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Death Note - L Change The World (DVD) 22/05/2016

One for the Fans - An L tribute

Death Note - L Change The World (DVD) This was a tougher act than even the live action movies, as at least the movies had some source material to work with in the form of the manga and the supreme anime. Overall it does a satisfying job and I guess really this review is only for those that are fans of Death Note. If you’re not, then I implore you to put any reservations to one side and watch the original anime which has a brutal 9.0 rating on IMDB. The main cast member here is of course Kenichi Matsuyama who is the world renowned detective L. Of course most of the original cast aren’t in it for different reasons but won’t put any spoilers in this section but please do not read on if you haven’t watched the originals. This was also directed by Hideo Nakata who is better known as the director of the ring films, but original and Hollywood remakes. Spoilers of the previous Death Note included below ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As we know from the ending of the previous film, L effectively sacrificed himself, however has a 23 day window before he is to die, so this film takes place in that 23 day window and shows him once again in the midst of madness of trying to stop a chemical virus from infecting the whole world. It is a pretty simple plot and doesn’t have any great twists like the anime and the film. For me it was just a tribute to the L character and the film was produced cause of the massive fan base that L has. As a film I would recommend it but only to those that are fans of the source ...

Altec Lansing BXR1320 01/12/2014

Value For Money

Altec Lansing BXR1320 Upon starting my new job I had to order all of my new stationery including the desktop speakers specifically for when I was required to do presentations. The only requirements I had was that they cost under £20 and were easily transferable and ideally didn't take up an extra power socket. This set of speakers met my requirements and I will summarise why I am so happy about them. Generally with these type of speakers they are very low quality but that isn't the case here. In terms of design they are well built and have a flat base which is sturdy so they won't be falling over with a light breeze. However this doesn't mean that they are heavy, as they are very light speakers and very compact. They do not take up much room which for desk speakers at work is ideal as I like to have a very clean desk. In terms of sounds quality you get what you pay for. In the past I have had £10 budget speakers and especially in hindsight I can admit that the sound was atrocious. Don't expect these to blow you away but they get the job done. The sound from this is crisp and obviously these aren't amazing for music especially as they don't have a sub. With my old speakers I had to turn them off manually but what is great about these is that they switch off automatically which can save a lot of power in the long run. Like I mentioned before I didn't want speakers that take up an extra power socket and these fit the bill. They are powered directly by USB Power. It also means I can transfer ...

Argos White Oscillating Tower Fan 10/11/2014

Gets the Job Done

Argos White Oscillating Tower Fan Normally I am quite good at dealing with hot weather but this summer at times it was just that tad bit too hot for me, so I thought I would invest in a relatively cheap fan. Let's face it when it's sunny here, it is never for too long so I didn't exactly want to invest a lot in something that I will only use a few days a year. So I needed something urgently, popped on to the Argos site and saw this had a lot of positive reviews and it was in the value range. Next thing I popped down to my local Argos and before you know it I was the owner of a Tower fan. The reason I plumped for a tower fan instead of the classic kind is twofold. Firstly it is easier to store away as it is quite compact and not too bulky plus I know I am in the minority but I find Tower Fans to be more attractive. This comes with three settings like with most fans. Personally I always use the highest setting as I don't find the first two to have a great enough effect. Especially with setting number one I am not sure why anyone would use this. This is really a waste of a setting, but I guess for this value they can't make the fan that much more powerful. I didn't have to worry about paper flying off my desk as I used this primarily in my room to cool me down in the evenings before I went to sleep. Of course with these things noise is always a factor and there is some noise here however I was pleasantly surprised that it was not too loud. I was expecting this to be a nuisance however in actual fact if I ...

Chanel Allure Homme Sport Deodorant Spray 10/11/2014

A Must Have

Chanel Allure Homme Sport Deodorant Spray This is one of my favourite Deodorants and ranks amongst my top especially when it comes to Chanel. Chanel has about five main different fragrances of which in each fragrance they produce the aftershaves, the balms, all the way through to the deodorants so this deodorant is specifically for Allure Homme Sport, not to be confused with the also popular Allure Homme as the smells are very different between the two. In terms of the can it is a very basic can but it works well. It isn't one of these fancy twist ones like Lynx or the Right Guard ones where you have to turn the nozzle and take it off safety. It just has a simple lid which you remove and then spray. I do find with the Chanel deodorants that with each spray only a little comes out at a time. If you think of the Lynx ones where you can hold the button down and it will spray forever, this is the complete opposite. So you need to press the button quite a few times, and I generally aim for about five or six sprays in order to get good coverage. I do use it primarily for the smell so this goes mainly over my clothes rather than my cheaper antiperspirant which is for the body. The smell like I mentioned is the same as the aftershave. The best way to describe it is a spicy fruit. There is a very woody type of after tone which is my favourite part but it also smells very sophisticated but then it does cost considerably more than others. You are looking at £23 at Boots so definitely not day wear here. I refrain from wearing ...

