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The Lodger
This is the remake of Hitchcock's 1927 movie which takes place in London during the murderous reign of Jack The Ripper. An unusual man rents a couple of rooms in an affluent household with the landlady beginning to suspect he might be the Whitechapel murderer. I loved this tense and atmospheric movie and it ticks all the right boxes of how Victorian London should be portrayed during the time of the Ripper - fogbound, dark alleys and women fearing for their lives that they could be the next victim. Laird Cregan who died very young at 28 years old plays the mysterious lodger. He looks menacing with those dark penetrating eyes. Merle Oberon is lovely as the stage singer Kitty Langley that the lodger wants to be his next victim. The suspense lies in how and where he will be caught and whether or not he will be successful in killing Miss Oberon. It stems back to the lodger's brother who died and this was linked to a beautiful woman. All in all this is a movie that keeps you in its grip from beginning to end, largely due to Cregar's outstanding performance in the title role and the excellent recreation of Victorian London and its gaslit atmosphere. Definitely worthy of seeking out.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Snatched
An enjoyable comedy despite the bad ratings it's had mainly due I suppose to Amy Schumer and her political rants. Anyway, this movie had me laughing at times. There are some well-timed jokes in this movie, and the delivery itself sometimes is spot on. Amy and Goldie Hawn were great as mother and daughter. OK so this wasn't her best role, but Hawn's first big screen appearance in a long time was a lot of fun to watch. Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes were also cool as a duo who try and help the mother/daughter out of a tight spot. The cinematography showing the countryside of Ecuador is beautiful. Snatched may not be the best comedy this year by a long shot but it's still worth checking out.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
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Snatched

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6/10

Girls Trip

8/10


1 month, 3 weeks ago
Girls Trip
This was an absolute blast from start to finish and filled with non stop laughs. While everyone has funny moments throughout the movie, the real star of the show is Tiffany Haddish. She delivers the funniest one liners, punchlines, every-lines. Certain people are calling this a black Bridesmaids movie and whilst there are some similarities to it I can safely say that this was funnier. So what if the plot isn't original, it's not the story that you've come for in this type of movie it's the comedy and boy does it deliver in spades. The 4 leads are brilliant together. If you enjoy raunchy comedies then you've got to see this movie. I loved it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Island of the Doomed (aka Man Eater of Hydra)
A group of tourists become trapped on an island with an evil botanist who has crossbred plants to create a giant vampire tree which feeds by draining the blood of people. The group of tourists begin to die, some killed by the plant, others murdered. The script in this movie is laughably bad, the plot is thin and none of the characters ever really get well developed. There are all sorts of clich├ęs here that just don't work well in this movie and the dubbing from the Spanish isn't that great. But I could forgive all of this if it was entertaining. This one isn't. It just dragged on and never managed to really grab my interest at all.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
The St. Francisville Experiment
After The Blair Witch Project came out, a rash of similar movies were made and this is one of them and not a particularly good one either. It's a mock documentary of a group of teenagers spending a night at a haunted mansion where all kinds of 'spooky' things take place. This movie is dull with laughable dialogue, shitty acting, it's so cliched and full of pathetic jump scares. You don't particularly care for anybody in the entire group. I would be ashamed to put out something this bad out. A terrible movie and might be the worst I've seen this year. It should be consigned to the incinerator!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Tomorrow I Will Date with Yesterday
A brilliant Japanese romance movie with a twist. A lot of this kind of movie will have somebody either dying from an illness or something like that. This one though has a fresh dilemma to the plot. Takatoshi Minamiyama plucks up the courage to ask a pretty girl Emi out on a date when he spots her on a train. Everything goes according to plan and they start dating regularly until Emi reveals her secret. She comes from another world where time is running backwards to our own. Quite a unique and original concept. They can only meet for 1 month every 5 years (don't ask why as it's never explained). The main point of the movie after Takatoshi learns the truth is how they respond, and what they do about it. It's heart breaking to watch as the countdown to their inevitable parting ticks down. Excellent acting from the 2 leads and the movie ends on a happy note as well. Very enjoyable and definitely worth watching.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Lion Standing in the Wind
This is a refreshing change of direction by Takashi Miike. The movie is based on a true story in which a Japanese doctor Koichiro goes voluntarily to work in Kenya. As he encounters many desperate situations and makes friends with the people there he doesn't feel the need to go back to Japan. Each time he decides he wants to leave, eventually he always comes back. You see a lot of children with amputated limbs because of the civil war that takes place and they used them as shields. The story ends on a sad and tragic note though I won't spoil what happens. The acting by the cast is incredible especially by Takao Osawa who portrays Koichiro. His kind and smiling demeanour helps the patients as they recover from their terrible wounds. The movie even though it runs for well over 2 hours, it never drags and is always interesting. I really enjoyed this movie and well done to Takashi Miike for showing how versatile he really is.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Maniac Hero
 Maniac Hero 6/10
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Maniac Hero
Nakatsu is an unhappy convenience-store clerk who is fed up with how the unruly and criminals are running the streets. The police are doing nothing about it. One night he comes across red-stocking-capped Toshida who has some cool gadgets and martial arts skills. Nakatsu suggests they team up to clean the streets at night. Soon they are joined by sexy schoolgirl Kaori and a middle-aged guy Kusaki who is armed with two hammers that come out of his sleeves. The media starts calling them "The Phantom Hangers" because they string up the criminals they beat up! This is a violent action comedy about a couple of people trying to make a difference in their neighbourhood but falling foul of their success by trusting a shady businessman who reveals his true colours. I was expecting a rather silly slapstick comedy but the director doesn't go down that route at all. It does have some laughs but mostly it's played pretty straight. Sometimes the movie does come across as a poor man's Kick-Ass minus the costumes and masks. The laughs tend to die down in the second half when things gets a bit heavy and a bit bloody. I liked the characters and each of them have painful pasts they'd like to forget. Overall, it wasn't too bad a comedy. It would have been better with more laughs but I was entertained sufficiently.
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My Brother
Jack Warner is a war hero turned criminal who is handcuffed to a young man and on the run together. A newspaper reporter and his new wife is called by his boss on his honeymoon to get a scoop on the manhunt. Jack Warner, is excellent in the lead role, playing against type. He is ably supported by a young George Cole. The movie also has a lively pace about it, and is well staged, with the outdoor locations lending a good balance to the proceedings. Warner's character grows more desperate as the net begins to close all around him. Quite an enjoyable thriller.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake
Jake The Snake Roberts was one of my favourite wrestlers in the late 80's/early 90's. I'd read that he'd fallen on hard times since his glory years by dabbling in drugs and alcohol and it was hard seeing footage of him in such a state. This is a documentary of redemption. It's about a man that wants to turn around his life and doesn't want to be another statistic of a wrestler that's died way too young. His old friend Diamond Dallas Page reaches out to him and together they go on a journey as Jake battles his inner demons and with DDP's Yoga gets him back into being sober, healthy and in some kind of shape. There are pitfalls along the way but Jake is willing to work hard not just for himself but for his family. DDP's unyielding support to his friend is very touching. It was nice to see DDP also helping out Scott Hall - another wrestler that alcohol had taken over his life. The change that both these wrestlers goes through is remarkable from both a mental and physical standpoint. I got emotional at the end seeing how far both of them had come over 18 months. Naturally people will think this documentary is only for wrestling fans but it isn't. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as I was a huge fan of all three of these men.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
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The Resurrection of Jake the Snake

