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The Barrens
What an appropriate name for a movie that is really barren and just plain awful. I thought this was going to be a monster movie about a family being stalked by the Jersey Devil but it's more like a poor man's version of The Shining in the woods minus the tension and the scares. The acting is atrocious. The movie is a clichéd, unimaginative, unoriginal, warmed-over, piece of crap that doesn't warrant your attention. I cannot recommend this movie for viewing, not even to my worst enemy - the 94 mins running time was painful to endure!!!
1 month ago
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
I haven't had that much experience with Dragon Ball Z over the years but I thought I'd check this movie out. It's quite a cool movie with really nice animation, really cool battle scenes with fun and lively characters. The plot finds Beerus, the God of Destruction awakening from his deep slumber. He remembers a prophecy about finding a powerful challenger in the form of a "Super Saiyan God" and thus comes to Earth which puts Goku, Vegeta and their families and friends in his sights. There's tons of fantastical and frenetic action with some humour thrown in too. I'm not too sure how long time DBZ fans will like this movie but from someone who has just seen a little of the anime I really liked it.
1 month ago
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6/10

The Duke of Burgundy

7/10


1 month ago
The Duke of Burgundy
This is a movie that looks at the sado-masochistic relationship of two lesbians and the demands they make of each other. At the heart are two lovers Cynthia and Evelyn who seem to be in a very one sided relationship – one being the mistress and one being a badly used servant. They are also both entomologists and give talks on moths and butterflies. The title of the movie is the name given to a rare butterfly found in Europe. In case you think this is an explicit sexual movie it's not - it's all done very tastefully. The movie is beautifully filmed. The visuals in the movie are so colourful and so rich with detail that you could easily watch the movie without the volume and still know exactly what happened from beginning to end. Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D'Anna are excellent as the two leads. It's an interesting and beautiful movie and well worth your time.
1 month ago
Cutie Honey: Tears
It's been 12 years since Cutie Honey was last on the big screen and now she's back but this movie however, is a different kettle of fish to the original. It's a very poor movie which is all CG effects and no storyline. Even the action scenes are boring. In fact there's nothing to really suggest that you're watching Cutie Honey as the trademarks of the character are non existent. If you're making a Cutie Honey movie at least give some indication that the leading character is Honey. This could be any cheap Japanese sci-fi movie. The only thing going for it is the 2 leading female roles. Mariya Nishiuchi and Nicole Ishida are drop dead gorgeous. It's a shame that nothing else stands out. This is a total waste of 90 mins. Don't bother with it.
1 month ago
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Cutie Honey: Tears

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3/10

Railroad Tigers

6/10


1 month ago
Railroad Tigers
It is 1941 in China and Jackie Chan is Ma Yuan who leads a group of freedom fighters that steal a train in order to blow up a bridge that is on a vital key military transportation route for the Japanese. This is the 3rd collaboration between Jackie and director Sheng Ding (the previous were Little Big Soldier and Police Story: Lockdown). It's a fun action comedy but don't come here expecting to see Jackie doing his usual martial arts hi-jinx and death defying stunts. There's plenty of action though which should keep you from getting bored although the comedy somehow doesn't fit in with all the deaths that are taking place. Jackie gets to act with his son as well and there's a very small cameo for Andy Lau just before the end credits. I wouldn't say it's up there with Jackie's best and let's face it his movies in the last 10 years haven't been particularly special but Railroad Tigers is an entertaining ride that you should enjoy.
1 month ago
The Spiral
I've seen all of the Ringu movies except this one and it's a good job I didn't until now as it's so dull and completely different in style and tone to the original. This was supposed to be the sequel that would wrap up the Sadako story in a different way. This movie flopped big time in Japan and paved the way for Ringu 2 to carry on the cursed videotape storyline as it's a virus that kills people in the plot and not a curse. Rasen is a slow movie and actually more of a psychological drama than a horror. If you come to this movie expecting to be scared then you'll be sorely disappointed. None of the dread and foreboding is present here and there's no Sadako coming out of the well either. There's really nothing much going on in this movie, or actually to care about. Overall, a poor movie that's not worthy of being associated with the Ringu franchise.
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The Spiral

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3/10

Wood Job!

