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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 : 8 years 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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Law and Disorder
Percy Brand will do anything to keep his crooked past a secret from his son, Colin. So, abandoning the truth altogether, Percy tells Colin he has been doing missionary work around the globe. When an older, retired Percy is offered to pull off one last job with his mates, he winds up getting the law on his tail. Unwilling to reveal his actual job to Colin, Percy instead devises a plan to frame the judge that employs Colin for his own crime. This is a typical British comedy of the 1950's, full of the usual likeable, conniving characters in a tale of crime and punishment. Michael Redgrave is quite delightful as the scoundrel lead, forever in prison and yet somehow keeping the fact from his good-natured son. There's plenty of wit on display here in a script bought to life by the usual exemplary character actors with Robert Morley in particular shining as usual. A worthy comedy to check out.
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Excessive Force II: Force on Force                                  (1995)

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Excessive Force II: Force on Force                                  (1995)
Harly Cordell is a former Special Forces agent turned investigator, who arrives on the scene of an apparent mob hit to help the local police but her true intention is hunting down Francis Lydell, her former commanding officer and lover who shot Harly in the head when she refused his offer to become part of the freelance assassination squad he was forming with the other members of their special forces unit. A below average actioner in which the only good thing about this movie is the stunning Stacie Randall in the lead role. She's hot, easy on the eye and handles martial arts scenes competently but it's obvious she's no Cynthia Rothrock. The script is badly written and so predictable. Some of the action scenes are decent but the climax between Harly and Lydell is incredibly poor. What's so funny is Harly is supposed to be a former Special Forces officer yet she manages to drop her gun quite often. Overall, it's a passable 90 min waste of time but with so many other good actioners made during this period, you wouldn't be missing anything by skipping this one.
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Jawbone                                  (2017)
A former boxing champion, long past his prime and now an alcoholic, returns to his childhood boxing club. Enlisting the aid of the only family he has left: the gym owner, the corner man and the promoter, he seeks to turn his life around and stand tall once more. Based on the lead actor's own life experiences, this is a told to death boxing story that is made with heart. The power-packed performance from all around the cast which includes Ray Winstone and Ian McShane is the driving force of the movie. This dark and gritty British drama has a final boxing match that has to be one of the most authentic representations of that sport in a movie. Even though the story is predictable the movie was able to keep me involved but still, there's nothing new in here either.
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No, My Darling Daughter
Tansy, the teenage daughter of Sir Matthew, a business tycoon, falls in love with Cornelius, an American boy. The problem begins when Tansy's romantic interest changes after she meets Thomas Barclay. A so-and-so comedy starring the beautiful Juliet Mills (Hayley's older sister). The plot is reminiscent of the kinds of things Walt Disney used to make at around this time. It's not a laugh fest as many think it is. At times it seems more like a tourist brochure for London as Tansy and Cornelius visit some of the most popular attractions in the city such as St Paul's Cathedral. I did find it a bit disturbing that a grown up man falls in love with a schoolgirl (something that would be frowned upon these days). Juliet Mills gives a good performance as Tansy though she does look much older than a teenager but she was 20 years old at the time of filming. All in all, it's an OK movie but there should have been more comedy than what was shown.
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One Jump Ahead
A young boy witnesses a murder in some old ruins and tries to run away but the killer tracks him down and kills him. A Canadian reporter interested in the story tries to find the killer before the police does. Quite a decent low budget British b-movie. Although set in a relatively innocent post-war Britain in which kids could still get into cars with strange men, the underside of a supposedly law abiding society is laid bare with its matter of fact depiction of adultery and blackmail. Paul Carpenter plays the leading role of reporter Paul Banner whose attempts to find the killer are made complicated by the arrival of his ex-girlfriend. There are OK performances to be had from Diane Hart and Jill Adams who play the women in Banner's life. An enjoyable thriller that doesn't outstay it's welcome.
