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7/10
Gilroy carried the can alone.
29 July 2016
It might have received some patchy reviews at the time it premiered in the Box Office and Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross might be lacking Matt Damon's Jason Bourne instalment in the series of Bourne trilogy while Bourne scriptwriter Tony Gilroy chooses to carry the can alone, directs in place of Paul Greengrass. Generally, the film plot got off with a suicidal and messy start and was considered to be hard to follow but then things really started to pick up smoothly as Renner delivers an excellent performance as he searches the truth about himself while dodging bullets and explosives from the corrupt organisations he worked for. There are some good levels of action here with stunts and getaway scenes and that's perhaps the good thing I can say about the Bourne trilogy of films.
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Hanging by a Thread (1979 TV Movie)
4/10
"Postpone the trip. Bad weather due......."
27 July 2016
I might have seen this Sam Groom Made-for-Television film once and a half in the early 1980s because it is split between two parts and the second time I've watched it was when I was eager to watch the whole length. Its generally melodramatic stuff and also as time moves on, its overlong at 3hrs 10mins in total about a couple of trippers stranded in an inactive cable car after it was struck by lightening. Seems pretty odd......eh....when the trippers and the cable car operators should have checked the weather forecast!!! On the other hand, the lightning strikes during daylight and its suddenly night time where most of the scenes were set. In the whole, the film is really poor for a lengthy two part drama with daft plots that descends severely and tediously into soap opera stuff with several of the trippers cry and bitch about other members of the travelling party or get flashbacks while Burr Debenning gets burnt... Yawn....until Sam Groom saves the day only just. Not recommended then and certainly not recommended today.
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5/10
The First Clyde
27 April 2015
The most popular of all Clint Eastwood films must be the two series of movies that featured an orang-utan called Clyde that steals the show as his co-star. The first being this one and Every Which Way You Can that appeared two years later. Despite its cult status and it might be comedy with usual cool Eastwood humour and dialogue, I don't really think its the most impressive of all Eastwood films mainly due to Eastwood sometimes losing his cool and there should be other films that are more superior than this one.

Sometimes its a bit boring and its "reel let-down" must be the violence with the bare-knuckle punch contest in slight twirling dust, hence they should know better to Eastwood's discomfort and frenzied confrontation from his leading lady and regular co-star Sondra Locke whom would strangely enough re-appear in the next "orang-utan" film that doesn't really get better than the first and its a shame really.
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8/10
The other side of Inspector Clouseau
2 March 2014
The life and death of Peter Sellers was a film based on the controversial biography by Roger Lewis of the same name about a comic genius whom had an ability to deliver comedy film at its best. His best known roles so far was the inept French detective in the series of Pink Panther films as Inspector Clouseau.

Yet despite his achievements in comedy roles, Sellers had actually ended up as a sad, lonely and tragic figure plagued by heart trouble, marital and personality issues that many years after his death, there had been some debate that he may have been suffering from some form of personality disorders.

The film has some excellent and sometimes very brief insights plus some historical errors from time after time on the main character and the Australian Geoffrey Rush unexpectedly delivers superb performances starring as Sellers both on and off-screen together with some of Sellers' own starring roles and its hard to fault plus some of the makeups and makeovers as Sellers' off-screen lifestyle had gradually taken its toll towards the end of his life.
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Runaway! (1973 TV Movie)
5/10
Good but unauthentic.
5 February 2014
Warning: Spoilers
For railway enthusiasts like me, this made-for-television film looked to be quite promising. It was originally premiered over 40 years and its many years since I have last seen it on the living room box but I was able to recently download it. Its sometimes unauthentic and a bit silly about a doomed train running out of control due to technical brake failure (or other faults) and makes you hold your nerves as it is downhill all the way to disaster some miles away for 200 passengers and crew members on board and a rescue locomotive couples up from behind when there could have been an alternative option to avert the major crash. Also, there is no way a rescue locomotive could have it's air-hoses connected while the train is moving at speed and that's one of the biggest problem with this film. Overall, its not too bad-a-film for its time.
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Killing Kennedy (2013 TV Movie)
7/10
Well its okay
25 November 2013
This made-for-television film on the Kennedy assassination might look compelling and up-to-the minute giving insights on Kennedy and his assailant, Lee Harvey Oswald leading to up those fateful events of November 22-24 1963 at Dallas and to this day have been subjected for numerous conspiracy theories.

