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Trumbo (DVD) 29/07/2017

Blow your own Trumbo!

Trumbo (DVD) Star – Bryan Cranston Genre – Comedy/Drama/Biopic Run Time – 124 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Oscar – 1 nomination Awards – 5 Wins & 41 Nominations Amazon – £4.97 DVD £7.19 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So ‘Trumbo’, the story of one of Hollywood’s greatest post war film writers, but a communist at the wrong time, a man who decides to morally get caught up in the McCarthy Hearings, the conservatives push to crush communism sympathy in America as the Cold War glacier crept across the Atlantic and the missiles recalibrated. Trumbo was prolific with 69 film and TV writing credits to his name and two vicarious Oscar wins at his prime. But the blacklist meant he could not put his name on many of those big film successes and collect those well deserved awards. Known communist who wrote for Hollywood were forced out as the Republicans felt they were using their medium to deliver subversive movies. Trumbo stood up for himself and his writers and took on Congress. Bad idea. It was a crazy paranoid time that saw many go to prison for not renouncing their politics, including Trumbo. Cast • Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo • Diane Lane as Cleo Fincher Trumbo • Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper • Louis C.K. as Arlen Hird • Elle Fanning as Nikola Trumbo • John Goodman as Frank King • Michael Stuhlbarg as Edward G. Robinson • Alan Tudyk as Ian McLellan Hunter • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Virgil Brooks • Dean O'Gorman as Kirk Douglas • Stephen Root as Hymie ...

Sound Of My Voice (DVD) 29/07/2017

Are you stupid enough to believe ?

Sound Of My Voice (DVD) Genre – Drama Run Time – 86minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Awards – 1 Wins & 7 Nominations Amazon – £7.15 DVD £7.57 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I am firmly in the camp that most people who follow religions and cults are not the brightest or most educated and know their place. Saying that when all hope is lost or we are in a corner we do start cutting deals with a God we didn’t believe in just as the plane is about to hit the ground at 600mph. The fear of death is the point of religion, heaven a lot more appealing than the idea of simply being switched off and that’s it, especially when you get old. With so many people out their willing to follow fairy tales designed for people like them in the centuries when we didn’t have internet and telly then its no surprise manipulative people set up cults and the like today to enjoy that power over the meek. I hope intelligent people who follow religion and a belief system today do it because it’s a metaphor for being nice to each other but some clearly don’t and believe their is bearded dude floating around up there. Obviously today science fact has pretty much seen off religions growth in the west but still an attraction for unscrupulous people out there to create their Gurus using the same marketing model. The Sound of My Own Voice explores that concept of the modern day cult and our feelings to them. Cast • Christopher Denham as Peter Aitken • Nicole Vicius as Lorna Michaelson • Brit Marling as ...

Baaria (DVD) 27/07/2017

"It's a colossal Stella Artois ad"

Baaria (DVD) Star – Director Giuseppe Tornatore Genre – World Cinema Run Time – 163 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – Italy Golden Globe Nominations - 1 Awards – 14 Wins & 19 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £6.96 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Cinema Paradiso (1987) is my favorite foreign film ever and if you haven’t seen it you should. It’s fantastic. Its bit long but stick with it as its the most joyous, romantic and nostalgic treat around a little boys love for cinema, girls and Italy. I challenge you not to cry at the end. Director Giuseppe Tornatore didn’t rally make that many decent films there after, Baaria (2009) and Malena (2000) the only ones of note for me. I had not seen Baaria, and as it had similar themes to Cinema Paradiso, had to see it when it popped up on Film4. Be warned, its very long. Cast Francesco Scianna ... Peppino Torrenuova Margareth Madè ... Mannina Lina Sastri ... Tana / Beggard Ángela Molina ... Sarina Nicole Grimaudo ... Sarina as a young woman Ficarra Ficarra ... Nino (as Salvo Ficarra) Picone Picone ... Luigi (as Valentino Picone) Gaetano Aronica ... Cicco Alfio Sorbello ... Cicco as a young man Lollo Franco ... Don Giacinto Giovanni Gambino ... Peppino as a child Giuseppe Garufì ... Pietro as a child Plot In the Sicilian town of Bagheria (known as Baarìa in Sicilian) we follow the life of a local family through through three generations from the 1930s to the 1980s, from grandfather Cicco (Gaetano Aronica) to his son Peppino ...

