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Debenhams Flowers

Posted on 16 January 2015 by Chris Ford

Valentines? Yes you really now have less than a month to get yourself sorted men!
So with that in mind what exactly are you going to do? The traditional and probably the safest bet is of course Valentines flowers, and I thought I would share my recent experience with Debenhams Flowers when I used their flower delivery service to send my mum some flowers for her birthday and I couldn’t be more pleased with the service.

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Ordering is quick and simple, just head over to Debenhams Flowers and you are met with a great selection with good detailed photos and descriptions to aid your quest. I went with a bunch that included Carnations (website photo above) as I remembered my mum likes them a nice touch she appreciated starting off the day and celebration of her birthday.

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All the flowers I have ordered in the past have been delivered via a local florist via a flower delivery site, Debenhams Flowers do things a little different in that they mail them in the post! Yep my postie brought this box to my mum a few days ago, which she said was nice as it added to the surprise, you don’t normally get flowers in the post !

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All in all I was really happy with the service from Debenhams and with Valentines fast approaching they have been kind enough to offer up me and you readers a 25% off code just enter DFBLOG25 at checkout. ( offer excludes the Flowers By Post’ range)

 

 

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Retribution DVD Review

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Retribution DVD Review

Posted on 12 January 2015 by Chris Ford

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With Retribution we have Breaking Bads Aaron Paul staring in this supringly low buget movie considering at the moment he is on top of the world with his success in Breaking Bad, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a great movie, far from it.
Paul plays an alcoholic grieving husband trying to bring up two sons when he can hardly look after himself. I think to say much more about the plot other than that would in a way spoil your natural enjoyment of the film and the supurb acting displayed with that age old tale that your actions always have concquencies sometimes for you and others.
I will say this is a really watchable engrossing film with Paul really stepping out of his comfort zone and it’s a real shame this wasn’t his immediate follow up to finishing Breaking Bad instead of the dross that was ‘Need For Speed’.
Paul’s career has taken off, appearing in award-winning films and holding his own alongside star-studded casts including Christian Bale, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Sigourney Weaver, Sir Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette and of course Cranston. From 12th January, 2015, Paul will star alongside Juliette Lewis in the white-knuckle thriller Retribution, which comes to DVD courtesy of Signature Entertainment. Here is a look at Aaron Paul’s exceptional 2014…

Retribution (2015)

Originally released as Hellion in cinemas, Retribution tells the story of an emotionally unavailable father and rebellious teenage son (Josh Wiggins), set against the high-risk world of motocross. Obsessed with heavy metal music and constantly venting his teenage anger, 13-year-old Jacob (Wiggins) finds release in the exhilarating world of motocross but his increasingly reckless behaviour threatens to affect those that matter to him most. Paul plays Hollis, Jacobs’s hard-drinking father, who struggles to get him back on track before he does something he will regret forever. Paul delivers a typically heart-wrenching performance alongside Juliette Lewis in this dark, exhilarating thriller.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

In cinemas now is Ridley Scott’s latest epic blockbuster Exodus: Gods and Kings, which tells the story of Moses, who is charged by the Hebrew god to lead his people to freedom from their 400 years of slavery under the Egyptians. Whilst Christian Bale leads in this hyperbolic biblical story, he is supported magnificently by Paul as the slave Joshua, Joel Edgerton as Egyptian pharaoh Ramses, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya and Sir Ben Kingsley as Nun. Paul delivers a convincing performance and holds his own amongst this star-studded cast.

Long Way Down (2014)

Long Way Down is the heart-warming story of four mismatched people from very different walks of life who meet on a rooftop on New Years Eve in their attempts to commit suicide. After persuading each other their lives are not worth throwing away, they sign a pact to make it to Valentines Day without killing themselves. The four form a surrogate family and help one another battle against the difficulties of their lives. Paul plays the washed out musician JJ, alongside an unlikely ensemble of Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Sam Neill.

Need for Speed (2014)

Paul shone in one of his first leading performances in last year’s Need for Speed, which was inspired by the popular street-racing video game. Paul originally auditioned for the role of Dino Brewster (played by Dominic Cooper), although director Scott Waugh and DreamWorks head Steven Spielberg decided against that and cast him as the lead.

Choking Man (2006)

Prior to Breaking Bad, one of Paul’s first breakthroughs came in the Choking Man, the independent drama by famed music video director Steve Barron (A-ha – “Take on Me”, Bryan Adams “Summer of ’69”, The Human League “Don’t You Want Me”). The film portrays the social anxiety of a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher Jorge (Octavio Gomez Berrios) working in a Queens diner in an intense and strange blend of drama and magical realism. Paul plays Jerry, the main antagonist to Jorge, bullying him at work and thwarting his romantic interests. Choking Man encapsulates the contemporary immigrant experience in America, whilst providing a platform from which Paul was able to launch his career.

BoJack Horseman (2014-2015)

Paul continued his successful 2014 into the New Year with the second season of BoJack Horseman, the animated comedy exclusive to Netflix. Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett), the washed up star of 90s situation-comedy ‘Horsin’ Around’ lazes around Hollywood complaining about everything, wearing colourful sweaters and a smart-arse attitude. Paul plays BoJack’s freeloading roommate Todd Chavez, who combines with BoJack’s financial resources to devise outlandish schemes and plans that often result in the pair starting questionable business ventures, such as a Halloween store that exclusively opens in January. The series also stars Amy Sedaris as BoJack’s agent and on-off girlfriend, and Alison Brie as BoJack’s third-wave feminist, hipster ghostwriter.
RETRIBUTION is released on DVD on January 12th courtesy of Signature Entertainment

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Looking – Blu Ray Review

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Looking – Blu Ray Review

Posted on 07 January 2015 by Chris Ford

So over the Christmas period I sat down to watch new HBO drama Looking.

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Looking is set in modern day San Francisco focusing on the lives of a group of gay friends and their trials and tribulations ‘looking’ for love, think of a gay world version of HBOs hit ‘Girls’ and you will be on the right track.
Being straight I wasn’t sure how much Id enjoy this show, and yes some of the sex scenes are pretty full on but with a great cast (including a surprise appearance from Quantum Leaps Scott Bakula) the story is compelling and in a way I wonder if its more enjoyable watching as a straight man, it feels like a looking glass into the gay world, something I otherwise wouldn’t really know much about.
The cinematography is spot on too, I watched the Blu ray version and the HD scenes of San Francisco were stunning and really show off what a beautiful city it is.
All in all the show is very watchable, it does have a bit of a slow start but the drama builds and is well worth sticking with, I’m ‘Looking’ forward to Season two!

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Season one of Looking is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from the 12th January and can be pre-ordered at Amazon now.

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