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Old 31st December 2019, 09:25 PM
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Hitman. 2007.

47, a genetically engineered assassin working for "The Organisation" that has ties to every government. When his latest "Job" is botched he is forced to go on the run with a politicians girl and find out why his target is still alive and who put a contract out on him.

Based on the game Hitman, Timothy Olyphant plays lead 47, first time I saw this I was hesitant about seeing it being a fan of the game but was surprised how good it was. Olyphant just about near perfected the walk and mannerisms but not the deep ragged voice of David Bateson. Olga Kurylenko plays Nika who is beautiful and seductive but gets nowhere and begins to warm up. Only downside to this, it does have Ave Maria in the soundtrack but didn't have any of Jesper Kyd soundtrack.
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Assault on Precint 13. 2005.

A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners in his station when corrupt cops sorround the building on New Years Eve with the intent to kill them all including a gangster.

Decent remake of the John Carpenter 76 movie, with a same take on the plot but different outland on the seige which will remain a classic. Ethan Hawke plays the Sergeant bound by oath to serve and protect those around him. Laurence Fishburne plays the tough gangster who holds the secret of the corrupt policemen. Gabriel Byrne plays the leader of the police with the intent of letting no one survive by any means necessary. Jean-François Richet does a decent job directing and managing to create some suspense but with a twist being introduced early in the film.
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Sword of Vengeance
A shogun executioners wife is murdered and is framed for a crime he didn't commit, so he chooses to relinquish his post with his son for a path of revenge against those who wronged.

Baby Cart at the River Styx
The Lone Wolf continues his new found life as an assassin while being hunted by his enemies.

The first of the lone wolf and cub series, bloody and fun simple what a way to end the year.

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Little Women

This latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's celebrated novel is an absolute delight and a triumph of filmmaking by Greta Gerwig. It is very cleverly written, incorporating how the book was written and the visualisation of the book, all using the same cast.

It's a film that looks as if the production costs are high, with great costumes, make-up, and all other aspects of the production department who have recreated 19th-century New England on location, so it feels authentic. The film has a lush, evocative soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat and a magnificent ensemble cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Tracey Letts, Bob Odenkirk, and Meryl Streep without a single weak link.

This is Gerwig's second collaboration with Ronan after 2017's multiple Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, and it would be astonishing if history wasn't repeated with Gerwig and Ronan receiving Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Actress, respectively.

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Rabid (2019)

The Soska Sisters return to horror following the decent See No Evil 2 (2014) with a re-imagining of David Cronenberg's seventies body horror classic Rabid.

Although not as good as their standout film American Mary (2012) this is still a very enjoyable and gory watch with a fine performance by Laura Vandervoort at it's heart.

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Little Women

This latest adaptation of Louisa May Olcott's celebrated novel is an absolute delight and a triumph of filmmaking by Greta Gerwig. It is very cleverly written, incorporating how the book was written and the visualisation of the book, all using the same cast.

It's a film that looks as if the production costs are high, with great costumes, make-up, and all other aspects of the production department who have recreated 19th-century New England on location, so it feels authentic. The film has a lush, evocative soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat and a magnificent ensemble cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Tracey Letts, Bob Odenkirk, and Meryl Streep without a single weak link.

This is Gerwig's second collaboration with Ronan after 2017's multiple Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, and it would be astonishing if history wasn't repeated with Gerwig and Ronan receiving Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Actress, respectively.

I'm looking forward to this, might be going after work tomorrow
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Voodoo Man (1944)

A typical Bela Lugosi pot boiler / B-Picture from the time involving Bela as a mad doctor, voodoo rites, hypnosis, John Carradine, kidnapping women, transferring life essence, George Zucco, resurrection etc, etc.

You'll know if this sort of thing floats your boat.

I'm quite happy to grab a life jacket and some oars and valiantly try to stay afloat in the sea of mediocrity films like this tread water in.
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I'm looking forward to this, might be going after work tomorrow
The fact it's in part set at Christmas (or at least the Liz Taylor one was) means i can save it for this Christmas time.

Only 11 months to go until December and Christmas movies and M.R. James and....
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The fact it's in part set at Christmas (or at least the Liz Taylor one was) means i can save it for this Christmas time.

Only 11 months to go until December and Christmas movies and M.R. James and....
There's a scene set at Christmas, but it's not a Christmas film. It's partly about Little Women being written and partly looking at the story within the book, effortlessly moving between the two narratives.
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Oliver 1968

The musical version of Oliver twist , with some very memorable tunes .
Its in the top 100 best British film of all time before turn of the century and rightly so.
The film is a wonderful delight to watch ( even tho concept of the film isn't ) great performances from a very well known cast especially Oliver read as Bill Sykes, never a dull moment to the extent when its finished the 2 and half hrs have flown by so quick you've felt like you've only been watching it a hr r so.

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