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Souls under glass

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 17 May 2007 10:34 (A review of The Devil's Rain)

Maybe slightly overlooked by horror fans, Ernest Borgnine gives a spine chilling performance which would have given his McHale's Navy fans a huge jolt to the system. One of his best. This is also the first major film for John Travolta and the arch satanist himself Anton LaVey makes an appearance as a high preist (basically himself). A nasty, silly, but nasty film that should have any christian running a mile to avoid.


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Anthony Quayle excels

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 17 May 2007 10:25 (A review of The Evil Touch)

An aussie production from the early 70s in the vain of Twilight Zone, Tales of the Unexpected, Alfred Hitchcock presents etc hosted in a deliciously wicked way by a smoke enveloped Anthony Quayle. Provides numerous frightening and outrageous moments with many big names making cameos. Well worth a watch, needs a DVD release asap.


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The legacy of Police Squad

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 17 May 2007 09:54 (A review of Night Patrol)

The early to mid 80s saw a plethora of wacky and ridiculous police themed movies. From the ill fated tv series "Police Squad" that became the basis for the Naked Gun movies to the ever popular Police Academy movies to one offs like "Moving Violations" and "Armed and Dangerous" to name a few. This was another one. Largely a vehicle for the unknown comic character, a comedian who tells bad jokes with a bag on his head as featured in the gong show, it also seriously milks the fart jokes with Billy Barty's police chief role. Some very funny moments, not brilliant but ok.


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We're not in Kawasaki anymore toto

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 17 May 2007 08:42 (A review of Matthew's Best Hit TV)

Ahh. Takashi Fujii's character the thrill a minute loudly dressed gay fellow with a sometimes slightly sadistic streak Matthew Minami. Surreal, utterly incongruent mad but ultimately good natured fun. I'm sorry I can't give a better description, but if you see the film "Lost in Translation" with Bill Murray,
Matthew makes an appearance and you kind of get the gist.


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A mouthwatering battle royal

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 17 May 2007 08:13 (A review of Iron Chef)

This is the original "Iron Chef" series from Japan. A pseudo game show pitching the three iron chefs who are among the most respected in Japan in their chosen cuisine specialties - Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French etc against top challenging chef from around Japan and the world in a contest to see who can create the best original dishes in one hour around a theme ingredient say potatoes, tofu, fugu fish or whatever. These dishes are then judged by a panel of culinary experts and guest celebrities.
Doesn't sound like the most riveting hour of tv? Well it jolly well is, and some of the dishes will just have your tastebuds wetting themselves in awe.


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Music was great but...

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 17 May 2007 07:46 (A review of Blues Brothers 2000)

What can you say about a movie that promises so much and delivers so little. I don't mean over hype in this case, but the sequal that comes 20 years after the original all time cult smash, that albeit could not have brilliant John Belushi did have the equally
brilliant John Goodman partnering Dan akroyd. What we sadly got was an ill-planned ill-conceived, badly directed and written mess of a movie which insulted many of the talented performers roped into it. The music however was as you would expect awesome and the flick's only real saving grace. If you really are still intrigued, by the soundtrack and miss this.


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Diversity of ethnic humour...

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 May 2007 12:20 (A review of Mind Your Language)

This show was set around a group of immigrants to Great Britain in an English as a second language class. It is a pretty funny show for it's time, although perhaps there a people today who would think it is full of too many ethnic stereotypes. Well it does a lot of playing on that for sure, but it allowed a large cross-section of the community (including native British) to laugh at themselves. Many of the faces will be familiar to fans of British comedy from other shows such as Barry Evans from the Doctor series as the teacher and Dino Shafeek from It Ain't Half Hot Mum. The interaction between his Indian character and the Pakistani student provide some of the funniest and somewhat topical moments. Also there are some great moments with Joan Sanderson as the college principal. You may remember her as the annoying Mrs Richards in an episode of Fawtly Towers.
I am sure this should be added to my DVD to get list.


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I Should

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 May 2007 11:35 (A review of Medium)

This is a good show about a lady who talks to dead people to help the police solve murders and stuff. It is based on a real person, who visited my country a while ago and is quite nice too. I want to be a bit like her when I grow up.
Talking to dead people is ok, just like talking to alive people only they don't have bodies anymore. It is good that we have tv shows that show us this now instead of just trying to make us afraid.


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Nice cover, have you seen the other end

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 May 2007 08:00 (A review of Light Years)

A passable follow up to "Impossible Princess" with several memorable hit songs. The new sexy/sleezy image it heralded put her to the fore as the chief protaginist of bum pop.


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The messiest thing and I don

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 12 May 2007 07:47 (A review of You Can't Do That on Television)

A bunch of Canadian children get water and green slime dumped on them as they discuss and make jokes about various weekly themes. A very silly and entertaining program, quite adventurous for it's time. Alanis Morrisette was in a couple of episodes when she was little. The producer guy Les Lye was the main adult actor and played the infamous Bath who ran a very bad burger shop. The theme tune was a ragtime version of William Tell overture. When you see this and Degrassi you realise Canadians took children's tv seriously.


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