Sunday 5 November 2017


The Great British Bake Off
8x10 The Final [season finale]
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The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x10 Episode 10 [season finale]
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Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
6x01 Episode 1
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Awakenings (1990)
[#154 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

A new month began this week, so it was time for 100 Films in a Year to look back at the last one...

Additionally, 4 brand-new reviews were published this week...

Awakenings (1990)
I’m not sure why it isn’t better remembered. Okay, it’s a little schmaltzy towards the end, but there are plenty of films that are worse for that which are held in higher esteem by some. Perhaps it’s not schmaltzy enough for those people, but still too much for people who hate that kind of thing? Or maybe it’s something else — but I don’t know what, because the rest of the film is packed with quality and subtlety.
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The Exorcist (1973)
Everyone’s so busy talking about The Scary Stuff when it comes to The Exorcist, no one ever tells you how low-key and grounded a lot of it is. Okay, the talking in voices and spinning heads and vomiting green gunk and bloody crucifix masturbation are pretty memorable, so fair enough. Before that, though, it’s more of a character drama, about a single mother struggling to handle what appears to be her daughter’s out-of-control mental health problems.
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
For the third Halloween in a row, I subjected myself to true cinematic horror: a Twilight film. I suppose this one’s theoretically the turning point of the franchise: it’s the middle movie in the film series, while in the books it’s the penultimate instalment — surely in every regard placed to set up the final conflict. Well, you wouldn’t know it, because this is another Twilight film where very little happens.
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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
it embraces mundanity — putting these supernatural creates in the same dull suburban lifestyles that we all know, like struggling to get into the good nightclubs, or a supposedly grand ball taking place in a rundown community centre. Perhaps best of all are bits which straddle the two stools — the practicalities of being a vampire; like how do you get dressed up to go out if you can’t see your reflection, or having to clean up the mess after drinking someone’s blood. The film plays these various comic facets with a great deal of wit and cleverness, but it’s also suitably silly
Read more here.

More next Sunday.