

This is a series of books that you will want to keep to read again.

Blindsighted: The First Grant County Thriller (Grant County Thrillers)
Blindsighted: The First Grant County Thriller (Grant County Thrillers)
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers CA
Prix : CDN$ 11.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fabulous read, even the second time reading it, July 18 2015
This is the second time I've read Blindsighted by Karen Slaughter (yes that's her real name). I had read all her books a few years ago and while looking for more reading I came across her web site where she talked about her books. It was excellent and inspired me once again to read the books since I had forgotten the details.

That said, I experienced the same reading experience as the first time - staying up late because I couldn't put it down, enjoying complex and thorough descriptions of autopsies and pathology. It's suspenseful, a bit gory and detailed about the crimes (which is what I want) and really well written to keep you turning pages. I nearly missed my stop a couple days because I was so caught up in the book.

Her characters are complex and interesting--not all of them likeable--but they support the plot really well.

I'm now on her second novel Kisscut again for the second time. It's surprising how much you can enjoy re-reading a good book. All her books are great but you'll enjoy them most if you start with her first which is this one in the "Grant County" series.

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