Killing Kennedy might not be so well put together as Oliver Stone's highly controversial JFK that I have already reviewed and apart from some slight factual errors, its okay and might provide a better insight on the Kennedy Assassination than Stone's own film. The latter as we known like some of Stone's other films focusing real life events have been heavily criticised for containing historical inaccuracies and promotion of conspiracy theories. Even Shakespeare wrote plays by combining mixture of truth and fiction because imaginations are more popular than boring facts when it comes to writing drama.

Furthermore, whatever my sceptical views of the JFK conspiracy theories are, there must be as many as hundred of such theories relating to the assassination and when they counteract the truth can stand alone. On this made-for-television film, it might not be everybody's taste or the title for it but it provides some generally good insights on what happened leading up to the assassination.
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8/10
Bourne the first
22 October 2013
The first film from the Bourne franchise was the ID and stars Matt Damon as Jason "who am I?" Bourne. Some might criticise these films to me as "crap" because sometimes the plots are a bit silly but they all contain some nice slick action and getaway scenes as Bourne seemed to elude capture against several "life and death" members of some corrupt agencies assembled to catch one man but why do they "work alone" and want to kill each other and does it make any sense?

Overall, as already stated, the film has some excellent slick action as an alternative to the James Bond series of films. It features quirky camera work that makes the film fast paced as Bourne makes his getaway in an Italian Job fashion with the use of a Mini without the usual James Bond gadgets or fast cars and this is what really appeals to me.
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9/10
What next for Jason Bourne?
7 June 2013
The third and perhaps final outing for Matt Damon as super spy and assassin Jason Bourne was in the Ultimatum. It gets increasingly tense from start to finish and the scenes become violent due to the point with the rains of blood-splattering punches inflicted between the hero and enemy within together with the usually quirky editing and camera work. Also, the film makes you hold your horses as Bourne searches for the truth behind those corrupt agents but the low points with this film is its a little bit silly and slightly exhausted with some security blunders and slightly lacks the sparkle of the Supremacy while you can only speculate at the film's ending with "what next for Jason Bourne?" Quibbles aside, its generally good.
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The Iron Lady (2011)
2/10
Disappointing aftermath
1 February 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Meryl Streep may have been filming Krammer vs Krammer with Dustin Hoffman back in 1979 and so 32 years on, she was able to turn the clock back to film this movie titled The Iron Lady about Britain's (or England's) first woman prime minister and her eleven years of ups and downs in running her country throughout the 1980s. The film looks quite promising with Margaret Thatcher's (nee Roberts) rise from a humble grocer shop in Grantham, Lincolnshire to politics and reaching the door of No.10 Downing Street. The film's ingredients are of interest. Thatcher's rise to power during the quality-lacking seventies was triggered through James Callaghan's own ailing left-wing Labour Government and the IMF crisis of 1976 to the Winter of Discontent of 1979 with strikes and power cuts that brought everything to a standstill. Rubbish piled the streets and even the gravediggers stopped work and therefore made the seventies a decade best forgotten by most Brits. During the 1980s, the Thatcher Government imposed union reforms, defeated Argentina over the Falklands, made several changes in Capitalism being applied to numerous nationalised industries starting with telecommunications while the coal miners' unrest and their year-long strike of 1984/5 did absolutely nothing to starve off the threat to deep mining jobs but only history would reveal that the Government was hardly blameless with the way they handled the deep mine crisis and one of Thatcher's Government ministers at the time recently admitted that the closures went too far destroying communities that served them. Even by the late 1980s, Thatcher would become increasingly unpopular and in 1990, was forced out of office by her own Government over the hated Poll Tax. While Meryl Streep does the main character reasonably well with the main part of the film being generally good, it is the pointless disappointing aftermath that somewhat truly spoils it with Thatcher's dementia state of mind and husband Denis' ghost. Overall, the film received mixed reactions from the press and could have done better if Hollywood had taken issues more serious when it comes making movies based on real life events.
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6/10
Burton's first near-miss?
8 August 2012
Prince of Players is a movie that was a near-miss when it premiered in the Box Office and was considered to be rather dull. Even so, the title of the film is somewhat looks to be misleading as it is actually Burton as Edwin Booth, the brother of the infamous John Wilkes Booth. As well his usual early on-screen performances, Burton himself also did Booth "on-stage" in those Shakespearean plays.

