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      28.02.2017 10:50

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      Last Passenger - a film I saw here.

      Star – Dougray Scott
      Genre – Thriller
      Run Time – 97 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – UK
      Awards – 3 Nominations
      Amazon – £1.75 DVD £4.95 Blue Ray
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      Anyone travelling on the trains will know full well just how terrible they are these days. Overcrowded, smelly and never on time and commuters deliberately overcharged so to decrease the public subsidy on the network. Privatized Network Rail actually receives more public money than the old public British Rail did. That extra money is all going to shareholders and director’s wage increases. With the all that strife and frustration in mind it’s ripe for a disaster movie.

      British film isn’t ken on home based big budget Action & Adventure Thrillers and most of those farmed out to Hollywood. The Harry Potter and Sherlock Holms films are mostly made with America money in American studios here. I think V for Vendetta was the last adult big budget thriller set here, other than the Bond segments. So when the Last Passenger popped up on one of my searches it looked like it had potential and so I gave it a go. It’s not actually that big a budget at just $2.5 million but the ambition and themes are for first time director Omid Nooshin runaway train movie.


      ===Cast===

      • Dougray Scott as Lewis Shaler
      • Kara Tointon as Sarah Barwell
      • Iddo Goldberg as Jan Klimowski
      • David Schofield as Peter Carmichael
      • Lindsay Duncan as Elaine Middleton
      • Joshua Kaynama as Max Shaler
      • Samuel Geker-Kawle as Train guard


      ===Plot===

      DR Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott), an A&E doctor and single father, is heading home with his young son Max (Joshua Kaynama) on a late night train from London heading to Tunbridge Wells. After dealing with some mouthy teems and a drunk Russian man (Iddo Goldberg) on the train the Doc witnesses his boy accidentally tip hot coffee over attractive passenger Sarah Barwell (Kara Tointon). Sarah exploits the situation and initiates a fun flirtation with the handsome doc.

      While the train is stationary, the doc notices an unidentifiable man in fluorescent safety jacket flashing his torch under the train. As the train begins to move again he is sure he sees another man crawling across the tracks injured, seemingly coming from the train. He tries to call the cops on what he saw but no luck. As the train begins to rattle through outer London on an autumnal dark night the doc becomes edgy. On investigation of the whole train, when looking for the conductor to pass on his sighting Shaler discovers the conductor has vanished. He asks fellow passenger Elaine Middleton (Lindsay Duncan) is she has seen anything suspicious but no new information there.

      Tension rises again as the train approaches Shaler's home station but whizzes on through without stopping. Shaler tries to contact the driver via the intercom, but the unseen driver behind a protective door only speaks to ask how many passengers are left on board. By now there are barely a handful of passenger son the train and fellow passenger Peter Carmichael (David Schofield) joins in his concerns. The two pull numerous emergency brake cords but to no effect as the train appears to accelerate. It’s a runaway train situation and the driver isn’t stopping. The question now is why and how can they stop him and the train. The drunken Russian, named Jan, is full of vodka and bravado but short on ideas as the desperate six remaining passengers prepare for the worse.

      ===Results===

      Its good fun but nothing more, a solid 90 minutes of generic runway train stuff. It’s a cheaper British version of the runway train movie but ‘Unstoppable’ and ‘Runaway Train’ far better movies in every way although technically this is not a runaway train movie, more in the Under Seige Two hijacks train category. Either way I stayed onboard for every stop and didn’t feel the need to pull the emergency cord at any point.

      Its well paces as it moves through the gears and we explore in our heads if the passengers have a motive to collude with the driver. There are plenty of swerves and red herrings on that score here. It teases you with subtle – or not so - clues on intelligent - or not so - reasons to take over the train. I though I had twigged it a few times but not to be. The fact the dénouement doesn’t resolve that fully leaves you guessing at the Hollywood ending. This film could have done with a twist or two to give the ending clarity.

      It’s plausible as it is silly and funny as it is out of place. To use a train pun it stays on the rails thanks to strong performances, snappy dialogue and a relentless pace. As the train increases so does the passengers pulse rate. Dougray Scott is perhaps too James Bond for this role and looks uncomfortably restrained for his macho frame. Screenplay writer Andy Love used to be a presenter on the Ideal World shopping channel with his wife Loen and so also learning his trade here.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 5.7/10.0 (4,278votes)
      Rottentomatos.com –84 % critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 67% critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1858481/videoplayer/vi3786583321?ref_=tt_ov_vi
      ===Special Features===


      ===Critics===

      The NY Post –‘It (almost literally) runs off the rails with a series of twists that ultimately invite more laughs than tension’.

      LA Times –‘Although the film, Nooshin's first feature, takes a while to become fully propulsive, it eventually puts forth an effective series of red herrings, close calls and clock-ticking action scenes’.

      Little White Lies –‘A runaway-train action thriller that coasts along serviceably for a bit before entering Boredom Station, this British-produced rip-off of Speed lacks compelling characterizations’.

      Total Film –‘As six commuters bicker and learn to work together, some overripe dialogue and a well-worn plot are tempered by an admirable reluctance to humanise the terrorist’.

      Variety –‘Omid Nooshin's sturdy runaway-train thriller chugs up a decent amount of suspense’.

      The Mail –‘While Last Passenger is in the same vein as films such as Unstoppable, Speed, Joy Ride, and Premium Rush, it lacks a proper resolution and its empty thrills don't make up for its inadequate amount of substance’.


      Villlage Voice –‘While Last Passenger is a campy B-movie, it possesses greater aesthetic aspirations, and the film's stylistic ambition is ultimately what makes it an entertaining ride’.


      The Playlist –‘Last Passenger is a good antithesis to the overloaded and cluttered action Hollywood seems to love nowadays’




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      If Tesco ever decide to bring this back, I'll stock up by the bucketload! x

      I remember this shower creme from absolute yonks (years) ago - last time I used it I think I was still in college! Anyway, it is just fabulous - creamy, thick & luxurious with an absolutely gorgeous scent, which is mildly sweet but not overpowering. Plus it has a really good lather! Only disappointing thing about this lovely product is that Tesco have sadly discontinued/stopped making it....so depressing as it was one of my most faves of all time, esp for a supermarket's own-brand range!

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    • The Man from U.N.C.L.E / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.02.2017 19:05

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      The film of the TV series

      ‘There are only two masters in this world: fear and pain’.

