Sunday 19 May 2019


Eurovision Song Contest: Tel Aviv 2019
Watched this 24 hours late, because I forgot to set it to record and iPlayer wasn't letting me "watch from start". Didn't think it was a great year, sadly -- the song quality wasn't as good as normal (yeah, I know, it's Eurovision, but even still). Some of the interval stuff was good, at least.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Cosmopolis (2012)
[#89 in 100 Films in a Year 2019]

this week on 100 Films

5 new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...

BlacKkKlansman (2018)
“A black man infiltrates the KKK.” Sounds like the setup for a joke, doesn’t it? Or possibly some outrageous blaxploitation movie. But it’s something that actually happened... Although the premise sounds comical, the fact it’s a true story concerning an organisation as inhumane and pernicious as the KKK made me worried the film would be serious, grim, and heavy-going. In actuality, it’s lively, funny, and fast-paced.
Read more here.

Bumblebee (2018)
The “a girl and her robot” angle is what the film was sold on, combined with the ’80s setting to suggest a throwback to movies of that era. I quite like it as a concept — it’s certainly a change of pace from the increasingly overblown city-destroying world-saving antics of the earlier films — but it’s the execution that disappointed me. It takes too long to get it up and running, spinning its wheels on Charlie getting Bumblebee started, on comedic interludes with her family, on establishing a wannabe-love-interest... There’s altogether too much time spent on the military and Decepticons hunting ‘Bee, too, especially considering it amounts to little that’s meaningful.
Read more here.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
perhaps making the plot 50% a straightforward quest-against-time narrative and 50% impenetrable philosophy lectures wasn’t the best idea, but the action sequences are still absolutely stunning. And, actually, if you bother to engage with the film on its own level, there’s some interesting stuff here.
Read more here.

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
I used to think Revolutions was better than Reloaded, mainly because at least it brought everything to an end and didn’t have that confusing stuff with the Architect. But reflecting on the sequels now, I have to agree with the consensus that this isn’t as good — there’s nothing that matches the highway sequence for entertainment value, and, actually, the lack of overt philosophising is almost to its detriment.
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Upgrade (2018)
On one level, it's a straightforward sci-fi action-thriller, following the hero's investigation as it leads him to some shady figures who have near-future tech of their own, and then they fight. While that may seem simplistic, it’s full of neat little touches, particular in the action’s choreography — it almost begs a rewatch just to see everything that’s going on in the frantic fight scenes.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.