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Amazon Review By Paul Allaer on May 4, 2013

“Mud” (2012 release; 130 min.) is the newest film from writer-director Jeff Nichols, who just last year brought us the excellent “Take Shelter” thriller (starring Jessica Chastain). As the movie opens, we get to know two young boys, 14 yr. old Ellis (played by Tye Sheridan) and his best friend Neckbone (played by Jacob Lofland), in a small boat on the Mississippi river, on their way to an island where they have found something incredible: a boat that somehow ended up high in a tree. The boys think the boat is abandoned and want to make it their playground, only to find out that someone is living in the boat: Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey). Mud is a refuge of the law for killing a man who got involved with Mud’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Juniper (played by Reese Witherspoon). Mud gains the trust of the boys and convinces them to assist him in getting the boat lowered from the tree. We also get to know Ellis’ family, as his mom and dad are going through tough times and are contemplating divorcing. This frightens Ellis as it may lead to having to move away from his beloved house on the river. At this point we are not even half-way through the movie. Is Mud really who he claims to be? Will the boat be lowered from the tree? Do Mud and Juniper find true love? Will Ellis find a way to save his house on the river? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this movie feels like a tour-de-force from Jeff Nichols. Even though “Take Shelter” was itself quite good, “Mud” feels like a quantum leap forward, both in the writing and the directing. The Mississippi river and surrounding Arkansas landscapes play a huge role in the movie, and at time it all feels quite surreal, or at least there is a sense of magic-realism. McConaughey plays another great role (although for me not quite as career-defining as his role in last year’s “Killer Joe”). But as much as I like McConaughey, the film is stolen by young Tye Sheridan, who acts and has a screen presence far greater than you might expect. In that sense, and as the movie ultimately is more about Ellis than it is about Mud, the movie could’ve just as easily have been called “Ellis”. Jacob Lofland in the role of Ellis’ friend is great as well. The two boys take up a huge amount of screen time, and hence this movie reminded me of that great movie “Stand By Me” from the mid-80s, starring a then young and unknown River Phoenix. Sheridan surely looks to have the talent and the chops to build a long and rewarding acting career.

This movie premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, to generally great acclaim, and for the life of me I do not understand why it has taken almost a year to get the movie finally released in US theatres. The screeing I saw this at this weekend here at my local art-house theatre in Cincinnati was very nicely packed, I’m happy to say. Bottom line, if you are in the mood for a top quality indie movie that is miles away from the standard Hollywood fare, you cannot go wrong with this. “Mud” is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 

 

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Amazon Review By J. R. “Monkihead” on November 2, 2010

This thing holds on too; sure it’s designed for you to safely hold on during a bumpy ride, but if it can’t hold on itself, it would be of no value to you. The Velcro straps are of significant enough width and staying power along with the buckles to securely anchor this to the bar. The handle is thick and ergonomically designed to get a solid grip. The grip is also vented, a very smart idea since if you are using this it is probably during a time of stress and you are probably sweating which would promote slippage, but the venting helps with that. The handle attachments offer enough leeway in that you can fit your big mitts in there. I wasn’t sure until I got it if I would have a problem fitting my hands with gloves, but they thought of that too and designed it well to consider those challenges.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Linda Smiles “Shopper” on June 19, 2014

I was excited for my dogs to try this, as a natural fish protein source and lots of lentils and vegtables is super healthy (I should be eating a diet like that!) and should keep their coat nice and clean and their digestive systems working well.

My dogs are not at all picky. And they like this. They also like everything that’s not celery, so…

It does seem to keep their coats nice, certainly no sudden down-turn in their health since the’ve been eating it. I’ve noticed their stools are a bit more solid and darker as a result.

Even with the price coming in at over 2 dollars a pound, this is a good food I would continue to feed them, except -

This is stinky stinky food. The bag doesn’t reseal, so i pour it in a resealable dog food container. Everytime I open the container, I am turned off fish for the day.
So far it hasn’t resulted in gas or stinky dogs, but I worry that it will.

With the price tag on top of having to deal with the smell, I don’t think I’ll continue to shell out the big bucks for this food. Maybe I’ll try a non-fish flavor of Nutrience.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Befragt on May 22, 2014

I guess it’s probably a bit strange for a human to write a review about dog food. Regardless, we have an older dog with a sensitive stomach – not just grain, but a number of different foods. And to top it off she’s kind of picky. But she likes this food just fine, and she transitioned to it without getting sick, which is great. The food itself is labelled as "all ages" and it’s not targeted to large dogs, but it contains glucomisine and a variety of other supplements that are found in "senior" and "large breed foods."

