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Added by AKB48Fan on 29 Dec 2019 11:49

A New Decade! A New Year! Movies Watched In 2020

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People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (368 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6
Timeline (2003)
A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.

A silly time travel movie. What's wrong with this movie? Just about everything. The script is stupid...full of implausible situations and characters and some truly jaw-dropping twists and turns and dubious science. There are tons of explosions and fights to keep the viewer awake. It all ends with a big huge battle which looks expensive but I was bored senseless. As for the acting, well it is terrible. Paul Walker is awful, Gerard Butler overacts and Billy Connolly has a pained look on his face a lot (maybe he regretted signing on to this movie?). Timeline didn't do well at the box office and I can see why now. Don't bother with it.
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Goblin Slayer and his party head up to the snowy mountains in the north after receiving that request from the Sword Maiden to find any information on the Noble Fencer that disappeared after leaving to slay some goblins. A small village gets attacked, they encounter a mysterious chapel, and something about how these goblins are acting bothers the Goblin Slayer.

Goblin Slayer was one of the standout anime series of 2019. It was dark, bloody and gritty and this movie continues the adventures of the Goblin Slayer who enjoys nothing more than killing loads of goblins. The first 25 mins is more or less a recap of what took place during the 1st season before launching into a new story. Even though the plot is a bit generic, it's still a thrilling ride as the main hero and his guild battle a goblin army at an old dwarf fortress. If you loved the series then you're sure to enjoy this movie. It might not give you anything new but it's still a fantastic watch.
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
A 16 year old girl named Candy is snatched from the street by 3 people who bury her in a hole in the ground. Their aim is to get her wealthy father to give them diamonds for her safe return. The only witness where they have buried the girl is a young mute boy.

A well done and nasty at times grindhouse movie. This movie has a look and feel of a 70's made for TV thriller punctured with scenes of violence and comic relief. The characters are all as amoral as you can get with the exception of Candy and the little mute boy. The pace of the movie moves a little too slow in parts particularly in the middle section but picks momentum big time during the almost "jaw dropping" conclusion. The movie shows several shocking, intelligent and believable plot twists, with the last being the most shocking of all which you will not see coming. Overall, a dark and sleazy movie that is not for everyone's taste.

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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 5.3
When young reporter and amateur biker Jerry Marsh investigates a mysterious hooded figure on a motorbike, he discovers crooks hiding out in a ruined castle smuggling goods in with atomic sabotage on their minds.

This is a quick and simple crime movie where Jimmy Hanley plays a cheeky reporter on the trail of a story of a possible smuggling operation going on at Brockham Manor. There's a lot of motorbiking scenes with a local bike club doing time trials and congratulating each other in a very gentlemanly and spiffing manner. A complete opposite to what Hollywood and especially Marlon Brando was doing across the pond in The Wild One the previous year. The story is exciting, moves along rapidly and it also has it's humourous moments. Hanley as Jerry is quite a likable character along with Leslie Dwyer as his future father in law and Lionel Jeffries as the villain behind the smuggling business. Kenneth Connor has a small part as a drunk. All in all, a decent little British b-movie.
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People who added this item 793 Average listal rating (392 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
A Mexican master leads a Christ like figure and other disciples to a mountain of immortal wise men.

One of the biggest pile of crap I've had the misfortune of watching and it's called an art-house classic - somebody must be having a laugh saying that! This movie is so bad and weird, I'm sure it could be used as a torture material by the secret organisations of different countries! The director and writer had to be high on drugs to come up with this pointless crap. There is no plot, there is no story, there is only a relentless deluge of disgusting images, designed to provoke strong reactions. For those that say they understand the meaning of this movie well good for you but 99% of the viewing public will not and should keep clear of this drivel.
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.4
Mulan (2020)
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honoured warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential.

A terrible Disney movie. I tried to go into this with an open mind but the fact is, it's just not good. No doubt it's a visual feast, and nothing more. It's a bland, lifeless mess of a movie with watered down stakes, poor characters, no humour, and no heart. Very cringy to watch. Yifei Liu looks the part of Mulan but is let down by a pathetic script. I don't know what the hell Disney was thinking during the production - what a waste of money spent. If you intend to watch the story of Mulan, you're better off with the 1998 animation not this crapfest.
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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.

A brilliant movie with a sharp script which skilfully uses humour to counterpoint tragedy, some superb performances particularly from Peter Mullan in the lead role, and the excellent direction of Ken Loach, it could never be anything else. The story is completely believable and you can empathise with some of the characters. Overall, it's a deeply moving, funny and hard edged movie.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 4.4
An international jewel thief finds himself a target when a smuggled cigarette case made from a stolen new metal falls into his hands.

