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A man from deepest darkest Wales (Anglesey!) who loves movies, dance/trance music and anything to do with Japan

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Favourite music: AKB48, Namie Amuro, Perfume, Scandal, Def Leppard, Chvrches, EXILE, Saint Etienne, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Take That, Ayumi Hamasaki, Texas, The Brilliant Green, LINDBERG, Hikaru Utada, dream, Nana Mizuki, The Smiths, Queen, Pet Shop Boys, Vanilla Ninja, Shiny Toy Guns, Cascada, Dash Berlin

Favourite TV Shows: The Following, Vikings, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Dr Who (1963-1989), The X-Files, Blakes 7, Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Fleet, Mysterious Cities Of Gold, Galaxy Express 999, AKBingo, Elfen Lied, Robin Of Sherwood, Up Pompeii

Favourite Actor/Actresses: Audrey Hepburn, Hudson Leick, Harrison Ford, Adam Sandler, Veronica Lake, Alyson Hannigan, Kyoko Fukada, Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba, Jyeon Ji-Hung, Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Meiko Kaji, Tom Baker, Peter Cook, Bill Murray, Simon Pegg, Tadanobu Asano

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Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice) review

Posted : 4 years, 5 months ago on 9 March 2012 07:17 (A review of Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice))

The 4th installment in the Whispering Corridors franchise is my favorite and plays out like a mystery rather than an outright ghost horror story. The series which was going a little bit stale after the 3rd movie needed a shot in the arm and this movie revived the flagging franchise. It’s like the filmmakers took the best aspects out of the previous three movies and put them in this one and what you get is this remarkable story. It relies on the characters to drive this movie rather than going for the cheap shock option and I have to say it works pretty well and looks fresh. Even though it may be more of a mystery movie, it’s still got a couple of really good scares and some great death scenes. As with a lot of Asian horrors, this movie also borrows some plot elements from others in the genre. The movie has some nice twists though the ending might confuse some viewers. The soundtrack accompanying the movie is fantastic and creepy. All round good performances from the cast. Recommended.


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Make Mine Mink
Charming comedy about a group of people who are lodging with a distinguished woman in an apartment. She supports many charities but has now run out of money. Through a series of events, they hit upon the idea of stealing fur coats and selling them to a fence so that she can continue to support her charities. The others are all bored so they go along ...since it's for charity. Implausible plot makes little difference as this disparate group of oddballs start their series of robberies. The cast is uniformly excellent in this bit of craziness. Terry Thomas and Athene Seyler turn in star performances, matched by Hattie Jacques as Nan and Elspeth Duxbury as the hapless Pinkie. Kenneth Williams in an early appearance shines as a character that he never really succeeded in developing for the screen but which points to a keen comic enjoying himself in very good company. Recommended to any fan of the wonderful Terry Thomas and British comedies of this era.
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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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23 hours, 21 minutes ago
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Loosely inspired by various comedies we have seen before but without any redeeming quality or grace, this movie is about 2 brothers who have to find 2 dates to their sisters wedding. For the most part, the movie has a strong opening where we see how these two brothers party, but we also witness the aftermath of their wild antics. Things move well enough till we get to the point where they actually end up on Hawaii. At this point, things take a tumble off a cliff and it never recovers. The 4 main actors are awful especially Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. I'm not saying the movie is completely unfunny, but the most you get are a few chuckles here and there. Overall it's an absolute waste of time, money, and talent.
23 hours, 21 minutes ago
Range 15
Made by US military veterans for US military veterans, this lame comedy is one of the worst I've ever seen. I was expecting a cool zombie apocalypse laugh fest and although there are a couple of good gags, most of it is in military speak that will be lost on the majority of people. I was really disappointed since it was given an initial high rating on IMDB but obviously it was all false. Don't bother with this one unless you're in the military.
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Bastille Day

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Bastille Day
Bastille Day is a "by the numbers" action thriller. That's not to say this is a poor movie. What it does, it does well. There's a good cast including the talented Idris Elba in the role of a CIA operative. Great Parisian sets, locations and lots of predictable but still enjoyable, action sequences. Where it falls down somewhat is in the storytelling and character development department. The storyline is a bit thin, stretching credulity to its limit whilst not doing anything that, in one form or other, has not been done before. Equally, its a shame the character development was not better. Actors like Elba and the cast are not really given the opportunity to really "show off" their craft, with rather flat, action caricatures being the order of business instead. Putting these considerations aside, there's still more to like here than not. This movie packs a punch that all good movies in this genre should, its has loads of mostly exciting action such as a chase across rooftops, that keep the movie rolling along. Worth checking out.
1 day, 3 hours ago
Dope
This is a very good coming-of-age movie. The main character is Malcolm, a high-school senior who's obsessed with 90's hip-hop culture, and who constantly shows this affection by emulating the fashion and language of the time. He's a straight-A student with perfect SAT scores and seems to have everything under control - despite a few bullies - until he finds himself taking a chance invitation to a drug dealer's birthday party along with his two best friends. From there, he's taken on a crazy adventure littered with bad choice after bad choice, all the while juggling college applications and interviews that will surely determine his future. Writer/Director Rick Famuyiwa strips the movie of any tired clichés or stereotypes for African-American characters, and surprisingly manages to infuse details that question the issues of racism and class discrimination. But above all, he makes a really fun movie. The writing is sharp and humorous, with the acting from the main trio - Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons - complimenting it excellently. And though it's undoubtedly rough around the edges, its wit and ceaseless energy make it irresistible. Definitely recommended.
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The Loft

