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Darkest Hour
One of the best movies about Winston Churchill you'll ever get to see. When telling a story as well-known as that of Winston Churchill and the beginning of the 2nd World War, being both exciting and historically accurate isn't always easy, but that's where the unique take on the historical drama of this movie comes in. The story goes through the first month of Churchill's wartime reign as Prime Minister. It also tells the political manoeuvring in Westminster as Churchill was appointed Prime Minister, and the very real and impending threat that the fall of Britain could mean the end of freedom in the Western world. There is some humour in the script which shows Churchill liked jokes especially when his secretary explains that he did the V for victory sign incorrectly at first! Gary Oldman is outstanding as Churchill and is right up there with Robert Hardy as the only other actor to accurately portray him. With a stunning central performance by Gary Oldman, confident and passionate directing from Joe Wright, and a brilliant screenplay from start to finish, Darkest Hour is a simply exceptional movie. Definitely go and see.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Happy-Go-Lucky
If you can get past the irritating and somewhat annoying cheerfulness of Sally Hawkins' character Poppy, there is much to like in this movie. Poppy is a good person, a caring primary school teacher and is always optimistic about everything. She meets an angry, racist and frustrated man in Scott, her driving instructor because she doesn't take his instruction seriously enough and she winds him up big time. They are complete opposites to each other and this movie charts their evolving relationship. Although it has been said that this movie is the most cheerful that director Mike Leigh has ever made, beneath the surface of the story lies a dark side to it. I like Sally Hawkins as an actress and she is really good as Poppy. Her smiling demeanour thankfully does crack near the climax as her battle of wills against Scott explodes into a major confrontation on a driving lesson. Overall, this was an entertaining movie and as I said right at the start it all depends on how you can handle Poppy as a character whether you will like it or not.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake
A poor attempt at making a cheap POTC like movie using Francis Drake trying to track down the Tree Of Life and facing many obstacles during his quest. I'm not sure where to start with this terrible movie as it's a complete mess. The CGI is pathetic and I do understand this was a Sy-Fy production with a cheap budget but come on. I'm sure they could have done better than this. Then we come to the acting. I used to like Adrian Paul in Highlander but he is awful as Francis Drake. He doesn't know which British regional accent to hold at times as it changes constantly. The action scenes aren't that good as well and as for the script - it's totally lame. I wish I could have found something positive to say about the movie but there isn't. It's bad, really bad!
8 months ago
Friends with Benefits
This movie has a predictable and unoriginal rom-com storyline and its ending is pretty lame. Yet this movie coasts on the charisma of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis and a lot of sharp and witty dialogue. Even though it does contain the usual cliché scenes that most romantic adult comedies contain, it does tend to poke fun at them. Woody Harrelson was great as the flamboyant gay sports editor. It might not be that special as a movie but it's still worth checking out if you and your significant other want to see a decent rom-com.
8 months ago
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The Frankenstein Chronicles                                  (2015- )
Series 2
8 months ago
Home and Away
 Home and Away 6/10
8 months ago
Home and Away
Before the National Lottery, folks used to do the football pools and predict the scores for Saturday matches to win a big money prize. This is the story of the Knowles family whose ticket win them the grand prize but it only brings them bad luck and misfortune. It's easy to see that this comedy movie has been based on a play as it feels like one in the sets for the story. Jack Warner plays the head of the house ably assisted by people who would become famous on TV in the years ahead such as Thora Hird and a young Kate O'Mara. There are a number of twists and turns in the tale before it ends on a happy note for the family. It never outstays it's welcome and at 80 mins long the movie whizzes by quickly. Worth watching.
8 months ago
8 months ago
Survival Family
A mysterious power outage takes place in Tokyo. The entire city has no electricity and no cars, trains, buses etc are working. An estranged family believe the power will come back in a couple of days but it doesn't. After a while they realise in order to survive they must move out of the city as there are food shortages and there are rumours that cities in the South have been unaffected. The family take their essentials and decide to bicycle their way down South. On their journey they become closer together and meet a variety of different people. We take electricity in our daily lives for granted so who knows how we would react if such a scenario as having no electricity would affect us. Would it become the end of the world for many of us or could we overcome this and find other means to stay alive. That's what happens to this ordinary Tokyo family. The acting of the four main characters is excellent and each character has its very own flaws and strengths. You will see each character change due to the unusual circumstances. The family meets numerous interesting characters on its journey through Japan. The most interesting characters are the ecological cyclists and the tough pig farmer. I also liked the positive ending that takes place 2 years after the initial blackout. This is supposed to be a comedy and whilst the tone of the movie is light hearted there are trials, tribulations and heartbreak in the story. If the scenario of a world without technology intrigues you as much as it does me, you have to give Survival Family a chance. I really enjoyed it.
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Last Cop: The Movie

