We find Reiko Ike once again cast as a tough schoolgirl who eventually has to band together with her enemies to upset the reign of their private Catholic high school administration where institutionalized sexual abuse is endemic. Tables are turned finally on the lay principal (Nobuo Kaneko), various sanctimonious teachers as well as an American priest (who drives a vulnerable virgin to suicide when he deflowers her!). Ike teams up with another one of those goodhearted, loner yakuzas, this one a fellow who has had a change of heart after being employed by principal Kaneko in setting up blackmail schemes. He enthusiastically comes over to Ike’s side when Ike saves his life from Kaneko’s whip-wielding dominatrix assassin! Per usual, the climax sees the prinicpal and adult evildoers publicly humiliated and exposed before the entire student body
We find Reiko Ike once again cast as a tough schoolgirl who eventually has to band together with her enemies to upset the reign of their private Catholic high school administration where institutionalized sexual abuse is endemic. Tables are turned finally on the lay principal (Nobuo Kaneko), various sanctimonious teachers as well as an American priest (who drives a vulnerable virgin to suicide when he deflowers her!). Ike teams up with another one of those goodhearted, loner yakuzas, this one a fellow who has had a change of heart after being employed by principal Kaneko in setting up blackmail schemes. He enthusiastically comes over to Ike’s side when Ike saves his life from Kaneko’s whip-wielding dominatrix assassin! Per usual, the climax sees the prinicpal and adult evildoers publicly humiliated and exposed before the entire student body . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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Niklas S (nl) wrote: Seems like the Sci-fi channel is cornering the market when it comes to these creature features. This is actually far from the worst that I have seen in this genre and trust me there's a lot to take from. The CG is above average when it comes to this made for TV movies. Nice to watch if you don't feel like thinking.
Robin T (it) wrote: Story about an adolescent boy growing up in a small Dutch town occupied by the nazis during the last winter of WWII. When one of his friends passes him a note and then promptly gets arrested, Michiel is forced to make tough choices balancing his loyalty to his family with a wounded British solder . Is Uncle Ben really who he appears to be? Who can he trust? How does he make sense of the absurdity of war? Good acting and beautifully photographed scenes of the snow-covered village make this an enjoyable movie!
Kelsey K (nl) wrote: I feel like such a sucker for liking this movie this much. The first few minutes were so fun and the rest of the movie was really cute. The songs were really catchy and will probably be stuck in my head for days and the love story was good. After this movie I felt a weird attraction to Hugh Grant.Over all a cute, cliche, yet good movie.
kelly (jp) wrote: This is a pretty fuckin awesome Z-budget film. If you think this is a bad zombie movie, you ain't seen bad zombie movies. Would it be nice if there was better acting? Yeah, sure - that's always the answer for most movies though. How does this bad acting compare to typical zombie movie bad acting? It's a good 40% better than typical crap Z-movie acting, as in the acting is actually tolerable.How about the visuals? The crew hasn't got millions, and I don't actually know how much they had to work with - but the effects in this are damn cool. I like the old fashioned use of production effects, and a lot of the makeup/fx is pretty damn awesome, definitely in the higher end of Z-movies. Could the script be better and carry a bit more continuity? Almost always, but in this case, I'm too tickled by the parasite alien babies growing in zombies' scrotums and the end "solution" to the zombie plague. It's a funny and interesting Z-movie, and actually enjoyable.
paul s (jp) wrote: A Talking Picture, directed by Portugues legend Manoel De Olivera, spends its first half as a badly filmed travel-log with commentary by Leonore da Silveira and an 8-year-old child, portraying her daughter. Where they go and what they have to say holds some interest, as da Silviera speaks in grand terms regarding civilization, mythology and legends, but the clarity of the film itself looked like it was shot by a 1950's era camera. I was crying out for a polarizing filter to get rid of some of the pervasive haze. Between the lines the film's message is about humanity, as da Silviera and daughter spend time talking to a fisherman in Marseilles, simply because he has a cute dog. The theme is then echoed when they reach Istanbul and take in the Hagia Sophia, pointing out how the Christian cathedral was conquered by the Muslims and turned into a Mosque. There are several very static shots, filmed as if you were behind the camera looking out at the scenery; often the camera lingers after Da Silviera has left the frame, so you can see other tourists walking in front of the camera. Interesting, but something I would have edited out of my home movies. From the previous paragraph it is obvious that there isn't much in the way of artful filming going on, although there is a nice shot where the camera films da Silviera exiting a taxi, filmed from the street, looking through the taxi window, which reflects the ancient architecture of the building behind. As da Silviera and daughter are traveling the Mediterranean via boat, there are some almost laughable shots of the old cruise ship bobbing on the waves - looking like something Ed Wood would have produced using a toy ship in a bathtub. Add to this the ridiculous filming of the ships' prow cutting through the water to signify time passing between destinations and you've got yourself a bad home movie. Other wasted opportunities include a showing of only a single mosaic at Pompeii (and no frescos), and while at the ampatheator in Athens, the guide points out a stone chair and says "this is a very important chair, see the inscription." Of course the camera shows the chair and inscription, which is in GREEK!! I don't read Greek and don't believe da Silviera does either - so I have no idea whose butt sat in that chair of honor. The 2nd half of the film takes place in the dining salon aboard ship, where da Silviera and daughter are seated near the captain's table - which allows the film to focus on the captain and his honored guests - 3 VIP women who all hail from different countries, yet understand enough varied languages to be able to keep up a fluent conversation (this also speaks of the commonality of humanity). John Malkovich, who is his usual droll, restrained self, plays the captain. He notices the young girl, so after the meal approaches da Silviera and invites her to the captain's table the following evening; an offer that she demonstrably refuses as if she believed Malkovich was hitting on her - truly odd. At the next evening's supper, Capt. Malkovich cajoles a famous Greek actress and singer to do a number for the guests. The song, sung in Greek and going on way too long, is about the missing leaves of the trees and how they were blown away by a harsh north wind. The film has a surprising twist at the end, and when the final frame freezes on Malkovich's face you understand the message of the centuries of civilization and humanity - striving forward and creating through strife, chaos and loss, as a reprise of the Greek song plays over the credits.
