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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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From The Superb To The Crap - Movies Seen In 2016 (171 items)
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Asian Movies I've Watched Part 9 (Sep 14 - Mar 16) (200 items)
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Published 2 years ago
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Brilliant To The Awful - Movies Watched In 2015 (324 items)
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Published 1 year, 8 months ago
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The Good & The Bad - Movies Watched In 2014 (441 items)
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Published 2 years, 8 months ago 4 comments
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Asian Movies I've Watched Part 8 (Jan - Aug 2014) (200 items)
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Published 2 years, 8 months ago



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Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice) review

Posted : 4 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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1 week ago
Train to Busan
Train To Busan can be summed up in four words: zombies on a train. But what director Sang-ho Yeon does with this simple premise is extremely impressive, giving the somewhat tired zombie genre another jolt of life. Using his confined location— a packed intercity train — to maximum effect, Yeon expertly ramps up the tension, the living gradually whittled down to a handful of passengers fighting for survival against the slavering undead. There are some great ideas present that really add to the excitement, such as the zombies getting confused whenever the train enters a tunnel and swarming in numbers to break through barriers. Surprisingly, the gore quotient is very low, but with such a rollicking pace, the lack of blood really isn't an issue. Perhaps a touch too long at almost two hours to be perfect, Train to Busan is nevertheless one of the better zombie movies to come out in recent years. Highly recommended.
1 week ago
Privates on Parade
This is a little seen comedy that deals with the army entertainers during the Second World War. In this case, on one of the Malaysian islands. Most of the men that entertained the troops there were drag queens and overall, all of them were very eccentric hams! This movie beautifully recaptures the music hall type of entertainment and light opera that was prevalent then. For that reason alone, this is a great movie from a nostalgic/historical perspective. It's also fun to see John Cleese showing his usual flair for perceptive wit, with his performance as a bumbling yet very human officer. The movie does have a dark edge to it though that may turn viewers who demand that a movie neatly fits into a category of comedy OR tragedy, off. But life is interesting because it is bitter as well as sweet, and this movie does live up to the honesty of its setting. In fact, it's bitter-sweetness and honesty is what makes it stand out, instead of just a fun little piece of fluff.
1 week ago
Sully
 Sully 8/10
1 week ago
Sully
Sully is a true life movie about Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger. Sully and his First Officer Jeff Skiles had no choice but to land US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January 2009. This was due to a dual engine failure after a bird strike. Despite all of this, Captain Sully and First Officer Skiles saved the lives of all 155 passengers on-board the aircraft. Sully is a sensational movie and Clint Eastwood has directed yet another masterpiece. The visual effects department has flawlessly depicted, how Captain Sully and First Officer Skiles made a successful emergency landing on the Hudson River. The fact that they shot several scenes at the actual locations, definitely solidifies the authenticity of the movie. Tom Hanks is perfect as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger ably assisted by Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles. One of the measures of a hero is that he or she acknowledges and inspires other heroes. "Sully" does all that and more. It is one of the best movies of the year.
1 week ago
Kubo and the Two Strings
This movie tells the story of a young boy, named Kubo, who must find a magical suit of armour, owned by his late father, in order to defeat the vengeful spirits of his grandfather and evil aunts. It's received almost unanimously positive reviews from critics, but that didn't stop it from bombing at the Box Office. I think it's an OK kids' flick, but it's also severely overrated. I love the movie's visuals and it's creative (and pretty imaginative) story; but the movie is also extremely slow-paced and uninvolving. I was bored almost the entire time I was watching it. The comedy isn't funny, and I just didn't care enough about the characters (or story) to stay with it although I did. Would I recommend it? Not for young kids, as a few scenes are violent, but for older people, if they want to go to a movie and nothing else seems like a good option.
2 weeks ago
Pete
Disney really are into something with their live action remakes. After the delightful Jungle book, it is time for Pete's Dragon to get the live action reboot. However, the original Jungle Book still holds well today while the 70's Pete's Dragon has not aged really well in comparison and was not considered a jewel crown in the Disney film catalogue to begin with so a remake was a good idea. This movie is refreshingly simple. It's about a lost little boy and his pet Dragon who get their little world turned upside down by the outside world. To make the dragon a little bit relatable to it's target audience of kids, the director has given him the mannerisms of a dog! It's works remarkably well. Oakes Fegley gives a very touching performance as Pete. Seriously it's easy to forget that the kid was mostly working with thin air yet he makes his bond with Elliot feels so real and strong. The other supporting actors are also very good. Bryce Dallas Howard has a real warmth to her that the director uses to great effect. She is very endearing as the kind Park Ranger and mother figure to Pete and has real chemistry with Fegley. Robert Redford as the narrator is wonderful as is Oona Lawrence as the little girl who guides Pete to the scary outside world. Despite a rather traumatic opening to the movie, this is a perfect family movie for everybody to enjoy and well worth checking out.
2 weeks ago
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Florence Foster Jenkins

