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Trouble with the Curve (DVD) 29/03/2017

Trouble with the movie more like ..

Trouble with the Curve (DVD) Star – Clint Eastwood Genre – Drama/Comedy Run Time – 110 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – 2 Wins & 1 Nomination Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.49 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Trouble with the Curve (2012), for me, is one of those films you don’t want to rent or buy as the online ratings weren’t great and so holding out for it on terrestrial TV as you just need to see it. Well it never did and so I eventually had to buy it to tick it off the movie bucket list. My list is very strict. I have to se what’s on it or else! I like Clint Eastwood and as the four times Oscar Winner is about to kick that proverbial bucket as his 87th year approaches, you want to see the final few films he acts in. He has only acted in five movies so far this millennium and you have to go back to 1993 when he last appeared in a movie when he didn’t director himself, ‘In the Line of Fire. He is a true American icon and should be enjoyed, Grand Torino, his previous movie, and a real cracker. Rather ironically he never won a Best Acting Oscar and got all four for directing and best picture, and had to wait until his 70s. A movie about baseball is essential for an American acting greats CV but there would be no Oscar here. His Oscar role call 2015 – American Sniper – Nominated for Best Picture 2007 – Letters from Iwo Jima – Nominated for Best Picture & Best Director 2005 – Million Dollar Baby – Won Best Picture & Best Director and Nominated for Best Actor 2004 – Nominated ...

The Hundred-Foot Journey (DVD) 29/03/2017

Mirren Mirren on the wall who is the sexiest cook of them all...

The Hundred-Foot Journey (DVD) Star – Helen Mirren & Om Puri Genre – Comedy Run Time – 122 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – US/India Golden Globe – 1 Nomination Awards – 2 Wins & 2 Nominations Amazon – £3.52 DVD £4.95 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So why is 70-year-old Helen Mirren still so bloody sexy to men? Her figure is amazing, of course (although I’m sure 'scaffolded' up under her couture), and she looks great with her make up on. But what we like most about her is she says it as it is. Her thoughts on life are guy’s thoughts on life and a woman we would most like to have a pint with. But her film choices rarely reflect her outspoken lifestyle and another safe one here. I really need to read her autobiography. The 100 Foot Journey is from director Lasse Hallström and earned Helen Mirren a surprise Golden Globe nomination in 2015. I was amazed at that as her performance is a breeze here in what is a very straightforward and honest movie. As it’s a non subtitled Western film about a wobbly headed South East Asian family Om Puri is in it, the familiar star of films like East is East, who died recently. He was much loved and was called Papa by the cast on this particular movie and he also moved out of the hotel they all stayed in so that he would have a place to cook for them. He is not the best looking guy but has had an amazing career and rare crossover success between Bollywood and Hollywood. Cast • Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory • Om Puri as Papa • Manish Dayal as ...

Grand Piano (DVD) 29/03/2017

All the wrong notes and not necessarily in the right order..

Grand Piano (DVD) Star – Elijah Wood Genre – Drama Run Time – 90 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 5 Wins & 12 Nominations Amazon – £3.33 DVD £5.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The silliest film I have seen this year has to be Grand Piano, way out in front. That’s not to say it’s bad or anything but certainly has more plot holes than the old weathered road called Screenwriter Terrace just off Author Street. Sometimes you do wonder how directors get away with it. I suppose if you have the money and tax breaks and the stars in place you do get way with it. The star in question is Elijah Wood, the big eyed dude from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His shortass film career is not exactly racing on post Hobbity fun. You could say that of other cute franchise hoars like Robert Patterson (Twilight) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). Because of your type casting you have to take what’s offered thereafter and for Elijah Wood it’s this bonkers piano movie. The highlight of the cast was the reappearance of Alex ‘Bill S Preston’ Winter of Bill & Ted fame, whose career fell off the edge of the world after that 1991 movie. Bogus! Freaked (1993) was his last feature film lead. Again, same problem as our franchise boys. Admittedly he is not as cute as the other two. In fact he used to work in Milton Keynes for a film production company of his as things went that bad. Cast • Elijah Wood as Tom Selznick • John Cusack as Clem • Kerry Bishé as Emma Selznick • Alice Ella ...

