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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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Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice) review

Posted : 5 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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The Piper
 The Piper 7/10
12 hours, 49 minutes ago
The Piper
Loosely based on the fairy tale of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, the story finds a father and ill son travelling to Seoul through the mountains of Korea after the end of Korean War chancing upon a remote village. They find that the village is hiding a dark secret and that rats with a taste for blood have infested the place. Promising to get rid of them with his trusty pipe, he does manage to do that and seal them inside a cave but the village chief and his son persuade the villagers to turn against them and drive the two out. The father decides to extract his own brand of revenge on those that have wronged him. A very good and eerie supernatural tale which transplants the fairy tale to post-war Korea. There's also some social commentary about the darkness of human beings where mob rule and cruelty come to the fore. The theme of people blindly following their leader also is played out in the movie. Writer and director Kim Gwang-tae skilfully ratches up the tension from the start and gives the story an uneasy atmosphere. It fulfills it's horror quota during the final third which is quite gory. Even though it may be slow moving during the first hour, it definitely delivers during the second half as the viewer senses a growing menace taking shape. If you know how the Brothers Grimm Pied Piper fairy tale ends, you'll have a good idea where this movie is heading for. Suffice to say, I really liked this movie and it's a fantastic debut from Kim Gwang-tae. Do check it out.
12 hours, 49 minutes ago
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
I wasn't expecting much from this thinking it might be a crappy remake of a classic but it turned out to be a great fun movie. Four different teenagers are given detention and once there they discover an old video game named Jumanji. They plug the game system in and are sucked into the world of Jumanji, primarily in a jungle where they must return a green jewel into an enormous stone Jaguar statue. This movie is a little bit different from the original with a slight variation to the game itself even though the goal is exactly the same. What makes this so enjoyable is the actors playing against their types through the means of real-world to video game body switching i.e The Rock is more or less a scared nerd and Jack Black plays his character like a teenage girl. It's really funny to watch and there are plenty of laughs throughout the movie. All of the cast are fantastic and have a chance to shine. The action scenes are done well and achieve the level of excitement that they are going for. This movie certainly exceeded my expectation with a few nods to the original. Just a great movie for all the family to enjoy.
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Where I Belong

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18 hours, 20 minutes ago
Where I Belong
Izumi is a teenage homeless person having been cast out by his parents. He survives by mugging innocent women of their money at night. He flees the city where he is wanted by the cops to the mountains of Miyazaki where he helps an old woman who has injured herself by falling off her scooter. He is offered a place to stay at the kind woman's place and is content with being a lazy layabout doing nothing all day and plotting to steal her money. A gruff elderly man forces Izumi to go and help him in hunting for truffles and herbs in the mountainside. During this time where the small village welcomes him with open arms as they think he is the old woman's grandson, Izumi begins to experience guilty feelings about his past actions and wonders whether it is for the best if he gives himself up to the police. What a great movie about redemption this is with stunning cinematography of the rural Miyazaki countryside/mountains. It is heartwarming to see the change in the lead character's attitude as he transforms from the sneaky and opportunistic thief at first to a hardworking young man who is happy to help out at a village festival thanks to the people around him. Kento Hayashi is excellent as Izumi backed up by the always reliable Katsuhiko Watabiki and the rest of the elderly cast. The 110 mins running time went quickly by and there was never a dull moment in the story. I definitely recommend this great drama if you get a chance to check it out.
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Mix Me a Person
A young man is accused of murdering a policeman and is condemned to die by hanging. A female psychiatrist is convinced after hearing his story that he is innocent and is determined to find the real killer. An interesting movie with many twists and turns before a good ending. Adam Faith plays the condemned man and as expected sings the movie's theme song and an English version of La Bamba. This is probably one of his better roles in a movie. Alongside him is Anne Baxter who won't give up in trying to prove his innocence even though nobody else thinks so. I liked how her character went up against a justice system that seems too rigid and unhelpful. This isn't one of Donald Sinden's best roles as a barrister and the same can be said of Anthony Booth who is quite poor acting wise. Carole Anne Ford who a year later would be cast as Dr Who's first companion shines as the bar owner of La Paloma. The plot gets rather exciting near the end as Baxter's character finally uncovers who is behind the policeman's murder and it involves Irish gun runners. I enjoyed this movie even though it seems to have been largely forgotten over the years.
1 day, 9 hours ago
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Britannia
Great British Railway Journeys
Hard Sun
McMafia
Derry Girls

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Hard Sun

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Great British Railway Journeys

