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White God (DVD) 25/09/2017

Th Dawn of the Planet of the Dogs

White God (DVD) Star – Dogs Genre – World Cinema Run Time – 121 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Hungary Awards – 7 Wins & 19 Nominations Amazon – £10.99 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 90% of animal lovers are 90% of animal abusers. It stands to reason that if you are a pet owner or work with animals then you are most likely to be the ones in the right place to be hurting them as well as loving them. Strangers tend not to boot peoples pets in the street! People have pets for many reasons. But what if every dog could quite literally have its day; the question asked through this parable by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó in this extremely unique and visually powerful feature film from Hungary. They have a growing right wing problem in that country, a cancer taking hold in Eastern Europe. The Iron Curtain kept those countries white and those Hungarian guys are not happy now the European Union’s porous borders letting hundreds of thousands of Muslims and darker skin people into to Hungary. The phrase ‘White Gods’ is the belief that ancient cultures around the world were visited by Caucasian races in ancient times, and that they were known as "White gods". It’s based mainly on 16th-century accounts of the Spanish conquistadors being "greeted as gods" by the peoples of the New World. Kornél Mundruczó appears to be presenting some sort of parable about immigration and racism in modern day Hungry here through the eyes of dogs and children. The dogs are clearly ...

American Restoration 25/09/2017

You want to restore your 1940s tool grinder for a grand?

American Restoration I like my American restoration and auction shows and this is the latest, another one from the TRU TV universe, which includes the Discovery and the History Channel in America. They run shows like American Pickers, Kounts Customs and Pawn Stars and the various characters in those shows cross into each others shows now and then to help build the brand and familiarity with the stars. These guys run their own everyday businesses for real although for the TV shows it’s a version of day-to day events and the shows edited for timeline reasons. Always read the wavers at the and for pointers on just how contrived the show is. It gets bit predictable after a while with the locker auction shows and planted goodies so this one a bit more refreshing and less cynical. American Restoration is another show based in Las Vegas but different as there is no going out and buying or selling but just stuff bought into the shop by the customers to be restored by Rick Dale and his team in their workshops. It’s not about American classic cars either and all about restoring stuff like Americana and sentimental antiques and old things of all shapes and sizes, from a golf cart style vehicle used in the 1956 World Fair to old cash registers and rocking horses, as an example. The stuff people bring in to be restored often costs a lot less than the restoration quote and you do scratch your head why they would want to spend $1500 on bringing back an old Garden tool grinder to its original state, as was the ...

Mira Vigour Power Shower 25/09/2017

Whats a shower without a pretty lady to clean ;-(

Mira Vigour Power Shower So I am in the shower and slip for the umpteenth time on the soapy bath floor but this time grab the shower head for some reason and it snaps off. I’m too young and vain to be having a bath mat. The crack is in exactly the wrong place and the pressure is forcing the water out below the bit where the nozzle is on the hand held bit. I have tried the superglue to plug the leak and waterproof tape from the pound shop but no luck. So it was time for a new one. That would not be cheap. We have had it a while and it was making strange noises and occasionally not starting so for the best. You don’t really want electricity meeting water in the shower. Think James Bond and the radio. I prefer showers to bath times and about a ratio of 10:1 in favor of showers. A shower in the winter with the bathroom heater costing 80 p a minute in a cold house is not fun when you get in and out. Baths are best when you have a beautiful girl in there to play with under the bubbles. There are five or six Ciao girls I would like to share a bath with but I’m not saying, mainly because they will punch me in the face. I even offered to take the plug end. I have shared a shower with a ciao girl but that secret will never be known. Back to the reviewing bit and the Mira Vigor power shower rang is not cheap. But we have hard water in our area so we can’t rally get away with a cheap one. We need certain types to stop them bunging up with lime scale. This one was £175 but B&Q paid for it to be plumbed in by ...

The Sacrament (DVD) 25/09/2017

Jonestown Massacre 2?

