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100 Bloody Acres (DVD) 08/12/2016

'You had me at 'f*ck you''

100 Bloody Acres (DVD) Star – Australia! Genre – Horror> Comedy Run Time – 91 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – Australia Awards – 1 Win & 6 Nominations Amazon – £5.99 DVD (£8.14 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The mighty Mammoths became extinct not because of the Ice Age or stray comets but because they were the biggest walking meal on the prairie by a country mile to every predator going. It’s called evolution. The same could be said about humans in the Australian Outback, the setting for this enjoyable Aussie comedy horror. Just about everything is poisonous out there and can take down a fully grown man in the flick of a tongue, that’s if the locals, the sun and grog don’t get your first. There has been some grim and unsettling Aussie movies about the great wilderness, like Wolf Creek and Walkabout, but also some joyous ones like Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Kangaroo Jack and Crocodile Dundee. Even today just 5% of the Outback has been officially charted. There really could be anything out there guys. 70% of the worlds most dangerous snakes are in Australia. 100 Bloody Acres is more the cheap'n'cheerful comedy-horror, made with gusto by Colin and Cameron Cairnes. It was a labor of love for the Cairns boys and took three years to make and three more years for this negligible Aussie splatterfest to get its one-weekend-only release, making just $8,543 across Australia. It’s way better than that folks. Aussie films just have that certain innocent and playful ...

A Most Wanted Man (DVD) 08/12/2016

Phillip Seymour Hoffman's last film is a decent send off

A Most Wanted Man (DVD) Star – Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Genre – Spy Thriller Run Time –1 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Amazon – £ DVD £ Blue Ray Awards – Wins & Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I don’t know if you have noticed but the most feared terrorist group of all time, Al-Qaeda, seems to have disappeared. In fact President Obama never once uttered the phrase the War on Terror’ in office. It’s almost as if it never existed the day Obama came to The Whitehouse and the death of Bin Laden timed to put it to rest once and for all, that part of Americas ugly history the Republicans purely doing. Some would say that Al-Qaeda was a deliberate CIA construct and a name given to the general Muslim terror Diaspora to create a terrorist threat to the West so America could kick the Muslims ass for oil and hegemonic power reasons in the region, the so-called ‘Great Game’. ISIS is very real, of course. They have a flag and their own country and so undeniable and noticeable America struggled with that as they had lost control of the region. But whoever knocked down the Twin Towers and so born us Al Qaeda it has certainly stimulated a lot of spy movies and conspiracy theories on the subject, ‘A Most Wanted Man’ the latest, and, of course, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final movie before he died in a blizzard of cocaine. The film is based on the John Le Carre book of the same name, the famous author a spy in real life, based in Berlin and Hamburg at the height of the Cold War, where the ...

Night Moves (DVD) 08/12/2016

Time for bed more like

Night Moves (DVD) Star – Jessie Eisenberg Genre – Drama> Thriller Run Time – 113 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Awards – 2 Wins & 2 Nominations Amazon – £5.99 DVD Blue Ray £8.99 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I think most of us agree that protestors are rather annoying, especially when they claim to protest on our behalf. One mans clubbed seal is another mans food for two months. The Black Lives Matter group that blocked the runway were anything but, all white, well educated - and at the posh universities where black people are not that welcome. These people were professional protesters, involved in all manner of causes, anything to avoid work and responsibility. Next year it will be stop fracking or something else for that lot. Eco warriors tend to be the most pompous and middle-class of all, blocking roads and airports for pollution reasons yet flying all around the world backpacking the year before, and after, OK for them to chill in Bali and India for the winter but not for us to fly to Majorca. The word hypocrites come to mind, the topic for this rather well received but overrated eco warrior drama that wasted the acting talent of Jessie Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. It’s from interesting indie director Kelly Reichardt that bought us the intense Meeks Cut Off, the quirky Old Joy and Wendy & Lucy, a female director that rewards female characters and actress in her films and tackles the unseen anxieties they suffer around men and machismo. Cast Jesse ...

Pride (DVD) 08/12/2016

"Dai? Your gays have arrived!"

