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The Good & The Bad - Movies Watched In 2014

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People who added this item 1942 Average listal rating (1287 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Inside Man (2006)
Along with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen's outstanding performances, director Spike Lee has really delivered a great heist movie. Although it begins like any other bank robbery, viewers are shown that this isn't your ordinary day-to-day heist and that the bad guys have actually planned out what they are doing and planned it out well.

Having Denzel as the hostage negotiator, and Clive Owen as the main robber, viewers are shown a match of wits that keep us thinking. They are both similar, both tall and handsome, and both know exactly what they want and how to get it. The pair work well as protagonist/antagonist and it is impossible to tell which one will dominate. With an unusual but impressive soundtrack, Inside Man is a great movie that all will enjoy.
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People who added this item 391 Average listal rating (252 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6
Hercules (2014)
A lot of people went into this movie with expectations that this would follow the mythology, and I think that's what let them down. However, as an artistic representation of not only the myths, but a possible truth behind the myths, this was an entertaining watch. The story was fairly well rounded with a some light/moderate complexity to it which was nice, and it was much less far-fetched than I thought it would be. The acting was - in general - very good, with only one or two instances where I thought it was a bit too cheesy or overdone.

Dwayne Johnson was fantastic; having seen him in several movies I was expecting a less solemn, more caricatured, performance. But he was great, and I have gained a little more respect for him as a serious actor (though I wouldn't cast him outside head-bashing quite yet). Overall an underrated movie in my opinion, and definitely worth a watch if you like a good story.
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People who added this item 1414 Average listal rating (961 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Gone Girl (2014)
On their 5th Wedding Anniversary, Nick Dunne comes back home from his bar to find the place in shambles and his beautiful wife Amy missing so he calls the police. As clues and revelations about their past are discovered, the police focuses their investigation on Nick and his sister Margo as he is a suspect of her now considered murder and his sister is thought to be his accomplice.

I was astounded at how amazing this movie really is. The cast is very well put together, led by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, and supported by Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle, Emily Ratajkowski and Neil Patrick Harris among others who do an amazing job. The story is very captivating and designed to keep you guessing until the very end, all the questions will be answered but not the way you think. I like movies like this that are unpredictable, well written, well performed. One of the best movies of 2014.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 5.7
Timestalkers (1987)
This fast moving and clever time travel movie is greatly enhanced by the presence of Klaus Kinski. He has a lot of screen time, along with a fine performance by William Devane. After his wife and boy are killed in a car wreck, Devane purchases an old western trunk, which contains an intriguing 1886 photograph with a modern gun in it, that sets the story in motion. A chase ensues across 100 years to reverse history, and the tale never falters. One memorable scene involves Kinski entering a fence protected compound. The movie holds interest throughout, and the ending is very satisfying.
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 3.2
Despite this being one of many sequels to an acclaimed original, don't let this fact put you off from watching this under-acknowledged movie. It's a surprisingly good werewolf spoof with a twist; set in Australia, it deals with the plight of a dwindling pack of marsupial werewolves who are in danger of becoming extinct. The movie focuses its attention more on character development and emotion rather than the usual random slashings that prevail in such similar movies. Horror fans need not dismay, as there is also a fair share of scares and realistic (if a little corny) human-to-wolf metamorphosis sequences.

Some nice welcome comic touches are present, including a Hitchcockian horror movie director played by Frank Thring, relishing every moment of the role. Barry Otto is likeable as the anthropologist who joins the werewolf clan to help save them. And let's not forget the exquisite Imogen Annesley as Jerboa, who shines as a beautiful young human marsupial, escaping from her abusive stepfather and running off to Sydney where she finds fame and romance. The movie comes off quite well on the whole, and has a very moralistic and humane message, dealing with the preservation of dying species.
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.2
This was one of several movies where Sean Connery was getting more and more noticed, leading to the stardom he would obtain the following year as James Bond. Though he's third billed in The Frightened City, it's his performance you'll remember. Herbert Lom, a seemingly respectable businessman, is asked to launder some money by Alfred Marks, one of London's top crime bosses. It occurs to Lom he's in unique position to make some really good money off all the crime bosses of London if they can be organised. Using Marks as a front, Lom does just that and the two of them hire Connery to be their chief enforcer in their protection racket. It all works out really well when the hoods are muscling small businessmen for protection, but when they start going after bigger targets David Davies becomes squeamish and Lom and Marks decide he's to be eliminated. They use Connery to set him up and when Connery realises he's unwittingly helped do in a friend he becomes a man with a mission. It's never good to have Sean Connery with a mission after you.