The Sacrament (DVD) Star – Director Eli Roth Genre – Drama Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S. Awards – 3 Wins & 12 Nominations Amazon – £4.60 DVD £12.42 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (Hostel), we have The Sacrament, a tale about a large religious community sect hiding out in the woods who don’t want to go back to their old lives in modern America. At first I thought it was based on the Jonestown Massacre, about a real life Jesus sect commune from the 1970s that came to a tragic end in the jungle of Guyana. It was a big story at the time and made for an extraordinary documentary (Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple), that’s if you did not know the full story? We agree religion encourages people to do nice things but also manipulates people to do crazy things to sustain the particular leader’s power, both angles explored in this reasonably intelligent horror /drama from Roth. Cast Joe Swanberg ... Jake Williams AJ Bowen ... Sam Turner Kentucker Audley ... Patrick Gene Jones ... Father Amy Seimetz ... Caroline Kate Forbes ... Mindy Conphidance ... Guide #1 Derek Roberts ... Guide #2 Shirley Jones Byrd ... Lorraine Davis Shaun Clay ... Robert (as Lashaun Clay) Dale Neal ... Andre Kate Lyn Sheil ... Sarah White Donna Biscoe ... Wendy Tovin A. Pristell ... Guard Christian Ojore Mayfield ... Pilot (as Christian O'Jore) Plot Patrick (Kentucker ...

Imperium (Blu-ray) 24/09/2017

I don't want to be Harry 'bloody' Potter anymore!

Imperium (Blu-ray) Star – Daniel Radcliffe Genre – Drama Run Time – 110 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S. Amazon – £3.00 DVD £5.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So what do you do if you’re Harry Potter for 12 years and want to shake that geeky young teen following and image and progress your movie career? You play a white supremacist skinhead of course with a swastika tattoo on your forehead! The problem with cute child actors is they may not be cute when they grow up, if they grow up at all, Daniel Radcliffe hardly a leading man at 5ft.4. When you’re that height your leading lady has to be around 5ft. It’s not really happening on that score as he has yet to have decent hit post Potter and his sexuality rumors persist. As white supremacy is on the march now that trump is in The White House it’s a good time to dust down scripts on the subject and make some movies, the case here. The film takes its inspiration from the real-life story of FBI agent Michael German, who helped co-write and was commended for his brave work as n undercover agent in those white supremacist movements. The major advantage of being born white - just one third of the currant world’s population and falling - is you can’t really suffer racism. You are not scene as inferior in any way and white skin the desired tone - if we could chose - by most. I don’t know how I would deal with being black and I guess it is tough. But for some sadist white people that struggle is not enough and chose to remind ...

Cold Weather(DVD) 23/09/2017

Another run-of-the-mill American low budget indie...

Cold Weather(DVD) Genre – Comedy . Run Time – 96 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – U.S. Awards – 2 Nominations Amazon – £4.43 DVD = = = = = = = = = = = = The studio attitude in Hollywood now is ‘hey, do I make twenty low to mid budget films and make $50 million on total or do I make one comic book blockbuster and make $500 million? The later wins every time. It’s not surprising, especially if you have had to suffer a lot of these angsty and mumbling low budget American Indies on DVD like I do in search of a gem. But the small indie still exists and although some of the profits from the Marvel Universe are ploughed back to subsidize some of them it’s generally privately raised money that get them made. Directors like Canadian Aaron Katz in this particular universe are great at raising money and putting solid films like this together for very little of that money. These guys and girls are the Hollywood blockbuster directors of the future, of course, and soon poached at very little expense for the studio. Cast Cris Lankenau ... Doug Trieste Kelly Dunn ... Gail Raúl Castillo ... Carlos Robyn Rikoon ... Rachel Jeb Pearson ... Jim Warden Brendan McFadden ... Swen Ben Stambler ... Motel Clerk Katy Rothert ... Mom Paul Rothert ... Stepfather Jerry Moyer ... Ice Factory Boss Barry Seltzer ... Spencer Elliott Glick ... Mike Joshua Locy ... Jose Plot It’s autumn in Portland, Oregon and twentysomething Doug (Cris Lankenau) is moving in with his sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn) to save money. He ...

Co-op (Shop) 23/09/2017

Expensive prices, affordable locations.....

