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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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The Good & The Bad - Movies Watched In 2017 (57 items)
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Ikou! - Anime Watched In 2017 (9 items)
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My History Of Anime Watched (49 items)
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From The Superb To The Crap - Movies Seen In 2016 (284 items)
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Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice) review

Posted : 4 years, 11 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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Sixteen
A former African child soldier Jamal now living in London with his adopted mother witnesses a fatal stabbing one night. The attacker and his friend keep putting pressure on him not to say anything. Jamal finds it difficult to keep his violent streak down because of this. An interesting Brit indie movie. It is tagged as a thriller but it isn't one at all. More of a drama than a thriller. It has a nice performance by lead Roger Nsengiyumva especially when paired with his teen girlfriend, their chemistry has a certain allure and is well filmed, the drama and comedy invoked in the scenes between these two characters create a likability in the movie that is undeniable. There are some violent scenes but these are few and far between. I was expecting tension to ramp up when the attacker starts targeting Jamal's home but this fails to materialise. The ending I thought seemed too rushed. It's still a good character piece by debutant director Rob Brown but it could and should've been a lot better than what it was. Worth taking a look.
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6/10

Man from Deep River

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Au Pair Girls

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Au Pair Girls
Yet another British sexploitation comedy movie from the early 70's. Four sexy young foreign girls come to the UK to work and get intimate with their respective employers! It's a below average comedy which is more like a Z-list Carry On movie. The natural attraction to watching this movie is of course the gorgeous young leads led by Gabrielle Drake. There isn't a story as such - it's just a sorry excuse for the ladies to get totally naked which they do! There are cameos from John Le Mesurier (quite shocked to see him appear in this kind of movie) and future Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs. Depends if you're into this kind of comedy whether you'll like it or not. It's very dated and the slapstick humour is poor.
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The Apology King
The Apology King revolves around a small company whose founder's job is to help folks make sincere apologies when they make a stupid and embarrassing mistake. It's a great surreal comedy that will definitely make you laugh. The movie is cut into segments highlighting 6 successful cases that Yuzuru has done and the way that he instructs each client to apologise properly. Each segment is entertaining though the 5th one about a film company insulting a small nation called Montan went on for far too long and wasn't that amusing. Even the real life incident involving Erika Sawajiri is mocked in the movie. Mao Inoue and Sadao Abe are the main leads and make for a good pairing though the supporting cast is also brilliant in helping the story move along. And I guarantee you'll never forget this catchphrase "Hairy Armpits, Statue Of Liberty"!!
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Barking Dogs Never Bite

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Barking Dogs Never Bite
This excellent dark comedy was the debut of director Bong Joon-ho (of Memories of Murder fame). Dog lovers will be shocked at the treatment of the canines in this movie so be aware of that before watching it. For those that don't know - dogs are cooked and eaten in South Korea. The storyline is about a man who is so annoyed at yapping dogs in his apartment block that he takes action by kidnapping and then killing them but during one incident he is seen by 2 women on the rooftop of another building. There are many twists and turns which makes this movie so good. The performances of the two leads (Lee Sung-jae and Bae Doona) are superb and the comedy is very funny. This movie is hailed as one of the best from South Korea and you can see why. It is awesome. Don't miss out on this one.
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Still the Water
On a beautiful island somewhere in Japan, the cycle of love, life and death takes place as shown through the eyes of 2 teenagers. One has a dying mother and the other has seen his parents splitting up. How they deal with these situations is what this movie is all about. This movie won't be to everybody's taste - it's a slow paced storyline and some shots by the director that linger on something such as waves crashing or trees blowing in the wind for a while. At 2 hours long, it does drag a little at times but overall I enjoyed the interesting storyline, great performances by the cast and the gorgeous cinematography.
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The Wrong Arm of the Law
Peter Sellers stars in this lively crime comedy caper about an Australian gang that is masquerading as policemen and stealing from other crime mobs. This movie was written by none other than Galton & Simpson (who were behind the excellent Steptoe & Son). Sellers is supported by a wonderful cast that includes John Le Mesurier, Bernard Cribbins and Lionel Jeffries. The humour on show here by and large comes courtesy of the unlikely alliance between London's policemen and the crime elements who both want to nail the Aussie gang. With a sharp witty script and a cast to die for, this Brit comedy is well worth seeking out.
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Carnage Park
This movie starts out a very different movie to the one it finishes as. It starts out trying to be overly stylish with slow-motion shots, flashbacks, over the top characters and music blaring over the top of scenes. All things you'd commonly see in Quentin Tarantino movies, the only difference is that he has the ability to pull them off. So the movie wasn't off to a great start! Thankfully it gives up on this after 30 mins and settles down to a fairly fun story about a nutcase in the desert who goes around hunting people with a sniper rifle and a gas mask. Ashley Bell as the beautiful heroine is great and so is Pat Healy as the killer. At 78 mins long, this movie zips along but unfortunately there just isn't time to develop the storyline. It could have done with another 15 mins or so. As another cat and mouse game movie it's OK. It's not exciting enough for my liking.
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Dark Signal

