Polish Project #7

by Jamie Sanford on July 16, 2012

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32. Color Club Revvolution
33. China Glaze Marry a Millionaire

I own only one Color Club polish, and it’s a good one. You can’t see that Revvolution has a holo effect in my picture, but it does. Then there is sparkly glitter nail.

Thoughts: The more I do this project, the more I realize that the best testing would be to group colors and wear them together, as I did with the pastels and am currently wearing with blues. I like this one a lot, but will also put it back in the rotation for when I wear a bunch of grey polish at once. The China Glaze applied really well and didn’t chip off quickly, as is my experience with most glitters.
Verdict: Keeping them both for now.

34. Sally Hansen Midnight in NY
35. Sally Hansen HD DVD
36. Zoya Maisie

Let’s start with talking about my complete failure with not buying polishes when presented with Nouveau Cheap‘s information on the CVS clearance event. I ended up caving and buying 6 bottles of Sally Hansen HD polish, because they were only $1.85 each and I could not resist. Even if I end up hating all of the others, I would have EASILY paid $10 for the one bottle of DVD.

I am having a hard time not buying polishes lately. I keep seeing awesome things online and it sucks. If anyone wants to buy me some Up Colors flakies on Llarowe, I’ll happily take them.  This Zoya here is the only one I have from the brand, and it’s made me a big fan.

Thoughts: Midnight in NY is another great Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure color. However, the brush in my particular bottle is a bit wonky which pissed me off quite a bit. I started getting better at adjusting for the crap brush by the end of the base coat round. I then painted a layer of DVD over it, and WOW. It’s really beautiful. In the picture above, you can see the duochrome happening between greeney-blue and purple. I also got a little holo feeling to it. It’s basically the bonertown of topcoats.

Naturally I could not leave well enough alone, I painted a coat of Zoya Maisie on top, and I can’t believe I have not used this flakie polish 100 times before. Also, I could not photograph it AT ALL but it definitely added another dimension to what was my favorite manicure so far in this process. It also lasted FOR DAYS before becoming compromised.
Verdict: I am sure it is obvious that I will be keeping all of these.

Next up, I try another one of the Sally Hansen HD polishes, and I go back to 5 polishes at a time to test out my large collection of blue polishes!

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His Name Was Jason (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 14, 2011

76. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (available to stream on Netflix and Amazon)

Jason in Times Square!

Here is the trailer (of sorts) for His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th.

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His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th is a television documentary show covering the yeas-long span of the Friday the 13th film series.  Hosted by Tom Savini, it’s an enjoyable ride through movies that were classics in the 80s horror genre.

Tom Savini walks through many of Jason’s best kills while hosting the show.

Kane Hodder, who played Jason in 4 films, was one of the many cast members interviewed for this documentary recap.

This is a really enjoyable to watch.  Some of the cast members seem to have vanished from the Earth since their appearance in these movies, so it’s fun to see how everyone looks now.  Betsy Palmer, who played Mrs. Voorhees in the first movie, looks spectacular! (Granted, this was released in 2009, but still.)

I am a little grossed out by really graphic horror movies, but these movies, especially the early ones when it was more about the buildup and just WAITING for something to happen.  Plus, Kane Hodder said that his favorite Jason kill was the one where Jason slams someone in a sleeping bag up against a tree – and that is my favorite too.

I really love October, I love Halloween, so this was a good way to gear up. I will have to watch some other horror movies before the month is out.

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.49.

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The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 9, 2011

47. The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (Available to stream on Netflix, not available digitally from Amazon)

I can’t find a trailer for this “documentary.”

Do not bother watching this. The Amazon page for the DVD provides the list of movies, and you won’t get much more from wasting 60 minutes of your time.  I imagine that whoever came up with this idea meant well, but this is just a mishmash of clips.  I watched this because I enjoy other countdowns of this nature, I think A&E or Bravo showed one about the best horror films of all time and it was fabulous.

