The Top 10 NES Games that Should Make a Comeback

Nintendo has produced many gaming icons like Mario, Link and Samus, all of whom found their start on the NES. While these titles may receive updates every few years, there are several titles that haven’t seen a sequel since the 80’s. This list includes my top ten choices for NES games I’d like to see return. The popularity of these games is such of the same statute as agen casino online terpercaya  which used to be very famous. 

Kid Icarus

This title features the item collection of Zelda, the platforming of Mario, and the shooting of Metroid. The main difference between this title and Metroid, the game whose engine Kid Icarus is based off of, is that the player guides Pit vertically to the top of the level, with almost no emphasis on exploration and more placed on twitch action.

Why it needs to come back: Fans have been clamoring for the return of Pit for decades now, and his appearance in Smash Bros. Brawl only served to increase the fervor. Because this game is so old, Kid Icarus could really be reinvented in any genre. It could be a flying action game, a platformer, or even an adventure game.

Duck Hunt

You hunt ducks in a grassy field- and if you miss a dog will laugh at you.

Why this needs to come back: There was a taste of this in Wii Play, reminding me of how great an update with pointer controls would be. Put it on WiiWare, bring back the dog, include upgradeable weapons, items like a bird caller or decoys and changes of locale and you’ve got a hit on your hands.

Mach Rider

In Mach Rider you race through the desert shooting down enemy vehicles and avoiding hazards like pools of water and oil- set to an awesome soundtrack.

Why this needs to come back: You could literally do anything with this franchise. You could make it a racer, a destruction derby game like Twisted Metal, or even a story driven Mad Max style hybrid of racing and action.

Gumshoe

In this title you protect a detective named Mr. Stevenson as he tries to rescue his daughter from King Dom. It is played with the NES Zapper, making it a very interesting take on the light gun genre.

Why this needs to come back: A grim, noire inspired graphical style, point and click adventure elements and Wii pointer controls for aiming would make this game a prime candidate for an update.

Star Tropics

In this title you control Mike Jones as he faces off against Zoda, the leader of an invading alien race. It plays very similarly to the first Zelda, with the addition of a jump button and towns populated with characters to interact with. It is also much more linear, with game divided up into several chapters.

Why this needs to come back: It has been a long time since Mike Jones has been featured in a game, and he could make the wait between Zelda’s much more bearable. I think it would be neat if Startropics games were more like Wind Waker in graphical style, as well as tone. Startropics could be light and comical, whereas Zelda games are more serious in tone.

Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

This game once again follows Link in his quest to save princess Zelda from Ganon. This title is different from the rest of the series because of its 2D perspective, light RPG elements and brutal difficulty.

Why this needs to come back: The Zelda games have begun to stagnate. Maybe borrowing a few ideas from this title, like the RPG elements, might give this series the shot in the arm it needs. Zelda games, since Ocarina of Time, have been far too easy- so the next game should take some cues from the difficulty of this title.

Balloon Fight

A game very reminiscent of William Electronic’s Joust, this title puts you in control of an unnamed balloon fighter whose sole purpose is taking down the other balloon fighters on each map. They aren’t the only hazards though- you also have to watch out for balls of lightning and a giant fish.

Why this needs to come back: Although there was a neat Balloon Fight minigame included in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, a WiiWare remake with 8 people online instead of CPU’s would probably be a lot of fun.

Anticipation

Proof that Nintendo was in the casual games business long before Wii, this Rare developed title is kind of like Pictionary. It has the computer slowly draw an image, and the first team to buzz in and guess what it is correctly wins.

Why this needs to come back: With the addition of internet support there could be an infinite number of drawings to guess at. Users could even submit their drawings to a hub for others to download, making this a perfect title for Nintendo to break into the social gaming market with.

Shin Onigashima

Nintendo’s first text based adventure title has you taking control of Donbe and Hikari, a brother and sister duo on a quest to save their adopted parents from an evil dragon.

Why this needs to come back: It featured great music from Koji Kondo, is wildly different from most things Nintendo produces, and titles like Zack and Wiki show how much potential the adventure genre has on Wii. I would love to see this franchise brought back to life.

Devil World

What originally looks like a Pac Man clone, Devil World places you in control of a green dragon named Tamagon who is on a quest to take down the Devil. An interesting twist to the gameplay is the Devil’s ability to scroll the screen up, down, left or right. This can sometimes smash Tamagon, so you must be careful. Tamagon is able to shoot flames, but only after he picks up a cross. This is also the only time he can pick up the pellets littering the stage.

