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      Hateful 8 - a film I saw here

      ‘A bastard's work is never done’

      Star – Samuel L Jackson
      Genre – Western
      Run Time – 187 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Oscars – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Golden Globe – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Awards – 35 Wins & 107 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.95 Blue Ray
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      ” “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The past has these people between its teeth”
      (William Faulkner – ‘Requiem for a Nun’)


      Quentin Tarrantino, like many directors with a vision, is a big enough name to have the luxury to only make the films they want to make, so often very good or very average films, Tarantino comfortably near the top of that particular pile. Inglorious Bastards made my teeth itch with that Brad Pit character yet I really enjoyed Django Unchained, The Hateful 8 being another western with a bit of both thrown in. As one critic said:

      ’…..Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless…..’ But another critic said: ‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema…’


      Quentin has said ‘The Thing’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are his influences for this one and it shows, Kurt Russell joining Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen for this one. 77-year- Ennio Morricone is also back with QT and scoring his first Western for 34-years, famous for the early 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, of course. Interestingly, QT reveals in the extras that Morricone used a lot of off cuts from The Thing for this movie. There are some strange and pretension slow motion moments that point to that soundtrack stuff.

      The films biggest problem was distribution. Quentin insisted it was shot in 65mm ‘Ultimate Panavision’, a process from the 1950s and 1960s, only 10 films ever shot on those cameras with this film size, Khartoum (1966) the last. In fact he had to dig the cameras out from the Panavision museum, refit them to survive the extreme cold for the mountain shoot and pray the only three available didn’t breakdown. The camera was designed for sweeping panoramas and there are plenty of those here. It looked great on Blue Ray so I can only imagine how it looked in the big screen cinemas. But some chains refused to take the film in the U.K. as they simply didn’t have the projection to show it or not prepared to pay the extra for the kit and specialist projectionists’ required. As a result, 50 theaters internationally were retrofitted with anamorphic-lensed 70mm analogue film projectors, to display the film as he intended it to be seen. UK cinema chains, Picturehouse, Curzon and Cineworld, did not be show the film. Rather ironically most of the film is shot in a wooden cabin.

      As usual Tarantino can’t resist the ‘N’ word and a bit of female beating thrown into shock some more. For his penance, disaster struck early on after the script was leaked online. Quentin Tarantino did not then want to make the film. However, the project was rebooted after the cast did a brief reading of the script and got excited for the film, Samuel L. Jackson persuading him to do this film, Tarantino accepting and giving Jackson his first lead role in a QT film in return. There was further disaster when a studio executive appeared to release the movie online a week before the adapted DVD release.


      ===Trivia===

      A guitar destroyed by Kurt Russell's character in the film was not a prop but an antique 1870s Martin guitar loaned by the Martin Guitar Museum. The guitar was supposed to have been switched with a copy to be destroyed, but this was not communicated to Russell; everyone on the set was "pretty freaked out" at the guitar's destruction and Leigh's reaction was genuine in the film, though "Tarantino was in a corner of the room with a funny curl on his lips. The museum will no longer loan guitars to film production companies because of this incident. Insurance covered the loss.

      ===The Cast===

      -Main characters-

      • Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren a.k.a. "The Bounty Hunter"
      • Kurt Russell as John Ruth a.k.a. "The Hangman"
      • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue a.k.a. "The Prisoner"
      • Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix a.k.a."The Sheriff"
      • Demián Bichir as Bob (Marco the Mexican) a.k.a. "The Mexican"
      • Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray (English Pete Hicox) a.k.a. "The Little Man"
      • Michael Madsen as Joe Gage (Grouch Douglass) a.k.a. "The Cow Puncher"
      • Bruce Dern as General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers a.k.a. "TheConfederate"

      -Supporting characters-

      • James Parks as O.B. Jackson
      • Channing Tatum as Jody Domergue, Daisy's brother
      • Dana Gourrier as Minnie Mink
      • Zoë Bell as Six-Horse Judy
      • Lee Horsley as Ed
      • Gene Jones as Sweet Dave
      • Keith Jefferson as Charly
      • Craig Stark as Chester Charles Smithers
      • Belinda Owino as Gemma
      • Quentin Tarantino as the narrator (uncredited)



      ===Plot ===

      Its years after the American Civil War and high in the snowy mountains bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (SLJ) is transporting three dead bounties to the town of Red Rock, Wyoming. Warren is known for not bringing them back alive. When his horses give up on him he hitches a ride on a stagecoach driven by a man named O.B. Jackson (James Parks). In the carriage is John Ruth, another feared bounty hunter, known for bringing in outlaws alive just to see them hang. The feisty murderer Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is handcuffed to him, also heading to Red Rock. Both men are suspicious of anyone who might steal the claim to the substantial bounties they have between them and eyeing ach others pieces at all times. Ruth knows of Warren and vice versa and bond over Warren's personal letter from Abraham Lincoln.

      Now we have another man wanting to hitch a ride with them as the blizzard catches them up, former militiaman Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), who brags that he is traveling to Red Rock as the town's new sheriff, soon on the stagecoach. Neither men believe he is sheriff material.

      The coach is not going to make it to Red Rock in the storm and so they seek refuge in Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach lodge. They are greeted by Bob (Demián Bichir), a Mexican who says he is the stand in for Aussie owner Minnie Minx (Dana Gourrier), who is visiting her mother and left him in charge. The other lodgers are the talkative hangman Oswaldo Mobray (TimRoth), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), a quiet cowboy traveling to visit his mother; and elderly Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern), a former Confederate general traveling to put his missing son to rest. Ruth decides its best they all disarm and put their guns in a bucket if they are to sleep the night through here, a room full of men and women not best trusted around their valuable human cargo. It proves the case as the killing begins and we discover who is who and why they are really here…



      ===Results===

      A Rogues gallery with no one to root for is the tag line here and spot on, the Hatful 8 indeed. As usual Tarantino is detailed on all aspects of the movie and nothing left to chance. As I said he loves to offend wit the ‘N’ word and some women beating and claims its authentic behavior of the time. There are also some pretentious scenes of horse and carriage racing across the plains in slow motion so he can linger on those 65mm panorama shots. Why take 5 minutes for a scene when you can take 20 is Tarantino’s mantra. Because of this the film gets flabby and so we end up with three hours of it and three more on the cutting room floor. QT is definitely chasing Oscars here. It got just one and nothing to do with him.

