Sunday 12 May 2019


Bumblebee (2018)
[#83 in 100 Films in a Year 2019]

this week on 100 Films

I turned my monthly TV review into a fortnightly one on 100 Films in a Year this week, to cover the latest episodes of Game of Thrones (and a few other things)...

There were 5 new film reviews, too...

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
Making a sequel to what’s regarded as one of, if not the, greatest action (and Christmas) movies of all time is basically a hiding to nothing — however good your work, if it’s not a stone-cold classic too then it’s a relative failure. Nonetheless, there are those who’d argue this second sequel to Die Hard is practically as good as the first one, and they’d practically be right.
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The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
With a daft-ish title and promotional campaign that definitely amped up the comedy, you might be surprised to learn that this started life as a drama. Yep, apparently so. Then, a few weeks prior to filming, the script underwent a “frantic” two-week rewrite to be remixed into a comedy. The end result is kind of a mixed bag, which, all things considered, makes sense.
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Holmes & Watson (2018)
It’s hard to believe this was a professionally-produced, studio-released movie given the lack of technical skills on display, including atrocious dubbing, sloppy editing, and even shots that are out of focus. It’s so poor that Netflix, who seem to purchase any scraps the major studios decide to throw their way, turned down the chance to buy it (so they do have some standards!)
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Knocked Up (2007)
being too long was the film's biggest problem, in my opinion — chop out 20, even 30 minutes (heck, do it properly and get rid of more, even) and I reckon it’d be better. It’s also a bit needlessly crude, I guess, but I’ve seen far worse and less funny examples of that. It makes up for it by how well-handled the more dramatic parts are. Overall, I liked it a lot more than I expected I would.
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The Meg 3D (2018)
it’s a movie about a giant prehistoric shark being unleashed and attacking humans, and Jason Statham has to fight it. That’s all. It delivered on that in spades for me and I had a great time with it. And I guess tied to that pulpiness, if you have the option and enjoy the effect, I thought it looked fantastic in 3D.
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More next Sunday.