A fairly good movie which zips along at a quick pace. Despite the thin cold war plot, there are various murders and fights along the way. The cast includes Sheldon Lawrence in the lead along with Anton Diffring and Roger Delgado as a pair of detectives. It makes for a nice time filler but don't expect anything remarkable about this movie.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Friends (1971)
When a bereaved French girl encounters a wealthy English lad, they become immediate friends and choose to make a life separately from the adult world they occupy in a small cottage deep in The Camargue.

A controversial movie on it's release due to the depiction of two teenagers having a baby together. The story itself is pretty ridiculous and there is no way that two teenagers could hide out from the authorities for such a long time despite being out of the way in the wilds. The cinematography showing The Camargue is superb showing lovely sunsets and the wildlife that populates the area. The leads in Sean Bury and Anicée Alvina both give fairly good performances. The soundtrack by Elton John isn't that memorable although one or two songs are good. I was shocked where they showed nude and sexual scenes between the two underage performers. No way would that happen today. It is far from a great movie, in fact it is rather pedestrian but if it reminds you of your youth and first love then I guess you'll enjoy it.
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Ghost Stories (2018)
Professor Phillip Goodman devotes his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism soon gets put to the test when he receives news of three chilling and inexplicable cases – disturbing visions in an abandoned asylum, a car accident deep in the woods and the spirit of an unborn child.

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie, as it had got a lot of hype when it was first released. But I was sadly disappointed with this awful tripe. It had some useless jump scares and it was only interesting seeing Paul Whitehouse in one of the stories. Alex Lowther was just too strange and over acting in his story. Maybe I expect too much to be entertained but I just can't stand movies that build you up, make you invest 90 mins of your life and let you down with a naff and confusing ending. Don't believe what some are saying that this is a good and frightening movie - it isn't!
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.7
Touch and Go (1955)
When Jim Fletcher is told by his firm, that his new furniture designs, are not in keeping with the firms image. he threatens to resign, and decides to uproot his family, and emigrate to Australia. but his problems are only just beginning.

Not one of Ealing Studio's well known comedies and for a good reason - it just isn't that funny. The story revolves around the family black cat Heathcliff who acts as a catalyst for many situations including the finale. The acting is just about fine from everybody and the London locations including the shots of Chelsea Bridge with Battersea power station in the distance is a nice touch. I'm not sure how this movie was nominated for 2 awards as it doesn't deserve it. It just isn't good enough and I don't think I laughed even once during the entire duration. I wouldn't really recommend this movie at all.
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Beautiful American Emily O’Hara offers the City Hunter one million dollars to protect her from a man named Douglas. Ryo & Kaori take the job, but things are not quite what they seem. The real target just might be Ryo, but it’s unclear who wants Ryo dead.

Another great City Hunter story told in just the right amount of time and with just the right mix of Ryo's dual personality of pervert and private detective. There are numerous plot twists and a lot of action/gunplay on display. You're guaranteed to get many laughs along the way as Ryo is smashed over the head with a 100t wooden mallet by his partner Kaori for being too perverted. If you're a fan of City Hunter, you know the formula you're going to get here. It never changes but why should it when it's so successful. This was a lot of fun to watch.
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The Tokyo Bay City Hotel has opened, complete with supercomputer and accompanying theme park, and privileged guests are there to celebrate, including Ryo's partner and her best friend. The huge party takes an unexpected turn...a bunch of terrorists surround the building and park, taking the partygoers hostage. Behind it all is a Central American dictator who the U.S has ousted from power due to his control of a huge international drug ring. He has sinister plans that can only be staged at the Bay City Hotel...but why?

This is a clever pastiche of Die Hard with Ryo and Umibouzu taking on a bunch of terrorists at a hotel....and of course Ryo being a pervert around girls as only he can! There's a ton of action and destruction taking place. You'll also get a lot of laughs. The story gets going straight away as the running time is short so you're never going to get bored watching this movie. So yet again this is another winner in the City Hunter franchise with the usual formula guaranteeing you're in for an entertaining time.
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A beautiful pianist comes to Tokyo for a charity concert – and City Hunter is there. But music isn’t his forte. He wants lessons in the language of love. Desperation is the word as bodies start dropping. A foreign dignitary is assassinated in cold blood. Secret agents scour the streets for a missing microchip. And diplomatic infighting swirls around the upcoming concert until Nina the pianist and her grandfather Klaus are kidnapped.

