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The Connection
The movie was inspired by true events set in the 1970's. It was about a Neapolitan Mafia Boss Tanny Zampa who ran a French extortion gang in Marseille, France who then started to buy heroin from Turkey being flooded into New York by the French mafia. It was a dedicated judge Pierre Michel who raged bloody war against Zampa's empire. This is a very well made good guys vs bad guys drama with some action scenes mixed in. The director takes us back to the 70's with the sets and costumes rendered to perfection in every last detail. We see the two leading characters in their worlds of business and family. The pace of this movie is fast between paralleling the two principles' activities and chronicling the confrontations. It inevitably tells of their rise and fall too. The 2 hours plus running time goes quickly and it never dips into being boring to watch. Superb acting by Jean Dujardin as Michel and Gilles Lelouche as his nemesis Zampa. Overall, this is a solid movie and a showcase of how good French cinema can be.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
The Stranger
This is a taut thriller about a war crimes detective who heads to a small town to hunt down a Nazi criminal who has escaped justice. Orson Welles plays the Nazi who has hidden himself as a college professor and married a local woman. Edward G Robinson is the dogged detective who will not give up on catching his Nazi. Welles provides menace as the net is slowly closed in on him and even his naive wife when told that her husband might be a war criminal refuses to believe it. It all builds up to a great finale in a church tower. Excellent acting all round by the cast. A fantastic film noir.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Villain
A forgotten Brit gangster movie largely due to the fact that Michael Caine's Get Carter came out in the same year. Richard Burton plays a nasty and violent piece of work by the name of Vic Dakin (supposedly based on Reggie Kray). Burton tries his best at perfecting a cockney accent but can often be seen fumbling through his lines. Good use of location filming in London itself and the now sadly demolished West Pier at Brighton. Burton does well as the mother loving homosexual psychopath and there's a large supporting cast which includes Ian McShane, Colin Welland and Donald Sinden as a sleazy, blackmailed MP. Surprised to see that comedy writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais did the script to this movie. This is a good gritty gangster movie which deserves to be seen by more people.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
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Villain

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7/10

Maps to the Stars

7/10


3 weeks, 4 days ago
Maps to the Stars
Havana Segrand is an actress trying to mount a comeback. She wants to star in a remake of a movie her mother was in but is struggling in trying to convince the director she is the best choice. When Agatha Weiss arrives in town and becomes her new assistant things begin to change, not only for them but for the entire city and industry. This is a movie I really enjoyed, but it is not for everyone. The acting is great and the writing is very intelligent, but the movie itself is very dark. It's a David Cronenberg movie so that should give you an idea of what to expect from this. Julianne Moore gives an amazing performance and this is a movie that is almost impossible to predict what will happen. I really enjoy movies that stay one step ahead of me. This is a movie that you can't talk too much about without giving things away but this is a movie that I think deserves to be seen. Overall, great acting and writing but a very dark and moody movie. If you think you can handle it than give it a shot.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
The Borrower
 The Borrower 6/10
3 weeks, 5 days ago
The Borrower
An alien is punished by his own kind and sent to be exiled on Earth in a human body. The only problem is his human head seems to explode sometimes so he has to take another human head as a replacement! What a weird and strange horror this is. Totally bonkers! The script is quite clever and the movie has plenty of amusing moments. Impressive make-up effects by Kevin Yagher and plenty of gore help but only to a certain extent. Runs too long and tends to drag out a bit, especially towards the end. I'm sure you'll find this movie unintentionally funny (I'm sure it's not supposed to be a comedy?). An odd choice of movie for the director given that he made the excellent Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer previous to this.
3 weeks, 5 days ago
The Library Wars: Book of Memories
In the sequel to Library Wars, one of the Library Defence Force staff Komaki is detained by the Media Task Force for recommending a book to a deaf girl. It is deemed unsuitable for disabled people. The LDF are angered by this arrest and try and get Komaki free. The first Library Wars movie was fairly good and this movie continues the story of the struggle between the LDF who don't want censorship for any books and the MTF who use any excuse to ban books which they don't like. The same cast also return with Nana Eikura being the lead as the cute and rather naive at times Iku Kasahara. The same atmosphere and humour is maintained as well. It builds to a satisfactory ending with a cliffhanger that is resolved in the 3rd and final movie The Last Mission. Looking forward to seeing that.
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3 weeks, 5 days ago
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The Library Wars: Book of Memories

