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3 weeks, 1 day ago
Better Watch Out                                  (2016)
A babysitter is summoned to watch over a family's son and house whilst the parents go out. The son is hoping to get to "second base" with the babysitter, but his plans are paused as the house is seemingly invaded by a masked individual. Then things are turned on their head. This is a cool and twisted Christmas horror. Reminiscent of Home Alone, it's a story involving mind games where the residents are at an advantage for knowing the layout of their abode, with a specific scene so self-aware that it actually admits to imitating that very movie. But, it's not all sweet like gingerbread men and candy canes. Writer/Director Chris Peckover seamlessly persuades the audience's minds into a false sense of security, luring them down the route of obviousness. The many well executed twists and turns that take place caught me off guard. Olivia DeJonge and Levi Miller give fantastic performances, particularly the latter who is clearly enjoying his role. Overall this was a great movie and it is bound to be a future Christmas cult classic.
3 weeks, 2 days ago
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Better Watch Out                                  (2016)

have watched

7/10

Flight of the Doves

6/10


3 weeks, 2 days ago
Flight of the Doves
Two young siblings Finn & Derval Dove escape from their nasty stepfather in Liverpool and hitch a ride on a ferry to Ireland where they hope to reach their kindly grandmother in Galway. Unfortunately their uncle Hawk Dove who is a master of disguises is also on their trail as he gets a part of their inheritance. What follows is a series of cat and mouse hijinks as the kids do their best to evade the police and their relative. You'd think this was a Disney kids movie but it isn't, it's a British production. It's a charming movie with great performances from the cast, a good soundtrack and lovely shots of the Irish countryside. Ron Moody is brilliantly funny and sometimes frightening with his disguises and different characters. Jack Wild is wonderful as the compassionate loving older brother who only wants to protect his little sister. It's a nice family movie with a happy ending.
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Shame
 Shame 8/10
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Shame
This movie is about a wealthy of sorts man named Brandon living in NYC. He is a sex addict and his addiction knows no bounds. His estranged sister Sissy has also just dropped by his apartment for an extended stay, making things all the worse. The plot may not sound like much, because there really is not all that much to it storywise. Shame is more of a portrait of a man struggling with his inner demons than it is anything else and the boundaries and limits of his addiction. Director Steve McQueen does not shy away from hard truths, and does not even try to mask the explicit nature of some of the sexual acts. Seeing how far Brandon will go to satisfy and suppress himself is simply harrowing. McQueen does not give out simple answers for what causes Brandon's addiction, or even the reasoning behind the troubled and strained relationship between Brandon and his sister Sissy. Michael Fassbender is stunning as Brandon, magnetising the audience from the beginning all the way to the end. Carey Mulligan is also wonderful as Sissy, a young woman with an infinite desire to be loved. Shame is a very well done movie, but one that will divide audiences. If you're up for it, give it a go.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
The Giant Behemoth
One of the last works of the great Willis O'Brien who brought the original King Kong to life. It's basically similar to The Beast From 50,000 Fathoms as atomic tests in the oceans brings back a massive radiation spouting paleosaur which wreaks havoc on London. A couple of scientists work on creating a weapon that can destroy the beast. The story keeps the beast under wraps until the second half of the movie. The stop motion effects isn't too bad but compared to what Ray Harryhausen was doing at the time it does look cheap. The performances by the cast are fine led by Gene Evans and Andre Morell. The big ending to the movie feels rushed and a bit anti-climatic to be honest. I still enjoyed this monster movie though.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
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The Giant Behemoth

