Sunday 10 February 2013


The British Academy Film Awards 2013
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

6x02 Once Upon a Time...

9x19 The Immortal Bard (XL edition) [Shakespeare special]
Watched the regular edition in April 2012. This only aired a few weeks later, hence why I've had it lying around 'til now.


The Pearl of Death (1944)
[#15 in 100 Films in a Year 2013]

this week on 100 Films

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

The Artist (2011)

Some have said The Artist is not a patch on any of the real silent films it seeks to emulate. I take umbrage with that. While it may not be to the level of the very best the silent era has to offer, they churned ‘em out in those days, and I’d wager it is more than equal to the period’s average output.

Read more here.

The Lady Eve (1941)

In the interests of completing my backlog of 2012 reviews, I’ve decided to post some ‘drabble reviews’ of the stuff I watched longest ago. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long. So, the first of these ‘drabble reviews’ is…

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Scre4m (2011)

One of the hallmarks of the original films is that they featured characters who were very aware of the rules of the horror movie. That’s not gone in Scre4m, which sets its sights on the US horror predilections that have followed since; mainly remakes and reboots. Sadly, there’s probably more on-the-nose exposition about the poor quality of remakes than actually integrating such criticism into the film

Read more here.

And new to the new blog...

Monkey Business (1952)

The plot sees a married couple accidentally take a youth serum the husband has been developing, causing them to inexplicably start acting younger — much younger. But in terms of the story, we see a happily married couple wind up happily married having been through no real strain.

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Nanny McPhee (2005)

Nanny McPhee is brilliant. But to expand more directly on that sentence would be a conclusion, and so, before that, I present a collection of thoughts on bits I liked. Let’s call it “a review”.

Read more here.

Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang (2010)

Thompson treats the audience with respect in relation to the first film, playing on expectations and speeding through parts of the story we know. You don’t need to have seen it, but you’ll get a bit more if you have. Also as with the first film, there’s a perhaps surprising undercurrent of genuine emotion and serious issues.

Read more here.

More next Sunday.