Sunday 1 February 2015


Death in Paradise
4x03 Episode 3
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Newsroom
3x06 What Kind of Day Has It Been [season finale]


Transcendence (2014)
[#16 in 100 Films in a Year 2015]

this week on 100 Films

It's the first day of a brand new month, which means over at 100 Films in a Year it's time to look back on the one just gone. Here's to my best January ever:

On top of that, five brand-new reviews were published this week. They were...

After the Thin Man (1936)
For my money, a more successful venture than the first film, however good that was. From the start it has its focus in the right place: rather than a lengthy preamble with the supporting cast (as in the first film), here we begin with Nick and Nora arriving in San Francisco and teasing the horde of journalists that greet them.
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All is Lost (2013)
It’s hard to succinctly pigeonhole All is Lost. It’s a survival movie, if that’s really a genre; man vs the elements. It’s an adventure movie, a little bit in the old-fashioned sense, as here’s a man who, through no choice of his own, has what you might describe as “an adventure”.
Read more here.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
I’ve never seen a Wes Anderson film before, but his reputation is such that I don’t think you need to have to spot that Mr. Fox has been heavily Anderson-ised... So it’s Quirky with a capital Q, and yet, miraculously, not irritatingly so
Read more here.

The Running Man (1987)
In an ever-so-’80s vision of the future (my God, those costumes!), Arnie’s wrongfully-convicted fugitive ends up on TV’s most popular show, where criminals fight for their freedom against a variety of imposing opponents. Secretly, he’s there to try to overthrow the corrupt regime.
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This is Not a Film (2011)
After being banned from filmmaking for 20 years, and while waiting for a decision on his appeal against the sentence, [Iranian director Jafar] Panahi invites his friend and fellow filmmaker Mojtab Mirtahmasb to his house, where the latter films the former as he reads and enacts portions of the screenplay for his intended next project, as well as chatting about the nature of filmmaking.
Read more here.

Finally, six archive reviews were reposted on the new blog...

Burn After Reading (2008)
It's nothing like No Country for Old Men, other than being occasionally obtuse, but that's the Coen's style. Still, I'm sure No Country is the better -- or Better -- film, but in the same way I prefer eating a bacon cheeseburger to a pile of vegetables, I think I enjoyed watching Burn After Reading more.
Read more here.

His Girl Friday (1940)
an acknowledged classic — 19th on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs, 58th on Empire’s 500 Greatest, 106th on They Shoot Pictures’ 1,000 Greatest, 245th on IMDb’s Top 250, preserved by the US’s National Film Registry, and countless other such accolades — so you probably don’t need me to tell you why it’s so good. But it really, really is.
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Famous/infamous documentary centred on Al Gore’s presentation about global warming.
Read more here.

Léon: Version Intégrale (1994/1996)
personally, I prefer this version. Not because there's anything wrong with the original -- far from it -- but because this one has more... The additions build on the characters and relationships, primarily between the two leads, and also add extra doses of humour and action.
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Texas Across the River (1966)
a fairly entertaining film. Little more than a comedic Western runaround, it sees Alain Delon — as a Spanish nobleman — trying to get to Texas to escape the Cavalry (led by Jim Phelps himself, Peter Graves) and marry his betrothed. On the way he enlists the help of Dean Martin and his Indian sidekick. Hilarity ensues!
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The Wraith of Cobble Hill (2005)
its modern, urban story seems to clash with the cartoonish style employed to bring it to the screen. There are no flights of fantasy, few implausible shots, nothing that couldn't be achieved in live action even on a low budget. Ultimately the only reason for it being animated is, why shouldn't it be?
Read more here.

More next Sunday!