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Lion (DVD) 22/01/2018

Over-rated Oscar amble to make you cry?

Lion (DVD) Star – Dev Patel Genre – Drama Run Time – 1 hr 58 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – U.S.A Oscars – 6 nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.99 Blue Ray Awards – 48 Wins & 79 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, after the massive success of Slumdog Millionaire back in 2009 (was it really that long ago??) and its record breaking Oscar haul for a part foreign language film , Dev Patel returns in another Indian/English language hybrid drama to try and cash in on that appetite for Bollywood meeting Hollywood, a potentially huge multiplex audience. It didn’t quite work out that way as I didn’t have the ambition of Danny Bole’s film but for its £12 million budget with Film Australia it did a healthy $147 million US back. Nicole Kidman jumped on board with that Aussie backing and good premise and it would receive 6 Oscar nominations. At the Australian box office, it had the biggest ever opening weekend for an Australian independent film. Among all Australian films, it had the fifth highest opening of all time. Somewhat controversially the 8-year-old Indian star, Sunny Pawar, was originally unable to attend the US premiere because he was denied a visa by Donald Trump, clearly a terrorist threat. Producers of the film made an appeal to Homeland Security, after which Pawar and his father were allowed to come to the US. Some 4000 Indian boys were auditioned to play the young hero. Cast • Sunny Pawar as young Saroo Brierley • Dev Patel as adult Saroo ...

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (DVD) 22/01/2018

Yep, never go back Tom...

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (DVD) Star – Tom Cruise Genre – Action Run Time –2 hrs Certificate – PG13 Country – U.S.A Awards – 1 Win Amazon – £5.00 DVD – BlueRay £8.00 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, after 30 odd books, author Lee Childs felt it was time to unleash his bad ass man alone crime fighting vigilante Jack Reacher onto Hollywood. With Tom Cruise on board the franchise got the boot it needed and if Tom Clancy’s, Jack Ryan and Robert Ludlam’s Jason Bourne made for cool movies then why not Reacher? OK, Cruise is 9 inches shorter than the fictional Reacher and the fans not that impressed with that fact, and Cruise already established in the Mission Impossible movies, but he delivered in the first film for an enjoyable two hour action movie and so he is back. Christopher McQuarrie directed film one but Ed Zwick, who had previously worked with Cruise in The Last Samurai, was appointed director here. The first film, ‘Jack Reacher’, was actually based on the 9th book in the series with film two being the 18th book. There was no genesis story in the first film and Reacher turns up as the finished article. Jack Reacher 2 would be Tom Cruise’s first sequel for any movie in his 30-year career. Film one did $218 million from just a $60m budget whilst more money was thrown at the sequel coming in at $96million but bringing back $168m profit. That’s not what the studio expected from a Cruise movie. Cast • Tom Cruise as… Jack Reacher • Cobie Smulders… as Major Susan Turner • Aldis Hodge… as Captain ...

Now TV 22/01/2018

Now is the time for PAYG TV

Now TV So high street film rental is almost over as Blockbusters is long gone and most libraries where films were available to rent are being closed down or cutting back on new releases all around the country. Lovefilm.com no longer post out physical DVDs and just Cinemaparidiso.co.uk still doing that and have picked up Lovefilm’s trade but nothing lasts forever. It’s just cheaper to watch and deliver digital film on TV and other devices and helps studios recover losses from pirating. In general it’s buy a smart TV and watch and rent movies online from places like Sky and Virgin or wait for them to be on terrestrial TV, which can be a while for the big movies. A good way to watch newish films online is Now TV, a kind of cheap PAYG Sky TV service. You don’t have the big SKY bill, and have to worry about and that cumbersome tacky dish on the side of your house with this service, and you can come and go as you please with no monthly direct debit. You buy monthly passes from places like WH Smith and the Coop that are cheap then simply scratch off the number, tap it into your account and away you go for a whole month of films. You do the same for Entertainment TV (new box sets and TV shows) for the two and three month pass for £15 and £25 respectively and its £10 a week for Sky Sports, the later great for one off events like tennis, the test match and golf majors. Sky use Now TV as a cheap showcase for their product and we get to see new stuff for peanuts. The NOWTV box is small, ...