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Brightburn
Tori and Kyle find a baby boy in a spaceship and adopt him as their own child, Brandon. However, after turning 12, Brandon learns that he has superpowers and begins to use them for sinister purposes. This is a 'what if Superman turned evil?' movie. It copies a lot from the Superman movies as well: Kansas location, red cape, red laser coming from the eyes, the boy gone bad can fly and super strength. It was an interesting story, but it felt like something was missing. It was like the movie was rushed. It had potential, but I wonder if the director knew what he wanted. It was very predictable and that's OK because I still wanted to see how it played out. The acting wasn't great, but certainly not the worst. It was entertaining enough and I was engaged from beginning to end but as long as you're not expecting a mindblower of a movie I'm sure you'll like it.
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Murder at the Gallop
While on a trip to collect funds for a charity, Miss Marple visits Mr. Enderby, a rich recluse, who dies by falling off the stairs. Miss Marple suspects foul play and starts investigating the case. Margaret Rutherford portrayed Agatha Christie's character Miss Marple in several movies but this is probably the best of them all according to many critics. The majority of anything you may have seen with Miss Marple as the main character has been a serious affair but this story is largely played out for laughs which didn't please Agatha Christie at all. The clues as to who the murderer is are all there for both Marple and the audience to decipher, but multiple red herrings are also thrown into the mix. Margaret Rutherford is in her element as the old, nosy and clever lady Miss Marple with Robert Morley ably supporting her. I found this to be a wonderful light hearted movie and I can't wait to see the further 3 sequels soon.
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Kingdom
Orphaned by war, Xin is sold as a slave to a small village, where he befriends Piao, another slave. Growing up, Xin and Piao train together, dreaming of escaping their low statuses and eventually becoming great generals. One day Piao is offered a position with King Eisei and accepts. A few days later, a mortally wounded Piao appears at Xin's house and says that the King's brother has taken over. Xin vows revenge. Director Shinsuke Sato's Kingdom is a live-action movie adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara's manga series that is part history lesson, but mostly a pulpy historical action-adventure more concerned with bloody, yet elegant swordplay than cold hard facts. Often melodramatic and unapologetically goofy, Kingdom combines it's manga leanings with stylised OTT combat scenes to make the story more entertaining. The cast all perform well with the standout being Masami Nagasawa's Mountain Chief Yang Duan He. The plucky heroes' fight against an army that far outnumber them will make the viewer lean on their side. I did feel it went far too long in being over 2 hours long. A good 30 min cut in the running time would have made the pacing better. In the end, it's an enjoyable exploration of ancient Chinese history.
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The Warrior And The Slave Girl
A high ranking Roman named Marcus Numidius takes a job in Armenia. Once entering the territory, Marcus discovers a revolt by the Armenian people, who are slaves to the Scythians and used as gladiators. Marcus becomes infatuated with Queen Amira and also attracts the attentions of a feisty slave girl named Zahar who is proficient in poisons. Despite some decent set-pieces and good characterisation, this Italian movie is pretty dull and routine. The problem with this movie is it plods to a joyless climax without making much effort to intrigue or indeed excite the viewer. Seasoned cast members in Gianna Maria Canale and Ettore Manni do their best, and the production values are fine whilst the scenes of spectacle are a lot of fun yet it's not that good to come across as a classic nor cheesy or even bad enough to laugh at. It's just one of those productions that come across as forgettable. Not really worth bothering with really.
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The Wind and the Lion
An American widow is kidnapped by a rebellious Arab chieftain, Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli to embarrass the Sultan of Morocco. As she falls for her captor, the abduction sparks the threat of armed intervention by the U.S This historical adventure is loosely based on real events. The movie is partly about an American war against Middle Eastern extremists who kidnap people and demand a ransom. It has parallels to what's happening right now in the real world. The characters are well written and likable. It's odd to see Sean Connery play an Arab Sultan but he has great charisma and screen presence although it's rather inevitable that the lead female character will fall for his roguish behaviour, sense of honour and conviction in his beliefs. The movie has an uneven pace and tone as it flips between Raisuli, President Roosevelt in America, lots of political wrangling and some good old fashioned fighting without a totally clear direction. The movie is a visual treat for anyone who likes their movies set in the past, it looks great throughout and there are some nice action scenes but the story doesn't hold up that well and it's far too long for my liking. Good but not great.