This was the first City Hunter anime movie and it's a great one. The plot here has a number of twists and turns, which while not all that surprising, keep things interesting as new angles emerge. Action is abundant, and the longer runtime allows for more time with the supporting cast. While the characters remain predictable, the schtick here has a classic appeal to it, and never gets tiring. Ryo's lecherous antics are extremely humorous, as are the responses he gets from his cohorts, and part of the fun is just waiting for Ryo to mutate into his other self. The animation whilst looking dated from what we're used to nowadays is good. This isn't an anime for kids, it's geared up for older teenagers upwards with numerous references towards sex is mentioned. A solid City Hunter movie.
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People who added this item 151 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

You might think that the character of Peter Devereaux that Pierce Brosnan plays is similar to James Bond but they are 2 completely different characters. This is a much more violent, level headed spy movie than any of Brosnan's Bond flicks. The only thing that is remotely similar between Bond and Devereaux is that they dress sharp. In fact this movie is actually better than some of his Bond stuff. The story builds up nicely. The characters aren't underdeveloped at all. However, that character development happens mostly in the last 20 minutes or so. This is a movie that is unfolding through several threads, coming together at the end, clarifying the characters. There is plenty of exciting scenes to satisfy action junkies. Pierce Brosnan is great and so is Olga Kurylenko who is easy on the eye. Devereaux's protégé played by Luke Bracey is pretty cool as well. All in all, this is a complex and great spy thriller with a story that has many twists. I really enjoyed it.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 6
Martin’s plane crashes in the jungle of Brazil. Nobody believes he survived. In the meantime his wife, Sally, has fallen in love with another man, Dr. Harper. Martin is found and returns to Sally. Unable to face his demons, Martin considers ending his life. Or does Sally do it for him?

An overwrought melodrama written by Michael Pertwee, elder brother of Jon. It's essentially a love triangle between Elizabeth Sellers (stuck with a dull character who you can't believe two men would fight over), her stiff-upper-lip suitor Ronald Howard, and missing husband Michael Gough. He hams it up for the camera as he did sometimes. The story is very dull and talky, never building any excitement or suspense throughout the running time. I'm afraid all I can say is this movie was cheap and boring and not worth bothering about.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
The orderly suburban life of a 1950’s English town is turned on its head when the teenaged daughter of one of the residents writes a steamy bestseller featuring characters obviously based on the local population.

A Carry-On movie in all but name by Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers, and featuring five names who featured in the franchise: regulars Joan Sims and Charles Hawtrey, and sometime members Ted Ray, Leslie Phillips and Dilys Laye. It does have some funny moments but is not as consistently funny as some of the Carry Ons nor does it have great actors in every part. The movie is not exactly a scathing satire of middle class domesticity, but it does take a gentle prod at that particular institution’s vitals. In the end, it's a gentle enough comedy which warrants a watch.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.1
A physicist finds himself drawn into an investigation to track down a spy at his research station.

A quick and interesting spy thriller co-written by Brian Clemens who would go on to produce The Avengers and The Professionals. Even though the plot is nothing new, it's still an exciting story. The location scenes in bombed out houses of post WWII London is shot well. Marshall Thompson plays the leading role of a rocket scientist who aids the police in tracking down the mysterious head of a spy ring. It's a fine movie to track down even if the plot is something you've seen countless times before.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Waterfront (1950)
When ship’s fireman Peter McCabe walks out on his long-suffering wife, he leaves her impoverished, with two young daughters and a boy born soon after his departure. After an absence of fourteen years McCabe returns, sacked and humiliated, trailing trouble in his wake.

This is a short but beautifully written and acted kitchen-sink British drama. It boasts an early performance from a young Richard Burton before he went to Hollywood. As the movie doesn't have a complicated plot, it focuses instead on the characters such as the mother who has grown strong for her children's sake (a fantastic turn from the ever reliable Kathleen Harrison). The movie showcases the Liverpool docks in the days when life was hard for those who lived there and made their living from the water. It's odd that nobody in the city seems to be speaking with a Scouse accent! Also strange hearing the music from those b&w Flash Gordon serials when the end credits came up. A good movie that's well worth seeking out.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Jamaica, 1973. When a young boy witnesses his brother’s assassination, a powerful Don gives him a home. But 10 years later, when he’s sent to London, his past catches up to him.