Good countdowns need the following:

  • recognizable movies/songs/etc in the list
  • commentary from entertaining people
  • interesting facts about each thing

This doesn’t really fit any of my requirements for good countdowns.

I’m assuming that no one reading this will be interested in purchasing this mess, but the DVD is available from Amazon sellers starting at $14.99.

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Harry Potter Films 4-7 (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 18, 2011

38. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
39. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
40. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
41. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Spoiler alert!

Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Bonus points to this movie for featuring baby Robert Pattinson!

Back for year 4 at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and this time, the school is hosting guests for the year as part of the Tri-Wizard Tournament.  Naturally, although it goes against the rules, Harry’s name ends up being chosen for the competition, making it more of a Quad-Wizard Tournament.  We find out later that there is a major situation with some polyjuice potion, and oh right, Voldemort gets resurrected at the end from his weird former CGI baby situation.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The shit hath hitteth the fan…ith. (Bonus points to those who know what movie that quote is from.) Voldemort is back, yet the Ministry of Magic wants to deny it all day long.  Harry ends up at the Ministry defending himself after having cast a Patronus to save himself and his cousin from some Dementors.  We get introduced in the courtroom to Dolores Umbridge, who ends up being one of the most heinous witches in the entire series.  The Order of the Phoenix is a group of wizards that previously came together to fight evil when Voldemort was previously in power, and they are re-forming under the guidance of Dumbledore to defeat Voldemort.  Another school year passes and during that year, Dolores Umbridge becomes headmaster of Hogwarts, and Harry forms a club called Dumbledore’s Army, the sole purpose of which is to train the members in defensive magic.  It becomes helpful late in the movie with the big showdown at the Ministry of Magic.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

If I was going to talk smack about any of the Harry Potter movies, this one is the winner. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that Half-Blood Prince is going to suffer a bit as being the movie that has to provide us all of the information that leads us to the events of films 7 and 8.  We see the continued teenage-ness of our characters, especially their love lives and feelings.  In addition, Dumbledore and Harry explore more into the history of Voldemort, the most important part of which is figuring out how to obtain the memory of an interaction that Tom Riddle had many years prior with new Potions professor, Horace Slughorn.  Naturally, Harry eventually gets the information that Dumbledore wants, and so Harry and Dumbledore discover the key to destroying Voldemort.  They go searching for a horcrux (there are 7 of these that Voldemort made in an attempt to achieve immortality) to destroy and locate it, and end up back at Hogwarts, where Draco Malfoy is waiting to kill Dumbledore, which we learn he has been trying to do all year in weak, pathetic ways.  Draco disarms Dumbledore, but then some of the other Death Eaters arrive to back him up.  In the end, it is Professor Snape that takes the life of Dumbledore.  Before the end of the film, Harry tells Hermione that he doesn’t intend to return to Hogwarts next year, that he will instead find and destroy the remaining horcruxes before finding Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

My apologies to the editor(s) of this movie, but it could have been shorter. A huge portion of the movie is devoted to Harry, Hermione and (sometimes) Ron in the woods, trying to work things out, and it just feels superlong.  The other parts of the movie are really exciting, the trip to the Ministry of Magic, the showdown at the Malfoys’ house, the trip to Godric’s Hollow.  It’s just those bits in the forest that feel so long.  No matter though, the story is done really well, and there’s a LOT to cover given all that happened in the book.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.69.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.95.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.64.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.99.

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The Twilight DVD – Milking the Audience?

by Jamie Sanford on March 23, 2009

So I haven’t at all hidden my love for Twilight, I have a soft spot in my heart for the movie because it was seeing the trailer that made me reconsider my earlier decision to NOT read the books, and I, like so many others, got sucked into the world of Edward and Bella.

Anyway, I always intended to buy the movie on DVD when it came out.  However, it’s been 2 days since the movie was released on DVD and I still don’t have a copy.  In addition, I have a major bone to pick with the people of Summit Home Entertainment for allowing this DVD release (which has been HUGE so far) to become such a confusing mess.

