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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 2017 TV Shows List (17 items)
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The Good & The Bad - Movies Watched In 2017 (141 items)
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Ikou! - Anime Watched In 2017 (17 items)
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My History Of Anime Watched (50 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 : 5 years, 1 month 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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11 hours, 7 minutes ago
AKB48Fan added 1 item to The 2017 TV Shows List list
Peaky Blinders

11 hours, 7 minutes ago
Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
A classic Japanese alien invasion movie with an anti-war message to it. The movie opens with a UFO sighting, and a passenger plane being knocked out of the sky and forced to crash land in a quarry. From there, evil starts to infect the survivors of the airplane, and a desperate battle for survival is on. All levels of conflict ensue: characters turn against each other, the environment, and even themselves. This isn't one of those typical rubber suit movies where a giant beast smashes everything in sight while being shot at by toy airplanes. This is a slick, well-done horror/sci-fi that blends many elements and does it well. A bit of a downbeat ending with a big invasion fleet in space heading towards planet Earth. A lost gem of the horror/sci-fi genre, worth seeing.
15 hours, 41 minutes ago
Operation Chromite
Based on a true story set during the early stages of the Korean War, it's about a group of South Korean soldiers who have to infiltrate into the North Korean army and find out where mines have been laid outside the waters of Incheon in order for a land invasion of Allied troops led by General MacArthur played by Liam Neeson. The dramatic story is full of action and supported by a good screenplay, direction and performances. I will admit that I had little to zero knowledge before going into this and it does teach a bit of history which might not matter to a lot of people. It might not be the best war movie I've seen from Korea over the years but I enjoyed it and it was entertaining enough.
18 hours, 16 minutes ago
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Operation Chromite

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6/10

Lowlife Love

6/10


21 hours ago
Lowlife Love
A drama about the people operating in the lower levels of the Japanese movie industry. It is somewhat based on what the writer of the movie has seen and heard over the years from working in the industry. It's about a director still trying to live off his reputation from making an indie movie years ago but too lazy to really direct a second. He also runs an acting school for deluded actresses to whom he promises roles in his next movie but in actually all he's really interested is bedding them. The movie is controversial due to it's treatment of women. It's an interesting movie showing how people are used and abused in the industry but if you're pretty smart you can use that to your advantage which is what the female lead Minami does. A worthwhile watch.
21 hours ago
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21 hours, 1 minute ago
Quiz Show
 Quiz Show 7/10
1 day, 11 hours ago
Quiz Show
This drama is mostly riveting and it has an interesting story to tell. It's a well-directed movie by Robert Redford. The acting is great by everybody. My only problem is this movie runs a little too long and it seems stale at some points. It's based on a true story. In 1958, NBC started a game show craze especially with their hit show 21. When champion Herb Stampel is kicked out and replaced by the popular Charles Van Doren, NBC comes under fire as it's revealed that the champions may have been given the answers to the questions. As mentioned before, the acting is phenomenal. John Turturro and Ralph Fiennes are great in their respective roles as the champions. David Paymer certainly makes a slimy guy. Overall it was a good movie about corruption and it was mostly entertaining.
1 day, 11 hours ago
Imperium
 Imperium 6/10
2 days, 13 hours ago
Imperium
A young FBI agent, eager to prove himself in the field, goes undercover as a white supremacist. Imperium is not a movie that is going to win you over at first and it's definitely not some Oscar winning contender but it's a pretty interesting and watchable thriller and Daniel Radcliffe's performance is good and you can easily see his dedication on the movie but everyone else is just very generic, one note and very bland. It does have some good moments here and there and Radcliffe's performance is good as I said but don't expect anything more than just that.
2 days, 13 hours ago
Lassie
 Lassie 7/10
3 days, 12 hours ago
Lassie
I've watched various movies featuring the dog Lassie over the years and this one is just as good as them. Set during the onset of WWII in Yorkshire, Lassie the rough collie is sold by a poor family to a Duke who takes her up to Scotland. There she escapes and makes her down back South to reunite with her young master. It's a wonderful heartwarming family movie. The scenery and cinematography is homely, wild and beautiful and the cast is excellent which includes Peter O'Toole. You will find yourself rooting for the lovable dog and will I think be more than satisfied with the ending! Be prepared to shed a few tears as well. If you aren't an animal lover this is certainly not for you, but if you have a soft spot for our furry friends you will definitely like it. If you have ever had a faithful dog as a pet it should touch you particularly - it celebrates the loyal nature of the canine and the fulfilling relationships humans can build with them. Recommended.
3 days, 12 hours ago
A Dirty Shame
 A Dirty Shame 2/10
5 days, 13 hours ago
A Dirty Shame
An absolutely abysmal John Waters sex-comedy about a middle aged woman called Sylvia Stickles who after a meeting with a mystical tow truck driver and a bump on the head, becomes transformed into a sex addict. From here on the whole town seem getting "bumps" on the head and the whole place becomes an uncontrollable sex mad den. It really is bottom of the barrel stuff, more cringe-worthy than funny. What on earth attracted a pretty good cast to this appalling junk is a mystery. The whole movie is full of over the top annoying characters and seems to go on and on forever. Avoid at all costs.
5 days, 13 hours ago
Winter
This is a drama about a successful painter who has a breakdown following the tragic death of his wife. The story follows how this affects the lives of his two boys. A sparse and haunting soundtrack is the perfect accompaniment to this bleak drama. Tommy Flanagan is great as the husband struggling to cope with his enormous grief despite knowing that it is affecting his children. Tom Payne is also good as the responsible older brother. Although this movie lacks standout moments it always holds your attention thanks to it's fine cast. As you'd expect this is not a fun movie to watch but does a great job of showing how hard grief can hit us all. Winter is a very good emotional drama done on a small budget. Recommended.
6 days, 14 hours ago
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6 days, 14 hours ago
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Winter

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7/10

Ultraman Ginga: Theater Special Ultra Monster Hero Battle Royal!