Pride (DVD) Star – Staunton, Nighy and Considine and Dominic West… Genre –Comedy Run Time –120 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – U.K Golden Globes – 1 Nomination Awards – 8 Wins & 16 Nominations Amazon – £3.00 DVD - £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, after the rather expensive and somewhat bias Hillsborough Inquiry in the purpose built £40 million pound courthouse in Warrington, set up to find the Liverpool fans had absolutely nothing to do with the disaster, the miners, who took a similar beating from the same West Yorkshire police during the strike, are looking for a similar vindication and apology from the state, which is code for massive compensation through civil court, of course. We are also seeing this victim status with the historic sexual abuse cases that are clearly getting out of hand. If you think road accidents have fallen 40% in the same time whiplash claims have risen 90% you can see what we are dealing with here. Whether the minors have a case is down to yet more greedy lawyers. The coal miner's strike of 1984, the theme of this entertaining and heartwarming comedy by Mathew Warchus and Stephen Beresford, was regarded as illegal in England and Wales by Margaret Thatcher, as no national ballot was taken, Scargill's NUM leading that industrial action. In truth Thatcher had already decided to close the coal mines long before the 1984 strike, as the industry was no longer considered profitable and heavily subsided by the taxpayer. It was simply ...

Point Blank (DVD) 08/12/2016

A tense frantic French thriller well worth a look!

Point Blank (DVD) Genre – World Cinema > Thriller Run Time – 81 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – France Amazon – £ 1.89 Awards – 1 Wins & 4 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Point Blank, not the rather terrible Mickey Rourke movie from 1998 or the excellent Lee Marvin movie from 1967 but an equally entertaining and violent thriller from France in the year of 2011. With a touch of Bourne chasing around Paris bustling ethnic streets this fast paced action thriller doesn’t let up and leaves no time to breathe, and so few worries about having to think about the distracting subtitles that put so many people off good foreign movies. Proper film fans know full well the best movies are not American these days. French films are cigarette smoking, wine drinking, arrogant nostril snorting relationship bores or cracking cop thrillers like this. I know which I prefer. Hold on to your seats! Cast Gilles Lellouche ... Samuel Pierret Roschdy Zem ... Hugo Sartet Gérard Lanvin ... Commandant Patrick Werner Elena Anaya ... Nadia Pierret Mireille Perrier ... Commandant Fabre Claire Pérot ... Capitaine Anaïs Susini Moussa Maaskri ... Capitaine Vogel Pierre Benoist ... Capitaine Mercier Valérie Dashwood ...Capitaine Moreau Virgile Bramly ... Capitaine Mansart Nicky Naudé ... Capitaine Richert Adel Bencherif ... Luc Sartet Vincent Colombe ... Interne de garde Chems Dahmani ... Aide-soignant Grégoire Bonnet ... Jaffart, chef DPJ Plot Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse's aide ...

The Kid With a Bike (DVD) 07/12/2016

Ken Loach, French style...

The Kid With a Bike (DVD) Star – A bike Genre – World Cinema > Drama Run Time –100 minutes Certificate – 13 Country – Belgium Amazon – £5.99 DVD £9.74 Blue Ray Golden Globe – 1 Nomination Awards – 9 Wins & 25 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Adoption and fostering is very political these days. Social workers don’t want to place dark skinned kids with white skinned parents for cultural reasons and white skinned parents tend to be the percentage of the adopters, meaning there are more ethnic minorities in care than there should be. Parents generally only want to adopt very young kids, preferably female and of their own race, black boys the least popular pick, apparently, presumably so they can mold them into their white and liberal middle-class ideals and environment. They go into the adoption process thinking there are lots of cute baby’s ready and waiting when in reality it will most likely to be a child from a trouble background that’s on offer. It was revealed recently that potential parents can be as picky as the social workers, often about trivial things, like the name of the child. Girls called Chardonnay and Jade were the least likely to be adopted in the U.K. The kid With The Bike is a drama about a 12-year-old French boy in that care system and featured in the ‘1000 Movies to see Before You Die’ publication. It’s a modem day fable by the Belgium born Dardenne Brothers who like to explore themes of urban loneliness and social separation. It doesn’t get political on ...

Good Kill (DVD) 07/12/2016

'This guy must have been a pilot before Ponches!'