      ‘There are only two masters in this world: fear and pain’.

      Star – Henry Cavill
      Genre – Action Comedy
      Run Time – 116 minutes
      Certificate – PG13
      Country – USA
      Awards – 4 Wins & 4 Nominations
      Amazon – £4.35 DVD £7.75 Blue Ray
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      So ‘The Man from Uncle’ and the arrival of the big screen movie of the popular 1960s Cold War TV spy series starring Robert Vaughan and David McCullum. In 1993 the rights of the series came up to make a film but it was plunged into development hell until Guy Ritchie finally got the project underway in 2013. Sam Rolfe’s creation of Agent Napoleon Solo (Vaughan) was the biggest influence on Ian Flemings James Bond and ripe for a movie in a Hollywood hooked on franchises and running out of original ideas. Tom Cruise was originally cast to play Solo in the movie but pulled out to do MI5: Ghost Protocol and felt he couldn’t add a third spy franchise to his Mission Impossible and Jack Reacher films. The super handsome British actor Henry Cavill was cast late on when the dreadful Superman v Batman film was pushed back a year.


      ===Cast===

      • Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo
      • Armie Hammer as Ilya Kuryakin
      • Alicia Vikander as Gabriella "Gaby" Teller
      • Elizabeth Debicki as Victoria Vinciguerra
      • Jared Harris as Adrian Sanders
      • Hugh Grant as Alexander Waverly
      • Luca Calvani as Alexander Vinciguerra
      • Sylvester Groth as Uncle Rudi
      • David Menkin as Jones
      • Simona Caparrini as Contessa
      • Misha Kuznetsov as Oleg
      • Christian Berkel as Udo Teller
      • David Beckham as Projectionist


      ===Plot===

      Its 1963…

      Professional and suave thief-turned CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill) extracts car mechanic Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) from East Berlin to West Berlin, evading super KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) in the process. Gaby is the pretty daughter of Dr. Udo Teller (Christian Berkel), an alleged Nazi scientist-turned United States collaborator at the end of World War II.

      Solo reports back to his superior, Sanders (Jared Harris), who reveals that Gaby's uncle Rudi (Sylvester Groth) works in a shipping company owned by Alexander (Luca Calvani) and Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki), a wealthy Nazi sympathizing couple who want to capture Teller to build their own private nuclear weapon to rejuvenate the Third Rich cause.

      As its potentially a world destroying crisis, the CIA and KGB have reluctantly teamed up and Solo and Kuryakin are tasked to stop the Vinciguerras, whatever it takes, but both men secretly assigned to steal Udo Teller's research for their respective governments to get ahead in the nuclear race. Gaby is coming along as the female distraction and Kuryakins wife and MI6s Alexander Waverly coordinated the operation to keep an eye on both the CIA and KGB.

      The three travel to Rome with Solo pretending to be an antiquities dealer. They are being monitored on arrival but despite their hostilities towards each other the two agents try to work together. At a grand prix style race Solo and Gaby flirt with Victoria and Alexander, respectively, in order to tease information out about Tellers location. Meanwhile Kuryakin discovers evidence the Vinciguerras were recently exposed to radiation, indicating that their weapon is near completion and somewhere in Italy.


      ===Results===

      I wasn’t really sure what I would make of this one but it turned out to be an enjoyable enough two hours. It’s very much about the humor and style here over spy stuff and gadgets as the impossibly handsome Henry Cavill in his likewise impeccable attire struts around the movie eating up the scenery with hand firmly slotted in his breast pocket. In fact all the cast are gorgeous. It’s very much the look over substance in this one. Think Roger Moore doing the Connery Bonds and you are about right.

      It’s a nice touch to stay in the 1960s with the original TV series premise and providence as it could easily have been a CGI mess. Guy Ritchie did a good job with his version of Sherlock Holmes with the always brilliant Rob Downey Junior as far as pitching the action and adventure at the right level and the same again here with Cavill and Armie Hammer. It needed to be understated here so the actors could actually dispatch the bag guys without creasing their Saville Row suits.

      Its gentrified cast and pace carry you through elegantly with the plot as light as the original Bond movies. It cost $75m to make and looks good on it and did $109m back. That may not be enough to earn a sequel. To be honest making another film doesn’t make sense as it will only look like this one. The Mission Impossible and Bond stuff all has its own comic thing and special effects edge whereas and this one just looked nice and polished.

      The boys did their own stunts to add authenticity where they could and Cavill even learnt the pull the table cloth away trick for the film. Cavill is distracting because he is so handsome and that does allow the film to coast along with its predicable and cheesy plot. There is great chemistry between the two lads and so another redeeming quality. Think Oceans 11 for the style of the movie.

      Its all good fun and fine for your young kids, mums and dads, for an afternoon film. The violence is comic book friendly stuff and mostly buddy cop humor. There are few twists and no nookie and nothing to clever about the writing. It’s just a pleasant and comfy experience like those new suits and shiny brogues.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.3/10.0 (187,324votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 67% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 56% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1638355/videoplayer/vi2578821913?ref_=tt_ov_vi
      ===Special Features===


      ===Critics===
      The Sun –‘The plot is disposable at best... but [Guy] Ritchie goes all out in reviving the Cold War sixties spy movie style and attitude, recalling Connery's Bond movie with tongue firmly in cheek.

      South China Morning Post –‘Sophisticated and slick, Ritchie's film is far more appealing than his take on Sherlock. ... The dialogue is crisp and as elegant as the film's fashions, production design and Italian locations’.

      Epoch Times –‘It all ends up sounding a bit like The Matrix's Agent Smith doing Roger Moore doing James Bond.

      New Yorker –‘As for Cavill, let us just say that the line between phlegmatic suavity and downright dullness is rather more easily breached than the Berlin Wall’.

      Village Voice –‘Though it's made with lots of modern tricks and technology, it's old-fashioned in the best sense, and not just because it's set in the Sixties’

      The Mail –‘Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are fine. They're FINE. They're maddeningly, generically fine’.



      Empire Magazine –‘Though it's made with lots of modern tricks and technology, it's old-fashioned in the best sense, and not just because it's set in the Sixties’.

      Cinema Crazed –‘Though the buddy cop aesthetic is old hat, Cavil and Hammer keep the film afloat...’




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      This is by far the best laptop I've ever owned and I'm very pleased with

      This is by far the best laptop I've ever owned and I'm very pleased with it.

