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1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Shape of Water
A great romantic dark fantasy movie by Guillermo del Toro about a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with an amphibious humanoid creature that's been captured by the military and held in a secret facility. I didn't think I was going to like it at first but it definitely grew on me as the story went on. Even though the movie is a tad over 2 hours, the pacing is perfect and it never felt it was dragging or even gets boring. Sally Hawkins is amazing as the mute woman and shines in one of the best performances of her career so far. Backing her up is Octavia Spencer who plays her cleaning friend and Michael Shannon as a sadistic villain with an electric cattle prod who enjoys torturing the poor creature. I know many have said that this movie is something akin to The Creature From The Black Lagoon but it isn't. It's a completely different kettle of fish (to pardon a pun!). The movie has a solid storyline, a brilliant cast and is another triumph for the director. I really enjoyed this movie and despite the weird love story between a woman and a fish creature I'm sure you will too.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Godzilla: Monster Planet (2017)
A different take from the usual Godzilla movies in that there's no stomping of cities in this one and humanity has been defeated by kaijus into going into outer space and settle on the planet Tau-Ceti e. This is the first in a new animated movie series about Godzilla. It's only average and definitely could have been improved. The story is about a battalion of human soldiers that come back to Earth to try and reclaim the planet back for humanity by seeking to kill Godzilla. I found the whole movie very underwhelming and not that exciting. The soldier wishing revenge on Godzilla for killing his parents has been seen before and done better in previous Godzilla movies. For a movie titled Planet of the Monsters, only one other species apart from Godzilla is shown. Yes, the animation looks great and all that but with such a lifeless story I found the whole experience rather dull.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Lady Bird

5/10


1 month, 3 weeks ago
Lady Bird
I'm not sure why this has been praised so much as it's slightly overrated in my opinion. It's just your average coming of age story about a rebellious teenager growing up in Sacramento, California. It's the writing and directing debut of Greta Gerwig who I don't really think too highly as an actress to be honest. The cliche dialogue makes you want to roll your eyes. The only highlight of the movie is Saoirse Ronan's acting. She's good as the lead character in a movie inhabited by your usual high school stereotypes. A shame that she's been let down by a shoddy script. A lot of the movie concentrates on Lady Bird's relationship with her mother in which they quarrel quite a bit. Overall, I wasn't that impressed by this movie and I wouldn't bother watching it again.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Detectorists
Series 1-3
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Detectorists

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9/10

Killing Hasselhoff

2/10


1 month, 3 weeks ago
Killing Hasselhoff
Whenever you see a movie that is produced by WWE Studios, you have a certain feeling that movie isn't going to be very good and this is definitely the case with this pathetic comedy. Ken Jeong of The Hangover fame is the lead character in the movie. He plays a man that goes to desperate measures to pay a debt to a loan shark. The Hoff isn't much better than Ken although he does send himself up a lot. It is a dire and very unfunny movie and no amount of lewd and raunchiness can save it. There's only so much you can watch before you decide that enough is enough and that was the case with me. A dreadful movie that people should keep clear of.
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1 month, 4 weeks ago
Birth of the Dragon
A poor movie supposedly about Bruce Lee's fight against Wong Jack Man but it turns out to be about an American martial arts student instead. There are a lot of complaints about Lee's one-dimensional portrayal in this movie in that he is seen as an egomaniac and he was never as arrogant as that in real life. He is also seen as being nothing more than a sidekick to the American lead character. The story is rather dull and the actual fight between Lee and Wong Jack Man isn't even that exciting. At the end of the day, if you're expecting a good martial arts movie along the likes of Ip Man then you're gonna get very disappointed. It's nothing more than a rubbish Hollywood production and an insult to Bruce Lee's legacy.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
What an incredible movie and will surely nab the Best Picture at the Oscars along with some other awards. I came into watching the movie knowing nothing about the story but wanted to see it because of word of mouth about it. This is a movie that grips you right from the start and holds the tension of the backstory right up until the end. Although it has a very serious subject, this movie is a dark comedy believe it or not. The characters are written extremely well and the actors did a brilliant job portraying them. Frances McDormand is amazing as the grieving mother out for justice who believes the police are doing nothing to solve her daughter's murder. This isn't just McDormand's movie though as Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are also superb. Don't miss out on this cracking movie. It deserves all the plaudits that have rained down on it. Highly recommended.
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Darkest Hour

9/10


1 month, 4 weeks ago
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.
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1 month, 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.
1 month, 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!
2 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.
2 months ago
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The Frankenstein Chronicles
Series 2
2 months ago
Home and Away
 Home and Away 6/10
2 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.
2 months ago
2 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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