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

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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.9
The British government asks entomologist Frances Gray to go behind the Iron Curtain and examine insects that might be used for germ warfare. Grudgingly accepting the job, Frances goes undercover as a tour director and meets American reporter Bill Casey in the process. Unfortunately, the chief of police quickly sees through Frances' cover. When her contact is murdered, Frances is taken into custody and harshly questioned, prompting Casey to come to her aid.

A so and so movie with a plot that is extremely daft with the inclusion of some nonsense about how Frances incorporates a radio show to determine her actions in order to get the job done. The problem with this movie is that there is no real tension or feeling of danger. The lives of Frances and Bill are in danger and yet there is no suspense. Margaret Lockwood makes for a very beautiful and personable innocent, drawn into a story about a form of biological warfare. Overall, this isn't a movie to write home about and as such not worth bothering to seek out.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
aka Venetian Bird. Richard Todd is Edward Mercer, who comes to Venice on behalf of an insurance company, looking for a man named Uccello who has a reward coming for the rescue of an Allied airman during the war. Unfortunately for Mercer, the first person he's supposed to see is dead. Then he meets Adrianna, who knew Uccello, and he is told that Uccello is dead. After a while, though, he begins to think that's not the case.

This is a bit of an underrated and forgotten British thriller. The director, Ralph Thomas, borrows a good deal from Hitchcock in this movie and does some effective things, particularly at the end, which is great. He also uses Venice and its surroundings very well to create an excellent atmosphere. If only the script had been less talky and the plot better, you might really have something here. Richard Todd is effective as the leading character. There's a small cameo from Carry On star Sid James as well. A good British noir movie.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3
Christine is a struggling single mother who reluctantly rents out rooms in her apartment to prostitutes to make ends meet. But when a financial jam forces her to sell her own body, Christine forsakes her reservations about her tenants. Soon, with help from veteran hooker Shirley, Christine transforms her apartment into a house of ill repute, her makeshift brothel servicing a gaggle of older male clients with decidedly kinky sexual appetites!

This is a fictionalised version of famous London brothel keeper Cynthia Payne's life. Director Terry Jones and screenwriter David Leland concoct a bawdy farce which manages to be quite funny and always engrossing without ever getting too vulgar or sleazy. Instead they treat the sordid subject matter of sex with admirable wit, taste and sensitivity. There's a surprising and even touching sense of compassion and humanity for the seedy main characters and their seamy profession. Julie Walters is fantastic as Christine and she shines in her role ably supported by Shirley Stelfox as brash tart Shirley, Danny Schiller as wise old transvestite pal Dotty and Alec McCowen as jolly regular Wing Commander Morten. Well worth seeing if you're not offended by the subject matter.
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 4.4
People are mysteriously disappearing off a beach, literally getting sucked under the sand by an unknown creature.

This is a fairly typical example of a B-grade horror movie. It's fairly entertaining but should have been a lot better. It's a little drawn out at times but if you can override that hindsight it's a neat little movie...plus it's got John Saxon in it! The cast of characters is predictable: the stoic male lead doing his best to look moody, the typical love interest, the sceptic, the comic relief, and the wise all-knowing scientist who no-one listens to. All the boxes have been checked here. The creature under the sand is never shown until right at the end but it's really disappointing if I'm honest about it. The movie ends the way all good horror movies do in that something has survived and the threat under the beach is still there. The movie might not be special but as a bit of late-night disposable viewing it's good enough.
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A London female punk rocker named Kate rises and falls with her group Breaking Glass, backed by her hustler manager and a shady producer.

A fantastic movie set in the post punk era of Britain. The story is decent, the acting is good, and the music is absolutely in tune with the period. The depiction of the music industry with it's main players often exploiting every new trend, sound and artist until it and they are completely exhausted is spot-on. What truly makes this movie is the music. Each track is a perfect reflection of Kate's journey and is pretty darn catchy to boot. The cast is excellent with Phil Daniels sharing top billing with Hazel O'Connor alongside a young Jonathan Pryce and The Bill's Mark Wingett who support them. For anyone aspiring to be a musician for a living, take heed of the moral behind this tale.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Da ci ke (1967)
After his master and fellow students at a school are killed by a bloodthirsty Premier, Nie Zheng escapes to a nearby province where he tries to live a normal life but when another fugitive on the run comes to Nie and tell him his friend was killed by the Premier, he promises to kill him.

