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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 : 7 years, 11 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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12 hours, 37 minutes ago
Nurse on Wheels
A young District Nurse settles in a small English country village with her nutty mother. While tending the accident-prone country folk, she charms a rich farmer. From the production team behind the Carry On movies, this is a throw back to a quaint time in British cinema, where comedy structure was simple and the actors enjoyed their work. It's all very light and fluffy. Some clever sight gags and word play along the way. The cast are quite pleasing with the beautiful Juliet Mills as the title character. There's a couple of the Carry On gang involved in Joan Sims and Jim Dale. Unfortunately Gerald Thomas seems to have put a couple of eccentric characters into the movie which prove to be rather annoying especially Esma Cannon as the nurse's mother. Overall this is an enjoyable movie even if it isn't anything special and is never hilarious at any point.
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1 day, 11 hours ago
Will Any Gentleman...?
Henry Sterling, a mild-mannered bank clerk, visits a music hall to pay the manager a debt owed by his cheque-bouncing philandering brother. He is persuaded to go on stage and be hypnotised by The Great Mendoza who doesn't bring him back to normal. Now Henry has twin personalities which come and go at random! This movie is a brilliant farce, starting as a simple Jekyll and Hyde story before adding more characters, plot twists and mistaken identities and becoming a complicated comedy-of-errors. What I liked most about this story is seeing the chaos that takes place during the movie which is funny to watch. There are genuine humourous moments throughout although some gags do miss the mark. The cast is fantastic with George Cole taking the lead role. Doctor Who fans will enjoy seeing William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee interact with each other. There's a number of Carry On stars with Sid James, Joan Sims and Peter Butterworth taking part. The witty dialogue and superb acting make this a great 50's comedy worth taking a look at.
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Some Will, Some Won
Four beneficiaries of a wealthy practical joker's estate must alter their personalities to collect their inheritance. This is a remake of Laughter In Paradise from 1951 which starred Alastair Sim. The movie is basically a series of episodic plotlines punctuated by set-pieces in which the four beneficiaries indulge in out-of-character behaviour: one has to marry, another has to commit a crime and go to jail for 28 days, another has to rob his boss at the bank and finally the last has to work in a hotel. Leslie Phillips is the usual lothario, Ronnie Corbett great at wordplay, Thora Hird full of character and Michael Hordern bags the funniest scenes as the straight man trying his best to break the law. Wilfrid Brambell has a small cameo as the dead practical joker. The movie is not hilariously funny but it's warm and amusing. It makes for a pleasant 90 mins.
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Now and Forever
A rich young society girl falls in love with a car mechanic. Her family is appalled and stops her seeing him. The girl attempts to commit suicide and then decides to elope with him to Scotland. Mario Zampi’s British drama in which a schoolgirl falls in love with the son of a local garage owner and they try to elope to Scotland with the police and the press after them is a great movie. Janette Scott and Vernon Gray both give good performances in their respective roles as Janette and Mike Pritchard, the two lovers who are desperate to be with each other, no matter what their parents say. They both suit their roles well. There are decent performances to be had from Kay Walsh, Jack Warner and Pamela Brown. There are uncredited small cameos from Thora Hird, Brian Wilde and Hattie Jacques. Lovely cinematography of how quaint English villages used to be in the 50's. The story builds up to a happy ending for the couple. An enjoyable movie due to the good performances, direction, script and locations.
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The Scarlet Blade
Set during the English Civil War, a cruel Roundhead Colonel is on the trail of Royalist sympathisers, but unaware of his daughters Royalist sympathies. When she falls into a love triangle with Cavalier Edward Beverly and Roundhead officer Captain Sylvester the stage is set for double crossing and derring do. This is an entertaining Hammer swashbuckler. A lively romp with plenty of various action sequences that are very well staged and always exciting. The plot is basic stuff which happily focuses more on complex characters than other adventures of the period. Jack Hedley takes the lead as The Crimson Blade and whilst he's fine as the hero, it's the villains of the piece in Lionel Jeffries and Oliver Reed that elevate this movie. Jeffries can be relied on for portraying pompous baddies and he does it well here although the movie has a slight twist at the end to redeem his character somewhat. Reed takes on the complex part of one of Jeffries' men who betrays the Parliamentarian cause for the love of a woman only to discover that she's fallen for The Crimson Blade. It might not be the best swashbuckler movie I've seen but it was entertaining enough and I enjoyed it.
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The Golden Mask
aka South of Algiers. An archaeologist and a reporter fight crooks to find a lost tomb containing a legendary treasure (The Golden Mask of Moloch)in Algeria. Don't come into this movie expecting a thrilling action adventure something like King Solomon's Mines or Raiders of The Lost Ark. The movie should have been exciting but too often it just seems like a travelogue with a bit of a plot tossed into the mix. I just found it incredibly boring. The forced romance between a character called Van Heflin and a girl young enough to be his daughter doesn't help either. The only bright spot was the incredible photography of the Roman ruins that are shown. A very dull movie and a waste of time.
5 days, 14 hours ago
Charlie
Elena Houghlin is a scientist, engineer and inventor of Calisto - a sustainable energy source that will revolutionise the way people use power. But when the cutting edge technology falls into the wrong hands, Elena turns to the Townsend Agency for help. Now, it's up to the Angels - Jane, Sabina and the newly recruited Elena to retrieve Calisto before it can be transformed into a weapon of mass destruction. This is the 3rd Charlie's Angels movie with all new characters from the previous 2 stories. Is it any better than the other 2 movies? The answer is not really. It's a generic secret agent / spy movie. The story is very simple and certainly predictable and the filmmakers have tried to surprise the audience with plot twists but we've already seen a lot of stories like this. The biggest highlight for me was Kristen Stewart. She carries the movie single-handedly. The other 2 Angels were OK. Some of the humour falls flat and Patrick Stewart is useless as the villain. All in all, it's a lackluster movie that provides some entertainment but as a reboot it brings nothing new to the table.