I can’t speak to how this tastes personally, but my dog certainly does seem to like it, and the ingrediants are pretty healthy. I’ve noticed that our dog is a bit more "peppy" lately – she was chasing around some squirrels the other day, which she hadn’t done in a while.

The price here might be a bit more than I’d pay at Costco – but far less than at a regular retailer. In all, this dog food is well worth it and we might stick with it.

 

 

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Amazon Review By D. Vance on April 17, 2014

Our dogs always eat Taste of the Wild dog food. We’ve tried a few others, and they have always snubbed them. I was excited to try this high quality grain free feed to see if we could get another brand they liked, as not every store carries TOTW. They absolutely LOVED it! We feed five dogs, an aged Boston Terrier, 2 Dachshunds, a Chihuahua mix and a Belgian Terv/GSD cross. ALL of them gobbled it right down. And most importantly, zero potty issues from a switch in feed! This is a winner!

 

 

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Amazon Review By xkydivr on May 15, 2014

My Aussie has a penchant for Nutrience cat food and this smells almost as bad. . She will eat it if it’s in the cat’s dish but not if it’s in hers’. This dog has psychological problems!!

This dog-food has excellent ingredients and, according to dogfoodadvisor.com it is a five star rating. With Purina suing Blue Buffalo and Blue Buffalo suing Purina who know who you can trust anymore

I like the velcro-type seal-able bag.

The price is comparable to other high quality dog foods.

 

 

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Amazon Review By In the AmaZone… on May 10, 2014

This is a really good quality food that is American made and grain free, without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. My dog loves it. Dog food advisor dot com gives it five stars, and compared to other high end dog foods, it is reasonably priced and available for Amazon subscription at a small discount with free shipping. All good news.

The not so good news is that it smells pretty bad, likely due to the herring. During the transition onto the food, it gave my one dog gas and "loosened him up" a bit too much (this was at a 25/75% – 50/50% – 75/25% phasing). Once adjusted, he was a bit more firmed up, but still gassy. I had to transition him back to his former food, which was too bad because I was impressed with the food, especially at the price (I have priced comparable foods locally at $44+ per 15lb bag).

 

 

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Amazon Review By Starry-Eyed Mama “Starry-Eyed Mama” on April 19, 2014

I adopted a shelter dog just about 2 months ago. He is a *VERY* picky eater thus far. The first food we tried, he wouldn’t touch even with a bit of egg, and then bacon grease. He had no hesitation when I put this in his bowl! He ate it the very first time I offered it, and I haven’t noticed any gas or other signs of digestive issues with him. I don’t think it’s been long enough to see a difference in his coat (he gets brushed every other day or so now that it’s warming up and he’s got a thick coat), but will update if I see a difference in its shine or the quantity he sheds (which is quite a bit). I like the pellet size – not huge, but not tiny. I wish the bag resealed (I think all dog food bags should do that…), but the bag quality itself was sturdy – I didn’t worry about ripping it open when I was trying to get it upstairs into my home. Overall, we will probably purchase this again, especially if I can find it with a local retailer or with coupons. Before committing to it 100%, I need to price-compare, but overall, I am very happy with it, and so it the dog. :-)

UPDATE: It’s been over a week now and there are some nasty changes I have noticed. For one, my dog STINKS. Within 24 hours of a bath, he is just RANK. His breath is also horrible now, and it wasn’t before. His poo is also VERY dark and he seems to be pooping MORE than before – both in frequency and volume. Once this bag is gone, will be not buy it again. We will go back to his former brand and avoid the smells… on all fronts.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Ravenskya “Princess of Horror” on April 30, 2014

Working in a Vet office you have no idea how often we deal with dogs with food allergies. The first thing we do is to determine which protein they are eating and then start weeding out ingredients. I understand the idea of mixing the different proteins in these foods is to help create a balanced diet. But I also know that if someone came in and their pet was having a food allergy this food would have exposed them to 3 different meat proteins and we would have to start with something completely different.

If your dog has no allergies and you aren’t worried about allergies – then this appears to be a very healthy diet. The kibble is much larger than what my dogs normally eat (I wouldn’t give it to a small breed, but medium – large will be fine). It is also a grittier formula, there is a lot of loose crumbs in the bottom of the bag and covering the food. My boys don’t seem to like the ground up food all that well.

The biggest problem I have is that my boys don’t really seem to like it all that much. They were excited day one when it was new, but by the second meal they were significantly less enthused. Their normal diet is a fish based diet so I will be trying the fish version of this same food.