Bobby (DVD) 28/07/2017

Is Barak really Bobby?

Bobby (DVD) The idea of the film 'Bobby', according to occasional director Emilio Estevez (only his fourth movie in 30 years) is to make a fictional requiem, if you like, a tribute to Robert F Kennedy through the eyes of the 77 people known to be in the kitchen at the time of the shooting of the president elect back in 1977, creating vignettes and cameos for some of the cross section of staff and guests on that day who witness the assignation. Although they were made-up characters by Estevez's pen they represent the type of people who were there that June 5th night and the idea does indeed make for an interesting concept in this thoughtful and poignant movie, let alone you the viewer being dazzled by the stellar acting cast on show, most definitely the who's who of Hollywood in 2007, although without the element of conspiracy and intrigue to the movie it didn't quite push for Oscars. -Cast- Harry Belafonte ... Nelson Joy Bryant ... Patricia Nick Cannon ... Dwayne Emilio Estevez ... Tim Fallon Laurence Fishburne ... Edward Robinson Brian Geraghty ... Jimmy Heather Graham ... Angela Anthony Hopkins ... John Casey Helen Hunt ... Samantha Stevens Joshua Jackson ... Wade Buckley David Krumholtz ... Agent Phil Ashton Kutcher ... Fisher Shia LaBeouf ... Cooper Lindsay Lohan ... Diane William H. Macy ... Paul Ebbers Svetlana Metkina ... Lenka Janacek Demi Moore ... Virginia Fallon Freddy Rodríguez ... Jose Rojas Martin Sheen ... Jack Stevens Christian Slater ... Daryl ...

Daydream Nation (DVD) 28/07/2017

Just another American indie movie to fall asleep to?

Daydream Nation (DVD) Star – Kat Dennings Genre – Comedy Run Time – 98 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – USA Awards – 1 Win & 6 Nominations Amazon – £4.54 DVD £18, 59 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = America churns out a lot of indie movies and this is one of them. There seems to be an endless budget to make them. Hardly any of them make money but still they come. But it’s a good learning ground for young actors to move their careers on and also a sieve to get rid of the less talented. Kat Dennings is not one of those coming through as she has already made it and had a big hit in the super cool ‘Nick and Nora’s Playlist’. But the question is can she sustain it with better scripts? Daydream Nation is not a bad script but not quite the film I hoped this would be from America’s bustiest and cute actress, the only reason I watched this. Cast Kat Dennings ... Caroline Wexler Reece Thompson ... Thurston Goldberg Andie MacDowell ... Enid Goldberg Josh Lucas ... Barry Anderson Rachel Blanchard ... Ms. Budge Ted Whittall ... Mr. Wexler Katie Boland ... Jenny Luke Camilleri ... Rolly Landon Liboiron ... Paul Jesse Reid ... Charles Calum Worthy ... Craig Natasha Calis ... Lily Goldberg Quinn Lord ... Thomas Laura Jacobs ... Laura Lee Plot Sassy 17-year-old Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) and her father (Ted Whittall) have just moved from a large city to a small Iowa town. An industrial fire burns endlessly on the outskirts and many of the students in her new highschool seemed to be ...

horse racing 27/07/2017

State of Play to win The National!

horse racing April is just an amazing time for sport in the UK and with this weird and wonderful weather we are having it will be somewhat strange to see pretty girls in bikini tops and shorts for tomorrows Grand National. The Aintree event is traditionally more winter than summer in my experience of going up to Liverpool for the worlds most famous steeplechase and when the west wind blows off the Irish Sea you can taste the sewage scree in the air, carried all the way across from Southport and its grey and choppy estuary. It's the working mans big day out up north and a lot of beer is drunk and just as many tattoos on display, and that's just the girls. The royal enclosure here is the toilet block with the lids! But it has a unique atmosphere as far as the day goes and like any race meeting if you have a winner or two the world is a lovely place. The biggest problem at Aintree is getting out of the car park to go home, the winter mud and grass turned up like a plough under the zillions of coach wheels, many a stiletto never to be seen again. But would Wayne gallantly pluck Colleen from the hedgerow after one too many with her distinctly northern girlfriends. http://www.aintree.co.uk/ The bet. A win bet is money on the horse to finish first. You get your stake money back too. 10-1 with a pound bet pays 11 pounds. No tax anymore. An each-way bet splits your stake into two. One half bets on the horse winning, the other on it placing. If the horse wins at 10-1 each way with a one pound ...