      Critics have said the fact that the film is set at an undetermined point shortly after the end of the American Civil War is obviously no accident. As the guy from The NY Times said: ‘Minnie’s Haberdashery becomes America writ small, fraught with all the hideous, baked-in racial tension that lingers in the United States to this day. (At one point, the room is even divided into rival North and South areas.)”. When I read that line I looked back on the film and thought, yep, spot on, I didn’t grasp that. In fact its one of those films you only know how good it is after you have actually thought about what you have been watching. Often something really good is judged as OK as you take if for granted because of the talent making it.

      As I say its way too long at 3 hours and a more realistic two hour runtime would have earned its fourth sheriffs star for me. At $44m its one of Tarantino’s more expensive projects and actor’s salaries always kept low as they are desperate to work for him. It did $158m back and so one of his better earners.

      You will enjoy it if you watch it but you just need it to move a little faster and not one you would watch again, as you would Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Its classic Tarantino non linear stuff with a decent twist built in and appropriately hammy performances by the cast. As entertainment goes it’s a decent film ad looks incredible as we unpick the mystery as the macho men face off in the cabin as the storm howls.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.8 /10.0 (325,536votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 75% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 68% critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252/videoplayer/vi3885543961?ref_=tt_ov_vi



      ===Special Features===

      This is a rare case where you really need to rent or buy this one in Blue Ray as that detail is the real kick of the movie. It looks fabulous as the sweeping panoramas and rich Rocky Mountain vistas splatter across your TV screen.


      -Sam Jenkins guide to 70mm-

      The cinematographer talks about using the old cameras and lens and how they got it all to work.
      If the cameras failed at altitude there would be problems.


      ===Critics===

      Sunday Times –‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema’.

      Sight & Sound –‘Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless’.

      New Statesmen –‘"Hateful" isn't the word I would use. Wasteful sounds right - of our time and Tarantino's talents’.

      London Evening Standard –‘It's mannered, grandiose and self-indulgent, but in its own way absolutely expert. Aesthetic, even, if you like that’.

      Empire –‘As the pieces slot quickly into place, the investment you made in these people and their predicaments begins to pay off, big time’.

      Financial Times –‘Tarantino has returned to his first film's template - colorful characters, a single room, blood and betrayal - but this time in a framework that is deliberately designed for repeat viewing’.

      The Mail-‘These characters are, as we are told from the outset, all hateful... and they aren't interesting or dynamic enough to overcome that fact’.

      The NY Post –‘The movie isn't one of Tarantino's fantasties correcting historical atrocities, it's about American history *as* an atrocity. The declaration of an angry political consciousness from an artist I never imagined having one’.

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      Needed to change delivery date Cassandra was extremely helpful and the date was changed with the minimum of fuss

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      Hateful 8 - a film I saw here

      ‘A bastard's work is never done’

      Star – Samuel L Jackson
      Genre – Western
      Run Time – 187 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Oscars – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Golden Globe – Won 1 & 1 nomination
      Awards – 35 Wins & 107 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.95 Blue Ray
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      ” “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The past has these people between its teeth”
      (William Faulkner – ‘Requiem for a Nun’)


      Quentin Tarrantino, like many directors with a vision, is a big enough name to have the luxury to only make the films they want to make, so often very good or very average films, Tarantino comfortably near the top of that particular pile. Inglorious Bastards made my teeth itch with that Brad Pit character yet I really enjoyed Django Unchained, The Hateful 8 being another western with a bit of both thrown in. As one critic said:

      ’…..Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless…..’ But another critic said: ‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema…’


      Quentin has said ‘The Thing’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are his influences for this one and it shows, Kurt Russell joining Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen for this one. 77-year- Ennio Morricone is also back with QT and scoring his first Western for 34-years, famous for the early 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, of course. Interestingly, QT reveals in the extras that Morricone used a lot of off cuts from The Thing for this movie. There are some strange and pretension slow motion moments that point to that soundtrack stuff.

      The films biggest problem was distribution. Quentin insisted it was shot in 65mm ‘Ultimate Panavision’, a process from the 1950s and 1960s, only 10 films ever shot on those cameras with this film size, Khartoum (1966) the last. In fact he had to dig the cameras out from the Panavision museum, refit them to survive the extreme cold for the mountain shoot and pray the only three available didn’t breakdown. The camera was designed for sweeping panoramas and there are plenty of those here. It looked great on Blue Ray so I can only imagine how it looked in the big screen cinemas. But some chains refused to take the film in the U.K. as they simply didn’t have the projection to show it or not prepared to pay the extra for the kit and specialist projectionists’ required. As a result, 50 theaters internationally were retrofitted with anamorphic-lensed 70mm analogue film projectors, to display the film as he intended it to be seen. UK cinema chains, Picturehouse, Curzon and Cineworld, did not be show the film. Rather ironically most of the film is shot in a wooden cabin.

      As usual Tarantino can’t resist the ‘N’ word and a bit of female beating thrown into shock some more. For his penance, disaster struck early on after the script was leaked online. Quentin Tarantino did not then want to make the film. However, the project was rebooted after the cast did a brief reading of the script and got excited for the film, Samuel L. Jackson persuading him to do this film, Tarantino accepting and giving Jackson his first lead role in a QT film in return. There was further disaster when a studio executive appeared to release the movie online a week before the adapted DVD release.


      ===Trivia===

      A guitar destroyed by Kurt Russell's character in the film was not a prop but an antique 1870s Martin guitar loaned by the Martin Guitar Museum. The guitar was supposed to have been switched with a copy to be destroyed, but this was not communicated to Russell; everyone on the set was "pretty freaked out" at the guitar's destruction and Leigh's reaction was genuine in the film, though "Tarantino was in a corner of the room with a funny curl on his lips. The museum will no longer loan guitars to film production companies because of this incident. Insurance covered the loss.