This great heroic bloodshed Shaw Bros movie is based on a true story that has been passed through the ages in China. It's a character driven movie and not a story that is full of action and blood because there are only 4 action scenes in total but don't let that put you off this movie as its compelling and rich with strong characters, excellent acting and fascinating interplay of characters' social roles and the accompanying little rituals and ceremonies. It's all very well acted and beautifully photographed on a mix of studio sets and outdoor backlots. Jimmy Wang Yu cuts an impressive figure as the assassin tormented by his inability to achieve what he strongly feels is his destiny. I did find it off-putting that some music from the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice has been copied here. All in all, this is a very good movie that I really enjoyed.
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
Billy Jack (1971)
Half-breed Vietnam-vet Billy Jack lives on a Reservation protecting the natives, wild horses, and the peace-loving people. He confronts a man named Posner and his men poaching wild mustangs for dog meat. Billy Jack is asked to protect a young woman who is pregnant and hide her at the native school from some corrupt cops. The school is home to every race run by Jean Roberts. The tension between the school and the locals grow until it boils over.

I came into this movie thinking it was some kind of martial arts movie having watched a clip on a documentary but it isn't (in fact there's only 1 martial arts scene throughout the entire movie). Most of the storyline is about hippie ethics and a sympathetic depiction of the native Indian plight. The story is very predictable and the dialog is sometimes terrible. There are some brief action scenes but even those aren't really done that well. At the time this movie was well received but it has badly dated and is quite embarrassing to watch now. Can't really recommend this to anybody at all.
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People who added this item 172 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Zombie slayers Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock leave the confines of the White House to travel to Graceland in Memphis. Along the way, they encounter other post-apocalyptic warriors and a group of survivors who find refuge in a commune. The scrappy fighters must now rely on their wits and weapons more than ever as they soon find themselves in a relentless battle against smarter, faster and seemingly indestructible zombies.

Essentially this movie has every single aspect that we all loved and cherished in the first installment to the series, and is incredibly entertaining however, that's just it, the movie took a decade to be made and it doesn't offer us anything new at all or any added unique aspects instead we have essentially the first movie with a different plot and some new characters! Above all it is a good movie and very entertaining. Plus there's a bonus mid-credit scene with Bill Murray kicking zombie ass!!
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People who added this item 66 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But the game is now broken and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there's more obstacles and more danger to overcome.

I thought the last Jumanji movie was pretty decent, not perfect, but definitely not bad. If you liked that one you will like this. It is very much just more of the same. The action is like last time, it's entertaining, but not mind blowing. The effects are overall good. They once again have fun with the fact that the characters "in game" represent characters in the movies "real life". All of the cast are brilliant. It seems they'll be another movie judging from the post-credits scene which will probably round up the trilogy. Can't wait for it!
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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Knives Out (2019)
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey dies just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc arrives at his estate to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Thrombey's untimely demise.

What a great whodunit this is that's unpredictable and extremely funny, skillfully playing with the tropes and conventions of a murder mystery. All of it's incredible cast are excellent but Chris Evans, Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas give the standout performances. Rian Johnson's direction is great and the movie is extremely well filmed. The music by Nathan Johnson is also fantastic. Many people (mostly Star Wars fans) have avoided this movie due to Johnson's awful directing on The Last Jedi but I say forget about it as you're missing out on a brilliant piece of filmmaking. This is a charming and satisfying mystery/comedy which is well worth watching.
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.6
1917 (2020)
During World War I, two British soldiers - Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake - receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades including Blake's own brother.

This movie is downright amazing. Definitely one of the best movies of 2019 and one of the best war movies I've seen. It's thrilling, exciting, scary, shocking and heartfelt, all jam-packed into one beautiful movie. The biggest topic of this movie is probably how it looked as if it was shot in one single, continuous take. And there's good reason for it. The one-take format just elevated this whole movie with so much more tension and immersiveness. It's very well done from director Sam Mendes. The entire cast is superb especially George MacKay. His performance was just fantastic and I liked that the story didn't focus on the big names such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth. All in all, this is an epic, visceral, stunning depiction of WWI. Buckle up cause once it starts, it doesn't stop. Highly recommended.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
James Rainbow is sent to prison for stabbing a man that was doing something with his girlfriend. He gets a job in the prison kitchen and makes friends with a couple of good-hearted career criminals in Bill Jenks and Mouse who keep an eye out for the newcomer.