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    • Vikings: Season 1 (DVD) / TV Series / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      24.02.2017 23:00
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      Good impression,addictive,thrilling.

      The series is close to the truth,an interesting mix of hystory and drama. While watching the show it`s easy to fall into hystorical atmosphere,the characters are incredible,emotionally colored,awesome acting,during each episode you gonna be in a big tension cause of loads of intrigues. Too much wars and cruel,blood scenes,sometimes I was forced to close my eyes. In general the series is a good opportunity to know Vikings better,from the other side,to familiarize with the details of their life,religion,ideals,relationships within families. The series is worth to watch at list with the aim of widening your outlook.

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      24.02.2017 12:35

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      Cop Car - A film I saw here.

      You don't... Steal... A F*cking... COP CAR!

      Star – Kevin Bacon
      Genre – Drama
      Run Time – 90 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Awards – 1 Wins & 4 Nominations
      Amazon – £3.80 DVD £6.19 Blue Ray
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      So here’s an enjoyable little dark and edgy B-Movie you guys should checkout, whether you enjoy that particular style of movie or not. It stars Kevin Bacon, not a stranger to B-Movies, and made one of the best in recent decades called Tremors. Bar the brilliant Footloose he is the sort of actor that can playa leading man anymore and so likes to take on intersecting and occasionally sadistic roles, this certainly that, a serial killing cop in the Mid West. Like Christopher Walken, Phillip Seymour –Hoffman and Guy Pearce, he has that seedy look now and so all playing villains in his middle years.




      ===Cast===

      Kevin Bacon ... Sheriff Kretzer
      James Freedson-Jackson ... Travis
      Hays Wellford ... Harrison
      Camryn Manheim ... Bev
      Shea Whigham ... Man
      Sean Hartley ... Motorcycle Cop
      Kyra Sedgwick ... Dispatch (voice)

      ===Plot===

      Two 10-year old kids and best buds Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford)
      appear to have run away from home and happily trekking across open maize fields, enjoying reciting as many swear words as they can in their new found freedom. Negotiating yet another wire fence they stumble upon a police patrol car on a sandy track hidden from view. Fearing the cops have tracked them down they hide in the long grass to scope out the car to see where the cops are. But they are not there and the boys are soon messing around with it, surprised that the doors are unlocked. Boys being boys they are soon trying out the sirens and messing with the radio.

      Things take a turn for the more adventurous when the boys discoverer the keys and quickly learn how to drive, racing around the fields in first gear with the siren blazing. It’s their police car now as they hit the road to freedom - just seeing the road over the dash.

      Pulling over for snacks and some Coke in another field they see what else is in the car, a worrying stash of loaded firearms and a defibulator the biggest threat to the naïve young ones lives right now.

      Back at the gulley Sheriff Kretzer (Kevin Bacon) has arrived in another police car to find the other police car has gone. In the boot of his police car is a dead body, which he is going to bury in the gully. With the job done he begins to run towards the nearest settlement and set about finding his other police car.

      Boosting a car in a local trailer park he is quickly on the road. Deploying a technique to clear the police channels he soon has an open one to his car. When he finally gets the boys to pick up the radio and figure out how to use it he gives them a dressing down but says they won’t be in trouble if they just tell him where they are so he can have his patrol car back. They agree to that request and give their location, a windmill identifying exactly where they are. But there is a sudden twist that puts everyone at risk when the bys hear banging in the trunk. The Sheriff told them not to look in the trunk.


      ===Results===

      To be fair there are a ton of plot holes in this movie but still a road worth travelling. Why he did not just track down the stolen police car with his police car is ahead scratcher. How come the kids can drive at 10-years-old? And soon and so on. But that’s the point with B-Movies. They are allowed some artistic license to create surreal or unusual situations that are off- kilter to mainstream feature films, two 10-year old white kids stealing a fully armed police cruiser certainly that. But it’s that quirkiness that makes this as appealing as the innocent kids adapt to their dangerous environment, and the growing threat of the psycho cop and the man he is after doubling the jeopardy. The open ending just adds to the director’s risk taking here.

      After a gentle start as we get to know the kids vulnerabilities its Stand By me stuff as they get used to their police car. When Bacon arrives in the movie it takes a more sinister turn and Bacon’s hammy bad cop great fun. As always the child actors are brilliant and on of the great wonders of the world how kids can do that and put in these mature performances. I suppose it’s about the directing being able to take the pressure off the kids to get a performance because well-behaved kids, when it comes down to it, do what adults tell them to. And fair play to director Jon Watts, a real shining talent here, this only his third movie. I believe this movie secured him the new Spiderman movie gig.

      For its $800.000 dollar budget it looks great but didn’t do much of that back as it was lost in the B-Movie graveyard publicity machine. But if you want something different that’s funny, edgy and abstract then this is for you, the definition of a grown up kids film. Its atmospheric as it is naughty and with no soundtrack and just the rustle of dry crops and the creak of old tin barns in the wind you cant help but be drawn to the films mischief making and how it will end. If Ren from Footloose had grown up bitter when the girls stopped looking he could well have grown up as serial killing cop in the plains of the Bible Belt. I’m all for fresh ideas and edgy genre teasing ideas on film and this is one of them. Well worth a look guys if you need a rest from romcoms and comic book mayhem.
      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.3/10.0 (22,675votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 79% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 66% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3813310/videoplayer/vi2262806553?ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===

      -Cop Car Tour-

      There are three police cars and we find out what kit a regulation one has in it.


      -Deleted Scenes-

      Not that many.


      -The Making Of-

      One of those behind the scenes thing with no chat and just the crew and actors at work behind the scenes.

      ===Critics===

      Globe & Mail –‘Watts walks us innocents out into the landscape where Hollywood has made its greatest myths and then removes the blindfold’.

      Toronto Star –‘Anchored by solid performances and a taut script, Cop Car is a tension-filled thrill ride’.

      The Mail –‘Despite the occasional pothole, Cop Car is an arresting ride’.

      Chicago Sun Times –‘[Cop Car features] the most evil monologue of the year. Perfectly, horribly, fantastically chilling’.

      Washington Post –‘"Cop Car" builds up a nice, suspenseful head of steam, mixing dark comedy and true creepiness in such a way that one mood never overwhelms the other’.

      Brooklyn Movies –‘For the most part... this is what a b-movie should be: lean, mean, and filled with just enough longueurs to be evocative without slowing the pace’.

