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Kajaki (DVD) 27/05/2017

Tense and contemporary British war film

Kajaki (DVD) Genre – War Run Time – 108 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – United Kingdom BFTA – 1 nomination Awards – 4 Wins & 4 Nominations Amazon – £5.99 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = In September 2001 four commercial airliners full of Saudi terrorists funded by Saudi money through Saudi facilitators and a Saudi prince - or two - hit the United States. The Americans knew all this ‘awkward’ Saudi stuff pretty early on in the investigation in but powerless to act against a state sponsored Saudi attack, instead blaming a tall man with a beard in Afghanistan that didn’t much like America but looked like a terrorist mastermind after all, the perfect Muslim foil. Saudi provide America with cheap oil that sustains and powers the US economy, and in return the US sustain and empower the 5000 plus members of the ruling Royal House of Saud with billions of dollars of the latest weapons and intelligence to keep them in power. But the majority of Saudi’s hate the House of Saud as they do America and so this status quo could not be threatened by 911. Some say the Saudi government covertly sanctioned 911 to show their people where their loyalties really lay by putting America in their place so the Saudi people going on tolerate their warped Islamic oppression, all the time the Saudi elite hypocritically enjoying the high life by jetting off around the world whilst their people live behind the veil at home. The Middle East is game the West can not afford not to play and ...

Girlhood (DVD) 27/05/2017

Girlz in le Hood

Girlhood (DVD) Star – Karidja Toure Genre – World Cinema Run Time – 113 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – France Awards – 11 Wins & 21 Nominations Amazon – £5.99 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 10 young black men have been shot and stabbed to death on the streets of London in the last two weeks. We presume they were killed by likewise. The reduction of stop and search for politically correct reasons has let the gangs take back the East and West London streets. The black and Asian communities rail against racial profiling for stop and search and won’t accept the police do it to stem the murders and street robberies. It’s the same in most world cities where there are marginalized black communities, Paris, the location for Girlhood, no different. But for white Britain and France it’s very much out of sight, out of mind. Girlhood is from white French female director Céline Sciamma', she of the rather good movies Water Lilly’s and Tomboy, like Girlhood, films about the fluidity of gender and sexual identity among girls during this formative period and a trilogy of sort in the directors mind. Considering those topics, as you would expect she is gay, and in a relationship with a younger actress she met on Water Lilly’s. Middle class people write and direct what they know but also how they think it should be for other people. Scimma’s motivation for Girlhood was seeing groups of black girls hanging out in the stations and shopping malls wearing black lather jackets ...

line.me 27/05/2017

Free phone calls to anywhere in the world folks?

line.me So, as we all know, the media utility companies are taking the p*ss these days with their landline charges. If we have home broadband /Wi-Fi internet we have to pay £20 for a landline for a phone we hardly use these days, Emails and Smartphone collapsing home phone use in the new millennium. They are, of course, stealthily increasing charges on the landline to supplement their cheap internet deals. We eyed up leaving Virgin broadband for Sky on a really good deal but in the small print it said after the 18 month deal ends you have to pay £27 for a land line thereafter! On that price it won’t take long to recover the value from the deal. As it’s a mega hassle changing providers then few people bother and so why they ramp up the costs the longer you don’t move, loyalty actually penalized in this industry. There is hope though as Vodafone broadband are the first to jump and offer a broadband package only with no line rental charges for a flat £22 pounds a months. Let’s hope that sees the end of landline charges. I can’t wait to dump that bill. The reason the younger utility bill payer is 'narked' over mandatory landline charges is they can do all their calls for free through their smartphone now through these free to download and use apps like WhatsApp and this one, Line.me. As long as the person you call has the same software on their smart phone the call connects for free, and to ANYWHERE in the WORLD. There are no catches and the calls are totally free. How these companies ...

webuybooks.co.uk 27/05/2017

Sell your films, DVDs and books for a bit of pocket money?