8/10


1 month ago
Wood Job!
After failing his college exams, Yuki Hirano decides to make a fresh start and join a one-year trainee program for forestry workers, aka lumberjacks after he sees a girl on the brochure of this program. When Hirano arrives at his destination, a village in the forest he quickly tries to go back but changes his mind and thus starts his year long training being schooled in the basics of lumber jacking. The Japanese are good at making these zero to hero comedy movies and this one is no exception. It's an upbeat fish out of water story with plenty of laughs. Over the course of the movie, the viewer sees Hirano change from being a laughing stock by his co-workers to being a respected member of the village community by the end. Shôta Sometani plays Hirano and his comedic timing is brilliant. He's joined by Ito Hideaki as the tough lumberjack who gives him a hard time and Masami Nagasawa as his love interest. The cinematography showing the beautiful forest landscape of Mie Prefecture is exceptional. This is a great comedy which does not rely on crude humour but on visual gags and quirky characters. Definitely well worth seeing.
1 month ago
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
This retelling of the King Arthur story directed by Guy Ritchie has been savaged by the critics but it isn't too bad a movie. Don't expect a traditional King Arthur story here. It's different but in a good way with modern day slang being used and exciting set pieces - you might say a typical Guy Ritchie movie. Charlie Hunnam is decent as Arthur, playing a wisecracking character that wants nothing to do with power. Astrid Berge-Frisbey as Mage is good, her character was quite interesting. Only wished there was a backstory for her. Jude Law felt a little miscast as the villain Vortigern. I had fun trying to name the locations used in this movie as some of it was filmed in North Wales where I live. King Arthur is a fair fantasy movie. It's one of those movies that's worth seeing once but you'll have forgotten about this take of the legend in years to come.
1 month ago
I Spit On Your Grave 2
A young beautiful New York waitress who is an aspiring model is attacked, raped and then knocked unconscious before waking up in a foreign country several days later and left for dead locked up in a metal box. She finds a way to escape and tracks down those who wronged her to exact punishment. This is a nasty revenge movie make no mistake about it. The torture/rape scenes are stomach churning but the punishment killings that follow are even worse though not quite as gruesome as the first ISOYG remake movie. Newcomer Jemma Dallender really is great in most of her role. What she goes through is horrifying and she will make you believe it in the worst way. You will cheer as you patiently wait for her to exact her own brutal, justified and satisfying vengeance on everyone who hurt her. There is one big plot hole that is not explained and that is how the hell did they manage to smuggle the girl out of the US into Bulgaria? Still it's a good horror sequel not for the faint hearted.
1 month ago
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
A charming documentary about an 89 year old sushi chef Jiro Ono who runs a Michelin 3 star restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. Here is a man that strives for perfection in every meal he does for his customers. He carries on working not for financial gain but because he enjoys it. His small restaurant only has 10 seats and his 20 course menu will set you back a whopping $300!! Despite it being expensive, you have to make reservations at least one month in advance in order to secure a seat. It's no secret to reveal that dedication, hard work and perseverance are the ingredients to Jiro's success today. The documentary follows the restaurant staff which includes Jiro's 2 sons picking the best tuna from the fish market at Tsukiji to preparing the fish and shaping/cooking the rice before presenting it to the customer. It's an art form in itself watching these people at work. Foodies are absolutely going to love this movie.
1 month ago
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8/10

