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Thanks heartily for all the r/r/c to everyone. If it appears that I've not rated you, it most likely will be due to having used up all your reviews and am waiting for your next publication. Also I've disabled receiving alerts via email for a good reason.

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Mrs Doubtfire (DVD) 23/09/2017

An enjoyable fun film

Mrs Doubtfire (DVD) RELEASED: 1993, Cert. PG RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2hrs 5mins DIRECTOR: Chris Columbus SCREENPLAY: Randi Mayern Singer & Leslie Dixon PRODUCERS: Mark Radcliffe, Marsha Garces Williams & Robin Williams MUSIC: Howard Shore MAIN CAST:- Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard/Mrs Doubtfire Sally Field as Miranda Hillard Lisa Jakub as Lydia Hillard Matthew Lawrence as Chris Hillard Mara Wilson as Natalie Hillard Pierce Brosnan as Stu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW When Daniel Hillard loses his job as a TV voice-over person then throws a madcap style birthday party for his daughter, his wife Miranda has had enough and divorce proceedings are put into place. A court battle for custody begins and Daniel is mortified when it is declared that he should only be allowed to see his children once a week. However, Daniel finds out that Miranda has placed an advertisement looking for a housekeeper, so he has an idea which will allow him to spend much more time with his children….he adores them just as much as they adore him. With the help of his brother who works in a TV makeup department, Daniel disguises himself as a woman and applies for the job of Miranda’s housekeeper – going under the name of Mrs Doubtfire, and he is accepted. Even though they think there is something a little odd about Mrs Doubtfire, Miranda and the children are very happy with ‘her’ services – but, problems arise when Miranda starts dating Stu, a rather suave, lounge-lizard type of ...

Five Minutes Of Heaven (DVD) 20/09/2017

From opposite sides....

Five Minutes Of Heaven (DVD) RELEASED: 2009, Cert. 15 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 20mins DIRECTOR: Oliver Hirschbiegel SCREENPLAY: Guy Hibbert PRODUCERS: Eoin O’Callaghan & Stephen Wright MUSIC: David Holmes MAIN CAST:- Liam Neeson as Alistair when adult Mark Davison as Alistair when young James Nesbitt as Joe when adult Kevin O’Neill as Joe when young ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Five Minutes Of Heaven opens in 1975 and is set in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, during the height of the conflict between Loyalists and Catholics. 17-year-old Alistair Little who is part of a Loyalist group has been instructed to kill James Griffin who is a Catholic. Alistair and a couple of his friends steal a car (which they later abandon) then drive to James Griffin’s house, then Alistair strolls up to the window, draws a gun and with cold calculation fires a hail of bullets through the glass, straight into James Griffin’s chest – killing him instantly. Alistair and friends make a getaway, but the whole scene was witnessed by James’s little brother Joe who was playing outside at the time. Shortly, Alistair is arrested and imprisoned for twelve years. Thirty-three years later, a television company arranges a situation whereby Alistair and Joe are urged to meet up and be filmed, with the idea of reconciliation in mind. Both men are nervous at meeting up again after so many years, yet in different ways from one another, each man having his own views on what happened in 1975 plus how they as ...

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (DVD) 16/09/2017

A brilliant comedy/horror spoof

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (DVD) RELEASED: 2010, Cert. 15 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 29mins DIRECTOR: Eli Craig SCREENPLAY: Eli Craig & Morgan Jurgenson PRODUCERS: Morgan Jurgenson, Albert Klychak, Rosanne Milliken & Deepak Nayar MUSIC: Mike Shields MAIN CAST:- Tyler Labine as Dale Alan Tudyk as Tucker Katrina Bowden as Allison Jesse Moss as Chad ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Lovable hillbillies Dale and Tucker are heading for their newly bought holiday cabin in the woods. When they stop at a filling station, they come face to face with a group of teenage students also on their way to spend a few days in the same area of the Appalachian Mountains. The students are wary of Dale and Tucker, only to find that when they reach their destination deep in the woods, their chosen camping spot is very close to the hillbillies’ holiday cabin. Dale fancies Allison (one of the students) from a distance yet despite encouragement from his good pal Tucker, he feels a girl like her would never in a million years be interested in somebody like him. When Allison bashes her head whilst swimming, Dale and Tucker rescue her and as she is unconscious, they take her back to their cabin in order to look after her. However, the other students believe that Dale and Tucker have kidnapped Allison and mean her harm……then, the catalogue of deaths begins. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil is a film I with some hesitation chose to watch after having heard some ...

