Sunday, 30 June 2013


Agatha Christie's Marple
6x02 Greenshaw's Folly
A bit slow in the second half, but otherwise a good one -- with a nicely traditional everyone-in-the-drawing-room explain-it-all denouement. Yay.
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]

The Good Life
4x05 Suit Yourself

Mad Men
6x13 In Care Of [season finale]
Helluva finale. Didn't see a lot of that coming, because I thought they were on the path of "the fall of Don Draper" to end the whole show with next season. But maybe he'll now be redeemed? Can't wait to find out.

this week on 100 Films

Four brand new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week! They were...

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Andrew Garfield dons the webbed onesie for an unwarranted reboot of the only-one-decade-old Spider-Man film franchise, retelling his origins… but with a twist! Cos, y’know, the last version was only out about 10 minutes ago.
Read more here.

Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)
it is rubbish… I suppose… Thing is, it sort of grew on me. After a start that looks like a fan film shot in someone’s garden, by the time our hero teams up with a ragtag gang of evil-doers it begins to come together.
Read more here.

Final Destination 5 (2011)
this feels fresher than the dire fourth film. Not much, perhaps, but it has a few more twists on the formula. That said, it’s generally a very tired format now — the identikit plot is merely a delivery medium for more varied deaths.
Read more here.

Flightplan (2005)
Notorious (to me) for unjustly beating Serenity to #1 at the US box office (a slight we Brits can proudly say went unrepeated), this plane-based uncredited remake of The Lady Vanishes is the kind of film that’s a 12 for no real reason. It contains “moderate violence and suspense”. Wow.
Read more here.

Plus, new to the new blog...

Spider-Man 2.1 (2004/2007)
Shortly before the release of the threequel, Spider-Man 2 returned to DVD in this newly extended form. What’s there? Not much.
Read more here.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 3 carries the distinct air of a group of people trying to recapture former glories, and the fun they had achieving them, and failing on both counts.
Read more here.

Stardust (2007)
Perhaps the simplest way to describe Stardust is as “the British Princess Bride”. That may do it a disservice however, as this is sufficiently its own beast to stand apart from such (admittedly lofty) comparisons, and be much more than a simple rehash with different accents.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.