2/10


6 days, 16 hours ago
Ultraman Ginga: Theater Special Ultra Monster Hero Battle Royal!
I haven't seen Ultraman Ginga The Series and judging by this disaster of a movie I don't think I want to either. It's a poor tokusatsu movie full of annoying teenage characters. From what I can gather, the plot revolves around a weird energy that makes toy monsters that have faced Ultraman Ginga in the past come alive. Somehow as well, some evil Ultramen are created and face off against their good counterparts. It's all a bit of a car wreck and I was completely bored by it all. Has to be one of the worst tokusatsu movie I've ever seen. Terrible.
6 days, 16 hours ago
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6 days, 16 hours ago
Dentist in the Chair
A sub-par Carry-On style farce centering on students at a dental school. Kenneth Connor plays a thief who pilfers some dentistry tools after going to the wrong premises and tries to flog them on to the students led by Bob Monkhouse. When the police start sniffing about that the tools might be at the school, the students start to panic. After a good start, the movie goes downhill fast and never recovers. For a so-called comedy there isn't much in the way of laughs to be had especially during the second half. The problem lies with the script itself which was unfortunately co-written in some scenes by Bob Monkhouse himself. I have no problem with the cast who do the best they can with the material given to them. Not worth watching if I'm perfectly honest.
6 days, 18 hours ago
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5/10

The Fate of the Furious

7/10


6 days, 20 hours ago
The Fate of the Furious
The 8th F&F movie is a bit of a step down from the last couple of movies and IMO should have stopped at the last one but with it pulling over a billion dollars at the box office over the world I guess money talks and they've made this one. It's the most ludicrous and far-fetched entry yet in the franchise. On saying that, it's still an enjoyable fun and mindless action movie with a stellar cast, which continues the escalating mayhem of previous entries. The action for the most part is well directed and often spectacular. Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson add great presence to the movie and really elevate the scenes they are in. The scene with Jason Statham and a baby probably being the stand out scene in the movie. I didn't think Charlize Theron made for a memorable villain. If you're a long time fan of the series you're definitely going to enjoy this movie. Is there still enough steam in the franchise for it to carry on? Well that'll depend on how well it does at the box office but it wouldn't surprise me to see another F&F movie in the near future.
6 days, 20 hours ago
Attack on Titan

1 week ago
AKB48Fan added 2 items to their collection
Attack on Titan

have watched

9/10

April Fools

6/10


1 week ago
April Fools
A collection of several stories about people lying which takes place on April Fool's Day in Japan - a pregnant woman holding people hostage at a cafe with a gun as her lover tries to seduce somebody else there, an elderly couple from the Royal Family visit a hamburger joint, a teenage boy at school who is convinced that he's about to be taken away by aliens, a gangster who kidnaps a teenage girl but doesn't want any ransom money and there are a couple of others not worth mentioning. It somehow tries to say that it's fine to lie on this day! I'm not sure if this movie is a comedy or a drama and I'm not sure the filmmakers knew either when making it. There are several humourous moments but not enough to give anybody any belly laughs. A problem I've always found with these kind of Japanese movies is they tend to go on for far too long and this one is a prime example. There a big ensemble cast in this movie and I'd say the one that stands out most is Erika Toda. It's not a movie that I'd really recommend to anybody but one to watch perhaps on a dull and rainy Sunday afternoon.
1 week ago
The Woman Vampire
Apparently this was the 1st Japanese movie to have a vampire as a villain in a modern setting. Japanese vampires aren't the same as those in the West...well not this one anyway. Firstly it's the light of a full moon that transforms the person into a vampire, it's reflection can be seen in mirrors and holy crosses doesn't seem to affect it. Oddly enough it doesn't seem to drink a lot of blood either! It's an enjoyable enough tale about a woman that returns after being missing for 20 years and she hasn't aged at all. For an 80 min movie the pace is brisk and there's plenty of action. It tries though to mix elements of old Western horror movies a bit too much for my liking instead of concentrating on the vampire genre. It comes down to a climax in which the family of the woman confronts the vampire at his cave lair in the country. It's a bit of a hotchpotch this movie in the end but old school horror fans have plenty to keep them entertained.
1 week ago
AKB48Fan added 2 items to their collection
The Woman Vampire

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6/10

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

7/10


1 week ago
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A wonderful debut from director Amir Lily Amirpour. Shot on a shoe-string in gorgeous black and white, this is a funny, dead-pan, creepy, punky, sweet, sly, smart, violent, sexy, mysterious, loaded with style, and the most off-beat celebration of feminism and girl-power I may have ever seen on screen. Great use of music too. It's a vampire story set in an alternate universe that looks like barren, poor, poverty stricken post-industrial America, but where everyone speaks Farsi, and our anti-heroine wears a chador while skateboarding through the night. At it's heart this is an odd, sort-of love story between a feminist avenger vampire and a lost young guy who is burned out with caring for his heroin-addict father. Sheila Vand is excellent as the vampire somehow managing to be fragile and sinister at the same time. I was glad to have seen this stylish movie.
1 week ago

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Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 7 17:33
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Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Feb 27 17:22
Thanks for the vote.
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You too.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months 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
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Thanks for all the votes!

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