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A man from deepest darkest Wales (Anglesey!) who loves movies, anime, dance/trance music and Japanese culture.

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Favourite music: AKB48, Namie Amuro, Perfume, Scandal, Def Leppard, Chvrches, EXILE, Saint Etienne, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Take That, Ayumi Hamasaki, Texas, The Brilliant Green, LINDBERG, Hikaru Utada, dream, Nana Mizuki, The Smiths, Queen, Pet Shop Boys, Vanilla Ninja, Shiny Toy Guns, Cascada, Dash Berlin

Favourite TV Shows: The Following, Vikings, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Dr Who (1963-1989), The X-Files, Blakes 7, Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Fleet, Mysterious Cities Of Gold, Galaxy Express 999, Elfen Lied, Robin Of Sherwood, Up Pompeii, Peaky Blinders

Favourite Actor/Actresses: Audrey Hepburn, Hudson Leick, Harrison Ford, Adam Sandler, Veronica Lake, Alyson Hannigan, Kyoko Fukada, Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba, Jyeon Ji-Hung, Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Meiko Kaji, Tom Baker, Peter Cook, Bill Murray, Simon Pegg, Tadanobu Asano

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Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice) review

Posted : 6 years, 9 months ago on 9 March 2012 07:17 (A review of Whispering Corridors 4 (Voice))

The 4th installment in the Whispering Corridors franchise is my favorite and plays out like a mystery rather than an outright ghost horror story. The series which was going a little bit stale after the 3rd movie needed a shot in the arm and this movie revived the flagging franchise. It’s like the filmmakers took the best aspects out of the previous three movies and put them in this one and what you get is this remarkable story. It relies on the characters to drive this movie rather than going for the cheap shock option and I have to say it works pretty well and looks fresh. Even though it may be more of a mystery movie, it’s still got a couple of really good scares and some great death scenes. As with a lot of Asian horrors, this movie also borrows some plot elements from others in the genre. The movie has some nice twists though the ending might confuse some viewers. The soundtrack accompanying the movie is fantastic and creepy. All round good performances from the cast. Recommended.


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Jailbreak
 Jailbreak 5/10
18 hours, 23 minutes ago
Jailbreak
In order to pull off a robbery, a family of crooks break out the safe cracker of the team from jail and try to hide him and 2 of his fellow prisoners at a small hospital but the police are on their tail. Made by Butchers Film Service who made a ton of low budget movies at the time, this isn't too bad of an effort. As the movie is short and snappy at just over an hour, the plot moves quite swift. There isn't much in the way of suspense or dramatic tension and the plain and uninspired way the actual jailbreak is shown betrays the picture's shoestring budget. The only notable member of cast is a young Robert Fyfe (Howard from Last of the Summer Wine fame). It's a good time filler of a movie but don't expect anything much out of it.
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Davy
 Davy 4/10
1 day, 17 hours ago
Davy
Ealing Studios' last comedy movie is a rather limp effort compared to what they had achieved in the past. It has Goons star Harry Secombe as Davy, the star performer in a family act called The Mad Morgans who are touring some music halls across the country. When an opportunity arises for Davy to escape the mundane act and audition to star in an opera he jumps at the chance but the rest of the family are worried their act will collapse without Davy. The main problem with this comedy drama is there aren't any laughs to be had and you can't really sympathise with any character. Secombe does clown around but it's not funny although he gets to showcase his powerful baritone singing voice. Two of the Carry On gang in Kenneth Connor and Joan Sims have small cameos. Not a movie I'd really recommend to anybody really.
1 day, 17 hours ago
2 days, 19 hours ago
After The Screaming Stops
During the late 80's in the UK, Bros were the biggest pop idols around but just as suddenly they were gone and the media who helped them to the top absolutely loved to kick them in the teeth on their way down. They may have been lacking in great music but their fans stayed loyal to twins Matt & Luke Goss. Both brothers forged their own separate successful career after the band broke up. In 2016 it was announced that they reform and would play a series of gigs in the UK. This documentary charts the lead up to their first concert at the O2 Dome. It highlights the issues the brothers have had with each other over the years and the tension between them during rehearsals is evident. It's even hinted that the opening gig might have been cancelled such was the animosity between them after a heated argument. It was brave of the Goss brothers to open themselves up, warts and all to the cameras to give an insight into their relationship. You don't have to be a fan of Bros to enjoy this documentary and believe me, I was never a fan of their music whilst growing up!! It's a brutally honest take on the history, highs, lows and sibling love of two 80's heartthrobs. Give it a shot.
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2 days, 19 hours ago
Creed II
This is basically a rerun of Rocky IV. It has 2 sons of former boxing fighters namely Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago slugging it out in the boxing ring. Adonis fighting the son of the man who killed his father Apollo is the obvious revenge side, and Viktor fighting to redeem his disgraced father Ivan, who lost to Rocky Balboa 30 some years ago. The script co-written by Sylvester Stallone obviously loses the cold war aspect of Russia vs America that was highlighted in Rocky IV and instead concentrates on the family side of both young fighters. Yes, there is the mandatory crazy training montage and the 2nd fight between the boxers that takes place in Moscow mirrors what Rocky had to do as well. It was great to see Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago back in the ring together - even if only for a moment. Michael B. Jordan is excellent as Adonis Creed and the viewer will root for him to beat the crap out of Viktor Drago. This is definitely a worthy sequel that I really enjoyed.
2 days, 21 hours ago
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7/10