webuybooks.co.uk As we all know high street video rental is over and we are now restricted to a movie package on our smart TVs and the like or an expensive physical DVD or a cinema ticket to see a new movie. I don’t really want to pay ten quid every time I want to see a new film and so was a huge fan of DVD rental. Until this year I could do that at my local library where they rented a good selection of the newest titles for £2.50 a week. Well that has stopped and so I am having to buy in newer films on places like Amazon Marketplace online and CEX Game and Video Exchange on the highstreet. But even in these resale places you are buying at 50/60% of the original retail price for newer movies and games, plus postage if you buy second hand online. Its not cheap. My new tactic is to use websites like webuybooks, which offers small remuneration for your old DVDs, books and consul/PC games, plus free carrier costs to the company. For some newer DVD films (less than year old) you can get between £1-4 pounds at CEX Exchange but generally it’s between 30-70p. On webuybooks the prices are much better in most cases. If you have a bundle to sell it’s my preferred method as no postage asked by Webuybooks and you just walk down to there chosen courier and off it goes. The films I buy online are not super new but they are good and their film ratings researched and so I would like a little bit more cash that Webuybooks seem to offer. Once your films are two and three years old and have not been on ...

Room (DVD) 27/05/2017

Room With a View

Room (DVD) Star – Brie Larson Genre – Drama Run Time – 120 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Oscars – 1 & 3 nominations Awards – 103 Wins & 132 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £6.98 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = True stories of abductions and disappearances of very young children taken from their family and mothers are always fascinating and disturbing new stories. The parents of Madeline McCann drew polarized public opinion, statistically; white middle-class parents very rarely suffering such a tragedy, cot death and infant abduction almost unheard of in their social class, just as much statistical reason for them to be guilty or not guilty. Because of their social class the media backed off making the accusation they really wanted to. That is not the case with working -class parents who suffer an abducted infant, the tabloid press soon on their back with suggested cynical stories of poor parenting and complicity, the medias cynicism proving correct in the case of with Shannon Mathews. But without a body or the kid found alive you will never know. And when kids are abducted by strangers why don’t they take the chance to escape when they are much older, another accusation of suspicion woven into the media narrative, the kids often taken on trips by their captors and a twisted bonding process of sorts in play, as with Natasha Kampusch, the Austrian girl kidnapped at age 10 for 8 years thereafter in a secret cell. The truth is very young kids know no different ...

Bad Words (DVD) 24/05/2017

The journey is the destination.

Bad Words (DVD) Star – Jason Bateman Genre – Drama>Comedy Run Time – 93 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 2 Wins & 4 Nominations Amazon – £3.35 DVD £7.89 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So an 18 rated movie about a kid’s spelling bee anyone? Yes, that’s what I thought. Well the likable and predictably safe actor Jason Batman thought Andrew Dodge’s promoted script would be ideal for his directing debut and so here we are. The screenplay was featured in the 2011 "Blacklist", a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. Well known actors in their 40s who direct tend to do it to get more control over their career and to work with better scripts, but also there to help get the film made through their name and connections. In this cast h star is fed up of being nice. Cast • Jason Bateman as Guy Trilby • Allison Janney as Dr. Bernice Deagan • Kathryn Hahn as Jenny Widgeon • Rohan Chand as Chaitanya Chopra • Rachael Harris as Eric Tai's Mother • Ben Falcone as Pete Fowler • Judith Hoag as Petal Dubois • Beth Grant as Irene • Philip Baker Hall as Dr. William Bowman • Patricia Belcher as Ingrid • Anjul Nigam as Sriram • Michael Patrick McGill as Beet-Red Father • Bob Stephenson as Bill Murhoff • Steve Witting as Proctor • Greg Cromer as Jeremy • Ethan Dizon as Ricky Irvine Plot The rather obnoxious and uncouth Guy Trilby (Jason Batemen) has just caused mayhem at a kid’s spelling bee by entering it and winning it. He has done this before, chased off the ...

Mississippi Grind (DVD) 24/05/2017

A grind alright...