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6/10

Truly, Madly, Deeply

8/10


3 weeks, 3 days ago
Truly, Madly, Deeply
A wonderfully British movie that captures the loss of a loved one more personally and less dramatically than Ghost. Here, we see a woman who cannot let go, who is so paralysed with grief she cannot live the life left to her. The man she lost untimely loves her so dearly he returns, not to take up where they left off but to guide her back into life. Life he can never have again. Julie Stevenson is excellent as the grieving widow Nina. Her tears and grief are very realistic and you truly feel her desperation. Yet, though there is sadness and even the ending is bitter-sweet, you don't leave feeling depressed and there are laughs along the way. Alan Rickman is also brilliant as the returning phantom husband who invites his ghostly pals to come back to his house to watch videos!! There's an underlying message in the story that we can all move on and live after the death of a loved one..but for some it's harder. Definitely one to check out.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Expresso Bongo
A hustler turned agent who is after a quick buck finds a raw talent in a young man who can sing and play the bongos. Signing the kid up and taking 50% of his fees, the agent thinks he can make a lot of money from him but when an American singer befriends the kid and finds out how much the agent is ripping him off she persuades the lad to ditch him. I would say this movie is more suited to Cliff Richard fans more than anybody else as it was in the year that this movie was released that he hit the big time. The movie depicts a crude and seedier side of London in the late 50's with strip clubs and prostitutes on the streets of Soho. Alongside Cliff, Laurence Harvey is great as the sleazy unscrupulous agent though at times he comes across rather OTT with the beautiful Sylvia Syms as his stripper girlfriend. It's a fascinating time capsule of what the scene was like in London during this time. The songs featured in the movie sadly lack quality. It's still an entertaining cult classic.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Paradise Lagoon
Kenneth More plays Crichton, the head butler of a wealthy household. He suggests the family go on a holiday in the South Seas on their yacht after one of the daughters is arrested for being a suffragette. Unfortunately during a violent storm at sea, the yacht is abandoned and all hands head for the lifeboats. One of the lifeboats eventually land on a tropical uninhabited island, far away from shipping lanes. Rescue seems remote. The wealthy family are useless in survival techniques and only More's butler seems to know what to do. Before long, their roles are reversed and it is More that reigns supreme on the island as Governor with the family at his beck and call. Some have said this is a mix of Gilligans Island and Upstairs Downstairs and they're not wrong. It's based on one of JM Barrie's role reversal plays. The plot is simple in that the movie looks at the class system in the UK and switches it in a situation where practicality and leadership qualities mean more than birthright. The movie has a few digs at the ruling classes in the final 20 minutes, showing them as pompous and perhaps not as honourable as they should be, meanwhile Crichton lives up to the character given him by the movie's title. Overall this is a quaint and amusing little movie that makes a very good point.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
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Paradise Lagoon

have watched

6/10

Momokuri

4/10


3 weeks, 4 days ago
Momokuri

3 weeks, 4 days ago
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3 weeks, 4 days ago
Not So Dusty
 Not So Dusty 6/10
4 weeks ago
Not So Dusty
Last of the Summer Wine's Bill Owen plays a dustbin man who along with his friend and work colleague find a rather valuable book that various people are desperate to get their hands on it. This comedy movie is fairly funny if you like slapstick humour and rather dated jokes. Along with Owen whose character is a cheeky chappie, future Till Death Us Do Part star Dandy Nichols also gets a sizable role and some good lines. As long as you don't expect too much from this movie you'll find it enjoyable.
4 weeks ago
Fast Girls
 Fast Girls 6/10
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Fast Girls
Written by Noel Clarke who plays a running coach, this movie is about a rivalry between two female runners who come from different backgrounds. Shania is working class and Lisa comes from a wealthy family with her father on the athletics board that selects the runners. They don't get on with each other but when both are selected to represent their country in the 4 x 200m relay team, they must find a way to overcome their differences in order to win on the track. This movie came out just before the Olympics came to London in 2012. The story covers familiar ground seen in most sports movies, and pushes home the concept that the only thing holding an individual back is how they deal with adversity and what they can do to break the cycle of their lives. It has a great cast which includes Lily James and Lenora Crichlow as the feuding pair. A very entertaining movie in which you root for Shania despite her volatile temper and the British team in the final race. Give it a shot.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
1 month ago
The Inbetween Age
This musical represents a snapshot of what Britain's teenagers liked musically at the time and the rise of the coffee bar scene in the country. It's also a movie to showcase Terry Dene who was a star at the time. The thin plot is about a woman who owns a café with just one customer so with the help of her relation renovates the café into a hip coffee bar where young people come to listen to the latest music on the jukebox. It gets rather far-fetched when she has enough money to open a recording studio next door to help budding new musicians. Depending on your taste in music and if you want a taste of nostalgia back to the good old days you may like this movie. I thought it was dreadful and the music that's played was terrible.
1 month ago
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1 month ago
Satan
On the eve of her 20th birthday, a young woman is going with her parents to visit her uncle. Unfortunately, just as they arrive within sight of his house, the car hits a large tree and explodes killing her mother and father. Her uncle takes her inside the house so that she can recuperate. While she is there she begins to have premonitions that include flashbacks to Satanic rituals which happened hundreds of years before on the very grounds where her uncle lives. This low budget horror is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the worst of its type. It has a reasonably interesting story, attractive characters, at least one sleazy psycho guy, and plenty of nakedness and blood. Since its about an evil Satanic cult, there's also a few cool ritual scenes with daggers and robes, along with an attractive young blonde being offered up to the Dark Lord. The story has its moments as I really enjoyed the beginning of the movie and the end quite a bit. It is the middle that at times muddles the movie down involving the young woman having a relationship with her cousin. The movie does have gore in it, nothing that looks all that great at times. Michael Gough does well in his role as the evil uncle. It's not too bad of a movie but could have been a whole lot better.
1 month ago
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Satan