Pet

6/10


1 month ago
Pet
Dominic Monaghan is a creepy stalker who takes a shine to a pretty waitress played by the stunning Ksenia Solo. After she turns down several requests from him to go for a date, he kidnaps her and keeps her locked up in a small cage down in the old basement of the vetinary practice where he works. The waitress though has a couple of secrets she is trying to hide. Even though this kind of movie has been done to death, I still liked this movie. It's got an interesting premise. The two actors in the main roles are the ones responsible for holding the script and movie together as they, and the characters they create, work really well together and are more than credible as two broken people finding a dark and twisted love. There are some genuine moments of tension and gore as well. If you have the patience and the guts, this is a nice little movie for horror fans.
1 month ago
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Possibly the worst Spiderman movie I've seen and doesn't come close to matching Raimi's brilliant trilogy. I was expecting an origin story but it's not. It's like a Spiderman movie for young teenagers. Tom Holland is OK as the teenage Spiderman though the tone of his voice does grate from time to time. I just couldn't connect with his Peter Parker or Spiderman. Michael Keaton is better though as the villain Vulture. There are a couple of decent action sequences most notably the one with the Staten Island ferry being cut in half. The storyline isn't the best and it's just so damn plain. Not exciting enough. So all in all, this isn't a good movie. I'll stick with Tobey Maguire's Spiderman movies. They are so much better than this effort.
1 month ago
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Spider-Man: Homecoming

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4/10

Despicable Me 3

6/10


1 month ago
Despicable Me 3
The Despicable Me movies I think has run it's course now. This, the 3rd doesn't have that cuteness and charm that the previous movies had. Don't get me wrong, it does has some funny moments which was quite good to see and enjoy but it's like more of the same. The Minions probably get the best laughs. I wouldn't say I was overly keen on the annoying villain Balthazar Bratt. I didn't like Gru's twin brother either. On the plus side - the animation is very good and the soundtrack was amazing. Overall, whilst this movie is OK, it's time to finally pull the plug from the series.
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The Here After
A great Swedish movie about a teenage boy John who has killed somebody but being a juvenile he is only sent away to detention for 2 years. On his release he returns to his home, father and younger brother Filip. The crime he has committed is too much for the local community and more over his school companions to bear with whom he wishes to remain. This is a community long on memory and short on forgiveness. The movie essentially is about forgiving, or more precise about the willingness to forgive. The interesting thing is that the viewer at first is inclined to sympathise with John, who seems to be the victim of ruthless rejection by the community. But John himself doesn't help things with his attitude. A bit of a loose canon and a hot head. There's an interesting father-son relationship going on here. The father tries his best with John but finds it difficult to get through to somebody with a severe psychological problem. The story pulls you along but that only works because the acting is so convincing and compelling. This is a movie that is easily recommended to anyone who likes Nordic Noir or even a good teen drama.
1 month ago
Now You See Him, Now You Don
A fun caper and the second of the Dexter Riley movies from Disney in the early 70's which sees a young Kurt Russell accidentally discovering how to make something invisible at college. However, once some crooks find out about it, they plan on robbing a bank by making themselves invisible. Cheap special effects and a fast-paced plot make this a lively movie! A pleasant little comedy that the entire family can enjoy. It's got some great laughs, fine acting, car chases and a good story. If you want to sit down and relive a bygone era then this is an ideal choice to watch.
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Now You See Him, Now You Don

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7/10

Bloodsucking Bastards

6/10


1 month ago
Bloodsucking Bastards
This movie is a fun ride, has some nice gore and some actual laugh out loud scenes. The cast was good for the most part and helped keep the tone of the movie nice and light. There were a few characters on the annoying side but not enough to fully pull the movie down. One of my main complaints would be that things do take a while to truly get going, but at least there was some decent humour to keep things entertaining. This was a nice surprising treat as I was expecting this to be rather lame. It isn't perfect and some of the humour was a little too dry but it definitely did a good job of being fun and not really taking itself seriously at all.
1 month ago
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Big Daddy
A massive dollop of schmaltzy Hollywood cheese designed to tug at the heartstrings but leave a big smile on the face, Big Daddy is extremely formulaic stuff that simply lets Adam Sandler do his thing: be a likable loser who learns a valuable life lesson and changes his ways for the better, all the while delivering crass gags about urinating in public and women with big breasts!! If Sandler's name in the credits doesn't make you want to turn off instantly, then this should prove a reasonably fun way to waste your time — just don't go expecting too much from it.
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Big Daddy

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6/10

The Girl with All the Gifts

7/10


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