Sunday, 22 February 2009


Mad Men
1x07 Red in the Face [2nd watch]
1x08 The Hobo Code [2nd watch]
1x09 Shoot [2nd watch]
There are so many great things about Mad Men. Today's favourite: the put-downs. Also, Betty Draper shooting her neighbour's pigeons. You have to see it to get it.

Oscars 2009: Live from the Red Carpet
And so Sky's coverage begins. And, in fact, is ongoing as this is posted, because the actual ceremony doesn't start until 1am over here. So there's an hour of red carpet to go, and the ceremony itself will be part of tomorrow's updates... or just sometime after midnight, if I have thoughts to share before then.


CGI Team Creates Realistic Oscar For Michael Bay
(from The Onion)
"A leading team of CGI experts hand-selected by blockbuster producer and director Michael Bay has pushed the limits of what can be accomplished with special effects and digital imaging by creating a computer- generated best-director Oscar for the 43-year-old filmmaker... CGI technology is still decades away from making an Academy Award win for Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner look plausible."

100 Films update

It's been a long, long time since the last 100 Films update -- closing in on three months, in fact -- and the day of the Oscars seemed an appropriate time to finally post this. Not that anything up for a major award is included. Still, the long gap means there are a huge pile of reviews to cover.

This update, then, I'll be rounding off 2008, dipping the first toe into 2009, and finally (finally!) finishing 2007.

First, the 'new' reviews, being those from 2008 and 2009:

  • 24: Redemption (Extended Edition) (2008)
  • The Aristocrats (2005)
  • Be Kind Rewind (2008)
  • Becoming Jane (2007)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Clockwise (1986)
  • Cube (1997)
  • Cube2: Hypercube (2002)
  • Cube Zero (2004)
  • Die Hard 2 (1990)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
  • Madagascar (2005)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  • Russian Ark (2002)
  • Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)
  • Snakes on a Plane (2006)
  • Son of Paleface (1952)
  • Swing Time (1936)
  • Ultimate Avengers (2006)
  • Ultimate Avengers II (2006)
  • White Christmas (1954)

  • Also, the following shorts...
  • Gasman (1997)
  • Wallace and Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)

  • Plus, thoughts on the Cube trilogy and what makes a film a film?

    Secondly (well, kinda fourthly), the last of the re-posted reviews from 2007:

  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
  • Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
  • Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
  • The Crowd (1928)
  • Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
  • Fantômas: Juve Versus Fantômas (1913)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • The King of Comedy (1983)
  • Manhattan (1979)
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
  • Mean Streets (1973)
  • The Naked City (1948)
  • New York Stories (1989)
  • The Paleface (1948)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Traffic in Souls (1913)

  • And finally, some more shorts...
  • Manhatta (1921)
  • À Propos de Nice (1930)
  • Skyscraper Symphony (1929)

  • From here on it's just '09 reviews then. Which I'm rather behind on; and I'm nowhere near where I need to be to hit 100 by December either -- at my current rate, I won't even make it to 40...