Pay It Forward (DVD) 14/09/2017

Damaged people trying to work on life

Pay It Forward (DVD) RELEASED: 2000, Cert. 12 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2hrs 3mins DIRECTOR: Mimi Leder SCREENPLAY: Leslie Dixon PRODUCERS: Peter Abrams, Robert L Levy & Steven Reuther MUSIC: Thomas Newman MAIN CAST:- Haley Joel Osment as Trevor McKinney Helen Hunt as Arlene McKinney Kevin Spacey as Eugene Simonet Jim Caviezel as Jerry Jay Mohr as Chris Chandler Jon Bon Jovi as Ricky McKinney Angie Dickinson as Grace ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Based on a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde and set in the seedier part of Las Vegas, Pay It Forward sees young Trevor McKinney in a dysfunctional home where his abusive father has left and his mother (Arlene) who is also a drunk, tries to financially cope by keeping two or three shady jobs going which involve leaving Trevor alone for much of the time. When Arlene is at home, she often pushes Trevor aside or berates him for things he either hasn’t done or things that aren’t severe enough to warrant a major bollocking. Sometimes she does manage to show him a mote of affection though and despite her general devil-may-care demeanour, she does love her son…..and, she shocks herself one night when she hits out at Trevor which encourages her to re-evaluate a few things. Eugene Simonet takes up a teaching post and Trevor happens to be in his class. Eugene is a little nervous, but manages to capture the interest of some of his students, especially Trevor, when he sets them a task whereby they must think of something that would ...

Body Bags 12/09/2017

An enjoyable trio of sardonic horror tales

Body Bags RELEASED: 1993, Cert. 18 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 31mins DIRECTORS: John Carpenter (The Gas Station and Hair) and Tobe Hooper (Eye) SCREENPLAY: Billy Brown & Dan Angel PRODUCERS: Dan Angel, John Carpenter & Sandy King MUSIC: John Carpenter & Jim Lang MAIN CAST:- John Carpenter as The Coroner (The Morgue) Alex Datcher as Ann (The Gas Station) Sam Raimi as Dead Bill (The Gas Station) David Naughton as Pete (The Gas Station) Stacy Keach as Richard Roberts (Hair) Sheena Easton as Megan (Hair) David Warner as Dr Lock (Hair) Mark Hamill as Brent Matthews (Eye) Twiggy as Cathy Matthews (Eye) Roger Corman as Dr Bregman (Eye) (Also featuring Debbie Harry, Wes Craven and Robert Carradine) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Body Bags is a tongue-in-cheek horror spoof consisting of three separate stories with narrative at the beginning, in between each story and at the end, by The Coroner. These narrative pieces are known as The Morgue. Originally made for American TV, Body Bags is the kind of film one generally wouldn’t imagine perhaps even passing the censors, let alone appealing en masse to a US audience snuggled up at home with beer and popcorn in some cosy little ‘mum’s apple pie’ type community, so upon watching it really came as a surprise to me. The first piece of narrative by The Coroner is barking mad, but in a deliciously original way. It is also quite gory, but stands well as an introduction to each of the three following stories. In between ...

Sometimes They Come Back (DVD) 08/09/2017

Confrontation with the past

Sometimes They Come Back (DVD) RELEASED: 1991, Cert. 15 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 37mins DIRECTOR: Tom McLoughlin SCREENPLAY: Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal PRODUCER: Michael S Murphey MUSIC: Terry Plumeri MAIN CAST:- Tim Matheson as Jim Norman Brooke Adams as Sally Norman Chris Demetral as Wayne Norman Robert Rusler as Richard Nicholas Sadler as Vinnie Robert Hy Gorman as Scott Matt Nolan as Billy Nicholas Sadler as Vinnie Bentley Mitchum as David William Sanderson as Carl Tasia Valenza as Kate ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Jim Norman, together with his wife Sally and small son Wayne, moves back to the town where he grew up after having accepted a teaching job at the local high school. Once back in the town, Jim finds that he is plagued with painful memories of his childhood when his older brother Wayne was killed by a mob of teenage bullies. He also has disturbing dreams in which he re-lives the incident that took place in a railway tunnel. When Kate, one of Jim’s pupils is found hanged with the incident being deemed as suicide, he (Jim) is shocked to realise that a new student – Richard – who joins the class, is the leader of the gang who was responsible for murdering his brother all those years ago. How can this be possible bearing in mind that all but one of the gang members were also killed in the railway tunnel incident which took place in the early 1960s….has Jim stepped into some kind of time warp? As Jim’s memories and nightmares seem to come to life, he ...

