Sunday, 17 June 2018

TV

Classic BRIT Awards 2018
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

this week on 100 Films

7 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo (1978)
One of the major inspirations behind Lupin the 3rd’s creation was James Bond, and so, appropriately enough, this is a globetrotting adventure that takes in Transylvania, Egypt, France, Spain, the Caribbean, and Colombia. Similarly, it also showcases some great action scenes, particularly an extended car chase through Paris and then the mountains. Unlike Bond, there’s a definite cartoonishness to many of the antics, and the third act takes a turn into outright science-fiction that gets a bit crazy.
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Almost Oscar-Worthy Review Roundup
Each of these films was nominated for multiple Oscars… but failed to win a single one. Featuring Big, Frost/Nixon, and Lion.
Read more here.


Gangster Review Roundup
Featuring City of God, RocknRolla, and Scarface.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Films

What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2018 #23

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

This week: absolutely nothing to report.

Number of titles in collection: 2,115 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,157 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 958 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 5,397 [no change]
Number of films: 2,360 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 8,046 [no change]
Number of short films: 614 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Films

Gaslight (1944)
[#134 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Non-Fiction

Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who - Volume 1: 1963-1989 by Paul Kirkley
Chapter 4 (Page 105-116)

A chapter longer than those on the First and Second Doctors combined, and almost twice as long as the Third Doctor's — which makes sense, really, given how long Tom Baker was in the role. But that's why I've only read a fraction of it so far.

Articles

David Lynch Refuses To Explain Twin Peaks: The Return: “Ideas Came, And This Is What They Presented”
by Damon Wise (from Deadline)

Pulling Triple-Duty For Twin Peaks Revival, Kyle MacLachlan On The Prospect Of Another Return
by Damon Wise (from Deadline)

I wasn't sure why these interviews were popping up, but I think it's a US awards season thing. Whatever, it's always good to hear more about Twin Peaks.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Films

Shrek Forever After (2010)
[#132 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Non-Fiction

Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who - Volume 1: 1963-1989 by Paul Kirkley
Chapters 1-2

Possibly the only book to give a comprehensive narrative history of Doctor Who's production. Each chapter takes a different Doctor's era (so this reading covers all of Hartnell and Troughton, aka the '60s), which is as good a way to break it up as any. It's written in a relatively light and lively manner, taking a gently comic tone rather than a dry and serious one, which makes it very readable. Kirkley also briefly reviews every single story as he reaches it, which is a nice touch.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Films

Rocky II (1979)
[#131 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

this week on 100 Films

One of the greatest TV series of all time reached its end on UK TV this past week, so I brought forward 100 Films in a Year's monthly TV column to review it. That, of course, was The Americans...





As well as that, 8 brand-new film reviews were published this week...


Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
Everyone else seems to rate Adventures of Zatoichi somewhat poorly... Conversely, I thought it was rather brilliant. It has a nice, clear, well-connected narrative (something I haven’t always found in previous instalments). There’s a great cast of supporting characters, lots of small roles who all make their mark... Tonally the film displays an effective mix of humour, action, drama, and emotion, making for an all-round entertainment.
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Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
In some ways it feels like a kids’ movie made for adults. Sure, it’s about cute talking animals, but a lot of the jokes are squarely aimed at knowing grown-ups, as is some of the emotional stuff, such as a scene where the Jack Russell is clearly running off to Heaven, which probably (hopefully, even) goes over younger children’s heads. As that may suggest, it’s also a very dark movie. Most of the darkness is eventually undercut, subverted, or rescued, but not always immediately
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The Conversation (1974)
Harry Caul is a professional eavesdropper — people pay him to record what other people are saying in private. When Coppola conceived the film, this was just an interesting world to play around in. By the time it was produced and released, Watergate had recently happened, and the film could not have been more timely. Nonetheless, the end result is not merely an espionage mystery, but also a character study about what kind of man would perform this work.
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It (2017)
Plenty of people will line up to tell you It isn’t actually all that scary, which is to watching horror movies as boasting who can eat the hottest curry is to dining. Obviously, everyone’s mileage will vary. I found some of it to be suitably unsettling and disturbing, and the “any time, any place” aspect keeps you alert and on edge. Its downside is that, for the first chunk of the movie, it just seems to be a series of unsettling scenes without much of a plot.
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Men in Black 3 (2012)
MIB2 was a kind of typical first sequel: memorable-but-small characters get massively increased roles; things are referenced just for the sake of referencing them; jokes are repeated or amped up. MIB3 is more like the typical belated sequel: it stands somewhat divorced from the first two, with the minor stuff all gone, and some more significant changes necessitated by the passing of time.
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Vehicular Review Roundup
Get in Vehicle 19 to go for a Drive with The Driver in this automobile-related review roundup.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.