Sunday, 2 December 2018


Doctor Who
37x09 It Takes You Away
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
[#248 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

A perfect way to start the festive season.

this week on 100 Films

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

Also this week, 4 brand-new reviews...

Creed (2015)
I feel wrong enjoying Creed the most out of the Rocky movies — like I’m just going for the most recent one, as if new = best — but the major reason I loved it so much is the way it has reverence for and builds on the past. As a standalone movie, it’s more-or-less equal to the best of the original Rocky films; but as specifically the seventh film in the Rocky series, it stands atop that 40-year history to add extra weight to everything.
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The Greatest Showman (2017)
I can see why The Greatest Showman was unpopular with critics but a huge hit with audiences — it’s a proper crowd-pleaser; a big, cheesy, easy extravaganza, similar to its pop-style music. That’s not the sort of thing critics are enamoured of, but it is the kind of thing that tickles the fancy of the masses. On the whole, it didn’t appeal to me... but it did have its moments.
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Have a Good Funeral, My Friend... Sartana Will Pay (1970)
Gianni Garko's back in the saddle as the titular roguish hero for the fourth official Sartana movie, which is apparently regarded as the best one — that's what the guys on Arrow's commentary track say, anyway, and it's borne out by viewer ratings on websites like IMDb. I can't say I felt similarly, though after listening to that audio commentary, their enthusiasm and highlighting of the good stuff did help increase my enjoyment.
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RoboCop (2014)
It should be cutting and provocative, but it’s just bland. That’s the biggest shame, because if there’s a movie 2018 needs it’s one about corrupt businessmen hijacking the government’s decision-making while right-wing TV chatterers cheer them on and police officers are replaced by an ultimate-killing-machine robot.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.