Sunday, 25 January 2015


Argo (Extended Cut) (2012/2013)
[#13 in 100 Films in a Year 2015]

this week on 100 Films

I launched a new mini-series of reviews this week on 100 Films in a Year: every Thursday between now and the end of February will be Thin Man Thursday, reviewing the six detective comedies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. If you've not seen them, they come highly recommended.

Elsewise, six new reviews were posted this week...

The Crab with the Golden Claws (1947)
Adapted from the ninth Tintin adventure, which is the one that introduces popular supporting character/co-lead Captain Haddock, the plot sees Tintin following clues left by a dead seaman to uncover an opium smuggling operation being run on Haddock’s boat without his knowledge. Animated via stop motion using doll-like puppets, the film was only ever screened twice
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The Grey (2011)
Promoted as Liam Neeson’s latest Taken-style actioner, The Grey is more of a survival horror, but with wolves instead of some mystical entity — though given the apparent lack of accuracy in the wolves’ behaviour, perhaps they’re supernatural after all.
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Parker (2013)
Parker trailed well — funny lines, promising action, solid setup — but doesn't deliver. The funny lines remain funny, but the trailer has them all. The plot's generic — not necessarily a problem, but here it's hampered by pointless asides and subplots. The action only delivers once or twice
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The Thin Man (1934)
Playing like a cross between an Agatha Christie mystery and a screwball comedy... The murder mystery is standard enough, albeit with enough genuine suspects and twists to keep the viewer guessing. The real joy comes from the investigators: retired detective and alcohol fan Nick Charles (William Powell) and his rich, interested wife Nora (Myrna Loy). Plus their dog, Asta, who gets up to all kinds of mischief.
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The Woman in Green (1945)
it seems Moriarty may have finally outwitted our hero, leading to a remarkably effective climax with a hypnotised Holmes at the villains’ mercy. Moriarty’s plan is genuinely despicable, with the initial murders being entirely incidental to his end goal. It gives the film a subtly different tone to the rest of the series.
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Finally, six archive reviews were also reposted to the new blog -- including four animated adventures for Sherlock Holmes...

La Antena (2007)
it's incredibly imaginative, especially with its visuals, which are often pleasantly barmy. The setting is a dystopian future (or alternate reality) where people can no longer speak (thus justifying the silent film styling), and this world is wonderfully realised without a hint of realism or awkward attempts to explain why things are the way they are.
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The Baskerville Curse (1983)
this is an adaptation of that perennially popular Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and as such Peter O’Toole barely features. A shame, as he’s the only half decent thing in this mess.
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The Sign of Four (1983)
a 49-minute animated Sherlock Holmes adaptation from the ’80s, one of four in this particular series [featuring] the voice of Peter O’Toole. Vocally he makes for a good Holmes, though the character design could be a little better.
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A Study in Scarlet (1983)
Peter O’Toole is again the voice of the famous sleuth in this disappointing animated adaptation of the first Sherlock Holmes mystery.
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Valley of Fear (1983)
The negatives of the previous films still remain, primarily the weak ’80s TV animation. It’s not as badly designed as the bright-and-colourful version of Baskervilles, at least. O’Toole’s performance is nothing to write home about either.
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More next Sunday.