      ===The Cast===

      -Main characters-

      • Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren a.k.a. "The Bounty Hunter"
      • Kurt Russell as John Ruth a.k.a. "The Hangman"
      • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue a.k.a. "The Prisoner"
      • Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix a.k.a."The Sheriff"
      • Demián Bichir as Bob (Marco the Mexican) a.k.a. "The Mexican"
      • Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray (English Pete Hicox) a.k.a. "The Little Man"
      • Michael Madsen as Joe Gage (Grouch Douglass) a.k.a. "The Cow Puncher"
      • Bruce Dern as General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers a.k.a. "TheConfederate"

      -Supporting characters-

      • James Parks as O.B. Jackson
      • Channing Tatum as Jody Domergue, Daisy's brother
      • Dana Gourrier as Minnie Mink
      • Zoë Bell as Six-Horse Judy
      • Lee Horsley as Ed
      • Gene Jones as Sweet Dave
      • Keith Jefferson as Charly
      • Craig Stark as Chester Charles Smithers
      • Belinda Owino as Gemma
      • Quentin Tarantino as the narrator (uncredited)



      ===Plot ===

      Its years after the American Civil War and high in the snowy mountains bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (SLJ) is transporting three dead bounties to the town of Red Rock, Wyoming. Warren is known for not bringing them back alive. When his horses give up on him he hitches a ride on a stagecoach driven by a man named O.B. Jackson (James Parks). In the carriage is John Ruth, another feared bounty hunter, known for bringing in outlaws alive just to see them hang. The feisty murderer Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is handcuffed to him, also heading to Red Rock. Both men are suspicious of anyone who might steal the claim to the substantial bounties they have between them and eyeing ach others pieces at all times. Ruth knows of Warren and vice versa and bond over Warren's personal letter from Abraham Lincoln.

      Now we have another man wanting to hitch a ride with them as the blizzard catches them up, former militiaman Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), who brags that he is traveling to Red Rock as the town's new sheriff, soon on the stagecoach. Neither men believe he is sheriff material.

      The coach is not going to make it to Red Rock in the storm and so they seek refuge in Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach lodge. They are greeted by Bob (Demián Bichir), a Mexican who says he is the stand in for Aussie owner Minnie Minx (Dana Gourrier), who is visiting her mother and left him in charge. The other lodgers are the talkative hangman Oswaldo Mobray (TimRoth), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), a quiet cowboy traveling to visit his mother; and elderly Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern), a former Confederate general traveling to put his missing son to rest. Ruth decides its best they all disarm and put their guns in a bucket if they are to sleep the night through here, a room full of men and women not best trusted around their valuable human cargo. It proves the case as the killing begins and we discover who is who and why they are really here…



      ===Results===

      A Rogues gallery with no one to root for is the tag line here and spot on, the Hatful 8 indeed. As usual Tarantino is detailed on all aspects of the movie and nothing left to chance. As I said he loves to offend wit the ‘N’ word and some women beating and claims its authentic behavior of the time. There are also some pretentious scenes of horse and carriage racing across the plains in slow motion so he can linger on those 65mm panorama shots. Why take 5 minutes for a scene when you can take 20 is Tarantino’s mantra. Because of this the film gets flabby and so we end up with three hours of it and three more on the cutting room floor. QT is definitely chasing Oscars here. It got just one and nothing to do with him.

      Critics have said the fact that the film is set at an undetermined point shortly after the end of the American Civil War is obviously no accident. As the guy from The NY Times said: ‘Minnie’s Haberdashery becomes America writ small, fraught with all the hideous, baked-in racial tension that lingers in the United States to this day. (At one point, the room is even divided into rival North and South areas.)”. When I read that line I looked back on the film and thought, yep, spot on, I didn’t grasp that. In fact its one of those films you only know how good it is after you have actually thought about what you have been watching. Often something really good is judged as OK as you take if for granted because of the talent making it.

      As I say its way too long at 3 hours and a more realistic two hour runtime would have earned its fourth sheriffs star for me. At $44m its one of Tarantino’s more expensive projects and actor’s salaries always kept low as they are desperate to work for him. It did $158m back and so one of his better earners.

      You will enjoy it if you watch it but you just need it to move a little faster and not one you would watch again, as you would Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Its classic Tarantino non linear stuff with a decent twist built in and appropriately hammy performances by the cast. As entertainment goes it’s a decent film ad looks incredible as we unpick the mystery as the macho men face off in the cabin as the storm howls.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.8 /10.0 (325,536votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 75% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 68% critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252/videoplayer/vi3885543961?ref_=tt_ov_vi



      ===Special Features===

      This is a rare case where you really need to rent or buy this one in Blue Ray as that detail is the real kick of the movie. It looks fabulous as the sweeping panoramas and rich Rocky Mountain vistas splatter across your TV screen.


      -Sam Jenkins guide to 70mm-

      The cinematographer talks about using the old cameras and lens and how they got it all to work.
      If the cameras failed at altitude there would be problems.


      ===Critics===

      Sunday Times –‘For some years, [Tarantino's] movies have felt less like great films, more like exacting punishments to be nobly endured in the name of Cinema’.

      Sight & Sound –‘Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless’.

      New Statesmen –‘"Hateful" isn't the word I would use. Wasteful sounds right - of our time and Tarantino's talents’.

      London Evening Standard –‘It's mannered, grandiose and self-indulgent, but in its own way absolutely expert. Aesthetic, even, if you like that’.

      Empire –‘As the pieces slot quickly into place, the investment you made in these people and their predicaments begins to pay off, big time’.

      Financial Times –‘Tarantino has returned to his first film's template - colorful characters, a single room, blood and betrayal - but this time in a framework that is deliberately designed for repeat viewing’.

      The Mail-‘These characters are, as we are told from the outset, all hateful... and they aren't interesting or dynamic enough to overcome that fact’.

      The NY Post –‘The movie isn't one of Tarantino's fantasties correcting historical atrocities, it's about American history *as* an atrocity. The declaration of an angry political consciousness from an artist I never imagined having one’.