      Baltimore Post –‘An impossibly sparse indie thriller with a cast of five and not much more going on that its title suggests - which is precisely why it works’.

      The San Francisco Times –‘Driven by gorgeous visuals and a constant sense of unease, Cop Car is refreshing and an effortlessly entertaining little thriller.

      The Final Frame –‘As an envoy for beautifully lonesome wide open spaces and pure slow-burn suspense, it rattles along with undeniable know-how’.

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      Hateful 8 - a film I saw here

      ‘A bastard's work is never done’

      Star – Samuel L Jackson
      Genre – Western
      Run Time – 187 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Oscars – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Golden Globe – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Awards – 35 Wins & 107 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.95 Blue Ray
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      ” “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The past has these people between its teeth”
      (William Faulkner – ‘Requiem for a Nun’)


      Quentin Tarrantino, like many directors with a vision, is a big enough name to have the luxury to only make the films they want to make, so often very good or very average films, Tarantino comfortably near the top of that particular pile. Inglorious Bastards made my teeth itch with that Brad Pit character yet I really enjoyed Django Unchained, The Hateful 8 being another western with a bit of both thrown in. As one critic said:

      ’…..Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless…..’ But another critic said: ‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema…’


      Quentin has said ‘The Thing’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are his influences for this one and it shows, Kurt Russell joining Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen for this one. 77-year- Ennio Morricone is also back with QT and scoring his first Western for 34-years, famous for the early 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, of course. Interestingly, QT reveals in the extras that Morricone used a lot of off cuts from The Thing for this movie. There are some strange and pretension slow motion moments that point to that soundtrack stuff.

      The films biggest problem was distribution. Quentin insisted it was shot in 65mm ‘Ultimate Panavision’, a process from the 1950s and 1960s, only 10 films ever shot on those cameras with this film size, Khartoum (1966) the last. In fact he had to dig the cameras out from the Panavision museum, refit them to survive the extreme cold for the mountain shoot and pray the only three available didn’t breakdown. The camera was designed for sweeping panoramas and there are plenty of those here. It looked great on Blue Ray so I can only imagine how it looked in the big screen cinemas. But some chains refused to take the film in the U.K. as they simply didn’t have the projection to show it or not prepared to pay the extra for the kit and specialist projectionists’ required. As a result, 50 theaters internationally were retrofitted with anamorphic-lensed 70mm analogue film projectors, to display the film as he intended it to be seen. UK cinema chains, Picturehouse, Curzon and Cineworld, did not be show the film. Rather ironically most of the film is shot in a wooden cabin.

      As usual Tarantino can’t resist the ‘N’ word and a bit of female beating thrown into shock some more. For his penance, disaster struck early on after the script was leaked online. Quentin Tarantino did not then want to make the film. However, the project was rebooted after the cast did a brief reading of the script and got excited for the film, Samuel L. Jackson persuading him to do this film, Tarantino accepting and giving Jackson his first lead role in a QT film in return. There was further disaster when a studio executive appeared to release the movie online a week before the adapted DVD release.


      ===Trivia===

      A guitar destroyed by Kurt Russell's character in the film was not a prop but an antique 1870s Martin guitar loaned by the Martin Guitar Museum. The guitar was supposed to have been switched with a copy to be destroyed, but this was not communicated to Russell; everyone on the set was "pretty freaked out" at the guitar's destruction and Leigh's reaction was genuine in the film, though "Tarantino was in a corner of the room with a funny curl on his lips. The museum will no longer loan guitars to film production companies because of this incident. Insurance covered the loss.

      ===The Cast===

      -Main characters-

      • Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren a.k.a. "The Bounty Hunter"
      • Kurt Russell as John Ruth a.k.a. "The Hangman"
      • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue a.k.a. "The Prisoner"
      • Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix a.k.a."The Sheriff"
      • Demián Bichir as Bob (Marco the Mexican) a.k.a. "The Mexican"
      • Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray (English Pete Hicox) a.k.a. "The Little Man"
      • Michael Madsen as Joe Gage (Grouch Douglass) a.k.a. "The Cow Puncher"
      • Bruce Dern as General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers a.k.a. "TheConfederate"

      -Supporting characters-

      • James Parks as O.B. Jackson
      • Channing Tatum as Jody Domergue, Daisy's brother
      • Dana Gourrier as Minnie Mink
      • Zoë Bell as Six-Horse Judy
      • Lee Horsley as Ed
      • Gene Jones as Sweet Dave
      • Keith Jefferson as Charly
      • Craig Stark as Chester Charles Smithers
      • Belinda Owino as Gemma
      • Quentin Tarantino as the narrator (uncredited)



      ===Plot ===

      Its years after the American Civil War and high in the snowy mountains bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (SLJ) is transporting three dead bounties to the town of Red Rock, Wyoming. Warren is known for not bringing them back alive. When his horses give up on him he hitches a ride on a stagecoach driven by a man named O.B. Jackson (James Parks). In the carriage is John Ruth, another feared bounty hunter, known for bringing in outlaws alive just to see them hang. The feisty murderer Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is handcuffed to him, also heading to Red Rock. Both men are suspicious of anyone who might steal the claim to the substantial bounties they have between them and eyeing ach others pieces at all times. Ruth knows of Warren and vice versa and bond over Warren's personal letter from Abraham Lincoln.

      Now we have another man wanting to hitch a ride with them as the blizzard catches them up, former militiaman Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), who brags that he is traveling to Red Rock as the town's new sheriff, soon on the stagecoach. Neither men believe he is sheriff material.

      The coach is not going to make it to Red Rock in the storm and so they seek refuge in Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach lodge. They are greeted by Bob (Demián Bichir), a Mexican who says he is the stand in for Aussie owner Minnie Minx (Dana Gourrier), who is visiting her mother and left him in charge. The other lodgers are the talkative hangman Oswaldo Mobray (TimRoth), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), a quiet cowboy traveling to visit his mother; and elderly Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern), a former Confederate general traveling to put his missing son to rest. Ruth decides its best they all disarm and put their guns in a bucket if they are to sleep the night through here, a room full of men and women not best trusted around their valuable human cargo. It proves the case as the killing begins and we discover who is who and why they are really here…



      ===Results===

      A Rogues gallery with no one to root for is the tag line here and spot on, the Hatful 8 indeed. As usual Tarantino is detailed on all aspects of the movie and nothing left to chance. As I said he loves to offend wit the ‘N’ word and some women beating and claims its authentic behavior of the time. There are also some pretentious scenes of horse and carriage racing across the plains in slow motion so he can linger on those 65mm panorama shots. Why take 5 minutes for a scene when you can take 20 is Tarantino’s mantra. Because of this the film gets flabby and so we end up with three hours of it and three more on the cutting room floor. QT is definitely chasing Oscars here. It got just one and nothing to do with him.