The film received some poor reviews around the time it hit the big screens and was Burton's first failure in the Box Office and Burton may have been miscast as the leading character. In the whole, the film's saving grace should be Burton's superb voice and over the years, should perhaps lead to a slow change in attitudes from the critics choice.
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3/10
Really
19 July 2012
For a comedy show with a comedian's usual TV or on-stage antics to put on the silver screen, this must go to Dick Emery and his usual phrases. The film must now be forty years old but still a bit of fun only for those who have no alternative but to watch this one. It also features a surprise casting of Derren Nesbitt best known for his appearance in Where Eagles Dare.

In theory, this one has a completely daft plot and its very silly and the acting in some cases is very poor and contains some slight degree of nudity that offers some insight on blonde's and brunettes of the early 1970s together with their glamour and body shapes of the bygone era.
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6/10
The truth behind the making
12 June 2012
Warning: Spoilers
The 30 minute long TV episodes of the Likely Lads sitcoms may be excellent I would have given them 10/10 rating but in the case of this movie spin-off, it actually passes the time and why? In fact, the plot of this spin-off is a rather thin and its too long and only ends up representing hell just like some other TV sitcoms do. Another problem was that its very bleak not because of the spin-off was set around North Eastern England centred on the Tyne but because of the weather makes this rather depressing to watch and the way Bob and Thelma squabble and then Bob and Terry take their missus' "caravaning" and...oh very strange! Why couldn't they wait till a warm sunny day rather than all this tomfoolery around Hadrian's wall in the Tyne Valley risking pneumonia on a miserable wet day. In the whole, this is a bit disappointing and even the truth behind the making of the TV series put some strain on the main stars James Bollom and Rodney Bewes's working relationship and finally intensified into breakdown with this spin-off when Bewes revealed it all around thirty years on that the duo hadn't spoken to each other since over some press misunderstanding.
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1/10
Very Silly
17 May 2012
If one asked why does the press and critics hate "this movie" and they would have loads of different answers on whether it has a rather poor plot and its either silly or overdone and this World War II adventure titled Escape to Athena is no exception being among the worst films to be premiered during 1979 and there is every possibility that this movie almost looked a bit like a remake of The Guns of Navarone classic due to similarity of filming locations supposing centred around the Mediterranean. Even so, the casting of Roger Moore, Telly Savalas and David Niven plus many more clearly seemed to be totally wasted in this utterly inept movie where they seem to be enjoying the roles they should never have played until they realise it when this one crashed in the Box Office and by look of it, has World War II crept into the computerised security era of 1979 some 34 years after it supposed to have ended? At the same time as well as starring as James Bond in Moonraker, Roger Moore had also filmed another failure movie, this one being North Sea Hyjack. Either Moore didn't take film roles seriously enough and can't act or was he typecast as Simon Templar or James Bond and seemed to parachute helplessly into unsuccessful films.
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1/10
Not good
3 August 2011
There looks to be something promising about this film if you like World War II action stuff. You could read it in Victor comic books of the bygone era about military heroes. The action looks intriguing and casting of Michael Caine, the sparkling Jenny Agutter or Larry Hagman looks good.

However, the film plot clearly looks too be far-fetched about a Nazi conspiracy to kidnap the British wartime leader yet which leader would have been in their hidden agenda?. Chamberlain had died in the early stages of the war having resigned from office two months previously due to ill health and was succeeded by Churchill.

Also, it is difficult to understand the liking for this film in the press but I suspect its all to do with it being based on a novel by the legendary Jack Higgins. Overall, the film is a bit of an unpatriotic mess as the acting and quality is poor in some places and it's ridiculous, dull and stupid as some of my family members seem to claim. One to miss.
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4/10
Dalton's refresh was short-lived
4 November 2010
Dalton may have refreshed 007 in his earlier film titled The Living Daylights from the Roger Moore efforts that had already spanned 12 years which was quite a long time and Moore clearly have been approaching 60 had it have been his eighth outing as James Bond. Unfortunately, the Dalton era of James Bond was to be fairly short-lived as the next one titled Licence to Kill looked to be nothing more than another View to a Kill and it also suffers from a poor plot and being more nastier and violent that it sometimes goes over the top and again, John Glen simply over-directed this one just like the earlier "view" that he had been previously in charge of. In theory, Dalton may have looked up to a minute but was considered to be too serious and lacked the confidence when it came to playing 007 and it wasn't really his fault with the failure of Licence to Kill. Even John Glen's efforts when it came to directing several James Bond films during the 1980s have been considered to be a bit patchy yet For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy or Living Daylights may have been his better efforts and Licence to Kill was his last. Finally, it would be another five years before Bond would be back with Goldeneye.
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6/10
Old McDonald's nanny goat
31 October 2010
Warning: Spoilers
I might not dislike this one horror comedy. Horror films don't usually put me off and this is due to evidence of editing and special effects that is typical in some of their older films but what puts me off is about having to stay up late to watch em like I did with some of the films from the Hammer stable back in 1987 and space is sometimes a problem when it comes to owning a DVD of one despite their vast improvement over the earlier VHS efforts.

