Sunday, 3 April 2016


2x13 A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen [season finale]
Awesome stuff. After those cliffhangers, I wonder if we'll get a third season before The Defenders? With Jessica Jones season two and first seasons for Luke Cage and Iron Fist also on the way, I guess not... but you never know...


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
[#69 in 100 Films in a Year 2016]

Of Human Bondage (1934)
[#68 in 100 Films in a Year 2016]

this week on 100 Films

It's April, which means it's time to look back at March on 100 Films in a Year...

5 brand-new reviews were also published this week...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Despite being a sequel to Man of Steel and featuring a Superman-heavy supporting cast (from Batman’s world we have Alfred; from Superman’s we have Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Lex Luthor, Martha Kent, and (spoiler for something that was in the trailer) Doomsday), Batman v Superman is really a Batman movie.
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Bridge of Spies (2015)
it’s a mature, equanimous work. It would be easy to take a tale like this, fraught with issues of patriotism and the threat of foreign agents operating on domestic soil (which therefore screams “topical relevance!”), and give in to the same histrionics that some of the supporting character demonstrate. Indeed, a director like Spielberg — oft criticised for the vein of sentimentality that is ever-present, and sometimes dominating, in his movies — might be expected to err in that direction, even if it was only slightly. The film itself manages to maintain the same calm demeanour as its two headline performances, however.
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The Five Venoms (1978)
Some say The Five Venoms is one of the very best martial arts films ever made. Some say it’s the best. I’m afraid I have to disagree. Strongly.
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Lincoln (2012)
Daniel Day-Lewis allegedly stars in this account of the final months of President Abraham Lincoln’s life, which might more pertinently be called The 13th Amendment due to where its focus lies. I say “allegedly” because I’m not convinced they didn’t find a way to resurrect Lincoln to appear as himself, then just pretended it was Day-Lewis acting.
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Turbo Kid (2015)
the point is not the storyline, but the genre and era elements that have been used to build it, and the stylistic elements that have been cribbed to execute it. I can't cite many specific points of reference, because I’m not au fait enough with the kind of cheapo, grindhouse-y, watched-on-video-by-’80s-kids genre films that the film’s trio of writer-directors are riffing off... but the general feel of those kind of films is certainly evoked.
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Finally, my 100 Favourites series continued with 2 more posts...

Dogma (1999)
it will let you turn a more satirical eye to the absurdities of the modern church bureaucracy and hopefully make you laugh a little bit about how ridiculous some of this shit is. It’s okay to have faith in a higher power, but getting too extreme with your ideals can make you an asshole.
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Dogville (2003)
The famous bare set — a black soundstage with chalk markings on the floor to represent the houses, and minimal other features or props — was inspired by the theatre of Bertolt Brecht; as was the film’s plot, so it’s rather apt. The set (or lack thereof) seems like a very “art house” idea, and a distancing one for the viewer, but it’s surprising how quickly you forget and accept it.
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More next Sunday.