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Good to see more reviews going up in the New Year! Please keep rating and maybe do 20% more than you usually do. Remember, those diamonds go the same old members so you need those rates.

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The Big Short (DVD) 19/01/2017

Privatise the profits and nationalise the debt….

The Big Short (DVD) Star – Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt Genre – Comedy Run Time – 1 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – USA Oscars – Won 1 Awards – 80 Nominations & 35 Wins Amazon – £5.00 DVD £8.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So the Big Short, based on the book ‘The Big Short: Inside Doomsday Machine’, by Michael Lewis, a book that details the main players in the 2008 housing bubble collapse. The story just had to be turned into a movie as it was so bloody mind-blowing and recklessly unbelievable. Hollywood decided to give it to comedy director Adam McKay (he of most of Will Ferrell’s’ films) and his wring partner Charles Randolph, a masterstroke as a comedy movie is probably the only vehicle to describe and deliver the unpalatable and complex world of investment bankers and the best way to keep us engaged. The Academy certainly thought so and the pair won the Oscar for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’. We had previously the serious and intelligent Margin Call movie about the same crisis and it’s been serious ever since so why not a bit of brevity and levity around a near comical collapse of the world banking system? Trust me; this method and film will keep you hooked. 99% of us are still none the wiser what happened and why it happened but this film is the first to really lay it out in an articulate and entertaining way that one can follow. You will certainly be a whole lot clearer about sub prime mortgages and CDOs (Credit default Obligations) ...

Central Intelligence (DVD) 17/01/2017

Buddy cop movie without the laughs

Central Intelligence (DVD) Star – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Genre – Comedy Run Time – 107minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – 5 Nominations & 1 Win Amazon – £6.99 DVD £9.99Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Believe it or not but Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is the highest earning male movie star in the world, Johnson’s earn was $65 million last year, which includes all his earnings outside movies. Last year he was on ‘just’ $31 million. He is that loveable big lug go to go for voice overs in animation movies and loves to have a crack at different genres, to be fair surprisingly pretty good on the dead pan comic timing the way Mark Wahlberg proved with films like The Other Guy and Ted. But whereas those films are well written and non conventional, Central Intelligence is as generic as you can get for a buddy cop comedy and his real appeal. Sadly there are no women in the top ten list of high earning actors even though Scarlett Johansson is the highest grossing actress of last year with her Marvel Universe stuff. Most paid actors last year 1. Dwayne Johnson = $64, 500,000 2. Jackie Chan = $61,000,000 3. Matt Damon = $55,000,000 4. Tom Cruise = $53,000,000 5. Johnny Depp = $48,000,000 6. Ben Affleck = $43,000,000 7. Vin Diesel = $35,000,000 8. Shah Rukh Khan = $33,000,000 9. Robert Downey Jr = $33,000,000 10. Akshay Kumar = $31,500,000 A foot taller and 100 pounds heavier we pair The Rock with titchy Kevin Hart, the pint sized actor that is the new Chris Tucker, which is not a ...

David Brent: Life on the Road (DVD) 17/01/2017

Has Ricky Gervais become David Brent?

David Brent: Life on the Road (DVD) Star – Ricky Gervais Genre – Comedy Run Time – 96 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – U.K. Awards – 1 Nomination Amazon – £9.99 DVD £14.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I remember calling up my brother and some mates when I watched the first episode of The Office. I was blown away by it. I told them they just had to see this show. It’s something very special. I had seen Ricky in a few fringe things like the Eleven O’clock Show, a short lived production line of C4 comedy talent, and knew he was very funny in an edgy and obnoxious way and going to be big. It was like that show was storing up all the talent that wasn’t quite right for the lugubrious sitcom desert that was the 1990s and unleashed on the new century, the same way C4s Saturday Night Live did in the 1980s. The Office was clever as it was subtle enough to deliver risky humor to a middle-class audience that they wouldn’t feel guilty about watching and a working-class comic would be panned for if they had written The Office. It’s very clever and observed comedy and sent up reality TV just at the right time. Delivering it through a twisted character allowed that deceit and we were not only laughing at Brent but sniggering away under our breath at the edgy race and gender and homophobic jokes he slips in, disguised under Brent’s cringe factor. When you break it down that is the joke. In the PC new millennium we were not allowed to laugh at jokes about race, gender and sexuality, at work or at play, ...

