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Cheap Thrills (DVD) 29/08/2016

Does what it says on the tin

Cheap Thrills (DVD) Star – Pat Healey Genre – Black Comedy Run Time – 1 Hour 28 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 8 Wins & 7 Nominations Amazon – £2.49 DVD (£4.99 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Now that you can’t really rent physical films on the high street (ok, maybe your local library does them) I am buying in off Amazon Marketplace secondhand now. I am trawling through the online yearly top 100 movie lists, buying the recommended ones on Amazon Marketplace, watching them, then flipping them at CEX shop, and making a small profit in some cases. It’s not ideal but it is introducing me to lower budget interesting films I may have missed like Cheap Thrills. It cost me 1p plus £1.20 postage and I sold it for quid in CEX. The negative side to wanting to enjoy movies at home is it’s hard to see new films on DVD now and I’m not paying cinema prices at £9.99 at HMV for the privilege. It may be worth you guys using this method. I have smart TV but the internet connection has long since gone so Netflix is out. Just join a survey site that offers Amazon vouchers as rewards and away you go. Your films sorted for the winter! Works with video games as well. Cheap Thrills is one of those movies pitched and presented as low budget Indie but a mid budget studio backed $10 million to make. The cast are not well known but solid at what thye do as you have seen them on TV, box sets and smaller parts in other movies, in this case David Koechner, ‘that bloke in’ The Legend of ...

My Week With Marilyn (DVD) 29/08/2016

First love is such sweet despair…

My Week With Marilyn (DVD) Star – Michelle Williams Genre – Drama Run Time – 99 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – UK Awards – 2 Oscar nominations Amazon – £4.39DVD (£4.51Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = There is no doubt in my mind that Princess Diana quite fancied herself as the new Marilyn Monroe. She was one of those beautiful women that expected fame, admiration and wealth as reward for their genes. I think that’s what women and gay men really admired about Diana as they wailed at her funeral. It was such a waste, they sobbed. They weren’t here for her charity work! Princess Diana didn’t die at the hands of the press. She died doing the thing she loved - being pursued by the press. If she had an unfavorable photo in the tabloids she would ring up the editor to arrange a photo opportunity to correct that ‘indiscretion’. I suspect if you are a female you would much prefer to be beautiful than brainy. Marilyn Monroe understood that more than Diana. Beauty, and not brains, gets you everything. What the sex kitten look didn’t get Marilyn was an Oscar, ironic as Michelle Williams, who is superb here as Monroe, was nominated for an Oscar playing her, Kenneth Branagh also earning the attention of The Academy as Sir Laurence Olivier. But it would be just one Golden Globe for Williams from the haul of nominations the pair received. The real Marilyn, was, however, nominated for a BAFTA for her role in the film the Prince and the Show Girl, the movie production this film explores. The ...

Top 10 Christmas movies 29/08/2016

Every time a bell rings the BBC show a repeat...

Top 10 Christmas movies A good mix! BAD SANTA(2003) Imdb.com 7.1 (86,234 votes) A drunken Billy Bob Thornton and his midget friend Marcus (Tony Cox) pull the same stunt ever Christmas time, getting jobs at the local shopping mall as Santa Claus and his accompanying elf so they can case the joint and then rob it. This year his uncomplicated life as a petty thief is complicated by an oddball kid (Brett Kelly), who thinks Willie (BBT) is the real Santa, but not impressed with Santa’s debauched behavior between handing out presents at the mall and so determined to set him straight. Security boss Bernie Mac is on to Santa and the battle of wits begins. Can the kid change this particular Santa’s Christmas spirit from whisky to compassion or is he simply beyond redemption? It’s certainly the most adult Christmas film you will ever see and very funny with lots of sex, drugs, booze and swearing, probably BBT best performance. ELF(2003) Imdb.com 6.3/10(107,435 votes) Brilliant is all you can say about Elf. It’s probably Will Ferrell’s best movie to non Ferrell fans and belly laughs all the way plus plenty of traditional Christmas cheer. Ferrell plays a human living at the North Pole with Santa and the Elves and has clearly outgrown his habitat. Its recommenced by the Elf committee that he goes in search of his real human father in the big city and so chaos ensues as a 6 ft, 3 inch Elf reeks havoc in Manhattan, bringing his version of Christmas Spirit to town in search for his biological dad ...

