Sunday 19 April 2015


1x03 Rabbit in a Snowstorm
This seems to be one of the season's lowest-rated episodes on many a site (IMDb, for example), but I thought it was possibly the best yet. Still very much in the setting up phase though, with major new characters being introduced each episode.

5x02 Old Wounds
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]


eXistenZ (1999)
[2nd watch]

First saw this many, many years ago, so my memories of it were rather vague, but also positive. Glad to see a re-viewing has only reasserted that. Also, that in the intervening decade-and-a-half the icky special effects haven't gotten significantly less icky.

this week on 100 Films

Just two brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Peter Jackson’s epic Tolkien adaptation blunders its way to a conclusion with an instalment some have declared the trilogy’s best, presumably because they really enjoy watching someone else play video games. That’s what about half of this sextet-completing movie feels like, as it concludes the three-part Hobbit narrative with a CGI-riddled rendering of the titular battle.
Read more here.

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
The second feature from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, after the justly popular Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West is a disappointing mixed bag, half pretty-decent character- and situation-based comedy, half cringingly infantile toilet-humour tomfoolery.
Read more here.

Plus five archive reviews were reposted on the new blog...

Browncoats: Redemption (2010)
Undoubtedly the greatest thing about this project -- fans coming together to celebrate and recreate something they love in aid of charity -- is down to producer Michael C. Dougherty's thought and organisation. Sadly, the worst things about it -- the writing and direction -- are also his responsibility. We must be forgiving -- it is made by amateurs, and for charity -- but it's a shame someone(s) more proficient weren't found for the important creative roles.
Read more here.

Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of Firefly and Serenity (2006)
investigates the cult sparked by the prematurely-cancelled TV series Firefly and its continuation movie, Serenity — a movie that only exists thanks to the fans’ dedication. The activism, and success, of Firefly’s fans makes for a key difference from other fan docs: these aren’t just people who queue for obscene amounts of time to see something they like; these are people who helped turn a cancelled TV show into a successful movie.
Read more here.

Ray (2004)
It’s easy to see why Walk the Line has been described as “Ray with white people”; but Ray has also been described as being an outstanding performance in an average film, and I’d pretty much agree with this too.
Read more here.

Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005)
you'd expect this documentary to focus itself on Lord of the Rings fandom. To a degree it does, but it also encompasses a history of the books and their popularity, as well as various thematic issues contained within them
Read more here.

Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Despite its unpronounceable title, Synecdoche, New York starts out like a relatively normal comedy/drama… but then weird touches begin to crop in. A house that's on fire when a character buys it and continues to be on fire for the next several decades, for instance. No one in the film bats an eyelid. Then the really weird bit arrives; the bit you all probably know; what the film's about (except, of course, not what it's About), as Philip Seymour Hoffman's theatre director begins to construct a life-size New York within a warehouse.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.