Tear the World Down - We Are the Fallen 06/10/2014

A very decent album

Tear the World Down - We Are the Fallen Let's be clear, this is effectively Evanescence having returned without the original lead singer Amy Lee. For those of you who don't know, Evanescence were a massive band maybe ten years ago and had some huge singles. They were gothic but appealed to the main stream and Ben Moody was a big part of this. He was a great producer and knew what worked with the leader singer Amy Lee who has a phenomenal voice. Unfortunately though as in most cases he didn't like how Amy Lee was getting all the exposure and they had numerous arguments. Eventually he left taking the whole band with him and they found a new female leader singer, Carly Smithson, who initially found fame through the popular tv show American Idol. Don't get bogged down by this as she has a set of pipes on her and proves a decent replacement for Amy Lee. So with the same member's asides from lee and a new singer, unsurprisingly this has a very Evanescence feel to the album but there were a few great tracks on her and as always I will review my favourite ones. Bury Me Alive ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was the first single released from the album and sets the tone really for the whole album. It is very gothic and I've noticed as it is really is Ben Moody's band now that he has put a massive emphasis on the electric guitar just to stamp his mark. Vocally it is very strong and clearly Carly had to lay down a marker and show off her voice here. What I must say however is that vocally she isn't in the same league as Amy Lee but she ...

The Place Beyond the Pines (DVD) 05/10/2014

Worth a watch

The Place Beyond the Pines (DVD) This is a movie that I had heard very good things about so I was eager to watch it and finally got the chance this weekend. The basic plot is about a guy who finds out that he has a son but feels regret at not being able to give him a life or providing any money. So he decides to start robbing bank. As you can imagine from here it starts to get complicated and if I say any more about the plot it really will turn into spoilers which is not what I like my reviews to be like. Cast ~~~~~~~~~~ Ryan Gosling - Luke Eva Mendes - Romina Bradley Cooper - Avery Dane DeHaan - Jason My Opinion ~~~~~~~~~~~~ So I guess let's start with Ryan Gosling. He is the shining light that sets this movie on fire. As usual he is his smouldering quiet self. Relying more on providing that screen presence rather than dialogue and you really feel his hurt from having missed the baby's birth. Now whilst he is great at this role it is also my biggest criticism of Gosling. We have seen him act in other movies but more and more he is being typecast in to this type of film and especially since the release of Drive. I think he needs to make an effort now to avoid this type of role to avoid getting to the stage where he never gets offer a more diverse role. Bradley Cooper plays his role well but his character is nowhere near as interesting as Ryan's. However his character is much deeper in the sense that he is a police officer and faces a moral dilemma especially when it comes to the corruption that he sees ...

Philips HD4666/40 02/10/2014

A great kettle

Philips HD4666/40 The kettle I had for last eight years broke down last month and of course like most people I can't survive without my tea so had to rush out and get a kettle. Normally I research for best deal and don't mind waiting a few days, but in this instance as it was a classified 'emergency' I popped to Argos, checked through catalogue and plumped for this choice. It seems like this comes in two different colours as the version in the picture is Red whilst mine is a silver stainless steel but this is a minor point. For me when buying a Kettle I don't look for many features but a few are essential. Firstly there needs to be a clear water level indicator which is accurate. I don't like wasting water which is why this is so important and of course I don't want the occasions where I underestimate the amount of water and need to boil another amount. Secondly I hate when the dirt and scale builds up in the kettle which usually happens after constant use. I want an easy cleanable solution and this kettle has a system where there is a removable washable scale filter so this works for me. Also I have notice that the gap to fill the water is bigger here than my previous kettle and whilst this is not essential it is a nice plus. Of course boil speed is important this is where this kettle has a big advantage over my old one. I would say it is twice as fast and literally as soon as I press the button it is off and whizzing and you can expect in 30-45 seconds for your water to be ready. By far ...

Axa Private Healthcare 01/10/2014

Hopefully nothing nasty will appear in the future. - Axa healthca

Axa Private Healthcare I am relatively new to AXA insurance but thankfully with my new job having AXA as cover I have been quick to take full advantage of the scheme and to try and get my injuries sorted. I will go through the process here and what I liked and didn't like about it. So I won't mention my employer but once I received my membership number for AXA, I phoned up the direct line for AXA. This is a specialist line dedicated to my company and they are also open on Saturdays which is a real advantage I feel as often on a weekday I don't have time. I must add that before phoning AXA for any issues you have, you have to go to your GP first and get a referral. This is basically just so that the insurance company understands that it is a real issue and that your GP is happy to refer you to a specialist and private healthcare. Once you phone AXA you tell them about your problem and they will ask you if you have a consultant in mind or if you want them to find you one. In my case I am very new to this so I asked them to find me one. They then say that they will get back to you within two working days and give you claim numbers so make sure you hang on to these. I will be honest I was a little worried when they said they would find me the specialist consultants. I figured that they would have their special connections that offer them better rates and maybe skimp out with cheaper ones so that they can save money. They did not get back to me after two days, but to be fair to them they called me on ...

