Sunday 20 May 2018


Game Night (2018)
[#111 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]


Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
Chapters 20-21
Remember the gag from Austin Powers about the home lives of henchmen? In Chapter 20, Horowitz does a serious version of that... and makes it work!

this week on 100 Films

Time for another jam-packed TV review on 100 Films in a Year...

Plus, 3 brand-new reviews this week...

Atomic Blonde (2017)
It’s based on The Coldest City, a graphic novel [that] I got the impression was a Le CarrĂ©-style thriller, so I was very surprised to eventually learn it was the basis for this film, the trailers for which promised a hyper-stylised actioner from the director of combat-focused John Wick. Watching the film, however, it’s easier to see how I might not’ve been wrong about the novel after all — take out the elaborate fight scenes and shoot it more like Tinker Tailor Solider Spy than The Guest, and this could indeed be a Le CarrĂ©-esque Cold War thriller.
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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
anyone expecting a straight-up adaptation may be disappointed, but taken as a film in its own right, for the most part it works. Having all the different familiar characters pop up makes it feel like a proper Batman tale, rather than a Ripper story that happens to have a costumed vigilante in it. Most prominent is Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, although she isn’t really the latter here — Batman gets fully suited up, but the most Miss Kyle gets is a whip. The relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina is one of the film’s best aspects, in fact, with the Elseworld setting seeming to allow a different focus than the usual antagonism that pairing has in screen adaptations
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Superman (1978)
Every member of the cast is excellent, though none more so than Christopher Reeve in the dual role of Clark Kent / Superman — he makes them feel like two different people, each equally believable. Richard Donner’s direction is first-rate, keeping our interest through a long storyline that could be slow but in fact never drags. There’s a pure heart here, a childlike sense of wonder and excitement that shines off the screen. Superman’s “boy scout” image could be a barrier in our modern, cynical world, coming across as twee and old-fashioned, but instead the film somehow makes it triumphant and magical.
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More next Sunday.