Good Kill (DVD) Star – Ethan Hawke Genre – War > Drama Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 1 Nomination Amazon – £3.00 DVD £3.99Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Whatever you think about 911 ‘The War on Terror’ has been just as disgusting. The obliteration of a near defenseless Iraq because Saddam had outlived his value to the West by not selling enough oil (and so not buying Western weapons with the proceeds) has been cynically ignored by the media, and the war was probably the hate that triggered Brexit and President Trump, no doubt. The war opened the door to mass immigration to Europe and we just don’t want it and that xenophobia will bring down the EU, Italy close to their referendum now. Bush & Blair have a lot to answer for. Now we fight our wars like cowards, drones at 10,000 feet, firing in Hellfire missiles at wedding parties and traffic jams that may or may not have terrorist’s combatants present, the trigger pressed in sunny Florida and Nevada. Women and children are often present and blown to smithereens in these hits. Good Kill and Ethan Hawke attempts to address that moral question, the third time Hawke and director Andrew Niccol have worked together, the first time being in the intriguing Gattaca (1997). Cast Ethan Hawke ... Major Thomas Egan Bruce Greenwood ... Lt. Colonel Jack Johns Jake Abel ... M.I.C. Joseph Zimmer Ryan Montano ... Airman Roy Carlos Dylan Kenin ... Capt. Ed Christie Fatima El Bahraquy ... The Woman El ...

Oslo, August 31st (DVD) 07/12/2016

"Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes"

Oslo, August 31st (DVD) Star – Anders Danielsen Lie Genre – World Cinema > Drama Run Time –95 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – Norway Amazon – £9.96 DVD Awards – 19 Wins & 16 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = For some reason public information films and charities feel the need of late to scare us all with their TV adverts with over-the-top statistics on our chances of getting cancer, and so neglecting dementia and mental health charities in the process, the later conditions the ones that are really hitting national health and families the hardest. It is, of course, about making cancer charities more profitable but that’s something we don’t want to talk about. We can cure and reduce most cancers if caught early but no cure for dementia and very few for most metal health issues as yet, and, like an injured soldier on the battlefield, the casualty needs those in the immediate family to care for them. In the movies, of course, mental illness is genuinely attractive people with depression or axe wielding psychotics on Halloween. This is very much the former and one of the smartest foreign films I have seen for a while on the subject of depression. Most memorable mental health films have been about dementia of late so a refreshing change here from this Norwegian foreign language film from 2012. It’s a look at depression through the eyes of an articulate and intelligent young man that could easily be you and me, for whom this film is one day in the life of in the said city of Oslo, ...

STV Quick Click RTU Mouse Trap 07/12/2016

Man about the Mouse

STV Quick Click RTU Mouse Trap I think it’s fair to say that the mouse is the cutest animal humans kill on mass. For some reason it doesn’t have the status of cats, pandas, tigers and dolphins and has to be trapped and killed for being annoying around the house. As a rule of thumb humans tend to have no problem killing ugly animals like rats, pigs, fish and cows but somehow the mouse has fallen in with the wrong crowd. The rabbit’s foot maybe good luck for humans but it wasn’t lucky for the rabbit. Beauty has greater sanctuary than all around humans. But if the little bastard is chewing through your cables under the floorboard and could burn the house down they have got to pack their little suitcases and go. When the house is silent we all become aware of any unusual noises, the gnawing sound of sturdy little choppers on wood a familiar one. The mice are building their winter retreat and babies will follow in the spring. They don’t want to be out in the cold and so centrally heated floor space is rather appealing. Problem is you can’t negotiate and get at them under the boards and so you have to trap them. There is a high chance they will nibble on everything down there. 240 volts will probably solve the problem but create a whole lot more. Now I hate the idea of poisoning mice as they are cute and just trying to get on in life but the old fashioned cartoon traps never really worked and laying toxic poison in a tray intoxicates everything that goes near it, including family pets. For me it’s the plastic ...