The History Boys (DVD) 29/08/2016

All literature is consolation-written by the losers"

The History Boys (DVD) The chance of a northern comprehensive six former getting into Oxbridge when Alan Bennet wrote his iconic stage play was about 16-1. Today, where one in three kids are going on to higher education, that ratio has actually risen to 20-1. If you're working class and living in a tower block it quikcly rises to 100-1. Nothing, it seems, has changed in class ridden Britain, especially now students have to pay for university ( well the parents that is) and so why this movie is just as relevant today as it ever was. Although Bennett's classic uses the central premise of grammar school kids trying to get on and into the private upper class finishing school that is Oxbridge, The History Boys is really just a disguised biopic by the play write confronting his own homosexual right-of passage through the liberation of that elite hotbed of it called public school; some say the cast and writers real message from films like American Beauty that irrationally-to the context of the film- explore that sexuality. Most writers subtly write about themselves in their work and as Bennet was educated in a private school he can't really have a great take on the struggles of Darren and Jase trying to get into Oxbridge from the state system, which is why this isn't exactly what you expect it to be when you see this iconic play. The cast are the same guys that had been doing a two year run of the stage version at the National Theatre right up until the movie shoot, so inevitably delivered a stage ...

Fair Game (DVD) 29/08/2016

Fair enough....

Fair Game (DVD) Stars – Sean Penn & Naomi Watts Genre – Drama Run Time – 108minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – USA Awards – One Win (6 nominations) Amazon – DVD £4.00 (Blue Ray £9.74) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, 911, appearing to be a Saudi planned, staffed and funded operation but a country America could never attack because of oil and commercial reasons. Someone else had to be beaten with a baseball bat in front of the world and it would be ragtag Afghanistan, still little evidence to connect the two. But Bush got blood lust and decided to blame Iraq as well for September 11, again for oil and commerce reasons. But anyone with a reasonably sized brain (that rules out most Americans) could calculate that Saddam was a beaten man and could not have built a new WMD arsenal to justify the second Iraq War. We, the people, have the right to presume that because the West was unlikely to sell him ‘another’ WMD arsenal in the interim, especially after he actually used it! I think America got rid of him because he wasn’t strong enough BECAUSE he had no WMD, exquisitely ironic, his rusting oil infrastructure too valuable to be left to rot, and those empty WMD shell cases littering the desert testimony to his weakness. But the biggest villains here, even more than Bush and Saddam, were the western media, especially the intellectual broadsheet press that did little to stop the war by not actually questioning it. Just basic journalism would reveal Saddam had little or no WMD and ...

Everything that starts with C ... 29/08/2016

The Curious Case of Jensen Button

Everything that starts with C ... Laps 71 Circuit length 4.309 km (2.677 mi) Race length 305.909 km (190.067 mi) Number of times held 38 First held 1972 Most wins (drivers) Alain Prost (6) Most wins (constructors) McLaren (11) Last race So Jensen finally did it, Britain's tenth world F1 Champion and our first back-to-back one, alongside young Lewis Hamilton, two kids from similar middle-class backgrounds but marketed very differently on their background. Jensen is the handsome square-jawed racer, dad John also raced cars in his younger days, cutey pie and articulated Lewis also coming from a motor sport lineage. Formula One is still a very spoilt mans sport and the fact Jensen Button only made five true overtakes in his first six wins at the start of the season suggest how uncompetitive it generally is. But a wins a win and well done Jensen, even though he and Hamilton are so sanitized by their loyalty to their clean cut image they bore me senseless like most of the races. -The Circuit- Interlagos is unusual as it's in the city suburbs, Sao Paulo the worlds second most populated city. The drivers says it's a great racers track with daring overtakes possible, the Senna 'Ss' the best first corners in racing. But the teams say it's the worse to stage a grand prix wit very tight pit lanes and poor access. The buses are old and slow out to the track and the tickets expensive. The crowds are huge and passionate though and in these parts motor sport is bigger than football. The cars wiggle through the ...