Why this needs to come back: This is the only title developed by famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto that has not been released in the United States. Nintendo of America did not allow religious imagery in their games at the time, so this game did not make it over. With a fresh coat of paint this would be a great title for WiiWare or DSiWare.

Product Review: Game Boy Micro

I have a confession to make. I have an obsession with tiny electronic devices. From cell phones to mp3 players to digital cameras, if its advertised as being comperable in size to a credit card, I want it. The Game Boy Micro from Nintendo is just that. Unfortunately, its size is one of only a few redeeming qualities.

Pro’s

-Tiny

-Beautiful Screen

-Built-in Li-Ion Battery

Con’s

-Poor Battery Life

-Poor Screen Durability

-Not Backwards Compatible

The Game Boy Micro is, first and foremost, small and convenient. It’s a little shorter and a little wider than a credit card, and about three quarters of an inch thick. It’s very light weight, and comes with a nice little felt carrying case that protects, but still keeps the size and weight down.

The screen takes up almost the entire front of the unit, with the directional pad and A and B buttons on either side. The Start and Select buttons are down on the bottom, and the L and R buttons are on the corners, in locations that even the most limber hands must strain to reach. While the screen is nearly an inch smaller than that of the Game Boy Advance SP, it’s very crisp and clear and I never had any trouble seeing anything.

That is, except when what I wanted to see was under one of the scratches and scuffs that the screen attracts. My Micro was always either being played or in its case, it was never dropped or hit or rubbed on anything, and the screen still managed to look terrible in just a few weeks. A little spit and a soft cloth could get much of the scuffing off, but try as I might I couldn’t protect it from scratching.

The Micro’s built-in lithium-ion battery was a nice touch. I always appreciate not having to worry about what kind of batteries I’ll need to be buying. It’s convenience, however, is overshadowed by its weak battery life: less than seven hours with the sound off. The Advance SP gets double that.

Finally, my biggest problem with this system is that it do not delivers the amount of data traffic needed to open a bandarqq online because of low internet connectivity. It’s not backwards compatible with older Game Boy games. I cannot understand why Nintendo would build the Micro that way. With other Advance systems you could plug in an old Game Boy or Game Boy Color game and it would stick out an inch or so, but it would play just fine. The Micro, on the other hand, refuses to play them. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new games, but every now and then when noone else is home I get the urge, so I lock all the doors, close the curtains, and play a little Pokemon Blue.

The Micro looks really cool. Unfortunately, it just can’t back that up with anything worth while. Get a Game Boy Advance SP instead. It’s better in almost every way and its not even that much bigger. It’s cheaper too.

Suitable Parttime Job Available For Seniors Today

Ah, retirement. It’s something we all dream of, no matter how much we love our jobs. We are even willing to give up huge amounts of our paychecks so that we will be able to live comfortably during retirement. That’s while we work for นำเข้าแรงงาน or some other great job during adulthood. Unfortunately, some seniors aren’t living the glorious retirement that they had hoped for. Some seniors thought that there social security check would be enough to live off of, so they never invested in a 401(k) plan or put money into a savings account. These seniors often find themselves choosing between groceries and medical expenses. No one wants to end up with a retirement that involves a part-time job, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. For seniors who do need a little extra income each month, I have written this article to give them hope. Hope for a part-time job that doesn’t involve asking if a person wants fries with that or greeting people at their local department store. Also hope that their part-time job won’t interfere with their retirement too much. There are jobs out there that will not only give seniors time to enjoy their retirement, but will also be something that they will enjoy doing.

Part-time Jobs for Seniors #1: Selling Items on EBay

For seniors who love going antiquing and who also know a good deal when they’ve found one, I suggest selling items on EBay. This is a job that will not only allow you to go out and do something you enjoy (shopping), but it’s something that can mostly be done from home. For seniors who would prefer to work from home completely, there’s always the option of selling items through a drop-shipment company. This means that you will never have to deal with the merchandise or shipping. Seniors who do choose to ship the items from their home could always have UPS or the post office pick up their items from their home. This is a great part-time job for seniors because it’s really easy to do. There’s even the option of finding the items and then taking them to a company who will list those items on EBay for you.