This is a very clichéd piece of work and it's not unpredictable, but at the same time the movie tells it story well. Director Idris Elba on his debut behind the camera creates a really vibrant atmosphere with moody visuals and an open appreciation of Jamaican music. The movie is not complex cinema, but one of character and life. It could've done with a richer story but there's an endearing rawness to its tale of crime, revenge, and music. The cast is good but it was cringeworthy seeing Stephen Graham trying to speak and act like a Jamaican drug lord. At the end of the day, this movie is same old story of gang violence, collateral damage, double crosses, drugs, guns and shenanigans. It's a decent effort from Idris Elba and I look forward to see what he comes up with next if he ever decides to go back behind the camera in the future.
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People who added this item 278 Average listal rating (193 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Marshall Jed Cooper survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his oath for vengeance, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, he’s caught up with the nine men on his hit list and starts dispensing his own brand of Wild West justice.

After making a name in Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy, Clint Eastwood returned to America and began cementing his name in the genre of movie that would come to define him. This is a different western disclosing a period when law and justice were in the beginning of implementation in the Wild West. The characters performed by Clint Eastwood and Pat Hingle have an interesting duel, with Marshal Jed Cooper following the traditional procedure of justice by his own hands, while Judge Fenton is concerned in introducing law and order to a wild place. I wouldn't say this is up there as one of Eastwood's best but it's pretty good to watch.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
The Big Deal (1992)
The “Saint Hero” is a secret group comprised of a martial arts master and his two oddball daughters. They rob from the rich and give to the poor. The HK police send for a man codenamed Lethal Weapon and team him up with troublesome female cop Super Canon to bring "Saint Hero" to justice.

It's not often you get to see Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima in a wacky comedy but that's what you get here as they play sisters who help their master in stealing from the rich. This movie is chock full of slapstick gags. Most work well but some fall way off the mark. It's a HK crazy comedy that would be more suited to Stephen Chow. There are two other strong women in the Girls With Guns genre appearing in this movie - Sibelle Hu and Sophia Crawford along with Yuen Wah as the main villain. Don't expect any classic martial arts fights here although the final scenes at a theme park contain fairly good stuff. Insane, hilarious and not shy of action, this movie may not make a lot of sense to many, but it proves to be a fun and entertaining one if you're in the right kind of mood.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.6
Shin has shut his heart ever since his mother died suddenly when he was young. His childhood friend Kotori has been keeping an eye on him ever since. Now that they are in the 3rd year of high school, it seems like they can finally move forward in dating each other when a doppelganger of Shin from another Japan suddenly appears in front of them.

This is a great anime movie about parallel worlds with people that are "linked" to each other. If a person on one world dies, the other person on the other world dies as well. The story has a decent sci-fi set-up, even if its a variation on those that people have seen before: killer robots from another world; dystopian futures; parallel universes and visiting doppelgangers. The plot is straight forward to understand as a narrator explains at the beginning why there are two worlds. The characters are fairly likeable though Shin as the hero is the usual sullen and moody teen but viewers will gradually warm to him as the movie progresses. The most interesting person is Miko, an android sent to help protect Kotori. The action sequences in the story are well executed and exciting. CG animation by Craftar is fantastic and looks good. This movie has been slated by many people but I thought it was great and well worth checking out.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Hercules learns that his lover, Daianara, has lost her senses. Acording of the oracle Medea, Dianara’s only hope is the Stone of Forgetfulness which lies deep in the realm of Hades. Hercules, with two companions, Theseus and Telemachus, embarks on a dangerous quest for the stone, while he is unaware that Dianara’s guardian, King Lico, is the one responsible for her condition and plots to have the girl for himself as his bride upon her revival.

Even though this fantasy movie is directed by Mario Bava, this isn't a great Hercules movie. The main problem with the movie is there's very little action. The story is very slight and after a while, the excellent cinematography can do so much with so little. Some scenes are beautiful and the whole golden apple moment was excellent, and the living dead attacking Hercules was equally fun but there's simply nothing much going on here. Physically, Reg Park fits the bill as Hercules but he simply can't act and has no charisma whatsoever. Christopher Lee makes for a poor villain as well. There are many better Hercules movies to watch than this one. It's not a total disaster but it's not exactly memorable either.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.9
An aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: “Living with Dying.” He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular and genuinely cheerful classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left before she dies.

Having watched the live action movie of this story some time ago, it was high time to watch the anime version. I have to say that both versions are excellent. The story is more or less the same: the changes and affects two people can have on each other at the most difficult of times and to live everyday like it's your last! As with the live action version, there is heartbreak right at the end of the movie which may bring tears to some viewers. Studio VOLN does a great job with the animation. Overall, a brilliant anime that will touch your very soul.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
A woman blinds a martial arts master and his pupil The Silver Fox vows revenge on her. She is forced to abandon her loved ones without explanation in order to protect them from her ill-intentioned pursuer.