Co-op (Shop) They say machines and robots are taking over the world and eventfully we will only need 30% of the current workforce by 2100. Supermarkets are a good example of that. Whether we like it or not we now have to tackle those often intimidating - to some - automated checkouts and the cash strapped Coop moving faster than most to automation. I am in the socialist camp on those in that if I use them then the girls on the checkouts will get fired quicker but of late they have started nagging and dragging you out of the queue from the normal checkout to use the machines so I am. Quite simply checkouts are going to disappear so you better get used to them. I use them for one or two item shops but the patronizing automated voice and the fact these machines are all different in the various shops you can see why the old dears don’t like them. The temptation with a bigger shop is not to swipe all the items and have a freebie or two. So robots aside what of the Coop? Well it doesn’t really do the big supermarket thing anymore and so very much a local set up. You won’t be able to buy a Christmas tree or Turkey here and rarely find off street parking. It’s probably a supermarket aimed at singletons or students if the truth be told. It’s more likely to do pizza in the fridge than a family beef joint. Their stores only have so much space these days and when you are going up against independent general stores and chains like Nisa and, of course, the mini big chain stores like Sainsbury’s and ...

Goosebumps (DVD) 18/09/2017

Jack Black and the monsters attack!

Goosebumps (DVD) Star – Jack Black Genre – Comedy Run Time – 103 minutes Certificate – PG Country – U.S. Awards – 4 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £6.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = If you didn’t know, and as mums and dads will tell you, The Goosebumps are a very popular and long running series of children’s books, books that contain monsters, and only opened by a magical key. Those mums and dads will also tell you monsters are a great way of getting naughty boys off to sleep. R.L Stines books (the author played by Jack Black in the film) are so popular he has sold more than Stephen King, King having sold just over 350 million books world-wind and R.L. Stine having sold over 400 million book. This line features in the movie, as did the real R L Stine, playing a cameo as Mr Black, of course. So now we have the Goosebumps movie, modern CGI allowing the books to come to life on film the way they should have. This movie was released 20 years after the first serial of the Goosebumps (1995) TV series. The script has been around awhile and Tim Burton was originally going to produce the film in 1998, and was attached to it. That would have been the better movie as this one does exactly what it says on the tin. Even more perversely, during the 1990s, George A. Romero (Living Dead legend) was hired to adapt the book series into a single film and even finished a draft. This is the first Sony Pictures Animation's live-action film. R.L. Stine himself observed that one of the major ...

Force Majeure (DVD) 18/09/2017

'There's nothing in your head that you haven't said!'

Force Majeure (DVD) Star – The Alps Genre – World Cinema > Dromedy Run Time – 120 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Sweden Golden Globe – 1 nomination Awards – 31 Wins & 16 Nominations Amazon – £5.92 DVD £8.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Force Majeure (an event that no human foresight could anticipate or which, if anticipated, is too strong to be controlled), for once a highly recommended Scandinavian film that’s not a crime caper with a hot singleton detective who is divorced with a drinking problem and mumbles all through the movie in darkly lit crime scenes. No, it’s an unsettling Swedish black comedy from likewise director Ruben Östlund. It’s BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated and was adored by the film festival circuit for its visually inventive look and dark comedy themes and writing and had a high win ratio. It didn’t win the Oscar in 2015 but was Sweden’s official entry. Its rather unique and intelligent film making. Watch the trailer below. Trailer http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi2578165529?playlistId=tt2121382&ref=ttovvi Cast Johannes Kuhnke ... Tomas (as Johannes Bah Kuhnke) Lisa Loven Kongsli ... Ebba Clara Wettergren ... Vera Vincent Wettergren ... Harry Kristofer Hivju ... Mats Fanni Metelius ... Fanny Karin Myrenberg ... Charlotte Brady Corbet ... Amerikanen Johannes Moustos ... Stadaren Jorge Lattof ... Tomba Adrian Heinisch ... Busschauffören Michael Breitenberger ... Rökande mannen Plot A young middle class family consisting of Stockholm ...

The Grandmaster (DVD) 15/09/2017

Kung Fu Checkmate?