I think you can figure out the rest of the movie. The Frightened City is a plot done many times over in American noir movies which cycle had ended about five years earlier. This one gives you a nice glimpse of the seamier side of London. A good British gangster movie from the 60's.
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 4.2
The Amityville evil locks itself away inside a glass lamp which is then transported to a house in California. A family visiting their grandmother at her house where the lamp resides soon find strange things are happening to them. This is only a so and so horror movie. Nothing you haven't seen before from the other Amityville sequels take place. There's hardly any good scares and only 1 gore scene in which a young teenage boy gets his hand sliced to bits in the food disposal unit. It's not too bad of a movie after all.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.4
This is the West German version of The Dead Eyes Of London (the original was filmed in 1939). Wealthy men are being murdered all over London. All indications point to an insurance scam and a home for the blind but how can blind men be the killers of London?

The movie is brilliantly directed by Alfred Vohrer, atmospherically photographed and luxuriously produced, it imaginatively maintains atmosphere and suspense right from its dramatically eerie opening to the shattering surprise finale. The cast perform well and there's also a part played by Klaus Kinski - who looks goggle-eyed and crazy throughout the movie. All in all, a very entertaining thriller.
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People who added this item 437 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Filth (2013)
What an insane movie this is. There is no other way that I could describe it. It is filled with some of the most crazy and strange scenes that I have seen in film. There was weird sex, masturbating, murder, drugs. Pretty much everything offensive that you could think of is in this movie. It made me laugh, cringe and frown at some of the ridiculous stuff that happened in it. Deep in the storyline though, was an utterly captivating, yet tragic story of a man loosing his mind to drugs, mental illness and grief. In many ways it was this that made the movie all the more shocking, but brilliant at the same time. James McAvoy gives a perfect performance in the lead role. Everything about the character that he portrayed was realistic, and I could feel the emotion coming out of him throughout his descent into madness. This movie is not for the faint of heart or easily disturbed, but if you can deal with the weird and wacky, then you are going to love it.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.3
The story concerns a quiet middle aged woman (Julie Christie) living alone during some catastrophic breakdown of modern society. Young illiterate kids live like rats in an abandoned subway station, rubbish covers the streets and nomadic people scavenge in aimless traveling groups. The woman is given a young teenage girl (Leonie Mellinger) to take care of and the girl becomes sexually involved with a young man who takes on the task of caring for homeless children (while he simultaneously sleeps with them). Alongside this melancholic tale, there's another dimension revealed when the woman discovers a Victorian family living inside a strange membranous wall of her apartment. There are curious psychological parallels between the world in the wall and the goings-on in the woman's other dystopia world. The final scenes are truly weird and puzzling so if you like your movies straightforward with tidy narratives, this one isn't for you. For those who enjoy the bizarre and challenging, take a look.
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People who added this item 151 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Last Wave (1977)
This is one of those movies that relies heavily on the mind. The title refers to the Aboriginal doomsday theory: there will be one last wave that wipes out everything. David Burton played by Richard Chamberlain is a Sydney lawyer hired to defend some Aborigines accused of murder. Around this time, there has been unusually heavy rainfall in Australia. While defending the Aborigines, David learns the last wave theory, and begins to wonder whether it's just mythology. The movie's last sequence is a metaphor for descending into the depths of one's mind. Director Peter Weir created a perplexing, but thought-provoking, movie. Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil probably best known from the movie Walkabout provides an interesting supporting role as one of the defendants. A fascinating movie with an eerie atmosphere and an unsettling finale.
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 4.2
Berserker (1987)
A group of teenagers head out for an adventure into the woods, trying to spook each other with stories of fabled Viking warriors who used to wear the skins and snouts of bears and go berserk in order to frighten their enemies. Soon,the teens are disappearing,being dragged away to gory deaths by a hairy, half-seen being.