Maestro Premier James Wade 90% Tungsten Dart 07/12/2016

I have a thick shaft and a long barrel to hit the bullseye

Maestro Premier James Wade 90% Tungsten Dart I’m quite lucky to have a big bedroom and so that means I can fit in the dartboard. Its big enough to have one of those 6ft snooker tables in to and get your cue in all the way around. Not that I have one of those (although I would love one). The board is a classic Winmau from the 1980s and has worn well. Hardly any of the cork has fuzzed up or pulled out and worth every penny. I would recommend a Winmau board to any decent darts player. Now I’m an OK darts player but have never nailed a 180 in competition in my local darts league. I can hit the odd 140 on the night and three of four 100s but it does take five or six darts to hit the doubles. My highest 301 is ten darts and 17 for 501. I can do some decent checkouts but still pull my third dart as it’s the dart I am most likely to think about and so put me off. I don’t like to play with light darts, end of. I know the thinner ones give you more space in the doubles and trebles to hit but if the dart doesn’t feel right it in the hand and so won’t hit those areas anyway. I like the heavier and thicker shaft arrow because I want to feel some weight when I throw to get my rhythm and I like the clunk as the metal hits metal when clustering in doubles. I don’t like the really thick barrel ones though as there really isn’t any room for error on the trebles. I do have some light and thin darts but they always get away from me when I throw. I suppose it’s like throwing a light bowling ball playing crown green. It’s all about weight ...

What are your thoughts on Donald Trump as President 07/12/2016

'The truth has many enemies; the lie has many friends'.

What are your thoughts on Donald Trump as President The most startling thing about the Trump victory was that 53% of white women voted for him, and 30% of Latinos, the two groups he insulted the most. In fact 44% of all women voted for him. Yes, I’m sure most of the 22 women who have made complaints of sexual abuse against Trump are opportunist chasing a tabloid TV buck but the billionaire clearly exploited his wealth to get close to those young starlets and a dirty old man to boot, at 70-years-old, Americas oddest 1st term President. Sadly pretty girls will throw themselves at older rich men to afford them a certain lifestyle and I think some of those 53% of women understand that economic reality and gave Trump a pass on that one. He is clearly a misogynist though and if those older white women hate womanizer Hillary so much for letting Bill off the hook in pursuit of power then they need to look at themselves after voting for Trump. Women are conflicted and contradictory creatures, dare I say voting down Hilary because they know how she got so high on the greasy pole and so suspicious of her. Hopeful the intelligent, sexy and charismatic Michelle Obama will run in 2020 and we will get the first female President and back to relative normal. After all, the handsome, charming and relatively inexperienced Barak Obama got in with the mobilized black vote and admiring females so as guilty as flirting with the voters as Trump. But Barak is way cooler and likable than Trump! ”You campaign in poetry, you govern in prowse” For ...

Bullet To The Head (Blu-ray) 04/12/2016

'Guns don't kill people. Bullets do'.

Bullet To The Head (Blu-ray) Star – Sylvester Stallone Genre – Action Run Time –92 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 1 Nomination Amazon – £2.98 DVD £4.27 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I think its fair to say that Sylvester Stallone’s career has stagnated somewhat as he refuses to let go of his macho bonehead action man stuff that he is almost too old for. OK, Sly and Arnie can hardly resort to romcom’s to build their fan base to fill the multiplexes but Arnie clearly knew when to step back or, at least, just co-star when there is a lot of blowing up and running around to be done. Bruce Willis got a little bit lost but Red 1&2 proved you can still do action if you splatter the humor in like the blood and guts, as did the returning Schwarzenegger after his political sabbatical with the enjoyable cop action romp The Last Stand. Sly has always struggled with that ironic side to the action genre of sending oneself up, as he does with Bullet in the Head. The title says it all on where Sly is now as far as sophisticated movies go. There was more of that in ‘Escape Plan’, which I also enjoyed where he teemed up with Schwarzenegger for the same retro action fun. These guys have still got great A-List screen presence if nothing else. It’s from well known 1980s director Walter Hill, a man who has also come out of hibernation to get back into the action genre. His last period of success was a good twenty years ago with the westerns ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘Wild Bill’, Hill making ...

Take Shelter (Blu-ray) 03/12/2016

A storm is a coming....

