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Baby Driver
What an exhilarating movie! Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is an accelerated non-stop action-thriller that will have you in high-gear the entire drive time. Wildly entertaining! It offers up the best car chases, excellent characters, and displays solid writing in this subgenre of action movies. From the very first scene, this is such an enticing movie. It has an oddness to it that is so charming and fun, with a main character that makes you love his quirks. On top of that, it is well shot, directed and acted. With a general plot that is not all too original but it's the characters and the style of the movie that takes it far away from something ordinary. So besides the main character, what else makes the movie great? Well, the supporting characters are really good as well which includes Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and the gorgeous Lily James. The soundtrack is to die for. Everything this movie needed to do for me, it delivered. Great action, great characters, great soundtrack. It's an extremely fun movie, I had a blast with it and so will you.
2 weeks ago
Battle for Sevastopol
A rather misleading title as this isn't an action-filled war movie at all but rather a biography of the greatest female sniper of all time with a confirmed kill list of 309 during WWII. Due to the limited budget, there are only a couple of battle scenes but they are done competently enough. I liked the main character Liudmyla Pavlychenko nicknamed Lady Death. A bit of a badass with a rifle. She was initially tepid about killing but warmed to the task - to the point of actually relishing in it. The movie follows her transformation from a studious girl, who was never appreciated by her stern military father, to a killing machine (who refused to leave the battlefield, even when seriously wounded). Yulia Peresild portrays Pavlychenko very well indeed. If you come into watching this expecting a big war movie you'll come away disappointed but for those who want the life story of a tough Russian woman who was very handy with a rifle you might get something out of it.
2 weeks ago
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Battle for Sevastopol

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6/10

Force Majeure

7/10


2 weeks ago
Force Majeure
A family vacation in the French Alps takes an unexpected turn when, while lunching on a veranda overlooking the ski slopes, a controlled avalanche goes wrong and the café is threatened. Tomas grabs his phone and goes scurrying for protection, while his wife Ebba covers the kids and calls for his help. While the avalanche turns out harmless and the family members are physically fine, the emotional shockwaves of Tomas' actions reverberate through the family. Writer/director Ruben Ostland delivers an intriguing and thought-provoking look at gender roles and the definition and expectations of masculinity, especially within a family. What makes a real man? What is a hero? And what happens to a relationship when the foundation of respect crumbles? Tomas spirals into a great depression as his cowardice is told to their friends. Most of the cast members are unknown to myself apart from one man who plays one of the Wildlings in Game of Thrones. Excellent acting all round from the cast. Lovely shots of the scenery of snow cover mountains added to the drama of the story. It's a movie about real people in a real (screwed up) situation. It's worth watching, just so you can answer the question: what type of person would you be (or think you would be) in this type of situation?
2 weeks ago
Garden State
This was Zach Braff's debut as a writer and director of a movie. The plot may not be all that original, it isn't all that flawless, but it has a unique and sincere quality which make it totally different from other movies. In short, this movie is "real" and sensational. Braff was lucky to have 2 awesome co-stars in this movie. Natalie Portman as Sam is excellent and it's so easy to fall in love with her. Peter Sarsgaard is also brilliant as an old friend of Braff's character. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to watch this movie but I'm glad I did. Overall, a very good movie about life and about young people who aren't sure what to do with their lives. Recommended.
2 weeks, 1 day ago
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Garden State