Wild Orchid (DVD) 06/09/2017

A desperately bad attempt at eroticism

Wild Orchid (DVD) RELEASED: 1989, Cert.18 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 45mins DIRECTOR: Zalman King SCREENPLAY: Patricia Louisianna Knop & Zalman King PRODUCERS: Tony Anthony, Lester Berman & Mark Damon MUSIC: Simon Goldenberg & Geoff MacCormack MAIN CAST:- Emily Reed as Carre Otis Mickey Rourke as James Wheeler Jacqueline Bisset as Claudia Dennis Bruce Greenwood as Jerome ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Emily Reed applies for a job at a law firm that deals with the legal aspects of property buying and selling. She is told that so long as she is prepared to fly to Rio de Janiero the next morning, then the job is hers. The task in hand will be to assist Claudia Dennis (one of the company’s chief executives) with the legal side of buying a large hotel. As soon as Emily arrives at Rio and briefly meets the somewhat irascible Claudia, she (Claudia) is summoned to Buenos Aires in order to formalise some of the proceedings for the purchase of the hotel. Emily is then left to wander around on her own and she is shocked when whilst walking on the beach, she discovers two people having some rather wild sex behind a rock. Claudia phones Emily from Buenos Aires, informing the girl that she is to hang out with James Wheeler, who Claudia is dating but she had to stand him up due to being called away at such short notice. It is expected of Emily that she keep James Wheeler entertained. James turns out to be a rather charismatic individual, and he fascinates Emily although ...

Will Hay - Oh Mr Porter (DVD) 02/09/2017

Vintage British 1930s comedy romp

Will Hay - Oh Mr Porter (DVD) RELEASED: 1937, Cert. U RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 25mins DIRECTOR: Marcel Varnel SCREENPLAY: J O C Orton, Val Guest & Marriott Edgar PRODUCER: Edward Black MUSIC: Charles Williams MAIN CAST:- Will Hay as William Porter Moore Marriott as Harbottle Graham Moffatt as Albert ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW William Porter is a hapless, accident-prone wheel-tapper who to save embarrassment to his family and friends, is sent to work as a railway station master in a very remote part of Northern Ireland. William travels to Ireland, meeting up with Harbottle and Albert who are his new co-workers and they relate stories to him of previous station masters who had all come to rather sticky ends. The locals in this tiny little place in Ireland quote sayings about ghosts, hauntings and ghoulies who inhabit the railway, whilst enjoying a pint or two in the village pub. Bumbling his way through a whole series of disasters and being rather strict with Harbottle and Albert, William suddenly becomes aware that a serious crime is being committed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ Oh Mr Porter is one of these classic black and white comedy films from a bygone era which used to be shown a lot on TV when I was a child. At that time I found the film to be hilarious, but very many decades into the future – like now – I decided to give it another viewing to see if it still contained that element of magic which had made me laugh and fascinated me in ...

A Good Year (DVD) 31/08/2017

Changing priorities

A Good Year (DVD) RELEASED: 2006, Cert.12 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 57mins DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ridley Scott SCREENPLAY: Marc Klein MUSIC: Marc Streitenfeld MAIN CAST:- Russell Crowe as Max Albert Finney as Uncle Henry Marion Cotillard as Fanny Abbie Cornish as Christie Didier Bourdon as Francis Isabelle Candelier as Ludivine Freddie Highmore as Max (as a child) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Max is a shifty, ruthless stockbroker both loved and loathed by his work colleagues. When his wealthy Uncle Henry dies, Max inherits his huge house and vineyard in the south of France. Jaunty in mood to begin with, Max travels to the south of France to spend a few days at the property in order to assess its condition and market value. However and once there, he starts to have sharp, but very pleasant memories of his happy childhood spent living with the late Uncle Henry who he’d not seen for many years prior to his death. Francis and Ludivine who have always looked after the vineyard are still working there, tending to the vines, and are nervous about Max’s intention to sell the property. A spanner is thrown into the works of Max’s plans to sell the house and vineyard with the arrival of backpacker Christie, who turns up out of the blue claiming that the late Uncle Henry was her father…..and, Max finds he is attracted to Fanny, a sultry-looking, somewhat attitude-ish woman who he accidentally ran off the road when he was driving from the airport to the ...