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5 days, 19 hours ago
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women - Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is genius casting and all of the performances in this movie are pretty good. The action is fun, exciting, and at times pretty violent. However, the story is all over the place and even a bit messy at times. Even though I enjoyed Harley Quinn and Black Canary in this, I feel like they should have done more with the other characters. I was pretty disappointed with Black Mask and thought he was a weak villain. Overall, it's not bad but it could of been better.
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A Man for All Seasons
Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor and a friend to King Henry VIII refuses to take the Oath of Supremacy which declares the King as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. His actions put him in the Tower of London for high treason. This superb historical drama is very much an actors movie that has an excellent script, wonderful costumes and lovely cinematography. The story thrives on the anguish of Thomas More, who is torn between loyalty to his King and his own moral beliefs, the beliefs of his religion system and the potential damning of his soul. The political and religious machinations positively pulse throughout, vividly brought to life by a cast of great actors. Paul Scofield is brilliant as Thomas More with the likes of Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York and John Hurt all playing their part in making this movie such a great one. The drama never lags and has good pacing. A very interesting and compelling movie.
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Seven Thunders
Two British soldiers escape from separate prison camps and head to Marseilles to wait for the right opportunity to try for Britain. This is a remarkable movie based upon the horrific true events of January 1943 when the Nazis and their lapdogs the Vichy French dynamited and destroyed the entire First Arondissement of Marseilles, the area known as the Old Port of Marseilles. It's a gripping story with a well written script. It was also shot on location in Marseilles. There's a good cast which includes James Robertson Justice as a murdering doctor and Kathleen Harrison as an ex-pat cockney woman. It all builds up to the exciting climax when the two soldiers try to escape the destruction of the city in order to catch a boat which will take them across the English Channel. A very entertaining movie and a bit of a neglected gem.
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The Witches
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The Witches
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a school teacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well. This is not one of Hammer Studio's well known productions and for good reason. It's not particularly that good and I should know having enjoyed a lot of their stuff. Their movies are usually entertaining and never boring but this isn't the case with this movie. It's not a complete disaster and it does have some eerie moments but the suspense and excitement just isn't consistent enough. The English countryside setting is magnificent for a story of this kind but what a shame the whole thing is half baked. I did enjoy Joan Fontaine's acting as the headteacher of a small school who discovers that witchcraft is alive and well in a sleepy village. The climax though is pathetic and lacks any tension. This movie is decent enough but for a Hammer production it is very disappointing.
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Rockets Galore!
British military commander Hugh Mander arrives on the Hebrides island of Todday to investigate the land for the government's plan to build a rocket launch base there. Despite Mander's assurances that the islanders will be well compensated for evacuating their homes to make way for the base, Father James and Rev. Angus rouse the islanders and, despite the interference of teacher Janet MacLeod, a serious protest takes hold. This is a sequel to the wonderful Whisky Galore. It's not as funny as it. Though by no means a great movie there are many little points of interest, including the scenery of the Isle of Barra. A couple of the cast from the first movie return which includes Gordon Jackson. British viewers will see a very early appearance from Ronnie Corbett, years before he would go on to form a successful partnership with Ronnie Barker. There are a couple of humourous moments in the story but I felt it didn't have the same spark as Whisky Galore. It's still worth checking it out.
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Don
During World War II, a pair of observation teams, German and British, are left on a remote Adriatic island, then forgotten. The two sides call a truce and live harmoniously; that is until beautiful Elsa is cast ashore and war breaks out anew. This is a typical British WWII comedy of the late 1950's. It was made by Hammer Studios. The plot is a bit weak and flimsy, not to mention unbelievable, and boils down to British and German forces stranded on an island and forced to integrate with each other, with all of the stereotyped humour you could imagine. There's a good cast for the movie with the best known being George Cole although his character is rather annoying. The jokes are rather dated and some of the silliness is irritating, but this is acceptable enough fare for its era. Would I say it's worth having a look? No, not really.
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The Mind Benders
Dr. Henry Longman, a brilliant scientist, conducts experiments on himself to test whether humans can actually be brainwashed, which results in him alienating himself from his wife. This is a very interesting movie about sensory deprivation experiments that result in unexpected, tragic results. The story is told in a serious and somber manner. Dirk Bogarde is especially good as the reluctant researcher who volunteers to take a second dip in "the tank" to prove that sensory deprivation can be used to brainwash a person. The movie seems to come to a climax when it is revealed to Bogarde that he was brainwashed while in "the tank", but then goes on for another 15 mins in order to give the movie a happy ending. This somewhat drags the story down, but does not detract from the overall impact of this movie.
1 week, 5 days ago
Allegro non Troppo (1976)
An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named "Prisney" has already done it, he decides to do his own version, using an orchestra comprising mostly old ladies and an animator he's kept locked in a dungeon. This is an Italian parody of the Disney movie Fantasia. It's a mix of live action slapstick sequences and animated shorts. It's certainly not for kids to watch but more for an adult audience as it has sexual content. Amongst the animated shorts you'll see is a horny faun lustily pursuing naked young maidens to the strains of Debussy and sludge at the bottom of what looks like a Coke bottle evolving into some pretty nasty lifeforms to the strains of Stravinsky. None of the animation shorts connect to each other. The live action comedy shot in black and white is also pretty funny with the conductor and the animator fight sequence the best of the lot. The animation is pretty crude but don't let that put you off this from watching this bizarre and surreal movie. I didn't expect to like this but it grew on me. I enjoyed it a lot.
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