This isn't a good horror movie at all. It offers some bloody deaths and lots of boring bumbling in the woods.The funniest thing is that whenever there's a kill scene, the viewer sees a bear. The pace is slow, the editing is bad and the final fifteen minutes are completely laughable. There is very little gore, so I was slightly disappointed. Berserker is one to avoid unless you want to see every 80's slasher movie.
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 4.1
This is another one of those b-grade post apocalyptic movies that's so bad it's actually quite enjoyable. You can forget about the plot because basically there's hardly one for starters so those after a good storyline can look elsewhere.....but if you don't care about that and just want to see gunfights and explosions going off every 5 mins this is the movie for you. Richard Norton is the turncoat hero who jumps side and aligns himself with some rebels who are fighting against The Ownership with the busty Corinne Wahl as his love interest. Nice to see Robert Patrick in an early role for him as a gun smuggler. All in all, whilst it's not very good, it's good enough to see if you've got nothing better to do.
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People who added this item 278 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as a private detective who is hired by a drug-lord to investigate the murder of his wife and what he discovers goes deeper than what he sees. First of all, don't compare this to some of Neeson's latest popular movies such as Taken and Unknown. This is different. It's not an action movie. It is supposed to be a thriller but it is not the kind of thriller that gets you on the edge of your seat. The storyline itself is decent although it does move rather slowly and there are one or two things that are not really explained. Neeson is great in the leading role. Overall it was an enjoyable movie.
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People who added this item 458 Average listal rating (281 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Heavy Metal (1981)
This is an anthology movie of sci-fi animated tales revolving around a powerful evil green orb named Loc-Nar (who serves as narrator to a young female earthling it plans to possess). Set to a rock soundtrack with many (if not most) of the tales loaded with profanity, sex and graphic violence. It is quite lurid and grotesque at times..this is definitely not for all tastes.

Tales include a New York City cabbie of the future, with a disintegrating beam loaded in his car for anyone who tries an attempt to harm or rob him, who gets mixed up with a mysterious dame holding the orb and gangsters desiring to possess it, a young boy transformed into a muscular warrior who must defend a blond dame against a seemingly unkillable king and evil witch both vying for the orb, a navy crew being turned into creepy skeleton monsters by the orb during WWII while the fighter captain must abort for a spot on Earth where other ships have wrecked not knowing what lies in wait for him, a crew of aliens responsible for human mutations thanks to the orb in their possession with a robotic captain who kidnaps a Jewish girl hoping to marry her, and a battle between orb infected human monsters and a female warrior from an ancient race. Some really great animation, especially in the final tale. Worth checking out if only for the brilliant soundtrack.
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 4.4
Kite (2014)
Although not a faithful rendition of the controversial Japanese anime, as an action movie it's not too bad at all. India Eisley takes the role of the female assassin Sawa who is helped by her cop guardian played by Samuel L Jackson. The nudity and graphic sex that was in the anime has been taken out but there is still a lot of nasty violence that takes place. The revenge story isn't all that original but if you're just interested in seeing a hot young girl kicking ass then this movie should satisfy you. Those that loved the anime it's best you don't watch this or it'll make your blood boil with all the changes to the plot.
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 4.8
Death Ship (1980)
A really bad horror movie. The poster is pretty much the scariest and most interesting part. So a cruise ship collides with a ghost ship and presumably sinks. Several survivors manage to get on the ghost ship in search of help. What they find instead is some of the worst editing I've ever seen in my life. The movie likes to suddenly start cutting together 4 different shots, all random, all with shaky cam and it likes to reuse shots over and over, it's very distracting. The acting is horrid especially by George Kennedy. Most of the deaths either don't make any sense or look hilarious and the movie is devoid of any scares. Do yourself a favour and keep well clear of this pile of junk.
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People who added this item 587 Average listal rating (437 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Babadook (2014)
This movie is creepy and disturbing pretty well all the way, a good old horror fantasy with a nod to the psychological canniness of Nightmare on Elm Street but much more economical in terms of special effects, casting and I would imagine budget. It nevertheless maintains tension and atmosphere along with some high-flying dramatic sequences from the actors which bear comparison with The Exorcist. The plot also connects nicely with the psychological conflicts facing a single mother whose son's birth coincided with the tragic death of her husband, and the whole nasty Babadook phenomenon, and its unresolved outcome, can certainly be read as an allegory of this traumatic event. The acting is amazingly good from the two leads, although the supporting characters are a bit stereotyped, a directing decision presumably. Sets and locations are charged with a bleak gloom. Unless you're expecting a cliché horror movie with jump scares and overdone supernatural plot about exorcisms, ghosts, and out of world beings, then do not watch this movie.
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Dad's Army (1971)
Movie adaptations of British TV sitcoms rarely transferred well to the big screen and even though this one is fairly good, it's still not a patch on the TV series itself. The story shows how Captain Mainwaring got his troops together after a radio broadcast by the Prime Minister asking for volunteers to defend the home front. It differs just very slightly from the 1st episode of the series. Other shenanigans include going on maneuvers and stopping a couple of parachuted Germans. The cast are fine but the problem is it is less slapstick and silly than it was on the small screen, and suffers a bit in comparison. I do like the bit where the stuck up General Fuller sails down river on a bit of broken bridge still sitting on his white horse though, and the oil slick machine with Corporal Jones is pretty funny! I'm sure fans of the TV series will enjoy the movie but don't expect it to hit the heights of the show.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.1
Black Cobra 2 (1989)
Fred Williamson is back as the out of shape Chicago cop Robert Malone whose antics gets him a holiday in the Phillipines thanks to his superior wanting him out of the way. Once there though, he teams up with a local Interpol cop after his wallet is stolen at the airport but things start to spiral out of control as they do when Malone's around! This isn't too bad of an action movie. While there is the standard shooting-and-blow-ups combo, there's a pretty slow section in the middle where not a lot happens but it recovers towards the end with a classic dockside confrontation with some goons. It's basically a rehash of the first movie albeit in a new foreign location and I would say it's slightly better as well. Worth taking a punt.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 4.3
aka Bruce Lee vs Gay Power! This is a spoof kung fu movie made in Portugese about a group of camp bandits who wear brightly coloured attire and go around raping women and killing peasants. Enter a lone hero (much in the mould of John Carradine Kung-Fu character) who vows to stop the bandits. The English title for this movie is odd because none of the characters in the movie are gay. The bandits may act rather flamboyant and wear outrageous clothes but they're certainly not gay. Even the hero is a bit camp wearing a pink Kung-Fu t-shirt. Despite this movie being a comedy there is some gore involved. The comedy is rather hit and miss as well. As you'll see if you see the movie, Bruce Lee does NOT appear in the story. If you're a die-hard obscure-cult-movie fan who's been dying to see it, rest assured, you're not missing anything life-changing, or even memorable.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Z.P.G. (1972)
A fairly depressing view of a future in which having a child is punishable by death. Oliver Reed & Geraldine Chaplin decide to have one anyway. As expected, that proves to be a bad idea. Best friends Don Gordon & Diane Cilento blackmail them into "sharing" the child. There's a good central idea here that's actually quite frightening and the actors, particularly Chaplin & Cilento convey a real sense of misery as wannabe mothers forbidden to give birth. Their desperation and utter sadness is palpable. The story starts out rather slow but stick with it and you'll have a Logan's Run type adventure in the end as Reed and Chaplin break their way into a tunnel where they escape from their oppressive world. This is a good if sometimes disturbing movie that should be viewed.
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Humanoids from the Deep is one guilty treat for fans of old fashioned creature horror. It's a horror movie that's very unpretentious as it features gruesomely good makeup effects, some intense scenes of violent action, and of course nubile women menaced by the slimy title characters. It's simply a fun ride for horror fans who don't mind their entertainment a touch on the campy side. The plot is fast-paced, there's some great moments of humor, and a few genuinely good shocks (particularly the gory finale). The creature effects are solidly well done. The cast is pretty good as well and James Horner's music score lends great moody atmosphere.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 5.5
Ray Brady's "Boy Meets Girl" is a low budget, uncompromising and controversial shocker. When married-with-two-children Tim Poole sets out on yet another one-night-stand at an obscure drinking hole, he bites off more than he can chew. Finishing the evening in what appears to be the home-made dungeon of the psychotic Margot Steinberg, Poole's woes have only just started.

