Sunday 25 February 2018


My Cousin Rachel (2017)
[#33 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Shrek (2001)
[3rd watch]
Rewatchathon 2018 #10. Goodness knows when I last watched Shrek, but I'd wager it's been the best part of 15 years. Some of it holds up, some of it really feels "of its time", not least the song choices. Speaking of which, I also watched the Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party short, which definitely didn't feel as entertaining as it did all those years ago.

this week on 100 Films

Slightly later than intended (not that anyone notices but me), this week saw the latest TV review column posted at 100 Films in a Year...

There were also 4 brand-new film reviews...

Big Game (2014)
I’ve read some complaints that, given the daft premise, Big Game is not a comedy. I don’t know what movie they were watching, but I thought it was pretty fun. It’s not an out-and-out parody, but surely no one involved thought they were making a serious action flick? Or maybe I’m wrong, I dunno — but whether it was me or them, one of us has misread the intended tone.
Read more here.

The Duellists (1977)
Ultimately, honour and the futility of fighting are what The Duellists is most about, if it’s about anything — if you like, you can enjoy it as merely a series of well-staged combats between two men, each stubborn in their own different way.
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Mute (2018)
I don’t think Mute is anything like as unremittingly terrible as some reviews would have you believe, but it is a tonally strange film. I’m not sure it works as a whole, but bits really do. I wouldn’t dismiss the idea of it becoming a cult classic, and maybe in a couple of years we’ll all be reevaluating it.
Read more here.

Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)
It plays like a $160 million fan film. It doesn’t bother with world-building, just throwing the viewer in at the deep end. That can work, but it needs to be carefully managed. Warcraft just ploughs ahead, going deeper and deeper. It’s been made for people who know this world, its places, its people, its concepts, its rules.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.