Eddie the Eagle (DVD) 18/01/2017

Eddie soars again!

Eddie the Eagle (DVD) Star – Taron Egerton & Hugh Jackman Genre – Biopic > Comedy Run Time – 115 minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – United Kingdom Awards – 1 Win & 3 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £9.99Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well”. (Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1863-1937) So, after the really enjoyable British film called ‘Pride’, about the miners struggle and a group of gay activist that dare to help them, I was up for more of the same with this one, ‘Eddie the Eagle’, earning similar glowing write ups in that ‘based on a true story plucky Brits make good’ comedy genre. Most of you know the story of Edwards and most of you would agree it’s amazing that it’s taken this long to produce a comedy about this countries greatest loser. If you don’t know what happened then Eddie, real name Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, went from £6 grand a year jobbing chippy in 1988 to £10 grand an hour failed Olympic hero a week later after his inglorious flop in the 1988 Calgary Olympics 70m Hill , jumping just half the distance of the gold medal winner. It was a big story at the time. The British Olympic Committee had not sent an Olympic jumper to the Games since 1928 and not about to send Eddie, seeing him as a chancer trying to belittle the sport with his rubbish jumps. It’s a ...

Don Jon (DVD) 18/01/2017

Yes, all men watch porn, girls. But women do, to, guys...

Don Jon (DVD) Star – Joseph Gordon - Levitt Genre – Adult Comedy Run Time – 102 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – USA Awards – 28 Nominations & 1 Win Amazon – £2.85 DVD £8.19 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So ‘Don Jon’, the directorial and screenplay debut of Joseph Gordon Levitt, he of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, Looper and Inception, and my favorite ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’. Don Jon is the tale of a Brooklyn ladies man who is addicted to most things young men are but especially porn. That’s an eye catching first film from such a talented actor, especially for female and gay fans as he gets his shirt off and does the shuffle in this quirky adult comedy. Write what you know, they say. Well every man knows about porn and pretty much every guy looks at it, and stuff we would never admit to, not what their wives, partners and girlfriends want to hear. What guys don’t know is 32% of women, when surveyed, said they looked at porn every week and another 30% said a few times per month, and a hardcore 15% get a daily fix. Check those cookies boys! If we guys catch our partners looking at porn it’s generally a turn on and time to join in whereas the other way around we guys get it in the neck. It’s OK for women to get off on an unrealistically sexy men online but not guys with girl porn? The thing is girls, the reason we like porn is because it isn’t realistic and we know we are probably not giving you the same amount of sexual pleasure doing the real thing as we get from porn. ...

TP-LINK TL-WN723N 18/01/2017

My TV is not as smart as this little baby!

TP-LINK TL-WN723N I have had a smart HDTV for a couple of years now and late last year the internet would no longer connect. I didn’t use the TV internet much so it wasn’t something I was worried about. I don’t know why it was no longer connecting but my laptop has also struggled to connect first time in the same room so probably not the TV. I think it’s because my provider, Virgin, has either turned down our signal to boost a new Virgin customers experience from the overloaded green box outside, or the nearby and concealed BT Open Zone aerial on the local allotment (its in a shed) across the road has been cranked up and interfering with my bedroom wireless signal. I think it’s the latter as when I log into my various wireless devices I have to do battle with BT always listed at the top of my available wireless connections. So, fed up with three or four attempts to get on line and no TV connection to watch Iplayer etc I went in search of a cure. I learnt about this TPI-Link technology from some ciao reviews and when my brother bought my other brother one of these plug in ones and it worked a treat and he immediately got a smart TV internet connection from a similar issue. So I bought one. There are quite a few models and designs out there to deliver TPI-Link technology and I chose the wall plug one as it was slightly cheaper to the modem design. It’s called powerlining technology and much more powerful than convectional wireless connections in the house. You retain your original modem ...