The Machine (Blu-ray) 29/08/2016

Ex Machina meets the Terminator

The Machine (Blu-ray) Star – Toby Stephens Genre – Science- Fiction Run Time – 131 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.K Awards – 7 Wins & 8 Nominations Amazon – £ 3.89 DVD (Blue Ray £5.99) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Before Ex Machina, the rather intelligent and interesting film about an internet billionaire, who tries to create artificial intelligence through his android experiments at his reclusive compound, we had The Machine, a low budget British movie on similar themes. It’s unclear if director Alex Garland of Ex Machina pinched his idea from this movie but it has striking similarities. We have the beautiful female robot, the potential love story between scientist and machine and man’s exploitation of a thinking robot and what happens when it does become aware of its existence. We also have the military in the background waiting to exploit it. In fact various militaries around the world are not ‘that far off’ deploying cyborg type robots in the combat one. Drones will probably rule the sky and robots will replace human soldiers on the ground. We also know these science fiction films will keep coming as one of humans greatest fears is machines will take over soon. Cast • Toby Stephens as Vincent McCarthy • Caity Lotz as Ava/The Machine • Denis Lawson as Thomson • Sam Hazeldine as James • Pooneh Hajimohammadi as Suri • John Paul MacLeod as Paul Dawson • Helen Griffin as Paul Dawson's mother • Siwan Morris as Lucy • Nicola Reynolds as Joan • Jade Croot as ...

August Rush(DVD) 29/08/2016

Sugar Rush

August Rush(DVD) Star – Jonathan Rhys Myers Genre – Drama Run Time – 114 minutes Certificate – PG Country – USA Amazon – £ 3.89 DVD (£6.79 Blue Ray) Awards – 1 Oscar Nomination (2007) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, has there ever been a film that split the critics more than August Rush. Film is often made by dreamers and reviewed by cynics and this one really irritated the broadsheets for its saccharine approach and discombobulated plot and so they egregiously ripped it apart. But the audience, the important part, loved it and a word of mouth hit, especially with the youth of the X-Factor era, its musical themes and forbidden love exactly what dreamers want in their film. A good movie is all about escapism and emotions and not the nuts and bolts. Its Oscar nominated song ‘Raise it Up’ would be the only part the critics would let trouble the awards ceremonies though. The problems start with the films bold ambitious, clearly a mix of fairy-tale, fable, drama and musical. In the glorious days of cinema this would be standard film fair as the stars were expected to be all singing and dancing. But that died out (Thank God) in the 1970s and so this all a bit alien for our modern critics. Cast Freddie Highmore …… as Evan Taylor / August Rush Keri Russell…….. as Lyla Novacek Jonathan Rhys Meyers……..as Louis Connelly Robin Williams……… as Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace Terrence Howard…….. as Counselor Richard Jeffries William Sadler……… as Thomas Novacek Marian Seldes……… as The ...

Charlie Wilson's War (DVD) 28/08/2016

"In time of war the first casualty is truth"

Charlie Wilson's War (DVD) Charlie Wilson: These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fu**ed up the endgame. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - How ironic that the Muslim militias that America secretly armed through Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, used to kick the communist Russians out of Afghanistan ( the movie theme here) are now America's biggest enemies, the irony doubled by the fact the same Russians are now arming the Afghans to kick America out of that God forsaken country. What Americans didn't know at the time is just how complicit the C.I.A and the US Senate were back then in arming the then Taliban, in retrospect, a fatal alliance that would bite America in the butt some twenty-five years later on 911, which some cynics say was also a covert operation between Muslim fanatics and the C.I.A so they could do it all over again... Congressman Charlie Wilson, played excellently by Tom Hanks here, was the man who initiated the secret funding of the Afghan militias in the 70s and 80s, eventually to the sum of two billion dollars a year, although in the film he and the act are painted as a patriotic and uncomplicated mission, one would presume so to soften the blow for a mainstream unsophisticated American cinema audience. In real life it was far more complex and grubby affair and like in Iraq and Afghanistan today, oil and natural gas were the main drivers for the war by proxy. Any conflict in the Muslim region is always about oil and ...

Romantics Anonymous (DVD) 28/08/2016

As sweet as sugar but every girls needs her chocolate!

