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by Markgway
Yesterday, 14:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Bone Collector (1999-USA-Canada) **½
Quadriplegic Denzel Washington works on a serial killer case with young cop Angelina Jolie as his 'legs'.
Fair thriller, no more. Good supporting cast. Credit to Denzel for being commanding with just the use of his head.
by Markgway
15 Dec 2017, 15:06
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Bey Logan in trouble
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Bey Logan in trouble

Checking an actress' weight is excessive and unkind, unless she's visibly put on the pounds, which at the least could cause continuity problems. One would assume most actresses are professional enough not to let that happen. I don't think Sammo, on the other hand, was ever cast for his svelte appear...
by Markgway
15 Dec 2017, 04:40
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Bey Logan in trouble
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Bey Logan in trouble

Very surprised (and disappointed) to hear about this. Bey's denial is less convincing that one would have wished (along the lines of 'I'm a bit of a player and would've if I could've...'). Thus, he admits something happened... but as to the extent, the details remain 'he said, she said', and it's no...
by Markgway
12 Dec 2017, 03:53
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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100 Rifles (1968-USA) **½
Oppressed Yaqui Indians take on a bloodthirsty Mexican Army.
OK western saga, if a bit long.
Burt Reynolds is the charm, Raquel Welch the sex appeal, Jim Brown the brawn.
by Markgway
11 Dec 2017, 06:42
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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Brick Mansions (2013-France-Canada) *½
Unnecessary, oddly amateurish remake of District 13 is inferior in every way.
by Markgway
10 Dec 2017, 05:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Unhinged (1982-USA) ** Cheap but bearable 'video nasty' in which three nubile young women are stranded (after a car crash) in a house with a crotchety old lady and her put upon daughter. I didn't see the ending coming... which makes a change. The girls were clearly cast for their willingness to show...
by Markgway
10 Dec 2017, 01:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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Cat People (1982-USA) **½
Strange, confusing, arresting psycho-sexual fantasy from Paul Schrader.
Some gore, some nudity; officially a remake, but nothing to do with Val Lewton.
by Markgway
08 Dec 2017, 13:17
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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V.I. Warshawski (1991-USA) **½ A tough-talking private detective and a smart mouthed kid... sounds like a Shane Black script, right? Wrong. V.I. was based on a series of novels by Sara Paretsky (which - and whom - I know nothing about). Reviled upon its release, this witty actioner actually holds up...
by Markgway
30 Nov 2017, 16:46
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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Tank 432 (2015-UK) *½
Sneaky bastards! They stuck the credits at the end again.
That was so I wouldn't know this was another Ben Wheatley endurance test.
Or, an intriguing premise, dull execution, and really shitty, we don't have a fucking clue, ending.
by Markgway
29 Nov 2017, 09:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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CaboBlanco (1979-Mexico-USA) **
Lacklustre attempt to recapture the spirit of Warner's 40s war dramas.
by Markgway
25 Nov 2017, 21:13
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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I'm used to people hating Jason X.

We all have films on our shelves that we like and most others don't.
by Markgway
23 Nov 2017, 05:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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Arena (2011-USA) **
Grieving fireman is kidnapped and forced to participate in web-streamed fights to the death.
Fairly ludicrous actioner revels in the explicit barbarity it purports to condemn.
by Markgway
22 Nov 2017, 05:56
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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Freddy Vs. Jason (2003-USA-Canada-Italy) **
Disappointing mash up doesn't really work as either an Elm St. or a Friday movie.
It's not bad, but there's too much CGI, and a choppy script (which apparently went thru 16 writers!)
by Markgway
21 Nov 2017, 20:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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Perfect Strangers aka Blind Alley (1984-USA) **
Tacky Larry Cohen thriller in which an assassin muses over whether to kill a toddler who witnessed his hit.
by Markgway
20 Nov 2017, 12:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Edge of Honor (1990-USA) **
A pack of boy scouts fall foul of hillbilly arms smugglers.
Picture Toy Soldiers in the wilderness, only nowhere near as good.
by Markgway
19 Nov 2017, 15:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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The Puppet Masters (1994-USA) **½ Pulpy, fast-paced nonsense about alien invaders. Based on a 50s novel, but deemed derivative because of all the 'Body Snatcher' movies we've had in the interim (at least one starring this movie's professor Donald Sutherland). Supporting cast is mostly good, pretty J...
by Markgway
18 Nov 2017, 13:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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The Internecine Project (1974-UK-Germany-USA) ***
Cleverly plotted thriller stars James Coburn as a politician with murder on his mind.
by Markgway
16 Nov 2017, 00:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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The Human Factor (1979-UK) **½ Talky, dry adaptation of Graham Greene spy novel; Africa and Communism the topics under discussion as the Secret Service hunt for a leak. No excitement whatsoever, this is a drama not a thriller, but the largely British cast are interesting to watch. Of note as Otto Pr...
by Markgway
15 Nov 2017, 14:03
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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Wonder Woman (2017-USA-China) *** Probably the best of the recent batch of superhero movies, with the gorgeous Gal Gadot making for a memorable heroine (she can rescue me with her lasso of truth anytime). Like most, it succumbs to crash, bang, wallop at the end, and we've seen the cumulative fiery C...
by Markgway
13 Nov 2017, 09:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Blood Father (2016-USA) **½
A grizzled Mel Gibson returns to action in this uneven thriller.

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990-USA) **
Wildly eccentric, coarse comic thriller; a total mess, but amusing at times.
by Markgway
08 Nov 2017, 23:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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The Double (2011-USA) *½
Richard Gere stars in below par spy thriller.

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by Markgway
07 Nov 2017, 19:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Freeway (1988-USA) **
A deranged ex-priest targets L.A. drivers for biblical vengeance.
Undernourished pot-boiler doesn't make most of chilling premise; not unwatchable though.
by Markgway
06 Nov 2017, 08:24
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 500940

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The Night Visitor (1970-Sweden-USA) **½
Max Von Sydow escapes from a mental hospital to wreck revenge on the family members who put him there.
Occasionally wooden thriller improves when Von Sydow and Trevor Howard (as a police detective) take centre stage.
by Markgway
04 Nov 2017, 23:36
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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Prevenge (2016-UK) ** Original, but unsatisfying black comedy horror, in which a pregnant woman receives orders of vengeance from her unborn daughter. Needed more laughs, more satire to fully work, and more creativity in the kills (all rather standard, brutal slashes, save the odd testicle liberatio...
by Markgway
04 Nov 2017, 04:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9452
Views: 500940

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

When I was a teenager I used to come out from school and watch afternoon German TV on cable because they always had tits in shampoo adverts.

We don't get those channels anymore. :(

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