Offender (2012) Movie review – A decent ”budget” prison gang movie

This movie impressed me off the bat,my fears of this being a generic no frills gang movie were put aside within the first fifteen minutes.

I am sure the budget was low but when you have a lot of young talented actors and a decent script the quality will always shine through.

People have compared this film to Scum,I don’t really understand that,you could argue they copied the Johnny Lee Miller movie – The Escapist(2002) but I still applaud the effort by a largely unknown director (Ron Scalpello)

My only negative was that in the last third of the movie it began to lag somewhat,I think they should have cut a few more scenes in the editing process just to make the pace of the project consistent,overall I was impressed,I had low expectations so it’s always nice to be surprised.

6/10

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The Dark knight rises (2012) Movie review – It’s all about the Bane!

Tom Hardy first impressed in Guy Ritchie’s Rock n Rolla,he took a dip with Bronson but after watching Lawless recently and now Batman today, I have to say there are few building a body of work as strong as Tom Hardy right now.

I don’t really care about the Batman franchise,I find the characters generally boring after half an hour,not so with this installment,Bane is someone who makes you stand up and take notice,first you have to deal with his visual look, then his voice haunts you each time he opens his mouth/gas tank,if there was an Oscar for best voice this year Bane would win hands down,in fact the last time a voice made such an impression on me I was watching young chap being told who his father was.

The special effects in this pic’ are impressive,in fact if you compare this years Batman to this years Bond movie I would have to pass my vote to the bat,purely based on special effects as I suspect neither will win an Oscar.

7.5/10

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Extracted (2012) Movie review – This is BAD

I lost interest in this movie after the opening sixty seconds,the lead actor really lacks charisma and any real talent,I think the worst mistake an actor can make after over acting is not acting at all,his facial expression’s do not differ at all,he could have won the lottery,got shot at,lost his wife and I would be looking at the same dull and emotionless face.

The story may have had legs but unfortunately the platform was lacking almost everything.

1/10

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End of Watch (2012) Movie review – This movie has everything 9/10

I was blown away by this movie,the style,the story and the characters,Jake Gyllenhaal is outstanding and he is surrounded by a solid cast.

The film is captivating from start to finish,normally the idea of having 50% of the footage shown via hand-held cameras and car cameras would put me off,but in this case it brings a realism to the show,I hate Paranormal activity I find the story and camera angles off-putting,were as in this film it feels like you are watching an episode of cops but you are riding along in the back seat,the director made a brave move on this film and it pays off as the results are genuinely exciting and thrilling.

While on patrol Jake and his partner (Michael Pena) both share conversations that seem perfectly natural and engaging,I think when you have two likeable guys in the car for a large part of the movie it’s very easy to make one a bad ass and the other the good guy,purely from ying and yang point of view,to have two very likeable well-mannered guys in the car and create natural look and relationship can’t be easy,but the director(David Ayer) pulls it off.

I really enjoyed this one

9/10

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Theresa May still way off cracking immigration – The Guardian

The Home Office’s progress in dealing with a backlog of asylum applications has never been smooth, and is now putting Theresa May under pressure. Photograph: PA

When John Reid famously described the Home Office as “not fit for purpose” when he was home secretary in 2006, one of the main things he did was to move immigration and asylum out of the department into a separate agency. He also promised that the backlog of 450,000 outstanding asylum case files would be dealt with by 2011. That deadline has now come back to bite Theresa May, today’s home secretary.

The roots of the problem go back to the late 90s when a complete breakdown in the Home Office immigration and nationality directorate was triggered by a combination of computer meltdown and organisational chaos.

The break-up of the Soviet Union had resulted in the asylum backlog rising above 100,000 for the first time.

When the Home Office tried to beat the computer problems by retrieving thousands of paper files stored in an underground car park at the Croydon HQ of the directorate, they found they were rotting in 45cm of water.

Although Home Office ministers ever since have repeatedly assured MPs that the UK immigration and asylum system has recovered, it is still a Cinderella in Whitehall service and still suffers periodic breakdowns – as the Brodie Clark affair demonstrated last autumn.

The backlog for new asylum applications is now in hand but that has only been achieved at the expense of parking the 450,000 “legacy” files then creating a separate dedicated system to deal with them. Every time there was a new political demand to act on immigration – say to step up the removal of foreign national prisoners – staff were switched away from legacy to deal with the problem of the day.

The net result was that progress was never smooth. While there were 450,000 cases, that did not mean there were 450,000 asylum seekers in limbo here. Many had gone home, were duplicate files, or had been resolved simply by the length of time they had been in Britain. In May 2010 the UK Border Agency said 277,000 of the cases were concluded. About 106,000 had been let stay, 34,000 sent home and 137,000 files closed for other reasons.

As Reid’s 2011 deadline approached, a huge effort was made to hit the target. In Croydon and Liverpool 800 staff and a further 350 temporary workers were assigned to the work, but it was not to be enough.

There is however a political dimension to this as well. When Conservatives cheer the appointment of the Australian Lynton Crosby as David Cameron’s election strategist for 2015, they hope he’ll be able to repeat his 2005 general election pitch to the party’s core vote, especially on the theme of immigration.

But for that to play well, the Tories need a defensible immigration record. They fought the last campaign saying Labour had let it get out of control. The repeated failures of the Home Office meant that message had serious traction. May needs to ensure she does not become tarred with the same brush.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/22/theresa-may-way-cracking-immigration

As a result of Teresa May’s ambition to impove immigration figures she has attacked family migration as she has no power to address the EU problems,at present there are 15,000 UK citizens who are living apart from their wifes and children because Teresa May wants to hold onto 3% (total family migration from outside of the EU) so it’s kind of like going down on the titanic but making your bed before the water comes crashing into your room.

There have been recent cases that have gone to appeal which judges have overturned on the basis that the government have broken the law with this ruling and gone against people’s human rights.

Facebook and Media groups fighting this new £18,600 threshold that the Tories have brought in – https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/458130764223591/

http://www.change.org/petitions/theresa-may-new-uk-immigration-laws-are-tearing-families-apart-change-them-now

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Deadfall (2012) Movie review – Eric Bana’s best role since Chopper,but average film

Eric Bana first hit the scene with a remarkable performance and portrayal in Chopper.

His following choice of movies left a lot to be desired,he seem to only accept roles which included him being the love interest in dull generic romance,he seem to avoid any role that conjured up any genuine excitement or insight.

Kris Kristofferson, a face and voice from the grave,or at least I thought he died a long time ago,another face from the more recent past is Charlie Hunman (Green Street) he is an Aussie and he murdered a cockney accent in Green street,he is doing his best to cut the American accent down to size within the first few scenes in this flick.

Eric Bana’s character is interesting and when the story involved him my interest heightened,it’s just the rest of the movie that was flat,I felt the director was trying to make a cool movie and tried a little too hard,I think keeping things simple but original would have been much more enjoyable for the viewer.

5/10

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