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6/10

Children of Men

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7/10

The Last King of Scotland

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7/10

The Wild Bunch

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7/10

Beverly Hills Cop

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8/10


3 weeks, 5 days ago
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Tsui Hark (director) and Stephen Chow (writer/producer) team up for this sequel to the 2013 movie. It has an all new cast and the only person returning for a small cameo is actress Shu Qi. Whilst the story may not match it's predecessor it is still entertaining nevertheless. It has Stephen Chow's sense of humour and imagination throughout. The visuals are amazing with lots of lush colours used. The chemistry between the 4 main characters are great and produce many laughs. I didn't think there was enough action and never felt the heroes were in any real danger from the demons shown in the movie. It's a good popcorn movie - there's nothing special about it but it's enjoyable.
3 weeks, 5 days ago
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Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back

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6/10

Oh My Zombie!

3/10


3 weeks, 5 days ago
Oh My Zombie!
I was expecting this to be a fun Japanese zombie horror comedy but it's not and instead of concentrating on the threat from a lone zombie trapped inside a house, it's more or less a character driven movie about 6 individuals with hidden agendas discussing how to deal with the zombie. Although there's some gore around the hour mark, for a zombie movie it's relatively blood free. The majority of the story has the characters arguing with each other in the living room of a house which I found rather dull. I did think that things would pick up as everybody starts turning on one another but sadly it never happened. This movie didn't engage me at all. I understand that the director would want to approach a zombie comedy in a different way from other movies but somehow it didn't quite turn out as planned. It was a complete waste of 90 mins
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I Am Not a Serial Killer
John Cleaver is a high school student with an unhealthy obsession with serial killers. His small Midwestern town begins to experience a series of brutal murders. John's mother is the town's only mortician and she allows her son to help her with the postmortems. He plays detective and becomes friends with an elderly neighbour, Crowley, played by Christopher Lloyd, in his best role since Back to the Future. Lloyd is funny, sarcastic and he pretty much steals this movie. The less written about where his quirky character goes, the better. Lloyd and his young costar, Max Records, have a strange and endearing chemistry which will keep viewers guessing as to how it will all end. A nice surprise this movie.
3 weeks, 6 days ago
The Mule
 The Mule 7/10
4 weeks ago
The Mule
A very well made Australian black comedy about a slow-witted man who reluctantly becomes a drugs mule, gets arrested by the cops and then refuses to shit out the heroin bags he has inside his body. It is supposedly based on a real life incident that took place in the early 80's. The story moves along nicely and is told in an entertaining manner. Although Hugo Weaving has top billing, it's Angus Sampson who plays the leading character. He is brilliant as Ray, the drugs mule. There is some grossness to be expected with this movie and one scene in particular will have you gagging! All in all, a beautifully produced movie with a fine cast and a good story to boot. Highly enjoyable for anyone to watch.
4 weeks ago
A Dog
Anyone who has ever owned a dog is going to love this movie and probably shed a tear or two as well. It follows several lifetimes of a dog that comes full circle by the end. There is definitely an emotional roller coaster when it comes to this movie, and this time, it was done right. The feelings of transition and letting go are something that is hard to deal with and this movie hits it straight to home. It's heartfelt moments leave you crying your eyes out and the next you are feeling woe free. I was not really surprised by the ending of the movie, it was the ending I expected, but the trip was what mattered the most. I really enjoyed it.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
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A Dog