A Thousand Acres (DVD) 27/08/2017

A dreary family drama

A Thousand Acres (DVD) RELEASED: 1997, Cert. 15 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 45mins DIRECTOR: Jocelyn Moorhouse SCREENPLAY: Laura Jones PRODUCERS: Marc Abraham & four others MUSIC: Richard Hartley MAIN CAST:- Jessica Lange as Ginny Jennifer Jason Leigh as Caroline Michelle Pfeiffer as Rose Jason Robards as Larry Colin Firth as Jess Keith Carradine as Ty Kevin Anderson as Peter ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Ageing Larry Cook wishes to retire. He owns a huge farm in Iowa and decides to divide the houses on the estate plus all the land equally between Rose, Caroline and Ginny, his three daughters. When Caroline announces she wants nothing to do with the proposed inheritance, preferring to carry on with her career as a lawyer, Larry curtly announces that he wishes to cut off all contact with her. Gradually Larry starts to become confused, behaving erratically, such indicating that he quite likely is slipping into dementia and he begins to highly resent the way his daughters are managing the farm, never hesitating to make his feelings known in a hostile manner. Ginny and Rose are both attracted to Jess, the son of the man who owns another farm in the area. Rose then has a revelation for Ginny about their past, which involves their father Larry….and he wonders if after all his daughter Caroline, who he shunned, can be of some help to him after he makes a monumental yet perhaps delusory decision. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ Based on a prize-winning novel, ...

Rope (DVD) 25/08/2017

The perfect murder???

Rope (DVD) RELEASED: 1948, Cert. PG RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 20mins DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock SCREENPLAY: Arthur Laurents PRODUCERS: Sidney Bernstein & Alfred Hitchcock MUSIC: David Buttolph MAIN CAST:- Brandon Shaw as Dall Phillip Morgan as Granger James Stewart as Rupert Cadell Constance Collier as Mrs Atwater Cedric Hardwicke as Mr Kentley Douglas Dick as Kenneth Lawrence Joan Chandler as Janet Walker Edith Evanson as Mrs Wilson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Wanting no more than to prove that they are superior individuals and to carry out the perfect murder, friends Dall and Granger strangle David Kentley, a fellow ex-graduate from Harvard University. The murder is committed using a length of rope and the dead body is hidden inside a wooden chest in the living-room. Later the same day, Dall and Granger host a buffet party. Among the guests are the murder victim’s fiancée Janet Walker and his father, Mr Kentley. Before the guests arrive and just for fun, Dall insists that the buffet items for the party be moved from the dining room table onto the chest in the living room which contains the dead body, and housekeeper Mrs Wilson is forced to oblige. She isn’t too happy about it simply because she’s already laid the buffet out on the table in the dining room….she has absolutely zero knowledge that Dall and Granger murdered a man earlier in the day. As the party guests assemble and begin to question David’s whereabouts then are told by both Dall ...

Adrift In Manhattan (DVD) 22/08/2017

The lost and the lonely...

Adrift In Manhattan (DVD) RELEASED: 2007, Cert. 15 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 31mins DIRECTOR: Alfredo De Villa SCREENPLAY: Nat Moss PRODUCERS: Joshua Blum & Steven J Brown MUSIC: Michael A Levine MAIN CAST:- Heather Graham as Rose Phipps Victor Rasuk as Simon Colon Dominic Chianese as Tommaso Pensara Marlene Forte as Marta Colon William Baldwin as Mark Phipps Elizabeth Pena as Isabel ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Simon Colon is a troubled, quiet, shy 20-year-old who works at a photographic centre and lives with Marta, his mother. Marta is an alcoholic, often not very nice to Simon, sometimes unfairly criticising him and at other times trying to get him to do more than what is acceptable between mother and son. Rose Phipps is an optician, separated from her husband Mark, and grieving over the recent death of her toddler son. Tommaso Pensara is an ageing artist who is told by Rose when she tests his eyes, that he is suffering from macular disorder and soon will lose his sight. He lives alone and works as an internal mail distributor (like a messenger boy) for a large company. Isabel is a middle-aged woman who is one of the receptionists at the company where Tommaso works, and through generally chatting, they become attracted to one another. Mark is Rose’s estranged husband who is a teacher, rather distraught that Rose appears to ‘hog’ all the grief resulting from the death of their little son, almost as if she is negating his own feelings of loss. All of the ...