Part-time Jobs for Seniors #2: Freelance Writing

Seniors have such wonderful stories to tell and they also know so much. Freelance writing is a wonderful part-time job for seniors because it can be done from home or from a favorite vacation spot. Freelance writing allows seniors to share their stories with the world and it also allows them to teach people something new. For seniors who enjoy crafting, why not share crafting tips with the world. There are so many topics to choose from when it comes to freelance writing. This is a great part-time job for those who have so much to teach, but so few people close by to listen.

Part-time Jobs for Seniors #3: Consulting

For seniors who ran their own businesses or were even the top salesperson for the company they worked for, consulting makes a wonderful part-time job. Teach others what you know. Share your experiences and failures and lead people in the right direction. This part-time job can easily be done from home through meetings and it can also be done through email.

Part-time Jobs for Seniors #4: Selling Crafts at a Flea Market

A wonderful part-time job is to sell your crafts at a flea market. For seniors who love to quilt or make furniture, this is a wonderful part-time job. People love going to flea markets and buying handmade items. You’d be surprised at the amount of money people are willing to pay for these items. I suggest sticking with crafts that can be done rather quickly, but then again if it’s something you enjoy you’re getting paid for something you would be doing during your retirement anyway, except you’re making money off of it.

Classic Games: The Video Games that Made Me a Hardcore Gamer

We all remember our very first video game that got us on the road to becoming a hardcore gamer. Everyone has their all time favorite video games that stood out from all the other games we played in our lifetime. I have a few favorite classic games in my list. The first was the side scrolling action beat’em up, Streets of Rage; and the second was Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which we all know was a fast paced platform jumping game. Both games were released in North America back in 1992 for the Sega Genesis. At the time, we didn’t own any gaming consoles so we didn’t actually buy our Sega Genesis until 1994. Back then my Dad used to rent games and the consoles from Blockbuster video for us to play during the week, and that was when we first played Streets of Rage 2. We loved the game so much that we later bought Streets of Rage 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and the Sega Genesis system all within the same year.

Video games were an integral part of my life and the joy of those times are something that I cannot explain in words and makes me tear up whenever I take the stroll down memory lane and remember my childhood with a heavy heart. Sometimes, the urge is so bad that I am willing to kill or be killed for it so that I am reborn again and live those times again, albeit with a different name and form and today nothing much is left to talk about except surging through various situs judi poker online and pastime.

At that time games didn’t have a “Save and load progress” feature, so you had to either put in a password or play the games in one play through, we normally went with the latter. During the weekends my brother and sisters and I used to sit in front of the television all day long, from breakfast until dinner, playing the games on 2 player Coop mode trying to beat the final stages. I remember we had some friends that left their system on all week because they couldn’t get passed the final stage and since they couldn’t save the game they decided to never turn off their Genesis. Sadly, our friend’s system ended up catching on fire and burning out later that week. Fortunately for us that was not the case. We were normally able to conquer the games within a single day, so by the time we had to go to bed we were already watching the end credits and turning the system off. And then the fun would began all over again the next day.

Both games we owned were maybe about an hour to two hours long if you were good enough to play them without dying, but games back then were a lot more difficult than they are now, so it normally took a lot longer to conquer. After owning the games for about a year we later rented Streets of Rage 3, which wasn’t nearly as good as its predecessor and we decided that it wasn’t worth buying. However, we did buy both Sonic and Knuckles and its brother game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3; which I will admit were both amazing games.

Sonic and knuckles was unique because you could link the games together, and by link together I mean that one game cartridge snapped on top of the other, so you could make the games twice as long to connect the two stories into one really epic game called ‘Sonic and knuckles 3’. Sonic and knuckles 3 also added the save and load feature to continue your progress, which was pretty mind blowing at the time. The linked games were like old school versions of downloadable content for the Sega Genesis. You could even link other Sega Genesis games together for unique special stages, or play the older Sonic 2 game with Knuckles as a special character. By far they are my favorite video games of all time. We still played all of those games for over 9 years, and even after all that time our original game controllers, video games, and Sega Genesis still worked perfectly. You just don’t get that kind of quality from gaming consoles now days. Although we no longer own our genesis, even to this day my brother and I will still go back and play some of our classic games again just for fun.

If you don’t own a classic gaming console you can still play HD versions of both Streets of Rage 2 and the Sonic the Hedgehog games on the Playstation Network, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox live arcade as downloadable content. If you haven’t already played them, I highly recommend that you give them a try.