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      Don't take this insurance

      ​I claimed from a policy which I had held for 3 years. When I took the device in to the store the assistant told me that I would get a letter telling me that the device was not covered, but I needed to write and challenge it.
      The letter I received said I had been neglectful and misused the machine. I wrote pointing out that three years of paying a policy shows I was not neglecting it and that I had dropped a portable device which was not misuse. They paid out.
      When I went into the store to get my replacement the staff said that 'know how' hope that most people won't bother writing. What a rip off.

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      Excellent quality computer and great service!

      First time buying from pc specialist, was initially reluctant ordering from an online website I hadnt heard of before but with excellent reviews and parts and pcs far cheaper than anywhere else i decided to order from them.
      Was impressed with the service; received information on what part of the build was happening on each day and the build was quick with the delivery being next day after the pc was built for no additional charge. Inside had warranties for the different components and a booklet of how to set up the pc.

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      Don´t uses this company if you have heart problems.

      They build all the wardrobe inside, they don´t move your furniture, they don´t clean after. If they don´t have space to build the wardrobe they will told you after you pay 90% without return and after they deliver the materials.

      The fitters are external workers and they have very poor communication with the factory.

      It took them two months to finish the wardrobe (when they told me it will take 2 days). The people in the phone where rude and put silly excuses instead of taking responsibility.

      At the end, after they have to come to my house 20 times, because the materials where completely wrong the compensation was just minimal and ridiculous.

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      A very good item to purchase

      For someone who uses aromas, this box is perfect.
      With the nice wooden look, it would make a great piece in your home decor too.
      I like how this box is nice looking and it is so good storage for your aromas.
      In order to make a good collection, needs a convincing storage.

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      Got its head in the clouds!

      Star – Tom Hanks….
      Genre – Sci –Fiction>Fantasy
      Run Time – 170 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA/Germany
      Golden Globe – 1 Nomination
      Awards – 16 Wins & 72 Nominations
      Amazon – £3.00 DVD £9.43 Blue Ray
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      I think it’s fair to say that the David Mitchell book the Cloud Atlas is one of the most ambitious to be made into a movie yet and certainly one of the financially riskiest. With a $120 million plus budget it was one of the most expensive independently funded films ever as the studios shied away from it, the German government, of all people, having $20 million invested in it and the films directing team of the Wachowski Brothers (or brother/sister or whatever the hell they are these days) throwing in seven million dollars of their own money at the last to get it over the line. Due to lack of finance the film was nearly abandoned several times until good old Tom Hanks said I’m committed to this film and I’m getting on the plane and so everyone else signed up soon after. They got their money back but no more, its $128 m budget squeezing back $130 million but earned the unwanted title of "Worst Movie of 2012" in Time Magazine's Top 10 list.

      It’s the first non video game tie-in movie for the Wachowski’s since the excellent ‘Bound’ (1996). Apart from funding issues its other controversy was not using Asian and black actors to play smaller Asian and black parts. Its extremely ambitious narrative and plot involves the same characters existing in six different time’s lines but unaware of that state off affairs as most of the big name actors that play six different parts, set in the Pacific Islands (1849), Edinburgh (1936), San Francisco(1936), London (2012), Neo Seoul (2144) and Big Isle, Hawaii (2321). Tom Tykwer joined the Wachowskis for a rare three directing credit and he also scored the movie. With six different location shoots the siblings needed the help.

      ===Cast===

      Tom Hanks ... Dr. Henry Goose / Hotel Manager / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor / Zachry.

      Halle Berry ... Native Woman / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Indian Party Guest / Ovid / Meronym

      Jim Broadbent ... Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2

      Hugo Weaving ... Haskell Moore / Tadeusz Kesselring / Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / Boardman Mephi / Old Georgie

      Jim Sturgess ... Adam Ewing / Poor Hotel Guest / Megan's Dad / Highlander / Hae-Joo Chang / Adam (Zachry's Brother-in-Law)

      Doona Bae ... Tilda / Megan's Mom / Mexican Woman / Sonmi-451 / Sonmi-351 / Sonmi Prostitute

      Susan Sarandon ... Madame Horrox / Older Ursula / Yusouf Suleiman / Abbess

      Hugh Grant ... Rev. Giles Horrox / Hotel Heavy / Lloyd Hooks / Denholme Cavendish / Seer Rhee / Kona Chief

      Ben Whishaw ... Cabin Boy / Robert Frobisher / Store Clerk / Georgette / Tribesman

      David Gyasi ... Autua / Lester Rey / Duophysite

      Xun Zhou ... Talbot (Hotel Manager) / Yoona-939 / Rose
      ===Plot===


      ===Pacific Islands:1849===

      Adam Ewing (JimSturgess), a righteous American lawyer, has come to the Chatham Islands to tidy up a business arrangement with Reverend Horrox (Hugh Grant). In Horrox's plantation, he witnesses the savage whipping of a Moriori slave, Autua (David Gyasi), who later stows away on the ship. Autua reveals himself to Ewing and begs him to advocate for him to join the crew as a free man, risking death for them both. The ships doctor Henry Goose (Tom Hnks) just wants the lawyer gone for financial gain and slowly poisons Ewing, claiming it is the cure for a parasitic worm. It’s down to Autua to save Ewing as the story of emancipation begins.

      ===Cambridge/Edinburgh, 1936===

      Young English composer Robert Frobisher (Ben Wishaw) finds work helping aging and rambunctious composer Vyvyan Ayrs (Jim Broadbent), allowing Frobisher to help compose his own masterpiece, "The Cloud Atlas Sextet". Frobisher secretly begins reading Ewing's journal for inspiration, which he has found with the latter portion missing. Ayrs demands some credit for "The Cloud Atlas Sextet" and threatens to expose Frobisher's sexual peccadilloes if he refuses. Tragedy strikes.


      ===San Francisco, 1973===

      Journalist Luisa Rey (Halle Berry) meets an older Rufus Sixsmith (Tom Hanks), now a nuclear physicist in his timeline. Sixsmith reveals secret information to Rey to a conspiracy regarding the safety of a new nuclear planet run by Lloyd Hooks (Hugh Grant). Rey finds Frobisher's letters to Sixsmith and tracks down a vinyl recording of Frobisher's "Cloud Atlas Sextet". Bill Smoke, Hooks hitman, targets both of them.

