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A man from deepest darkest Wales (Anglesey!) who loves movies, anime, dance/trance music and Japanese culture.

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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, Elfen Lied, Robin Of Sherwood, Up Pompeii, Peaky Blinders

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 (361 items)
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The Wonderful World Of J-Dramas (48 items)
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The 2017 TV Shows List (27 items)
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Published 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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Ikou! - Anime Watched In 2017 (32 items)
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Published 7 months, 4 weeks ago
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My History Of Anime Watched (50 items)
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Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice) review

Posted : 5 years, 6 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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Breaking Away
 Breaking Away 7/10
18 hours, 56 minutes ago
Breaking Away
This movie really captures what it means to be young and unsure of your future. It's a wonderful depiction of 4 Indiana men who try to grow up and make decisions about their futures. They all have their own problems to deal with but all need each other in dealing with their situations. Being outcasts in town, they turn to each other for hope and understanding. Also being "less privileged" than others their age, they learn to make the best of what they have...each other. Dennis Christopher leads this all-star cast in a movie that should be watched by the young and old. It is a compelling saga of how these young men conquer the ever-present problem of trying to fit in.
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2 days, 17 hours ago
The Hitman
The plot of two people running from killers who dislike each other has been done too many times but still you can get a lot of out it with the rights actors, a good script and direction. This time we have two very good actors that are enjoying the fun as much as the viewer. Ryan Reynolds is the bodyguard who has to protect Samuel L Jackson, the hitman who has to testify against his former employer and run through the gauntlet of assassins out to get him; both are really good actors and both are really fun to watch (the chemistry between them is perfect and incredible); it is Jackson who gets the funnier bits most of the time. Salma Hayek is another that will make you laugh whenever she is on screen and deserves as much credit as the two male characters. I have no complaints against this movie at all - it was just a very solid all rounder that delivered big time.
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The Dark Tower
I've never read the Dark Tower novels so I had no expectation what I was going to see in the movie. I know it's been panned by fans of the books and many film critics but it wasn't too bad. It may have its problems and it's not the best movie of the year. It is a fair movie that makes it worth watching. I am sure the books are epic and long and this movie only being an hour and a half sure does make it feel like they have took a lot out from the context. Obviously for a good reasoning they wanted to make the plot leaner and understandable for the audience that are not familiar with the Dark Tower world. The movie is never boring. It is entertaining throughout. The plot feels like there could have been more depth to the story and characters. The action is decent. There is lots of it. I thought Idris Elba as The Gunslinger was great too. Matthew McConaughey was also good as the villain. All in all, it wasn't bad nor terrible, it was your normal action- adventure/scifi type movie.
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Deadlier Than the Male
One of the better James Bond copycat movies that came out during the late 60's. Richard Johnson plays the suave and sophisticated Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond in much the same vein as Connery's 007. A super villain is using beautiful women to assassinate some oil company executives. Elke Sommers and Sylva Kocina are two of the sexy women on display. Some great set-pieces in the movie - the underground car park fight is surprisingly violent, while the chessboard finale is straight out of 'The Avengers' TV series. This movie is definitely on a par with the early Bond movies, hell even the quips from Drummond raise some laughs and there's no over the top gadget for the hero in sight. It was very entertaining and so enjoyable.
4 days, 18 hours ago
Run Wild, Run Free
A young boy Phillip is a mystery to his parents as he hasn't spoken since childhood. He enjoys roaming the wild moors and the animals he encounters there. An elderly Colonel helps the boy to tame a beautiful white colt horse and to train a falcon. Slowly but surely these experiences coax young Phillip into coming out of his shell and talking once more. With it's superb Dartmoor locations, this is a lovely family movie with Mark Lester brilliantly playing the autistic mute young boy Phillip. John Mills is even better in support, essaying the role of the kindly benefactor with skill and ease who believes that being at one with nature will help the boy and indeed it does. Gordon Jackson and Sylvia Sims play Lester's frustrated parents who have no idea how to properly communicate with their son. Future Bond girl Fiona Fullerton plays Phillip's female friend. The animals steal all the scenes they are in, especially the enchanting falcon. This is another movie highlighting the special bond that can be created between human and animal and how that friendship can be just as meaningful as one between humans. A beautiful movie featuring some very good performances.
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4 days, 23 hours ago
Psychic School Wars
Despite the title, this isn't about students battling with psychic powers, it's more of a romance movie with comedy and drama elements, and sci-fi undertones. It's about a new mysterious transfer student who arrives from the future and starts using his psychic abilities to influence those around him except for one guy who can somehow block his thoughts. What surprises me most about this movie is how well the beautiful seaside town of Kamakura and the island of Enoshima come to life. It's exactly how it is in real life. The plot starts out a bit slow in that it's more of a character introduction. That's fine as the viewer gets to know their sorrow, happiness and embarrassment. Love and jealousy starts to rear it's ugly head up as well. It's only later that the sci-fi aspect of the movie kicks in. The pace really quickens after that and before you know it the climax has been reached. The movie may lack in originality as this kind of story has been done in the past but it's still good enough to check out.