For me, the classics were the real hardcore games, so I must end with- Long live classic gaming!

eBay Auctions Versus Overstock.com Auctions

Which online auction site can you find the best deals on whatever you are looking for?

This article I going to look at the differences between the two giant of online auctions eBay and overstock auctions. They are rivals in the online auction business but what are the major differences?

eBay was founded in 1995 and most people don’t know it was a large personal site and the owner Pierre Omidyar had a tongue in cheek tribute to the Ebola virus on it. The first official name of eBay was Auction Web, and it was changed to eBay in 1997. This September eBay will be 10 years old!

Overstock auctions known as ‘The big O” was founded in 1997 as D2: Direct discounts which sold surplus as well as returned merchandise via their web site, and in 1997 they changed their name to overstock.com in 1999. They began their auction site in September of 2004, so their auction site will be 3 years old in September.

While both are online auction sites, eBay has cornered the market with millions of visitors a day, both sellers and buyers doing huge business. eBay is a household name while overstock.com is trying to get there. Since you get an offline auction with Overstock.com as well, that way you get to listen to the sales pitch that plays a vital role in determining what you buy and how much you bid in these auctions. Moreover, these appealing sales pitches are also responsible for starting bidding wars at these auction sites.

I have sold on both, and the bigger profits come from eBay in my case anyway. That is because eBay has more visitors per day then overstock.com does.

eBay allows you to bid higher and set a max price you are willing to pay while overstock.com’s bidding structure follows another route. Bidding is slower at overstock.com while the bidding wars on eBay are fun to watch.

I tried out overstock.com on the recommendation of a friend, she mentioned that overstock’s auction site was created to rival eBay, and in response to their ever-rising fees. I found their site to be less profitable and that is why I didn’t stick too long. I have the dubious pleasure of selling the first psychic reading on overstock.

On eBay where I have sold various items for almost 5 years, I have made some money but not anything serious. It’s more like a hobby to me and I never made even close to what I could call a profit. The seller’s fees are high for what I sell, so my profit margin is slim. eBay is surely a buyer’s market while overstock is a seller’s market.

Profits eBay turns a huge profit while overstock.com doesn’t. Both have been in the news in the past few years and not all of what is reported is favorable.

eBay and Overstock both profit from when a seller sells anything though insertion, closing and listing upgrades. If you use Paypal to collect any money from either online auction giant, eBay profits simply because eBay owns paypal.com.

I think for the most part the common everyday people like my self just want lower selling fees and high profits and we are not going to get them at either place.

Listing fees compared. Let’s say I was going to sell a book for 4.95 on either side.

On eBay, I’d pay a listing price of .40 cents, and if the auction is successful I’d pay a closing fee of .0525 (26 cents) on that 4.95 and then there are the PayPal fees. Or auction it off at overstock.com for .20 and pay closing fees of .03 percent (.15 cents) plus PayPal fees if you don’t deal with personal checks or money orders. Overstock is cheaper to run auctions but they don’t have the traffic flow that eBay does.

Searchability EBay’s’ search features are better in some areas, but because of human errors (typos) and the sheer volume of auctions at any given time, it’s harder to find exactly what you’re looking for out there. Granted eBay has more categories then Overstock.com does, it’s easier to find items on Overstock.com. eBay has the corner covered as far as searching out a seller’s reputation, which is very important when you are deciding to buy anything out here.

Want to know more regarding composite decking? Points to consider!!!

The majority of the folks are making the use of composite decking that is considered as one of the great man-made building products that are manufactured using wood, plastics, and fibers. Composite is fairly better than traditional wood decking because it isn’t requires maintenance. 

You will find a lot of people are investing money in the composite decking because it is durable and resistant to the rat, insects and damp as well.  It is one of the great deckings that is associated with a minimal water absorption system. If you are looking for a durable board, then one should opt for the composite decking. There are so many companies are out there that are offering eco composite decking that is better than others. Here I have recapitulated vital things regarding the best composite decking where you have a glance.

  • Uncapped boards 

You will find a lot of people are investing money in the uncapped boards that are relatively cheaper than others. It is fairly one of the great materials that are completely resistant and hard wearing as well. Such fantastic material isn’t associated with the same against the protection against the color fading.  If you don’t want to face any complicated issue, then you should invest money in the composite material that is better than others. It is a relatively cheaper material than others,

  • Capped composite 

It is highly recommended that you should invest money in the capped composite board that is associated with plastic coating. If you are looking for the highly resistant material, then one should invest money in the capped composite material.