BBC2 - Time Commanders 17/01/2017

A timely return!!

BBC2 - Time Commanders So, after the welcome return of Robot Wars after 13-years absence we also have Time Commanders back on our screens, running on the more highbrow BBC4 after its 11-year hiatus. Both are fairly geeky shows although Time Commanders nowhere hear as geeky as Robot Wars. Both were pulled for a rest after successful niche followings but Time Commanders is a show ripe for a return now digital game play technology has moved on. Its one of those shows that make use of computer graphics and a rare case of a contestant show where you can actually learn something other than trivia from trivial members of the public. The premise is that two teams of the general public have to reenact great military battles of the past through a studio simulator. The soldiers, military kit and locations are set up as near as can be certain at the time and then the start button is pressed as the two teams play out the same battles on the big screen with their own strategy, which is often capricious, gung-ho and foolhardy. On hand are a team of experts to help them with decisions on the battlefield and a pause button when it all goes pear shaped or they want to reassess their tactics or seek more advice. The new series has left the studio for some segments where the players can try out the actual battlefield weapons with the experts and some targets. This is really an excuse to use more presenters and more bearded and rustic experts, a suitably diverse and eccentric mix. Diversity is a must these days at ...

Home Nations Snooker Series 18/01/2017

Good idea but not packing them in

Home Nations Snooker Series British Football may not have its once enjoyed Home Nation’s Championship anymore (and judging by Scotland’s current team along way off) but snooker does as the inaugural championships got underway this year. The big incentive was one million pounds for anyone who could win all four of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland open and so all the big names entered, including Ronnie O’Sullivan. Certain older British based and well established players with families prefer playing at home these days and have been neglecting going to places like China, India and the European events and so this was a big fillip for them. With the invitational Champions of Champions event at Coventry and the UK Open Championship at York all before Christmas there is now plenty of that British snooker to be had in the autumn here. Increasing the snooker interest and prize money there is also live TV coverage, ITV4 offering full coverage of the Champions event at the Rioch (dirt cheap at £10 per match or £21 for a day ticket of three matches if you are going) and the BBC always taking the UK Championship. Quest and Eurosport have picked up the Home Nations Events with Quest showing play from 1-6pm and Eurosport all the event and sessions. Each of the Four Nations trophies has been named after snooker greats from those countries. The Coral English Open will be the Steve Davis trophy, of course, but no one with the name of Davis would win it, 44-year-old Mark Davis losing in the first round of ...

India v England Winter Test Series 17/01/2017

Captain Cook hits the rocks...

India v England Winter Test Series After England’s ragged 1-1 preparation draw in Bangladesh it was onwards to a five test series in India, one too many sports writers deciding England would lose 5-0 on those expected dry turners. Not me. India had not been beaten in 19 out of 20 home test series test there and not lost a home test match in four years and there last test and series defeat at home was actually by England in 2012-13. When you have guys like Cook and Root in your side that hit big hundreds and the likes of Stokes and Mooen in the all-rounder department you are not going to lose 5-0. But 7 tests in a row in just 9 weeks in those hot and dry conditions would prove hard work for Cook’s ill prepared team for the Sub Continent. The last time there was a punishing five-match Test series in the Sub Continent was in 1986-87 against Pakistan. My prediction was 3-1 to India at the start of the series as they did have the edge on spin bowling with the prolific Ashwin and Jadeja. Ashwin had taken 10 wickets in a test match on no fewer than ten times in his short career. Sadly the broadsheet writers were more clued up than I was. It did not go well. 1st Test --------------- ---------- November 9th-13th --------------- ---------- Rajkot England batted first and kept batting, centuries for Root and Moeen on day one and Stokes on day two, 537 all out with an hour to go. Hammed did his job as England’s second youngest ever debut opener with 32 (Jack Crawford 1906) and Cook (21) again out cheap. But Root ...