      ===London, 2012===

      65-year-old publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) reaps a windfall when Dermot Hoggins (Tom Hanks), the gangster author of ‘Knuckle Sandwich’, murders a critic at a party who gave the novel a harsh review by throwing him off the balcony, generating huge sales for his book while in jail. Hoggins's brothers threaten Cavendish's for Hoggins's share of the book profits. Cavendish decides to ask his wealthy brother Denholme (Hugh Grant) for help, who is also fed up of him and gets him interned in an old folks home for safety. On the way there, Cavendish reads a manuscript of a novel based on Luisa Rey's story, and recalls his relationship with a woman named Ursula (Susan Sarandon). He visits the house where she lived with her parents and discovers that she still lives there.

      ===Neo Seoul, 2144===

      Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae) is a "fabricant", a human cloned for slave labor, living as a waitress at a fast food restaurant in a dystopian South Korea. Rebellion is on the mind of another fabricant and friend but, after witnessing her friend Yoona (Xun Zhou) being ‘decommissioned’ for rebelling, Sonmi is rescued from captivity by handsome rebel Commander Hae-Joo Chang (Papa Song Punk). He exposes Sonmi to the larger world, daylight she has never seen. He also introduces her to the leader of the rebel movement and its teachings, and shows her that clones are not freed at the end of their contract but killed and recycled into food for other clones. She is empowered by this and begins to become a rebel leader herself.

      ===Big Isle, Hawaii,2321===


      Zachry Bailey (Hanks) lives in a primitive post-apocalyptic society called the ‘Valley’, situated on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Valley tribesmen worship Sonmi-451; their sacred text taken from the broadcast of her manifesto from Neo Soul all those centuries ago. Zachry is haunted by visions of a demonic Gollum like figure called Old Georgie (Huge Waving), who urges him to give in to his fears. When Zachry’s village is ransacked by the fearsome Kona tribe and his friends and family killed he is forced into hiding. His village is then visited by Meronym (Halle Berry), a member of the Prescients, an advanced society using the last remnants of high technology on Earth. Her mission is to find a remote and abandoned communication station on Mauna Sol and send a message to Earth's off-world colonies for help. Catkin, Zachry's young niece, falls sick, and in exchange for saving her, Zachry agrees to guide Meronym through dangerous woods and tertiary to the station, where Meronym reveals the true story of Sonmi-451.

      (With help from Wikipedia with the plot description as it’s hard to recall most of this bloody film and make sense of the plot, which I still don’t)

      ===Results===

      This film plot reminds me of the Hadron Collider experiments where they smash atoms and particles together to see what happens and what wonderment is created, most of the time nothing, the case here. There are no words to describe just how dull this twaddle is. OK, there a couple of words there. I’m sure it made a great read but it should have stayed one. There is simply no film to be made here. The idea that the characters existing in the six different timelines can develop an ideology over three millennia seems fair enough but that profound idea just does not comes across in the film. It just feels like six separate stories if the truth be told. That critical spiritual connection just doesn’t appear in a tangible form to make you interested. The fact that Jeremy Paxman (in a BBC News sequence) gets a credit sums up its absurdness. I can understand why they were nervous making this film.

      It has a mega cast but they feel as confused as we do at times in their performance on screen as they play the different parts out. They are all pretentious and positive in the special features of what an honor it was to work on such an interesting and innovative project but if the pay wasn’t right there is no way they would have done this movie as it could have wrecked their careers. Fair play to Hanks for making it happen but he wont be putting this one in his top ten. He just wasn’t right for him or me. Ignore those mega ratings on Imdb and rottentomatoes. You will be bored rigid with this, just short of three hours of nonsense. The Matrix trilogy was brilliant from the Wachowksi’s and fairplay for them having a go at this but it just felt like they knew they had to finish it after everyone committed to it, even though they knew early on it wouldn’t work out, not wanting to jump ship in shame and lose their 7 million. All concerned did the best they could to make sure it at least broke even.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.5/10.0 (295,324votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 66% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 55% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371111/videoplayer/vi183477273?ref_=tt_ov_vi

      ===Special Features===


      ===Critics===

      The Sun –‘This is the Bermuda Triangle of sci-fi - where logic and clarity vanish without a trace’.

      Film Comment –‘Like a fitted coat worn by someone it wasn't tailored for, parts of Cloud Atlas bulge out, overstretched, begging for more material, while other sections hang laughably loose’.

      The New Republic –‘Whatever your age, even if life is an ocean made up of many drops, you may resolve that life is too short for this errant nonsense’.

      London Evening Standard –‘Fantasy-fiction audiences might enjoy seeing Cloud Atlas repeatedly, I suspect, picking up more clues each time’.

      Financial Times –‘Three hours to solve the problems of providence, history, human existence and the conundrums of space/time is pretty good going’.

      Daily Mail –‘We normally can't see dead people, but that doesn't mean they're not like threads disappearing below a tapestry's surface and resurfacing elsewhere. A clarification of sorts’.

      Bangkok Post –‘ Despite its shortcomings, it's worth seeing and worth trying to get your head around days after you have. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Good news: Not quite either’.

      Guardian –‘.Unfortunately, these bold ambitions come to naught. They confuse the cosmos with the costume department and wind up lost in a world of wigs and bonnets’.





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    • The Elder Scrolls IV (PC) / PC Game / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      • "Great Mod community"
      • "Contains one of the best dlc of all time (Shivering Isles.)"
      • "Great Side quests (especially the Dark Brotherhood questline)"
      • "Huge RPG"

      Disadvantages

      • "Lack of voice actors"
      • "Buggy at times"
      • "Bland World compared to Morrowind"

      A bit rough around the edges but great nonetheless.

