Sunday 23 August 2015


The Americans
3x06 Born Again

Two Tribes
2x35 (30/7/15 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)
[#112 in 100 Films in a Year 2015]
Part 6 Sex & Melodrama
Part 7 European New Wave


The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Chapters 1-2 [2nd read]

I never re-read books, in part because I don't read enough in the first place (and if I did, there's always so much more to read!) Obviously, this is an exception. I first read it years ago, at uni, and have been wanting to re-read it for a while. I was spurred on by watching Inherent Vice the other day, of course, and also by it only being a short'un. It's not quite as I remember it -- I think the stuff that really stuck with me, that I really enjoyed, must be to come later. We'll see.

this week on 100 Films

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

Interstellar (2014)
criticism/acceptance seems to hinge on the final act. Without getting into spoilers, then, “it’s too far-fetched” is one criticism I’ve seen. Of a science fiction movie. I guess it depends what you’re expecting. The rest of the film is grounded in realistic or plausible science, so when it really pushes at the boundaries of the unknown at the end, some people struggle to accept that
Read more here.

TMNT (2007)
The kids’ phenomenon of the ’80s/’90s has never quite gone away, and this film is one thing that kept it ticking over in the ’00s. I watched out of nostalgia, which may’ve been a mistake.
Read more here.

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

A Few Good Men (1992)
I really ought to watch this again, next time without over two months between most of the film and the final half hour! (Can't believe I stood for that back then...)
Read my review here.

The Prestige (2006)
A well-handled complex narrative (it again jumps about in time, but never to the audience’s confusion), even if the twists are relatively easy to guess. A credit, then, that the film doesn’t totally rely on them.
Read more here.

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
After the widespread disappointment with Insurrection, the ninth big screen outing for Star Trek, fans hoped this tenth would mark a return to their old adage “even ones good, odd ones bad.” They had reasons to be hopeful: a new director, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and (potentially) the final outing for the beloved Next Generation crew... Sadly, it wasn’t to be: Nemesis was a critical and commercial flop... And quite rightly, because it isn’t very good.
Read more here.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
F.W. Murnau's first film in America, throughout the decades hailed as one of the greatest film ever made. Maybe it is, in some respects -- for a film made 80 years ago it certainly stands up very well today.
Read more here.

What makes a film a film?
I don’t mean “as opposed to a book”, or “as opposed to a pile of rubbish”; but rather, “as opposed to a TV special”, or different to a direct-to-DVD movie — indeed, is there a difference?
Read more here.

And that's the end of the archive reviews! Yes, really! Here's a word on what's next:

Archive Reposts: Mop-up & More
After 14 months of dedicated effort, yesterday's repost of my Sunrise review means I've finally reached the end of my archive reposts... at least as far as reviews are concerned. There are a few posts left to go until I've fully re-uploaded all my priceless older content, and I've split them into the following categories...
Read more here.

More next Sunday.