Chanel Antaeus After-Shave Lotion 29/09/2014

Check It Out - Chanel Antaeus

Chanel Antaeus After-Shave Lotion I have the whole Chanel men's range as I used to work there so took advantage of the generous discount that they provided. This is one of the brands under the men's fragrances along with Allure Homme, Allure Homme Sport, Blue, Platinum Egoist and Pour Monsieur, although there are numbered of limited edition brands that have their own set of products. This is a specific smell that has got quite a mixed reaction but personally I love it and it offers something completely different to the others and in fact makes the likes of Allure Homme seem very bland in comparison. The best way to describe the smell is a Leathery musky smell. I mean this is the nicest way possible. It smells of sophistication and class but then that is where the criticism has come in with a few people saying that it smells like an old man's fragrance. By this I assume they mean it smells of something from the 70's or 80's but I disagree. Just because it is different doesn't make it bad. Take Burberry London for example. It is one of the most popular but that for me smells like something from years gone by so I guess it really depends on the individual and that is the beauty with fragrances. So the difference between this and the Eau De Toilette is that that is used directly after shaving to close the pours whilst the latter is used primarily for the smell. But I use them in conjunction with the aftershave before the EDT. However I do use the aftershave more sparingly and in terms of the occasion I would ...

Adidas for Men Body Spray Ice Dive 25/08/2014

Cheap and cheerfull

Adidas for Men Body Spray Ice Dive Not really a specific reason I purchased this product apart from the fact that it was on offer at Superdrug and I was looking for a cheap body spray at the time. So the way this differs from a spray like Right Guard antiperspirant is that it is focused more on the smell rather than preventing sweat. Don't get me wrong it can prevent sweat at the same time but smell is the reason people buy this. I use it as a second product with my right guard and they actually complement each other quite well. The smell I can only describe as a spicy fresh smell. I am not sure where the ice dive name came from. It doesn't have that fresh ice smell and I can only imagine they just picked the name out of a hat. I guess it is possibly from the fact it is a deo spray, so used as a double up effect of smelling nice and having anti-perspirant qualities to keep you cool, but then I can't explain the dive part. In terms of when I would use this it is more of a day to day work fragrance. I would never use it on a night out. Not that there is anything wrong with it and I certainly wouldn't be embarrassed about it. It is just that I used to work at Chanel, so have a number of Chanel deodorant which smell on a much higher level compared to this. I have to use them sometime so save them for nights out and the special occasions. This excels at providing good value for money which is why I have it as day time wear. In terms of price we are looking at just £1 which is very good value. It is a ...

Boots Smile Dental Floss Freshmint 24/08/2014

Ensure this is in your cabinet

Boots Smile Dental Floss Freshmint I have been reviewing all my dental products recently and this is the last product I have to review and probably the most simple of them all. I say this as essentially it is just a thread, all be it a very secure thread that doesn't break whilst you are cleaning between your teeth as that could get very messy. So as I was in Boots at the time I did not have a lot of choice, and in fact this was the only floss available with a more expensive non Boots version out of stock. It cost me £1.89 and has easily enough reel for a month's use or much longer. It does really depend on yourself though how long you want it too last. As you may not use it as regularly or more likely you may not use the amount that they prescribe. In terms of the use they recommend that you pull out 30cm from the container. It is very straight forward to cut as there is a little mettle section sticking out that allows you to easily cut the floss, and don't worry this mettle part isn't dangerous as it is designed in a certain way that the sharp part is facing away from you and the outside of it is completely flat and blunt. After this you then have to wrap the ends around your finger in order to get a good grip. This is where it can be deceiving as you think you have cut enough floss but then after wrapping around your fingers for a secure hold you find that you have not cut enough, but with enough experience you will learn what you feel most comfortable with. For the actual use of the product you simply ...