The Grandmaster (DVD) Star – Director Kar –Wai Wong Genre – World Cinema – Martial Arts Run Time – 130 minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – Hong Kong Oscars – 2 nominations Awards – 53 Wins & 51 Nominations Amazon – £3.82 DVD £10.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Grandmaster was a much anticipated martial arts movie bout the life of the IP man, a revered martial arts expert who eventfully trained Bruce Lee. The project was announced almost 10 years before its final release, due to director Kar-Wai Wong's endless perfectionism. Sadly several other motion pictures about the Ip Man came together after this announcement and the best and most notable being Ip Man (2008) and Ip Man 2 (2010). Kar-Wai Wong is famously pedantic and one big reason for the relentless development time here was that the director spent a year or more in the editing suite before he was satisfied. With Martin Scorcese also on board at that point someone was trying to impress. Bruce Lee trained in the martial art of ‘Wing Chun’ and later developed his own advanced martial arts philosophy, Jeet Kune Do ("The Way of the Intercepting Fist.") Wing Chun is a cool martial art that uses short-range punches and blocks and low kicks for close contact, what Conner McGregor may need to beat Floyd Mayweather when he is made to look like a mug next Saturday morning. Cast Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Ip Man (as Tony Leung) Cung Le ... Iron Shoes Qingxiang Wang ... Master Gong Yutian Elvis Tsui ... Mr. Hung Hye-kyo ...

The Connection (DVD) 15/09/2017

Heat, French style...

The Connection (DVD) Star – Jean Dujardin Genre – World Cinema > Crime Run Time – 135 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – France Amazon – £5.99 DVD Awards – 2 Wins & 4 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Connection is a French drama based on the true story of the rise of a drug baron in 1970s Marseilles and the battle with the law, the connection being the cities mob ability to move the drugs on from North Africa to New York, and right under the cop’s noses. The Corsican crime lords were brazen down there but like everything else, the global economy coming down the line pushed down prices and Afghanistan took over the world heroin and hashish trade. It’s believed Francs didn’t get too involved in the war in Afghanistan in the belief that the country that now supplies 90% of the worlds heroin would spike the prices in France, and so the crime rate, if the American led coalition seriously curtailed supply. 40-years on from the bloody 1970s drug trade in France they felt they got to a balance today where the price on the street is manageable. But Libya falling to Islamic bandits and factions has encouraged the Corsican's to try and increase drug supply from North Africa again. Interesting, the rise of Islamic extremism in North Africa means it’s also the biggest route for cocaine movement now, out stripping the traditional South American one to the west. Cast Jean Dujardin ... Pierre Michel Gilles Lellouche ... Gaëtan 'Tany' Zampa Céline Sallette ... Jacqueline Michel Mélanie ...

Fill the Void (DVD) 15/09/2017

Two weddings and one funeral, Israeli style ....

Fill the Void (DVD) Genre – World cinema > Drama Run Time – 90 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – Israel Awards – 13 Wins & 16 Nominations Amazon – £5.99 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Marriage in the west, on the whole, is an act of love and union between two people who want to be together and don’t want anyone else to have their partner. Occasionally a young bird will marry some old fat bloke for his money to keep her in shoes but in general we marry someone like us. In other cultures and religions that may not be the case. The Muslims get the most stick for this arranged marriage thing with Jewish people getting the least stick for it. Your countries financial standing in the world seems to decide on that judgment. In some areas of the U.K. up to 50% or more of British Pakistani adults will marry their cousin, something completely alien to the west. A lot of these arranged marriages are about the amount of respect and cash these marriages bring the family of the groom through a dowry and elevates the families standing in the community. In some extreme cases in the more rural and backward areas of Muslim countries the fully grown adult males with be paired with a child, and mort than one. Eastern European Roma have so far escaped their role in child marriage but a big story rumbling towards us once the Pakistani child sex abuse cases have been rung dry by the Daily Mail and the like. Fill The Void is a feature film explores marriage in a Hasidic Jewish ...