Wrap up 

Finally, nothing is better than a composite board that can be easy to wipe. You will able to keep such boards in the environment with ease. 
 

JFC Movie Review: The Way Back

The Way Back (*** / ****)

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan

Director: Peter Weir

Based on Slavomir Rawicz’s memoir “The Long Walk,” The Way Back is rated PG-13 for “depiction of physical hardships.” It makes one wonder what the MPAA was expecting from Peter Weir’s straightforward depiction of a band of fugitives’ arduous four thousand-mile trek on foot from Soviet Russia to British-controlled India.

Janusz (Jim Sturgess) is a young Polish POW arrested on suspicion of spying on the Soviets, according to a written confession signed by his wife against her will. He is then imprisoned in the Siberian Gulag, where chances of survival are just as bleak on the outside as inside. Janusz’s fellow prisoners include Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), a reticent, stone-faced American; Valka (Colin Farrell), a Russian thug; and Khabarov (Mark Strong), an actor who secretly conjures up a plan of escape with Janusz but ultimately elects to stay behind.

Weir cuts to the chase after just enough time spent behind the walls to show viewers the deplorable conditions. Janusz, Mr. Smith, and Valka, along with Voss (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Zoran (Dragos Bucur), sneak out in the middle of a horrific snowstorm, during which Janusz taps into his survival skills and crafts protective face masks out of tree bark. Upon reaching Lake Baikal en route to Mongolia, they cross paths with a young refugee, Irina (Saoirse Ronan). The group is initially hesitant to let her join them for fear that she’ll slow them down, but they eventually relent.

With unapologetically long slogs over sweeping terrains – shot on location in Morocco, India and Bulgaria and backed by Russell Boyd’s impressive cinematography – at times the film resembles a working man’s Lord of the Rings. While such natural beauty is undoubtedly an improvement over imprisonment, it also consistently serves as a reminder of just how alone the fugitives are in a massive world where mother nature is just as threatening as barbed wire, gun towers and political tensions. I almost wished I could go back to chilly Siberia when the picture progressed into the murderous heat of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.

Weir avoids any semblance of road-trip camp, and there is no cheap dialogue or action scenes simply for the sake of maintaining viewers’ interest. He immerses us in the group’s hardships as they battle dehydration and near-starvation, as well as the elements; the effects of heatstroke are well-depicted by the makeup department. We also feel the ravishing sensation of cold water cascading down their parched throats when they drink ravenously from a well. Weir’s message is that the escapees’ travels are in no way exciting or glamorous, so why should it be that way for the audience? (The closest we ever get to action is when everyone dives into a gully to avoid a desert sandstorm.) The plot consequently never reaches any serious level of tension, which is often a problem with factual-based films in which the outcome is already established before we set foot into the theater.

Keith Clarke’s script gets off to a slightly rough start due to some hasty introductory scenes inside the prison that attempt to establish the personalities of the main characters. Janusz has a good heart, as he feeds some of his soup to an emaciated inmate. Valka is the tattooed badass who doesn’t think twice about stabbing someone for their sweater. Clarke utilizes any political tension as subtle occasional reminders – such as a brief scene centered around Valka’s chest inking of Stalin and a telltale discovery that Mongolia is under Communist rule – while refraining from repetitive Commies-are-bad grandstanding.

Performances are solid yet jarred by hit-and-miss casting. Sturgess is engaging as Janusz but he never really resonates beyond the amazing opening scene of Janusz’s interrogation by a Soviet officer in front of his tearful wife prior to his imprisonment. Valka has arguably the film’s best line when he quips to a fellow escapee, “I think you like killing; you pray too much for an innocent man.” Aside from that, Farrell is simply miscast as a Russian gangster, with his distinctive countenance, combined with his jarring accent and tattoos, doing him no favors.

Ronan’s Irina is a white elephant that could’ve been omitted from the film entirely and it wouldn’t have made a difference. There is one segment in which Irina admits to Mr. Smith that she lied about her parents being killed by Communist soldiers in hopes that she would be allowed to join the prisoners. Other than that, her presence is unnecessary as she adds nothing else to the plot other than being the token female in the boys’ club.