Rights and wrongs of vivisection 27/07/2017

Kill ugly animals to make us beautiful?

Rights and wrongs of vivisection Glimpsing the protesters at the climate change marches over the years its noticeable that are nearly all white and middle-class, black and Asian people, on the face of it, not too bothered about the planet warming up it would seem, even though we are told the third world will suffer the most through carbon cuts and the effects of the man made global warming. But they, like me, have no time for protesting as we have far more important things to deal with at the weekends. It was the same at the Live8 concerts in Hyde Park to save the impoverished third world, the freeloading righteous white cotton wearing masses enjoying their ‘guilt off setting’ - every time Bono clicked his fingers another tenner found its way into his pocket. I suppose my point is that protesters tend to be the student class, often the same groups ranting about all manner of things across the spectrum and so maybe this rebellion is less about what they are protesting on and more about like minded people wanting to gather together on Saturdays with their horns and whistles whilst the proletariat go to football and shop in Poundland. Whereas the guys and girls protesting for a cleaner world or less greedy bankers is all rather ironic as most of their parents are in the very same sectors of industry the kids are protesting against (and when these guys graduates and grow up they too will be in the same professions), you do feel animal lovers and anti vivisectionist have a lesser classed based politics and ...

Adult World (DVD) 27/07/2017

Sadly its not a porno...

Adult World (DVD) Star – John Cusack Genre – Comedy Run Time – 97 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 1 Nomination Amazon – £1.62 DVD £4.54 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Adult World, a movie from actor turned director Scott Coffey and another soporific indie for John Cusack to wallow in, who has been sucked into a melancholic void of late. He was such an interesting and intelligent actor once but now playing smug college professors, seedy villains and barflys. If there was on actor I would say who was like me at his prime I would say it’s him. I was John Cusack at 18! He was typecast early on as the college/high school guy dressed in black in stuff like 16 Candles, Say Anything and The Sure Thing, the aloof boy who never got the girl but always a shoulder to cry on for them. And he rocked the turned up collar. He never really got to leading man status because of that yet exactly the type of guy women fall for in real life. He even got to kiss Minnie Driver at her peak in the brilliant Grosse Point Blank, two of my favorite things. If you haven’t seen the romcoms Serendipity (2001) and Americas Sweetheart (2002) he is very good in those and so ones to look out for on a rainy day. Sometimes you wonder if he wants to jump back in that Hottube Timemachine and start over. Runaway Jury (2003) was his last cool movie. Cast Emma Roberts as Amy Anderson Evan Peters as Alex John Cusack as Rat Billings Armando Riesco as Rubia Shannon Woodward as Candace Chris Riggi ...

Vodafone Smart Turbo 7 27/07/2017

You get what you pay for - which is not much...

Vodafone Smart Turbo 7 After my PAYG HTC Desire 310 finally packed up I had no choice but to buy a new phone. It was a nice durable simple 4.5 inch smart that did the job and lasted a good two years but the camera stopped working and then other apps and after a couple of reboots the android system refused to boot at all and that was that, not even a bluetooth link able to do an online rescue. Those high street Asian phone repair shops all asked £30 plus to send it off to God knows where to fix it and there was no way I was going to let anyone look at my naughty pictures and so a new one it was. My budget was limited to £50-75 and it would come out of my Amazon vouchers and so quickly narrowed down to the generic Vodafone range of own brand cheap smarts as not a lot else PAYG on there. It was between this one and the Vodafone Smart Prime 7, that one having a slightly better camera and faster android spec but for twenty quid more and the same 5 inch screen size and 8GB storage an easy chance to save £20 with this one. The main thing I wanted was more storage than the HTC, that one just 4GB on offer, and similar phones in that 4.5 inch screen range, of which half was the operating system and preloaded apps. Once the apps are updated when you get your new phone up and running that’s another GB gone. It doesn’t leave you much for your own apps. So with 8 GB on offer here I should be able to get a lot more apps and messengers on it, right? Not so. I have already had a ‘memory low’ message and have ...