White Reindeer (DVD) 29/03/2017

Not a very merry Christmas ...

White Reindeer (DVD) Star – Anna Margaret Hollyman Genre – Comedy Run Time – 82 minutes Certificate – 19 Country – USA Amazon – £9.64 DVD Awards – 1 Wins & 2 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So White Reindeer, directed by Zach Clark, not your regular Christmas movie. The project is very low budget (although doesn’t look and sound it) and the cash put together after 52 days fundraising through Kickstarter, the film meeting its pledged public cash goal of $33,500, the Kickstarter funds making up for half of the production budget. If you are looking to make a low budget movie or wanting to do a book then check Kickstarter out. Ciao have quite a few published authors, writers and filmmakers here and many of them starting out here and anything but writers and directors before that. This site will bring out your talent - if you stick with it newbie’s. Its one of those films I discovered on various top 100 lists on the interweb and purchased it through Amazon Marketplace for little or no money. We all know we can’t really rent movies anymore and the low budget films listed on our movie packages on our fancy smart TVs often buried down those lists and so you never watch them. If you do buy online you can sell on your stuff through places like CEX Exchange on the highstreet or Webuybooks.com, who give guaranteed quoted prices they will buy back on your goods. Your local libraries do rent films although decreasing the numbers all the time. Get in there before you cant guys. All this is ...

Kung Fu Killer (2015) (DVD) 29/03/2017

Does what it says on the tin

Kung Fu Killer (2015) (DVD) Star – Donnie Yen Genre – World Cinema > MartialArts Run Time – 104 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Awards – Wins & Nominations Amazon – £2.00 DVD £7.69 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Kung Fu Killer, the latest from Donnie Yen, a megastar of Hong Kong cinema who starred in the likes of the IP Man trilogy, Hero and Seven Swords and Hollywood crossover stuff like Blade 2, Shanghai Nights and recently Rogue One. This is his 71st film and with most of those being martial arts movies still in great shape at 51 to deliver all the right moves once again. It’s not an out and out 'Chop Suey' Kung Fu film this time around but still action packed and frantic in the way we love these movies. There are lots of cameos here for fans of Honk Kong Cinema and almost an ensemble piece although I didn’t recognize that many. It’s not a big buck’s historical martial arts extravaganza this time around with a sky full or arrows and people defying gravity by hopping around in the swaying trees but a $25 million budget contemporary police procedure thriller. There is something about Asian Extreme movies when cops in sharp suits go up against each other with kick ass martial art skills that is so cool. Every film fan should do at least one of these every two months or so. Cast Donnie Yen ... Hahou Mo Baoqiang Wang ... Fung Yu-Sau Charlie Yeung ... Luk Yuen-Sum Bing Bai ... Sinn Ying Alex Fong ... Lam Sir Siu-Wong Fan ... Hung Yip Xing Yu ... Tam King-Yiu David ...

Trainwreck (DVD) 29/03/2017

Not a trainwreck but may hit the buffers for some

Trainwreck (DVD) Star – Amy Schumer Genre – Romantic Adult Comedy Run Time – 125 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Golden Globes – 2 nominations Awards – 5 Wins & 22 Nominations Amazon – £2.88 DVD £5.69 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So meet Amy Schumar, a cross between Bette Midler and Ricky Gervais, another potty mouth sassy New York, Jewish comic thrust upon the unsuspecting public, the latest in a long line of ladish female stars from that Saturay Night Live/stand up scene getting their own movie, Trainwreck her debut feature. It didn’t quite workout for the likewise Sarah Silverman and so its Amy’s turn now, and going by this, she has a great chance to make more films, an original and fresh comic voice. Both are not your traditional Hollywood starlets and very much that girl next door sex appeal to traditional movie glamour and so carry all the imperfections and vulnerability that involves in the industry. The tabloids take great pleasure in getting unflattering pictures of this type of female star in their swimwear and pretend to print them to say how ‘wow’ thy are looking in the pictures when they really mean they look plane and podgy. After the success of Bridesmaids the industry saw the dollar signs around girls behaving badly on stage and screen and demanded lots of new projects and female talent, the rotund motor mouth Melisa McCarthy having great success and not exactly the Hollywood image either. It didn’t quite work with the all female and well meaning ...