On the bag the food is touted as being made in the US, however ingredients currently come from Canada, European Countries and Australia/New Zealand. All of which are trustworthy sources – however the made in the USA label on imported ingredient food did sort of bother me a bit. Suppliers can change.

Again I would not have any issue with feeding this to healthy dogs with no allergies – just keep an eye on the bag to make sure suppliers don’t change over time.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Aoife on April 21, 2014

Well, my dog likes this stuff. And it seems to be really good for her–her coat looks very nice, despite it being shedding season, and the dry skin in her ears has cleared up. Her bathroom habits have gotten quite…robust…so you know there’s a lot of good solid food in here.

On the other hand, this stuff being packed with lentils, broccoli, and other such goodies means…well…the dog’s health may be improving, but the humans keep fainting dead away. Yes, despite the healthy load of probiotics included in this mix, the dog is dropping atomic fart bombs, around the clock. Fortunately Amazon also lets me try out HEPA filters, all of which automatically accelerate to their maximum setting whenever the doggy sits down next to them. Even all the carbon filters in the world barely mitigate this little digestive dilemma, though. Maybe if we taped one directly to her output vent…

 

 

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Amazon Review By Michael Pettinato “mike2922″ on May 3, 2013

As someone who grew up with the cartoon & comics there is plenty to say about the film versions, 2009′s “Rise of Cobra” did get some things right, casting Rachel Nichols as “Scarlett” & Sienna Miller as “Baroness” was right on target, as was Ray Park as “Snake Eyes”, (see review from 2009) this new film is about the same but suffers some inconsistencies as well, things they got right….”Duke”(Channing Tatum) & “Roadblock’s” (The Rock) freindship is on par with the comics, & The Rock definately looks the part no doubt, as with the first film, “Snake Eyes” & “Storm Shadow’s” connection is explored once more, “Zartan” impersonating the President, & yes, this time they get Cobra Commander right!… “Firefly” is portrayed accurately,…. things they got wrong….killing off Duke (was pushed back 9 months so Tatum could get more screen time, what screen time???)…never happened in the comics, “Cobra Commander” & “Storm Shadow” leaving “Destro” to die,(what??)….no explanation as to what happened to “Baroness, Scarlett, Breaker, Ripcord, & Hawk” from the first film, Paramount was too cheap to bring back Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans, & Dennis Quaid, but not explaining their fates was even cheaper!!, a line of dialogue would have been nice, but noooooo!!!…we are left to wonder, Sienna Miller in 2009 said she was paid to appear in three “G.I.Joe” films as Baroness, I guess she got a free paycheck for not appearing here, this is what happens when you put idiots in charge of a franchise like this, there are however some high points to this one that I will point out, Adrianne Palecki as “Lady J”, simply beautiful, so much so that I am willing to forgive Paramount for depriving me of Rachel Nichols as Scarlett, the mountain top fight sequence involving Snake Eyes & Jinx vs Storm Shadow’s guards has to be seen to be believed, a simply breath taking action sequence, the action set pieces are more this time around, the world leader’s summitt meeting is to close to a terrifying reality when the president (Zartan) launches all of the U.S. nukes, forcing the other world leaders to do the same, all in an attempt to disarm the world & take control, all orchestrated by Cobra Commander, this kind of thing was always hinted at in the comics & cartoon, Bruce Willis appearing as the original Joe from the 60′s toy line was fun, talk about a guy packing heat, the hiding places in his home is a home invader’s worst nightmare, & Willis hams it up no doubt, all in all this one is more of the same, like the first film it is hit & miss, as I stated in my review of that one, you shouldn’t go in with high expectations, or expecting Paramount to have learned anything from the first film’s mixed reaction, but if you want some cool action/fight scenes, then this is your film, & Adrianne Palecki will definately keep you watching no matter what.

 

 

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Amazon Review By LynchNephalem on August 16, 2013

I feel like there is a decent version of this if it was re-edited. All the right pieces are in play but it seemed more like a stroll through “what was shot” rather than a complete movie. The last half hour is the only time I cared what was happening and while the mountain climbing/descent was a cool scene, it could have easily been a promotion for “Ka” (Las Vegas). A lot could have been gained by revisiting the themes from Rise of Cobra; flashbacks to scenes from the first movie would have significantly helped emphasize Cobra’s grasp and any indication that they actually have power. However, all of the buildup to Cobra Commander being a complex character get completely ignored because now, as long as we show that he walks cool (and slightly femininely), he can effortlessly ride off to a moon base or elsewhere. RZA was more intimidating than any of the bad guys.

 

 

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