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Silence
A pair of Portuguese Catholic priests go to Japan to determine the fate of their former mentor. Instead they mostly administer to a small villages of faithful Japanese Christians. This they must do in secret as the Japanese authorities have cracked down hard on those found to be practising in an effort to stamp out the 'foreign cancer'. Thus sets the scene for Andrew Garfield's Padre's faith to be severely tested. Despite the interesting story which sees many people suffer and go through hell for their faith, the main problem with this movie is it's length. At nearly 2 and three quarter hours it goes on for too long and it will be difficult for many people to keep their attention. It's hard work, and unlikely to be a movie I will ever re-watch. The movie's score is made up predominantly of ambiance and natural sounds which is different and a bold move by director Martin Scorsese. The acting is outstanding. Andrew Garfield carries the movie expertly and without ever wavering. Adam Driver and Liam Neeson are also brilliant. The Japanese cast which includes YĆ“suke Kubozuka and Tadanobu Asano also deserve mention for their sterling performances. Silence is a very well made movie, with an interesting story and if you can stand the long running time you might get something out of it.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Manchester by the Sea
This movie is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Beautiful, heartbreaking, funny, and tough all at the same time. This movie puts the viewer through the ringer but earns every single moment by the end. The story is about a man who went through a terrible trauma in his past. This trauma has broken him psychologically. It's affected him so badly in that the mental scars can never be healed. He has to return to the town where the event took place as his older brother has died, leaving him in charge of his nephew. Casey Affleck gives one of the best performances I've seen in years. Career defining work. Michelle Williams doesn't have a lot of screen time in the movie but is amazing. There is one scene in particular that these two share towards the end of the movie, that is jaw-dropping. It's no surprise that both have been nominated for the Oscars this year. This is a truly stunning movie, and one that will live with me for many years to come. Definitely go out and see it.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
10 months, 3 weeks ago
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Vin Diesel returns as Xander Cage in order to revive the xXx franchise but he shouldn't have bothered. It should have ended with the 2nd movie. I have no idea why this movie tries to emulate the Fast & Furious brand because Xander Cage doesn't need a team to help him out and what was the point of giving Neymar (of Barcelona FC) a cameo in this movie? The plot is a total mess and the acting isn't that good to be honest. Most people probably want to watch this for the action sequences and whilst they're OK it doesn't come close to matching what we saw in the 1st movie. The eye candy is good in particular Deepika Padukone. Overall I was very disappointed but not entirely surprised that it would turn out like this. If you turn off your brain and ignore all logic then I'm sure you'll enjoy this movie. I do think it's time to pull the plug on the xXx franchise.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Yuri!!! On Ice
Gurren Lagann
Blue Exorcist
Eden of the East
Welcome to the NHK

10 months, 3 weeks ago
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10 months, 3 weeks ago
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Harpoon
 Harpoon 6/10
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Harpoon
Iceland isn't renowned for horror movies so I was intrigued to see how this one would fare. It isn't too bad, could've been better though. The story is about a bunch of tourists go whale-watching but are beset upon by Icelandic redneck fishermen who're sore about environmentalists halting their livelihood of whale-hunting. It's a slasher movie but with some welcome black humour. It's also filmed pretty well, with grainy shots for ambience. There is plenty of gore on display as well and the performance by the captain of the whale hunting ship Gunnar Hansen is creepy. I hope Iceland come out with more horror movies if they're up to the same standard as this one.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Greatful Dead
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

10 months, 4 weeks ago
A Punch to Revenge
A good HK actioner featuring Yukari Oshima who gets involved with a police officer and the family of a disabled son in her care. It might be a by-the numbers tale of revenge and betrayal but when you've got great set pieces featuring Peter Lam and Yukari Oshima it's definitely worth watching. You'll have to suspend your disbelief what these two go through and still manage to stay alive! Lam is shot and has a circular saw blade impaled through his back and still manages to carry on fighting whilst Oshima also is shot twice at close range. Well worth checking out this little known HK movie.
10 months, 4 weeks ago
Christmas on July 24th Avenue
This is a story of an ugly duckling Sayuri who is looking for her prince and sets her dream of setting foot one day on July 24th Avenue in Lisbon, Portugal. Although the story is meant to have a Christmas feel to it, it is definitely lacking in any of the holiday spirit. There's no Christmas illuminations or anything like that shown in the city of Nagasaki during this movie. This is a fairly bog standard romantic comedy with most of the genre's boxes ticked along the way. The cinematography is superb with fantastic shots of both Lisbon and Nagasaki. The leads give a decent performance - nothing special though. If romantic comedies are your kind of thing there's plenty for you to enjoy here.
10 months, 4 weeks ago
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A Punch to Revenge