Mississippi Grind (DVD) Star – Ryan Reynolds Genre – Drama Run Time – 108 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 2 Wins & 3 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £19.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = At first sight this DVD has that look that it’s going to be a really cool conman flick with lots of twists, grifts and misdirection, Ryan Reynolds (the loud Canadian actor from the BT ads) and Ben Mendesohn dealt into the pack to rev it up some more. It turns out to be something very different. It’s from director Anna Boden and writer Ryan Fleck and best known for the film Half Nelson with the other Ryan, Gosling, and loosely based on the 1974 film California Split by Robert Altman. It’s a melancholic and earnest low budget indie with the buddy movie feel of The Sting and mystery of Hard Eight. It also a typical Ryan Reynolds movie, his personalized number plate all over this. Cast • Ryan Reynolds as Curtis • Ben Mendelsohn as Gerry • Sienna Miller as Simone • Analeigh Tipton as Vanessa • Alfre Woodard as Sam • Jayson Warner Smith as Clifford • Robin Weigert as Dorothy • Marshall Chapman as Cherry • Jane McNeill as Kate • Indigo as Dora • James Toback as Tony Roundtree • Jason Shaffette as Chuck Plot Compulsive gambler Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a frazzled looking guy from a life of throwing dice and tearing up track tickets and so skint again. At a local casino in Dubuque, Iowa, he meets confident and cocky Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a young drifter come gambler, whilst ...

Youngman Trade 2 Section Extension Ladder 24/05/2017

I hate cleaning the gutters!

Youngman Trade 2 Section Extension Ladder So, we had a nice long two piece ladder for a while but now we don’t. Someone nicked it, presumably to break into someone else’s house. Unless you have a van its not the sort of thing crooks should be seen carrying around. It’s the second ladder we have lost this way. It was on old fashioned wooden one that was super sturdy – so time for a new one and down to B&Q. We decided on a Youngman telescopic one so we could fit it into the garage at night on some hangers for safe keeping. Ladders are not something you use many times and so need a home. For me, having the comfort of a ladder is part of the routine when you lose your key and have to get back into the house somehow. I tend to leave a little window ajar in the back of the house and then the latch up on the big one so I can hook it up with some wire and get in that way. You do not want to be calling out a locksmith late at night. They are not cheap and I saved my neighbors a hundred quick helping them break in with my tried and tested method. Maybe someone stole out ladder to break back into their own house? Apart from external painting and some garden stuff the scariest job we use the ladder for is cleaning the gutters. Men are on this planet to do this job. Women won’t go near it and can blame the men when it goes wrong. We have to press the ladder against the plastic gutter and you just know one day it will snap the chap gutting and not only do you have a whole in the gutter that completely defeats the object of the ...

Whatever Works (DVD) 23/05/2017

Whatever almost works...

Whatever Works (DVD) Star – Larry David Genre – Comedy Run Time – 93 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Awards – Wins & Nominations Amazon – £9.97 DVD £7.82 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I think it’s fair to say Woody Allen has passed his prime and fairly down hill since the 1990s, Bullets over Broadway (1994) and Mighty Aphrodite (1994) the last time I really enjoyed one of his films, about the time he started flirting with his adopted daughters and went all serious and reflective and melancholy with the realization he may well be a pedophile. Midnight in Paris (2011) was fairly enjoyable to be fair but I don’t really like his newer stuff, like Jasmine and Vicky, Christina, Barcelona. The four times Oscar winner has never turned up to accept one of those golden statues though and has still been nominated another 16 times on top of that lot. I can’t see him coming now. For the film Whatever Works he dusted off an old screenplay from the early 1970s that he'd originally written for the obscure actor Zero Mostel, shelved when the star died. Woody took the script off that shelf because he loves Larry David and one of the few comedians that make him laugh. He certainly makes me laugh and so with the star of Curb Your Enthusiasm in the movie I thought I would give Woody Allen one more go as he returns to that bitter and sardonic Manhattan Jewish humor territory that’s always funny with Allen. Cast • Larry David as Boris Yelnikoff • Samantha Bee as Chess Mother • Ed ...

Are you rather watching movies at home or at the cinema? 22/05/2017

Both!