This is a grim tale that has gained much notoriety due to its initial ban in the UK. This censorship has now been lifted. As I'd read a lot about this project many moons ago and seen the documentary series "Banned in the UK", I knew how things were going to pan out which reduced the tension somewhat. Despite this, it's quite a gripping and unpleasant experience that leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Tim Poole is great as the victim, Tevin. However, it's Margot Steinberg and Danielle Sanderson who really leave an impact on the viewer. This movie is enough to make you think twice about going back to a stranger's house for a night of no-ties passion. Its use of female protagonists is effective and deeply chilling. At times very hard to watch but still a good horror movie.
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Boris Karloff, as usual, is a joy to watch, as is Christopher Lee, who was right on the verge of becoming a big star in the Hammer movies. This movie is also notable for strongly evoking the grimy atmosphere of those out-of-the-way areas in 1800's England. While less a horror movie and more a study of the decline in an individual caused by drug addiction, it does have several creepy and frightening moments. Some of the surgery sequences are gruesome. Corridors of Blood isn't a very well distributed movie, and that is a shame as there is much to enjoy about it. However, if you do ever get the chance to see it; be sure to take it. You'll be glad you did.
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People who added this item 107 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
In a small town in Transylvania, police detective Kruger calls upon Doctor Paul Eswai to perform an autopsy on a woman who died a violent death, but the unusual thing is that a coin was embedded in her heart. When Dr Eswai arrives in town he discovers that the town is paralysed by fear of a dreaded curse of a spirit of a young girl who died 20 years earlier and the towns folk aren't all to happy about doctor interfering in their business.

