Sunday 9 August 2015


Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime
1x01 The Secret Adversary Part One
1x02 The Secret Adversary Part Two
1x03 The Secret Adversary Part Three
Didn't necessarily intend to watch the entire serial in one sitting, but it was good fun. I guess it'll be three weeks 'til the next for me now, then...
[Watch The Secret Adversary parts one, two and three (again) on iPlayer.]

Cowboy Bebop
1x14 Bohemian Rhapsody
1x15 My Funny Valentine
Sometimes I'm concerned about my ability to monitor the passing of time: it's well over a year since I last watched Cowboy Bebop, and over two since I started it! Here I go again, but hopefully now I'll finish it off in a reasonable timeframe...

this week on 100 Films

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

Life of Pi (2012)
it concerns, literally, the story of a boy stuck on a lifeboat with a tiger, and, figuratively, the very nature of storytelling itself — not to mention the purpose of religion and the existence of God. Never has “from the director of Hulk” seemed less pertinent.
Read more here.

Red Sonja (1985)
From the sword and sorcery ‘boom’ of the ’80s, Red Sonja concerns a warrioress going after the evil queen who slaughtered her family and has now seized a magical MacGuffin that will destroy the world or somesuch. The first remarkable thing is that I don’t think anyone in it can act.
Read more here.

Space Station 76 (2014)
The film’s visual aesthetic is a loving recreation of classic SF, from the set design to the gorgeous model-like CGI exteriors. I don’t think anything in particular was being referenced — at least, not obviously so — but it’s all reminiscent of the likes of the original Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Space: 1999, and so on. It’s been created with such care that it borders on the beautiful.
Read more here.

Videodrome (1983)
even though it’s 32 years old and the tech being depicted is similarly dated, its fears about the influence of the media and the changes it brings to society could’ve been shot yesterday. These thought-provoking themes are in part conveyed through Cronenberg’s familiar stomping ground of body horror, with top-drawer prosthetics giving tangible visual life to nightmarish ideas
Read more here.

Whiplash (2014)
Chazelle’s screenplay is admirable in its psychological complexity here, particularly as it’s contained in a straightforward-seeming master/pupil, abuser/abusee drama that also functions as a surface-level dramatic thriller. The extra levels come from these exact characters and their exact relationship.
Read more here.

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

Cut (2009)
When the violence comes, it’s moderately brutal. And here’s the rub — it’s arguably not brutal enough to cover the horrid reality of what some people have to suffer. It’s been made suitable to be shown on TV in a slot where people will see it — which, for its aims as an awareness advert, is completely appropriate.
Read more here.

Enchanted (2007)
it’s the one that starts out as a traditionally animated Disney film, before The Normal Girl Who Will Marry A Prince is thrown into a Magic Portal by The Evil Stepmother and finds herself in present-day New York. It’s one of those concepts so good it just makes you think, “why haven’t they thought of that before?” Thankfully, they pull it off.
Read more here.

Flushed Away (2006)
Aardman Animations, the Bristol-based company most famous for Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts, branch out into CGI for the first time with this tale of rats trying to save the sewers of London. CGI rats? Yes, thoughts of Ratatouille are inevitable. Can Aardman beat Pixar at their own game? You might be surprised…
Read more here.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
For those who’ve never heard of MST3K, it’s a bit like a DVD commentary… except instead of people involved with the film recounting anecdotes or academics offering analysis, we have people taking the piss out of it. I say “people” — one person and two robots. Who are obviously voiced by people. Look, that’s not the point.
Read more here.

Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
Kim Stanley’s performance is stunning. Initially just a Hyacinth Bucket-esque overbearing wife, as the film continues we learn more about her almost solely from what Stanley brings to the role. By the final scene, when the truth of her character is laid bare, there’s little doubt that she’s given an extraordinary performance.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.