Are you rather watching movies at home or at the cinema? I stopped going to the cinema when they started charging £8.00, too much when you can watch the film online for free or a couple quid on DVD at your local library. But austerity has seen the end of public library rental and so down to getting an expensive movie channel or buying on DVD. I have settled for buying newish films online second hand, selling them on and hoping the value of watching the film covers the loss. But Smart HDTV is winning over the movie fan and cinema on the wane again. In recent years Netflix had been snubbed at the Cannes Film Festival for releasing the films they make on their streaming channel first without a cinema release, the same way they do their normal TV output. Cannes banned them from entering their competition as they say films that bypass the cinema ‘are not in the spirit of the competition’. But this year the ‘Meyerowitz Stories’, starring Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson, and ‘Okja’, a South Koran monster movie , have been submitted and accepted at the festival in consideration for the main competition categories. Amazon online films have also been allowed a total of five entries. Cannes are getting with the times as film once again moves away from the cinema, as it did in the 1970s and 80s with the arrival of VHS. But they had their moment of revenge and the projectionist showed Okja in the wrong ratio at the premier, much to the derision of the audience, spoiling director Bong Joon’s day. Cannes are not the only people to be blanking ...

Citadel (DVD) 19/05/2017

Attack the wee Block!

Citadel (DVD) Star – James Cosmo Genre – Horror Run Time – 84 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.K Awards – 11 Wins & 7 Nominations Amazon – £3.98 DVD £7.43 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = There have been quite a few tower block movies of late, from the excellent British Sci-Fi horror comedy Attack the Block to the rather silly but fun psycho thriller Tower Block, also from the U.K., like Citadel. We had the so-so screwball Ben Stiller American comedy Tower Heist and let’s not forget the surprisingly good Judge Dredd remake from the same country that also exploits the claustrophobia of the apartment building, a film that pulled heavily from the plot of the superb foreign film The Raid. Sadly Citadel is comfortably on the mezzanine level of this particular list. That doesn’t mean it’s bad or anything but the standard always high in this particular genre. High Rise with Tom Hiddleston is comfortably the worse one I have seen of late in the genre. Citadel is from first time feature director Ciarán Foy, who got the idea for the story from an incident where he was attacked by a gang of feral kids at age eighteen in Belfast. The whole film was shot with a hand-held camera to bring that gritty urban realism and the director’s own agoraphobia to the film that he suffered for quite a few years just after that attack. The old ‘fight or flight ‘effects people deeply after an attack, as some of you may well know. Cast • Aneurin Barnard as Tommy • James Cosmo as Priest • Jake ...

The Warlords (DVD) 19/05/2017

OH,another Chinese epic with loads of arrows in the air..

The Warlords (DVD) Star – Jet Li, Andy Lau & Takeshi Kneshiro Genre – World cinema > Martial Arts Run Time – 126 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – HK/China Awards – 17 Wins & 24 Nominations Amazon – £3.55 DVD £8.77 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = As we know there are quite a few types of martial arts films from the world of Honk Kong/Chinese Cinema. We have the cool sharp-suited cop against the cool sharp suited villain with the essential slow motion shootout at the end, or ‘this dojo versus that dojo’ chop suey comedy with full on Kung Fu wire work. And then the historical epic, zillions of arrows in the air, bold warriors loping of each others heads and millions of soldiers marched to the slaughter, The Warlords very much the later. I like all three. It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of the real general Ma Xinyi. The original cinema story was filmed by Zhang Che in 1973 as the film The Blood Brothers. As with all Chinese movies certain plot facts and lines are changed to make China look better behaved than what it was. The more people who have access to movies in China the more they are doing this to control those people. It happens with Hollywood movies released over there to, many a cut or recasting made to please Beijing. This film took three years to get a USA release. It stars two of China’s biggest ...