Romantics Anonymous (DVD) Star – Chocolate Genre – World Cinema/Romance Run Time – 80 minutes Certificate – 12 Country – France Amazon DVD – £8.79 Local library – £2.50 per night Awards – 1 Win (1 nomination) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So what is love? Is it vanity, comparable people of good looks and intelligence pairing off to visually express their place in the world or is it simply a snug non threatening feeling between two people who want to take care of each other? For me it’s a woman’s quirks and deficiencies, and the fact she is self conscious of them, that makes them attractive. Attractive body conscious women are often the most difficult partners. Vulnerability and the need to give women protection is what makes them so irresistible to me. Women we want for sex are not the ones they will ever love. Lust and love are very different things. What ever love is the French do it rather well in their cinema, or should I say ‘cine’, this one very much the sweet and frothy variety, Amelie style. But you will have to have a heart made of stone not to fall for Romantics Anonymous, very much a tribute to old style French romantic cinema, even a song and dance number there. Sometimes far-fetched and nostalgic love stories are good for you and this is certainly that. Cast • Benoît Poelvoorde as Jean-René Van Den Hugde • Isabelle Carré as Angélique Delange • Lorella Cravotta as Magda • Lise Lamétrie as Suzanne • Swann Arlaud as Antoine • Pierre Niney as Ludo • Stéphan Wojtowicz as the ...

Yale Locks British 5 Lever Sashlock 28/08/2016

A Yale can keep out a gale

Yale Locks British 5 Lever Sashlock The other day a middle aged lady came around me mums and asked for three quid on behalf of an elderly neighbor in the street who needed emergency cash for the electric meter. My mum is no more gullible than any other pensioner but handed over the money anyway as it seemed plausible and only a small amount. The lady said she would pop the money back later that day. She didn’t, of course, a bog standard doorstep scam as old as time itself. Men are not so trusting and far more cynical and would never hand over money like that. The woman knows that people would not call the cops over three quid and she could target a few houses in the area in that time. The problem with my mom is she will fill in these junk mail competitions and doesn’t realize the sole purpose of those competitions is to amass a database of gullible pensioners, often with dementia, to target hem for scams by selling on the database to the unscrupulous. I’m not saying the lady that knocked the door had a list of addresses but it’s not uncommon. 75% of all internet scams snare older people, losing, on average, 6 grand. Although most fraud is online these days and gets into your house down a fiber optic cable it can still be at your doorstep. If you do have elderly parents living on their own it’s not a bad idea to fit a secure lock to shut their doors on people with bad intentions. Because doorstep thieves are very confident and plausible and only take small amounts then, as I say, few report it. There is a lot of ...

Enough Said (DVD) 28/08/2016

Tony Soprano does Woody Allen?

Enough Said (DVD) Star – James Gandolfini Genre – Comedy. Run Time – 95 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Amazon – £5.06 DVD (£5.86 Blue Ray) Golden Globes – 1 Nomination Awards – 8 Wins & 36 Nominations Amazon – £5.06 DVD (£5.86 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = It’s rather sad to think James Gandolfini is dead, and at just 51, this, his penultimate movie, one he never got to see the final cut off and some say his best movie to date. He was known for The Sopranos, of course, but had done some nice little movies before and around that iconic TV series. Ok, many of them were stereotype Italian American characters (Get Shorty), but not all, very funny in the Thick of It movie ‘In the Loop’ and stuff like the war film The Last Castle also a good watch. He was a character actor that made it big. The Drop, his final movie, is well worth a look, a recent mob movie where he all but revives his Tony Soprano character, a rather fitting tombstone movie. Enough Said is a smart comedy about dating in your 50s, not exactly a popular movie genre to green light for studio executives. Romantic comedies rarely feature anyone in their forties, let alone overweight Italian Americans in the romantic lead. But TV director Nicole Holofcener thought there was a movie there and delivered one, based on her dating experiences in that awkward same middle age. As I am sadly nearing that middle age, and this got good ratings, I had to take a look and its well worth taking a look guys. Cast James ...

Philips HQ 6926 Reflex Action 28/08/2016

Its a good time for a Brazil!