Blood Father (DVD) 17/01/2018

Mel Gibson is back......in the boonies

Blood Father (DVD) Star – Mel Gibson Genre – Action Run Time – 1 hr 28 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £7.35 DVD – Blue Ray £8.49 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = . So Mel Gibson, he of the racist, religious rants and just about everything else back in the 1990s, destroying his A-LIST status. He was actually born in America and left New York when he was ten and clearly picked up a lot of Aussie attitude Down Under. But we love old blue eyes for it and long may it continue… a genuine movie maverick in what can be a stale Hollywood these days. I’m surprised he has not been caught up in the Weinstein thing. You may have noticed that all the male stars named in the Weinstein scandal are not the younger good looking ones in Hollywood and a real and younger female power-play going on here. Blood Father is in that popular older guy that can still kick ass movie category that Liam Neeson now rules and other A-Listers like Stallone and Schwarzenegger have recently dabbled in, mixing the irony of their previous action hero status with jokes about their now creaky bones and paying homage to previous films they appeared in to add to that appeal. It’s hard not to like this new genre. Blood Fathers $15 million budget rerunning $4.8m at the box office suggests this one won’t be back. Gibson is OK though. Cast Mel Gibson ... Link Erin Moriarty ... Lydia Diego Luna ... Jonah Michael Parks ... Preacher William H. Macy ... Kirby Miguel Sandoval ... Arturo Rios Dale ...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (DVD) 17/01/2018

Star Wars gone Rogue?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (DVD) Star – Felicity Jones Genre – Science - Fiction Run Time – 2 hr 13 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £ DVD Oscars – 2 nominations Awards – 23 Wins & 78 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = In a movie theatre far far away I sat in the iconic Leicester Square cinema for the British Premier of Star Wars back in 1977. Our family won tickets through a carpet company promotion and we all packed into a coach and off we went to London to join the great and the good. Mom says I saw Barry Norman and Nicholas Parsons. I don’t remember. There can’t be a person over 40 who wasn’t in awe of that film back then as that familiar Imperial Star Cruiser wedge shaped behemoth rumbled over our heads and into the cinema those four decades ago. Lucas really was ahead of his time. And so all these years later and the story grumbles on through space like the critics write -ups of Rogue One although the special effects no longer as unique and thrilling and the franchise comfortably back in the Since Fiction pack. But the storyline is back on top track after 4 tedious movies the cast is more representative of the people who buy the tickets around the world and that now familiar action movie emancipated plucky female in the leading role. Disney bagged the rights to the franchise for $3.5 billion dollars and they know their audience. Every since The Hunger Games and Katniss Everdean mega success the big studios have no problem in moving away from the square-jawed, ...

Ciao Recent Questions 21/01/2018

So why did you close down Ciao?

Ciao Recent Questions December 1st could not be a worse time to shut down ciao – for staff, for writers and for the fact it’s the time of the year when consumers most need ciao. It would have been nice to have the bad news in January, if we had to have it all. I’m sure they could have budget for one more month. Ciao Italy, France and Germany are still going strongly. In November it ciao UK WA making £29 per day in ad revenue and a PF reduction would have got us to Christmas. No payments and it’s now making £4 a day. It’s really left a hole in our lives. Filling in tedious survey sites or watching TV in the evening is just not the same. I intend to keep posting up on ciao as I am a writer at heart and no reason why a venture capitalist could have another crack at ciao with new ideas. But it’s the only way I know to wean myself of it, no new products going up meaning less and less to write about until the eventual shutdown. It’s valued at $54,000 dollars right now iF you want to buy it. So what else is out there? Reviewcenter.com - It’s another ciao without payment and so if you need to keep your work online and in print now and then that’s your home for when ciao goes completely. It lets you recommend any product and purely a free consumer guide and no rating to do. Reviewsteam.com – Now this offered hope as it pays for reviews of any standard, it seems, Asian based and not too bothered about spelling, review size and punctuation. It ‘allegedly’ pays in PayPal and you only need your email to ...

My Personal Top Films of 2017 14/01/2018

Some films for you to keep your eye out for...