With a startling visual style and innovative action aplenty, this is a great HK fantasy movie. Each frame of this production is filled with sharp, eye-catching colours that give the whole movie the unique texture of a larger-than-life comic book and the action at times is bonkers. Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Anita Mui are fantasic and it looked they were having a blast in their roles. Although elements from the Japanese manga City Hunter is put into the movie, you can't really say that this is a HK version of that manga. That would come 2 years later with Jackie Chan's official adaptation in 1993. The action sequences are well choreographed with a mix of swordplay, gunplay and wire-fu. The mix of comedy and action I thought seemed to gel really well. Definitely a movie to catch if you get a chance.
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Isabella, the daughter of the noble York family, is enrolled in an all-girls academy to be groomed into a dame worthy of nobility. However, she has given up on her future, seeing the prestigious school as nothing more than a prison from the outside world. Her family notices her struggling in her lessons and decides to hire Violet Evergarden to personally tutor her under the guise of a handmaiden.

I really enjoyed the Violet Evergarden anime series but this movie left me cold. It's not that the story wasn't sad (in a good way), it's just the execution of it and it missed the flair that made the series so memorable. I didn't really care for any of the characters. Kyoto Animation delivered as they usually do on the artistic side of things and the soundtrack was also good. Unfortunately as the movie wore on, I became totally bored and couldn't wait for it to end. Fans of the series might want to take a look but IMHO it's not worth watching.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
Nowhere to Go (1958)
A professional thief Paul Gregory is sprung from prison with the assistance of a new partner who wants to know where he’s hidden his loot.

A bleak but stylish film noir from Ealing Studios. The plot is steeped in shadow and hopelessness with some good solid acting from George Nader, Bessie Love and Bernard Lee and even a cameo appearance from Harry H Corbett. It marks the first on-screen film credit of Dame Maggie Smith. And even at this early point in her career, you can tell that she has that certain something. A certain something that the others (as good as they are) don't possess. The movie has a good pace and the story kept my attention all the way through to the end. This is a quiet, brooding sort of movie that's well worth seeing.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Departure (2015)
An English mother and her teenage son spend a week preparing the sale of their remote holiday house in the South of France. Fifteen-year-old Elliot struggles with his dawning sexuality and an increasing alienation from his mother, Beatrice. She in turn is confronted by the realisation that her marriage to his father, Philip, has grown loveless and the life she knows is coming to an end. When an enigmatic local teenager, Clément, quietly enters their lives, both mother and son are compelled to confront their desires and, finally, each other.

Theatre director Andrew Steggall makes a decent debut with this sincere if overly familiar tale of adolescent self-obsession and sexual confusion. Drifting between family secrets and lustful interludes, Steggall makes evocative use of shimmering views of woodland and reservoir but the pacing of the story is slow at times. Fairly good performances from Alex Lawther and Juliet Stevenson. It's one of those movies you'll have forgotten about completely the next day after watching it. Average.
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In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. With the support of Queen Elizabeth I, British sea raiders such as Sir Francis Drake regularly capture Spanish merchantmen bringing gold from the New World. King Phillip of Spain plots to kill the Queen by sending the greatest sailing armada ever seen in the world to invade England.

A solid historical costume drama with a stacked cast which includes a young Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Flora Robson is absolutely superb as Queen Elizabeth I. The plot creates good moments of drama, romance, and action, along with some good cat-and-mouse games between the characters. It builds to a good climax. The movie easily holds your interest all the way through. Overall, it's pretty good and well worth seeing.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
When a bank clerk tries to dodge paying a bus fare on his way home, it sparks a series of unforseen consequences.

Another non Carry-On b-movie outing for Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers. The story is a nice idea and works rather well, although the manner in which it's all set off is rather questionable. It all finishes in a wildly over the top manner which would seem to suggest that fate, or the Universe, or whatever, sees to it that the guilty all receive their proper punishment in the end, and that there's no way to outrun natural justice. The cast which includes Dermot Walsh, Susan Shaw and Jack Watling give fine performances. It makes for an interesting 60 or so mins. If you've got nothing better to see, I suggest giving this a go.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 4.5
When a group of people from different walks of life converge in a Hungarian castle situated in Budapest which has been sealed for 500 years, they bring with them a werewolf which slowly begins to cut their numbers down.

Another poor entry in the Howling franchise. The castle is a neat setting and a nice change of pace from the previous movies. The whodunit aspect doesn’t work nearly as well as it wants to...mostly because the characters are not interesting enough to care about. The acting is laughable. The werewolf effects are minimal and, unfortunately, so is most of the gore. You’ll also see the ending coming a mile away. Not worth bothering about to be honest unless you're a completist.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
Galo and the Burning Rescue Fire Department face off against BURNISH, a group of mutants who are able to control and wield flames, and the fire disaster they have unleashed on Earth.

