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It's Morse, it's excellent.
The Sins of the Fathers is a fine episode, it's a smart mystery, with some terrific characters, and an ending that offers a real surprise. It's a mystery that gets the grey matter working, you can put the pieces together.
It is a fair observation that the direction of this one is a bit off, particularly when you compare it to other episodes, the flashbacks and dream sequences, but it's such a minor fault that it didn't spoil my enjoyment at all.
Many scenes I enjoyed very much, Morse's first encounter with the family being the best of them.
Isabel Dean is the real standout, she is wonderful in her final acting role, a character that is stoic, superior and bound up in self importance, Lionel Jeffries is equally as good as her hard of hearing, but fully aware husband.
Thoroughly enjoyable, 8/10.
Ignore the bad reviews.
I'm having a hard time trying to understand why this film came in for such criticism, Tau held my attention, it was bold, ambitious, creative, and for the most part it delivers.
It boasts some really great special effects, it also has some wonderful accompanying music, plus the great voice of Gary Oldman.
It's very well acted, Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein both did a great job.
Considering it's a film about AI it successfully explores human nature, the light and dark sides. There is some real depth to this film, I enjoyed it, 8/10.
Foyle's War: A War of Nerves (2004)
How aptly named.
Foyle's War managed to tell many different stories, exploring avenues and concepts many of us wouldn't contemplate, A War of Nerves is no exception, this episode deals with some of the real heroes, those that dealt with unexploded devices, the most dangerous job on the home front? It also looks into some of the unscrupulous profiteers.
There was some real tension in scenes where the bomb disposal team were doing their job, that first scene in particular was terrific. I also loved the explosive ending.
Wonderful acting as always, Kitchen at his best, credit also to Samuel Oatley who played Jack Archer, he was excellent.
It's hard to find any fault here, 9/10.
Hard to hate, impossible to love.
Polaroid isn't what you'd call a bad film, it's pretty watchable, the main issue with it, is that it lacked any degree of originality.
Watching it I was convinced I'd seen it before, but I think the plot has been done elsewhere, the scares offered up nothing new. Solid production values, decent acting, it's hard to slate it because by modern standards it's decent.
A few decent scenes, the final showdown perhaps the best of them.
I wouldn't watch it again, but compared with some so called horrors it wasn't all bad, 5/10.
Girl on the Third Floor (2019)
It was....... different.
I don't know why but I found the film reminded me of the Toolbox Murders, maybe it was because of the level of brutality it had, or was it the acting? Not sure.
It's a very casual first three quarters of an hour, any excuse for them to zoom in on CM Punk's body or tattoos, after that initial meander it does open up quickly, becoming quite nasty, and a little surreal, some scenes are genuinely nasty.
I can see what they attempted, giving a modern twist to a genre that has literally been done to death, they were on the right track, but it somehow missed the mark, maybe the acting needed to be better and the script a little tighter.
Some parts worked, unfortunately some didn't, 5/10.
I loved it.
There are some good episodes around this era, but it lacked occasional greatness, this one is very, very close to being a great. The tone is somewhat similar to a favourite episode of mine, Things that go bump in the Night, it has that vibe.
It's a wonderful balance of funny, serious and unexpected, you never quite know what's going to happen next, but the story is very cohesive, there aren't any gaping plot holes.
Nettles and Hughes are at their very best together, a true winning combination, Anton Lesser and Jeroen Krabbe are wonderful guest stars.
I may be a little biased, as I love ghost stories, horrors etc, but Talking to the Dead is a very unique and entertaining episode, it's a favourite, 9/10.
What a surprise.
I had checked this out several times, but never really fancied it, what a total surprise this turned out to be, the story is of course far fetched, but it somehow doesn't go too far over the top.at any point.
It's pretty much a tale of revenge, we get to see plenty of nasty little thugs put where they should be, and there's also a very human side to it too.
Some really great shots of the big City, it looks fantastic throughout.
Very well acted, although it's Rory Kinnear that I most enjoyed watching, he's always a good guy, here he plays a thug, and he's terrific, Maisie Williams also impresses as does Bill Milner throughout.
It's a great watch, 8/10
Easy to watch.
Eighty minutes of amusing comedy drama, don't expect major laughs and don't hope for any great depth, what you have here is just an easy to watch nice movie. It has an almost old fashioned vibe about it, which I liked.
Jeff Garlin is very good in the role, he's amusing and likeable. I wonder if they were eyeing up a series from this?
How gorgeous is that dog! 6/10.
You get what you expect to.
Based on a game, starring The Rock, it does what it sets out to do, it entertains, and provides you with enough action to keep you drawn in.
Johnson does what he needs to do, and fair play to him he's pretty good, the standout is Urban, who smoulders his way through the film, those two are good, the rest unfortunate are poor, I didn't rate anyone else here.
