Sunday 26 July 2015


8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
9x11 (24/7/15 edition)
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

Mock the Week
14x03 (25/06/15 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Person of Interest
3x14 Provenance
[Watch it (again) on Demand 5.]

Two Tribes
2x30 (20/7/15 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

this week on 100 Films

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

Before Dawn (2012)
Directed by Emmerdale actor and zombie aficionado Dominic Brunt (who also stars), from a screenplay by Emmerdale writer Mark Illis based on a story by Brunt’s wife, Joanne Mitchell (who also co-stars), Before Dawn is a mash-up between remote-farmhouse zombie horror and kitchen-sink relationship drama.
Read more here.

The General (1926)
Poorly reviewed and a box office flop on its release, Buster Keaton’s The General has undergone a stark re-evaluation since: the United States National Film Registry deemed it so “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” that it was added to the registry in its first year... these days, it rates on both public-voted popular lists (the IMDb Top 250 at #133) and critics’ polls (34th on Sight & Sound’s 2012 poll).
Read more here.

Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Despite strong and relatively mature thematic notes, it doesn’t quite break free of the family-movie trappings to achieve the kind of insight or age-group transcendence that, say, Pixar movies routinely manage. For kids, though, especially ones who are feeling like misunderstood outsiders, there might be a lot to take from it.
Read more here.

Superman vs. The Elite (2012)
How much humanity is humanity willing to sacrifice in the pursuit of conflict resolution? Are Superman’s high morals a thing of the past? You might not expect such moral quandaries from a superhero narrative, but, well, that’s what flashy blockbusters will do to your impressions — comic books have long tackled more complex themes and debates, just wrapped in the veneer of colourful costumes and abundant fights. That’s transported to the realm of animation here, to an extent.
Read more here.

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

Chocolat (2000)
Judi Dench once again revels in playing an old lady who can say what she likes, in this pleasant adaptation of Joanne Harris’ novel.
Read more here.

Inside-Out (1999)
This charming little short stars Simon McBurney as a hapless market researcher on a busy London street, failing to get a single passerby to complete his survey -- perhaps the film's greatest achievement is making a market researcher sympathetic. Anyway, he's quietly observed by a woman, played by Lena Heady... She notices his failed attempts, which amuse her; he notices her laughing, and begins to muck around to entertain her.
Read more here.

Madagascar (2005)
the humour is above average. Large laughs may be sporadic but are there, particularly in a few moments that nicely spoof other films. Standouts include Planet of the Apes and American Beauty — clearly aimed at the adult audience who have been dragged along by the kids
Read more here.

Pixels (2010)
characters and graphics from old 8-bit computer games escape and run riot over New York City. We’re talking Space Invaders firing on real streets, Tetris blocks crashing onto buildings, Donkey Kong hurling barrels from the top of the Empire State Building, Frogger hopping across a road of real traffic… For people of A Certain Age it’s an explosion of nostalgia
Read more here.

More next Sunday.