Inspector Morse 3.04 Secret of Bay 5B (1989, TV) – 7/10

John Thaw: Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately: Detective Sergeant Lewis
Amanda Hillwood: Doctor Grayling Russell
Mel Martin: Rosemary Henderson
Marion Bailey: Fran Pierce
Andrew Wilde: Edward Manley
Philip McGough: Brian Pierce
Writer (Screenplay): Alma Cullen
Writer (Original Idea): Colin Dexter
Producer: Chris Burt
Director: Jim Goddard

Inspector Morse 3.04 Secret of Bay 5B (1989)

Sergeant Lewis with a murdered body in a car in a parking bay (5B) in a car park interrupts Morse’s pleasant evening of the quick step with Dr. Russell.

7/10

Thoroughly solid episode with a nice development of the unlikely romance between Morse and Dr. Russell and also boasting a delightfully smug conclusion with the car keys.

This Inspector Morse episode contains adult dialogue and subject matter of prostitution and unpleasant and gory scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

World Trade Center (2006) – 3/10

Director: Oliver Stone
Writer Based on the True Life Events of John & Donna McLoughlin and William & Allison Jimeno: Andrea Berloff
Nicolas Cage: John McLoughlin
Michael Peña: Will Jimino
Maggie Gyllenhaal: Allison Jimeno
Maria Bello: Donna McLoughlin
Stephen Dorff: Scott Strauss
Jay Hernandez: Dominick Pezzulo
Michael Shannon: Dave Karnes
Donna Murphy:
Frank Whaley: Chuck Sereika

World Trade Center (2006)

Two New York Port Authority policemen are trapped alive beneath the fallen World Trade Center.

3/10

Intrusive and clumsy feeling disaster epic. Despite being based on testimony and created with the input of those involved, it’s remarkably unconvincing aswell. Amazingly, not even Maria Bello’s eyes are convincing. There’s even a scene where three Americans don’t have a single mobile phone between them. Now make sure you go and watch United 93.

This movie contains sexual swear word and extended peril and mild sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Available on DVD.

10,000 BC (2008) – 4/10 action movie review

Cast / crew
Director, Producer and Writer: Roland Emmerich
Music, Writer and Executive Producer: Harald Kloser
Steven Strait: D’leh
Camilla Belle: Evolet
Cliff Curtis: Tic’Tic
Narrator: Omar Sharif

10,000 BC (2008)

When D’leh’s would-be wife Evolet is taken away from his village to work as a slave, he pouts a bit then chases after her in rescue.

4/10

An instant lack of atmosphere badly hurts this period action adventure and, without that, the tiresome script, always dull drama, largely dull action and dreadfully uncharismatic leads cannot be overlooked. The mammoth hunt is a stand-out sequence but confrontations with big red birds and a speartooth tiger are oddly uneffective. It doesn’t even work as eye candy with every pretty vista undermined by not-quite-perfect blue-screen work (especially early on) and uninspired production design. This is Roland Emmerich’s worst American film and, as writer (with, oddly, composer Harald Kloser), director and producer, he has no-one else to blame. He was clearly going for epic but, instead, just made his 100 minute movie feel really long.

This movie contains graphic spear violence, strong blade violence, strong hammer violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

A Touch of Frost 6.02 One Man’s Meat (1999, TV) – 7/10

David Jason: DI Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Russell
Producer: Don Leaver
Director: Alan Dossor

Touch of Frost, A 6.02 One Man’s Meat (1999)

Frost investigates the suspicious death of a homeless girl. Meanwhile, the wife of an environmental health inspector is claiming her husband is missing.

7/10

Though the plotting feels more convenient than natural, the performances, usually a Frost and ITV weak point, and dialogue are good. Frost is also accompanied by a beautiful German Shepherd police dog as his sidekick this week.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and graphic violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

Available on A Touch of Frost: Series 6 [2003].

S.W.A.T. aka SWAT (2003, Movie) – 6/10

Director: Clark Johnson
Writer (Screenplay): David Ayer
Writer (Screenplay): David McKenna
Writer (Story): Ron Mita
Writer (Story): Jim McClain
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Producer: Dan Halsted
Producer: Chris Lee
Samuel L. Jackson: Sgt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson
Colin Farrell: Jim Street
Michelle Rodriguez: Chris Sanchez
LL Cool J: Deacon “Deke” Kaye
Olivier Martinez: Alex Montel
Clark Johnson: Deke’s Handsome Partner
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Robert Hamner

S.W.A.T. (2003)

Sgt. “Hondo” Harrelson is brought back to set up a new SWAT team with the purpose of bringing some much-needed good publicity to the Los Angeles Police Department. He recruits whom he wants and sets about molding them into the ultimate civilian law enforcement team.

6/10

A well-made action thriller with some strong elements but it never quite breaks out of the above-average stable. Most obvious mistake was relegating the movie’s strongest idea (an offer of $100 million to anyone who breaks him out of police custody by an international bad guy, though seen before in Bond movie Licence to Kill) to the final act of the movie and spending the first two acts predictably following the Top Gun model.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words, an offensive gesture, adult dialogue and extreme melee violence, gun violence, inferred knife violence, unpleasant and mildly gory scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

In Harm’s Way (1965, Movie) – 7/10

Cast / crew
Director: Otto Preminger
John Wayne: Rock
Kirk Douglas: Eddington
Patricia Neal: Maggie
Tom Tryon: Mac
Paula Prentiss: Bev
Brandon de Wilde: Jere
Jill Haworth: Annalee
Dana Andrews: Admiral Broderick
Henry Fonda: CINCPAC II
Writer (Screenplay): Wendell Mayes
Writer (Original Novel): James Bassett
Producer: Otto Preminger

In Harm’s Way (1965)

World War II: escaping the attack on Pearl Harbor, Captain Rockwell Torrey, finds himself spearheading a knee-jerk counter-attack against the Japanese without the resources needed to be victorious or, indeed, survive.

7/10

Rather peculiar and unpredictable World War II movie with a large number of really strong scenes and an oddly melancholic tone. This is thought-provoking stuff if you wish it to be as we see fighting men and women get damaged by more than bullets and bombs. The great John Wayne is, well, as he always is, great and he impressively strides around with the movie on his reassuring shoulders.

This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes and nudity (barbara bouchet), rape scene (kirk douglas and jill haworth).

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Liar Liar (1997, Movie)

Producer: Brian Grazer
Director: Tom Shadyac
Jim Carrey: Fletcher Reede
Maura Tierney: Audrey Reede
Jennifer Tilly: Smanatha Cole
Swoosie Kurtz: Dana Appleton
Amanda Donohoe: Miranda
Jason Bernard: Judge Marshall Stevens
Mitchell Ryan: Mr. Allan
Anne Haney: Greta
Justin Cooper: Max Reede
Cary Elwes: Jerry
Writer: Paul Guay
Writer: Stephen Mazur
In Memory Of: Jason Bernard

Liar Liar (1997)

Smooth talking Fletcher Reede is a liar, oops, a lawyer who finally goes one step too far when he misses his son’s birthday in order to engage in some sexual career motivation. Max, his son, blowing out the candles on his birthday cake wishes that his dad would tell the truth for just one day…

9/10

Hilarious high-concept comedy (lawyer cannot tell a lie for 24 hours) that features a virtuoso performance from cinema’s current King Clown, Jim Carrey.

This movie contains mild swear words, strong adult dialogue and references and self-inflicted violence and inferred sex scene.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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