At times you're confused if you're watching a movie or game action.
You know what to expect, expect little, and you may enjoy it. 6/10.
Deep and meaningful.
I understand some of the frustrations with this movie, largely because of the trailer, and the fact that it was advertised to me as a horror thriller, far from it, it's a meaningful story about the end of life as we know it, one woman's challenge, and her handling of change when a man appears.
Very visual, it has some poignant scenes, I particularly liked the decayed and rotten streets and buildings, they looked incredible.
There are multiple messages here, I appreciate that in amongst the many negative ones, there is one that shines through the whole way through, human spirit.
Tragic beauty, 7/10.
Vera: Prodigal Son (2013)
An excellent mystery.
Prodigal Son is one of the best episodes of Vera, particularly from the earlier years. One of the most poignant and memorable opening sequences to date, the crime itself is almost surreal and inexplicable, why on Earth would anyone want to kill him, and how on Earth could it have been done in such a short space of time, without anyone witnessing anything.
This one is like an onion, you get to see Vera strip away each layer, as she learns exactly what happened. It's a multi layered story, but it isn't complex or hard to follow, it's a very straightforward mystery.
One minor criticism, the lack of time for some of the secondary characters, Kenny in particular.
A very experienced and well known cast here, notable performances from Liam Cunningham and Jill Halfpenny.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
It's fun in small doses, but generally disappointing.
If like me, you were lured in by the trailer, which to be fair for those of us that like shark movies, even though they're nearly all terrible, you can be forgiven for thinking this one would be different....
.....It wasn't unfortunately.
On the plus side, as is so often the case it is a nice idea, I love the idea of those cave sharks, blind, relying on sound, great, only they looked a little like Jaws III at times, and were a little on the dim side. The characters were such, that you didn't care if they got eaten or not, and apart from the quite brilliant scene used in the trailer (you can see why) it didn't really deliver many scares.
I won't say it was atrocious, because it wasn't, it is more what I'd class as a fun movie.
How long before a dive into the waters of The Arctic, and divers get terrified by Greenland sharks? One day.
One Good Turn (1955)
Sweet and funny.
Norman agrees to buy a pricey toy car for a young lad at an Orphanage, and sets about earning the required amount.
It is a truly lovely, sweet film, it has some very funny moments, the scene inside the first class carriage, and the orchestra conduction are works of pure brilliance.
Lots of familiar faces, a young William Russell, a good few years before his break on Doctor Who, Thora Hird is lovely as Cook.
Wisdom as always is just wonderful, a great actor, boundless charisma. 8/10.
It's a joy.
Lost Girls (2020)
A tough watch, but worth seeing.
A harrowing and well known story, The Long Island Serial killer as of 2020 is still an unsolved crime, this film tells the true life story of Mari Gilbert, and her battle to get justice for her daughter, a victim of the unknown killer.
They could have fond over the top with it, and attempted to sensationalise what it still a harrowing and very real crime for many, but they never seen to go too far.
Amy Ryan and Gabriel Byrne are the well known performers, and I would say the best performers here.
A good watch, 8/10.
Jusqu'au déclin (2020)
This was an interesting watch, very much a story of survival and human spirit, the instinct to stay alive. It was very easy to watch, I wasn't bored at any stage, I even managed to not be put off with it being dubbed, the story appealed to me very much. I thought it was well acted, I thought it looked very nice, it also had a relevance in this day and age,. particularly with the effects of the Coronavirus. Some violence, so perhaps not suitable for the whole family, an interesting watch though. 6/10.
Paradise Hills (2019)
When you wake up in Paradise, but all is not as it seems, do you go along with the artificial status quo, or fight back?
If I were a very young teen, I may just about enjoy bits of it, but alas not, on a positive note it looks sublime, terrific sets, costumes, it is a visual feast, they could have had something here, alas not.
Sadly the message didn't land, the film got too caught up in its own cleverness, the acting talent was wasted, even experienced performers seemed to have difficulty breathing any life into some of the characters.
I was reminded a tiny bit of A cure for Wellness, but this wasn't a patch on that, it needed some subtlety, and at least a bit of balance.
Was there a single positive Male character here? No, how much better to have had Milla Jovovich's character as a man, then you'd have had all men bad, all women good.
This was awful 3/10.
The Bulldog Breed (1960)
A joy to watch.
There isn't a single one of Norman's films that I don't enjoy, and although The Bulldog Breed isn't a favourite, it's still a thoroughly enjoyable watch. The story sees Puckle, a Grocer spurned in love, and encouraged to join The Navy, along the way he's picked out for a special task.
There are some genuinely hilarious lines, and as always a mass of physical humour, Wisdom wonderful as you'd expect. Some decent special effects considering the time it was made in, the mountain climbing scene looked great, and was perhaps the funniest segment.