Way too loud and fast for my liking with aggressive jumpcuts and flashy animations, which could have been great if used sparingly, but it just doesn't stop. The vivid colours used in the anime is excellent but that's about it. The story didn't interest me one bit and it has uninteresting characters. There's definitely going to be an audience for this in-your-face movie but I'm afraid I'm not one of them. I had an inkling that I wasn't going to like this so I wasn't too disappointed in the end.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
A beautiful young woman named Molly begrudgingly gets involved with her brother Mike in a diamond heist, meticulously planned by a small-time crook. It's a risky heist, involving the impersonation of the police, but amazingly, they get away with it. Sadly, a boy named Freddie, who has a crush on Molly, also becomes involved without his knowledge, and now he's in danger too.

Clive Donner's directorial debut has an engaging story, adding layers that keep interest high, especially when Freddie finds something he shouldn't have, which sets off an entirely new, somewhat amusing chain of events. All the performances (including the beautiful Belinda Lee and future Bond star Geoffrey Keen) were enjoyable, but Michael Brooke as Freddie is the stand out. The backdrop of London after the war is atmospherically filmed. I was pleasantly surprised with this movie and it's worth checking out.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Daphne (2017)
Daphne is a young woman negotiating the tricky business of modern life. Caught in the daily rush of her restaurant job and a nightlife kaleidoscope of new faces, she is witty, funny, the life of the party. Too busy to realise that deep down she is not happy. When she saves the life of a shopkeeper stabbed in a failed robbery, the impenetrable armour she wears to protect herself begins to crack, and Daphne is forced to confront the inevitability of a much-needed change in her life.

This movie is a remarkably real and well-realised big screen version about a self-destructive single girl. A brittle 31-year-old Londoner who wears some heavy emotional armour on her sleeves and doesn't believe in love. She goes through life under the influence of drugs and casual sex and doesn't realise how much the robbery has affected her. Emily Beecham's portrayal of Daphne is just brilliant and raw by keeping herself from emotions or the excitement of disappointment of love. The viewer is drawn in by Daphne's frustrating, abrasive character and her descent in to self loathing. The script is spot on and the direction by Peter Mackie Burns is superb. I wasn't too enamoured with the ending though but overall I thought it was a cracking movie.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
A comedian uses her own troubled past as material in her stand-up comedy routine, as she tries to break into the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs.

A fantastic British dark comedy/drama movie, filled with great period detail and a real passion for showing the grittiness of everyday life back in the 70's. It's about a woman who suffers abuse for her entire life and finds the one thing that makes her feel loved - stand up comedy. Maxine Peake is phenomenal giving one of her best performances and aided by a superb supporting cast. There's one, maybe two, overdramatic missteps, but mostly this movie nails its comedy/drama tonal balance. It's hardly a deep or mesmerising movie, but I pretty much loved watching this all the way through. Definitely well worth watching.
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People who added this item 32 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife’s so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. But he was also an inventor and his search for a way to project moving pictures became an obsession that ultimately changed the life of all those he loved.

Director John Boulting, probably most famous for Brighton Rock up until this point at least, turns his hand to the pained origins of cinema. It’s a really well put together movie, that while maybe not entirely accurate, and almost certainly somewhat romanticised, manages to communicate the struggle of its subject so wonderfully well, and there’s nothing phony about that. Robert Donat is fantastic as William Friese-Greene. He’s a dreamer, sort of damaging to all around him in the obsessive pursuit of his dream who went from a highly successful photographer to a bankrupt inventor, and how his obsession with film and colour controlled his life. Although slow at times, those interested in movie history should enjoy this.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.6
The Steel Key (1953)
Johnny O’Flynn is an adventurer who tries to stop a group of thieves who have stolen a formula for producing steel. However, he discovers that other nasty people are also on the trail as well.

Just your average British b-movie thriller. The script is only written to a fair standard as it is weak in places and considering that this movie runs for only 70 minutes, it’s a pity and a shame, because there isn’t much of a story happening at times. Terence Morgan gives a good performance as O'Flynn and the rest of the cast are fine as well. This could have been a better movie but it is let down by the the weak script.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
The year is 1940, Pilot Officer T.B. Baird arrives straight out of flight school to join a front line RAF squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. After an unfortunate start and a drumming down from his commanding officer, Baird must balance the struggle to impress his Group Captain, regain his pride, fit in with his fellow pilots, and survive one of the most intense air battles in history.