This is a truly remarkable movie, boasting superb cinematography and incredibly eerie atmosphere. It contains some really memorable and impressive imagery: a misty Transylvanian village, dusty corridors, black cats, creepy dolls, shadowy figures stealing through fog-bound graveyards etc. The story itself is a bit uneven and not that original but the stylish direction of Mario Bava makes this a must-see for 60's horror fans.
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People who added this item 155 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
The sexual adventures of Jonathan and Sandy from their college days into adulthood. From college to mid-life crises, we see their attitude to the opposite sex and how their male organ leads them to lower depths. A fascinating script that isn't afraid to show how some men really are. Nichols' direction has the European flavour, allowing the stunning performances to take over with the help of Giuseppe Rotunno's unobtrusive photography. The amazing thing is that this movie is still relevant to some of today's modern male species. Jack Nicholson delivers a fabulous performance whilst the sexy Ann-Margret sizzles on screen. For its time it was groundbreaking and today it's almost mature compared to the barrage of "relationship" movies of late. Worth taking a look.
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
A pianist is killed, possibly murdered after he falls down the stairs in his creepy mansion. After his death, strange things start happening including the piano playing on its own accord and the strange behaviour of the secretary. Then murders start to take place and these turn out to be the work of the pianist's severed hand, which haunts the mansion. With creepy music by Max Steiner, a howling wind and windows slamming open and shut, all these things make this movie quite scary. Great performance from Peter Lorre. The special effects used to animate the hand are impressive for their time, although as the movie is in b&w this helps mask its inadequacies somewhat. A good old fashioned horror story.
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.2
Carl Weathers got his first leading role in this action cop movie. There isn't much to say about this movie. It's so stereotypical 80's - it's unreal! This is full of explosions, fist fights, decent acting, one-liners and amazingly, has a good cast of big name 80's action stars like Bill Duke and Sonny Landham (both of whom appeared in Predator with Weathers and Arnie), and Robert Davy. Even Sharon Stone has a small role. The story is basically about Jericho Jackson, who has been demoted to a desk cop and hates it, and has to keep his old 'Action Jackson' rebellious days behind him if he wants to be promoted again but the sadistic businessman who got him demoted is up to his old tricks again and it's up to Jackson to take him down. If you love dumb 80's big budget action movies, give it a shot.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.2
Made just before the 3rd series, this is the big screen feature of the hit 70's ITV sitcom starring Sid James as the head of the Abbott family. The most notable difference between the series and the movie is a number of cast changes for some characters - why did they have to pick the abominable Robin Askwith to play Sid's son? It feels like a Carry On movie and that's because Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers directed, produced and wrote the script. Terry Scott and June Whitfield move next door to the Abbotts where plenty of chaos ensues due to Sid's illegal whiskey making in the shed and other calamities. There's plenty of laughs to be had and anything with Sid James is worth watching. It might not be as good as the series itself but if you've got nothing to do on a wet afternoon give it a whirl.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Mr. H Is Late (1988)
This was the last of the silent short comedies that Eric Sykes wrote and directed. It's a cracking fun filled story about a group of stupid undertakers trying to take a body in a coffin to a funeral. There's an even more star filled cast in this production compared to some of the others with comedians who were popular at the time from Freddie Starr, Cannon & Ball, Mike Yarwood and Spike Milligan to name a few. There are some genuinely hilarious moments to be had in the story and it's a shame that it's forgotten by the majority of people.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
A short silent comedy with Richard Briers once again as a newlywed moving into a house with his new wife and the mishaps that take place with the inept furniture delivery people. It's very funny and was written/directed by Eric Sykes who also stars in it. Other familiar faces include Tommy Cooper, Irene Handl, Bob Todd (of Benny Hill fame), Bernard Cribbins and Jimmy Edwards as a policeman. It might not appeal to anybody apart from those from the UK who grew up watching these comedians on the TV.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
A host of familiar British comedians from the 60's feature in this silent movie about the chaos that reigns during the building of a home for a young couple. It's a hilarious spoof on the building industry in the UK during that time. You will see the likes of Peter Butterworth, Bill Fraser, Bernard Cribbins and Richard Briers feature at some point but the best is reserved for the late great Ronnie Barker as an increasingly enraged cement mixer. At this stage, Barker was still a relatively minor comic performe but his work in this movie helped his career further on to bigger things. His is probably the best performance out of many fine comic bits in the movie. This is a great little comedy movie and is well worth checking out.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 4.3
Not really liking the comedy series on the TV, I was apprehensive about giving this movie a go. It's better than what I thought it would be. The story itself though is poorly executed and dragged out for far too long. The acting is poor, very poor, and every scene is so predictable. It has obviously got bad guys in the movie and surprise surprise they are portrayed as Russian, how unoriginal and cliché is that?

