Sunday 20 October 2013


Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
1x02 The Second Doctor

3x20 The One with the Dollhouse [4th or so watch]

2x12 Body Talk
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

Was It Something I Said
1x01 Episode 1 (extended repeat)
[Watch the shorter version (again) on 4oD.]
(or be like me and Torrent the longer one...)


Shanghai Knights (2003)
[#90 in 100 Films in a Year 2013]

this week on 100 Films

Four new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week.

First up, a film that has its UK free-TV premiere on Channel 5 at 4:20pm this afternoon...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Cloudy subverts first impressions by actually being really good. And I mean that as in “good for adults”, not just “good for kids”... The main selling point is that it’s very funny. Of course there’s the slapstick cartoon humour, which is well done, but there’s also a lot of great one-liners, random asides, and the like.
Read more here.

The Extraordinary Voyage (2011)
Documentary about the life and work of Georges Méliès, with particular attention to A Trip to the Moon, which then moves on to discuss how the hand-coloured print was rediscovered and the various attempts at restoring it.
Read more here.

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
If you’ve seen a Zucker-Abrams-Zucker film you’ll know what you’re in for (and if you haven’t, is a sequel really the best place to start?), but the pleasing aspect is that this is as good as any. Well, not as good as any, but it’s a fine example of their style.
Read more here.

A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Of all the defining images of cinema — certainly of the silent era — the face on the Moon with a rocket in its eye must be one of the most recognised, though you have to wonder how many have actually seen Méliès’ full vision.
Read more here.

Just one review new to the new blog this week, though...

The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Here’s an unusual one from the pantheon of film noir. These days we’d probably call it a docu-drama, though thankfully there are no talking heads, but there is a factual voiceover narration. The story, we’re told, comes from the FBI’s files and is based on a real case — the original title was Now It Can Be Told and it’s “loosely based on the case of Duquesne Spy Ring headed by Frederick Joubert Duquesne and the work of real life double agent William G. Sebold.”
Read more here.

More next Sunday.