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by Markgway
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Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975) *½ Second-rate giallo has more nudity than violence (save a little crude gore where sexual organs are shown cut off). When the killer's identity is finally revealed, I thought to myself, 'who is that, again?' It's not a good film, clearly, and for Edwige Fenech fans...
by Markgway
03 Dec 2019, 08:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Godzilla (2014) **
Big, loud, and empty blockbuster. At least it's better than the 1998 turd.

Boyz 'n' the Hood (1991) ***
Effective drama of black youth stuck in cycle of gang violence, which the film roundly condemns.
by Markgway
30 Nov 2019, 06:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The New York Ripper (1982) *
A serial killer with a penchant for Donald Duck impersonations mutilates attractive women.
Sleazy, misogynist trash, focuses on graphic depictions of sexual violence.
by Markgway
30 Nov 2019, 00:31
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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THE LEG FIGHTERS (1980) Director: Lee Tso-Nam Great as it is to see a Taiwanese old school indie lovingly preserved on Blu-Ray, this is pretty poor with far too much stupid comic relief (especially from a strange fellow called Ding-Dong who dresses like a Native American draped in bells), an uninsp...
by Markgway
28 Nov 2019, 07:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Clear and Present Danger (1994) ***
Best of the Jack Ryan series.
by Markgway
27 Nov 2019, 03:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Juliet, Naked (2018) **½ Amiable romantic comedy-drama about a reclusive musician. Entirely forgettable, but hits a few right notes along the way. The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) *½ Laughably inept giallo with only a nude Edwige Fenech to recommend it. The opening murder was "borrowed" by DePalma...
by Markgway
26 Nov 2019, 05:02
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Captain Marvel (2019) ***
Entertaining Marvel comic blessedly doesn't lake itself too seriously.
Brie Larson is good in the title role. Dig that 90s soundtrack, too.
by Markgway
25 Nov 2019, 05:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Overlord (2018) **
US soldiers parachute into occupied France to prepare for D-day, run afoul of zombie soldiers - the creation of a mad Nazi scientist (is there any other kind?). Watchable enough, but gory video game-like violence fails to impress.
by Markgway
23 Nov 2019, 12:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Miracle on 34th Street?

A drunken Santa takes out his elves with a crossbow?
by Markgway
23 Nov 2019, 00:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Little Monsters (2019) **
Zombies attack an Aussie farm in patchy horror-comedy.
Some laughs, sharp moments.
by Markgway
20 Nov 2019, 21:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Uncle John (2015) ***
Impressive, very low key revenge drama. Worth seeking out.
by Markgway
17 Nov 2019, 19:22
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Lighthouse Golem (2016) *½
Disappointing murder mystery set in Victorian London district.
Overly theatrical, clumsy structuring, poor storytelling.
by Markgway
13 Nov 2019, 12:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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All the Money in the World (2017) **½
Kidnap drama from Ridley Scott in which world's richest man refuses to pay his grandson's ransom.
Based on a true story, film is never less than watchable, but is as cold and inert as its characters.
by Markgway
13 Nov 2019, 02:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Captain America: Civil War (2016) ** If watching gravity-defying superheroes smashing the shit out of each other for 2.5 hrs is your bag, then this is the movie for you. The internal conflict plays second fiddle to awesome spectacle. Marvel fans will love this; I was apathetic, and somewhat numbed b...
by Markgway
07 Nov 2019, 09:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Patriot's Day (2016) ***
Tense, tactful thriller about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
by Markgway
06 Nov 2019, 17:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) **
Innocuous spy comedy-thriller.
by Markgway
05 Nov 2019, 03:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Our Kind of Traitor (2015) **½
Quite good spy thriller, engrossing throughout, though the ending's a little weak, ill-explained.
Based on a novel by John LeCarre, which one assumes is better plotted.
by Markgway
03 Nov 2019, 03:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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In Darkness (2017) **
Blind pianist overhears the possible murder of her upstairs neighbour.
What starts out as a creepy Hitchcockian suspenser soon turns into a far less interesting (not to mention hopelessly convoluted) revenge drama.
Conclusion is especially risible.
by Markgway
02 Nov 2019, 03:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2016) ** Preposterous action blockbuster/vanity project for Vin Diesel (who takes smugness to a new level here). I'd be lying if I said a wasn't a little entertained, but a bonafide good movie it isn't. Spinning Man (2017) **½ Did philosophy professor Guy Pearce murder a ...
by Markgway
01 Nov 2019, 15:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) ** Teen zombie flick is an unlikely mix of Shaun of the Dead and High School Musical. Never less than watchable, with spirited performances, and good sense of humour, but repetition sets in far too quickly, with perky song and dance numbers failing to cover up a lack o...
by Markgway
27 Oct 2019, 13:33
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Terminal (2018) *½ Strange neo-noir revenge thriller is very obviously the work of a novice. The director has an eye for neon-lit visuals and sparse set design, but his script is all over the place. The quirkiness becomes wearying, the twists increasingly ridiculous (and unnecessary). Margot Robbie ...
by Markgway
26 Oct 2019, 00:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018) **½ Paper thin story contrived purely to hold together a string of bouncy musical numbers (which are generally fun). If Amanda Seyfried was the breakout star of the original, here it's the effervescent Lily James. Final scene brought a tear to my eye, big sook that...
by Markgway
24 Oct 2019, 09:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?
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Re: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?

As soon as I see it - probably not for a while now - I'll post a quick take in the review thread.
by Markgway
23 Oct 2019, 18:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10004
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Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Inception (2010) ***½

Groundhog Day (1993) ****
by Markgway
21 Oct 2019, 08:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?
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Views: 1272

Re: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?

Shingster wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 01:09
Have you seen Last Blood yet Mark?
No, wasn't showing at my local.