This movie could have been better with a bit more thought and originality, it is almost as if they have taken a TV sketch and tried to stretch it into a movie and failed miserably. I did laugh at a couple of scenes but the majority of the movie just isn't funny. There are too many looks at camera, fine in the show, this doesn't work in a movie. They even keep some out-takes in the movie, Why? It just is not funny. I think the main problem is that the writers and performers think they are funnier than they actually are. This is the sort of movie that should have gone straight to DVD.
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People who added this item 195 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
White Dog (1982)
White Dog is often mentioned on lists of all-time most controversial movies, and there's a good reason for that. Samuel Fuller's movie is controversial because it confronts the theme of racism head on, and succeeds where modern films such as 'Crash' fail in that it actually makes you think. Rather than actually being 'about' racism, White Dog tells a story and lets the themes flow; thus meaning that the audience is allowed to see the themes shining through, rather than being beaten over the head with them. The film is really clever and is based on a premise that isn't immediately obvious.

The story follows a young aspiring actress that accidentally runs a dog over. After becoming attached to it, she decides to take it in; but pretty soon the dog attacks someone, and she finds out that aside from being a white dog, it's also a 'White Dog'; a dog used by white people to kill blacks. The main reason why this movie is so good is down to the title animal. Here we have an entity that is entirely innocent of its crimes; the guilty party being the racist that trained him. By letting us see what the dog is capable of, but making sure we know that the dog is only doing what it has been programmed to do ensures that the true horror of racism is allowed to shine through; as well as the futility of hatred down to skin colour. Recommended.
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Hikers in the Utah mountains are being sliced 'n' diced by a hulking woodland viking! Who will be left standing??

This little low-budget wilderness killer flick is best known as one of the cheapest and most unintentionally funny entries in the genre. There's no denying that this is a tremendously flawed movie - it's mainly a series of goofy hikers and campers being killed by an even goofier villain. The acting is shabby, the gore is crude, and the 'tension' music score sounds like someone banging their head on a synthesizer. But as poorly executed as the movie is it's certainly not boring! Don't Go in the Woods is one of those horror cheapies that's so bad you just have to laugh at it. Remember this is the same movie in which a guy in a wheelchair is 'climbing' the mountain - of course he gets to the top only to be decapitated!! In another great scene Peter waves at a hunter whom he thinks is reacting to him, but the hunter is actually reacting to the killer who is behind Peter! And just wait for that clunky hoot of a theme song in the ending credits!
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Aside from Ron Silver's usual wonderful, icy cool performance as the villain, the best thing about this Lethal Weapon knock-off is seeing how many action cliches you can spot. Deadly Outbreak is a low-budget actioneer of the type that would star Segal, Willis or Van Damme if they had had any kind of a budget, but instead settles for a bunch of unknowns apart from the likeable Jeff Speakman running through the most inane series of situations you can imagine (whenever someone isn't kicking someone else in the groin, or killing another hostage). The Israeli setting gives the feeling that the producers got a subsidy from the government in order to attract some filmmaking business to Tel Aviv.

Probably the best thing you can say for this production is that for what must have been an extremely low budget, they managed to blow up an *extremely* large number of things. As an action movie it's nothing special but still very watchable.
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This movie stars a slightly bloated Fred "The Hammer" Williamson as an African American version of Dirty Harry - Detective Malone. Malone disobeys orders, doesn't compromise with people who he judges to be "scumbags" and is more than happy to contribute a little lead to anybody who asks for it. A female photographer has run afoul of a group of sociopathic, but nicely groomed, bikers and Malone is to be her protector.

Though not original, the story is decently told, and the script, although poorly dubbed, is OK. The acting is about what you would expect from a movie of this nature. It's your standard low budget Italian renegade justice movie and watchable enough.
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Fury (2014)
This is a brutal, action packed and well acted war movie that might not be one for those wanting an old fashioned heroic epic. But will thrill those looking for an explosive action movie that has the guts to sometimes be as harsh as a real war can no doubt be. Fury stands out that little bit more because of the fact that a majority of the movie takes place in a tank. Its not so much about the soldiers running around with guns as it the ones trapped together in the shady darkness of a tank. Though it branches out to show us the disaster that's happening around these characters as well.

