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Old 6th March 2023, 07:12 PM
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Jigsaw is at it again this time he has kidnapped a bunch of people to teach them the meaning of being alive but his true motive is a corrupt police lieutenant who's son is one of the kidnapped victims .

Maybe not as shocking as the first it's still enjoyable with a little twist , the whole needle scene was quite unsettling .




Another enjoyable cliffhanger serial . We follow a owner of a newspaper in San Francisco who along with his man servant Kato fights against a group racketeers as the green hornet . He's lucky that he has Kato who is played by Keye Luke, who's the brains, muscle and driver of the duo and if it wasn't for him the Hornet would of been dead by episode one.

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Old 6th March 2023, 07:24 PM
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The Pale Blue Eye. Scott Cooper. 2022.

Even while watching this last night I was composing a review in my head. It started with the words "A disappointing gothic thriller....". However I find myself just not able to open on that, as today I've been thinking a lot about the film.
Christian Bale plays a retired police detective, highly esteemed but with a reputation for the drink. When a cadet is found hanged at the prestigious West Point Military Academy Bale's world weary sleuth Augustus Landor is enlisted to help protect the reputation of the Academy. Worse still the cadet has also found to have been horribly mutilated. At the Academy Landor is recieved coldly with the cadets unwilling to talk and those in power reluctant at having to resort to calling in an outsider.
Landor meets and subsequently teams up with a young cadet who the world will one day come to know as Edgar Allan Poe. Together they go about piecing together the goings on at this secretive institute.
Christian Bale is a fine actor but there's not that much to be said about this performance (or is there...) but its partner is crime solving Harry Melling that stole the show for me, his portrayal of the famous poet and literary genius in his younger years is just superb. At once awkward and at odds with society but simultaneously wonderfully confident and at home in his own skin.
The film I have to admit is slow, at times painfully so. In fact I nodded off at one point last night, there's an awful lot of brooding going on. Bale staring miserably into the shadows and so on. However and I don't want to say too much but I wonder if a second viewing will make a difference to not just how I perceive the film but also the characters.
The wintry chilly snowy setting is very atmospheric but my biggest issue was sadly the slow slow pace. I've nothing against slow films especially when they're rewarding. The Pale Blue Eye is actually rather rewarding but it was a bit of slog getting there.
I'd recommend but be prepared to be patient.


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Old 6th March 2023, 07:27 PM
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The Pale Blue Eye. Scott Cooper. 2022.

Even while watching this last night I was composing a review in my head. It started with the words "A disappointing gothic thriller....". However I find myself just not able to open on that, as today I've found myself thinking a lot about the film.
Christian Bale plays a retired police detective, highly esteemed but with a reputation for the drink. When a cadet is found hanged at the prestigious West Point Military Academy Bale's world weary sleuth Augustus Landor is enlisted to help protect the reputation of the Academy. Worse still the cadet has also found to have been horribly mutilated. At the Academy Landor is recieved coldly with the cadets unwilling to talk and those in power reluctant at having to resort to calling in an outsider.
Landor meets and subsequently teams up with a young cadet who the world will one day come to know as Edgar Allan Poe. Together they go about piecing together the goings on at this secretive institute.
Christian Bale is a fine actor but there's not that much to be said about this performance (or is there...) but its partner is crime solving Harry Melling that stole the show for me, his portrayal of the famous poet and literary genius being just superb.
The film I have to admit is slow, at time painfully so. In fact I nodded off at one point last night, there's an awful lot of brooding going on. Bale staring miserably into the shadows and so on. However and I don't want to say too much but I wonder if a second viewing will make a difference to not just how I perceive the film but also the characters.
The wintry chilly snowy setting is very atmospheric but my biggest issue was sadly the slow slow pace. I've nothing against slow films especially when they're rewarding. The Pale Blue Eye is actually rather rewarding but it was a bit of slog getting there.
I'd recommend but be prepared to be patient.


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I also enjoyed this but as you say it's very slow but rewarding and Dudley Dursley was fantastic as Poe.
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Old 6th March 2023, 07:59 PM
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I also enjoyed this but as you say it's very slow but rewarding and Dudley Dursley was fantastic as Poe.
He was. The film opens brilliantly, the camera gliding across a snowy Hudson Valley immediately putting me in a cinema seat nigh on 25 years ago watching Tim Burtons Sleepy Hollow. Oddly there's a touch of A Few Good Men going on too.
It's the sort of film where thirty minutes before the end I was nodding off. Thirty minutes after it finished I wanted to watch it again.
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Old 6th March 2023, 08:00 PM
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Waxwork (1988)



A fun take on the old Mystery of the Wax Museum story, Anthony Hickox's film places the exhibits of David Warner's otherworldly waxwork museum in alternate dimensions that only become apparent when an unwitting victim steps over the boundary cord and onto an exhibit.



To you and me this wouldn't be a problem, but to a group of horror movie college kids this makes for a whole heap of trouble as one by one the idiots, er, students, headed by Gremlins fave Zach Galligan, find themselves in fights of survival against a werewolf, vampires, zombies and others.



Waxwork is an enjoyably gloopy way to showcase students getting torn apart by legendary horror icons. It's fast paced, occasionally delightfully gory and the use of David Warner and Patrick Macnee in the cast inspired, especially Macnee who homages perhaps his most famous non-tv role.



So 80's it hurts, Waxwork is one of those horror films along with the likes of Fright Night and Return of the Living Dead that sum up the decade for the discerning horror fan.
I've never watched this. I've meant to for years. I really should pick some of these Vestron titles up.

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All the ones i have are good releases. All come in slip cases and have decent extras.

Plus at a tenner each they are good value.

I can vouch for Return of the Living Dead 3, The Wraith, The Unholy and The Lair of the White Worm as well as Waxwork being excellent presentations and releases in general.

I want Wishmaster but can't decide if i should go for the US version which has all the films.
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All the ones i have are good releases. All come in slip cases and have decent extras.

Plus at a tenner each they are good value.

I can vouch for Return of the Living Dead 3, The Wraith, The Unholy and The Lair of the White Worm as well as Waxwork being excellent presentations and releases in general.

I want Wishmaster but can't decide if i should go for the US version which has all the films.
I've actually never seen Wishmaster properly and none of the sequels.

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One of Clints best and one of my favourites, has the man actually made or starred in a bad film, think not.

Here Clint plays a far from normal preacher who comes to the aid of a small group of prospector's who are being terriosed by a corrupt business man and his lackys. Well acted directed , we have the criminally underrated Michael Moriarty as the leader of the prospector's and two of the cast from The thing as well as Jaws himself Richard Kiel.


Up tonight a hammer double which I think was a double feature when released in 1966.



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I enjoyed all final destinations one way or other, especially the 2nd which has put ppl of driving behind trucks with huge open loads ,
Not that often I look forward to a sequel especially when they go 4 5 and beyond, but Iím deffo looking forward to the new one.
I liked Final Destination 3 with the Rollercoaster.
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Violent Night

David Harbour is Santa Claus who takes on Terrorists who have taken a family hostage on Xmas Eve. Full of funny Xmas Puns and Deaths, this will be a regular at Xmas.

Final Destination 2

Another person experiences a premonition and survives a Pile Up and again Death comes for the survivors. I found this better than the 1st one and it certainly cranked up the death scenes.

Code Of Silence

A war between two crime gangs escalates and Chuck Norris is stuck in the middle but his fellow Policemen won't help him because he testified against a fellow Policeman. I found this rather boring, it did have an interesting storyline regarding Norris not having any help but it comes near the end.

I do wonder if Robocop got the inspiration for ED-209 from this Film lol.
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