Creed (DVD) 18/01/2017

Shamless reboot but good fun

Creed (DVD) Star – Sly Stallone & Michael B Jordan Genre – Sports > Action Run Time – 133 minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – USA Oscars – 1 Nomination Awards – Wins 54 & 45 Nominations Amazon – £4 00DVD £8.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So have we had our fill of boxing movies? The answer is a big fat yes for me. Rocky was the ultimate one way back in 1976 and Raging Bull the most cerebral to date – the later not something you associate with boxing. But the big action stars of the 1980s are ruthless in flogging the life out of their most famous franchises, seven Rocky movies to date with all manner of re-launches and rehashes going on. It reminds me of that scene in Back to the Future where Marty - in the future - is attacked by commercials for Rocky 38 in the juice bar in fictional Hildale in 1997. Back to the Future Director Robert Zemeckis was not far wrong with that one! It’s feasible that Creed has launched another quintology although the gross of $127 million may suggest the audience have indeed had enough. Recent films The Fighter and Southpaw didn’t really add much to the genre. Rocky Movie Grosses 1 Rocky UA $473m 2 Rocky III UA $363m 3 Rocky IV UA $304m 4 Rocky II UA $292m 5 Creed LF $173.6m 6 Rocky Balboa MGM $90m 7 Rocky V UA $83m Creed garnered some controversy when the films only Oscar nomination went to Shyster Stallone, only the sixth actor in The Academy’s history to get nominated twice for paying the same character in two separate movies, ...

The Keeper of Lost Causes (DVD) 18/01/2017

Maybe I have no f***ing word for maybe?'

The Keeper of Lost Causes (DVD) Star – Nikolaj Lie Kaas Genre – World Cinema > Crime Run Time – 96minutes Certificate – 15 Country – Denmark Awards – Nominations & Wins Amazon – £10 DVD £19.98Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = ‘95% of women are murdered by a loved one or someone they rejected’ So what is it with women and crime fiction and drama and should that worry men? Do they secretly want to dissolve us in an acid bath we wonder? They read and watch a hell of a lot more crime stuff these days than they do romantic fiction, 80% of all crime fiction read by women and the female writers churning out the most violent and eye-catching, rather surprisingly. Sadly with those very same female writers we still have the sadistic side that women are brutally murdered by men in most of these series. The terrestrial TV stations show tons of it now and the advertisers have those singletons and housewives in their thrall at the ad breaks. The poor old BBC, of course, are at risk of losing their charter if they don’t show more diversity in their schedules and so we have a role reversal from the 1970s of black guys no longer playing the villains but now playing most of the senior cops with gay and lesbian sidekicks galore. But Scando crime dramas have really helped in that diversity push and BBC4 are awash with them to hit those quotas. They really have took the genre on after the CSI series in American perked interest in smart crime dramas at the end of the last century, the Nordic ones always ...

Danny Collins (DVD) 18/01/2017

Pacino's swansong

Danny Collins (DVD) Star – Al Pacino Genre – Comedy Run Time – 106 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – USA Awards – 3 Nominations & 1 Win Amazon – £5.00 DVD - £8.67 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = In 1971 John and Yoko sent a complimentary short note to up and coming British folk Steve Tilson, offering him some advice about how to deal with fame and life in general, if his talent came to fruition. But Steve never got it, or knew about that letter, until 2006, when an antiques collector rang him up to verify it. He couldn’t, of course, but quite a surprise for a man that never did become famous. Hollywood read this story and 8 years later made a movie about it, Danny Collins. But it wasn’t going to be about some ginger bearded nobody from Leicestershire, opting instead for the more Hollywood option of the letter being sent by just John to an ageing fictional pop star, Danny Collins, more Rod Stewart than Nick Drake, Pacino’s best and certainly most enjoyable performance for a while. This film will remind you why you like this guy. Al, like Deniro, and many of those Italian American A-Listers from the 1980s, hasn’t really done much of note since and we stopped watching their movies, mostly romantic comedies or mid range thrillers now as they refuse to play the characters they should be in their 60s and 70s, the dreaded avuncular old man roles. It must be hard to entertain the idea that you may not be a big star anymore. But for Danny Collins, Pacino did, at least, and earnt a ...

Exam (DVD) 17/01/2017

How not to finish a movie...