My Personal Top Films of 2017 These are my favourite DVDs of the year I have been able to see. Lots of the ones I want to see I can’t yet see due to rental issues. They didn’t necessarily come out this year but you all know high street rental is over so you have to hunt them down on movie packages or buy online. Not everyone has a smart TV. =WONDER WOMAN (2017)= Stars Chris Pine & Gail Gadot The stunning leggy Israeli model turned actress Gal Gadot bought us this jolly and fun feminist romp in the superhero genre. DC Comics have been whipped by Marvel since Batman Begins and needed this hit. It’s from female director Patty Jenkins and like most female directors, determined to big up their gender in the movies with more rounded female characters. It’s not as feminist as you think, though, and really good fun with the right amount of special effects, back story, humour and action for all the family to enjoy. The Chris Pine love interest is a bit tacky but needed in the story to get Wonder Woman out into the world. I can’t think of a young girl who would not like this DVD under her pillow for Christmas. THE BIG SHORT (2016) Stars - Christian Bale & Steve Carrell The best movie of the year on DVD has to be the Big Short, a suitable oxymoron for the idiot bankers that nearly bought the world to its knees. It lays out exactly what happened in 2008 through comedy and clear and concise plotting and gripping from the first scene. It’s a long time since I have been enthralled like this for an Oscar nominated ...

The Larry Sanders Show 15/01/2018

Hey Now!

The Larry Sanders Show Star – Gary Shandling Genre – Comedy Box set Run Time –13 x 30 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £4.98 DVD – Blue Ray £15.89 Awards – 46 Wins & 135 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Larry Sanders Show was probably the rebirth of comedy back in the 1990s and the first comedy cable TV show to get a Primetime Emmy award nomination a right award for its genius and vision. The big American sitcoms had all but peaked and satire was pushed online by the lawyers and Hollywood was taking itself way too seriously. So Gary Shandling and Dennis Klein decided to send them all up by creating a sitcom around a made up TV talk show that would invite those big film and TV stars playing a version of themselves on to the show. And they positively lapped it up with everyone from Alec Baldwin to Billy Crystal on the couch plugging their real wares in that fictitious show. In fact Shandling’s Larry Sanders character was so realistic one network offered him a real chat show before Jay Leno got it instead. The show would run for six seasons with 187 celebrities appearing on it. It would win 24 major awards including three Primetime Emmys and a BAFTA Award and three Golden Globe nominations and still listed in time Magazine’s top 100 comedy all time TV programs list. But Sanders real punch was inspiring the likes of Larry David to write the brilliant Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ricky Gervais with The Office, and not forgetting 30 Rock. I think we can forget ...

Ant Man (DVD) 18/01/2018

Ants in your pants

Ant Man (DVD) Star – Paul Rudd Genre – Action >Comic Book Run Time – 1 hr 57 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – U.S.A BAFTA – 1 Nomination Awards – 3 Wins & 32 Nominations Amazon – £8.99 DVD – Blue Ray £13.99 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Ant-Man and Marvel so confident their films will be a hit they are simply throwing their back catalogue of their superhero’s at the audience and see if they will stick, and getting away with it. Rom - Com star Paul Rudd had been eyeing the Ant-Man role for a while and had tried - 15 years prior to the release of Ant-Man (2015) - to buy the rights from Marvel in hopes to translate it to the big screen. British director Edgar Wright also wanted to get his hands on it and was duly signed up as director early on. But, during script development, he insisted the film to be completely stand-alone, with no references to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This demand did not match the studios plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so he left the film. Wright wanted them to focus on the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. However, Pym developed several personalities, one of whom abused his girlfriend, and producers decided he was not family friendly. Instead, the focus shifted to Scott Lang, with Pym as a mentor and supporting character. Occasional director Peyton Reed - Bring It On, Down with Love, The Break-Up and Yes Man (2008) - was dusted down and took the gig. For its $142 million budget it did $600 million back and so ...