Only Harris succeeds in swinging for the fences as the world-weary Smith. (“What’s your first name?” an inmate inquires at the beginning. His reply: “Mister.”) Like his co-stars, he hasn’t scads of material at his disposal in the script, but his commanding and stoic presence is such that the camera frequently lingers on his leathery and careworn mask of a face. It’s during his scenes in the desert that Harris truly shines, from Smith silently mourning the loss of a companion to wondering if his fight for freedom is worth the excruciating physical toll he suffers through.

The Way Back is gratifying enough that its flaws leave no long-lasting effect, and it is definitely one of the upper-echelon releases of this still-young 2011. It’s also ironic that this movie, centered around a year-long trudge to liberation, represents the pinnacle of Weir’s own seven-year journey back to the big screen.

To cut a long story short, it is a watchable flick for audiences who are more into action oriented films with a dash of romance and music in it while cyberflix apk has been flooded with requests for this flick time and again, with many people threatening to boycott it altogether if they do not have this film in their list.

Is Modafinil reliable treatment or not?

Modafinil is considered as one of the great medicine that can easily treat the excessive sleepiness related issue. If you are patient of the narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea then you should consume the Modafinil. It is well known as cognitive enhances. It is affecting the neurotransmitter system. This particular medicine will surely improve the performance.

 It will surely eliminate the cognitive and dementia related problem from the life. You will find lot of additional Modafinil resources are out there that will eliminate the sleep related issues from life. It is one of the great medicines that will improve the cognitive performance of a person. Such medicine isn’t creating a negative effect on the creativity. It is one of the great medicines that is creating positive impact on executive function like decision-making and planning. Here are some reasons why Modafinil is safest medicine.

  • Safest medicine

According to the professionals, Modafinil is considered as safest medicine but it is associated with some minor side effects like insomnia, anxiety, dizziness and others.  If you are addicted to the Modafinil then you will surely face the life-threatening skin conditions. It is considered as one of the great medicine that will improve the productivity. Before taking Modafinil, you should grab some suggestions from the professional doctor. Make sure that you are discussing the safety issues with proficient physician properly.

  • Cognitive performance

Nothing is better than Modafinil because it will able to enhance the cognitive performance of a person. It is particular medicine that is creating a positive impact on the verbal working memory, flexibility and other things.

Wrap up

Lastly, Modafinil is only medicine that isn’t reducing the apathy in the patients of the Alzheimer’s. Therefore, such drug is always offering so many benefits ot the patients.

Using Coupons Intelligently

Using coupons is an easy, quick way to save some money. However, there are some skills to using coupons that can help you save even more money. The next time you clip your coupons, try these tips.

Keep a stash of coupons. Don’t just cut out a few coupons you’ll use on your next shopping trip and then throw the rest away. Hold onto those coupons in a folder or another container. That way you will have them when you want them. Some people organize coupons in a recipe box or file cabinet. Others use bags or plastic containers. You will soon discover which way works best for you.

Looking for printable coupons from websites such as dealexpert.net can get you some lucrative and catchy deals on your favorite products. This is why you should check the website regularly to get your hand on the best deals and other time-limited offers that you get on the website. 

Get to know your local stores. Pay attention to sales at the stores you shop in. Most stores have a pattern to sales, and you will be able to see it if you pay attention. Also, be sure to pick up sales flyers at the stores you shop as well as other stores in your area. Go through these flyers and look for items on sale that match your coupons. One great way to use coupons is to use them for items that are on sale anyway. Sometimes sales plus coupons can equal very good deals and even free items.

Find and clip store coupons. Many stores offer coupons specifically for their stores. You can find these online, in-store flyers and sometimes in the Sunday newspaper coupons. You can use a store coupon plus a manufactures coupon for the same item. This is called stacking, and it is a great way to get items at a very low cost. Sometimes you will find that you can stack a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon for an item that is on sale already. This often leads to free items, and sometimes it will even lead to overages.

Use store programs. Some drugstores offer programs where you can get store dollars back for buying certain items or spending a certain amount of money. These programs are very beneficial when you combine them with coupon use. Usually, you only have to sign up for a store card to get these deals.

Clip internet coupons. You can find lots of free coupons on internet coupon sites. Internet coupons used to be hard to use, but most stores will take them now. If your store refuses your internet coupon, go on the store website and check their coupon policy.

Do something specific with your savings. When I come home from a shopping trip I add up my coupon savings and put that money in a savings account. Most stores will tell you how much you have saved at the bottom of your receipt. By actually saving this money, you can see how much you’ve earned with your coupon use.

