Sunday 26 May 2013


Have I Got News For You
45x07 (17/5/2013 edition; extended repeat)
[Watch the extended version (again) on iPlayer.]

Pointless Celebrities
3x07 (8/12/12 edition)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
[#52a in 100 Films in a Year 2013]
[2nd watch]

This was #2 in 100 Films 2012, and now it completes my Harry Potter re-watch, which has neatly filled all the Sundays in April and May. And it's flown by, too!

Shane (1953)
[#52 in 100 Films in a Year 2013]

this week on 100 Films

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

Django Unchained (2012)
I’m going to offer pretty unrelenting praise for Django Unchained, but it’s hard to know where to begin. With the cinematography and its extraordinary range? Or how about those action sequences? Or there’s always QT’s renowned music choices? Or the performances?
Read more here.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
The third film in the series ditches a number for a subtitle; ditches the US settings for Japan; and ditches every character from the earlier films in favour of a fresh start. What remains is the tone and the content. The plot is the usual mix of street racing and gangster posturing, though at least the “woohoo hot chicks!” and rap culture business has been toned down from last time.
Read more here.

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
a wonderful noir feel permeates through much of the film. This is thanks in part to cinematographer Ward Russell. Technically this is neo-noir, but it makes you want to call it “neon-noir” — pitch black frames punctuated by glowing coloured lights.
Read more here.

Additionally, new to the new blog were...

Final Destination (2000)
The most important part, all things considered, are the ways Death settles the score. No mysterious “natural causes” demises here — it's all about inventive executions. Even after a decade, in which some of the Great Big Shocks have been revealed in various Top 10s and “OMG do you remember the bit where…” conversations, some bits remain impressive and/or amusing.
Read more here.

Final Destination 2 (2003)
To say any more about the deaths would be to ruin the film. Trust that they are suitable inventive, occasionally surprising — there’s a neat twist in who the first handful of victims are — and the build up to each littered with red herrings and misdirections.
Read more here.

Final Destination 3 (2006)
the deaths? Some are moderately inventive, and one or two even provoked a crumb of the intended amusement, but somehow it didn’t click as it was clearly intended to (i.e. more with the humour of the second than the fear of the first).
Read more here.

More next Sunday.