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by Markgway
18 Feb 2018, 15:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

10 To Midnight 3.5/5 When, in the opening minutes Charlie Bronson tortures a paedophile by sticking a dildo where the sun don't shine you get a decent idea of the type of character he is here. A tough cop on the trail of a serial killer who kills while in the buff this is Bronson in the type of rol...
by Markgway
16 Feb 2018, 06:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Arrival (2016-USA) *** Intelligent sci-fi drama in which a language expert (Amy Adams) is the heroine not a man of action. Involving and thoughtful, though I found some of the communication details a touch dense. My biggest gripe is the cinematography, which is far too dark, and appears to have been...
by Markgway
12 Feb 2018, 15:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Once Upon A Time In China & America R2 Spain Vs Germany
Replies: 35
Views: 13088

Re: Once Upon A Time In China & America R2 Spain Vs Germany

From memory, Part V is the weakest of the series.
by Markgway
09 Feb 2018, 20:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The Man with Two Brains (1983-USA) *** Steve Martin plays a sexually repressed brain surgeon in his funniest film; hilariously wacky, it take intelligence to be this silly. My Blue Heaven (1990-USA) *** Likeable comedy in which wiseguy Steve Martin(!) goes into witness protection under the watch of ...
by Markgway
08 Feb 2018, 05:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Allied (2016-UK-USA) ** Canadian serviceman Brad Pitt is forced to consider whether his glamorous wife Marion Cottillard is a Nazi spy. Good premise for a gripping wartime thriller, but somehow director Robert Zemeckis never gets a handle on it. Pitt is on the wooden side here, failing to reach the ...
by Markgway
07 Feb 2018, 03:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Shaft (2000-USA-Germany) **½
Not bad update/reboot of 70s blaxploitation franchise.
Sam Jackson is well cast, but the script has its problems, and racial issues.
by Markgway
06 Feb 2018, 11:56
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Fargo (1995-UK) **½
Coen Bros.' black comedy-thriller is quite good, but hasn't held up as well as I'd expected.
The bickering killers feel very Tarantino-esque and very 90s.
by Markgway
06 Feb 2018, 06:36
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Shakedown (1988-USA) **½
Generic actioner has just enough 80s style violence to paper over a patchy script.
Passably entertaining, save for ludicrous climactic stunt.
by Markgway
05 Feb 2018, 01:22
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?
Replies: 6185
Views: 295148

Re: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?

Because TWC haven't yet comes across a title they couldn't rename better.

Also, The Banquet doesn't sound martial arty-violenty enough.
by Markgway
03 Feb 2018, 15:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Top Five (2014-USA) **½ Comedian Chris Rock (also director) is desperate to be taken seriously, which no one, not least his harshest critic Rosario Dawson, does. Self-reflective comedy-drama works in fits and bursts, with some decent media satire. I found some of the African-American cultural refere...
by Markgway
30 Jan 2018, 11:09
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Evil Under the Sun (1981-UK) **½
Quite good adaption of Agatha Christie novel with Peter Ustinov as a more tongue-in-cheek Hercule Poirot.
Sunny locale, name cast, but the clever plotting is the star of the show (I do love those engrossing third act reveals).
by Markgway
29 Jan 2018, 11:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Ticking Clock (2010-USA) *½ Direct-to-video drivel stars a down-on-his-luck Cuba Gooding, Jr. (and I mean the actor) as a dumb investigative reporter trying to solve a series of grisly killings in which he's implicated. There's a novel twist involving time travel, but with poor writing and direction...
by Markgway
26 Jan 2018, 06:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4178
Views: 346508

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

HungFist wrote:[b]most importantly the Taiwanese-Japanese actress Judy Ongg is just amazingly hot and badass as Rika.


Is that the same Judy Ong that was in 'Zu'?

Didn't know she was half-Japanese.
by Markgway
26 Jan 2018, 06:11
Forum: General Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Foreigner (2017) Chan,Brosnan
Replies: 9
Views: 2140

Re: The Foreigner (2017) Chan,Brosnan

Unusually for a Universal title this is Region A locked . Probably because of the staggered multi-platform distribution. Also, I think Universal are only the US distributor, and didn't have a say in the matter. It's coming out in Germany next month but doubt there will be english subs for the scene...
by Markgway
25 Jan 2018, 04:21
Forum: General Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Foreigner (2017) Chan,Brosnan
Replies: 9
Views: 2140

Re: The Foreigner (2017) Chan,Brosnan

Good buy, especially since the UK has been shafted.
by Markgway
24 Jan 2018, 08:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Mean Guns (1996-USA) *½
Badly directed, oddly bloodless action movie from Albert Pyun.
Tons of action, with guns and baseball bats as weapons of choice,
but none of it is well-enough choreographed or shot to make up for
a muddled script and its Tarantino-esque pretensions.
by Markgway
22 Jan 2018, 04:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The Yakuza (1974-USA-Japan) **½ Pretty good on-location thriller in which baggy-eyed Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura team up to waste some gangsters. Takes a while to get going and struggles with pacing. Not sure Sydney Pollack was the right man to direct (apparently Warner Bros turned down Martin S...
by Markgway
17 Jan 2018, 07:18
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

It (2017-USA-Canada) ** Big screen adaptation of Stephen King's novel proved to be the sleeper hit of 2017. Not entirely sure why though; as it's really not that good. If you find CGI effects scary you might be freaked out by this, but the story is a jumbled, random, heavy-handed mess. A near-heartl...
by Markgway
17 Jan 2018, 01:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Killing Ground (2016-Australia) **
Camping couple are stalked in the wilderness by a pair of psycho killers.
Unpleasant, ugly suspense horror, only partially redeemed by refusal to rely on graphic gore.
by Markgway
16 Jan 2018, 16:31
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Wind River (2016-USA-Canada-UK) *** A hunter (Jeremy Renner) and a fish-out-of-water FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) investigate the murder of a teenage girl on a native reservation. Sombre, sensitive thriller; well done. Office Christmas Party (2016) ** Typically broad, crude R-rated comedy shenanigans...
by Markgway
16 Jan 2018, 01:28
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?
Replies: 6185
Views: 295148

Re: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?

grim_tales wrote:Ordered:

Fists of Fury (Shout Select) BD
The Chinese Connection (Shout Select) BD


grim_tales wrote:Ordered: Return of the Dragon (Way of the Dragon)

Game of Death


grim_tales wrote:Recieved: The Chinese Connection (Fist of Fury)


grim_tales wrote:Recieved: Return of the Dragon, Game of Death


:lol:
by Markgway
15 Jan 2018, 14:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9510
Views: 508394

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

New Jack City (1991-USA) **½ Groundbreaking urban gangster drama captured the zeitgeist, made a star of Wesley Snipes. The extras focus on the hip hop culture, which to me is the least appealing part. The film itself boasts a strong anti-drug message, but that seems to have lost on the 'gangsta' rap...
by Markgway
14 Jan 2018, 20:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4178
Views: 346508

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Give Chow a gun and he's great. But ask him to 'be funny' and it's a disaster.
by Markgway
14 Jan 2018, 13:33
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4178
Views: 346508

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Once a Thief (Hong Kong, 1991) [DVD] - 3.5/5 Chow Yun Fat is the weakest link. I used to love the film but seeing it again now I must say Chow is more irritating than charming with his comedy act. He does have his moments though, and there are times when the dumb humour works in the "only in H...
by Markgway
12 Jan 2018, 19:12
Forum: General Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Foreigner (2017) Chan,Brosnan
Replies: 9
Views: 2140

Re: The Foreigner (2017) Chan,Brosnan

Posted a capsule review in the General Films thread.

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