Next Goal Wins (DVD) 27/07/2017

'This is the beautiful game living up to its name'.

Next Goal Wins (DVD) Star – The American Samoan football team Genre – documentary Run Time – 97 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Amazon – £3.04 DVD Awards – 2 Wins & 2 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Next Goal Wins is the true story of the American Samoa journey from officially the worst FIFA ranked international football team in the world to respectability, their 31-0 thrashing in 2001 to Australia the worse ever defeat for a FIFA registered national team, the film opening with every single goal through archive footage. Their only win in international football was back in the 1960s when they beat the obscure island nation team ‘Wallie and Futura’ 1-0 in the 1963 South Pacific Games. They have a minus 298 goal average to date scoring just 28 goals in their 53-year history. 36-year-old Veteran goalkeeper Nicky Salapu had conceded many of those goals. The film picks up ten years after the 31-0 thrashing and the beginning of the qualification for the 2014 World Cup Finals. They had never scored a goal, let alone won a World Cup match going into their regional group and hopes were low. After another terrible South Pacific Games of no defeats and no goals The American Samoa Football Federation had decided enough was enough and to get a coach in who could add some professionalism, fitness and discipline to the team, that man being Thomas Rongen, a chain smoking lean and bossy buzz cut Dutch coach who had managed 14 teams in and around the United States. It proved to be an ...

Coherence (DVD) 27/07/2017

A real mind bender!

Coherence (DVD) Genre – Sci-Fi>Drama Run Time – 90 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Awards – 5 Wins & 5 Nominations Amazon – £3.64 DVD £7.87 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = An ambitious time-bending Sci-Fi relationship drama is the best way to sum up this curio. Its low-no budget stuff but looks and turns out much more than that for its $50K scraped and begged to make director James Ward Byrkit’s film. The movie was shot rapidly over five nights in a single location with dialogue mostly improvised. It was the Ken Loach approach of keeping the actors on edge and unsure by not presenting them scripts before the movie, and instead of receiving them on set, they would each receive only a small paragraph (that only they would personally see) as their goal for the day. This allowed for the story to unfold naturally in the moment and create genuine reactions in the other actors. It’s an interesting way to do it and you can see in Loch movies how will that works, I Daniel Blake a good example. The unknown cast embraces it here and working for peanuts produced an original and subtle Science Fiction hybrid well worth watch Cast • Emily Baldoni as Emily • Maury Sterling as Kevin • Nicholas Brendon as Mike • Lorene Scafaria as Lee • Hugo Armstrong as Hugh • Elizabeth Gracen as Beth • Alex Manugian as Amir • Lauren Maher as Laurie Plot Eight young and mostly attractive middle-class people attend a dinner party in the burbs. The conversation is vibrant between friends…work, ...

Experimenter (DVD) 27/07/2017

'Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward

Experimenter (DVD) Star – Peter Saarsguard Genre – Biopic > Drama Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – USA Awards – 2 Wins & 3 Nominations Amazon – £ DVD £ Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = As we know with the Grenfall Tower disaster if the authority is not there on the ground to take order after a tragedy then those on the ground will not be able to form critical leadership groups and the mistrust of that same authority begins along with conspiracy theories and anger that the same authority didn’t value them and so tried to get rid of them. If a 200 strong council team were to go in there now and try and take over they would quickly be rejected as the volunteers would then feel slighted for their efforts. This fire has made people who were never going to be on the radar suddenly matter and the mostly ethnic surviving residents are going to seize their 15 minutes of fame to put it all out their around other issues and hang ups on race and stuff into the media tumble dryer to cleanse them, and us. Humans are interesting and contradictory creatures. The Brexit vote was a great example. The majority voted to leave, not because they hate immigrants so much but because they enjoyed the anarchy of the vote, and then, in the general election, they voted against a clear Tory majority to push Brexit through as they knew full well how difficult Brexit would be on them and their pocket and spread their vote to subliminally scupper it. Famed social psychologist Dr Stanly ...