      Bethesda's 4th entry in the Elder Scrolls series is set in the idyllic epicenter of Tamriel during the declining days of the 4th age. The emperor has been assassinated and oblivion gates have appeared all over Tamriel plunging the world into terror and under the wrath of Mehrunes Dagon. You begin as a blank slate arriving out of a prison with no background info of your past. This is part of the beauty of the game as soon as you leave you are free to become the character you want. Rush to help during the main questline and become the saviour of the world. Or maybe, ignore the main questline (the oblivion gates and that don't activate until a certain early point in the main story) and seek glory in the arena, become a bloodthirsty assassin or even get the wabbajack and destroy your enemies (or at least turn them into stupid things.)

      The world is huge and this is a boon but also a hindrance in its way. Whilst I understand the climate is very different in VVardenfall leading to some unique landscapes. I still cant help but feel a little disappointment over exploring very similar countless country meadows and forests with very similar ruins and dungeons. Whilst it is fun to explore some more variance would be appreciated. However, the Imperial City is well crafted and is obviously the crowning gem of this region.

      Like all recent(ish) elder scrolls games the mod community massively improves the experience and adds hours more gameplay.

      However, in my opinion, this all pales in comparison to the best thing about this game. SHIVERING ISLES! Its basically Oblivion on acid. Its a whirlwind of crazy enjoyment with the absolute nutter that is Sheogorath.

      All in all, despite its quirks its definitely worth a go.

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      • "Songs glorious individually but shine the most played from start to finish."
      • "Greatest album of all time"

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      Brilliant individually. Unbeatable as a whole.

      Honestly my all time favourite album and probably the leading driver in my eclectic music taste starting in my early teens. The 2nd edition in Turisas' unique and powerful tapestry is The Varangian Way. An Album following a band of Scandinavian adventurers on the epic quest to Miklagard (Modern day Istanbul) traversing wondrous and often dangerous environments such as the Dneiper rapids and Jarislief's court all featured on the historical river routes to Miklagard spanning modern day Russia and Ukraine. Mathias Nygard carries this adventure in a fascinating way making you feel like you are on the adventure with them. Whilst the individual tracks in this album individually are brilliant, you truly are doing this album a disservice if you don't listen to it all the way through and follow the Nordic heroes as they traverse this harsh landscape in the hopes of becoming part of the famed Varangian Guard. This journey delves into the deepest recesses of your imagination and pulls you out the other side wanting to start again.

      It is also well worth forking out for the directors as the added content is well worth the extra money. Their cover of Boney M's "Rasputin" is a humorous party piece that never fails to put a grin on someones face and make them want to party which is interesting considering the nature of the lyrics. Also the video for this song is just gloriously nonsensical and ridiculous. This shows a lighter side to Turisas, whilst they are true pioneers of serious almost sagalike albums, they also aren't afraid to throw in a cheerful party piece like Rasputin that'll fire a crowd up.

      All in all a true masterpiece.

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    • Wychwood Hobgoblin / Beer / Cider / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      A beautiful versatile beer made by the masters at Wychwood.

      Hobgoblin is and probably always will be one of my favourite beers. It offers a very balanced taste with some elements of bitterness but not to a level of overpowering the whole drink, leaving you to experience and appreciate some of the dark chocolate smoky flavours that crowns it above other common ales of a similar price. I have personally seen it priced as low as £1 per bottle (though admittedly this was on the king of all sales, the prices tend to average about 20p higher) making this a great value product offering a high quality beer for a price people would pay for cheapo lager which for an individual on a student budget such as myself makes it an invaluable asset in a person's drinking arsenal.

      Aesthetically, you are drawn in with the striking depiction of an axe-wielding hobgoblin setting this apart from the common, dull artwork from the likes of Bank's and Marston's beers. This appeals to my blatantly obvious geeky, RPG playing, fantasy loving self and makes a perfect beer for playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons with similarly minded friends.

      I admit I may be a little biased with this beer as along with Trooper beer it reminds me of many drunken joyous occasions at music gigs and festivals such as Download festival. Never has this beer let me or my fellow drinkers down in these heavy scenarios. Its a versatile beer ideal for savouring but also perfect for brutal drinking sessions and crazy good times.

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      • "Nothing at all"

      Disadvantages

      • "Every increasing snag list"
      • "Snags not addressed"
      • "Terrible customer service"
      • "Poor workmanship"

      Terrible build quality, useless customer service and endless pain to get anything fixed

      To summarise why you should avoid buying their houses and falling for their sales patter:

      - Terrible after care service (expect to wait months, years for them even to begin to look at the snags)
      - Unresponsive and inept customer service
      - Endless snags which they overlook, fail to address
      - Consistently poor workmanship (uneven floors, uneven gardens, broken pipes, cracked fittings, windows coming away from frames, work left undone etc)
      - Cheap fittings used rather than those which are specified
      - Constantly cutting corners and trying to avoid rectifying their mistakes
      - Hire sloppy contractors who create more issues
      - Management oblivious and seldom make any efforts to help

      I could go on and write an endless list but you get the gist that they are a
      terrible developer. Speak to people that live in their developments and you'll no doubt hear countless and continuing horror stories about their work.

      UPDATE FEB 2017: Issues reported in March 2016, Abbey continue to shirk responsibility and fixes issues they caused.

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      • "Does not work"

      I would not touch this company or any associated with it.

      The bed was supposed to be one where the back did not move away from the wall when raised - some mechanism underneath the bed (German made). This never worked so I got what I already had, a mobility bed. The back of the bed has screws in it that completely messed up my newly decorated bedroom. Willowbrook cannot do anything about the bed component that I really wanted and are uninterested in my decor problem.

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    • UGC Cinema (Didsbury) / Other UK / Ireland topic / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      20.02.2017 23:42

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      • "Nice venue"

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      Baskin - a film I saw here

      Genre – Horror

      Run Time – 97 minutes

      Certificate – 18

      Country – Turkey

      Awards – 3 Wins & 3 Nominations

      Amazon – £8.00 DVD £22.00 Blue Ray

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      The Mayans believe that taking a picture could take a man’s soul. The Ottomans believed that if a loved one is between heaven and hell then their closest guardian, alive or dead, must lead them to heaven or leave them to hell. That is solid ground for a sinister, sadistic Turkish horror movie and so Baskin is here, a cracking low budget gore fest coming in at just $350,000 by first time Turkish director Can Evrenol. I’m all for a subtitled movie, wherever it’s from, and this one well worth the purchase. It’s a multi genre at times and the director heavily influenced by other movies but a very high standard for or a debut director. Keep an eye out for this guy and perhaps the nest Guillermo Del Toro.