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (DVD) 28/03/2017

Zombie Apocalypse Now!

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (DVD) Star – Australia Genre – Comedy > Horror Run Time – 98 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Australia Awards – 1 Wins & 3 Nominations Amazon – £5.95 DVD £8.95 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So an Aussie zombie flick anyone? That’s the spirit! They make films fun and quirky Down Under and although few horror films coming out of there these days when they do, they are always different. Wolf Creek was one of the most visceral and terrifying I have seen to date from any country and the fun comedy horrors like The Loved Ones (2010) and Rogue (2007) extremely enjoyable, and the internationally rated ones of The Badadook (2014) and Saw (2004) cult classics with the critics and wider audiences. Yep, both Aussie movies! It’s the debut feature film of director and writer Kia Roache – Turner, a film that took 4 longs years to complete as the team only worked weekends, and for just $160,000 dollars budget total. It’s not exactly a career move. But all concerned were well rewarded with a cracking little B-movie here and your chance to see it. Just mix up those enigmatic Australian vistas, the whole Aboriginal Dreamtime thing and Australia’s delightful classless society and throw in the zombies and away you go! Cast • Jay Gallagher as Barry • Bianca Bradey as Brooke • Leon Burchill as Benny • Luke McKenzie as The Captain • Yure Covich as Chalker • Catherine Terracini as Annie • Keith Agius as Frank • Meganne West as Meganne • Berryn Schwerdt as The Doctor • Cain ...

The Monuments Men (DVD) 27/03/2017

A cheap forgery and no masterpiece either.

The Monuments Men (DVD) Star – George Clooney & Matt Damon Genre – > Action > War Run Time – 118 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – 3 Wins & 2 Nominations Amazon – £2.83 DVD £4.85 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So the Monuments Men, a war drama’ based’ loosely on the actual Monuments Men (who were also women), a group of soldiers and leading experts like museum directors, curators, art historians, artists and architects volunteering to try and track down plundered International art around Europe and the world during World War Two, and thereafter, Hitler particularly keen to steal most of it and hide it away towards the end of the war. Did you know he actually stole The Mona Lisa during the War for his personal museum? Even today they are still finding it. On the 13th of December 2013: Police broke into the flat of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer who hoarded hundreds of works believed to have been looted by the Third Reich. 1,400 previously unknown masterpieces were uncovered in his München flat and around 590 pictures fell into the category of art looted or extorted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors. These include pieces by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, and Paul Cézanne. Considerable percentage of WW2 looted war art remains hidden. The irony is many of Europe’s museums are full or art looted from other countries. But this film won’t be discussing anything as interesting and conflicting as that angle, very much Americans good, ...

Ladbrokes Players Championship 25/03/2017

Trump looking every inch the World Champion come May...

Ladbrokes Players Championship The Players Championship is the best 16 ranked snooker players by the end of the previous tournament (The Gibraltar Open last week) assembling in Llandudno, Wales for a big ranking points grab. Every player wants to be in this one. But it’s not exactly the most glamorous location for such a top qualify field and Ronnie O’Sullivan said so. It’s a similar set up to the ‘Champions of Champions’ top 16 British based invitational event that sees all 16 winners of ranking events from the previous season pitch up at the Coventry showpiece in November to do battle, both excellent events to attend for fans as you actually know who you will b watching and brilliantly priced at around ten quid a match for the early rounds to see the stars. The big players enjoy these events more and so perform in them as there is no chaotic 128 multi table qualifying and a mad scramble for practice tables. Ronnie O’Sullivan has certainly not enjoyed the flat 128 draw and under-performed in most of them. Only back him with money in the invitational’s if I was you. This event was screened on ITV4 and Eurosport and British venues and TV really getting behind snooker here. It’s never been so good, or busy, for the sport, the Ladbrokes final on Sunday completing 40 days straight of solid top level snooker played around the world although its reaching saturation point and so the top players having to miss events to try and stay fresh, which has produced some odd winners this season, like fortysomething ...