The Locket (DVD) 20/08/2017

A rewarding friendship

The Locket (DVD) RELEASED: 2002, Cert. PG RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 40mins DIRECTOR: Karen Arthur SCREENPLAY: Ron Raley PRODUCER: Richard Welsh MUSIC: Bruce Broughton MAIN CAST:- Vanessa Redgrave as Esther Chad Willett as Michael Marguerite Moreau as Fay Terry O’Quinn as Michael’s father Lori Heuring as Alice ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW When his mother, who he’d been looking after for quite a few years dies of cancer, Michael is at a bit of a loose end and wondering what to do with himself. Michael applies for a job at a nearby nursing home, plus he puts himself forward for a college course. Faye, Michael’s girlfriend, has also arranged to go to college in another part of the USA a couple of months from when the story begins and although they love one another very much, she is gradually being discouraged from seeing Michael by her controlling parents. When Michael begins work at the nursing home, he gradually makes friends with Esther, one of the residents who is a little bit cranky at first, but she sees something in Michael that she respects…..and, that respect is mutually reciprocated. Bit by bit both Michael and Esther share little secrets with one another about their pasts – with Esther more often than not coming up with some sensible suggestions as to how Michael can cope with various memories which mainly revolve around his drunken father who left home when Michael was small, self-doubts etc., together with how he can stand being parted ...

Nine Dead (DVD) 17/08/2017

Work it out in ten or you die….!

Nine Dead (DVD) RELEASED: 2010, Cert. 15 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 38mins DIRECTOR: Christopher Shadley SCREENPLAY: Patrick Wehe Mahoney PRODUCERS: Paula Hart & Nick Thurlow MUSIC: Danny Lux MAIN CAST:- Lawrence Turner as Coogan John Terry as Shooter Melissa Joan Hart as Kelley Chip Bent as Sully John Cates as Christian Edrick Browne as Leon Lucille Soong as Nhung Chan Marc Macaulay as Father Francis James C Victor as Eddie William Lee Scott as Dean Emily Hart as York ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW One by one, a masked man captures nine seemingly random people and imprisons them in a dungeon-like room, having chained each of them to individual poles protruding from the ground. The masked man tells his prisoners that they will never be allowed to escape unless they can work out what connects each of them to one another and that every ten minutes, unless they have sussed the connection, one of them will die. Each of the people in captivity has no idea what connects them as they are all unknown to one another and all are from completely different walks of life. Through some quite intensive and often argumentative discussions with one another, the assembled people try to work out what connection they have and how they could in any way have links to the masked man who is holding them as prisoners and handing out the orders. Each block of ten minutes is a race against the clock, as none of the individuals knows who will be the next to die. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...

Please Turn Over (DVD) 15/08/2017

A bored teenager writes a book….!!

Please Turn Over (DVD) RELEASED: 1959, Cert. 12 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 1hr 27mins DIRECTOR: Gerald Thomas SCREENPLAY: Norman Hudis PRODUCER: Peter Rogers MUSIC: Bruce Montgomery MAIN CAST:- Julia Lockwood as Jo Halliday Ted Ray as Edward Halliday Jean Kent as Janet Halliday Lionel Jeffries as Ian Howard Dilys Laye as Miss Jones Leslie Phillips as Dr. Henry Manners Joan Sims as Beryl June Jago as Aunt Gladys Also featuring Charles Hawtrey, June Jago, Victor Maddern and a few other famous faces from 1950s and 1960s TV/cinema ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Jo Halliday is a bored 17-year-old living with her parents and Aunt Gladys in an affluent, leafy suburb type area where life is good and everybody contentedly sticks to the rules. Often at loggerheads with her rather strict father and being reprimanded by him for being disorganised, Jo takes it upon herself to write a steamy novel about the neighbourhood in which she lives…..especially her own family! The book is fiction but written in such a way that when it instantly becomes a best-seller, all of the townspeople believe what she has written – then, mayhem ensues! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ Produced and directed by Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers who were responsible for many of the Carry On Films, Please Turn Over diverts away somewhat from their usual format in that it isn’t so slapstick, nor is it riddled with the rather silly double entendre feature that Carry On films are so famous for. Shot in ...
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