Exam (DVD) Star – Jimmy Mistry Genre – Drama Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – U.K Amazon Marketplace – £0.63p Used & New BAFTA - Nomination Awards – 2 Wins & 1 Nomination = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So I presume most of you are bored stiff of The Apprentice and wonder why the BBC has been allowed to flog this dead donkey for so long. None of the winners over the years got to be Sir Alan’s number two and only two of the 13 winners still work with him in any form. Nick Hewer recently revealed that they did indeed pick obnoxious attractive contestants rather than clever business people to keep the show running and Sir Alan only involved in 10% of the show now. But what if you locked all the conceited posers in a windowless room with a weapon for 80 minutes and told the last man or woman standing would get the job? Well you can as that’s pretty much the premise here in this flawed but interesting psychological drama from young director Stuart Hazeltine, given one room, 10 actors, 17 days and £400k to make his movie. Cast Adar Beck ... Dark Gemma Chan ... Chinese Girl Nathalie Cox ... Blonde John Lloyd Fillingham ... Deaf Chukwudi Iwuji ... Black (as Chuk Iwuji) Pollyanna McIntosh ... Brunette Luke Mably ... White Jimi Mistry ... Brown Colin Salmon ... The Invigilator Chris Carey ... The Guard Plot 8 suited and booted candidates assemble in a windowless room with 8 desks and 8 pieces of numbered paper on those desks. They have excelled in previous tasks and ...

Review of the Year 2016 16/01/2017

The year the world went its separate ways...

Review of the Year 2016 So what a year it has been on this ‘bonkers’ old planet and what an even crazier year it will be in 2017 because of. This week President Donald Trump will have his finger on the nuclear trigger, a truly terrifying thought, and Britain will begin leaving the European Union, even more terrifying for some. We don’t seem to have a plan for either. Here is my A-Z of how it played out and my thoughts on it… A is for Andy Woodward The ex Crewe and Sheffield Wednesday player made an accusation that he was sexually abused at Crewe by convicted pedophile and football coach Barry Bethall back in the 1980s.This triggered a rush of similar claims from similar players against multiple clubs. At this stage 30 London clubs alone have been accused. That seems absurd. Over 151 clubs in total have received complaints from over 850 people on the NSPCC lines alone. The question now is how many are true? After the council agreed to pay out for the Lambeth kids home scandal of the late 1970s and 1980s, any kid there whilst a convicted pedophile was there CAN now apply for compensation, whether abused or not. you can guess just how many people will now bang in a claim. The Shirley Oaks Survivors group of just over 700 people were the ones that have been causing all the problems at the Historic Sexual Abuse Hearings. The proceedings have been hijacked by ambulance chasing lawyers that are puling groups together to drum up class actions in pursuit of compensation so nothing actually getting done to ...

How to rate and comment 16/01/2017

Yes, how about doing some rating and writing!!!

How to rate and comment flip up half-way through writing comments!!!!! screen still flucking Why does the So, as an experiment, I have rated every review over an average Helpful rating on ciao in the last three months. It’s not as many reviews as you think as we only get about 15-20 good ones a day as the site slowly winds down. Problem is I have never engaged in the selfish rate back culture until now that produces the most returns. If you rate everyone’s review that has made an effort here then you are technically engaging in that anyway but it’s generally not my thing. Problem is they don’t all rate back. I work from the newest review list so you all get rated fairly, new and old members. If a new member writes a good review I am there rating it and if they ask for help by messaging me I tell me them how to make money here and hope they will become a good rater for all of us. I don’t engage in any deals to get rates. If they are taking the piss I let them know. The Top Rates Received list is always toped by Danielclark1989 these days, because he writes two good reviews a day. He averages around 25 rates per review. It’s a good tactic but like me he doesn’t seem to get any diamonds this way. I must admit Danny seems to own more new things than Imelda Marcos owned shoes but he does rate back so we will look the other way, walk on by and whistle on that score. Danny is Danny. Mummsymary has been phenomenal from day one on ciao as far as rates and volume and the community queen. She understands ...
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