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Old 12th November 2021, 07:32 PM
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I read an article saying the odds were shortening on Tom Hopper (Sir Percival in Merlin, Billy Bones in Black Sails, Dickon Tarly in Game of Thrones, and Luther Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy) being announced as the next James Bond. With his age and appearance, he would look look 'right', doesn't come with much baggage, and is a good actor, so I wouldn't be upset if he was cast.
I'd be well pleased if he were cast as Bond.
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Old 12th November 2021, 07:50 PM
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The Mysterious Mr. Wong. 1934.

Journalist Jason Porter is looking into strange deaths in Chinatown, he is kidnapped by Mr. Wong who is looking for 12 mystical gold coins which will grant him power.

Here we have Romanian Bela Lugosi trying to pass as a Chinese character but really can't put on the best accent but he is a good actor to watch so we can by pass the cheap film studio who created some set pieces that looked very unstable or just the amateurish cinematography. Wallace Ford plays the nosey journalist who gets caught up in Wong's master plan for the gold coins and gain unlimited power. Fun B movie at it's so called best.

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Is it bad when I saw this title, i immediately thought of Isaac's comment in Final destination 5 to the spa lady "two billion people can't be Wong"
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Old 12th November 2021, 10:18 PM
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Swamp Women. 1956.

A undercover police woman helps three female convicts escape so they can lead her to a hidden loot from their last robbery.

One of Roger Corman's early release movie that probably looked good in a drive thru theater back in the days, I didn't have much high hopes for this, it's not great but enjoyable enough even though the acting is a bit cheesy at time. The plot seems a bit all over the place even taking a male police officer prisoner does take the spotlight from the female leads a bit, it helped pass by some time.

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Old 13th November 2021, 12:32 AM
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The Corpse Vanishes. 1942.

A scientist aided by a witch, kills virginal brides and steals their bodies to extract gland fluid to keep his wife alive and young.

This one offer enough entertainment for it's 60 odd minute length for it's low budget. Bela Lugosi plays another mad doctor/scientist who has found a way to keep his ancient wife alive and young, spinal fluid from virgins and hatches a cunning plan to kill them and steal their bodies. This one has always been a favourite even though Lugosi's acting does tend to be over the top.

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The first in what's one of the best action franchises in recent history. Some brilliant action scenes especially the scene with on the train in the tunnel. Of all the movie's it's the one that's closest too the original series in its tone. In some ways the later movies are better "Bond" type movies than the newer bonds. I really was surprised that this is 25 years old, God I feel old!

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Old 13th November 2021, 10:25 PM
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Day off, so I thought I'd do some catching up ... ahem ...

Zoombies (2016, Glenn R Miller)

Asylum caper set in an enclosure for endangered species. Some rotten CGI and the worst gorilla costume I've seen since that 3 Stooges short made for a laugh riot in this demon's eyes.


Hitman's wife's Bodyguard Patrick Hughes)

Salma certainly can swear. This Bond in waiting was in it, and after this I can see him in the role ahem.


eXistenZ (1999, DC)

This was a revisit with the comm, which was informative and quite soothing really.


Howl (Paul Hyett)

Enjoyable werewolf caper set on a train.


Scary Movie 4 (David Zucker)

Anything that takes the piss out of The Village is fine by me
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Edge of the Axe (1988)

A late entry in the eighties slasher cycle courtesy of director José Ramón Larraz. One of those films (Pieces is another example) where Spain doubles as California. However that's not to say it's a poverty row slice of movie making. It really isn't.

Production values are high and there are some great sequences of location filming including a genuinely creepy stalk and slash scene with gorgeous use of colour which culminates at the railway line. In fact all the murders are well done even if they are kinda samey. I mean. An axe attack is always an axe attack. However i didn't guess who the killer was. Yeah, i thought it was the other one....

Admittedly one or two talky stretches had me reaching for the Highland Park but on the whole Edge of the Axe is a well made, fairly effective slasher film.

I thought the Arrow Blu-ray of the film was beautifully restored and looked rather special...

....Then i watched Skyfall (2012) tonight and that HD image made Edge of the Axe look like a tenth generation vhs rip.

A hugely enjoyable entry in the Daniel Craig series of films with some memorable action sequences and superb performances by Craig, Ben Wishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and a standout from Judi Dench. In the past i'd always thought Casino Royale head and shoulders above the rest of Craig's output but on a third or fourth viewing i reckon this is just as good.
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Howl (Paul Hyett)

Enjoyable werewolf caper set on a train.

Have you seen Hyett's The Seasoning House?

Highly recommended but it ain't anything like Howl.
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Have you seen Hyett's The Seasoning House?

Highly recommended but it ain't anything like Howl.
Yep, I've got that in here somewhere, got it because of Kevin Howarth mainly ahem ...
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BRAIN DEAD – A good, solid B-movie of a kind you don’t see very often these days. What do I mean by that? Low budget but well-made with interesting actors (Bills Pulman, Paxton, and Bud Cort) who seem happy enough going straight-to-video, and an old-fashioned scenario that is treated with respect even though it was probably only considered ‘mind-bending’ back in the days of ‘Outer Limits’. Pulman is a nice-guy neuroscientist who ends up worrying whether he’s inside the delusions of the mental patient he’s been experimenting on… yep, the nineties, decade of “is this bit still a dream”? Pulman would reach the pinnacle of all that sort of thing a few years down the line with ‘Lost Highway’, but this is enjoyable nostalgia.

CUT AND RUN – Deodato hits the rainforests again with ‘Cut and Run’, where an ‘intrepid reporter’ tangles with drugs, guns and a People’s Temple-type cult. It’s a film of many moments, some of them nicely icky – I don’t know the technical term for ‘being ripped apart between two trees’, but yeah that. Overall, there’s a lack of… focus? Energy? I don’t know, but in a way that doesn’t matter when you have a wealth of eccentricities that keep popping up, from Micheal Berryman doing full-on BERRYMAN (and somehow commanding a tribe of blow-dart assassins with bird calls) to the shark-like smile of Richard Lynch, who gives good value as always. Ha ha, Karen Black is a disaster here.

OFFERINGS – Maybe the title is a nod to the fact that so few would actually buy it if they were in their right minds (which I clearly am not, having shelled out back in the days of HMV – at least it was a sale). Well, I jest really, because even though ‘Offerings’ sucks big time, I actually quite enjoyed it. I like bad slasher movies, so what can I say? In this case, the brazenness with which it rips off Halloween is actually amusing, as are numerous odd details (for example, the laborious device of having the killer deliver several minor body parts to an address piece by piece for a reason that doesn’t really work). I somehow doubt those aspects will be enough to rescue it in the eyes of more discerning fans than myself.
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