A great mix of funny and sad, look out for a dashing young Oliver Reed, who alongside Michael Caine plays a thug. Plenty of familiar faces.
Terrific family fun, 8/10.
The reason I have asked you all here.....
Jemima continues in her endeavours to catch Chloe's killer, she uses powers of deduction, where The Police fail.
It's a solid episode, as was the first, the main issue here is the pacing, ninety minutes for this story to be told feels way too long, it's padded out in parts. Hodge is in a different league, she is enigmatic and very beautiful, a real cut above. The summing up scene is perhaps the best part, it does cause a few chuckles. We see some wonderful parts of London before many modern day developments.
On the downside some of the acting isn't up to the standard of the excellent Hodge, Lynette Davies is a little over the top as Isabelle, it's a French accent that would have fitted in beautifully at Cafe Rene. The accompanying music is poor, and so out of place.
Not bad, 6/10.
Inspector Morse: Dead on Time (1992)
Morse is one of the best shows ever made, when it's good it's good, when it's on top form very little comes close, this is one of the best.
Dead on time is a fabulous murder mystery, but it is so much more, we get such an insight into the personal life of Morse, we meet the woman that he almost married, plus we see how much Lewis cares for his grumpy colleague.
Such a smart plot, it will have you puzzled right the way through, you'll be intrigued, but you'll also be engrossed by Morse's behaviour as he is re acquainted with his former love.
It's a wonderful episode for Lewis, possibly his best, he shows how clever he really is.
An amazing cast, some truly brilliant talent pops up here, Joanna David is tremendous, she's fantastic throughout, mentions also for Samantha Bond and David Haig.
One of the best of the best, 10/10.
Mercy Black (2019)
Who's Mercy Black?
The plot has all been done before, there isn't really anything original here, but as a film it's pretty good. It's very nicely made, the production values are hard to fault, it's well filmed and edited. The acting is excellent, every single performer does their job, delivering quality acting.
The Mercy Black figure is creepy as Hell, and very well realised, the main encounter was the best scene. Some very good imagery, particularly at the end.
If you want some good scares, but are willing to accept that you'll have seen it all before you might just enjoy it.
The Stalker Club (2017)
This wasn't too bad, quite liked it.
I expected this to be poor, I have watched several slasher films recently, all terrible, this one came as a bit of a surprise, it was well acted, and followed the usual Scream style plot.
The issue with it, is that none of the characters are in the least bit likeable, you can't relate to any of them, nor do you particularly care what happens to any of them, which is unfortunate, because the concept and story is decent.
I was surprised by the twist at the end, it was well delivered.
Scream on a budget, 6/10.
The irony of the title....
With the decent music and fact that it was distributed by Universal you could be forgiven for thinking this was half way decent, however there is no mistake, this is awful.
It's a dreadful film, there is nothing unique, every sequence has been seen before, it all felt as if it had been stitched together from other movies.
The acting is shocking, absolutely dreadful, every single character was horrid, nobody was in the least bit likeable.
Possibly the least thrilling thing I've sat through. 2/10.
El hoyo (2019)
Humanity at its worst.
It's a very clever and interesting premise, it came up as a horror recommendation, I would class it more in the suspenseful thriller bracket. It showcases mankind at its very worst, it basically sets out a message that you're alright at the top, and as you come down the social order, things just get worse and worse, with those above you doing slightly better.
Socially and ideologically this is a major triumph, it really does get you thinking, particularly in these days where has had such a terrible impact worldwide.
I thought the acting was superb, normally I dislike dubbed films, but in this instance I didn't even notice it, I enjoyed it that much.
Genuinely terrific acting. I would have liked to have seen a bit of those running the regime, but I guess they wanted ambiguity.
Oodles of suspense.
One night Lucy argues with her husband, in anger she runs off to the cinema. Leaving the film early she witnesses two men rob the cinema, one of them, Wade kills the Cinema manager, Lucy runs off in fear, and faces a night of sheer terror.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, I had expected a bit of a pot boiler, but far from it, it's a very good plot, with some excellent characters, and some real tense moments.
It has touches of melodrama at the beginning and end, but the main core of the film is a suspenseful thriller, with Lucy placed in permanently danger.
The patients are lovely characters, particularly Mrs Hudson, Grandma, she was so amusing. Sinden and Pavlow are just great here.
I'd recommend it, 8/10.
Anita is a woman aged 62, and a divorcee, she's reached a momentous decision, she wants another baby, so heads to Holland for IVF.
I enjoyed this one off comedy very much, it was very funny, and very unusual, I don't remember seeing anything similar to it, nice to see Amanda Redman doing comedy. Surely there is mileage here for this to become a series, I do hope so, there is plenty of scope here, I'd love to see more from them.
Aiden was a hilarious character, her delicate son, I also loved her very privileged sister Barbara, Louise Jameson was very funny.
Very good, 8/10.