Sunday, 17 February 2013


6x07 Nebraska
I was worried this episode would be a bit of an aside, but I thought it was a particularly good one. Mass opinion (or as mass as's viewer ratings get, anyway) seems to disagree.

1x12 M.
Elementary really seems to have found its feet in recent episodes (that or I've just got used it), and this is definitely the pinnacle of that. Hopefully they'll go the Sherlock route and introduce and deal with Moriarty for too long, rather than the Mentalist route of stringing it out forever. But it's US network TV, so I fear the latter is more likely.


Final Destination 5 (2011)
[#17 in 100 Films in a Year 2013]


2000 AD #1758-1761

Featuring, in order of each strip's first appearance here...

Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Elusive, Part 6 by John Wagner & Henry Flint
Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: The Assassination List, Parts 1-3 by John Wagner & Leigh Gallagher
Ampney Crucis Investigates... The English Assassin, Parts Nine - Eleven by Ian Edginton & Simon Davis
Indigo Prime Anthropocalypse, Parts Three - Six by John Smith & Edmund Bagwell
Angel Zero Parts 8-11 by Kek-W & John Burns
Low Life The Deal, Parts 9-12 by Rob Williams & D'Israeli
Sinister Dexter Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Part One by Dan Abnett & Anthony Williams

Keeping this up for two days in a row?! Unheard of!

The consistently excellent Low Life comes to a consistently excellent end. I ought to find out if previous episodes are available in book form, assuming they're just as good. Ampney Crucis ends too, on a cliffhanger that relies on previous knowledge (which I don't have). Indigo Prime continues to show off great art on an impenetrable story, while Angel Zero plods on in predictable fashion.

And Dredd is Dredd. Which is no bad thing.

Back when Prog.1760 was published ECBT 2000AD linked to a most unusual thing: a medical review of the issue! If you're interested, that can be found here.

this week on 100 Films

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

Avengers Assemble (2012)

aka The Avengers / Marvel's The Avengers / Marvel Avengers Assemble / Marvel's Avengers Assemble... the film that represented the culmination of Marvel's uber-successful Phase One cinematic experiment: the disappointing Avengers Assemble.

Yeah, I said "disappointing".

Read more here.

Everything or Nothing (2012)

Eschewing intrusive, dogmatic voiceover narration, Riley instead tells the story through interviews (both new talking-head pieces and archive-drawn audio), illustrative clips, behind-the-scenes photos and film snippets, and music. The latter elements are taken almost exclusively from the Bond franchise itself

Read more here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

The climactic Battle of Hogwarts takes up much of the film. A glut of combat and cameos, most surviving characters return. Many get their moment to shine, with particular gratification from Matthew Lewis’ Neville, Julie Walters’ Mrs Weasley, and Maggie Smith’s Professor McGonagall.

Read more here.

Thor (2011)

Director Kenneth Branagh brings all his Shakespearean know-how to one of the most innately successful of Marvel’s recent superhero movies, spinning a yarn of gods and mortals, humility and responsibility, without stinting on action or humour.

Read more here.

And new to the new blog...

Max Payne: Harder Cut (2008)

The reportedly awful A Good Day to Die Hard is in cinemas now. It’s directed by John Moore, whose last film earnt a rare 1-star review from me…

Read more here.

Night at the Museum (2006)

the easily-impressed will love it, the highly cynical will probably despise it, and the rest of us can sit in the middle, being adequately entertained while the film plays but require nothing else from it ever again.

Read more here.

More next Sunday.