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8/10

For the Love of Ada

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2 weeks, 1 day ago
For the Love of Ada
The spinoff movie from the now largely forgotten early 70's ITV sitcom about 2 elderly people falling in love and marrying each other. The plot revolves around Walter and Ada's first wedding anniversary with a secret party planned without them knowing. A calamity of disasters happen to Walter when his present to Ada goes missing a couple of times. This is a very gentle comedy movie with a flimsy plot which is stretched to the limit during it's running time. As is customary to movies based on British 70's sitcoms there has to be a bit of smut involved and this one has a nymphomaniac hairdresser Sandra being all suggestive to a man. To be honest there's not a lot of laughs to be had here unless seeing a load of pensioners being a little bit drunk and having a knees-up is funny. The regulars in Irene Handl and Wilfred Pickles do the best they can with the script alongside Jack Smethhurst (of Love Thy Neighbour fame) and Arthur English. Maybe there's a reason this sitcom isn't fondly remembered (i.e not funny enough). Might be worth taking a look if you want to be nostalgic about the golden age of British sitcoms in the 70's.
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Darling
Shot in black & white, arranged in non-chronological order, and evidently influenced by a Roman Polanski movie, the story finds a woman looking after an apartment for it's owner even though she's been warned that it may be haunted and the previous caretaker committed suicide. Once there, the young woman (who is unnamed) starts to lose her grip on reality and goes mad. The director tries to be clever by sporadically cutting to maniacal frames, screeching noises for its score & mindless meandering but it's only trying to hide the paper thin plot on display. Lauren Ashley Carter gives a decent performance and it's a shame she didn't better material to work with. In the end this movie is a bit of a mess thanks to the director trying to be overambitious and obviously copying something. Not worth bothering with really.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
That
David Essex is the 50's young rebel Jim MacLaine. Due to his father abandoning the family when he was a child, he grows up not caring for a proper career and moves from job to job bedding various women along the way. His ultimate dream though is to be a famous rock n roll star like Elvis Presley. The movie perfectly captures the staid, constraint and carefree days of Britain in the 1950's. The story is apparently loosely based on John Lennon's actual early exploits. It's got an amazing soundtrack to the times and a fantastic cast with Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Billy Fury amongst others appearing. David Essex is good as MacLaine. The ending sets the scene for the follow up movie called Stardust. A great but largely forgotten movie and one which should not be passed up if given the chance to watch.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
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Darling

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4/10

That

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7/10

The Atticus Institute

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2 weeks, 3 days ago
The Atticus Institute
This is a found footage mockumentary set in the 70's about a woman with psychic abilities who is then possessed by an evil spirit after experiments are done at a top secret government lab. For what was supposed to be a scary movie I can tell you that it wasn't frightening at all. The movie is a mix of talking to participants that was involved in the experiments during the present day and actual footage of what took place. The main problem is nothing works here to create some interesting story or mood. The acting isn't very good and the lead culprit is the woman possessed. Overall it was a rather boring movie and one that will be very quickly forgotten. Don't waste your time on it.
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2 weeks, 4 days ago
Racing Extinction
A powerful and thought provoking documentary that gives a special message to everybody on the planet - that it we don't stop abusing the world we live in, it's possible if we carry on the way we do that 50% of the species that exist could become extinct in less than 50 years time. It paints a bleak picture which doesn't bode well for us as human beings either. With magnificent footage of nature and animals and devastating footage of the destruction of nature, this documentary does a brilliant job blending the beauty and the loss of the natural world with the solutions to preserving it. It also follows several activists as it tries to save endangered species from ending up on the food table or as medicine in Asia. No matter how you look at it, the natural world is in serious trouble and we are to blame for it. This is a must see documentary that should be shown in schools everywhere. The clock is ticking down but it's not too late to save ourselves and the world around us.
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Sleep Tight
A brilliant Spanish psychological thriller about a creepy looking concierge who drugs an attractive woman in her own apartment every night so that he can sleep with her. It makes for an unsettling experience as it plays on the small fears that people have, having someone bluntly invade your privacy without you knowing it. The story is original and clever and the acting is spot on especially by Luis Tosar who plays the concierge. This movie takes the viewer to the darker places of their emotions and thoughts, but not in an obvious blunt way like most horror movies, but in a deceptive and clever way. There are some deeply unforgettable moments that will stay with you for a while. An effective and uneasy movie that far excels anything Hollywood could offer these days. Don't miss out on it.
2 weeks, 4 days ago
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Sleep Tight