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Dark Signal
I was drawn to this low budget horror movie as it's set in my neck of the woods - Snowdonia. It's a tale about this nasty murderer known as The Wedlock Killer and a late night radio station where it seems that messages from the dead are coming through the airwaves. It isn't too bad of a movie, there's nothing I can say that really stands out at all. It's a case of seen it all before with some unoriginal jump scares and bloody killings. The cast are fine in their roles apart from Polish actress Joanna Ignaczewska who I thought was terrible. In the end, this is one of those movie that once you've seen it you'll completely forget about it. One to watch perhaps if you've got nothing better to see.
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Record of Lodoss War

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8/10

Shiki

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Shiki

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Black Mountain Poets
A great little known Brit indie comedy drama about 2 con artist sisters who assume the role of renowned poets The Wilding Sisters and join a poetry retreat somewhere in the Black Mountains of Wales. Once there they start to learn some important lessons in life. I didn't know what to expect from this low budgeter but I was pleasantly surprised. The chemistry between the 2 sisters played by Dolly Wells and Alice Lowe is superb. They really bounce off each other and the supporting characters are great. I cannot fault any of their performances. The cinematography is also fantastic with some funny dialogue. It was quite a rewarding watch in the end and I'm glad I saw it.
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The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11

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Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps

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Transformers: The Ultimate Guide

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Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation
This is an updated version of the classic 1981 movie Sailor Suit and Machine Gun. Although it is nowhere near as good as the original, it is still an entertaining story about a young schoolgirl who is trying to stay away from a life as a yakuza gang chief: a title that she inherited after her uncle was gunned down in front of her. Unfortunately other yakuza gangs and a corrupt politician that is trying to bulldoze an area for his own dirty needs conspire to make her reform her old yakuza gang to sort things out once and for all. Pretty Kanna Hashimoto makes for a likeable lead as the young schoolgirl. Most of the storyline is character building with only the final 20 mins or so having some kind of bloody action with knifings and shootouts. The original had some kind of humour running through it but sadly whatever they've tried at being funny here fails to work. Nevertheless, I thought it wasn't too bad of an effort and I wan't bored watching it.
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DVD Delirium Volume 4: The International Guide to Weird and Wonderful Films on DVD and Blu-ray

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Where Have All the People Gone
This is a solid well-acted made-for-TV drama that stars Peter Graves as a family man on an excavation excursion with his kids in the California mountains who survives a huge solar flare blast followed by an earthquake; slowly, the family comes to realise the astronomical proportions of what has happened when they get back to town and find desolate streets and dogs that have gone insane. The drama is very effective and eerie. John Llewellyn Moxey's spare, no-frills direction lets the starkly plotted story unfold in a creepily gradual and unforced manner which makes for a genuinely unsettling viewing. It keeps you glued from start to finish with a storyline that doesn't go for sentimentality and has a somewhat downbeat ending. Considering the low budget for this movie, it doesn't rely on special effects but more on the family's survival instincts in the face that they could be the only people left alive. Definitely a rare movie that should be seeked out with a superior end of the world story.
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The Edge of Seventeen
This movie does for this generation what John Hughes' movies did for the '80s and what "She's All That" did for the '90s. This movie is so funny and Hailee Steinfeld nails those awkward teenage years spot on. It marks the feature directorial debut of writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig who superbly wrote this wonderful hilarious coming-of-age story that's candid and unadulterated. The movie gives you an honest look at what teenagers in the suburbs deal with these days. And much of it is thanks to Hailee Steinfeld's performance as Nadine that can't get any more real and authentic. And Steinfeld is surrounded by equally appealing talents like Kyra Sedgwick, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden Szeto and Woody Harrelson as the sarcastic teacher who reluctantly helps Nadine figure herself out. All in all, this is a superb movie and you're guaranteed to have a good time watching it.
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A Monster Calls
This movie focuses on a young boy, Conor, and his struggles to cope with his feelings in the face of his mother's terminal illness. Despite being on the surface to be a movie for children, this is emphatically not a kids movie. It is, in fact, a rather dark tale of emotional distress in the face of imminent death and the fantastic and frightening ways in which a young person responds to an appalling situation they can do nothing to avoid. Be prepared for some tears as this is an heartbreaking powerful drama. The acting from the main characters is uniformly superb but Lewis MacDougall as Conor is exceptional. The fantasy sequences are also brilliantly rendered. A must-see movie.
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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
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