Sunday, 7 December 2014


2x03 Telemon
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

1x08 The Mask
[Watch it (again) on Demand 5.]

The Thick of It
1x01 Episode 1
Picked up the complete collection of this in a Black Friday deal -- now I hope it lives up to its reputation. On the evidence of this first episode, the potential is there, though I confess I laughed more heartily at the episode's deleted scenes.
Incidentally, The Observer described the series as a "cross between Yes Minister and The Office", which couldn't be more true if it was a joint spin-off of the two.


After the Thin Man (1936)
[#124 in 100 Films in a Year 2014]

this week on 100 Films

It's been a busy old week at 100 Films in a Year. Firstly, it's December (did you notice?) which meant it was time to look back at November's viewing:

Then, the 3rd annual 100 Films Advent Calendar kicked off -- 25 days of shiny new reviews, people!

And, of course, that means a whole week of reviews -- seven brand-new ones, to be precise. They were...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Fortunately for us, ASM2 has some new twists on the old formulas. Harry’s transformation may be inevitable, but it’s played with different emphasis and motivations. Plus Dane DeHaan is a much more unusual and engaging actor than James Franco, his version of Harry notably different from the previous “pretty young rich kid”.
Read more here.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Cue two hours in which cars drive fast, people punch each other, and things blow up. Furious 6 (as it’s called on screen, to forcefully indicate a barely-existent “Part Two”-ness with the previous film) doesn’t ask much of you as a viewer, and doesn’t give you much back either — which is fair enough, in its own way. In other ways, it’s a disappointment.
Read more here.

In Your Eyes (2014)
Anyone expecting a heavy fantasy flick from the creator of Buffy and the director of The Avengers will be sorely disappointed by what they find here. Rather than being the film’s subject, the fantasy element is an unusual way in to a relationship... I don’t believe the phenomenon that connects the two leads is ever explained, or even investigated. The focus instead lies on the effects it has on the characters.
Read more here.

The Kings of Summer (2013)
I wasn’t sure I’d like this — it looked Quirky and Indie and Hipster-y — but I wound up rather loving it. It mashes zany ‘comedy’-comedy with indie drama — the kind of tonal disjunct some despise, because they like their films neatly Funny or Serious, but which I always have an affinity towards.
Read more here.

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
I guess this is one of the reasons why groups including the BFI recommend it as a must-see for kids. Although it’s dark and grim, it rarely wavers from the John’s point of view — it’s an induction into the harshness of the adult world for the two young siblings; a harshness the sweet, innocent community they come from does nothing to prepare them for.
Read more here.

No (2012)
Most strikingly, the whole thing is shot on genuine ’80s videocameras, complete with poor resolution, colour bleeding, and all that jazz. Sounds like a pretentious gimmick, doesn’t it? It actually works rather well: it quickly evokes the era, it allows genuine news footage from the period to blend seamlessly with freshly-shot material (and it really does), and you quickly stop noticing.
Read more here.

We're the Millers (2013)
It’s not, generally speaking, “my kind of film” [but] I thought I’d give this a go. I’m glad I did, because while it’s not particularly remarkable, nor likely to redeem the entire [modern mainstream American comedy] genre for me, it is a suitably amusing and entertaining comedy.
Read more here.


The fun continues with even more next Sunday.