Here’s a breakdown of the versions of the DVD made available:

  • Twilight 2-Disc Special Edition (available through Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Blockbuster, Borders, I imagine all other “regular” DVD retailers are getting this version) – this set has nice features, the commentary track, a documentary on the making of the film, etc.  A really good set, and this is coming from me, who totally geeks out on DVD special features.
  • Twilight Standard Edition (only available at Walmart) – I only heard about this movie-only version of the DVD later, it seems to have been an add-on, perhaps requested by Walmart?  Either way, this is a stripped down DVD with just the film, no special features.
  • Twilight Borders Edition – This version has bonus footage of interviews and red carpet coverage, is the only version of the DVD with vastly different packaging, and also contains 10 photo cards that are printed on high-quality card stock.
  • Twilight Hot Topic Edition – This version is exactly the same as the 2-disc special edition, with the very cool bonus feature of having a film cell encased in printed card stock, they also guarantee that the cell will include the character of Edward.
  • Twilight Target Edition – This version is also the same as the 2-disc special edition, but also includes a third disc (all content fits onto 2 discs in the Blu-Ray version) with additional interviews, an additional music video and included in the price is a digital download of the movie and all related content from iTunes.  The iTunes download alone costs $15, so at $17.99, this DVD was a great deal.
  • Twilight Blu-Ray Amazon.com “Ultimate Collector’s Set” Edition (available May 2009) – Target and Best Buy have exclusive rights to the DVD version of the movie until May, so Amazon has to wait until then to release their CRAZY version of the Blu-Ray, which is currently priced on Amazon at 79.99.  However, I’m not that upset about the price, since you get a lot of stuff above and beyond just the film.  The DVD will allow the user access to a sneak peak at New Moon, the next film in the series that is set to debut in November, as well as the following: Twilight (Special Edition) Blu-ray Disc, Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD, Jewelry Box (individually numbered), Exclusive Watch, Limited Edition Charm Bracelet, Glossy Photo Cards, Bookmark and Certificate of Authenticity.

That’s a lot of information, right?  Well, let me show you the text from the “about the DVD” section of the movie’s official website.

Thanks a lot for all of your help, Summit Entertainment.  If you are going to authorize this many versions of the DVD, you could at least try to give the fans a place to get the information on all of the different versions.  Or you could even MENTION that there are 6 versions of the DVD available.  I’ve seen a few breakdowns on the Twilight fan sites but they all seemed to be missing at least one of the versions.  I don’t even know if I’ve gotten them all here.

So, as you can see, there is quite a lot to take in regarding this DVD release.  However, more was thrown into the mix when multiple retailers announced that they would be holding midnight release parties for the DVD.  I had already decided to purchase the Target edition, as I really wanted the digital download of the disc, and I was disappointed that they weren’t opening at midnight to sell the DVD, as it’s much easier for me to stay up late than to get up early.

It seems like a trick that Target got such great content but didn’t have midnight release parties.  How many Twilight fans decided to buy a version that they perhaps didn’t want just because they wanted the experience of going to the release party?  Was this a play to get the fans to buy multiple copies of the DVD, so they could own another 15 minutes of extra content?  I would like to mention here, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be alone in this, that I would have been happy to pay more for a complete DVD set containing ALL of the available special content.  I’m sure there’s good stuff in the Borders edition, the Hot Topic film cell is cool, etc.  Why not have a $50 version with everything?

My personal issue with this is that I didn’t get to Target early enough on Saturday to get a copy, the Blu-Ray was all that was left and I don’t yet have a Blu-Ray player.  Plus, I was intending to order the crazy Amazon Blu-Ray version and hope that I’ve found a Blu-Ray player by then.  I still don’t have a copy of the movie, and when I settled on ordering the movie on-demand from Comcast, it wasn’t even in HD.  Come on!

Unfortunately, with the movie having sold 3 million copies in 2 days, I don’t think the people of Summit will see this as a failure, instead they will pat themselves on the back and wait to see the money roll in for at least 2 more films.

What do you think about this DVD debacle?  I’d like to hear from everyone, not just fans of Twilight.

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