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The Loft
"The Loft" is a remake of a Belgian movie, and focuses on five married men who go in on a ritzy high rise loft for the purposes of pursuing their affairs and sexual escapades. When a girl winds up dead in a pool of blood in the loft, the five men panic as they attempt to unravel who she is and where she came from. Taking some cues from Hitchcock, "The Loft" is an overall entertaining movie, but the script at times is the equivalent of a cheap Rubik's cube — it looks fine, it's a fun puzzle, I guess, but it's really just not that impressive overall. The movie shifts between past and present, unraveling the narrative through flashbacks which are sandwiched between the current dilemma of the four men arguing in the loft over the corpse of the dead blonde. The pacing is a bit choppy, and the transitions rather abrupt. James Marsden and Wentworth Miller are among the movie's greatest star power here. The finale cements my feelings of the movie as an underwhelming thriller that seems more suited for television than the silver screen, but I still can't say it was totally not worth the time. Despite some problems, it is still by and large an entertaining flick.
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The Skeleton Key
Director Iain Softley should be given credit for piecing a fairly suspenseful movie about a young woman that takes over as a caregiver for a man that has been paralysed in the rural Spanish moss covered yesteryear of old Louisiana plantation life. What does she find there? Well, the mystery of the movie, most of which is exposed in the last 30 minutes, is explained just like that at the very end. This movie has much going for it. Softley uses every cliché and stereotype imaginable of old Southern life and in particular Louisiana Southern life. But these are used effectively for the most part. We have voodoo/Hoodoo(?)elements, racial tensions, oppressive settings bogged down by decay and heat, and some thick accents. The acting is overall quite good. Gena Rowlands gives a standout performance. John Hurt plays her paralysed husband and even though he has so little to say, he is very effective in his role. Kate Hudson has the lead and is affable in it - and beautiful as well. That leaves Peter Sarsgaard as the last major player. He is adequate at best(and has a very heavy accent). But it's not the actors really that command attention, it's the director's sense of mood and style and a script that is very obvious in certain places yet surprisingly effective for the most part. The movie does drag for a bit in the middle and Softley throws some things in there really not needed. By and large; however, the movie is a success at scaring up a few chills and creating a unique ending that few will guess.
2 days ago
Sausage Party
 Sausage Party 7/10
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Sausage Party
Sausage Party is an adult CGI animated comedy movie. I like most Disney Pixar animated movies and this movie is a fun and enjoyable parody of them. Even though the humour sometimes felt forced, the movie's message of self-discovery is what I believe holds it up. At "Shopwell's" supermarket, all the food on sale dream of one day being picked by customers to be taken to their new homes. However, some of them soon learn the terrible truth of what happens to them once they have been purchased by humans. A sausage named Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen) attempts to warn his fellow Shopwell's food items of their inevitable fate before it is too late. Filled to the brim with crude jokes and political incorrectness, Sausage Party is an enjoyable send up of Disney Pixar movies. The animation was nice to look at and definitely on par with most of today's CGI animated features. The jokes didn't always work, but the ones that did had me laughing out loud. This movie is not for the easily offended and definitely not for children, but if you enjoy the comedy of Seth Rogen then I recommend seeing it.
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Heart of Glass
I enjoy most movies by Werner Herzog but there's a couple of his early works which I do have a problem with. This movie was by far the most boring thing I have ever seen. It is massively pretentious, and so people who watch movies for "depth" and "art" may pretend to see something in it, but it is garbage. The sound and video quality are poor. The acting is purposefully drab (actually, the entire cast was supposedly under hypnosis, which really worked out beautifully, really.) If movies should a form of entertainment, then this is about as far as you can get from a good movie. If movies are supposed to be artful in some way, then maybe there's something to this that I'm missing, but it is so hard to watch that there is no message worth the chore of sitting through this thing. Extremely dull.
1 week, 6 days ago
Heisei Rider vs. Shôwa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen featuring Super Sentai
Made to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Heisei Rider series, this special crossover movie pits the Heisei Riders (1999 - present) up against the classic Showa Riders (1971 - 1994) which has been orchestrated by the evil Kamen Rider Fifteen of the Underground Empire Baldan. What's great about this movie is that all of the Riders since 1971 are featured and even some of the original actors come back to reprise their roles. Even the ToQgers Super Sentai team pop up to aid the heroes against the villains. The ending for the movie was chosen by fans who had to vote which generation they liked best. The fight scenes in this movie were pretty good. One thing that I liked in this movie is the way they upgraded the transformations to the returning Showa Rider actors. The story I thought was okay, but the characters and character development was pretty interesting. Another great KR crossover movie.
2 weeks, 2 days ago
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