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Time of Eve
 Time of Eve 8/10
5 days, 2 hours ago
Time of Eve
In the near distant future, humans have android slaves who do everything for them. A young man named Rikuo discovers that his woman-form android Sammy has a mysterious message in her activity logs-"Are you enjoying the time of eve?" Along with his friend Masaki, he finds that "Time of Eve" is actually a hidden café where humans and androids can meet and not discriminate one another. Rikuo discovers there might actually be the presence of feelings and a soul inside these androids that they hide and only let out in front of each other. His friend Masaki though thinks differently. An interesting movie about the discrimination of androids and poses a question of will we have learned from the mistakes of the past such as what took place in Germany during WWII or segregation in the US during the 60's as the androids in the movie have a halo above their heads to mark them out from human beings. This isn't an anime movie for those that like fast paced storylines with action sequences. Not of that take place here, it's definitely a slow moving drama. The animation is beautiful with excellent level of detail. I really liked this movie - it's rather clever and unique with a thought provoking plot.
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Viceroy
This is a movie about the true story of the independence of India. Set in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, played by a very convincing Hugh Bonneville had been appointed as the last Viceroy of India, his responsibility was to administer independence and the partition of India. What he didn't know when he arrived was that the plan had already been orchestrated by Winston Churchill. He was just there to deliver it. While the political drama is going on, there's another romantic sub-plot being played out between two Indian members of the palace staff, their differing religions making their relationship extremely difficult. At the end of the movie are displayed many grainy black and white photos explaining the consequences of the partition. 14 million people, more than at any other time in history were displaced and over a million died during the ensuing riots across India. Overall, a fascinating historical movie about a little-known facet of history.
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Bitter Harvest
A young Welsh girl fed up of living a drab and dreary life down in the South Wales valleys leaves to go to London in order to make it big as a model. However, her life unravels as her dreams don't come true. A dark and downbeat kitchen sink drama with former Disney actress Janet Munro acting as the Welsh girl moving to London and being "used" by a couple of men. It's quite a slow paced drama and the worst thing is Munro's character is so unlikeable and self-centred. Nice location shots of Cardiff Castle, Central London and steam trains leaving Euston Station. It ends on a right downer with Munro's character killing herself but fails to explain why? Not sure if something's been cut or not in the version I saw? This is not a terrible movie but it's doesn't have much of anything to recommend it either.
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Payroll
A gritty British crime movie set around the Newcastle area. A gang of criminals rob an armoured van full of money but things don't go according to plan. The plotting of this noirish movie is very good and director Sidney Hayers keeps it flowing well at all times by providing a constant stream of action. The characters presented are all interesting in their own right and the interactions between the various members of the gang are good. The main character is Johnny Mellors; a streetwise criminal and the brains behind the heist that goes wrong. The grimy locations of the North East make a great backdrop for the movie: dirty alleyways, terrace houses, back street pubs, sweat stained garages etc. What's odd is even though this movie is set around Newcastle, no Geordie accents are ever heard! Overall it's a superior British crime thriller which is seriously underrated.
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Tawny Pipit
The village of Lipsbury Lea suddenly springs to life when it is discovered that a pair of rare Tawny Pipit's are nesting in one of the local fields. As outside forces threaten to destroy one of nature's great achievements, the villagers rally around to stand defiant in Mother Nature's corner. What a marvelous little movie this is with the subliminal message that nobody is going to change the English village way of life. It was shot in the Cotswolds and it shows superb views of the countryside - rolling hills and country lanes. There is some wartime propaganda in the story as a Russian female sniper who has shot 100 Germans comes to the village and is treated like a hero by the locals. Great acting by the whole cast. A lovely movie and shows an old fashioned way of living that would soon disappear.
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Night Caller from Outer Space
A British sci-fi movie that started out well but went downhill after 20 mins. It's about a small silver sphere crashing to Earth which some scientists take in to their lab. Out of the sphere appears a humanoid alien with a claw hand who can miraculously drive a car and rent an office! This could have been a good movie but the further the movie went the worse it got. Nice to see a young John Saxon as one of the leads. This was originally a b&w movie but the version I saw had been colourised very badly. It looked cheap and nasty. Avoid this sci-fi movie apart from those who have insomnia. It's sure to make you fall asleep!
1 week, 2 days ago
Broken
 Broken 8/10
1 week, 3 days ago
Broken
Bob is the separated father of three near feral girls who run riot both at school and at home. When Bob finds a condom that one of the girls has been innocently playing with he jumps to the wrong conclusion. Which culminates in him giving a beating to Rick the backward son of Mr and Mrs Buckley. This is witnessed by a 11 year old girl who goes by the nickname of Skunk and kickstarts an ultimately fatal chain of events. If you enjoy Brit flicks in the mould of Mike Leigh or Shane Meadows this is a must see. Sparking on themes of love, loss, friendship and violence, this is a confident and unfussy directorial debut by Rufus Norris comfortably adapting to screen from the theatre. The way the story and characters interweave never feels contrived. The child actors are superb especially Martha Bryant as the youngest of the feral siblings who is outstanding. Eloise Laurence is also brilliant as Skunk. A gritty, beautifully made, completely believable gem of a 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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Thanks for all the votes!

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