Sunday, 22 September 2013

this week on 100 Films

Three new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week!


Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (2013)
Action-packed, funny, character developing, and with some hilarious cameos at the end… You couldn’t ask for much more from a 15 minute superhero-universe short.
Read more here.


Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 (2012)
This is exactly the kind of tale I presume the imminent TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be telling. Considering fans seem ultra-hyped for that, I’m not sure why they dislike Item 47 so much
Read more here.


The Muppets (2011)
a film that embraces the Muppets’ anarchic nature and old-fashioned entertainment style, while also integrating them into the modern world... breaks of the fourth wall abound, and constitute most of the film’s best bits.
Read more here.


Plus a whole load were new to the new blog...


The Green Mile (1999)
draws the viewer into believing that miracles may be possible. It’s a whole hour before Michael Clarke Duncan’s near-silent John Coffey (“like the drink, only not spelled the same”) does his healing thing, at which point what was apparently a straightforward period prison drama gains a new dimension.
Read more here.


Henry V (1944)
I didn’t much care for it. It failed to engage me, and I’d put this down to Olivier’s infamous staging (literally) of it.
Read more here.


Henry V (1989)
Olivier’s version is an over-stylised, propaganda-inspired, outdated version of Shakespeare, whereas Branagh’s is a comprehensible, realistic, textured and, perhaps most importantly, genuinely enjoyable interpretation.
Read more here.


The History Boys (2006)
The History Boys isn’t really about what it’s about — the boys applying for Oxbridge is shoved into a corner almost as soon as it’s introduced — but is instead about their learning, and their experience gained while (and from) learning, and a bit about growing up and discovering oneself too.
Read more here.


Thunderbirds (2004)
If you loved the series you’ll never like this; heck, unless you’re under 10 you’ll probably never like this (and that’s being generous). Maybe, someday, there’ll be a decent new version of Thunderbirds. Sadly, this has probably hindered any attempts at that.
Read more here.


Transformers (2007)
It may be clich├ęd in places, with too much of a tech fetish, shallow female characters, too many faceless soldiers, bouts of weak dialogue, a muddled climax… But it’s still fun.
Read more here.


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
This is what happens when a studio allows someone like Bay an essentially limitless budget and less than two years to turn a blockbuster around.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

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