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2 days, 11 hours ago
The Dynamiters
aka The Gelignite Gang. An American insurance investigator helps police to search for members of a criminal gang who use explosives to commit their robberies. This is an enjoyable British B-movie crime thriller from director Francis Searle who made scores of these low budget movies from the late 40's right up until the early 60's. The story has a criminal gang posing as busking musicians in the vicinity of where they want to rob. They alert their accomplices to any danger from the police by changing their tempo from slow to fast and from fast to slow again when the danger has passed. Quite an amusing scene to watch. Performances are good from the entire cast. If you get the opportunity one day to watch it be sure to give it a go.
2 days, 11 hours ago
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Where There
This movie is not to be confused with the one starring Will Hay. It concerns a cockney family from London who have inherited a run-down farm from a dead uncle which comes complete with it's own housekeeper. The head of the family wants to have a go at farming even though he has no experience whatsoever whilst the rest of them only see pound signs in their eyes and want to sell everything to the highest bidder. This is a charming fish out of water comedy based on a play led by the great Leslie Dwyer with George Cole again with a role as a spiv (but nothing like Flash Harry). It marks the first ever appearance of Edward Woodward as well. Dandy Nichols (of From Death Us Do Part) rounds up the main leads. The comedy is very gentle and has mostly the family members arguing with each other of what they want to do with the farm. It's one of those comedies to watch whilst lazing away on a wet afternoon. There's no big laughs to be had here but it's amusing seeing the city folk trying to handle country life.
3 days, 11 hours ago
Shepherd on the Rock
A stubborn shepherd Tam refuses to sell his patch of land to the ruthless new Laird who has plans to redevelop the area for his own greedy gain. He sends his heavies over hoping to force Tam to give up the land and even threatening his woman who runs the local shop in the village. This is a movie with a familiar tale - that of a small person taking on the might of somebody with power and money. Tagged as a family movie there are several scenes which definitely isn't child friendly when Tam is beaten up by the Laird's goons and also when Tam's dog is murdered by the same people and forcibly drowned in a river (you don't see this happening, just the aftermath when Tam discovers his dog's corpse). Bernard Hill is great as the proud traditional shepherd who refuses to be bullied around even as others in the village are swayed by the Laird's promise of making them rich. Betsy Brantley and Hill make for a likable couple and you definitely want them to win their battle. So whilst this movie and it's story aren't original, the beautiful Scottish cinematography and acting by the main cast make this an entertaining one to watch.
5 days, 9 hours ago
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Millennium

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5 days, 11 hours ago
Millennium
Two planes collide in a mid-air crash and it's up to an investigator to find out what really happened. He stumbles upon a odd device in the wreckage that convinces him that something strange took place. A mysterious woman eventually reveals that she's from the future and has been taking people from the airplanes before the strike as the human race is dying. What sounded like an interesting and intriguing plot on paper didn't materialise by what I saw onscreen. The science fiction and mystery elements are unfortunately made nearly worthless by the awful pacing, crappy effects, poor dialogue and worst of all, the silly romance plot which takes up a lot of the time. The look of the future is great and the scarred elders held alive in huge tubes were cool. Kris Krisstoferson and Cheryl Ladd are OK in the roles but I liked the robot Sherman better than them. The ending is terribly cheesy. The filmmakers botched this movie up big time. It could and should have been far better than this.
5 days, 11 hours ago
The Sandwich Man
Michael Bentine is Horace Quilby, a kind and friendly sandwich board man who walks around London advertising a tailor shop and meeting various eccentric people of all colour and creed. It's basically a variety of sketches on various characters which are linked by Bentine - some are quite humourous (a demented sit-on mower with a mind of it's own) but others are painfully unfunny. The cast is a who's who of 60's UK comedians which includes Norman Wisdom, Harry H Corbett, Bernard Cribbins and Terry Thomas. Other people popping up is future Dr Who villain Roger Delgado as an Arabian carpet seller. The movie has been filmed entirely on location in central London and is a valuable time capsule on how things were during the time. As a gentle comedy it's a bit hit and miss but I still enjoyed it.
6 days, 8 hours ago
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6/10