      Critics have said the fact that the film is set at an undetermined point shortly after the end of the American Civil War is obviously no accident. As the guy from The NY Times said: ‘Minnie’s Haberdashery becomes America writ small, fraught with all the hideous, baked-in racial tension that lingers in the United States to this day. (At one point, the room is even divided into rival North and South areas.)”. When I read that line I looked back on the film and thought, yep, spot on, I didn’t grasp that. In fact its one of those films you only know how good it is after you have actually thought about what you have been watching. Often something really good is judged as OK as you take if for granted because of the talent making it.

      As I say its way too long at 3 hours and a more realistic two hour runtime would have earned its fourth sheriffs star for me. At $44m its one of Tarantino’s more expensive projects and actor’s salaries always kept low as they are desperate to work for him. It did $158m back and so one of his better earners.

      You will enjoy it if you watch it but you just need it to move a little faster and not one you would watch again, as you would Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Its classic Tarantino non linear stuff with a decent twist built in and appropriately hammy performances by the cast. As entertainment goes it’s a decent film ad looks incredible as we unpick the mystery as the macho men face off in the cabin as the storm howls.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.8 /10.0 (325,536votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 75% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 68% critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252/videoplayer/vi3885543961?ref_=tt_ov_vi



      ===Special Features===

      This is a rare case where you really need to rent or buy this one in Blue Ray as that detail is the real kick of the movie. It looks fabulous as the sweeping panoramas and rich Rocky Mountain vistas splatter across your TV screen.


      -Sam Jenkins guide to 70mm-

      The cinematographer talks about using the old cameras and lens and how they got it all to work.
      If the cameras failed at altitude there would be problems.


      ===Critics===

      Sunday Times –‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema’.

      Sight & Sound –‘Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless’.

      New Statesmen –‘"Hateful" isn't the word I would use. Wasteful sounds right - of our time and Tarantino's talents’.

      London Evening Standard –‘It's mannered, grandiose and self-indulgent, but in its own way absolutely expert. Aesthetic, even, if you like that’.

      Empire –‘As the pieces slot quickly into place, the investment you made in these people and their predicaments begins to pay off, big time’.

      Financial Times –‘Tarantino has returned to his first film's template - colorful characters, a single room, blood and betrayal - but this time in a framework that is deliberately designed for repeat viewing’.

      The Mail-‘These characters are, as we are told from the outset, all hateful... and they aren't interesting or dynamic enough to overcome that fact’.

      The NY Post –‘The movie isn't one of Tarantino's fantasties correcting historical atrocities, it's about American history *as* an atrocity. The declaration of an angry political consciousness from an artist I never imagined having one’.

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      Hateful 8 - a film I saw here

      ‘A bastard's work is never done’

      Star – Samuel L Jackson
      Genre – Western
      Run Time – 187 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Oscars – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Golden Globe – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Awards – 35 Wins & 107 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.95 Blue Ray
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      ” “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The past has these people between its teeth”
      (William Faulkner – ‘Requiem for a Nun’)


      Quentin Tarrantino, like many directors with a vision, is a big enough name to have the luxury to only make the films they want to make, so often very good or very average films, Tarantino comfortably near the top of that particular pile. Inglorious Bastards made my teeth itch with that Brad Pit character yet I really enjoyed Django Unchained, The Hateful 8 being another western with a bit of both thrown in. As one critic said:

      ’…..Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless…..’ But another critic said: ‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema…’


      Quentin has said ‘The Thing’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are his influences for this one and it shows, Kurt Russell joining Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen for this one. 77-year- Ennio Morricone is also back with QT and scoring his first Western for 34-years, famous for the early 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, of course. Interestingly, QT reveals in the extras that Morricone used a lot of off cuts from The Thing for this movie. There are some strange and pretension slow motion moments that point to that soundtrack stuff.

      The films biggest problem was distribution. Quentin insisted it was shot in 65mm ‘Ultimate Panavision’, a process from the 1950s and 1960s, only 10 films ever shot on those cameras with this film size, Khartoum (1966) the last. In fact he had to dig the cameras out from the Panavision museum, refit them to survive the extreme cold for the mountain shoot and pray the only three available didn’t breakdown. The camera was designed for sweeping panoramas and there are plenty of those here. It looked great on Blue Ray so I can only imagine how it looked in the big screen cinemas. But some chains refused to take the film in the U.K. as they simply didn’t have the projection to show it or not prepared to pay the extra for the kit and specialist projectionists’ required. As a result, 50 theaters internationally were retrofitted with anamorphic-lensed 70mm analogue film projectors, to display the film as he intended it to be seen. UK cinema chains, Picturehouse, Curzon and Cineworld, did not be show the film. Rather ironically most of the film is shot in a wooden cabin.

      As usual Tarantino can’t resist the ‘N’ word and a bit of female beating thrown into shock some more. For his penance, disaster struck early on after the script was leaked online. Quentin Tarantino did not then want to make the film. However, the project was rebooted after the cast did a brief reading of the script and got excited for the film, Samuel L. Jackson persuading him to do this film, Tarantino accepting and giving Jackson his first lead role in a QT film in return. There was further disaster when a studio executive appeared to release the movie online a week before the adapted DVD release.


      ===Trivia===

      A guitar destroyed by Kurt Russell's character in the film was not a prop but an antique 1870s Martin guitar loaned by the Martin Guitar Museum. The guitar was supposed to have been switched with a copy to be destroyed, but this was not communicated to Russell; everyone on the set was "pretty freaked out" at the guitar's destruction and Leigh's reaction was genuine in the film, though "Tarantino was in a corner of the room with a funny curl on his lips. The museum will no longer loan guitars to film production companies because of this incident. Insurance covered the loss.

