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75 T5 Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) - Dec 15, 2017
"Very simple, cliched and generic....and a hoot. Put brain into neutral and enjoy. The horror is pretty mild really and that is not a complaint, just a comment. Rated 75 where "75" is "excellent for a casual watch", add 10 if a fan of h........g vampires."
70 T5 Qissa (2013) - Dec 15, 2017
"Very difficult to rate for me, extremely well played cast & storyline, a delusional father desperately insists that last of his 4 girls is actually a boy and raises child so, he so dominates wife that she goes along, noone else has a clue (incl other 3 girls)bar a (small part) wresting coach. All the time (for me) there's a fine sense of "this will end badly". Culturally I "get it" to here. But final act goes surreal & (for me) spoilt it -maybe a person steeped in the culture would "get it"."
80 T6 A Heartful of Love (2005) - Nov 30, 2017
"Time slip movie done right. Cliched, yes, but it's in a style that the Japanese can do so well when the overwrought scenes are avoided- the gentle ordinary life examined. Recommended. Side note - must be action fans will probably not like this one. "80" where 80 means above average though it does require that the viewer is sympathetic to the pacing and plotline."
70 T5 If You Could Only Cook (1935) - Nov 04, 2017
"About as substantial as fairy floss and about as sweet............but if you're in the mood for some 30's era silly romance this isn't bad at all and thoroughly watchable. Good performances all round and some giggles. Rated 70 where 70 means- not a classic but a good one in the 30's rom-com style. Will certainly bring a smile to your face if you're looking for an older style of movie. This one may be pleasant surprise, it was for me."
65 T4 The Battle of the Sexes (1959) - Nov 04, 2017
"Enjoyable but dated comedy, very much in the UK mode of the time. Needs a bit of patience as some of the roles and situations are cliched. Modern audiences may find it a bit bland. Rated 65 where 65 = OK with reservations, viewer will need to have some sympathy for the time it was made"
65 T4 Love Crazy (1941) - Oct 31, 2017
"Unfortunately not up to the usual high standards of a Powell Loy farce. There are some funny bits but long dry spells in between these oases, for me best described as tired."
80 T6 A Distant Cry from Spring (1980) - Oct 02, 2017
"The synopsis is pretty spot on. Set on Hokkaido where the winters are mongrels but filmed almost exclusively in Spring to Autumn. Very accurate depiction IMHO of the grueling life on a small plot farm. Bits of coming of age, father figure, romance, tight-knit community, hidden secrets and with a little farce thrown in as well. Avoids the sometimes seen in Japanese movies pitfall of getting maudlin. Not a classic but very well done."
80 T6 Chushingura gaiden yotsuya kaidan (1994) - Sep 17, 2017
"Must watch for period Japanese lovers and a good movie for others. Excellently done with high production values. In NO way a XXX film however brief but spectacular bathing scene should appeal to all the lovers of the female form, phew!"
85 T8 Beach Boys (1997) - Aug 23, 2017
"Note no connection to USA band. Series that I really didn't want to like for it's seemingly cliched plotline but grew on me enormously. Just had to add it here. Though it has banal dips, when on song, which it is mostly, character interactions, locale and atmosphere = just about perfect. Cast is uniformly good esp 2 male leads & the Makoto character and, big +, look to be having fun doing this. You want to know these people, be there & be one of them. Special, bit clunky, but is a new tale."
80 T6 The Castle of Sand (1974) - Aug 10, 2017
"Most unusual this - determined policeman moves doggedly from one slim link to another traveling all over Japan (outside shots great) to uncover the who but most especially the why of the murder of a loved & very humane former provincial policeman. Dovetails with very grim childhood (superbly visioned) of another character during 1944/5 (no "war" footage),again lots outdoor scenary incl 1 stunning sun through clouds panorama long shot. Excellent even with the IMHO "too much playing music" segment"