This nice comedy drama could only have been made in Britain. It focuses on the prisoners trying to get one up on the officers by stealing various bits of food, hiding them in places and when they think all is clear cook it up. The more serious theme is around the difficulties in going straight. The old hands have made a habit of coming back to jail, unable to survive on the money they are given on release, unable to resist the approaches of other criminals who recruit them when they learn they’re back on the streets, and unable to see honest work as a better alternative to some easy money. There are shades of what you see in this movie being used later in the hugely successful BBC comedy Porridge starring Ronnie Barker. Although Paul Massie plays the leading role as Rainbow, it's Ronald Fraser as the likeable scallywag Jenks (aka Red Band) who stands out among the cast. An enjoyable prison movie.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 3.8 IMDB Rating 4.2
British paratroopers on a sky diving exercise suddenly disappear from the sky. Two investigators try to figure out what happened and uncover an alien plot to steal bodies of earthlings by snatching them out of the air.

An extremely lacklustre and slow-moving British alien invasion movie. There were quite a few of these low-budget movies coming out around this time but this one is really dull because basically nothing exciting happens during the entire story. For the most part we're stuck with jut-jawed wooden leading man Patrick Allen, following him around as he romances blonde women and barking gruff lines of dialogue at anybody who'll listen. Sean Connery's brother Neil (who really does look like Sean as well) is there to support him. The budget for this movie is so small they even have to borrow the Dalek Saucer Ship from one of the Peter Cushing Dr Who movies! I wish there was something positive to say about this movie but there isn't. No action, no real dearth of imagination, and rarely any special effects make this a sci-fi movie to avoid.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6
Mervyn, Malcolm, Alex, Miranda and Jill are music students at a London music school, the (fictional) London Academy of Music and the Arts. They decide to share a flat to pool their meagre grants and to find a place to practise. They suffer the put-downs of the acerbic Sir Benjamin Boyd, who conducts the student orchestra, and the antics of the other talented but eccentric teachers at the school.

Below average Carry-on style comedy. I thought with Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas producing and directing it might have been good but it is awful and devoid of laughs. The only person that's any good is James Robertson Justice who has screen presence as the irascible professor who disguises his real opinions of his students by being offensive. It has a great cast that's wasted on a crap script with Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Williams, Liz Frazer and Sid James all appearing. Overall this was a pretty big disappointment. The plot doesn't engage but that wouldn't matter if I'd laughed at least once or twice - but I didn't.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.3
Major Bill Allison flies the X-80 experimental aircraft to sub-orbital spaceflight successfully, though losing radio contact in flight. When Major Allison returns to the airbase it appears abandoned, old and deserted. Mystified, he sees a futuristic city on the horizon and heads toward it. The major is rendered unconscious and captured. He then discovers he has gone forward in time - 60 years in the future where a plaque has more or less wiped out mankind.

This movie could have been so much better if it had a bigger budget. Much of the movie is cheesy, and many of the sets are very simple. There's not enough action and too much talking. Darlene Tompkins makes for some nice eye-candy as a mini-skirted mute girl from the future. The highlight of the movie is near the end when Major Allison has successfully come back to the present day and his superiors are shocked that in breaking the time barrier twice he has aged into an old man. This may be no classic of the genre but it does entertain. Fans of low budget sci-fi movies from the 50's/60's might like it.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI, and the FBI plans on turning him into a criminal by fueling his revolutionary dreams.

I usually enjoy anything by Chris Morris but this movie is a misfire by him. Many will probably watch it because of their enjoyment of Four Lions which was really good but sadly this movie doesn't live up to it. It's got a paper thin plot and a very undeveloped story, the characters are thinly drawn, the laughs are few and far between and it's so far from the satire and sarcasm of Chris Morris at his best. It's not a bad movie but it's not really a very good movie either. I expected more and it didn't really deliver.
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A young woman Aki wants to make it in the world of film. When she arrives in Tokyo she bumps into Kaito, a young photographer who runs a small magician's bar. The two hook up and Aki starts working in Kaito's bar as an assistant to earn some extra cash. Meanwhile, her acting career is going nowhere and Kaito turns out less dependable than Aki originally imagined.