      ===The Cast===

      -Main characters-

      • Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren a.k.a. "The Bounty Hunter"
      • Kurt Russell as John Ruth a.k.a. "The Hangman"
      • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue a.k.a. "The Prisoner"
      • Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix a.k.a."The Sheriff"
      • Demián Bichir as Bob (Marco the Mexican) a.k.a. "The Mexican"
      • Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray (English Pete Hicox) a.k.a. "The Little Man"
      • Michael Madsen as Joe Gage (Grouch Douglass) a.k.a. "The Cow Puncher"
      • Bruce Dern as General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers a.k.a. "TheConfederate"

      -Supporting characters-

      • James Parks as O.B. Jackson
      • Channing Tatum as Jody Domergue, Daisy's brother
      • Dana Gourrier as Minnie Mink
      • Zoë Bell as Six-Horse Judy
      • Lee Horsley as Ed
      • Gene Jones as Sweet Dave
      • Keith Jefferson as Charly
      • Craig Stark as Chester Charles Smithers
      • Belinda Owino as Gemma
      • Quentin Tarantino as the narrator (uncredited)



      ===Plot ===

      Its years after the American Civil War and high in the snowy mountains bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (SLJ) is transporting three dead bounties to the town of Red Rock, Wyoming. Warren is known for not bringing them back alive. When his horses give up on him he hitches a ride on a stagecoach driven by a man named O.B. Jackson (James Parks). In the carriage is John Ruth, another feared bounty hunter, known for bringing in outlaws alive just to see them hang. The feisty murderer Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is handcuffed to him, also heading to Red Rock. Both men are suspicious of anyone who might steal the claim to the substantial bounties they have between them and eyeing ach others pieces at all times. Ruth knows of Warren and vice versa and bond over Warren's personal letter from Abraham Lincoln.

      Now we have another man wanting to hitch a ride with them as the blizzard catches them up, former militiaman Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), who brags that he is traveling to Red Rock as the town's new sheriff, soon on the stagecoach. Neither men believe he is sheriff material.

      The coach is not going to make it to Red Rock in the storm and so they seek refuge in Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach lodge. They are greeted by Bob (Demián Bichir), a Mexican who says he is the stand in for Aussie owner Minnie Minx (Dana Gourrier), who is visiting her mother and left him in charge. The other lodgers are the talkative hangman Oswaldo Mobray (TimRoth), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), a quiet cowboy traveling to visit his mother; and elderly Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern), a former Confederate general traveling to put his missing son to rest. Ruth decides its best they all disarm and put their guns in a bucket if they are to sleep the night through here, a room full of men and women not best trusted around their valuable human cargo. It proves the case as the killing begins and we discover who is who and why they are really here…



      ===Results===

      A Rogues gallery with no one to root for is the tag line here and spot on, the Hatful 8 indeed. As usual Tarantino is detailed on all aspects of the movie and nothing left to chance. As I said he loves to offend wit the ‘N’ word and some women beating and claims its authentic behavior of the time. There are also some pretentious scenes of horse and carriage racing across the plains in slow motion so he can linger on those 65mm panorama shots. Why take 5 minutes for a scene when you can take 20 is Tarantino’s mantra. Because of this the film gets flabby and so we end up with three hours of it and three more on the cutting room floor. QT is definitely chasing Oscars here. It got just one and nothing to do with him.

      Critics have said the fact that the film is set at an undetermined point shortly after the end of the American Civil War is obviously no accident. As the guy from The NY Times said: ‘Minnie’s Haberdashery becomes America writ small, fraught with all the hideous, baked-in racial tension that lingers in the United States to this day. (At one point, the room is even divided into rival North and South areas.)”. When I read that line I looked back on the film and thought, yep, spot on, I didn’t grasp that. In fact its one of those films you only know how good it is after you have actually thought about what you have been watching. Often something really good is judged as OK as you take if for granted because of the talent making it.

      As I say its way too long at 3 hours and a more realistic two hour runtime would have earned its fourth sheriffs star for me. At $44m its one of Tarantino’s more expensive projects and actor’s salaries always kept low as they are desperate to work for him. It did $158m back and so one of his better earners.

      You will enjoy it if you watch it but you just need it to move a little faster and not one you would watch again, as you would Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Its classic Tarantino non linear stuff with a decent twist built in and appropriately hammy performances by the cast. As entertainment goes it’s a decent film ad looks incredible as we unpick the mystery as the macho men face off in the cabin as the storm howls.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.8 /10.0 (325,536votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 75% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 68% critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252/videoplayer/vi3885543961?ref_=tt_ov_vi



      ===Special Features===

      This is a rare case where you really need to rent or buy this one in Blue Ray as that detail is the real kick of the movie. It looks fabulous as the sweeping panoramas and rich Rocky Mountain vistas splatter across your TV screen.


      -Sam Jenkins guide to 70mm-

      The cinematographer talks about using the old cameras and lens and how they got it all to work.
      If the cameras failed at altitude there would be problems.


      ===Critics===

      Sunday Times –‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema’.

      Sight & Sound –‘Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless’.

      New Statesmen –‘"Hateful" isn't the word I would use. Wasteful sounds right - of our time and Tarantino's talents’.

      London Evening Standard –‘It's mannered, grandiose and self-indulgent, but in its own way absolutely expert. Aesthetic, even, if you like that’.

      Empire –‘As the pieces slot quickly into place, the investment you made in these people and their predicaments begins to pay off, big time’.

      Financial Times –‘Tarantino has returned to his first film's template - colorful characters, a single room, blood and betrayal - but this time in a framework that is deliberately designed for repeat viewing’.

      The Mail-‘These characters are, as we are told from the outset, all hateful... and they aren't interesting or dynamic enough to overcome that fact’.

      The NY Post –‘The movie isn't one of Tarantino's fantasties correcting historical atrocities, it's about American history *as* an atrocity. The declaration of an angry political consciousness from an artist I never imagined having one’.





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      Don't take this insurance

      ​I claimed from a policy which I had held for 3 years. When I took the device in to the store the assistant told me that I would get a letter telling me that the device was not covered, but I needed to write and challenge it.
      The letter I received said I had been neglectful and misused the machine. I wrote pointing out that three years of paying a policy shows I was not neglecting it and that I had dropped a portable device which was not misuse. They paid out.
      When I went into the store to get my replacement the staff said that 'know how' hope that most people won't bother writing. What a rip off.

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      Excellent quality computer and great service!