For those of you that have no idea about the world famous Studio Ghibli, I'll just say they're responsible for some of the best animation movies over the past 30 years such as My Neighbour Totoro and Sprited Away (if you've never seen these two, shame on you!). This is a wonderful and insightful documentary about famed animator Hayao Miyazaki's life and work at Studio Ghibli during the making of "The Wind Rises" which is his most personal movie to date and the last before he retired at the age of 72. It offers many personal views from the director, with plenty of photographs and archive footage, and also incredible shots of the strenuous process of making traditional hand-drawn animation. Needless to say, this is a must see for anybody who considers themselves a fan of Studio Ghibli. Unlike western-made documentaries, this takes the straightforward approach of simply grabbing a camera, following Miyazaki and his crew around, and asking the occasional question. The unobtrusive approach works well, somehow getting you into the heart and soul of the studio. A very enjoyable documentary although it may not appeal to everybody.
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Ice Age: Collision Course
The Ice Age team appears to be out of ideas, at least that's how this new one feels. The plot is dreadfully contrived and over complicated for its target audience. In brief, there's an asteroid heading towards the Earth and it's up to the mammoth, the sloth, the ferret and the sabre tooth tigers to stop it. Even for a kids story, that's pretty ridiculous. Even the Scrat sequences have started to become pretty uninteresting. Having said all that, the old familiar faces are there and, whilst they might too be getting a tad tired, not all is lost. It still retains an air of charm inherited from the previous movies. The animation is still great but that's about it. They should have stopped with the last Ice Age movie.
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Bad Moms
 Bad Moms 7/10
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Bad Moms
Bad Moms is an awesome comedy. The movie is fun, raunchy, and entertaining. The premise is simple, yet realistic and relatable to women with kids. An overworked, over-stressed, and under appreciated mother has had enough and she decides to take a break from all her responsibilities in life. The cast is a blast to watch especially Kathryn Hahn as the foul and loud mouthed mother who steals every scene she's in. The chemistry between the main trio on screen is very visible in what they do. Like any movie, the plot has high-points and low-points emotionally wise. The cast does a very good job of adapting to the situation, to prevent it from being boring or drawn-out. Overall, this was a pretty solid comedy and it delivered on almost all fronts. I wasn't expecting a lot from this movie but it really surprised me. Go watch!
2 weeks, 5 days ago
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
This is a very, very familiar story in Japan. It's a story from the 10th century, "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter". And, since it's a classic, there have been many movie versions of the story. For the most part, the story you see in the movie is the traditional tale. One day, a poor woodcutter slices into a stalk of bamboo and finds a beautiful thumb-size child. Since he and his wife are childless and have always wanted one, they are overjoyed with the discovery and raise the child who grows into adulthood quicker than a normal human. The animation for this movie is quite lovely with a nice look that appears as if it was made with coloured pencils and watercolours. The story however goes on for too long and I found my interest waning from time to time. Had they trimmed about 20 - 25 minutes, I think the movie would have worked better for me. Worth seeing for a very patient audience who is looking for something very different - otherwise a strange sort of picture that probably would offer little appeal to kids and folks wanting something light and Disney-like. Not the best Ghibli movie I've seen but good nevertheless.
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Suicide Squad
 Suicide Squad 9/10
3 weeks ago
Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad has to be the best DCEU movie so far. The characters were outstanding and it had a lighter tone than the previous movies which was desperately needed. Will Smith was superb in it but Margot Robbie and Jared Leto shine as Harley Quinn and The Joker. It's like no other movie in the DCEU or the MCU. I don't get why the critics rate the movie so low. The Joker is barely in the movie which was a little disappointing. I am eager to see more especially since in this movie he's just Harley's boyfriend. Which is understandable since the movie isn't really even about The Joker, it's about Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Batman makes nothing more than a few cameos and a scene after the mid-credits. The Enchantress as the villain wasn't the best but the characters more than made up for it. The soundtrack was phenomenal. It looks like DC is finally learning from past mistakes. Here's hoping that Wonder Woman and Justice League will also be just as spectacular as this movie.
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Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Mar 7 17:33
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Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Feb 27 17:22
Thanks for the vote.
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Thanks for the votes! ^_^
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You too.
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 22 2:55
Be sure to check out and vote on my latest list! A lot of research went into ordering the films by the period in which they take place in Japanese history with the goal (hopefully) of visualizing Japanese history through film. Thanks! http://www.listal.com/list/experience-japanese-history-through-film
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 27 4:08
Thanks for all the votes!

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