      ===Cast===



      • Ergun Kuyucu as Boss Remzi

      • Muharrem Bayrak as Yavuz

      • Gorkem Kasal as Arda

      • Fatih Dokgöz as Apo

      • Sabahattin Yakut as Seyfi

      • Mehmet Cerrahoglu as Baba / The Father

      • Sevket Suha Tezel as Master Creep / The Servant

      • Fadik Bülbül as Sister Butcher

      • Mehmet Akif Budak as Diner Footboy



      ===Plot===



      The film opens with a young Turkish boy sleep waking in the middle of the night. He overhears the sound of a woman having sex in another room, which suddenly stops. He walks to the living room, where the television is playing static. He turns it off and notices a strange red light emanating from his bedroom. He becomes scared and runs to the closed door, yelling for his mother. A robed arm reaches towards him from his bedroom. The door slams.



      Flash forward 20 - years and the film cuts to a deserted parking lot in suburban Turkey at night where an empty police van is parked. The same hooded figure walks towards a building carrying a bucket full of bloody meat. It’s a family blue collar restaurant, where the only customers are five Turkish cops, who are sitting around talking football. A young kitchen hand is washing the dirty plates in the when he hears knocking at the back door. He opens the door, and is given the bloody meat bucket without exchanging words as the creepy hooded figure appears to leave. We do not see its face.

      The meat is handed to the chef, who begins cutting the meat.



      One of the police officers, Seyfi (Sabahattin Yakut), sits away from the table as he has a headache. The other officers continue yakking away about sport, women and booze. Senior officer Yavuz (Muharrem Bayrak) beckons the young man over with the food. In the restroom, Seyfi’s headache has intensified and notices a frog sitting where the soap should be. As he swipes away the frog, the hooded figure is revealed in the mirror, standing behind him. This triggers him to start screaming madly as the officer’s rush to him in a panic.



      Number two Remzi (Ergun Kuyucu) calms him down and Seyfi soon fit to drive when the cops get called out to offer fellow officer’s assistance at an address in the sticks in a place called Inceagac. Seyfi has heard bad rumors about this place.



      As they drive deeper into the night, Seyfi sees a blooded naked man run across the road in front of them. They stop the van and jump out but no sign of the man. As they do, something unseen jolts the van behind them, strange symbols suddenly carved into the side of the police van. The officers then notice a mass of frogs behind the van. As they argue, they fail to notice a bloody person standing in the middle of the road, which the van hits, then swerves and crashes into a shallow stream.

      They shaken but unhurt and shaken but still have the callout to answer, some local foreboding looking gypsies pointing the way to the old mansion. Inside things quickly get freaky and no ordinary house as they descend the stairs and meet the terrified offices who sent for backup. Whatever is in here its not about to let them leave.





      ===Results===



      This is pretty good stuff folks and a film for regular film fans as it for horror and foreign film fans. There are not too many subtitles if you are stressed about that and the atmosphere and plot enough to keep you hooked in as the horror and tension are cranked up some. It’s a guerilla shoot to keep the budget down as the Turkish cops sneak around locations in fear of the real Turkish cops flashing their torches looking for them. The film is entirely shot at night in keeping with the genre. The twist at the end is brilliant and creepy and worth watching just for that.



      The central character of ‘Father’ is modeled after the character Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. Mehmet Cerrahoglu, who plays the role of Father, has an extremely rare skin condition that made his physical appearance very unique and instrumental to the look of Father, the character we meet in the bowels of the creaky old house. Director Can Evrenol had been looking for actors with rare natural appearances for all of the roles in the house ad this guy’s face will get him a lot more work. He is one of the most creepy actors I have ever seen, this, his first ever movie.



      It’s not a scary movie to a guy my age but to a younger crowd I can see it working. Once we get deep into the house it’s full on dory sadistic horror with eye balls plucked and peasants plucked. Some of the scenes would be considered iconic if this was made in the 1970s. It does borrow heavily from other movies but this a young filmmaker and who doesn’t at the age, here to great effect. The music is creepy and crawls all over you like the films impending malevolence and the actors right on it. Some would say we have been here before with the plot but it felt reasonably original to me.









      ===RATINGS===





      Imdb.com – 6.7/10.0 (4,645votes)

      Rottentomatos.com – 76% critic’s approval

      Metacritic.com – 58% critic’s approval



      ===Trailer===

      https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baskin







      ===Special Features===



      It’s a Blue Ray but the effect as the film is shot at night. I have no more to say on that. The Blue Ray does bring a better sound quality though.





      -Deleted Scenes-



      You can boxtick the cut scenes from what movies they are from.



      -Gallery-



      -The director: an interview with Can Evrenol-



      His English is good as we talk about his movie and the other he pulls from.







      ===Critics===



      Little White Lies –‘Sinister? Sadistic? Spine chilling? Check, check, check. This is a really nifty modern horror’.



      Times UK –‘Stylishly mounted, well paced, with clever use of flashbacks, and written with panache’.



      Empire Magazine –‘Grotesque rather than scary and severely underplotted - but certainly strong meat’.



      LA Times –‘The pacing is slack and the splatter excessive, but this twisted cross-genre exercise should be red meat to gore-hounds’.



      Total Film –‘Director/co-writer Can Evrenol's debut is short on plot but genuinely nightmarish, a mesmerising Hellraiser/Hostel mish-mash that's all Cenobites and no sense.



      The Independent –‘Baskin resorts to abstraction argument to string together a series of grisly vignettes that are depleted in their own visual impact’.



      Observer UK –‘For all the mortified, mottled flesh and salacious shots of butcher's equipment, Baskin is just not very frightening’.













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      Baskin - a film I saw here.