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2 weeks ago
Florence Foster Jenkins
This is the story of Florence, a woman devoted to music and passionate about singing. Unfortunately she cannot sing. Money however seems to buy you what you want and Florence hires the best teacher and along with a pianist (played by Howard from The Big Bang Theory who is really good) strives for her dreams in a very single minded fashion. Meryl Streep is the most versatile and accomplished actress of her generation and as we have seen many times before can turn her hand to practically anything. Hugh Grant who usually bumbles his way through a movie came across as a tender and caring man who loved his wife deeply, and would do anything to prevent her from being hurt. This movie was a delight from start to finish, all the more poignant because it was based on a true story.
2 weeks ago
Don
 Don't Breathe 8/10
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Don
The story of 3 robbers named Rocky, Alex and Money who set their sights and future on robbing a blind man who has over $300,000 cash in his house. It's the perfect crime, but it doesn't quite go as well as they would have hoped! Director Fede Alvarez gives it his very best in this home invasion movie. Instead of wasting his time with nonsense and time wasting he gets straight to the point and as the movie goes on with the fast, roller coaster pace we get introduced to the characters bit by bit. And while we start to feel sorry for the Blind Man...we then realize he's on the same page, or just as bad as the robbers are. Stephen Lang steals the show as The Blind Man. This is living proof right here that not all blind men are saints. Lang gives us the most badass blind man you could have ever hoped for and he is really spooky and thrilling at playing him. There's nothing negative I can say about the movie, but Don't Breathe is a solid hour and a half treat that both horror and thriller fans will find amazing.
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3 weeks ago
Deep in the Wood
An intriguing Italian mystery movie as a child who disappeared during a Krampus festival turns up 5 years later but there are some who believe that the child is not who they think he is. I somewhat enjoyed this clever movie. It was a bit predictable in places but also threw me a few times. I was expecting a kind of supernatural movie but it turned out not to be the case. The setting is really good being set in a valley in the Dolomites. It has a Winter feel to it that adds to the tension. Once you get past the first 20 minutes which takes an age to set the plot, this movie will not let you go as you'll want to find out whether the child that has come back is human or something else altogether. Well worth taking a look.
3 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
Ben-Hur
 Ben-Hur 6/10
3 weeks ago
Ben-Hur
In 1959 the world was introduced to Ben-Hur, a movie that today remains on many top movie lists. So of course Hollywood, would be ready for a remake in this golden age of well… remakes. With remakes sometimes comes a major plot overhaul, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. In Timur Bekmambetov's production the story is pretty consistent with its 55 year-old predecessor. The backbone is essentially the same, but they have made a few tweaks such a making Messala, Judah's brother and using assassination as the means of starting war instead of a tile falling from the ceiling. Some of these additions I think make the drama more gripping, and others were a little more long-winded and overdramatic. At least most of these additions added to the plot and allowed us to get closer and more involved with Ben-Hur's tale. The centerpiece of the movie which is the chariot race is exciting and heart pounding. Jack Huston makes an extraordinary Ben-Hur of the modern age. He captures the noble side of the character well but I can't say he tops Charlton Heston's portrayal. He did a good job though. Overall, it's a good remake of an old classic. It's entertaining but if you're hoping for something that matches or even betters the 1959 version this doesn't even come close to it.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks, 1 day ago
The Neon Demon
Experimental film director Nicolas Winding Refn gives us his newest movie The Neon Demon. It's about a young girl trying to make it big in the fashion world of Los Angeles but other models grow jealous of her and she soon starts to develop enemies. Never have I seen a movie so hypnotising, so psychologically disturbing and so jaw-dropping. Elle Fanning gives the performance of her career. The cinematography is gorgeous, the shots are just effortless and the visuals used throughout the movie are so entrancing. The soundtrack is straight up my kind of soundtrack, electronic/trance tracks that match the psychedelic modelling world the movie conveys. Overall, an experimental movie that I can only imagine some viewers will love and some will hate but with fantastic performances. I highly recommend you watch this one as it deserves to be watched (even just for the sheer bravery of Refn's work).
