Sunday 22 April 2018


Call Me by Your Name (2017)
[#80 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

this week on 100 Films

Time to look at my past month's TV viewing on 100 Films in a Year this week, including big reviews of A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 and Westworld season 1...

And in film, there were 5 brand-new reviews published this week...

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
This is the real Spinal Tap: a rockumentary about heavy metal group Anvil, who once headlined alongside Whitensake and Bon Jovi, and are cited as an influence on groups like Megadeth and Metallica, but who haven’t enjoyed the same success as any of them. The film follows the group as they attempt to relaunch with a tour and new album.
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The Dark Tower (2017)
I don’t know what people were hating, because I thought it really wasn’t that bad. I can’t comment on its faithfulness or thoroughness as an adaptation, but as an action-fantasy movie in its own right I thought it held together pretty well. It only cost $60 million (a bargain for a blockbuster nowadays), but they got good value for money: it doesn’t look cheap, and it has a respectable lead cast as well.
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The Monster Squad (1987)
The film wasn’t a success on its original release, but has gained a cult following since. It feels like that kind of movie, too. It’s also the kind of film I can imagine you’d love if you saw it at the right age, but the “right age” is not, it would seem, the one I am now. [...] That’s not to say it’s without value. There’s great make-up and creature effects, better than you might expect given the overall quality of the film, which is what you get when Stan Winston’s involved.
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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
This is Spinal Rap: comedy trio The Lonely Island star as the Style Boyz, a popular pop-rap boy band who disbanded after their frontman, Conner4Real, decided to go solo. The mockumentary follows Conner as he goes on tour to launch his second album.
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Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Flashing Sword offers a more straightforward story than some other instalments of the Zatoichi series: the opposing sides and their differences are thoroughly established, and one of the gangs are even clearly the good guys! Makes a change from Ichi having to pick between the lesser of two evils and/or trying to wipe out both sides. Some other reviewers seem to find the story simplistic or lightweight. Conversely, I appreciated the clarity of approach, and thought the film found different ways to add complexity beyond pure plot gymnastics.
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More next Sunday.