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Think Dirty
 Think Dirty 6/10
1 week, 4 days ago
Think Dirty
aka Every Home Should Have One. Marty Feldman in his first lead starring role plays an advertising man who has to come up with a sexy commercial for some porridge to spice people's sex lives up. Feldman's character imagines himself in these ads from being in romantic clinches with eligible ladies to a superhero fight with the local vicar, a pious type who ogles the ladies just as much as everyone else. The thin plot basically pokes fun at all sorts of conventions of society and namely, the advertising industry and its battle with conservative religious types. There's an early role here for Penelope Keith as a lesbian German. If you like your comedies wild and zany this'll be right up your street.
1 week, 4 days ago
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The Dam Busters

have watched

8/10

Black Sunday

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7/10

Old Yeller

8/10


1 week, 4 days ago
Barnacle Bill
A classic Ealing comedy with Alec Guinness on fine form as a ex-Navy Captain who buys and takes over the running of a seaside pier just like a ship. The local council have plans to demolish the pier for their own greedy needs so the Captain outwits them at their own game. This movie follows the Ealing staple of the 'little man' up against the powers that be but in this case the opposition is petty and mean-minded. The movie is typical of this by Alec Guinness's sole attempts to fight the decision to pull down the pier. The weird twist is the crazy idea of running the pier as a cruise liner and it takes a while to get your head round this idea, but once you do you can appreciate the movie even more. The pier featured in the movie is the old one that used to be at Hunstanton before it was washed away in a storm in 1978. Alec Guinness plays his role seriously which makes his character even more funny and he also gets to play several of the Captain's ancestors. Ealing comedies are in a league of their own and this one should quite rightly be up there with the best that the studio produced. Definitely go and check this out.
1 week, 4 days ago
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Barnacle Bill

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8/10

No Trees in the Street

6/10


1 week, 4 days ago
No Trees in the Street
When a London policeman captures a young tearaway with a knife, he tells him a story that happened years ago in a rundown slum area somewhere in the East End. People want to get out of the place but they're poor. The plot involves a family living there with the elder daughter getting involved with a small time gangster and the young son going down the dangerous path of crime with a loaded gun. This is a kitchen sink drama of how some people are desperate to escape from their surroundings and will do anything to get out of their predicament. You feel for the family that's the focus of this movie as they live in a squalid part of the city. It has a great cast with Sylvia Syms, Herbert Lom, Ronald Howard and Melvyn Hayes in particular shines as the young son whose situation gets worse after he murders an old woman by accident during a robbery. The movie is quite depressing to be honest with no happy ending to it.
1 week, 4 days ago
Derby Day
 Derby Day 6/10
1 week, 5 days ago
Derby Day
This movie follows a cross section of people from different classes in Britain who travel to Epsom racecourse to see the famous Derby horse race such as an aristocratic lady who lost her husband in a plane crash, two people on the run who have murdered somebody, a French maid who goes in place of her employer after she has fallen on her ankle and a working class couple. The most interesting people in the movie are the couple on the run as they hope to win some money that will secure them passage across the English Channel to France and escape capture by the police. Anna Neagle as the aristocrat lady looks regal in her quite revealing outfit for the early 50's. I was amazed to see the legendary cricket commentator Bryan Johnson also have a small cameo in the movie. All in all, it's a nice gentle movie featuring a day at the English races during a time gone by.
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Hell Is a City                                  (1960)
A fantastic British noir movie by Hammer Studios. A dangerous criminal has escaped from jail after committing a robbery that went wrong. Inspector Harry Martineau, who happened to have gone to school with the criminal, guesses that he will return home to Manchester in order to pick up his share from the job. The criminal does return to Manchester and ends up with the inspector on his tail as he moves through the underworld, trying to find a place to hide. This movie is clearly intended to mimic the American film noir being produced en-masse during the 50's; although it does retain an aura of Britishness which is achieved through the locations and strong accents of most of the lead characters. There's more to the plot than just what is immediately going on, and the Inspector's personal life is one of the main sub-plots. The cast is strong, with Stanley Baker and John Crawford taking the lead roles and doing well with them; there's also a small appearance for the great Donald Pleasance. Overall, Hell is a City is a very good British noir, and well worth a look.
1 week, 6 days ago
The Reckoning
 The Reckoning 7/10
2 weeks ago
The Reckoning
This is a hard-hitting character study based around Nicol Williamson, playing a ruthless businessman in London who heads north to Liverpool when his father is beaten to death by a thug. Similar in feel to Get Carter, this is a gritty and ice-cold look at a man adrift in the modern world. Williamson's character is pure anti-hero; he's repulsive and slimy, given to bedding women and tossing them aside when he's finished with him, and yet the depth and realism of his character makes him identifiable and all too human. The revenge story isn't as pronounced as in the Michael Caine movie, but there are some hard-hitting moments here. Try it out and you won't be disappointed.
2 weeks ago
Town on Trial
 Town on Trial 7/10
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Town on Trial
A gripping murder mystery as the calm of prosperous Oakley Park is shattered when a local young woman is found murdered. A Scotland Yard detective is called in to solve the case. It seems that there are people in the town with secrets that they don't want to be uncovered. Will Superintendent Halloran find the murderer before he strikes again? This is a classic British noir which has largely been forgotten and such a shame too as it's a fantastic movie. The ever reliable Sir John Mills plays a detective that doesn't follow the rules to get results even though it puts some people's noses out of joint. The problem is Mills' detective has too many suspects involved in the murder and he also gets romantically involved with the niece of one of them. There is a brilliant cliff-hanging finale on the church steeple which smacks of Hitchcock. I really liked this movie which exposed the dark underside of 1950's middle-class respectability.
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Robin Hood
 Robin Hood 2/10
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Robin Hood
This is a re-imagining of the Robin Hood story and much like the King Arthur one with Jude Law it fails miserably. It's a huge disappointment on almost every level. As far as Robin Hood adaptations go, it is for me the worst (worse than Russell Crowe's version) and so way off what a movie of the character and stories should be, the complete opposite in fact. The costumes the characters wear looks straight out of a Primark store. The acting is atrocious. Taron Egerton is badly miscast as Robin Hood. Jamie Foxx as Little John comes over as having walked onto the wrong set because he belonged in a completely different movie altogether. Tim Minchin doesan't even look like a proper friar of the time and the character's attempts at humour is poor. I would go on to say this is one of the worst movies I've seen this year. Don't bother with it.
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
The 2nd Sicario movie follows a CIA agent who is brought aboard by the U.S. government to combat the Mexican drug cartels who are suspected of smuggling terrorists across the border. After deciding that their best option would be to start a war between the major cartels, he recruits a black operative for the mission but things become complicated when the daughter of a top kingpin is abducted. I thought this movie was just as good as the original. The tone and feel is exactly the same. Taylor Sheridan's script packs a gripping plot but with no one to separate the right from wrong this time around. The action sequences are brilliant. As for the performances, both Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin deliver strong inputs in their reprising roles. All in all, this is a riveting movie from start to finish and a worthy sequel.
2 weeks, 2 days ago
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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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7/10