Janet M (br) wrote: This is one of my favorite movies!!! Worth seeing again & again! Both RB & TO are fantastic, & who can argue w/the ending where true love lives on even if the relationship never should have been?
Kevin M W (gb) wrote: George Lucas is happily in his element discussing, remembering, life in small town United States before the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the arrival of the Beatles. While there's old cars and plenty of early rock and roll radio, malt shops and cruising the strip, it's in the electricity of the sock hops that Lucas really feels his groove. Nice stuff, even if the thrust of the thing is chiefly about how being white and well thought of is no guarantee of happiness. Of the four main characters, clichs all (one squeaky clean class president, one James Dean-like gearhead, one "smart guy", and one spazz nerdtype), only one "gets lucky" and he gets an asswhupping. Luckily the music saves the thing.
Brett C (gb) wrote: Review In A Nutshell:I do not know much about Frank Capra's filmography and my knowledge of 1930s cinema is at a novice level. It is films like this that opens my eyes on what I have been missing out on. It Happened One Night was a blast! If one wants to see old fashioned cinema that requires little thought and instead requiring your heart, then this is the perfect film to go to.The film follows the collision of two individuals and the journey they both take together; one is a rich spoiled girl and the other a smart-ass opportunist. Many of its narrative elements are clich but I was able to forgive all that as it was written and directed very well, instilling humour and tenderness in many of its scenes. The events they go through together are simply entertaining to watch; how can one not enjoy the scene where the two leading characters are fake arguing with another in order to get out of a tough situation? The character development in this film is also spread out sporadically, allowing it to come off as natural rather than something forced.The crowning achievement in this film is its chemistry between the two leads, Peter and Ellie. Watching them both together was such a delight; I could simply listen to the banter and the small looks they give each other for hours. Not all of the credit is bestowed upon the film's writers, as the actors that portray them on screen and allow them to come alive are also worthy of such praise. Though the leading characters in this film aren't exactly the most detailed of creations, I cannot imagine anyone else playing these roles besides Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.Though I had a great time watching this film, I did have some issues that prevent me from giving it a higher score. My concerns lie with the final act, as it lacked the resonance that the first two acts delivered. When the two characters were apart, the film lacked a spark and the cracks in the film's traditional plot becomes too prominent. I understand this film doesn't possess the intensity in its setting and situation as for example Casablanca, but I did hope that the writers were able to conjure up something wonderful in its climax that would have left me in a gasp of wonderment. I didn't think the conclusion and the lead up to it has failed so miserably that everything that I watched preceding it was worthless, as it was acceptable.It Happened One Night could have easily swept me off my feet because of its wonderfully written and acted characters, but sadly the film drops the ball in its third act with its lack of emotional impact, as compared to the events and development that preceded it.
Megan L (ag) wrote: Filled with entertaining dance & musical numbers and an amazing performance by James Cagney.
Anne R (es) wrote: great feel good movie
Morten S (ag) wrote: If there ever sould exist a movie subgenre called WTF-movies, this film would fit right in there, because this is one of those movies that will make you go WTF! the entire way through. This is a one bizarre, grotesque and disgusting experience of a film. I you 're interested in seeing something different and i mean different! Check it out.
Mark S (jp) wrote: This was on Film 4 last night, if it is on again try and see it. Brilliant.
Rodrigo S (ca) wrote: A todo lo que haga Woody Allen por default le voy a poner mnimo 4 estrellas. Es Match Point con comedia.