On McDonald's farm, it might not be something to dislike for being a horror comedy film or with the goofy acting but because of the appalling near-squalid living conditions in the farmhouse that is past its best due to its lack of modernising and through undue neglect while the plot is quite good and the film is OK for those with a dirty mind about sheep or goats. The worst bits was with the way Ma McDonald responds to her call of nature and a first death within the family when someone's father or grandfather was not given a proper burial of cremation but is left to decompose in a pile of horse manure.
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1/10
A pointless remake
5 October 2010
While there may have been an Ealing comedy titled The Ladykillers some fifty years previously, this remake of the latter must be one of the Coen Bros' near-miss despite some success on films like No Country for Old Men. Some remakes certainly have some success while others fail and were no better than the originals yet some research shows that sometimes if the remakes were made in the same country as the originals, they were bound to have some success while remakes made in different countries from the originals were 100% more likely to become a failure and this totally-pointless remake was without exception. Even the last of the original Ladykillers, Herbert Lom said that Tom Hanks was good but the film is terrible. Some of dialogue is okay while some of the language is rather crude and sometimes the acting is rather goofy and it doesn't really help with the characters acting more like fools than desperately hardened criminals. In the whole, this film is an unfunny and sorry mess its also difficult to understand why Tom Hanks and the Coen Brothers should have bothered to waste time in making this. Utterly pointless and one to miss.
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7/10
You can't do Peter Sellers
4 July 2010
For all Peter Sellers was noted for his comic abilities, this one was his last outing (if alive) as the bungling detective Inspector Clouseau and must be the funniest (or silliest) through Sellers' brilliance with dialogue after dialogue and chaos after chaos plus some that may cause discomfort particularly through some conspiracy to murder the great French detective. The film plot too is a bit dated and to be fair, this one is more than 30 years old and Sellers having died almost 30 years ago (on July 24th 1980) by the time I have commented on this film and it also features Clouseau's Chinese servant Cato this time stealing almost every moment through the film's length despite the fact that Burt Kwouk's earlier appearances as Cato were usually to a lesser extent. Peter Sellers delivers what he can deliver on film as Inspector Clouseau and in the aftermath of his death, several attempts have been made to revive the French man notably with Steve Martin but almost to little avail and even Geoffrey Rush was excellent in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, a film based on Roger Lewis' highly controversial book. You can do as much comedy as you want but you can't do Peter Sellers.
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9/10
Drugs, money and violence
23 March 2010
Despite its many good reviews from the press, this Coen Bros masterpiece is bound to have some criticism from ordinary members of the public once they have seen it and they don't fully understand what's it all about. Set mostly in Texas around the 1980s, this film contains what is considered to be brutal and with gruesome violence for the reason why it sometimes has its criticisms and some saying that Tommy Lee Jones' Sheriff ET Bell wasn't doing anything to tackle it with the real killer getting away with it only just. Well, others would consider saying that he wisely chooses to distance himself and not to risk it because what's the point when it comes to dealing with a vicious triangle of dodgy drug gangs as it would be difficult to tackle it alone. Even so, there are also some "ordinary" people whom were also being killed and that's mainly because some of these civilians "choosed a path" what's the point in getting involved in a life of crime and with these criminal activities and what's the risk. On the other hand, I would still think this film to be a masterpiece from the Coen Brothers and its well made and I would recommend it only to those whom would have a better understanding on what's it all about.
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5/10
Not what most die hard martial art fans would be expecting
22 February 2010
Despite bearing the "karate" title to the film, I wouldn't think its what most die hard fans of martial art culture would be expecting from once they get drawn into it or even buy a film on DVD without awareness on how much they have paid for it and not having actually rented it and watched it in the movie cinema or on TV. To me, some "good" films may actually be a load of rubbish as people have different opinions with what they see. In the whole the film is too much of a challenge being mostly "romantic" without featuring much karate to see on and having watched it once or twice made me feel a bit desperate in wanting it to end quickly that I don't see the point in viewing further Karate Kid films. The casting of Ralph Machoo as a "kid" regardless of how young he seems to look was ridiculous as he was actually 23 years old at the time this was premiered yet he was to continue making further Karate Kid films until he was approaching his thirties. Just don't bother
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7/10