Suntan (DVD) 17/01/2018

The dark side of the Sun

Suntan (DVD) Star – Greek islands Genre – Comedy Run Time – 1 hr 44 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Greece Awards – 5 Wins & 2 Nominations Amazon – £10.75 DVD – £12.67 Blue-Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The mid-life crises strikes us all in some way, some bottling it up, some hitting the bottle, some getting a new hair color out of that bottle, if you still have your hair, the topic of Suntan, a light and then rather dark Greek comedy. I haven’t seen many films from Greece of late as they tend not to pitch up in the U.K. but this one turned up on Film4 ad as the description promised hedonism and sunshine I couldn’t resist recording it. It did no real business at $145,000 box office but often the case with decent foreign movies as very few people are prepared to invest the time in subtitles. If only they knew what they were missing. The IMDB top 250 would look very different if they did. This is not a great movie by all means but certainly an interesting one that will stay with you, especially the final scene. Cast • Makis Papadimitriou as Kostis • Elli Tringou as Anna • Hara Kotsali as Alin • Milou Van Groessen as Mila • Dimi Hart as Jason • Marcus Collen as Morten • Yannis Tsortekis as Takis • Pavlos Orkopoulos as the mayor • Syllas Tzoumerkas as Orestis Plot Balding and chubby Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou) is the new GP on a small Greek holiday island and greeted by the welcoming mayor (Pavlos Orkopoulos). It’s out of season when he arrives and so time ...

Life (DVD) 17/01/2018

Another Alien resurrection.....

Life (DVD) Star – Jake Gyllenhaal Genre – Sci-FI Run Time – 1 hr 44 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £ DVD Awards – 3 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Life, last year’s big mid budget star packed Science Fiction film that didn’t really register, directed by young David Espinosa, he of the popcorn thriller Safe House (Densil Washington and Ryan Reynolds) and the misfire Child 44(Jude Law).But he had done enough there to be trusted with a $50 million plus budget here for this shameless Alien style remake. The fact the latest Alien reboot was coming out anyway makes this one a rather strange call to get the green-light. But it did and made $100m back to date as there is still demand for this claustrophobic alone in space stuff. At least Espinosa was honest enough to say his film was inspired by Ridley Scotts classic. Cast • Jake Gyllenhaal as Dr. David Jordan, USA, ISS medical officer • Rebecca Ferguson as Dr. Miranda North, UK, CDC quarantine officer • Ryan Reynolds as Rory Adams, USA, ISS flight engineer • Hiroyuki Sanada as Sho Murakami, Japan, ISS systems engineer • Ariyon Bakare as Dr. Hugh Derry, UK, ISS exobiologist • Olga Dihovichnaya as Ekaterina Golovkina, Russia, ISS Mission Commander Plot The unmanned Pilgrim 7 NASA space probe is serenely returning from Mars to Earth with a soil sample that could be evidence of extraterrestrial life. But it enters an asteroid field and is damaged by micro impacts that effect its navigation controls.. There ...

The Wackness (DVD) 16/01/2018

Randy Gandhi!

The Wackness (DVD) Star – Ben Kingsley Genre – Drama Run Time – 1 hr 39 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £3.20 DVD Awards – 4 Wins & 4 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So ‘The Wackness, another one of those low budget ‘indies’ from America where depression and angst rule. I don’t know why Hollywood thinks we need so many of them but they keep coming. It did $3 million bucks to date so one of the more lucrative ones. The wackness refers to the opposite of ‘dopeness’, in Brooklyn street slang, the bad ying to the good yang. The screenplay for this was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year, and so dropped kicked to the front of the melancholy queue. It stars Ben Kingsley, a lot more laid back in his later years after being notoriously pompous at his peak, insisting people call him Sir Ben Kingsley on set. Today he takes movies across the spectrum, romantic comedies to London crime thrillers, quirky Indies to serious period dramas. Who will ever forget his Don Logan character in Sexy Beast! He is tremendous actor. Cast Ben Kingsley ... Dr. Squires Josh Peck ... Luke Shapiro Famke Janssen ... Mrs. Squires Olivia Thirlby ... Stephanie Mary-Kate Olsen ... Union Jane Adams ... Eleanor Method Man ... Percy Aaron Yoo ... Justin Talia Balsam ... Mrs. Shapiro David Wohl ... Mr. Shapiro Bob Dishy ... Grandpa Shapiro Joanna Merlin ... Grandma Shapiro Plot It’s New York City in the year of 1994… Final year high ...

Chocolate (DVD) 15/01/2018

Chocolate would not melt in this young ladies mouth!