      Genre – Horror
      Run Time – 97 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – Turkey
      Awards – 3 Wins & 3 Nominations
      Amazon – £8.00 DVD £22.00 Blue Ray
      = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

      The Mayans believe that taking a picture could take a man’s soul. The Ottomans believed that if a loved one is between heaven and hell then their closest guardian, alive or dead, must lead them to heaven or leave them to hell. That is solid ground for a sinister, sadistic Turkish horror movie and so Baskin is here, a cracking low budget gore fest coming in at just $350,000 by first time Turkish director Can Evrenol. I’m all for a subtitled movie, wherever it’s from, and this one well worth the purchase. It’s a multi genre at times and the director heavily influenced by other movies but a very high standard for or a debut director. Keep an eye out for this guy and perhaps the nest Guillermo Del Toro.



      ===Cast===

      • Ergun Kuyucu as Boss Remzi
      • Muharrem Bayrak as Yavuz
      • Gorkem Kasal as Arda
      • Fatih Dokgöz as Apo
      • Sabahattin Yakut as Seyfi
      • Mehmet Cerrahoglu as Baba / The Father
      • Sevket Suha Tezel as Master Creep / The Servant
      • Fadik Bülbül as Sister Butcher
      • Mehmet Akif Budak as Diner Footboy

      ===Plot===

      The film opens with a young Turkish boy sleep waking in the middle of the night. He overhears the sound of a woman having sex in another room, which suddenly stops. He walks to the living room, where the television is playing static. He turns it off and notices a strange red light emanating from his bedroom. He becomes scared and runs to the closed door, yelling for his mother. A robed arm reaches towards him from his bedroom. The door slams.

      Flash forward 20 - years and the film cuts to a deserted parking lot in suburban Turkey at night where an empty police van is parked. The same hooded figure walks towards a building carrying a bucket full of bloody meat. It’s a family blue collar restaurant, where the only customers are five Turkish cops, who are sitting around talking football. A young kitchen hand is washing the dirty plates in the when he hears knocking at the back door. He opens the door, and is given the bloody meat bucket without exchanging words as the creepy hooded figure appears to leave. We do not see its face.
      The meat is handed to the chef, who begins cutting the meat.

      One of the police officers, Seyfi (Sabahattin Yakut), sits away from the table as he has a headache. The other officers continue yakking away about sport, women and booze. Senior officer Yavuz (Muharrem Bayrak) beckons the young man over with the food. In the restroom, Seyfi’s headache has intensified and notices a frog sitting where the soap should be. As he swipes away the frog, the hooded figure is revealed in the mirror, standing behind him. This triggers him to start screaming madly as the officer’s rush to him in a panic.

      Number two Remzi (Ergun Kuyucu) calms him down and Seyfi soon fit to drive when the cops get called out to offer fellow officer’s assistance at an address in the sticks in a place called Inceagac. Seyfi has heard bad rumors about this place.

      As they drive deeper into the night, Seyfi sees a blooded naked man run across the road in front of them. They stop the van and jump out but no sign of the man. As they do, something unseen jolts the van behind them, strange symbols suddenly carved into the side of the police van. The officers then notice a mass of frogs behind the van. As they argue, they fail to notice a bloody person standing in the middle of the road, which the van hits, then swerves and crashes into a shallow stream.
      They shaken but unhurt and shaken but still have the callout to answer, some local foreboding looking gypsies pointing the way to the old mansion. Inside things quickly get freaky and no ordinary house as they descend the stairs and meet the terrified offices who sent for backup. Whatever is in here its not about to let them leave.


      ===Results===

      This is pretty good stuff folks and a film for regular film fans as it for horror and foreign film fans. There are not too many subtitles if you are stressed about that and the atmosphere and plot enough to keep you hooked in as the horror and tension are cranked up some. It’s a guerilla shoot to keep the budget down as the Turkish cops sneak around locations in fear of the real Turkish cops flashing their torches looking for them. The film is entirely shot at night in keeping with the genre. The twist at the end is brilliant and creepy and worth watching just for that.

      The central character of ‘Father’ is modeled after the character Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. Mehmet Cerrahoglu, who plays the role of Father, has an extremely rare skin condition that made his physical appearance very unique and instrumental to the look of Father, the character we meet in the bowels of the creaky old house. Director Can Evrenol had been looking for actors with rare natural appearances for all of the roles in the house ad this guy’s face will get him a lot more work. He is one of the most creepy actors I have ever seen, this, his first ever movie.

      It’s not a scary movie to a guy my age but to a younger crowd I can see it working. Once we get deep into the house it’s full on dory sadistic horror with eye balls plucked and peasants plucked. Some of the scenes would be considered iconic if this was made in the 1970s. It does borrow heavily from other movies but this a young filmmaker and who doesn’t at the age, here to great effect. The music is creepy and crawls all over you like the films impending malevolence and the actors right on it. Some would say we have been here before with the plot but it felt reasonably original to me.




      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.7/10.0 (4,645votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 76% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 58% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baskin



      ===Special Features===

      It’s a Blue Ray but the effect as the film is shot at night. I have no more to say on that. The Blue Ray does bring a better sound quality though.


      -Deleted Scenes-

      You can boxtick the cut scenes from what movies they are from.

      -Gallery-

      -The director: an interview with Can Evrenol-

      His English is good as we talk about his movie and the other he pulls from.



      ===Critics===

      Little White Lies –‘Sinister? Sadistic? Spine chilling? Check, check, check. This is a really nifty modern horror’.

      Times UK –‘Stylishly mounted, well paced, with clever use of flashbacks, and written with panache’.

      Empire Magazine –‘Grotesque rather than scary and severely underplotted - but certainly strong meat’.

      LA Times –‘The pacing is slack and the splatter excessive, but this twisted cross-genre exercise should be red meat to gore-hounds’.

      Total Film –‘Director/co-writer Can Evrenol's debut is short on plot but genuinely nightmarish, a mesmerising Hellraiser/Hostel mish-mash that's all Cenobites and no sense.

      The Independent –‘Baskin resorts to abstraction argument to string together a series of grisly vignettes that are depleted in their own visual impact’.

      Observer UK –‘For all the mortified, mottled flesh and salacious shots of butcher's equipment, Baskin is just not very frightening’.






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