      First time buying from pc specialist, was initially reluctant ordering from an online website I hadnt heard of before but with excellent reviews and parts and pcs far cheaper than anywhere else i decided to order from them.
      Was impressed with the service; received information on what part of the build was happening on each day and the build was quick with the delivery being next day after the pc was built for no additional charge. Inside had warranties for the different components and a booklet of how to set up the pc.

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      Don´t uses this company if you have heart problems.

      They build all the wardrobe inside, they don´t move your furniture, they don´t clean after. If they don´t have space to build the wardrobe they will told you after you pay 90% without return and after they deliver the materials.

      The fitters are external workers and they have very poor communication with the factory.

      It took them two months to finish the wardrobe (when they told me it will take 2 days). The people in the phone where rude and put silly excuses instead of taking responsibility.

      At the end, after they have to come to my house 20 times, because the materials where completely wrong the compensation was just minimal and ridiculous.

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      A very good item to purchase

      For someone who uses aromas, this box is perfect.
      With the nice wooden look, it would make a great piece in your home decor too.
      I like how this box is nice looking and it is so good storage for your aromas.
      In order to make a good collection, needs a convincing storage.

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      Got its head in the clouds!

      Star – Tom Hanks….
      Genre – Sci –Fiction>Fantasy
      Run Time – 170 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA/Germany
      Golden Globe – 1 Nomination
      Awards – 16 Wins & 72 Nominations
      Amazon – £3.00 DVD £9.43 Blue Ray
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      I think it’s fair to say that the David Mitchell book the Cloud Atlas is one of the most ambitious to be made into a movie yet and certainly one of the financially riskiest. With a $120 million plus budget it was one of the most expensive independently funded films ever as the studios shied away from it, the German government, of all people, having $20 million invested in it and the films directing team of the Wachowski Brothers (or brother/sister or whatever the hell they are these days) throwing in seven million dollars of their own money at the last to get it over the line. Due to lack of finance the film was nearly abandoned several times until good old Tom Hanks said I’m committed to this film and I’m getting on the plane and so everyone else signed up soon after. They got their money back but no more, its $128 m budget squeezing back $130 million but earned the unwanted title of "Worst Movie of 2012" in Time Magazine's Top 10 list.

      It’s the first non video game tie-in movie for the Wachowski’s since the excellent ‘Bound’ (1996). Apart from funding issues its other controversy was not using Asian and black actors to play smaller Asian and black parts. Its extremely ambitious narrative and plot involves the same characters existing in six different time’s lines but unaware of that state off affairs as most of the big name actors that play six different parts, set in the Pacific Islands (1849), Edinburgh (1936), San Francisco(1936), London (2012), Neo Seoul (2144) and Big Isle, Hawaii (2321). Tom Tykwer joined the Wachowskis for a rare three directing credit and he also scored the movie. With six different location shoots the siblings needed the help.

      ===Cast===

      Tom Hanks ... Dr. Henry Goose / Hotel Manager / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor / Zachry.

      Halle Berry ... Native Woman / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Indian Party Guest / Ovid / Meronym

      Jim Broadbent ... Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2

      Hugo Weaving ... Haskell Moore / Tadeusz Kesselring / Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / Boardman Mephi / Old Georgie

      Jim Sturgess ... Adam Ewing / Poor Hotel Guest / Megan's Dad / Highlander / Hae-Joo Chang / Adam (Zachry's Brother-in-Law)

      Doona Bae ... Tilda / Megan's Mom / Mexican Woman / Sonmi-451 / Sonmi-351 / Sonmi Prostitute

      Susan Sarandon ... Madame Horrox / Older Ursula / Yusouf Suleiman / Abbess

      Hugh Grant ... Rev. Giles Horrox / Hotel Heavy / Lloyd Hooks / Denholme Cavendish / Seer Rhee / Kona Chief

      Ben Whishaw ... Cabin Boy / Robert Frobisher / Store Clerk / Georgette / Tribesman

      David Gyasi ... Autua / Lester Rey / Duophysite

      Xun Zhou ... Talbot (Hotel Manager) / Yoona-939 / Rose
      ===Plot===


      ===Pacific Islands:1849===

      Adam Ewing (JimSturgess), a righteous American lawyer, has come to the Chatham Islands to tidy up a business arrangement with Reverend Horrox (Hugh Grant). In Horrox's plantation, he witnesses the savage whipping of a Moriori slave, Autua (David Gyasi), who later stows away on the ship. Autua reveals himself to Ewing and begs him to advocate for him to join the crew as a free man, risking death for them both. The ships doctor Henry Goose (Tom Hnks) just wants the lawyer gone for financial gain and slowly poisons Ewing, claiming it is the cure for a parasitic worm. It’s down to Autua to save Ewing as the story of emancipation begins.

      ===Cambridge/Edinburgh, 1936===

      Young English composer Robert Frobisher (Ben Wishaw) finds work helping aging and rambunctious composer Vyvyan Ayrs (Jim Broadbent), allowing Frobisher to help compose his own masterpiece, "The Cloud Atlas Sextet". Frobisher secretly begins reading Ewing's journal for inspiration, which he has found with the latter portion missing. Ayrs demands some credit for "The Cloud Atlas Sextet" and threatens to expose Frobisher's sexual peccadilloes if he refuses. Tragedy strikes.


      ===San Francisco, 1973===

      Journalist Luisa Rey (Halle Berry) meets an older Rufus Sixsmith (Tom Hanks), now a nuclear physicist in his timeline. Sixsmith reveals secret information to Rey to a conspiracy regarding the safety of a new nuclear planet run by Lloyd Hooks (Hugh Grant). Rey finds Frobisher's letters to Sixsmith and tracks down a vinyl recording of Frobisher's "Cloud Atlas Sextet". Bill Smoke, Hooks hitman, targets both of them.

      ===London, 2012===

      65-year-old publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) reaps a windfall when Dermot Hoggins (Tom Hanks), the gangster author of ‘Knuckle Sandwich’, murders a critic at a party who gave the novel a harsh review by throwing him off the balcony, generating huge sales for his book while in jail. Hoggins's brothers threaten Cavendish's for Hoggins's share of the book profits. Cavendish decides to ask his wealthy brother Denholme (Hugh Grant) for help, who is also fed up of him and gets him interned in an old folks home for safety. On the way there, Cavendish reads a manuscript of a novel based on Luisa Rey's story, and recalls his relationship with a woman named Ursula (Susan Sarandon). He visits the house where she lived with her parents and discovers that she still lives there.

