Sunday, 10 March 2013

this week on 100 Films

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

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

early in Batman’s career Bruce falls in love and finds happiness, causing him to question whether to continue down the path he’s already dedicated his life to. The scene where he talks to his parents’ grave, expressing his guilt at potentially finding happiness after so much mourning, is one of the most powerful, emotional moments in all of Batman’s many iterations.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

It may not match the TV series in places, in my subjective opinion, but in its own right it shines. Gary Oldman does the impossible and offers a Smiley that is neither an imitation of Guinness’ nor a deliberate counterpoint, but stands apart as an equally proficient rendering of the character.

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And new to the new blog...

The Happening (2008)

Shyamalan’s worst film to date. [Written before The Last Airbender.]

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Hitman: Unrated (2007)

Hitman seems to be doing its best to blend in and go unnoticed — much like a good hired assassin would do, you’d imagine. Except in this film, all the assassins are bald and have barcodes tattooed on the back of their head — not at all conspicuous.

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In Bruges (2008)

hilariously funny... The easily-offended might disagree, and some jokes are a tad too obvious, but it’s nice to genuinely laugh at a film rather than force the odd smirk so as to at least get something from an otherwise wasted 90 minutes

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Ocean's Twelve (2004)

This all-star sequel to the 2001 Rat Pack re-make received a thorough slating from critics on release... it’s still a pretty enjoyable film. But it’s true that the first is better.

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Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

Thirteen is Twelve with Eleven’s sheen. Its critical success relative to its immediate predecessor is, I think, another of the gang’s expertly executed cons.

Read more here.

More next Sunday.

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