This is what's called a mindfuck of a movie which has a plot somewhat similar to the anime Perfect Blue. The central charscter Aki flees inside her own mind where she finds a clown called Butch (a figment of her own imagination) to help her cope with reality. But the more she listens to Butch the more she gets detached from the reality surrounding her. The movie constantly floats between dream world and reality, mixing and matching both worlds until it becomes one big, undecipherable mess. The movie is a classic case of style over substance that often feels like a prolonged music video. It doesn't help that it has a sheer lack of an engaging story. In the end, it's a mild curiosity at best and not something I'd watch again.
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Streetwise hustler Leroy Fitz starts earning big bucks when he lends his brawling skills to an illegal bare knuckle street fighting operation. He’s good, but he wants out so he can settle down and start a family. But the hoods running the racket won’t let him go and in a cruel attempt to kill Fitz with a car bomb, they mistakenly take out his whole extended family instead.

This is a cheerfully amateur blaxploitation movie with a decent script and good central performances let down by a camera crew who appear to be working out of a cupboard, directing the action as if they were moving furniture. But still, this movie is surprisingly watchable. The street fights, although no Sonny Chiba or Bruce Lee, are handled well for the most part. Richard Lawson's performance as Fisk is very good and keeps the viewer watching just to see his character unfold and how he plots his revenge. Worth taking a look.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Kazuo is an angry young man, especially resentful of the power and snootiness of the rich. But at the same time he's obsessed with Saeko, the daughter of a rich businessman. He tries twice to stop her wedding to a young man from her father's company but fails. Hooking up with a mentally disturbed young prostitute called Canary, the pair steal a car and go on some midadventures together.

This is one weird obscure Japanese movie. On watching the first 10 mins you'd think it's just your regular Nikkatsu pinku movie but it's not. It's much more than that and yes, you could call it an art house movie as such due to the photography. As the movie goes on, it gets more strange and surreal and it finishes at a wedding in which 2 "brides" face off and one commits suicide by throwing herself into a window and the broken pane slashes her neck. It's one of those movies where you can hardly believe what you are seeing. Totally bizarre!!
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.7
The mighty Long Wu Tian leads a gang of notorious killers known, quite appropriately, as "The Notorious Five of the Dragon Valley." They rape and pillage at their leisure and during one attack leave a pair of children orphans. Years later, Long Wu Tian is after the last 2 techniques in the Mighty Creed book which will make him invincible. The two orphan children who have been separated and are now adults reunite to take down Long Wu Tian.

This great Shaw Brothers movie has a female heroine in Ivy Ling Po who could deliver a really solid performance based on the script and hold her own with the boys in martial arts. This fantasy laden movie is one of Ivy's best. I'm not sure if many people will notice this but those with a keen eye will see that some of the stuff pulled by the heroes are very much like Jedi tricks in the Star Wars movies. I wonder if George Lucas was influenced by some of HK movies when he made the original trilogy? There are many great martial arts sequences with some villains having some cool weapons such as a pair of two large rings which can hover in the air like flying saucers. A lot of the fights involve some wire-fu so if you enjoy seeing people flying through the air you'll like this movie. The climax which sees the two orphans take on Long Wu Tian's lackeys, his lieutenants and then the man himself are in for a treat in this extended sequence. The martial arts are very well-choreographed and exciting. All in all, this may not be one of the top Shaw movies, but it’s consistently entertaining and a joy to watch.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Atsuhiro Hiyama is the chief mechanic and an engineer at Supika Racing Factory. He is well regarded by his peers. His younger brother is Naozumi. He is an extremely gifted driver for Supika, but he is also a troublemaker. They continually argue because of Naozumi's reckless racing style.