Aquaman

6/10


3 days ago
Aquaman
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Arthur Curry, the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, must step forward to lead his people against his half-brother Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world. Directed by James Wan, best known for helming the spooky Conjuring Series, this movie is visually spectacular but suffers partially on the account of an overstuffed screenplay, that is patchy and overlong. I like Aquaman as a superhero and Jason Momoa delivers a fun turn as him. Momoa not only looks the part, but brings a fabulous heroism to the part, which was essential here. However, despite magnificent visuals and Momoa nailing the titular role, the script brings much action and a fast-moving narrative, but has no soul. The movie keeps moving forward, not giving enough time to its characters to make them connect with the viewers and I felt like the writers ran out of ideas and kept writing action set-pieces until they found another aspect to continue upon. It also felt too long and definitely could have cut a good 25-30 mins to make it flow better. All in all, Aquaman is certainly a fun movie to watch but it's a shame the script at times failed to make it a better experience for me.
3 days ago
3 days, 16 hours ago
Green for Danger
The great Alastair Sim plays Inspector Cockerill from Scotland Yard called to a hospital after 2 murders are committed. It appears that someone in the surgical ward of the hospital is killing people and the Inspector is called out to find who and why the murders are happening. Inspector Cockerill finds more than he bargained when he deals with the lives of the hospital personnel. Each person has some emotion they want hidden thus making the mystery more interesting. This is a brilliant murder mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It has a story that keeps you guessing and performances that don't disappoint. World War II hangs heavily in the atmosphere with V1 rockets seen in the air. This movie belongs to Alastair Sim. He is simply fantastic as the detective and he makes you laugh as well. Green For Danger is highly recommended to those who enjoy the sort of British murder mysteries created by the likes of Agatha Christie. Recommended.
3 days, 16 hours ago
4 days, 4 hours ago
Sing and Swing
aka Live It Up. This movie dates from the pre-Hard Day's Night era when Britpop movies were less concerned with a cohesive plot than simply assaulting the senses with as many potentially chart-making musical numbers as possible. A young David Hemmings plays a lad who wants to make it big with his band The Smart Alecs but loses the demo tape he made with them whilst out doing his job as a postman. The plot is pretty forgettable but if you're of a certain era I'm sure you'll enjoy the music that's shown. The acts featured include Kenny Ball & The Jazzmen and Patsy Noble. Not my cup of tea their music to be honest. For fans of this specialised kind of pop this movie is a must.
4 days, 4 hours ago
My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy
Myself; Yourself

4 days, 16 hours ago
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7/10

Watch Your Stern

6/10


4 days, 17 hours ago
Watch Your Stern
Being a Carry On movie in all but name, this has more in common with the gentle humour of the start of the series rather than the bawdy innuendo of the later years. However this is not to say that it is funny and entertaining because it is. The plot is solid enough to suit the gentle comic tone, although it is hardly the sort of narrative that you will be coming to it for. The laughs are gentle, just don't expect to be rolling in the aisles with tears in your eyes because it isn't that sort of humour. A lot of the regular Carry On crew appear such as Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Hattie Jacques and Joan Sims. Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes have cameo roles as electricians. Overall, it isn't the greatest of comedies from the period but it's certainly entertaining enough.
4 days, 17 hours ago
My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy

6 days, 15 hours ago
The Small World of Sammy Lee
Sammy Lee is a compere at a seedy strip-club in London's Soho. He has to raise 300 pounds to pay off a debt to a mysterious unseen man called Connor. Connor has henchmen, and they are quickly dispatched when Sammy admits he doesn't have the money that's coming due. The lead henchmen gives him 5 hours to get the money or else. Anthony Newley is perfectly cast as Sammy. It's great fun to watch Sammy's machinations as he works towards getting his money. He calls contacts he has in his little book to help him out. The guy is smart but not quite clever enough to overcome the obstacles he encounters over and over although it's mostly his own fault for wasting his money on gambling in the first place. There is suspense, high drama and heartbreak in this story, all excellently played out. Among the cast are Wilfrid Brambell (of Steptoe & Son) and a small role for Derek Nimmo as an effeminate man. This is an enjoyable journey into the live of a very nervous and hasty man who doesn't seem to get anything right and instead is digging into trouble deeper and deeper.
1 week ago
The Long Arm
 The Long Arm 8/10
1 week, 1 day ago
The Long Arm
In this cracking black and white police drama, Ealing comes up trumps yet again. Made in 1956, with good locations in and around London and also North Wales, the story concerns Jack Hawkins as Superintendent Halliday who has to track down a very clever thief who has been cracking safes and taking the money inside them. This is a fine example of a police procedural detective mystery. The flow of the investigation is natural, not given over to wild implausibilities, and always the air of mystery is potent. On the outskirts of the investigation there's a running thread about how policemen's wives/girlfriends suffer in their own ways, their men are married to the force, and this is delicately handled by the makers. Jack Hawkins is superb as the lead character and the banter between himself and his sidekick helps inject some humour into the story. Definitely a must see if you like old fashioned police investigation dramas.
1 week, 1 day ago
Annihilation
 Annihilation 7/10
1 week, 2 days ago
Annihilation
This is another solid entry in the dark, cerebral sci-fi genre for director Alex Garland. The movie's somber atmosphere and otherworldly visuals are its major strengths. There are some truly striking and memorable images in this movie that manage to be alien, haunting, and disarmingly beautiful, often all at the same time. The plot gets you invested, and it certainly wasn't uninteresting. Even the ambiguity of the movie isn't off-putting, but rather satisfying. The final act of the movie is certainly its centerpiece and is where its most powerful and piercing images reside. The cast is uniformly brilliant but Natalie Portman is simply fantastic bringing a great emotional heart beat to the story throughout. Overall, a wonderful movie. It is not an ordinary movie and is 100% not for everyone. You've got to like challenging movies to enjoy this.
1 week, 2 days ago
The Nun
A disappointing spin-off to the Conjuring movies full of the usual jump scares but this story is hardly frightening. It's a shame as the sets look great especially the huge nunnery which resemble Hogwarts Castle and the surrounding area. The atmosphere is also great so the groundwork was there for this to be a very creepy movie. At times the movie does work too, but that is mainly when it is being subtle. The script is way too sloppy and predictable that it's hard to believe that Conjuring 2 director James Wan co-wrote this movie though he did not direct it. The characters are underdeveloped, uninteresting, and lack emotion. This movie is purely for those who only care about jump scares and don't give a toss about a well scripted story. So in the end, this is yet another useless spin-off and a wasted opportunity.
1 week, 2 days ago
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5/10

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

8/10


1 week, 3 days ago
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
This is a throwback to the good old-school fun fantasy horror 80's flicks with a pinch of comedy. Young orphan Lewis is sent to live with his uncle after his parents are killed in a car crash. He discovers his uncle is a warlock and enters a magical world unlike any before. Nonetheless, this power can come of great malice, especially under the control of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who wants to pioneer the beginning of time at the cost of all who live. You'd never have thought that this wonderful movie was directed by gore hound director Eli Roth. He succeeds in delivery a fantastic movie that all the family should enjoy. Jack Black excels with vibrant gestures and comic timing as Lewis' mysterious uncle Jonathan aided by Cate Blanchett who is enthralling with her sharp remarks and magic finesse as Florence Zimmerman. Debutant actor Owen Vaccaro is great as the emotionally vulnerable young Lewis. The story delivers plenty of thrills and spills and builds up to a suitably exciting finale. I really enjoyed this movie and it's definitely one I'd recommend for the whole family.
1 week, 3 days ago
1 week, 3 days ago
Blood on the Sword
aka The Moonraker. With the English Civil War just finished, Oliver Cromwell aims to capture Charles Stuart to stop him replacing his executed father on the throne. However, a Royalist hero known as The Moonraker plots to smuggle Stuart to France before Cromwell and his Roundhead followers enact their plans. This is a good British swashbuckler full of derring-do heroics and sword fights. The name Moonraker in this instance is put to a smuggler who would hide his goods in the village pond and then go back at midnight to rake said goods out. The Moonraker in question is Earl Anthony of Dawlish, a Royalist Cavalier Scarlet Pimpernel type, a hero of devilish good looks and courage unbound. There are early appearances here for British TV stalwarts John Le Mesurier and Patrick Troughton. Sylvia Syms looks radiant and gorgeous. Those who love swordfights will find plenty of them in this movie. A nice movie to take a look at on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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