Killing Ground

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6 days, 11 hours ago
Killing Ground
A young couple go camping in the Australian Outback and find an abandoned tent with no clues where the occupants have disappeared to. They soon find two local rednecks with guns have come to hunt and kill them. Quite a harrowing survival movie although the plot has been done many times before. It doesn't mean you have to ignore this movie as it's still good. There are flashbacks to the inevitable doom of the family in the abandoned tent which includes a shocking killing of an infant boy. There are other brutal deaths at the hands of the rednecks. Harriet Dyer is great as the female heroine who goes through a horrible ordeal until she extracts her own revenge. The movie is shot well and the atmosphere is sufficiently chilling. All in all, a nasty and gritty Australian horror which although not original in it's plot is still worth seeing.
6 days, 11 hours ago
Love Live! The School Idol Movie
Continuing from the great anime series, the school idol group u's (spoken as Muse) travel to New York City to promote the 3rd Love Live concert in Japan. After returning back home, they find their popularity is bigger than ever but have a hard decision to make. After the third year girls graduate from school, the band must either disband for good or carry on. They also prepare to hold a big school idol concert in Akihabara with their rivals A-Rise and other up and coming school idol groups. A satisfying conclusion to the first Love Live saga even though it continues with new characters in Love Live Sunshine. It's basically just a long goodbye to the group with the members accepting the end is nigh but realising that stopping being u's does not mean their friendship will finish. All of the idol group members get a chance to shine and there are plenty of insert songs dotted throughout the movie to tap your toes to. Don't expect any deep and meaningful message to come out from this movie. It's just a cheery and innocent movie to celebrate idols, their music and friendship with characters you can't help but root for.
1 week ago
American Made
Tom Cruise is back on form in this superb true life tale about Barry Seal, a man who worked for both the CIA and the Colombian drug cartels before his luck ran out in the mid 80's. This may not be a blockbuster action movie but it holds up on its own firmly with the help of great direction by Doug Liman who previously worked with Cruise on Edge Of Tomorrow. The story goes at a fair pace and never slows down from start to finish. The 2 hours flew by so quickly and you never feel bored by the storyline. Tom Cruise is fantastic and it was great watching him immerse himself in the crazy world of Barry Seal. The sets, costumes and music make the viewer feel that they are back in the late 70's/early 80's. American Made is a fascinating biopic about a larger than life character. The movie benefits greatly from Cruise's committed performance and Liman's lively direction to provide an entertaining take on an unbelievable true story.
1 week ago
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American Made

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8/10

Ben chu jiang hu lu

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1 week ago
Ben chu jiang hu lu
A great kung-fu warrior Chen Wai who has beaten several rivals and has many enemies is made powerless when his hair (which can apparently create a hurricane!!) is shorn off by his girlfriend when her mother is kidnapped. Chen Wai runs away and hides in a temple where he has to wait 7 long years until his hair and power can return. Chen's enemies haven't forgotten about him and track him down for a final showdown. This is a low budget Taiwanese kung fu actioner. It starts off pretty good but sags badly in the middle before finishing with a bang as Chen squares off against his deadly rivals. The English dubbing at times is hilarious and naturally director Godfrey Ho can't help but steal Western music to add to this movie. He uses a lot of dramatic Battlestar Galactica music here! The fight choreography is decent but the slow motion in the middle of fights doesn't help at all. It's not the greatest martial arts movie you'll ever see but it's fine if you want to while away 90 mins.
1 week ago
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Tread Softly Stranger
After being forced to flee London because of debts, Johnny Mansell returns to his home town to move into a flat next door to his brother Dave and his girlfriend Calico. Dave has embezzled his employers of £300. Calico suggests a plan to rob Dave's workplace and to steal enough money to cover his fraud but things go horribly wrong. A very well made British noir movie with Diana Dors at her sizzling and sultry best as a femme fatale who comes in between the 2 brothers. The plot is tense and gripping especially after the botched robbery and the net is slowly closing in on the pair. George Baker and Terrence Morgan play the Mansell Brothers who are about as different as brothers can get. Whilst Johnny can play it cool under pressure, Dave is the more nervous and wound up with questions being asked about their whereabouts during the time of the robbery. It all culminates into a satisfying ending to the movie. Brilliant acting from the whole cast. An entertaining and interesting movie which comes recommended.
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Undercovers Hero

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1 week, 1 day ago
Undercovers Hero
aka Soft Beds, Hard Battles. Peter Sellers is in multi character mode in this movie and playing 6 roles including Adolf Hitler. The story is set in a brothel in Paris, France during WWII with the prostitutes helping the resistance and an American and English soldier trying to save Paris from being blown up by the Gestapo. It's well known that this isn't one of Sellers' best movies and it's been criticised by many but honestly I can say it's not that bad at all. Sure, it's not a riotous comedy and laughs are few and far between (the death by farting is one instance) but for some reason I liked it. Maybe having a cast of beautiful women which includes Jenny Hanley and Rula Lenska helped! Sellers plays a couple of Germans, a Frenchman, a British officer and a Japanese Prince. Overall, an enjoyable romp but don't expect to be laughing your heads off whilst watching it.
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