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6/10

Christmas on July 24th Avenue

have watched

6/10

Eden of the East

7/10


10 months, 4 weeks ago
Don
Yet another painfully bad British comedy movie from the 70's which was based on a stage play. The cast contains some of the great stalwarts of the British film industry such as Joan Sims, Derek Griffiths, Joanna Lumley and Leslie Phillips. The comedy isn't that good and consists for the majority of the movie of various people hiding in closets or under beds from being discovered in compromising positions. There's a reason they don't do these kind of movies anymore and that's because they're so crap. Even the worse Carry On movie is miles better than this. Best left unwatched I think.
11 months ago
The Missionary
You don't have to be a fan of Monty Python in general, or Michael Palin in particular, to enjoy "The Missionary". It's gently British humour conceals a razor sharp satirical edge, and there is something new to spot with every fresh viewing. Palin plays a missionary charged with rescuing young prostitutes from the streets of London. It's not exactly a Python movie in that it's outrageously funny though it does have some very funny scenes, some hilarious. Alongside Palin, you have people such as Maggie Smith, Michael Hordern, Denholm Elliott and Timothy Spall who are perfect in their roles. If you enjoy movies with subtle humour rather than laugh out loud moments then this will be right up your street.
11 months ago
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The Missionary

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6/10

Sir Henry at Rawlinson End

3/10


11 months ago
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
I thought that I would like this as I'm a fan of off-beat humour but this is just too weird for my liking. The plot finds the late great Trevor Howard playing aristocrat drunk Sir Henry Rawlinson who tries to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert. I was expecting something along the lines of Monty Python or Withnail & I but it's nothing like them. The dialogue whilst inventive starts to get a little bit grating and the sepia-toned monochrome that the movie has been filmed is horrible. Granted there are one or two amusing moments but it tries to do too much and it got boring and predictable after a while. It might be unique for many people but it didn't do anything for me.
11 months ago
FLCL
 FLCL 8/10
11 months ago
FLCL

11 months ago
Blue Exorcist
 Blue Exorcist 8/10
11 months ago
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11 months ago
AKB48Fan added 48 items to My History Of Anime Watched list
Bastard!!
Cowboy Bebop
Magical Project S
Those Who Hunt Elves
Great Teacher Onizuka

11 months ago
Tiger and Crane Fists
Two schools each with their different methods must come together in order to defeat a seemingly unstoppable kung fu master. This movie is widely known to be the inspiration for the Kung Pow parody comedy. It's an old school classic despite the storyline having been rehashed so many times in other movies. The villain is a good one having iron claws as his weapon of choice and a pair of metal stars stuck to his body to make him invincible. The fight choreography is excellent. The movie may look cheap and despite it being Taiwanese and not from Hong Kong it's still worth checking out.
11 months ago
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Tiger and Crane Fists

have watched

7/10

Silver Spoon

7/10


11 months ago
Silver Spoon
Based on the manga and anime series, this live action adaptation follows Yuugo Hachiken, a teenage boy from Tokyo who doesn't know what he wants to do in the future. He enrols at an agricultural school in the country in order to get away from his parents especially his father who considers him a failure. His prestigious middle school upbringing doesn't help in him making friends at his new school where he's a complete fish out of water as all the other students live on farms. Slowly but surely he begins to grow as a person in his new surroundings. This was an interesting coming of age movie watching a teenager grow in confidence from his shaky start where he makes mistakes and doesn't have any friends to slowly integrating and immersing himself in farming life at a school. It's different from other movies that are around and as such it was quite refreshing for me to see. Everything from early morning jobs at the farm, rearing animals so they can be slaughtered and the pitfalls of farming is shown. The characters are likeable enough and it's great that there's no conflicts as such with any of them. Everybody pretty much gets on with one another. I thought this was an enjoyable movie which shows we each have the ability to set our own path and believe what we want to believe.
11 months ago
Crayon Shin-chan: The Secret Treasure of Buri Buri Kingdom
The 2nd Shin-chan movie finds the rude young lad winning a holiday for his family in the kingdom of Buri Buri but it's a trap from some villains who want to capture him and his doppelganger, the young Prince of Buri Buri as they plan to steal a hidden treasure in the kingdom. I'm still surprised that Crayon Shin-chan is geared towards kids considering the sexual innuendo in this movie. Makes me wonder what kind of effect this has on the young impressionable minds of Japan! You only have to see several scenes in this movie in which Shin-chan is waving his penis around or pulling his shorts down to show his arse. This movie is very funny though and anybody with a good sense of humour is going to laugh at Shin-chan's antics. I had a great time watching this movie and I'm sure you will too if you're not offended by what Shin-chan gets up to at times!
11 months ago
AKB48Fan added 2 items to their collection
Crayon Shin-chan: The Secret Treasure of Buri Buri Kingdom

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7/10

Into the Forest

7/10


11 months ago
Into the Forest
A very well made post-apocalyptic drama revolving around 2 sisters who have to survive on their own in a house in an isolated forest after an unknown incident cuts the electricity off in the US. How would we be able to cope without modern technology: no mobile phones, TV etc. This movie tells us the story of building up a new life without these conveniences. It's rather unsettling as it is theoretically possible for something like that to happen. This movie has some really convincing performances. Ellen Page is great, the depth of her emotions are intense and believable. Evan Rachel Wood is also really good, she does her sensitive character a lot of justice and portrays a vividly brutal scene with real honesty. The forest setting is lush and beautiful. The direction by Patricia Rozema was good and the pace was tense and believable. The movie does fall apart somewhat during the final 30 mins but overall I really liked it. Give it a try.
11 months ago

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