Sunday 26 August 2012


The Function Room
Pilot Meet the Police
This seemed to gain a lot of praise in certain circles. It was mediocre at best.
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

Jon Snow's Paralympic Show
Episode 3 (of 7)
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

Stomp: Live

this week on 100 Films

Last week I posted eight reviews, commenting that I didn't believe there could be more than that this week. Well...

Two new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, including my 600th feature review!

Burke & Hare (2010)
This is a true story
Except for the parts that are not
Read more here.

Unstoppable (2010)
In tribute to the late Tony Scott, perhaps one of my favourite filmmakers, and normally a distinctly underrated one, 100 Films’s 600th feature review is of his final film.
Read it here.

Plus, new to the new blog, my only other Tony Scott review to date...

Deja Vu (2006)
The timey-wimey plot is quite fun, in some ways. Massively over-complicated — no one will blame you for switching off as the “how it’s done” technobabble washes over you; if you just accept this is all possible within the confines of the movie’s universe, there’s enough investigative thrills to sustain proceedings — but, if one does pay attention, a lot of it makes sense. Well, enough sense. It becomes a bit unravelled toward the end.
Read more here.

Also new to the new blog this week were...

Before Sunrise (1995)
Two 20-somethings meet on a train from Budapest to Paris, get off in Vienna and spend the night there until one of them has to fly out in the morning. A simple premise, though you may wonder how it sustains 95 minutes. The answer is, very well.
Read more here.

Before Sunset (2004)
It’s as simple a premise as Sunrise, and in many ways is very similar: it’s essentially two people talking, laughing and philosophising... These are the same people, but they’re older and changed.
Read more here.

Cloak and Dagger (1946)
A World War II espionage thriller about the OSS — spies, basically, and the forerunner to the CIA. Despite all the thrills this should elicit, especially when directed by Fritz Lang, I wasn’t particularly impressed.
Read more here.

Mean Creek (2004)
A group of teenagers concoct a plan for revenge on a bully in this drama from first-time writer/director Estes. Whilst the premise might sound straightforward and liable to be morally simplistic, the writing, acting and direction combine to make a film that is complex, tense, tragic and ultimately believable.
Read more here.

Plus Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is on Sky Movies Premiere this week, so I posted my old reviews of the previous three Potters (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows: Part 1) in one go here.

And also, Sky Arts 1 are showing the Three Colours Trilogy this fortnight, so naturally I moved my old 'reviews' to the new blog. You can see them all together here.

That's 13 total; though last week included six brand new to this week's two. If only I posted that many new reviews regularly, I wouldn't be so far behind.

More (though it tempts fate, it really is hard to imagine there being more) next Sunday.