Straight Outta Compton (2015) (DVD) 24/03/2017

Mad, bad and dangerous!

Straight Outta Compton (2015) (DVD) Star - NWA Genre – Drama >Biopic Run Time – 147 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Oscars – 1 Nomination Awards – 25Wins & 39Nominations Amazon – £4.50 DVD £4.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = After the 2016 Oscars there was general disquiet within Black groups that black and Asian actors failed to receive any of the 20 acting nominations and none of the directing ones. Incredibly, at that point a black director had never won a directing Oscar. Black film themes also seemed to be ignored. This year The Academy were under huge pressure to promote black actors and directors this year and they almost swept the board. Wise directors like Barry Jenkins and Denzel Washington saw that reverse bias coming and rushed out Moonlight and Fences respectively to cash in, Jenkins becoming the first black director to win a Directing Oscar, Viola Davis winning for Fences. As far as the acting gongs go the makers of Straight Outta of Compton, Creed, Selma and Concussion, amongst others, seemed particular narked their films didn’t win anything last year. In my opinion neither of these films deserved the main Oscars - nor did many of the white actors and films that won. The Academy never get it right. Mrs Will Smith seemed very angry her husbands very average ‘issues’ film didn’t win and some say kick started the campaign for black talent to win Oscars because of that. But the problem is good box office doesn’t always mean they are good movies but simply popular and ...

Phoenix (DVD) 23/03/2017

Can love rise from the Nazi flames?

Phoenix (DVD) Star – Nina Hoss Genre – World Cinema > Drama Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – German Awards – 15 Wins & 28 Nominations Amazon – £5, 99 DVD £9.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Phoenix, adapted from the 1965 book "Le Retour des cendres / Return from the ashes" by Hubert Monteilhet. This often mesmerizing film is directed by Christian Petzold and yet another one of those Holocaust movies the critics loved. They usually do well at The Oscars because of the subject matter and Hollywood’s Jewish providence but this one well worthy of that attention but sadly missed out on a nomination. This is the fifth out of Christian Petzold's seven feature films to feature striking actress Nina Hoss, who is brilliant and distinctive in the films I have seen her. It's Pretzold’s second film in a row after Barbara (2012) to star Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld in the leading roles. This is an Oscar winning performance by her but subtitles put paid to that. Cast Nina Hoss ... Nelly Lenz Ronald Zehrfeld ... Johnny Lenz Nina Kunzendorf ... Lene Winter Trystan Pütter ... Soldat an der Brücke Michael Maertens ... Arzt Imogen Kogge ... Elisabeth Felix Römer ... Geiger Uwe Preuss ... Clubbesitzer Valerie Koch ... Tänzerin Eva Bay ... Tänzerin Jeff Burrell ... Soldat im Club Nikola Kastner ... Junge Frau Max Hopp ... Der Mann Megan Gay ... Mitarbeiterin Zentralstelle Halensee Kirsten Block ... Wirtin Plot Nelly Lenz (Hoss), a Holocaust survivor and Jewish ...

Cop Car (DVD) 23/03/2017

'You don't... Steal... A F*cking... COP CAR!'

Cop Car  (DVD) Star – Kevin Bacon Genre – Drama Run Time – 90 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 1 Wins & 4 Nominations Amazon – £3.80 DVD £6.19 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So here’s an enjoyable little dark and edgy B-Movie you guys should checkout, whether you enjoy that particular style of movie or not. It stars Kevin Bacon, not a stranger to B-Movies, and made one of the best in recent decades called Tremors. Bar the brilliant Footloose he is the sort of actor that can play a leading man anymore and so likes to take on interesting and occasionally sadistic roles, this certainly that, a serial killing cop in the Mid West. Like Christopher Walken, Phillip Seymour –Hoffman and Guy Pearce, he has that seedy look now and so all playing villains in his middle years. Cast Kevin Bacon ... Sheriff Kretzer James Freedson-Jackson ... Travis Hays Wellford ... Harrison Camryn Manheim ... Bev Shea Whigham ... Man Sean Hartley ... Motorcycle Cop Kyra Sedgwick ... Dispatch (voice) Plot Two 10-year old kids and best buds Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford) appear to have run away from home and happily trekking across open maize fields, enjoying reciting as many swear words as they can in their new found freedom. Negotiating yet another wire fence they stumble upon a police patrol car on a sandy track hidden from view. Fearing the cops have tracked them down they hide in the long grass to scope out the car to see where the cops are. But ...