Don't come into this war movie expecting to see many air combat scenes as that doesn't happen. Most of the movie is set in the Operations room getting to know the squadron members in what is a deliberately slow paced character drama imbued with that distinctively British resolve and fighting spirit. The combination of on location shooting, studio sets, documentary footage and use of models makes the movie uneven in terms of how realistic it looks, but it's all skilfully assembled in a way that never gets distracting. The cast are good in their roles. All in all, it's a mostly routine British war drama with a few strong moments.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 5.4
Bob Grove, a builder has problems with the council, over building supplies that he needs to complete a job on a local housing estate. Under pressure to finish the job, his son gets them from a local crook. When the council find out, they call in the police, so the Grove family get together, to clear themselves, in time for the grand opening and for a visit by Princess Margaret.

This is the big screen spin-off from the BBC's soap opera series The Grove Family. It was the UK's 1st ever soap opera and sadly only 3 episodes from the 147 episodes made remain in the archives. It was very popular in it's time. Sadly time has made this rather dated and I'm not really sure if it represented a typical lower middle class family in suburbia during the mid 50's. It's all a bit too twee for my liking and the drama is rather tame. It's nice to see a very young Christopher Beeny as the annoying son and a small cameo from Sid James as a dodgy car seller. This movie serves as a curiosity more than anything for those who want to see how a typical episode of The Grove Family might have looked on TV. I can't say I recommend it though.
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
Skin Trade (2014)
After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.

This is a decent action-packed movie starring Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Peter Weller and Ron Perlman amongst others. Whilst this movie has all that you would expect from a relatively low budget action flick such as gunfights, extended hand-to-hand combat and explosions, it actually tries to tackle a real issue that is human trafficking which affects millions of women and children annually. There are however problems with the story such as the acting that goes from acceptable to mediocre and there are some issues with the story such as the implausibility of how Lundgren's character Nick takes out a bar full of criminals after escaping from hospital where he was treated for at least two gunshots to the back, and then goes to East Asia without much of a problem. The action scenes are done well. It's entertaining if you disregard the acting issues and don't want to think too much while watching the movie.
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Alcoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to turn his life around.

Although this movie was nominated for an Oscar, it did not do well when it was released. It's a story of simple but genuine folks whose lives centre on basic human values like dignity and honesty. The lonely, barren spaces of West Texas provide the backdrop for the story. There's not much in the way of high drama here; there's no suspense; nor is there any mystery. The entire plot plays out in a natural sort of way, as does life for most people. Things just happen; we ponder why; we move on. The movie has a slow pace to it and features country music so if you dislike either then this won't be for you. Robert Duvall is excellent as Mac Sledge and he won the Best Actor award for his role as the recovering alcoholic. Overall, this movie offers viewers a plausible and deeply thematic story of life in a rural setting with characters that are believable and fairly likable. Definitely worth having a look.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Judith Wynter is a happily married novelist whose romantic works are eagerly devoured by scores of female readers. When Carlo, a handsome young Italian chauffeur, arrives to work for Judith and her husband, a professor currently recovering from an attack of paralysis, he causes quite a flutter; when he then reads the manuscript of Judith’s latest novel, he jumps to a rather unfortunate conclusion… and life in the Wynter household becomes very complicated indeed!

I'm not sure why this movie has been deemed a comedy when there's hardly any humour to be had in this dreary tale. It's an early attempt at comedy by future 'Carry On' producer Peter Rogers but it doesn't work at all. The movie is part b&w and part colour (the b&w show the reality side of things and the colour tell the fantasy sequences). The b&w sequences are far better than the colour ones. Considering that the Italian chaffeur Carlo says he doesn't understand a lot of English, he somehow manages to read an entire novel in English in a couple of hours so go figure. In the end, this was a load of rubbish and a waste of time.
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JC is the hero of the Cornish surfing community. Staring thirty hard in the face, he fears that the wave that has carried him through a prolonged adolescence is heading for the rocks as his girlfriend pressures him for commitment and his friends contemplate growing up.

This isn't just any surfing movie, it's a British surfing one. Savaged on its release, Blue Juice now has something of a curiously nostalgic value to any viewer. The main problem with this movie is its lacking a vital spark to proceedings making it all feel rather empty. It's a relatively pleasing enough if ho hum affair with much enjoyment gained from just seeing how fresh faced the likes of Sean Pertwee, Ewan McGregor and Catherine Zeta Jones all look. There's even appearances from Jenny Agutter and Keith Allen. The cinematography of the beautiful and rugged Cornish landscape is good. Give it a go and see what you think.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.1
Hindle Wakes (1952)
During a holiday to Blackpool, mill worker Jenny meets Alan, the mill factory boss' son and agrees to spend the week with him over at Llandudno, North Wales. Wanting to keep this a secret from her parents Jenny gets help from her friend Mary to pretend her whereabouts but disaster strikes during a boating accident. It is soon discovered Jenny was not with Mary. When the parents find out the truth they pressure the couple to get married, but Jenny thinks otherwise.