3 weeks, 1 day ago
War Dogs
 War Dogs 8/10
3 weeks, 2 days ago
War Dogs
The story is eye opening, relevant and very clearly told with a humorous tone through the serious subject matter. This is based on a true story with some fictionalised elements to make it entertaining. A massage therapist links up with a childhood friend who is a small time arms dealer. Very interesting to get a look at the legal but morally questionable world of arms dealing. Jonah Hill has some funny lines and he does a great job with the over the top character but he can be subtly sinister when he needs to be. Miles Teller plays his character sympathetically and I liked him here. Quite different from the rather annoying characters he usually plays. Bradley Cooper who produced the movie and has a small but pivotal role and he is effective as an arms dealer. The action takes the viewer from Miami to Jordan and Iraq with some funny situations there and Albania. Watch this movie. It deserves to do better than it has so far.
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Dream Demon
 Dream Demon 5/10
3 weeks, 5 days ago
Dream Demon
A British stab at the popular dream subgenre in the 80's that ends up coming off like A Nightmare On Elm Street mixed with Repulsion. Virginal Diana (Jemma Redgrave) is preparing to get married when she begins having a number of vivid dreams that end up having effects on the real world. Directed by Harley Cokeliss, Dream Demon does have one thing going for it in that it perfectly captures the surreal nature of dreams. The movie attempts to have a mystery involving the house where Diana lives but it is put together so haphazardly that little of it makes sense. Is the house evil? If so, how is the house evil? Is Diana possessed? We never really know. Regardless, it is worth checking out once if you are starved for some of the bizarre dreams and visuals.
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3 weeks, 5 days ago
Make Mine Mink
Charming comedy about a group of people who are lodging with a distinguished woman in an apartment. She supports many charities but has now run out of money. Through a series of events, they hit upon the idea of stealing fur coats and selling them to a fence so that she can continue to support her charities. The others are all bored so they go along ...since it's for charity. Implausible plot makes little difference as this disparate group of oddballs start their series of robberies. The cast is uniformly excellent in this bit of craziness. Terry Thomas and Athene Seyler turn in star performances, matched by Hattie Jacques as Nan and Elspeth Duxbury as the hapless Pinkie. Kenneth Williams in an early appearance shines as a character that he never really succeeded in developing for the screen but which points to a keen comic enjoying himself in very good company. Recommended to any fan of the wonderful Terry Thomas and British comedies of this era.
3 weeks, 6 days ago
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Make Mine Mink

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6/10

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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3 weeks, 6 days ago
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Loosely inspired by various comedies we have seen before but without any redeeming quality or grace, this movie is about 2 brothers who have to find 2 dates to their sisters wedding. For the most part, the movie has a strong opening where we see how these two brothers party, but we also witness the aftermath of their wild antics. Things move well enough till we get to the point where they actually end up on Hawaii. At this point, things take a tumble off a cliff and it never recovers. The 4 main actors are awful especially Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. I'm not saying the movie is completely unfunny, but the most you get are a few chuckles here and there. Overall it's an absolute waste of time, money, and talent.
3 weeks, 6 days ago
Range 15
Made by US military veterans for US military veterans, this lame comedy is one of the worst I've ever seen. I was expecting a cool zombie apocalypse laugh fest and although there are a couple of good gags, most of it is in military speak that will be lost on the majority of people. I was really disappointed since it was given an initial high rating on IMDB but obviously it was all false. Don't bother with this one unless you're in the military.
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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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