In Old Las Vegas
20 October 2009
Diamonds are Forever was Connery's assignment to reprise the role of James Bond after turning down the earlier starring role of Our Majestry's Secret Service and this was left to George Lazonby. OOMSS may have received mixed reviews but it was clear that Lazonby as Bond was completely lacklustre and it wasn't surprising that he only made one appearance as the super spy while Blofield may been played by different actors such as Donald Pleasance, Telly Savalas and this time, Charles Gray in this 1971 release. Diamonds are Forever is a highly watchable film because there are some excellent choice of locations and my favourite is Las Vegas and the Neveda desert and there is generally good levels of action and the car chases along with the humour and dialogue that adds up. But the film is not without its drawbacks by being a bit dated and it is sometimes lacking the qualities of earlier Connery-era Bond films, being more violent and also a little bit dreary and has also been hampered by production problems. Finally, compared to today's Las Vegas, its hard to imagine what it was like back in 1971 with all those frequent changes that have taken place over the years making it virtually unrecognisable.
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8/10
Think Pink!
24 September 2009
This is perhaps the best of the Pink Panther series of films ever made as Peter Sellers reprised the role of the bungling french detective of the Surette after an absence of ten years and surely was the beginning of what should have been the somewhat short-lived and fully fledged versions of these movies while the earlier two films to feature Sellers' as Clouseau, weren't all that funny. Christopher Plummer was an excellent choice as a replacement for David Niven as Charles Litton having already starred in major films like The Sound of Music although Niven reprised the role in the first posthumous "pink" movie. Blake Edwards over-directed this one and there are lots of slow motion gags throughout the film's length and is helped by some of the usually funny dialogues and disaster after disaster for the Frenchman. It is a great shame that these were cut short by the premature death of Sellers and despite his comic abilities and ideas, it became a different matter off-screen.
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Get Carter (1971)
10/10
Not a fallen hero
19 April 2009
Michael Caine as Jack Carter remains one of the best of the two films of the same name titled Get Carter yet its hard to believe that he had appeared in an utterly pointless Sylvester Stallone remake by stepping into the late Bryan Molsley's shoes as some oddball called Mr Brumby. In fact, to most film buffs, the original Get Carter movie is an absolute "down memory lane" classic being filmed in a bleak outpost of North East England centred around the industrial city of Newcastle-on-Tyne and the film settings are excellent and even so, it is hard to imagine what it was like back in the early 1970s with most of it now long gone along with the industries that served us such as coal, steel and shipbuilding. The film also reflects on what living standards were like in that era when the mini-skirts worn by younger women were still in fashion and most of the exteriors of the older houses were usually grey with cream-painted window frames and it was typical around that time. In some cases, this film is quite funny and you have been warned, its quite violent and nasty that it doesn't deserve to have a bad ending with Michael Caine's gangster character being regarded as a fallen hero.
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1/10
The poor reviews from the press
21 February 2009
Having first watched this among a group of teenage friends or any other films related to these series of films would have kept you laughing throughout its length and it certainly did with me but as time wears on through the length of poor reviews often given by the press, then I have to accept and say the same after having watched it alone or with a common sense family individual. In the whole, everybody there seems to be enjoying themselves in this lame slapstick that just drags on through swamp and muck since it was originally launched a couple of years back and Steve Guttenberg quit after this one. Of course, some say the series should have stopped after the second one was received with poor reviews yet it beats one in why it should have continued with silly and unfunny slapstick scenes. Just gave the whole lot of these a miss.
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Heartbeat (1992– )
The end is nigh and I wouldn't be so surprised
3 February 2009
By the time I issued these comments, it had been announced that the popular series would gather dust on a shelf and so the end is nigh and I wouldn't be all that surprised. In part, the decision to axe the series was made due to its sinking popularity and much had been said about Heartbeat throughout its production run spanning 1.5 decades that I have long thought to myself "How much longer can it linger"? With the same plots, it has to be said that most viewers around the box were becoming increasingly tired and frustrated and its now simply lacking the original on what was once a more gentle-natured series. Even so, its becoming increasingly violent and depressing with lack of ideas and bad story lines. Even Lovejoy's Ian McShane once commented about Heartbeat being a soap and who would try to get him wrong nowadays with its gradual fall from grace in the TV guides and critics choice.
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