Last Passenger (DVD) 23/03/2017

Just about stays on the rails ....

Last Passenger (DVD) Star – Dougray Scott Genre – Thriller Run Time – 97 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – UK Awards – 3 Nominations Amazon – £1.75 DVD £4.95 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Anyone travelling on the trains these days will know just how terrible they. Overcrowded, smelly and never on time and commuters deliberately overcharged so to decrease the public subsidy on the network. Privatized Network Rail actually receives more public money than the old public British Rail did. That extra money is all going to shareholders and director’s wage increases. With all that strife and frustration in mind the rail network is ripe for an action disaster movie. British film isn’t that keen on home based big budget Action & Adventure stuff and most of those farmed out to Hollywood. The Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes films are mostly made with America money in American studios here and V for Vendetta and Children of Men the last adult action disaster thrillers here I can recall, other than the Bond segments, of course. So when the Last Passenger popped up on one of my searches it looked like it had potential and so I gave it a go. It’s not actually that big a budget at just $2.5 million but the ambition and themes are there for first time director Omid Nooshin’s runaway train movie. Cast • Dougray Scott as Lewis Shaler • Kara Tointon as Sarah Barwell • Iddo Goldberg as Jan Klimowski • David Schofield as Peter Carmichael • Lindsay Duncan as Elaine Middleton • Joshua Kaynama ...

Entourage Series 7 (DVD) 21/03/2017

The Chase is almost over .....

Entourage Series 7 (DVD) Star – Jeremy Piven Genre – TV Box Set > Comedy Run Time – 10 x30 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – Wins & Nominations Amazon – £7.85 DVD £16.16 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = It took me 10-years to discover Entourage and a great example of how many of us miss out on good shows buried on cable. Unless they are very special like Breaking Bad, you never here about them. I have to research a lot online to find the best stuff, Narcos and The Newsroom next on the pile to watch. Because Entourage was such a big hit a grueling 8 seasons where knocked out in 8-years to cash in and so the much loved cast unable to really cash in themselves on their fame with films and projects in the gaps. None of the main four have gone on to do anything of note on that score, I can recall. Very rarely are you watching films and saying ‘hey, that’s the guy from Entourage?’ Jeremy Piven is the star of Entourage,, of course with his brilliant agent character and has gone on to do some good stuff. If you haven’t seen the show - which is quite a lot of you - it’s basically a cross between The Larry Sanders Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm, about three friends, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Johnny 'Drama' (Kevin Dillion) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), who pitch up in Hollywood to support their boy Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) movie career shot, following the foursome’s wild adventures in Hollywood thereafter. There are tons of tongue-in-cheek celebrity cameos throughout the eight ...

The Hateful Eight (Blu-ray) 21/03/2017

'A bastard's work is never done'

The Hateful Eight (Blu-ray) ’ Star – Samuel L Jackson Genre – Western Run Time – 187 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Oscars – Won 1 & 1 nomination Golden Globe – Won 1 & 1 nomination Awards – 35 Wins & 107 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.95 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = ” “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The past has these people between its teeth” (William Faulkner – ‘Requiem for a Nun’) Quentin Tarrantino, like many directors with a vision, is a big enough name to have the luxury to only make the films they want to make, so often very good or very average films, Tarantino comfortably near the top of that particular pile. Inglorious Bastards made my teeth itch with that Brad Pit character yet I really enjoyed Django Unchained, The Hateful 8 being another western with a bit of both thrown in. As one critic said: ’…..Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless…..’ But another critic said: ‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema…’ Quentin has said ‘The Thing’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are his influences for this one and it shows, Kurt Russell joining Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen for this one. 77-year- Ennio Morricone is also back with QT and scoring his first Western for 34-years, famous for the early 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, of course. Interestingly, QT reveals in the ...
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