A historical snapshot of social attitudes and how life was in the early 50's when the factory workers of the North went to the seaside town of Blackpool to enjoy themselves on holiday. It's fascinating to see the town in it's pomp and heyday full of thronging people and it was also nice to see the Welsh resort of Llandudno as well. The story itself is only so so but it's interesting that if a man and a woman went off together on holiday, the parents would try and make them get married in order to avoid a scandal. Lisa Daniely and Brian Worth are fine in their roles as the two lovers with Leslie Dwyer and Joan Hickson also doing well as Jenny’s parents Chris and Mrs Hawthorne, who aren’t happy to find out what their daughter has been up to. For myself, it was seeing Blackpool (notably the long gone Blackpool Central station) and Llandudno nearly 70 years ago that made me watch this more than the story itself. The movie does have a sort of charm about it which hooks you quickly and keeps you watching till the end.
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People who added this item 164 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Arrival (1996)
Zane Ziminski is an astrophysicist who receives a message that seems to have extraterrestrial origins. Eerily soon after his discovery, Zane is fired. He then embarks on a search to determine the origins of the transmission that leads him into a Hitchcockian labyrinth of paranoia and intrigue.

This was one of the earliest Hollywood movies made to cash in on the success of The X-Files on TV. After a slightly slow introduction, the movie picks up pace in its depiction of a large-scale conspiracy, an alien invasion done in a different style to most. Unfortunately the early CGI effects work hasn't really stood the test of time and it looks bad at times. Charlie Sheen gives a good performance as the lead character along with Ron Silver as the bad guy. All in all, it's an OK movie but it is not one I could watch over and over again, like some others.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Sunstruck (1972)
Stanley Evans, a Welsh schoolteacher, decides to emigrate to Australia for a better life but ends up working in a school in the dead-end town of Kookaburra Springs. He forms a school choir and decides to compete in a singing competition in Sydney.

This is the last movie that Welsh comedian Harry Secombe did before sticking to TV and it's not a good one I have to say. It's another of those fish out of water movie set in Australia in a community full of hardened drinkers. There is hardly any laughs at all and the best part of the movie was right in the beginning when it was set in a mining town in South Wales. The cinematography of the Australian landscape is interesting but the plot about a small Aussie school taking part in a choir competition is dreary and dull. I couldn't wait for it to end. Harry Secombe was a nice man but some of the roles given to him in movies were poor. I can't really recommend this to be honest.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
When autocratic new headmaster Frome begins imposing all sorts of repressive rules, music teacher Dingle does his best to stand up for his students, only to be dismissed for his troubles. The kids conspire to not only reinstate their favourite teacher, but to circumvent Frome’s refusal to purchase new instruments for an upcoming music festival.

This terrible musical comedy tries to be The Dead Poets Society meets The Young Ones. I tried very hard to like this movie as I enjoy most of John Miles' work and he does perform well in his role but the story did not interest me one bit and the music aspect of it was annoying. The young cast aren't that good although I did spot Richard O'Sullivan as one of the school pupils. The location shooting is great but I'm afraid that's all the praise I can give this movie.
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In the autumn of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for ‘fallen women’, only to uncover something much more horrific.

A reasonable found footage horror movie. I found the story to be quite creepy. The visuals were largely solid but things like the bulb on the camera constantly flashing off and on with no explanation quickly become trite and repetitive to diminishing effect. The sound design was also a mess, with sense of direction and volume all over the place. Perhaps a lot of this was meant to disorientate the viewer, such as scenes of the two Priests chasing a dark figure through the convent. Still, it does manage to create an atmosphere of dread and everyone gives a strong performance.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Flaw (1955)
A race car driver marries a woman for her money and plans to murder her. An old suitor steps in to help her but the driver takes steps to eliminate the rival. But there’s a flaw in the driver’s plans.

One in a series of low budget crime thrillers that future Hammer director Terence Fisher made in the 1950's. It's far from his most distinguished work although it works reasonably well and at only an hour in length it never outstays its welcome. Fisher's direction adds a little life and style to the proceedings although the plot is very ordinary and simplistic and the outcome easily guessable. The three main actors are great. Worth a look if you like Terence Fisher's work.
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