A lot of war movies can perhaps cheapen war. But "Fury" makes you think about how brutal these kind of situations are. With actors that were apparently put through the paces to make the whole thing look as legit as possible. Brad Pitt is as good always. But its perhaps the other stars that shine through. This comes highly recommended.
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Final Score (1986)
Forget about the revenge storyline and concentrate instead on the wall to wall action set pieces that take place in this entertaining OTT movie. If it's loads of explosions, plenty of shootouts, car chases and crashes and some hilarious dialogue you're after then this is the movie for you. The movie even has a ridiculous finale which has to be seen to be believed. It's one of those movies you just have to see in your lifetime. Chris Mitchum is the cool badass that wastes away the bad guys after they gang rape his wife and kill his young son. They don't make movies like this anymore!
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The Detective (1954)
This enjoyable feature does a good job of filming a creative, interesting story using G.K. Chesterton's "Father Brown" character. Alec Guinness is a very good realisation of Father Brown, and Peter Finch provides him with a worthy foil. The story uses a good variety of interesting settings, with numerous interesting turns in the plot, and some good moments from the supporting cast. What makes it more intriguing than the average crime/mystery movie is that from the start Father Brown is more interested in reforming the criminal than in punishing him. It leads to a story that has some of the same elements as a conventional crime movie, but it also adds a creative dimension that makes it so much more interesting than the dreary, excessive spectacles of the present time that drown out any substance with undue amounts of violence and crudity.

The story could, of course, have easily become implausible and/or annoyingly moralistic, but thanks to Guinness's usual fine performance, and good direction from Robert Hamer, that is not at all the case. While there's nothing flashy here, it's an interesting and enjoyable little feature, and a nice change of pace.
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Jungleground (1995)
Although on the surface your basic urban action thriller, this is a good movie for horror fans for its surreal sense of brutality and pain, its stylised gory violence and its use of The Most Dangerous Game theme. Roddy Piper is great as the undercover cop trapped in a big city crime zone where he is forced to play a game of eluding his captors until dawn, all the while knowing his girlfriend is held prisoner by a gang. There are some good action set pieces by director Don Allan who manages to maintain tension despite the speedy pacing of the storyline. Definitely worth taking a look.
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The Alchemist (1983)
1871- Robert Ginty's wife is hexed by an evil magician, and a duel ensues. Tragically, the wife ends up dead, and Ginty is cursed to eternal life as a Jeckyll/Hyde type beast. 1955- A woman en route and her male hitch-hiker have car troubles in the remote forest...but it may be more than mere chance that they are in Ginty's "neck of the woods".

Quite a forgettable horror movie with an uneventful and dare I say boring plot. It could have been good as some demons are released through a portal in a grave yard. Hardly any gore apart from an old lady impaled on a spike, some demons being beat up and a sorceror torn in half. Acting is just OK though Lucinda Dooling is quite attractive. It's not worth bothering if I'm being honest
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Rocketship X-M was released about the same time as George Pal's Destination Moon at the cinemas and was one of the first movies that started the 50's sci fi craze. A rocket blasts off to the Moon, but because of a malfunction, they end up on Mars instead. When on Mars, they explore and discover a ruined city of a past civilization and are attacked by some cavemen type creatures. These are the survivors from that civilization. After exploring, the crew head back to the rocket to return to Earth but it crashlands after running out of fuel, killing all on board.