      ===Neo Seoul, 2144===

      Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae) is a "fabricant", a human cloned for slave labor, living as a waitress at a fast food restaurant in a dystopian South Korea. Rebellion is on the mind of another fabricant and friend but, after witnessing her friend Yoona (Xun Zhou) being ‘decommissioned’ for rebelling, Sonmi is rescued from captivity by handsome rebel Commander Hae-Joo Chang (Papa Song Punk). He exposes Sonmi to the larger world, daylight she has never seen. He also introduces her to the leader of the rebel movement and its teachings, and shows her that clones are not freed at the end of their contract but killed and recycled into food for other clones. She is empowered by this and begins to become a rebel leader herself.

      ===Big Isle, Hawaii,2321===


      Zachry Bailey (Hanks) lives in a primitive post-apocalyptic society called the ‘Valley’, situated on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Valley tribesmen worship Sonmi-451; their sacred text taken from the broadcast of her manifesto from Neo Soul all those centuries ago. Zachry is haunted by visions of a demonic Gollum like figure called Old Georgie (Huge Waving), who urges him to give in to his fears. When Zachry’s village is ransacked by the fearsome Kona tribe and his friends and family killed he is forced into hiding. His village is then visited by Meronym (Halle Berry), a member of the Prescients, an advanced society using the last remnants of high technology on Earth. Her mission is to find a remote and abandoned communication station on Mauna Sol and send a message to Earth's off-world colonies for help. Catkin, Zachry's young niece, falls sick, and in exchange for saving her, Zachry agrees to guide Meronym through dangerous woods and tertiary to the station, where Meronym reveals the true story of Sonmi-451.

      (With help from Wikipedia with the plot description as it’s hard to recall most of this bloody film and make sense of the plot, which I still don’t)

      ===Results===

      This film plot reminds me of the Hadron Collider experiments where they smash atoms and particles together to see what happens and what wonderment is created, most of the time nothing, the case here. There are no words to describe just how dull this twaddle is. OK, there a couple of words there. I’m sure it made a great read but it should have stayed one. There is simply no film to be made here. The idea that the characters existing in the six different timelines can develop an ideology over three millennia seems fair enough but that profound idea just does not comes across in the film. It just feels like six separate stories if the truth be told. That critical spiritual connection just doesn’t appear in a tangible form to make you interested. The fact that Jeremy Paxman (in a BBC News sequence) gets a credit sums up its absurdness. I can understand why they were nervous making this film.

      It has a mega cast but they feel as confused as we do at times in their performance on screen as they play the different parts out. They are all pretentious and positive in the special features of what an honor it was to work on such an interesting and innovative project but if the pay wasn’t right there is no way they would have done this movie as it could have wrecked their careers. Fair play to Hanks for making it happen but he wont be putting this one in his top ten. He just wasn’t right for him or me. Ignore those mega ratings on Imdb and rottentomatoes. You will be bored rigid with this, just short of three hours of nonsense. The Matrix trilogy was brilliant from the Wachowksi’s and fairplay for them having a go at this but it just felt like they knew they had to finish it after everyone committed to it, even though they knew early on it wouldn’t work out, not wanting to jump ship in shame and lose their 7 million. All concerned did the best they could to make sure it at least broke even.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.5/10.0 (295,324votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 66% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 55% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371111/videoplayer/vi183477273?ref_=tt_ov_vi

      ===Special Features===


      ===Critics===

      The Sun –‘This is the Bermuda Triangle of sci-fi - where logic and clarity vanish without a trace’.

      Film Comment –‘Like a fitted coat worn by someone it wasn't tailored for, parts of Cloud Atlas bulge out, overstretched, begging for more material, while other sections hang laughably loose’.

      The New Republic –‘Whatever your age, even if life is an ocean made up of many drops, you may resolve that life is too short for this errant nonsense’.

      London Evening Standard –‘Fantasy-fiction audiences might enjoy seeing Cloud Atlas repeatedly, I suspect, picking up more clues each time’.

      Financial Times –‘Three hours to solve the problems of providence, history, human existence and the conundrums of space/time is pretty good going’.

      Daily Mail –‘We normally can't see dead people, but that doesn't mean they're not like threads disappearing below a tapestry's surface and resurfacing elsewhere. A clarification of sorts’.

      Bangkok Post –‘ Despite its shortcomings, it's worth seeing and worth trying to get your head around days after you have. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Good news: Not quite either’.

      Guardian –‘.Unfortunately, these bold ambitions come to naught. They confuse the cosmos with the costume department and wind up lost in a world of wigs and bonnets’.





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      Advantages

      • "Great Mod community"
      • "Contains one of the best dlc of all time (Shivering Isles.)"
      • "Great Side quests (especially the Dark Brotherhood questline)"
      • "Huge RPG"

      Disadvantages

      • "Lack of voice actors"
      • "Buggy at times"
      • "Bland World compared to Morrowind"

      A bit rough around the edges but great nonetheless.

      Bethesda's 4th entry in the Elder Scrolls series is set in the idyllic epicenter of Tamriel during the declining days of the 4th age. The emperor has been assassinated and oblivion gates have appeared all over Tamriel plunging the world into terror and under the wrath of Mehrunes Dagon. You begin as a blank slate arriving out of a prison with no background info of your past. This is part of the beauty of the game as soon as you leave you are free to become the character you want. Rush to help during the main questline and become the saviour of the world. Or maybe, ignore the main questline (the oblivion gates and that don't activate until a certain early point in the main story) and seek glory in the arena, become a bloodthirsty assassin or even get the wabbajack and destroy your enemies (or at least turn them into stupid things.)

      The world is huge and this is a boon but also a hindrance in its way. Whilst I understand the climate is very different in VVardenfall leading to some unique landscapes. I still cant help but feel a little disappointment over exploring very similar countless country meadows and forests with very similar ruins and dungeons. Whilst it is fun to explore some more variance would be appreciated. However, the Imperial City is well crafted and is obviously the crowning gem of this region.

      Like all recent(ish) elder scrolls games the mod community massively improves the experience and adds hours more gameplay.

      However, in my opinion, this all pales in comparison to the best thing about this game. SHIVERING ISLES! Its basically Oblivion on acid. Its a whirlwind of crazy enjoyment with the absolute nutter that is Sheogorath.

      All in all, despite its quirks its definitely worth a go.

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