have watched

8/10

In the Dark

7/10


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In the Dark

1 month, 3 weeks ago
Death Note
Talk about screwing up a classic! As a fan of the anime and Japanese movies this is a big disappointment and an insult to the original material. Everything that made the first Death Note movie so good is thrown out of the water. The events of the story were changed so drastically I forgot that I was watching Death Note. The characters are nothing how they're supposed to be. Seeing L being irrational and angry was so unlike him. I should've known better that this adaptation would be botched - Hollywood just can't do remakes of Japanese movies. Save yourself the misery and never watch this. Go watch the Japanese movies instead.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
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Death Note

have watched

3/10

The Veil

2/10


1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Veil
A poor horror which shamelessly depicts a horrific event in American history as some mystical supernatural event to make a "scary movie". Basically it's about a film crew taking a female survivor back 25 years later to the scene of a massacre much like the one in Jonestown. Even the cult leader is similarly named - Jim Jacobs. And how far has Jessica Alba fallen that she has to star in such a crappy movie? This movie had a very elementary plot that didn't take much thought at all and a bunch of b-list actors. If awful is synonymous with scary then that it was. Of course there were the mandatory jump scares but besides that it offered no real content and no real substance. Steer clear of this disaster.
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Kill Me Three Times
This is a black comedy crime-thriller starring Simon Pegg as a hitman hired to kill a businessman's cheating wife with the story being told from three different points of view. Pegg is great as the movie's main villain; and it's nice to see him playing against type for a change. The supporting cast is all adequate as well, and the directing is decent. The script is somewhat clever, and it also has a few nice twists, but it's nothing too memorable. It's still worth taking a look.
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Frasier, the Sensuous Lion

have watched

2/10

Ibiza Undead

2/10


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Frasier, the Sensuous Lion
Ibiza Undead

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Ghostheads
 Ghostheads 7/10
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Ghostheads
This is a cool documentary on how the two original Ghostbusters movies have a positive impact on people's lives (the super fans) - and more than that, how they can use it to promote goodness in their community. It's not a documentary that sets out to poke fun at those who strap on proton packs in public. They're just normal people who found something incredible in these movies that enriched their lives. For some, watching the movies changed their lives for the better. It explores the fandom, friendships and personal stories of these devotees. It's likely that there will be people who are going to hate on this documentary, thinking the fans in it are losers but each to their own. If it makes them happy then so be it. I enjoyed this a lot and anyone that is slightly curious about what sort of person would throw on a proton pack and dedicate their life to Ghostbusters will like it too.
1 month, 4 weeks ago

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