The Visit (Blu-ray) 17/05/2017

Not really worth a visit

The Visit (Blu-ray) Star – M Knight Shyamalan Genre – Horror/Comedy Run Time – 94 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – 1 Win & 12 Nomination Amazon – £3.98 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = After M Knight Shymalan’s disastrous horror film ‘The Happening’ (2008) and the rather disliked Lady in the Water (2006) dumped the director’s reputation on the floor like a WWF bodyslam, and then the studio films The Last Airbender (2010) and Will Smiths family affair Sci Fi After Earth (2013) also bombed, The Visit (2015) was deemed a decent enough to be acclaimed his comeback movie. The Village (2004) was another one that drew grumbles. Not everyone is fan of the maverick Indian director and often mocked for his spectacular twists, known as the ‘closing cringe’, in those same critic’s circles. But let’s not forget this is the guy who bought us The Sixth Sense (1999), Signs (2002) and Unbreakable (2000). Like most great bands, the first few albums are the always the best. Cast • Olivia DeJonge as Becca • Ed Oxenbould as Tyler • Kathryn Hahn as Loretta Jamison, Becca and Tyler's mother • Deanna Dunagan as Maria Bella Jamison (Claire), also known as "Nana" • Peter McRobbie as Frederick Spencer Jamison, also known as "Pop Pop" • Benjamin Kanes as Corin, Becca and Tyler's father • Celia Keenan-Bolger as Stacey Plot 15-year-old Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and 13-year-old brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) are being packed off to their maternal grandparents on the train for a ...

Carol (DVD) 17/05/2017

.Style over substance yet again at The Oscars …?

Carol (DVD) Star – Cate Blanchett Genre – Drama Run Time – 118 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Oscars – 6 nominations Awards – 73 Wins & 239 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £8.58 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = There is no better feeling in the world when you really fancy someone across the room and they reciprocate with the same pupil expansion as you check each other out there after to see if they are still looking. Then you confidently stroll over and make effortless conversation and live happily ever after. In reality you look at your shoes, bottle it, and go home empty handed cursing yourself for not saying hi. That frustration is called evolution, only the brave moving the gene pool forward on that particular night. But what if the same sex is checking you out and your heart is racing and you have feelings back for them, even though you are as straight as Steve Davis snooker cue, the subject of this sumptuous and award winning lesbian love story. But this is Hollywood so only beautiful women tend to get it on with each other in the movies, the strikingly beautiful Cate Blanchett and rising talent Rooney Mara locking lips here. In lesbian relationship in the real world, of course, one of them tends to look like a bloke for some reason and presumably a surreptitious male substitute. They tend not to do butch-femme in the movies and the classy film ‘Bound’ about as close as we got to that. Cate Blanchett has increasingly become an Oscar chaser of late as she ...

Horrible Bosses (Blu-ray) 17/05/2017

Yep, horribly dull...

Horrible Bosses (Blu-ray) Star – Jason Bateman Genre – Comedy Run Time – 98 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 3 Wins & 10 Nominations Amazon – £1.66 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Horrible Bosses is one of those films that gets good rates on well known internet movie sites but you know deep down the film is not going to be your thing but you end up watching it anyway. This was one of those films. Its star packed with people like Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston and tons of big names cameos. These people must want to be in this comedy for a reason, right? Wrong. It’s all about the paycheck. The clues were there. It’s from director Seth Gordon, who has bought us two other misfiring comedies, Four Christmases and Identity Thief, and has done a ton of TV and box set stuff. It also took $200 million dollars from its $40 million budget, another bum steer. Still, I didn’t pay much money for the Blue Ray on Amazon Marketplace to watch it so only the loss of my time and effort. Cast Jason Bateman ... Nick Hendricks Kevin Spacey ... Dave Harken Charlie Day ... Dale Arbus Lindsay Sloane ... Stacy Michael Albala ... Mr. Anderton Colin Farrell... Bobby Pellit Jennifer Aniston ... Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. Jamie Foxx... Dean 'MF' Jones Jason Sudeikis ... Kurt Buckman George Back ... Kurt's Co-Worker Meghan Markle ... Jamie Donald Sutherland ... Jack Pellit Celia Finkelstein ... Margie Emerman Plot Nick Hendricks (Bateman) and Dale Arbus (Day) are buddies who ...
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