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7/10

Rough Night

5/10


4 weeks, 1 day ago
Rough Night
So this is like a female version of The Hangover except it's not as funny. It does have the cast that had potential to be in a great comedy movie led by Scarlett Johansson. The problem is the majority of them are useless with the exception of Kate McKinnon whose character is weird and odd but at least she makes you laugh. The movie can only go so far with its penis jokes, sex toys humour and a sequence of Scarlett's character fiancé Peter wearing adult diapers and roaming around a gas station doing favour for cash while going on an all night road trip to Miami. It has its cheap laughs and gags but when the humour is repetitive it just gets dull from there on and out. This movie could have been better. See Bridesmaids for a comedy that delivers on jokes and humour instead.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
In Search of the Castaways
Summer Magic

4 weeks, 1 day ago
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In Search of the Castaways

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3/10

Summer Magic

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3/10

Master of the World

6/10


4 weeks, 1 day ago
Master of the World
Adapted from 2 of Jules Verne's lesser known novels, this movie finds a man named Robur, the captain of the airship "The Albatross" hell-bent on destroying all of the world's war machines and armies for the purpose of peace on earth. Robur's intentions may be admirable but the way he intends to do that is terrible. It's a fairly good adventure though the special effects look dated now. It's interesting to see Charles Bronson in an early role and Vincent Price is good as he always is as a villain. Not too bad a movie though it is lacking in any real excitement and action.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Risen
 Risen 6/10
1 month ago
Risen
It is the aftermath of Christ's death on the cross and the body disappears three days later. This makes for a fine mystery, and the screenplay offers an interesting point of view on the subject. Joseph Fiennes is cast as a Roman soldier who oversees the famous event and leads the war against the Jews. It is believed that the disciples of Christ removed his body. Fiennes is stricken with curiosity and eventually pulls away from his duties in pursuit of a whole new meaning to life. Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame plays a young Roman soldier under the wing of Fiennes. Peter Firth is cast as Pontius Pilate who demands the whereabouts of the body in order to prove that Christ was a fake. One of the worst elements of the movie is the over the top delight or glee of the disciples. Their joy of the risen Christ is understandable but the actors seem to go into overact mode to convey this. So in the end this was a surprisingly good biblical movie that offered enough new elements to this familiar story to differentiate it from the countless other similar movies.
1 month ago
Look Back in Anger
A mostly good reproduction of John Osborne's stage play about a college-educated Englishman trapped in a dank working class existence and lashing out at everyone around him but mostly taking it out on his wife. The late great Richard Burton excels as the leading character Jimmy Porter but it is never explained fully at what he is so angry about. I think it's the class system of the country more than anything. I felt so sorry for his fragile and suffering wife played by Mary Ure. The abuse she endures by Jimmy is horrible. Also look out for Donald Pleasance in an early role as an inspector at a market, the kind of bureaucrat you love to hate. I don't think everybody will enjoy this movie as Burton's constant moaning will start to bore some people. I still liked it but the plaudits that have been heaped upon this movie I think is a bit too much as it's hardly a classic.
1 month ago
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Look Back in Anger

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6/10

Johnny Mnemonic

4/10


1 month ago
Johnny Mnemonic
This movie certainly had a lot of potential but, unfortunately, this flick went nowhere. And it went there, fast. It had a truly fascinating premise that if handled properly could've been up there as a very good sci-fi/cyberpunk movie had the filmmakers not botched things up. Johnny Mnemonic is an utterly forgettable movie filled to overflowing with totally uninteresting characters mouthing laughable dialogue set against the back-drop of a hideous landscape of urban hell. Keanu Reeves is awful here and shows how how useless he can be when acting. Dolph Lungdren is OK and the great Takeshi Kitano is wasted. Not worth watching if I'm being honest.
1 month ago
The Barrens
 The Barrens 2/10
1 month ago

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