Chocolate (DVD) Star – Yanin "Jeeja" Vismistananda Genre – World Cinema > Action > Martial Arts Run Time – 1 hr 50 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £8.33 DVD Awards – 1 Wins & 5 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, anyone up for a badass autistic martial arts Thai babe kicking serious butt movie? Well Yanin "Jeeja" Vismistananda is that 16-year-old pocket cinematic dynamo and sensational here. I must confess I have not seen many autistic Kung Fu heroes but we have one here, Jeeja not a trained martial artist but a dancer and athlete by sport but talented spotted by Thailand director Prachya Pinkaew and trained up and cast for Chocolate. She is not autistic off screen, of course, and the presentation of the illness on screen hardly realistic but a fun idea all the same. The Kung Fu genre is not known for originality as it has to keep it simple for it’s likewise audience. It did good money in Thailand, 150 million baht ($5 million US) one of their best selling movies for a while. I like my Asian Extreme and more and more countries are getting good at it, the Thais joining South Korea as the new talent in town. Cast • Yanin "Jeeja" Vismistananda as Zen • Hiroshi Abe as Masashi • Pongpat Wachirabunjong as No.8 • Taphon Phopwandee as Mangmoom "Moom" • Ammara Siripong as Zin • Dechawut Chuntakaro as Priscilla • Hirokazu "Hero" Sano as Ryo • Sirimongkol Singwangcha as Nak Muaythai • Su Jeong Lim as Su Jeong Lim • Kittitat Kowahagul as Thomas • Soumia ...

Splinter (DVD) 14/01/2018

'Jesus lady, help can't even help us now'.

Splinter (DVD) ‘Jesus lady, help can't even help us’. Star – Shea Whigam Genre – Horror Run Time – 1 hr 22 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Awards – 7 Wins & 1 Nomination Amazon – £3.25 DVD – Blue-Ray £8.99 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So ‘Splinter’, a decent little low budget American horror from director Toby Wilkins, Grudge 3 (the American remake) his only notable work of not much output so far. I think it’s fair to say this 2008 effort is his best film yet. With a $700,000 budget and a $500,000 return it didn’t register in many places but for me one of those directors who can do quite a lot with very little and so something better from this guy sure to come along one day. Much cheaper and malleable Digital film and film crews allow for these more creative guys to work and get their stuff out there. He did that and I enjoyed it. It’s The Thing meets the Walking Dead with a bit of Deliverance thrown in and with a solid acting line up delivers the premise well, Shea Whigham from Boardwalk Empire (Nucky’s brother) good in the lead. You want the American horror not to be cliché and the cast no always hacked down in order of youth, cool and state of undress and this is not that. Cast Jill Wagner ... Polly Watt Paulo Costanzo ... Seth Belzer Shea Whigham ... Dennis Farell Rachel Kerbs ... Lacey Belisle Charles Baker ... Blake Sherman Jr. Laurel Whitsett ... Sheriff Terri Frankel Plot Geeky biology graduate Seth (Paulo Costanzo) and his hot girlfriend Jill (Polly ...

Mommy (DVD) 14/01/2018

Xavier Dolan our new Deniro?

Mommy (DVD) Star – Xavier Dolan Genre – Drama Run Time – 2 hr 18minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Awards – 49 Wins & 59 Nomination Amazon – £7.82 DVD – Blue Ray £17.66 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = French - Canadian Xavier Dolan is a mega young talent, Mummy, another belter from the now 28-year-old, writer, director and star here. He was brilliant in ’I killed my Mother’, excellent in Heartbeats and intense in Laurence Anyways, his last film ‘Tom at the Farm’ just as good, they say. He is openly gay and so likes to tackle that stuff in his movies, playing everything from transvestites to incestuous gay brothers. He is a very brave filmmaker and sure to deliver a classic one day. He is a must see foreign actor on our screens. Mummy is his biggest budget yet at $5.0m and did a healthy $13.1 million back, perhaps because his signature homosexual characters are not present here. The troubled young lead character is a curious A Sexual being this time around. The film is presented in an unheard-of 1:1 aspect ratio; the "viewing area" of the screen is a perfect square. You don’t notice that at the time and although a tad pretentious it seemed to work. The Cannes Film Festival loved it, and his film, and gave him the top prize and a 12 minute standing ovation - which is very pretentious. Cast • Anne Dorval as Diane "Die" Després • Antoine Olivier Pilon as Steve Després • Suzanne Clément as Kyla • Alexandre Goyette as Patrick • Patrick Huard as Paul Béliveau • Steven ...
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