Philips HQ 6926 Reflex Action One of the great mysteries of being a teenage guy is how you decide on wet shave or dry shave. The idea of scraping a cutthroat razor anywhere near my face and neck never appealed at any point in my life and I soon decided on an electric chaser. Wet shaves look painful; induce red rashes and lots of nicks and a bit of blood. I’m sure the only reason guys choose to do it is they think it somehow how macho. Ok, I don’t grow facial hair like Wolverine so it won’t get tangled up in the blades but a daily electric shave should really be suitable to most guys. It’s clearly more pleasurable. I suppose you get a closer shave with a blade but I’m sure most women don’t mind a bit of sandpaper there. I’m not into brands or design and so pretty much any electric shave will do. Obviously you have to spend a little money on them as some engineering is going on there and so you don’t want it ripping off your face every morning! I’m quite vain when it comes to shaving as I like some stubble although now that stubble is starting to go grey I’m less keen on it. I don’t do hipster beard stubble and I don’t do Jason Statham stubble. It’s rugged man stubble not itchy stubble, whatever that is. Let’s just say I like a bit on and sadly think women are somehow attracted to that. I’m tanned most of the year so it suits me. Because of that I want a shaver that will take off the amount I want. A clean shave is not my thing. When I was backpacking I actually used nail scissors to shave to avoid a ...

I Wish (DVD) 28/08/2016

I Wish......all films were as nice as this one ..

I Wish (DVD) Star – Japanese kids Genre – World Cinema Run Time – 128 minutes Certificate – PG Country – Japan Awards – 5 Wins & 9 Nominations Amazon –£8.68 DVD £9.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Due to Ciao’s bizarre new suggestion rules to get products actually posted up here it may be wise to recommend products through the retailer listed on ciao that’s selling it, when you search for the product. It helped to get this obscure foreign film up. As I watch lot of this type of movie it’s a ray of hope for the movie season in the winter. It’s not a bad little movie, to, from Japan and one worth seeing if you like your films to be sweet and innocent and not too angry. Japanese films have a certain serenity to them that’s hard to resist and this is one of them. I quite like the idea of marrying a Japanese woman. They tend not to get hammered and lie in the street and don’t have tatoos all over them for all to see. Who’s coming to Tokyo with me then! Cast • Kohki Maeda as Kohichi Ohsako, the older brother • Ohshiro Maeda as Ryunosuke Kinami, the younger brother • Nene Otsuka as Nozomi Ohsako • Joe Odagiri as Kenji Kinami • Ryoga Hayashi as Yu Fukumoto • Hosinosuke Nagayosi as Shin Ohta • Kara Uchida as Megumi Ariyoshi • Kanna Hashimoto as Kanna Hayami • Rento Isobe as Rento Isobe • Yui Natsukawa as Kyouko Ariyoshi • Hiroshi Abe as Mamoru Sakagami, a teacher • Masami Nagasawa as Sachi Mitsumura, a teacher • Yoshio Harada as Wataru Yamamoto • Kirin Kiki as Hideko ...

Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray) 28/08/2016

Johnny Re Bore....

Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray) Star – Rowan Atkinson Genre – Comedy Run Time – 101 minutes Certificate – PG Country – U.K Amazon – £2.71.00 DVD 3.91 Blue Ray. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = On the face of it a James Bond spoof starring Rowan Atkinson should have been very good. It wasn’t, Johnny English a real stinker. The base humor completely missed its target audience as Rowan presented Mr Bean not Mr Bond. This is Britain’s finest and most articulate and intelligent comedian that bought us Blackadder’, after all? Surely he could mix in some Edmond Blackadder and that public school pompous genius humor for the Bond send up? It was a chanced missed to make a brilliant remembered comedy movie the way the Python boys and girls did, presenting us with a silly version of his Barclaycard commercials from way back then. Interestingly, Both Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English) and co-sat Rosamund Pike here made their film debuts in Bond films, the former in Never Say Never Again (1983) and the latter in Die Another Day (2002). Atkinson, ironically, played an inept agent in Never Say Never Again. So would lessons be learnt and Johnny English: Reborn be any good? Johnny English Imdb.com – 6.0/10 Rottentomatos.com – 39% Roger Ebert – 1.5% Cast Rowan Atkinson ... Johnny English Rosamund Pike ... Kate Sumner Gillian Anderson ... Pamela Stokes Dominic West ... Simon Ambrose Tim McInnerny ... Patch Quartermain Mariella Frostrup ... Royce (voice) Roger Barclay ... Agent Two Eric Carte ... Agent One Togo ...
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