Sunday 31 January 2016


Adam (2009)
[#20 in 100 Films in a Year 2016]

A Boy and His Dog (1975)
[#19 in 100 Films in a Year 2016]

this week on 100 Films

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

Begin Again (2013)
Once’s writer-director returns with a film that could’ve been dubbed Once 2: New York... The songs aren’t as catchy (though some are decent) and the shape of the story is overfamiliar
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Come Drink with Me (1966)
The film features good swordplay action, for the era — i.e. it’s not as tightly choreographed as you’d expect today. There’s a mix of huge free-for-all clashes, and Leone-esque long pauses followed by short bursts of violence.
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The Golem (1920)
Regarded as one of the first horror films, The Golem is more of a moderately-dark fantasy, or a fairytale-type myth... However, it does feature what I presume is one of first instances of that most daft of horror tropes: running upstairs to escape the monster. It goes as well here as it ever does, i.e. not very.
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A Most Wanted Man (2014)
A typically complex plot requires the viewer to keep their attention level high. Some find the story a plod, but (one languorous interrogation sequence aside) I thought it relatively brisk, aided by accent-defying performances
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The Two Faces of January (2014)
The storyline is pretty straightforward, but it’s driven by some interesting characters with complex motivations. You’re never entirely sure what’s driving Rydal and Chester, even if it may appear obvious; and sometimes it can be as much of a twist that a character didn’t have a better plan as it is when their implausibly-intricate machinations are unveiled
Read more here.

Also, my 100 Favourites series continued with 2 more posts...

Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Michael J. Fox is not only Marty McFly, but older Marty McFly, and his son, Marty McFly Jr., and also… his daughter, Marlene McFly. Just in case you’d forgotten these were comedy movies, I guess. Christopher Lloyd, meanwhile, is the one and only Doc.
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Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Much like the second film, it can’t attain the perfection of the first movie... And even as I say “they’re not as good as the first one”, I don’t wholly believe it: to me, Back to the Future never has and never will be just one film, or one film and its two sequels — it’s a trilogy; a three-parter.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.