Black Sea (DVD) 15/09/2017

Surprisingly good fun British action movie

Black Sea (DVD) Star – Jude Law Genre – Action & Adventure Run Time – 114 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.K. Amazon – £3.00 DVD £5.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, after Jude Law didn’t become the next Michel Caine, and known more for dating starlets, his career receding like his hairline. When you tap in ‘Jude Law’ on google bar you get ‘Jude Law girlfriend’ coming up above Jude Law movies. Even though he has been in good films like Spy and the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films the awards and film festivals have forgotten all about the double Oscar nominee. I’m not hug fan of his but he is genuine movie star with a genuine movie star presence and niche and relative unseen films like Black Sea prove it. Black Sea is from Scottish director Kevin McDonald (Last King of Scotland and Touching the Void) and a rare British Action & Adventure movie. Cast • Jude Law as Captain Robinson • Scoot McNairy as Daniels • Ben Mendelsohn as Fraser • David Threlfall as Peters • Bobby Schofield as Tobin • Karl Davies as Liam • Konstantin Khabensky as Blackie • Grigoriy Dobrygin as Morozov • Sergei Puskepalis as Zaytsev • Sergei Kolesnikov as Levchenko • Tobias Menzies as Lewis • Jodie Whittaker as Chrissy • Michael Smiley as Reynolds Plot Gruff Glasgow alpha male Robinson (Jude Law) is a veteran captain of under-sea salvage who is recently divorced and estranged from his young son. He has just been told that he is to be made redundant, receiving a paltry eight grand pay off ...

Marvel Avengers Assemble (DVD) 15/09/2017

A Marvel Indeed!!

Marvel Avengers Assemble (DVD) Star – The Avengers! Genre – Comic Book/Action County – USA Certificate – 12a Run Time – 143 minutes Blockbusters – £3.50 per night Amazon – £10.99 DVD (£16.19p Blue Ray) --------------- ----- -------Quote------ Captain America: ‘Stark, are you seeing any of this? Tony Stark: ‘Seeing, still working on believing’. --------------- ----- So, after a six picture deal with Paramount Studios the Marvel franchise has passed to Disney, who picked it up at The Avengers and then Iron Man 3 stage, The Avengers immediately breaking the record by being the first film in the Marvel genre to pass the one billion dollar mark in takings, recently surpassing the DC Comics Dark Knight record of $1.1 billion dollars for a superhero film, only the 12th film in Hollywood history to make the one billion bucks, and this from just a $220 million budget. It currently stands at $1.5 billion take, fan boys and girls the driver of modern day cinema takings now. I think it’s fair to say it was a good investment by Disney. The dollar signs must have been there from the off for Disney when they realized they could put all of the original Avengers in the same film. I suspect George Lucas had similar salivations over the Star Wars toy and comic sales when he finally rebooted the franchise. Not only do we get all five characters together in a schwashbuckling movie but that will help Disney to fire up those characters in individual projects through all aspects of their business and so more Marvel ...

Blind Side , The(DVD) 15/09/2017

A load of Bullocks?

Blind Side , The(DVD) --------------- --------------- -------- Star- Sandra Bullock Genre- Feel good sports movie RuN-Time - 129 minutes Certificate - 13 Oscar - 1 ------------- I think it's fair to say that The Blindside is the first real post Obama movie, a liberal Hollywood group hug between black and white, loosely based on the true story of homelessness boy Michael Oher's rise to fame to be Left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. Blindside bends over backwards in that awkward way white people can be around black folks to cleanse, screaming Rodney King that we can indeed 'all get along' now Barak has the keys to the 'Whitehouse', which Rodney did indeed do by marrying the now rich black juror who got him off on that infamous trial after he blew all of his compensation winnings. A feel good sport biopic in the truest sense, The Blindside not only overcooked America's apparent new racial hierarchy but earned Sandra Bullock a surprise Best Actress Oscar for her sassy southern rich soccer mom performance, the film locations where Bullock grew up and comes from as a woman definitely helping her turn, but the familiar girl next-door nasal delivery not everybody's cup of tea. This film also awarded her the tag of the most paid female Hollywood star in 2010, £30 million in the bank, overtaking Julia Roberts, who, rather ironically, turned this role down. It's also a cleansing role that's the exact opposite to Bullocks bigoted character in the excellent 'Crash' and maybe she needed this ...
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