Take Shelter (Blu-ray) Star – Michael Shannon Genre – Psychological Drama Run Time –120 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Amazon – £4.95 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray Awards – 41 Wins & 35 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Michael Shannon is one of those actors beginning to show up in everything, or, at last, you are starting to notice him. Its hard not notice him, a terrifying looking hulk of a man that crosses the menace of Willem Defoe with the man mountain of Jaws from the Bond movie. He has been around awhile but after Boardwalk Empire, where he played Bureau of Prohibition in the Department of Internal Revenue Agent Nelson Van Alden, it been very much ‘hey, it’s that guy from Boardwalk Empire, rather than this guy can act. Well he can and excellent here in this atmospheric psychological drama about mental illness and suggested supernatural vents. This is the third time Shannon has worked with director Jeff Nicholls and the much admired young American director responsible for his presence in the movie industry. Jessica Chastain, who co-stars here, has also worked with Nicholls and loves him and his work so much she worked for the industry minimum of $100 a day on Take Shelter. Its performances like this from this 2011 film that has got her to the top of the ladder with two Oscar nominations to her name already for more recent projects. She is also rather good. Cast Michael Shannon ... Curtis Jessica Chastain ... Samantha Tova Stewart ... Hannah Shea ...

The Black Mountain Poets (DVD) 03/12/2016

A flashback to those BBC2 Play For The Days from the 1970s

The Black Mountain Poets (DVD) Genre – Comedy Run Time –85 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – UK Amazon – £10.99 DVD Awards – 1 Win & 1 Nomination = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = In order not to be too typecast, Downtown hunks Dan Stevens and Tom Cullen went off and did some movies, one in Hollywood, The Guest (Stevens), and one in the chilly Welsh mountains (Cullen), The Black Mountain Poets, comfortably the silliest and low budget of the two but both good efforts all the same and both worth looking out for on Film 4 or your movie channels. The Black Mountain Poets, sometimes called projectivist poets, were a group of mid 20th century American avant-garde poets centered on Black Mountain College in North Carolina. As anyone who hates poetry as much as me, the poets are great targets to send up, invariably pretentious and often middle-aged ,middle-class bearded bores and so plenty to send up, Jamie Adams lo-fi comedy debut doing exactly that. Cast Alice Lowe ... Lisa Dolly Wells ... Claire Tom Cullen ... Richard Rosa Robson ... Louise Cabaye Richard Elis ... Gareth Laura Patch ... Stacey Roger Evans ... David Griffiths Ben McGregor ... Cliff Hannah Daniel ... Alys Wilding Claire Cage ... Terri Wilding Clare Potter ... Andi (as Claire Potter) Naomi Everson ... Bethan Plot ‘30something’ Sisters Lisa (Alice Lowe) and Claire (Dolly Wells) are professional con artists (suspend your disbelief for this movie) and, after trying to steal a JCB (like I said), they flee from the cops into the hills. ...

X-Men: Apocalypse (DVD) 03/12/2016

A tired franchise ready for bed

X-Men: Apocalypse (DVD) Star – James McAvoy Genre – Sci-Fi> Action Run Time – 144 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – 3 Nominations Amazon – £10.00 DVD (£14.99Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = There is no doubt DC are losing the battle with Marvell for comic book supremacy on the big screen but the Marvel X-Men movies are beginning to tire. The Christen Bale Batman movies put DC way out in front and then X Men pulling it back for Marvel, who has now raced away with The Avengers, Spiderman, Captain America, Ironman etc…Batman v Superman really stinking the place up for DC. The X-Men franchise has peaked as far as enjoyment goes though, but the gross keeps creeping up and up as these digital special effects get cheaper and cheaper so yet more films made, although leveling out around the $300 million net profit mark. The producers felt your boredom and cutely rebooted the X-men series by going back in time so Patrick Stewarts bald Professor Xavier becoming the youthful James McAvoy version. This allowed for new mutants to be introduced into the franchise and the origins of others to be filled out to trigger the spin offs like Wolverine and Dead Pool. They now have two time lines to fully exploit and way Star Trek did with the two Spoc’s. But, yet again, Marvel are way ahead in that game. What we do know about DC and the Marvel Universe is without them there would be no Hollywood as they singlehandedly generate the profit to keep it all ...
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