Sunday, 27 December 2015

this week on 100 Films

7 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week...

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
In terms of consumer advice, you’re not going to watch this sequel without having seen the first, and therefore “more of the same (more or less)” will suffice for a review. In terms of a more analytical mindset… well, what is there to analyse, really? I’m not sure this movie has anything to say.
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Boyz n the Hood (1991)
John Singleton became the first African-American Best Director Oscar nominee, as well as the youngest, for this debut. 23 years on, his story of the lives and troubles of young black men in L.A. remains sadly pertinent.
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Horns (2013)
Did Daniel Radcliffe murder his girlfriend? Sprouting devilish horns doesn’t help his case… Ostensibly a fantasy-horror murder-mystery, in execution this is mostly black comedy
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Jurassic World (2015)
the plot is fundamentally a rehash of the first movie, but the devil is in the details, and in my book Jurassic World does enough new to shrug off any kind of “stealth remake” allegations. What it does definitely retain is a faithfulness to the Spielbergian tone of the first movie — a stated goal of director/co-writer Colin Trevorrow, and one I feel he’s absolutely pulled off. There’s adventure, humour, a sense of scale and wonder.
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
You can certainly watch Fury Road as just a two-hour chase and (presuming you like action antics) get something out of it. The volume of action, the style with which it’s executed, and the impressive audacity of the stuntwork, all mean the film functions on a purely visceral level.
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Terminator Genisys (2015)
some people will already be predisposed to hate the film. Why mess with a classic, etc. I can see where they’re coming from; at the same time, it’s an interesting idea. Time travel is a key part of the Terminator series, and John grows up with the knowledge that one day he will send Reese back to 1984 to save his mother — but what if Skynet knew that too?
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The Wrestler (2008)
Mickey Rourke’s Oscar-robbed performance is the primary draw of this drama about a washed-up pro wrestler struggling to make ends meet.
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Plus, Merry Christmas!

More next Sunday.

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