Candy CCBF5182 27/07/2017

As crisp as a January morning in there!

Candy CCBF5182 13% of the people that have EVER lived on Earth are ALIVE today. I love that stat. The population accelerated rapidly when we mastered the elements of keeping ourselves warm and our food at the right temperature. Although the control of fire raced us on from cave dweller to rural communities it was the invention of things like manmade refrigeration that really cranked up the numbers. Keeping our food fresh meant we don’t have to have as much of it readily available and it wouldn’t go off. Commercial household refrigeration began in the 1900s and since then the population of the planet has risen from 1 billion to 7 billion in just 200 years In that time fridge freezers have improved, of course, and lighter, more ergonomic and less polluting. Our older fridge part of the fridge freezer has been giving up over the year and when the milk started to curdle after just two days that was it. The freezer half was Ok but you may as well buy both at once as the other part is and of the same maker and tech and sure to go soon. We didn’t bin the freezer part though and decided to put in the garage as back up in case our friends and neighbors freezer did pack up so they could use our old one until they have a new one. We all know it’s a nightmare when a freezer fails and 150 quid of food has to binned. Do a neighbor a favor and they will bail you out one day, maybe. The biggest problem with kitchen hardware is getting it to fit in the old gap, why it takes so long to replace them. ...

Europa Report (DVD) 27/07/2017

'Gravity' but with brains...

Europa Report (DVD) Star – Sharlto Copley Genre – Science Fiction Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – USA Awards – 1 Wins & 2 Nominations Amazon – £4.76 DVD £7.08 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I think it’s fair to say Sci - Fi releases are becoming few and far between in the multiplexes, especially original ones. The big studios spend most of their summer blockbuster money on comic book stuff now and if lucrative franchises like the Marvel Universe stuff a bar minimum guaranteed $500 million dollar return, and over $1 billion for the big ones like The Avengers, thy will keep coming. Only Christopher Nolan with Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014) that I can think of have made their mark this decade. So along comes Sebastian Cordero with Europa Report (2013). It’s a space drama about a manned mission to Europa, the hostile and icy 8th moon of Jupiter. It’s intelligent Sci-Fi on themes of long distance space exploration and the toll that takes on humans and the profound things we don’t yet know out there. Every US President talks about a manned mission to Mars so to justify the huge NASA spend - and to try win votes in the process - but one day they are going to have to mean it as uncontrollable population growth is messing up this planet fast and we will have to leave. Scientists say Europa is believed to be the most likely place life exists in the solar system and humans could terraform it one day to create a new Earth to somehow survive there. Its mind ...

Dope (DVD) 27/07/2017

Groundbreaking black comedy ??

Dope (DVD) Star – The music Genre – Comedy Run Time – 103 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards – 6 Wins & 22 Nominations Amazon – £ DVD £ Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The other kind of Black Comedies - comedies about black people with a mostly black cast aimed at a mostly black audience - tend to be pretty terrible viewing to a white audience, most of the jokes going over their heads or just plain bad, and probably as patronizing and unfunny to a black audience. Dope is not one of those black comedies and a very different and refreshing in the genre, a sort of Spike Lee vibe for beginners. This is an important but little seen movie. It finally treats it’s a young black audience as equals. Not every black guy in a movie is a pimp, a hustle, a gangbanger or an angry police detective. Why not have three smart ethnic kids getting the girl at the prom? It’s quite cute in that it takes the staple American teen high school coming of age comedy and treads it with back cast and street humor and intelligent comment on the racism they suffer in that system. Segregation may have been blatant in the 1960s there but it’s slowly returning as poverty divides America once again and black kids – smart and not so smart – are forced into poorly funded schools as white parents push to get their kids into better schools. Director Rick Famuyiwa film places smart black kids from the hood going through high school and generates plenty of comic situations from that, almost ...
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