You don't get to see many car racing movies from Japan which is odd given there are many petrol heads in the country. This is a full-throttled movie about speed set in the world of rally car racing. A lot of the movie is centred on Naozumi's fractured relationship with Atsuhiro. Atsuhiro as a mechanic is dedicated to giving his brother the edge in his car but fiercely resents his brother’s egotism and arrogance. The backstory for their relationship is shown in a flashback. A love triangle that ended tragically. This part of the movie didn't really interest me as such. The racing scenes are the highlight with cars zooming, skidding, flying and crashing with adrenaline-pumping impact. Those that love fast cars and racing will enjoy this movie but in the end it didn't do anything for me.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.1
Vineyard owner Marquis Philippe de Montfaucon is asked to return to his chateau after another disappointing season. Although he requested them not to, his wife and children soon join him at the remote rural estate. Every employee there acts mysteriously and even the loyal Philippe all of a sudden seems to keep secrets to his beloved wife Catherine. Intrigued by the strange behaviour of her husband and the odd people wandering around the estate, Catherine starts her own investigation and discovers that Philippe's bloodline always followed bizarre and old pagan rituals (even involving blood sacrifices) in order to save the crops.

This movie has the ingredients for a decent shocker. Spooky chateau. Eerie shrouded monk-like figures. Paganism. Black magic. The movie has a sinister feel and several haunting/extremely atmospheric sequences. The themes of witchcraft and devil worship are well used and at the forefront at all times. The siblings played by David Hemmings and Sharon Tate make for a creepy pair. David Niven and Deborah Kerr take the lead roles, and the pair are given excellent support by a young Donald Pleasance. The only area that the movie falls down on really is the writing; as it is often difficult to decipher exactly what is going on, and there is, perhaps, a little too much plot for a movie of this nature. There's still a lot to recommend it though so give it a go.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Two vagabond brothers, Meng Kang and Tieh who, in the search for fame and fortune, join in a rebellion against a provincial general. They are recruited by a local rebel leader who promises them a glorious adventure. The rebels plan is to steal a huge cache of new rifles set to be delivered to the barracks of the local army.

This Shaw Brothers favourite is another collaboration between the two biggest Shaw Brothers stars of the era, Ti Lung and David Chiang, and director Chang Cheh, Shaw's number one action director. It's a typically action-packed adventure, filled with the brim with the frenetic fight scenes that Shaw are known and loved for, and a movie that's very easy to like. The movie's also got a surprising lightness of touch, with plenty of comedy and humour thrown in along the way, although of course things develop into a deadly serious climax which is inevitably the highlight of the whole movie. It's solid Shaw; not one of the studio's absolute classics, but a thoroughly entertaining movie nonetheless.
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Masami Konuma has not left her home in 5 years. She is interested in otaku things like reading manga and drawing anime. Her father Eisuke has been worried about her and finds her a job that doesn't need much interaction with other people. Her job is debugging games at a gaming company. She also helps with illustrations that Ryotaro Yabe is in charge of. Eventually, her drawings get noticed and she is tasked with illustrating a character.

This is a pleasant but relatively ordinary drama about a young woman who has no social skills due to her being a shut-in for years. Mami is an easy character to like, because while she struggles terribly with social situations she continues to put effort into it anyway. Mugi Kadowaki does a great job with a difficult role as Mami. It’s a wonderful subtle and gently powerful performance. The supporting cast are all solid, but no individual really stands out from the crowd. I enjoyed it mostly to see Mami start to come out of her shell as a person and even though you don't see a massive transformation by the end, she's definitely changed a little bit for the better. It’s a rather charming movie I felt.
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A man who just happens to be great at Kung-Fu, is traveling the countryside in the Hong Kong of old. He has to negotiate a treacherous landscape filled with tricksters and tough guys, and fight a lot of battles in hand-to-hand martial arts combat, in order to be reunited with his lost love, a princess who is set to be married to the King of Mongolia.

A decent martial arts movie. You won't find anything new in the storyline as these kind of movies have more or less the same plot. In this one, our hero teams up with a bunch of village thieves to tackle the bad guys who are a Japanese fighter, two Mongolian brothers and a tough bloke who carries with him a pair of steel balls! The fighting isn’t the best you’ll ever see but it sure ain’t bad and there’s plenty of it especially during the final 30 mins. A strictly by the numbers martial arts movie in the end.
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A man taking a short cut to the city crashes his car after a woman jumps out into the road. He finds a house in the middle of the woods and has to stay the night there with the family. He also discovers that the family are frightened when it comes to nightfall as there's a witch that caused one of the family members to die. It is the start of a nightmare for the man.