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The End of the Road
A veteran worker nicknamed Mick Mack by his colleagues at a factory is forced to retire having come to a pensionable age. He is left embittered and now regarded as a burden on his family, he has to swallow his pride and claim his pension from the post office. He reluctantly takes on a job as a nightwatchman but loses it when he leaves his post, with his son and wife arguing he is heading for a nervous breakdown, but at least his knowledge and skill comes to the aid of the factory owners. A great movie about how society looks on people that have retired plus loneliness and boredom of old age. In some ways this is the precursor to the provocative British kitchen sink dramas that would emerge in the late 1950's. Finlay Currie gives a skillful portrayal of a proud working class man who has reached the end of his tether with his family contemplating putting him in a home. Mick Mack can come across as being a bit of annoying character at times but his heart is in the right place. Worth a watch.
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Tokyo Ghoul
A string of murders in Tokyo all connect to a ghoul known as 'The Gourmet'. Ken Kaneki continues to be trained in martial arts by Touka. He is befriended by a young man named Shuu Tsukiyama who invites him to dinner at a special location. What Kaneki doesn't know is that he himself is on the menu for Tsukiyama. The 2nd live action Tokyo Ghoul movie carries on from the first and follows half human half ghoul Ken Kaneki as he struggles to adjust to his new way of life. This movie is basically more of the same with effects-driven battles with the ghouls showing off their superhuman powers and flashing their 'kagune', weapons that look like dissected body organs that erupt from their backs like angry serpents. All of the regular cast return with one new exception - Maika Yamamoto replaces Fumiko Shimizu as Touka. Shimizu quit acting in 2017 to join the controversial Happy Science cult. Shota Matsuda makes for an interesting villain as the preening, well dressed Tsukiyama. There's no point in watching this if you haven't seen the first as you'll be completely lost with the characters and storyline. If you enjoyed the first movie, you'll want to see this but don't expect anything memorable as it's all very predictable but I still enjoyed it.
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Give My Regards to Broad Street                                  (1984)
When the mastertape of Paul McCartney’s latest album is misplaced, he must discover its whereabouts in less than 24 hours or else risk losing his recording company to the lowlife Mr. Rath. Even after all these years, I'm not sure why McCartney wanted to make this movie. It hasn't aged better with time, in fact it's probably worse. If you're in it for the music then yes it does deliver with some fine songs on show. McCartney is clearly not an actor and it's plain to see why in this movie but it doesn't matter as his music speaks for him. He's not the worst performer though. Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach's exchanges are really cringeworthy. I didn't expect to see the wrestler Giant Haystacks (better known as Loch Ness from his WCW days in America) in this movie. Beatles, Wings and McCartney fans will enjoy this movie but don't expect it to be a masterpiece. Just watch it for the music only.
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The Seekers
In 1821, British settler Phillip Wayne and assistant Paddy Clarke arrive in New Zealand. While scouting, the pair accidentally enters an area sacred to the native Maori people, but Phillip's courage wins them over, sparing the duo from death. Phillip then heads home and convinces his fiancée, Marion, to start a new life with him in New Zealand. Upon their return, Phillip introduces the Maori to Christianity while falling for the tribe leader's wife. This movie that depicts early European settlers clashing with the original inhabitants is an interesting one to watch. It starts out quite light but ends on a very dark tone. Although much of it was apparently shot in New Zealand, the movie is surprisingly stagey and studio bound. Jack Hawkins plays it pretty straight throughout, but it is Glynis Johns who stands out by effectively underplaying her role. What will surprise many viewers is Kenneth Williams appearing in a pre-"Carry On" role as the settler who triggers the final confrontation with the Maori. I've never seen him play a "straight" role before but this was at a stage in his career where he wanted to be taken seriously. Overall, this is a movie that starts slowly but builds power and delivers a strong punch at the end.
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Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Feb 15 14:26
I'm currently working on a new project and maybe you could help me out.

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Be sure to check out and vote on my latest list! A lot of research went into ordering the films by the period in which they take place in Japanese history with the goal (hopefully) of visualizing Japanese history through film. Thanks! www.listal.com/list/experience-japanese-history-through-film
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