“Hitchcock” — a Movie Review

I came to the biopic Hitchcock (2012, based on Stephen Rebello’s novel Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho) with a disposition to enjoy it. I’m a huge fan of Hitchcock films but knew very little about the significant creative collaboration with his wife Alma Reville (played by Helen Mirren). And watching this movie on 123 movies made me a huge fan of this movie.

Hitchcock captures a chapter in the auteur’s life when he had just completed the successful North by Northwest (1959) and is looking for his next project. Several studios had received, and dismissed, the idea of a film version of the novel Psycho. Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) initially thinks he will also pass on the project, but while reading the novel, he becomes fascinated by the book’s subject who is loosely based on notorious Wisconsin killer, Ed Gein. The hitch is swept up by the grotesque themes of the novel and this film does a wonderful job of cross-cutting the fantasy interactions Hitch has with the killer with scenes of Hitchcock’s relationship with his wife and with various studio execs, actors, and his staff. After being turned down by his home studio to finance Psycho, Hitch convinces Alma that they should mortgage their house to fund the film and his wily agent strikes a creative distribution deal for the film with Paramount Studios.

Hitch’s staff, studio execs, and the press think he’s crazy to try to turn this brutal story into a film. Truth is, he has become a bit crazy-in the way a creative idea can possess genius. His pseudo-relationship with the Psycho killer continues through the production of the film as he imagines talking with and witnessing the atrocious acts of Gein.

Hitch’s relationship with Alma is one of personal and professional familiarity-nagging, shared meals, business talk, and even love. But Hitch pays more attention to his work, or rather lack of work, than to Alma. Enter a mediocre screenwriter recognizes Alma’s considerable talents as a writer/editor and who desperately wants Hitch’s imprimatur on his clumsy screenplay. The writer (played with adequate smarminess by Danny Huston) wins Alma over with the flattery that Hitchcock withholds in their day-to-day lives even while flaunting his well-known obsession with blondes. Scarlett Johansson is a knock out as the voluptuous Vivien Leigh who Hitch flirts with throughout a dinner meeting (Alma looking on), and in a later scene, we see him fantasizing over the photographs of former leading ladies: Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Eva Marie Saint.

As Alma gets more involved with the screenwriter’s project and the production of “Psycho” suffers technical and financial setbacks, Hitch seems to come unhinged. His jealousy is an odd counterbalance to his own sexual dark side; his genius counterbalanced by his over-the-top rants and tyranny on the closed set of his film. When shooting Vivian Leigh’s closeups in the iconic shower scene, Hitch screams about the inadequacy of a knife-wielding stand-in, bounds from his director’s chair and grabs the blade himself stabbing at a now authentically-frightened and shrieking Leigh. Apparently a crazy director with a butcher knife is even better than method acting.

Alfred is never moderate in his passions for wine, food, fame, and women but one senses from the numerous shots of the twin beds in the bedroom he shares with Alma that passion rarely plays out in marital obligation. The growing distance between Hitch and Alma drives her closer to her own burgeoning fantasies about her screenwriter friend and Hitch to further madness. Well into the film Hitch’s imaginary murderer-friend is still haunting him and feeds his paranoia about an affair between Alma and the writer.

Mirren is a marvel in this film and Anthony Hopkins is almost always on point in his portrayal of the mercurial director. There is but one misstep for me. In a scene where Hitchcock tries to prompt his leading lady’s acting with a spiraling, mean-spirited narrative, Hopkins seems to revert to Hannibal Lecter giving Clarice Starling her comeuppance by pointing out her humble farm origins of lamb slaughtering. Hitchcock Director, Sacha Gervasi would have been wise to avoid the close up of Hopkins’ snarling lips during this scene so it wouldn’t invoke comparison.

Johannson is solid and believable. The supporting cast of Toni Collete as Hitchcock’s assistant and actor Kurtwood Smith as the supercilious head of the film industry’s censorship bureau, adds great fun to the film. Careful watchers may even recognize former child actor, Ralph Macchio who plays the role of Psycho’s screenwriter.

If you love Alfred Hitchcock films, as I do, you will be satisfied with this movie. If you are a Helen Mirren fan, you will be mesmerized again. And if you like Psycho, you probably already have the novel and the book on which this offering is based. Hitchcock won’t disappoint.