The movie is tinted red for the Mars sequences and the special effects are quite good considering the low budget. This was one of the first movies to have a bleak ending. Good acting from the whole cast which includes Lloyd Bridges. Really enjoyable.
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The 2nd movie to feature Francis The Talking Mule is even better than the first and packed full of laughs. Francis and his master Peter get involved with some shady gangsters who are running a betting syndicate on some horse races. Although Francis is kept to the sidelines a lot in this movie, the screentime he does get is hilarious. He even gets drunk on whiskey and starts singing My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean!!! I was laughing a lot throughout the movie and can't wait to see the next installment. Mr Ed fans definitely need to check this movie out.
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Cannon & Ball were a pair of popular Northern comedians during the 80's in the UK where they had their own comedy show. This was a spin-off movie to 'showcase' their talents. I wouldn't say this is a particularly funny movie or anything like that. If tired gags are your cup of tea or you enjoyed the pair during their heyday then you're sure to enjoy this movie. The movie is an awful mess though despite the low rating it is watchable in the right mood and typical of what Cannon and Ball provided for people on Saturday nights on their TV show. I suppose the question ought to be asked why it was made in the first place?
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Interstellar (2014)
This movie is underwhelming and way, way too long. I know a lot of people have given this movie high praise, while I admire the effort from cast and crew there are aspects which really grated me. Apart from the fact that the movie is long and scenes could have been deleted to make a tighter movie, I was distracted by the loud music orchestrated for the movie. I felt that having silence for the space scenes would have been more effective for suspense than playing music which reminded me of watching a horror movie that became louder as the scenes more suspenseful. And I am sorry but the special effects were not impressive and disappointing. For the money spent this was a waste that could have been better and how about a blatant ripoff of the movie 2001 which though made in 1968 was far superior to this. Good to watch once but I doubt I'll watch it again.
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A decent suspenseful movie of a psychotic killer nicknamed The Freeway Fiddler who drives a black van and bumps off a load of women in their cars on a freeway. A blonde female TV reporter tries to find out who the killer is but finds herself being targeted. This is not just another car chase/crash movie. There's Hitchcock like suspense and action that helps the story line along. The resemblance with Steven Spielberg's phenomenal "Duel" is unmistakable, but that doesn't necessarily makes this movie a blatant rip-off. The "freeway-incidents" are tense and spectacular, in spite of the obvious budget restrictions. Worth a look.

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The Batwoman (1968)
A very strange Mexican movie. A young well endowed female wrestler who dons a cape, mask and the skimpiest of bikinis goes by the name of Batwoman where she helps the police in catching villains. In this movie, Batwoman helps her policeman friend in stopping a mad scientist who has created a half human half fish creature called Pisces. It's obvious this movie was made to cash in on the Batman TV series. It's quite a hilarious movie to watch especially when the police fight Pisces (a man in a fish suit). Best thing to do is just turn your brain off, enjoy the local Acapulco scenery and while away 80 minutes watching this.
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This movie is a guilty pleasure for myself and a throwback to the 80's action buddy movie. All my critical faculties tell me it's a trashy action flick with no particular value. But critical faculties don't mean a thing when chemistry is as kinetic as that between Rourke and Johnson. Moreover, the movie is beautifully cast down the line and the pace is always great. Everything from the costuming of the lead characters to the atmosphere in the bar to the performances by Tom Sizemore and Daniel Baldwin are right on target. But mainly it's Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke's connection that makes the movie. They're terrific.
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Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 1 13:32
I can't believe they made a Boggy Creek sequel! Did the first one make a profit? I guess it had too, since the budget appeared to be $0. The actors in the first one were terrible. It sounded like they took actual local residents and had them re-enact the encounters. You could tell they were reading a script, very poorly, with very thick hillbilly accents. They never really showed the monster well enough to determine exactly what it looked like. I think I will skip the sequel. If I get an urge to watch a bad movie, I will just check out the original again.

I saw the preview of A million Ways to die in the West, and to me, it looked like a live-action Family Guy episode complete with the pop Culture references. It did look like it had a couple of good laughs though, unless it is one of those movies that only has a couple of good parts and you already see them in the previews. I will reserve judgement and check it out for myself.

I really liked Drugstore Cowboy, and like you say, it does not glamorize the drug culture. Instead, it gives you a gritty, realistic look at the harrowing life of a junkie. Another good movie in this vein (no pun intended)was Rush, the rather depressing story of 2 undercover narcs who have to take the drugs with everyone else because they were too smart to be tricked by someone pretending to get high, but only simulating. Needless to say they get hooked and strung out just like everyone else and leads to some dire situations.

Good list of movies to check out.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 1 15:45
Thanks for your comments. I've read that the first Boggy Creek movie was the 11th most popular movie at the US box office in 1972 so it definitely made a profit. There are a couple of other inferior Boggy Creek sequels flying about which haven't been made by the original director. There was one made in 2010 - haven't seen that one yet.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 1 16:16
Eric idle's Rutles Mockumentory was entertaining to Beatles Fanatics like me, but I think it probably would grow tiresome to non-fans, or people with limited knowledge of actual Beatles history. It helps to know what they are making fun of. Some people would probably say he got caught up in the Beatles legends once he got started. I agree the music parodies are great. They are the best thing in the movie and adds a lot of creedence to the whole thing.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 1 17:20
I'll be watching the first appearance of The Rutles on Eric Idle's Rutland Weekend Television soon as I've never seen it. Neil Innes is a genius in how he parodied the Beatles' original songs in the movie.

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