have watched

5/10

Loophole

6/10


1 month ago
Loophole
An American architect living in England who loses an important contract teams up with a band of thieves to break into London's most impregnable vault. With the architect's knowledge, they plan to burrow underneath the vault through the rat infested sewers but complications threaten to derail their efforts. This adventure movie takes it's time to get going but once the heist gets underway it's an interesting enough movie to watch with plenty of suspense apart from the rather stupid ending which defies explanation. Albert Finney and Martin Sheen heads the cast with a young looking Jonathan Pryce as one of the thieves. It's such a pity that the lame ending spoiled what had been such a good story but those that like caper movies will find a lot to enjoy.
1 month ago
Twice Round the Daffodils
Made by the team behind the Carry On movies, this isn't a typical laugh a minute comedy you expect from them but instead has a bit of a serious tone to it. It's about a group of men confined to a sanitorium because they have TB. Until they get better and have walked around a patch of daffodils twice they are stuck there indefinitely. There are laughs to be had here but it is tinged with a touch of pathos. There's an excellent cast in the movie from Donald Sinden as an RAF skirt chasing officer to a loudmouth Welsh miner in Donald Huston and Carry on regular Kenneth Williams. If you're a fan of any of these actors you'll enjoy it but don't go into it expecting to be splitting your sides with laughter because it's not that type of movie.
1 month ago
They Shall Not Grow Old
An astonishing documentary by Peter Jackson about WWI told through the narrative of the soldiers who fought in it. What Jackson has achieved is nothing short of brilliant - he not only managed to restore and repair old B&W film but has transformed it by colourising the footage. It shows a different perspective of things when seen in colour and gives a vivid impression of how life was on the Western Front. I loved hearing the selected testimonies of the many hundreds of soldiers that took part in the campaign (this apparently took place in the 60's and 70's when most of them were still alive). For Jackson to have professional lip readers painstakingly review all the footage to allow the viewer to then know and hear what was being said truly brought the footage to life. I highly recommend this movie to everyone so that we never forget the sacrifices they made for our freedom.
1 month ago
Spud 3: Learning to Fly
The 3rd and last in the Spud trilogy isn't a patch on the other two movies. It's not up to standard and there's not a lot of antics with the Crazy 8 gang but instead it concentrates more on Spud's family. The story is also a little repetitive if you've seen the other movies, with the usual romantic liaisons, spliffs, alcohol and school plays. Not even John Cleese as The Guv gets some good lines this time round. A shame that this movie limps to a crappy conclusion as I really enjoyed the previous two. It seems unlikely that the 4th book which end's Spud's tale will be made into a movie.
1 month, 1 week ago