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8/10

...And the Band Played On

7/10


2 weeks, 4 days ago
...And the Band Played On
This was the precursor movie to the shortlived ITV series The Shillingbury Tales. It harks back to the cosy Sunday night drama that started with All Creatures Great & Small and later with The Darling Buds Of May. The storyline revolves around a small idyllic village in England with a famous pop star coming to live there and taking over conducting the brass band which is full of old people. They play absolutely terrible together. One of the band members asks the others to sabotage the way they usually play but in actuality it makes them sound even better and more unique! The cast is led by Robin Nedwell (best known for being in the various Doctor comedy series of the 70's) and Trevor Howard. Comedian Jack Douglas plays a serious role for a change. The movie was filmed on location in the beautiful village of Albury in Hertfordshire and some of the shots are breathtaking. I've no idea if the place still looks the same now as it did then as it's what I would call the quintessential English village. If you love quaint and gentle English comedy dramas you're bound to love this.
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Dogra Magra
 Dogra Magra 3/10
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Dogra Magra
A Japanese movie that totally scrambles your brain. Set in the 1920's, it's a story about a young man, Ichiro Kure, who wakes up in an asylum cell with no memory of who he is or how he got there but apparently he killed his bride to be the night before their wedding. Two doctors at the asylum connect his problem to his Chinese ancestor who killed his wife and painted her decomposing body in exactly the same way. It's hard to know what exactly is going on in this movie. Is Ichiro imagining everything in his brain or are they fragments of his memory? The movie started out quite interesting but gets dull quite quickly as there's a lot of overlong talking going on with not that much happening. A person who has the patience might like it as the storyline offers a piece of the puzzle one at a time but not for the viewer to solve things but rather to watch it all play out. It seems that the two doctors are using Ichiro as a pawn. My interest in this movie was long gone before the end credits because there's no real structure to the story. I didn't really like this at all and unless you're a fan of mindfuck movies you won't too.
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Isn
Students and faculty members at Jinsai Medical University become inflicted with a mysterious disease that kills its victims instantly. After a 9 year break, director Sogo Ishii returned in 2012 with this baffling and painfully dull comedy horror movie. It starts out boring following a group of people (mostly students) talking about urban myths and possibly something being hidden in a basement room before one by one they start dying in mysterious circumstances. Now normally you'd think this movie would then have somebody trying to get to the bottom of this outbreak but it doesn't. The characters are all odd and strangely enough don't want to be left out if the rest are dying. I'm not sure what kind of comedy horror this was supposed to be but it sure isn't a laugh out loud one! To be honest I couldn't wait for this movie to finish. There was nothing in it for me. It's basically just about a group of uninteresting people that die. A waste of nearly 2 hours of my time.
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My Tutor Friend 2
Watched the first My Tutor Friend movie years ago so had to watch this one. It's got a different storyline and a new cast. It revolves around a Japanese exchange student Junko Kitano coming to Korea because she is trying to find a Korean man she used to know. This Korean comedy has got the usual drama and laughs that follows the same old routine in these kind of movies. Not that there's anything wrong with that. The characters are funny and there's a token white guy from France amongst them as well who's annoying. The plot wasn't completely smooth and full of cliches, and it had a fair few holes in it too but it was still enjoyable. A fun comedy overall.
2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Game of Thrones
Broken

2 weeks, 6 days ago
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Game of Thrones

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10/10

Broken

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8/10

Exit

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2 weeks, 6 days ago
Exit
A lot of good things has been said about this Taiwanese drama about a 45 year old woman whose life is spiralling downhill (her daughter hates her, the husband ignores her and lives in Shanghai and she even loses her job at a textile factory). Lonely and feeling abandoned, she connects with a man who has injured his eyes at a hospital where she is looking after her mother in law. The main problem with this movie is it's boring, like watching paint dry on a wall! I just couldn't connect or even care for what was happening to the woman played by Shiang-chyi Chen. The only thing I liked about the movie was the cinematography but apart from that I didn't enjoy it at all. I'm sure there are some people that will get something from this movie. Sadly I'm not one of them.
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan's telling of the evacuation of troops from the port of Dunkirk in France during 1940 is not the masterpiece that many are saying it is. If you're under the impression of having your mind blown by the next great wartime classic of our generation, then you may be slightly disappointed. I admit I was in this group. The movie takes place from the POV of three main characters - a pilot, a civilian boat captain, and a soldier. The German soldiers are basically never seen - but when they attack the scenes are really harrowing. Nolan does an amazing job with the battle scenes and the epic score that holds the suspense together. But the story never really explores any of the character's enough to have a huge emotional reaction to their success or failures to succeed. Overall there are certain aspects of this movie that are really good but I don't think it really is a must see movie.
3 weeks, 1 day ago
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Dunkirk

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7/10

Shadowlands

7/10


3 weeks, 1 day ago
Shadowlands
Shadowlands is the true story of the author CS Lewis and his relationship with the American writer Joy Gresham. This is a beautiful movie, set mostly in the lovely English countryside around Oxford in the mid 50's. The period is well depicted, and you feel that you have stepped back slightly in time. The script is brilliant. Emotional issues are handled with great intelligence, and comic touches help to lighten what is sometimes a very dark story. The acting is excellent. Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Lewis is sensitive without being weak. Debra Winger hits all the right notes in her portrayal of Joy, brash and bold, yet with a better understanding of emotion than the more sensitive Lewis. Edward Hardwicke does a nice job with Warnie, Lewis' brother giving us a performance that makes us wish we knew more about him. I'm sure many will get teary-eyed with a scene right near the end. Well worth watching.
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