have watched

3/10

Peach Girl

2/10


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Last Cop: The Movie
Peach Girl

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Donnie Brasco (1997)

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8/10

Executive Decision

6/10


8 months ago
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Executive Decision

8 months ago
Monster Hunt
This movie broke the box office record in China so I was curious to find out why that was the case. I shouldn't have bothered as this is an absolutely terrible movie. It doesn't know whether to be serious or silly. It is just cringe-worthy all the way through. Trying to blend as many genres as possible, the story is about childish looking monsters disguising themselves as humans in order to fit into our world. The CGI animation is poor and looks cheap. I'm trying my best to find something positive to say about this movie and I just can't find any! This movie is somehow boring, sappy and stupid at the same time. The plot is inconsistent, the characters are flat, and the baby monster is simply annoying. The movie is fine for little kids who will find it funny no doubt but otherwise I can't recommend this to anybody.
8 months, 1 week ago
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Trauma

8 months, 1 week ago
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Monster Hunt

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2/10

Trauma

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The Young Victoria

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8 months, 1 week ago
The Young Victoria
There may be a TV series about Queen Victoria's early life these days but this movie was made years before it. It chronicles Victoria's ascent to the throne and her romance with Prince Albert. This movie basically tells the story of series 1 of the TV series although in much shorter form. Emily Blunt portrays Victoria much better than Jenna Coleman with Rupert Friend doing very well as Albert along with Miranda Richardson as the Queen's scheming mother. The sets and costumes of the period is fantastic. It's no surprise that the person who wrote this movie is the brains behind Downton Abbey - Julian Fellowes. If you're familiar with the TV series, it's worth checking this out just to see the differences between the two.
8 months, 1 week ago
Snowbound
 Snowbound 5/10
8 months, 1 week ago
Snowbound
A man who works as a movie extra gets a job as a spy and is sent to a remote ski cabin in the Alps to investigate strange happenings there. It turns out there is some Nazi gold hidden underneath it and there are others after it too. Who will get their hands on it? The main problem with this movie is nothing of interest happens until the final 20 mins. Up until then it's just a lot of talking and people being suspicious about each other. There are also people talking in Italian in some scenes with no subtitles to tell you what they're going on about. Despite the plodding tale, there are some good performances from notably Dennis Price and Robert Newton. This should have been a better movie than what it turned out to be.
8 months, 1 week ago
8 months, 1 week ago
Life in Danger
A child murderer breaks out of an asylum and is on the run from the police. The locals of a small village find out that he could be in their area and decide to take the law into their own hands to find him. An unexpected gem of a movie which is virtually unknown here in the UK. Derren Nesbitt is the man who hides out in a farm barn loft with a teenage girl who falls for him and a young impressionable lad who is sworn to secrecy even to his own parents that he is hiding there. I wasn't expecting a big twist at the climax which took me completely by surprise. A nice touch by the filmmakers. It's a very tense movie which grows throughout the story. Well worth watching.
8 months, 1 week ago