A wonderful obscure Italian gem from the early 70's. It has bags of atmosphere and a sense of dread with some surprisingly haunting and disturbing set pieces. It has to be said that the movie is rather slow and there are times when it is not very exciting; but this time is used well in building up the terror and it pays off towards the end. The setting is very well used also and the director ensures that the isolation of it is always at the forefront. The actors also did a pretty good job with some good performances. This is a very solid little horror movie and is well worth seeing if you can find it!
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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 4.8
Terra Formars (2016)
In an attempt to colonize Mars, scientists seed the planet and use cockroaches to spread the algae. Five hundred years later, a team of people is sent to explore the planet and discovers that the cockroaches have evolved.

This is a downright nonsensical sci-fi pulp directed by none other than Takashi Miike. A run-of-the-mill beginning succumbs to a mish-mash of heavy CGI, bug morphing accompanied by a informative lesson on the insects the character become, hammy dialogues, ridiculously crazy fight sequences and volatile bug squishing. Characters and their story arches have no real clarity. They're thrown together in such a careless, rushed manner that when the deaths pile up there's little emotional impact. But Miike being Miike, there is plenty of action executed with black comic flair and full-frontal violence. Unfortunately there is also much repetition in the bug attacks. There's a heavyweight cast for the movie which includes popular actors Shun Oguri and Tomohisa Yamashita. It's certainly not one of Miike's best works that's for sure but there's enough for certain people to be entertained.
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Tun Men se mo (1994)
A maniacal rapist is on the loose in a Hong Kong district who targets young women in mini-skirts. The police are desperate to put the sicko behind bars but catching the man proves to be difficult.

This sleazy CAT III movie is based on a true crime that happened in Hong Kong when Lam Kwok-wai raped and murdered women in the early 90's. The attack scenes are filmed with some suspense but too much of the movie is filled with boring police procedural stuff and there's no genuine hero character in the police to get behind as they try to hunt the rapist down. The only interesting cop is a sexy female who tries to trap the rapist, but after she fails to capture him, we don’t see anymore of her. I was surprised when the lead inspector on the case says he was raped and is met with mocking cheers by his colleagues. If this was supposed to be some light comedy thrown into the proceedings, it was in very bad taste. Unfortunately this movie is too tedious to really interest those who 'enjoy' CAT III shockers.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Haru Yoshida is a high school student. He is viewed as a problem child with an unpredictable behaviour. He also doesn't have any friends. Shizuku Mizutani is a high school student who studies too much. She is cold and doesn't have any friends. Haru Yoshida and Shizuku Mizutani sit next to each other in a classroom. A small thing causes Haru Yoshida to have feelings for Shizuku Mizutani. He confesses to her about how he feels.

Another generic high school teen romantic comedy drama based on a manga. The story was interesting at first and Haru was an entertaining character and funny. His romance with Mizutani was a bit awkward at first, but it got better. As with these kind of movies you've got to have that cliched ending and this one is no different. Nothing special from the teen cast in their performances. I'm sure teen girls will lap it up but as for anybody else I don't think you should bother with it.
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John Rambo tries to find some semblance of peace by raising horses on a ranch in Arizona. He's also developed a special familial bond with a woman named Maria and her teenage granddaughter Gabriela. But when a vicious Mexican cartel kidnaps Gabriela whilst she's in the country, Rambo crosses the border on a bloody and personal quest to rescue her and punish those responsible.

This is supposedly the final movie in the Rambo franchise. Some of the movies have been great and a couple have been average. This entry is just OK. The movie is a copy of Taken with a little bit of Home Alone thrown in so there's no originality. Rambo has always been about a man trying to be left alone and only when he's forced into a corner he strikes back; usually for a better cause. But this movie was just about revenge. The entire movie had a slow build up, to finally lead to a couple of minutes of Rambo action; why wasn't it spread out into the movie better? There's a ton of gore and violence here - some of which are not for the squeamish. Sylvester Stallone still delivers in the acting department as Rambo. In the end, it was fine for what it was but for some reason I expected something huge for the final movie in the franchise.
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