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

4/10


2 weeks, 3 days ago
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
I enjoyed the first Fantastic Beasts movie but this one wasn't so good. While the visuals are as magical as ever, it's clear that the filmmakers are so distracted by trying to build a franchise that they're forgetting to actually tell a good story! The chemistry between our main four heroes was diluted by so many new characters being introduced. With so many new people and also so many questions for our old heroes, there wasn't enough time for any kind of (explainable) character development or for the viewers to connect with anyone on the screen. As a whole, the movie screamed "money hungry" and "franchise building" rather than letting us really connect with the characters. It also seemed as if they were only adding in twists that would surely get a reaction from viewers despite the fact that they not only discredited the original Harry Potter movies, but just felt like unrealistic and a little too convenient! Very disappointing.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. I wanted to like this Disney fantasy movie and indeed it started out quite well but it went downhill very quickly after 20 mins. The main problem is it's boring with it's predictable plot, the acting isn't that good and the CGI is at times terrible. Even the action scenes is badly choreographed. Probably the only bright spot in the movie was Mackenzie Foy as the main character Clara. I'm sure kids of a certain age will love it though but adults will definitely not.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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4/10

Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

8/10


2 weeks, 3 days ago
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Set six years after the events of Wreck it Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope seem to enjoy their lives within their arcade games of Fix it Felix Jr and Sugar Rush. Things go wrong when the Sugar Rush game becomes unplugged when an accident causes the real world steering wheel to break. Though the owner of the arcade Litwak finally gets a Wifi router, he can't find a replacement part and thinks it's time to get rid of the Sugar Rush machine. Ralph and Vanellope decide that they can go to the Internet to find that replacement part. This was such an awesome sequel with Ralph and Vanellope exploring the Internet. Various buildings representing famous websites like Amazon, Instagram, IMDB, and many more feature in the landscape. Not only does this movie poke fun at the various online companies, but they even go after stuff I wasn't expecting Disney to do such as popup ads, spam, violent games, dumb videos, and even the dark web are given a chance and each get a clever joke. I loved the part when Vanellope enters the Oh My Disney website and interacts with all the Disney movie princesses. I also liked the character of Shank who is the top driver in the Slaughter Race game. In the end, Ralph Breaks the Internet is a very good follow-up to its predecessor, even though there's a little too much going on at times. Ralph and Vanellope each have new character arcs and obstacles to cross throughout the course of this movie. Go watch it!
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Stephanie                                  (2017)
A good little horror/sci-fi about a young girl Stephanie left alone in her home after her parents have fled because an unknown entity is attacking the house from the woods outside. A lot of the movie is of Stephanie alone in her home and Shree Crooks carries the movie very well on her own. I did find it interesting though that some have compared this movie to the anime Elfen Lied and I kinda agree that there are some similarities such as the invisible long black arms (named vectors in the anime) that Stephanie seems to possess. Despite it being labelled as a horror, there is no gore in the movie. I think the less you know before watching the movie the better it will be for you. Overall, it was an entertaining low budget movie with a nice twist at the end.
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Ring of Treason
A fascinating movie based on a true story revolving around the notorious 1950's Gordon Lonsdale spy case, better known as the 'Portland Spy Ring' in Britain. Harry Houghton works at a top secret British naval facility. He starts to steal files from a safe so that the Soviets can learn all the British secrets about advanced submarine warfare for cash. His co-worker and girlfriend helps him in doing this. Genuine locations in the real life case was used in the movie and the methods used to find out what Houghton was up to is great to see. Bernard Lee better known as M in the Bond movies plays the treacherous Houghton. There are not many people except those of a certain age that know about this famous spy case so give this movie a whirl to see how the story pans out. You won't be disappointed
2 weeks, 4 days ago
The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat

2 weeks, 6 days ago
Long Riders!
 Long Riders! 8/10
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Long Riders!

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