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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, 10 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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A Punch to Revenge
A good HK actioner featuring Yukari Oshima who gets involved with a police officer and the family of a disabled son in her care. It might be a by-the numbers tale of revenge and betrayal but when you've got great set pieces featuring Peter Lam and Yukari Oshima it's definitely worth watching. You'll have to suspend your disbelief what these two go through and still manage to stay alive! Lam is shot and has a circular saw blade impaled through his back and still manages to carry on fighting whilst Oshima also is shot twice at close range. Well worth checking out this little known HK movie.
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Christmas on July 24th Avenue
This is a story of an ugly duckling Sayuri who is looking for her prince and sets her dream of setting foot one day on July 24th Avenue in Lisbon, Portugal. Although the story is meant to have a Christmas feel to it, it is definitely lacking in any of the holiday spirit. There's no Christmas illuminations or anything like that shown in the city of Nagasaki during this movie. This is a fairly bog standard romantic comedy with most of the genre's boxes ticked along the way. The cinematography is superb with fantastic shots of both Lisbon and Nagasaki. The leads give a decent performance - nothing special though. If romantic comedies are your kind of thing there's plenty for you to enjoy here.
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Don
Yet another painfully bad British comedy movie from the 70's which was based on a stage play. The cast contains some of the great stalwarts of the British film industry such as Joan Sims, Derek Griffiths, Joanna Lumley and Leslie Phillips. The comedy isn't that good and consists for the majority of the movie of various people hiding in closets or under beds from being discovered in compromising positions. There's a reason they don't do these kind of movies anymore and that's because they're so crap. Even the worse Carry On movie is miles better than this. Best left unwatched I think.
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The Missionary
You don't have to be a fan of Monty Python in general, or Michael Palin in particular, to enjoy "The Missionary". It's gently British humour conceals a razor sharp satirical edge, and there is something new to spot with every fresh viewing. Palin plays a missionary charged with rescuing young prostitutes from the streets of London. It's not exactly a Python movie in that it's outrageously funny though it does have some very funny scenes, some hilarious. Alongside Palin, you have people such as Maggie Smith, Michael Hordern, Denholm Elliott and Timothy Spall who are perfect in their roles. If you enjoy movies with subtle humour rather than laugh out loud moments then this will be right up your street.
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Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
I thought that I would like this as I'm a fan of off-beat humour but this is just too weird for my liking. The plot finds the late great Trevor Howard playing aristocrat drunk Sir Henry Rawlinson who tries to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert. I was expecting something along the lines of Monty Python or Withnail & I but it's nothing like them. The dialogue whilst inventive starts to get a little bit grating and the sepia-toned monochrome that the movie has been filmed is horrible. Granted there are one or two amusing moments but it tries to do too much and it got boring and predictable after a while. It might be unique for many people but it didn't do anything for me.
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Tiger and Crane Fists
Two schools each with their different methods must come together in order to defeat a seemingly unstoppable kung fu master. This movie is widely known to be the inspiration for the Kung Pow parody comedy. It's an old school classic despite the storyline having been rehashed so many times in other movies. The villain is a good one having iron claws as his weapon of choice and a pair of metal stars stuck to his body to make him invincible. The fight choreography is excellent. The movie may look cheap and despite it being Taiwanese and not from Hong Kong it's still worth checking out.
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Based on the manga and anime series, this live action adaptation follows Yuugo Hachiken, a teenage boy from Tokyo who doesn't know what he wants to do in the future. He enrols at an agricultural school in the country in order to get away from his parents especially his father who considers him a failure. His prestigious middle school upbringing doesn't help in him making friends at his new school where he's a complete fish out of water as all the other students live on farms. Slowly but surely he begins to grow as a person in his new surroundings. This was an interesting coming of age movie watching a teenager grow in confidence from his shaky start where he makes mistakes and doesn't have any friends to slowly integrating and immersing himself in farming life at a school. It's different from other movies that are around and as such it was quite refreshing for me to see. Everything from early morning jobs at the farm, rearing animals so they can be slaughtered and the pitfalls of farming is shown. The characters are likeable enough and it's great that there's no conflicts as such with any of them. Everybody pretty much gets on with one another. I thought this was an enjoyable movie which shows we each have the ability to set our own path and believe what we want to believe.
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Crayon Shin-chan: The Secret Treasure of Buri Buri Kingdom
The 2nd Shin-chan movie finds the rude young lad winning a holiday for his family in the kingdom of Buri Buri but it's a trap from some villains who want to capture him and his doppelganger, the young Prince of Buri Buri as they plan to steal a hidden treasure in the kingdom. I'm still surprised that Crayon Shin-chan is geared towards kids considering the sexual innuendo in this movie. Makes me wonder what kind of effect this has on the young impressionable minds of Japan! You only have to see several scenes in this movie in which Shin-chan is waving his penis around or pulling his shorts down to show his arse. This movie is very funny though and anybody with a good sense of humour is going to laugh at Shin-chan's antics. I had a great time watching this movie and I'm sure you will too if you're not offended by what Shin-chan gets up to at times!
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A wonderful and touching feel-good true life story about a recovering heroin addict who with the help of a street cat that comes into his home is able to turn his life completely around. There is much to like about this movie from the performance of Luke Treadaway who is brilliant as James Bowen and his supporting co-stars. The star of the show however belongs to the ginger tomcat Bob who steals every scene he's in. He's adorable and that's coming from myself who isn't that much of a cat lover! Even though the story deals with a serious issue in drug abuse, there is a light side to proceedings to balance everything out so it's not all dark in the movie. This is a worthwhile movie to check out with a heart warming end to it.
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I didn't think I was going to like this movie if I'm being perfectly honest but you know what - it's charm completely won me over. It's a triumph on so many levels. It hooks you from the beginning with its big opening number on the highway and has your heart fluttering in the club at the end. The chemistry between the two leads in Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone helps make the movie so great. Stone has slowly shown herself as a force to be reckon with in Hollywood and now Gosling has join the ranks after his stellar performance as the jazz pianist who's main dream is watch jazz live on. Stone is a wanna be actress who can't find her way. Together, they thrive off each other's love and support as they try to accomplish their goals together. It wouldn't surprise me to see both of them nabbing an Oscar for their performance here. What else helps is a beautiful score and extremely well written songs. You may have heard that this movie is like a love letter to those old musicals from the days of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire and they'd be right. All in all, this movie really took me by surprise. I'm not a huge fan of musicals but this one was superb. You'd be mad to miss out on it.
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This anime movie is about a tragic event that takes place in a small town. A humanoid robot is asked to replace somebody that was killed in a plane crash in order for that person's lover to cope and move on in a new technique called Robot Therapy. This is a great movie about love and loss with a twist I didn't see coming right near the climax. The viewer gets to learn a little about Hal's background from his childhood as a thief to his courtship with the beautiful Kurumi. The animation is excellent with a lot of vibrant colours used. Even though the movie has a rather sad storyline, it isn't one that gets you emotional at all although it does have one or two touching moments. Overall it was an interesting anime to watch and gives an insight into a possible future in which robots might perhaps help us get over grieve.
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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
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