Dentyl pH Icy-Fresh Mint Exhilaration Triple Defence Mouthwash 21/08/2014

A great product

Dentyl pH Icy-Fresh Mint Exhilaration Triple Defence Mouthwash After my visit to the dentist last year as well as investing in an electronic toothbrush and changing my toothpaste, I also decided that I would start using Mouthwash on a daily basis. To be honest before that I had maybe only used it a few times so this was quite a change to my morning routine. I chose to go for this one over fellow rivals like Listerine simply as I had heard better things about this. With Listerine it seemed that there was a consensus of people that felt that it was too strong on your gums and as I was only just starting I wanting to ease myself in so I hedged my bets and went for Dentyl Mouthwash and on the whole haven't looked back. I had a choice of a few different flavours including this mint flavour and a cherry flavour. It was quite a simple choice as I knew I couldn't go wrong with mint. It is a taste that I don't mind and also the same taste as my toothpaste and upon use of this product I can say that I have no regrets over choosing the Icy fresh mint flavour. In terms of using this it is straightforward. The cup it used as the lid, so they tell you exactly how much you need to fill in and then you just gargle this in your mouth for a short while before spitting it in to the sink. Now on the instructions of the bottle it says that you will see the results from the mouthwash and there are these blue streaks in the liquid however to be frank I cannot tell if this is the excess contents of my mouth or just simply part of the initial liquid. So it ...

Fifa 13 (PS3) 16/08/2014

Fifa 13 worth a buy if you didn't purchase Fifa 12.

Fifa 13 (PS3) It is getting to the point now with Fifa where the differences are so subtle in my eyes between each edition that it is getting more and more difficult to review without sounding like I am rehashing an old review but I will give my honest opinion rather than sucking up to a franchise like a lot of people do. Cover ~~~~~~~~~ Messi dons the front cover here and he looks to be a regular every year now on Fifa. I remember the days when they used to have a new player every year on the cover and it was definitely something exciting to look forward to even though it is quite a small detail. The three previous editions so 2010-2012 have had Rooney on the cover, all be it on a couple of the editions with other footballers accompanying him. I do know however that in other countries they generally put different popular players from that region on. Gameplay ~~~~~~~~~~ The big new difference here is first touch control and it really does take some getting used to. I remember the first few games I played when the ball would come towards my player and then I would try and control it which is normally very straightforward but the ball would veer away from my player straight to the opposition. However after a few games you do get used to it and you will notice the difference and big advantage you will have over opponents that are not used to this feature or simply not as skilful as you. I am not sure whether it really makes Fifa more entertaining but they have to do something to ...

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Toothpaste 10/08/2014

A great alternative

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Toothpaste After a visit to my dentist last year I figured it was time for a toothpaste change. I just felt that my regular Colgate was doing enough and had heard good things about this toothpaste. I was keen to see if it could suddenly change my teeth or well at least make some sort of difference. My dentist recommended this and so off I went and bought it and the rest is history. So I guess first things first I will focus on the taste. Now after using Colgate literally as far back as I remember this was quite a shock to the system but I had been warmed. However some people don't give it a change and forget why they use toothpaste in the first place. Plus after a few goes the taste it improves. There is still the mint taste however as it is primarily baking soda it means that it avoids it being too artificially minty which I don't really see as a bad thing. So on to the main reason I bought the toothpaste. I do feel it is more effective and it leaves my teeth feeling way more fresh than Colgate but I also don't know how much of this is a psychological thing, and if my teeth genuinely look whiter. At the end of the day I think you need to take care of your teeth early on rather than relying on these type of products to make a big difference, but I definitely found this more effective than Colgate but it will hit your wallet harder. In terms of the price you are looking at £3.25 at Boots, but you can get this on offer at times for as low as £2.50 which is what I paid. In comparison ...

Me Against Myself (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Jay Sean 09/08/2014

Check this out if you want to hear a different side to him

Me Against Myself (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Jay Sean Ok maybe my title is a little harsh as actually in terms of Jay Sean's latest albums he has gone closer to his RnB style and away from the pop in his previous album. However this album is where Jay Sean became a man and absolutely massive in the Asian community. In fact I am sure there are many people that don't know this album existed. It is a completely different sound and Jay looks completely different with a much longer hair style. So there is more of a bhangra feel here and that is expected, in fact I am just watching one of the videos now and he is completely unrecognisable from the current Jay Sean running the show in the states. I will review my favourite tracks which were also releases as singles. Eyes on You ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the track that introduced me to Jay Sean and it is an awesome one at that. Here it is all about the beat which is very upbeat. Rishi Rich, who is his partner in crime and creates most of his tracks, has done a great job here. There is a real mix of RnB with Bhangra style and the fact that Jay Sean was at his peaks looks wise definitely made him a star name through this track and ensured the album went in to the top 10. The lyrics are as you would be expected about him hitting on a girl and a little sexual at times but it's all good as I said it's all about the beat and this delivers in spades. Stolen ~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the track which showed that Jay Sean had substance and was released after Eyes on You and Dance with you which are ...
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