Sunday, 21 December 2014

this week on 100 Films

It's the third week of 100 Films in a Year's 2014 Advent Calendar, in which a further seven brand-new reviews were published...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
This isn’t the kind of blockbuster that sets out a simple premise then follows it up with half a dozen action sequences, possibly with a twist at the end. No, this is the story of Ape and Man learning to interact and coexist — or, rather, failing to. Political machinations abound — and that’s just in the Ape camp.
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Machete (2010)
When it’s on its game, Machete is the best kind of spoof: innovative, comical... Unfortunately it’s far too long, with an overabundance of characters and conflicts dragging things out.
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Sin City (Recut & Extended) (2005)
The lack of notable new material isn’t the issue, though. The real problem is the re-structure. Let’s not beat around the bush: it scuttles the film. Individually, each of the three longer narratives is fine, but when watched back-to-back as if it were still one film, the structure is unbalanced.
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
a collection of hyper-noir short stories, connected by location and overlapping characters, that flits between time periods with abandon — this is both a prequel and sequel to the first film... If the first was noir with a comic book mentality, then the second is a comic book with a noir mentality.
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The Spirit (2008)
Comic book creator Frank Miller brings what he learnt co-directing Sin City to this adaptation of Will Eisner’s classic newspaper strip. Turns out, that’s not much.
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The World's End (2013)
This is a more mature work than its two predecessors. While they were clever genre mash-up/pastiches, this goes lighter on that crowd-pleasing bumf. There are still generous segments of that in the film, but the genre being manipulated is less clearly defined and occasionally co-writers Pegg and Wright have substituted character development and thematic points for send-up.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
There’s an awful lot going on in Days of Future Past, which, if you want to dig into it, makes for quite a rich film. There’s the obvious need to balance major storylines taking place in both the past and the future... but there’s enough [character] material for a quality actor like James McAvoy to sink his teeth into.
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Plus one new to the new blog...

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
at times it reminded me of Pride & Prejudice — a family of daughters seeking marriage — albeit a version of Pride & Prejudice with much of the dramatic tension removed. For instance, Austen’s tale spends a long time creating a bad impression of Mr Darcy, only to eventually reveal his (mostly) good intentions. St. Louis, on the other hand, manages all of five minutes
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More next Sunday.

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