Sunday, 14 April 2013

this week on 100 Films

Just one new review on 100 Films in a Year this week...

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
It doesn’t make much sense, it’s scrappy around the edges, but at times it exhibits a kind of loose fun and modest excitement. I can see why it appeals to those who saw it at the right age.
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The Black Dahlia (2006)
It’s one of many problems in a film that tries hard to be a proper noir but fails in almost every respect: performances (most of which wind up flat), corny dialogue, plot, pretty-but-vacant direction, and even voice-over narration.
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Death Race (2008)
There’s no denying that Death Race is B-movie tosh, but at least it’s an example of fairly entertaining B-movie tosh... It caters perfectly to its intended audience: there’s fast cars, sexy girls, lots of action, big explosions.
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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Woody Allen mixes a bit of the thriller into his usual relationship-based comedy/drama style, with effective results. The combination produces an engaging thriller with the usual character-focused drama woven around it
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Mean Streets (1973)
Semi-autobiographical New York gangster movie, guaranteed a place in history as the first collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro
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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
Despite the success of their two Sherlock Holmes films, Fox decided the character was outdated and resolved not to make any more. Universal clearly disagreed, and the popular pairing of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce reprised their roles for this, the first of twelve Holmes films the studio would make with the duo
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Wallace and Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)
As ever it’s packed with inventive humour, both visual and verbal, and Gromit remains one of the finest silent comedy characters ever created. The amount of emotion and story that can be conveyed with a lump of plasticine is tribute to the abilities of Park and his team
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More next Sunday.

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