Sunday, 12 April 2015


Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2x13 Payback
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

5x01 Changing Tides
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]


Bernie (2011)
[#53 in 100 Films in a Year 2015]

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
[#54 in 100 Films in a Year 2015]

this week on 100 Films

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

Persona (1966)
I can’t promise gravity or insight. In fact, practically the opposite, because I think that Persona is almost wilfully obtuse. That’s not because the film is stupid, but because it’s “slow to understand” — people have been debating its meaning for almost 50 years now, and it seems that still no one really knows what it’s about... Obviously that’s some people’s bag, but it leaves me slightly baffled
Read more here.

Rear Window (1954)
a heady mix of suspicion, tension, voyeurism, and a light romantic subplot — Hitchcock through and through. It’s one of his best-regarded films, too: Vertigo may gain the Sight & Sound plaudits, but Rear Window is second only to Psycho on the IMDb Top 250; and, as I write, they sit precisely side by side, which on a list that long is tantamount to equality.
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Runner Runner (2013)
Sometimes, films are so maligned that you feel you just have to see for yourself. Or I do, anyway. Crime thriller Runner Runner, with its 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is one of those occasions... It’s fatally marred by flabby storytelling, which substitutes voiceover and aimless montages for plot, with a pace that’s shot to hell
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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
I very nearly spent a little over two and a half of my precious hours watching the fourth Transformers movie... And then I remembered that the last two Transformers films were rubbish, and that Age of Extinction had met with an even worse reception upon its theatrical debut last July, so why would I want to waste so much of my time on something I was sure to think was dross? ... Lest you came here hoping for some thoughts on Transformers 4 from someone who had actually endured it, here are some choice quotes from (and links to) other pieces that I have appreciated
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Plus eight archive reviews were reposted on the new blog...

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The story is intensely procedural: we meet the lead character, defence attorney Paul Biegler, moments before he first learns of the case; leave the story almost immediately after the verdict; and in between, every single scene is bent to Biegler’s research and the trial itself. It’s so thorough, accurate and real that it is (reportedly) still used as a working example in law education.
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
It’s easy to see how Gentlemen Prefer Blondes helped launch Marilyn Monroe as a sex-symbol superstar — her ditzy, breathy blonde, who may just be cleverer than she looks, is clearly the star of the film.
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South Pacific (1958)
Honestly, I think this must be one of the most uninformative 'reviews' I ever wrote...
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Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope (DVD Edition) (1977/2004)
Much criticism has been made of Lucas deciding to modify the original trilogy for the 1997 re-release, and then further for the 2004 DVD release. It’s not necessarily unjustified, but it is sometimes picky. If Han shooting first bothered you, you may be a little pleased to know they now shoot at the same time.
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Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (DVD Edition) (1980/2004)
Little here is visually different from the ’97 Special Edition. Cloud City benefits from the CGI windows and lighting it was given back then, though the views look as fake as ever. The big change comes in dubbing both Boba Fett and the Emperor with appropriate actors from the prequel trilogy
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Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (DVD Edition) (1983/2004)
here seem to be only minor differences or effects improvements here — it does make you wonder what the fans were kicking up such a fuss about! ... The main addition for the DVD is Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. It doesn’t work at all; in fact, it manages to make it look as if there was never anyone there at all.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010)
can boast an awful lot of firsts within the Star Wars franchise: the first animated Star Wars in cinemas, the first not to feature Frank Oz as Yoda, the first not to open in May, the first not to have a text-crawl intro… It’s also the first not to open at number one at the box office. None of these facts are likely to endear itself to die-hard Star Wars fans. I’m not one, but it did little to endear itself to me either.
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Starwoids (2001)
A fan documentary, Starwoids tells the tale of two groups of Star Wars fans who queued for six weeks to be the first to see The Phantom Menace. Alongside this, the film takes a couple of diversions into general Star Wars fandom.
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More next Sunday.