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The end of 2007 December 25, 2008

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As a Christmas treat for anyone checking out the World Wide Web today, here’s my final update from 100 Films‘ first year. Yes, this surely must be the best part of your day. Though not mine, as I’ve had this set to post for weeks. I’m off watching Doctor Who or something.

Anyway…

I’ve gradually been adding my 2007 reviews to the FilmJournal iteration of this blog since April, and now, just eight (and a half) months after I started, I’ve finally made it to the end: 2007’s summary posts. Just one week ahead of their 2008 incarnations (hopefully), here is the full list of what I saw in 2007 — all linked-up this time, unlike in the original — which also includes a bunch of statistics; and 2007 In Retrospect, being my Top 10, Bottom 5, and some Special Mentions — plus a list of key 2007 releases I missed (I’ll note how many of these I’ve seen since in 2008’s round-up).

There’s also a couple of other things to mop up in this final update. Firstly, a bit of musing on the dearth of new favourite films; secondly (and finally), a ‘preview’ of 2008, which was probably quite dull at the time, and is even more so in retrospect.

And so that’s it — a day I never thought I’d see — 2007 is done!

Now, how about 2008…

The New York of Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese December 23, 2008

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And so, after months of posting, here are the final film reviews from 2007 (there’s a bit more to come, but more on that at the end). These are a collection of films I watched as part of a module for my undergraduate degree, all from the work of two key New York-based filmmakers: Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. There are numerous established classics in this bunch, though they didn’t always turns out to be my favourites. Plus, there’s one film the pair co-directed, along with Francis Ford Coppola — though the less said about his part of that the better.

So, from Woody Allen we have…

- Annie Hall (1977)
- Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
- Manhattan (1979)
- Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

And from Martin Scorsese there’s…

- Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
- Goodfellas (1990)
- The King of Comedy (1983)
- Mean Streets (1973)
- Taxi Driver (1976)

Finally, from them both, plus Francis Ford Coppola…

- New York Stories (1989)

While this finally marks the end of film reviews from 2007, it’s only the penultimate update. Still to come, a couple of editorial-like things I wrote toward the end of 2007, plus my round-ups and “best of” lists. Look for those in the next couple of days.

Silent night December 13, 2008

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This delayed update (see last time) marks the start of the “Cityscapes” module from the final year of my undergraduate degree, which took a chronological look at the representation of cities in film. So there’s a selection of city-based silent films here, as well as a film noir on the streets of New York. And a Bob Hope vehicle, which had nothing to do with the module but that I happened to watch around the same time.

- Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
- The Crowd (1928)
- Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
- Fantômas: Juve Versus Fantômas (1913)
- The Naked City (1948)
- The Paleface (1948)
- Traffic in Souls (1913)

Also, a selection of silent shorts related to cities. These finish off the shorts for 2007.

- Manhatta (1921)
- À Propos de Nice (1930)
- Skyscraper Symphony (1929)

The next, penultimate, update will continue the cityscapes theme, with a special entry focussed on the works of Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen.

Not-so-silent night November 26, 2008

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Things have gone a little topsy-turvy here at 100 Films. This 2007 update was promised to be a selection of silent films but, for reasons too complex — and dull — to go into, here instead is what was intended to be the penultimate update, featuring reviews of the last few films I saw in 2007.

Of note in this selection: many people’s (and magazine’s) Best Film Of 2007, The Bourne Ultimatum; a film that was sequelized this year, Hellboy; and an appropriately Christmassy flick as we near the festive season (likely to be spotted in the TV schedules before long, just as it was when I saw it last year), While You Were Sleeping.

- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
- Hellboy: Director’s Cut (2004)
- On the Town (1949)
- Piglet’s Big Movie (2003)
- Play Time (1967)
- While You Were Sleeping (1995)
- Wild at Heart (1990)

And finally, the last-but-two thing I saw in 2007 (a dubious honour if ever there was one), Simon Ellis’ short film Telling Lies. It’s rather good.

Next time, those silent films I mentioned. Promise.

To 100 films… and beyond! October 14, 2008

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To misquote the immortal words of a certain plastic space policeman — “To 100 films… and beyond!”

In case you can’t decipher the complex meanings of that modified reference, with this 2007 update we reach #100 — not for 2008, obviously, but for 2007. I think I chose a pretty momentous film for the occasion. But the viewing didn’t stop there, oh no (it was only early September for one thing), and this update contains #101-104 as well. Plus there’s still a couple more updates to come…

Regular readers may remember I had a riddle (that’s being generous) in my last ‘07 update, which contained references to all the films in this one. I repeat it here for your deciphering pleasure — or annoyance… or 10-second distraction…

“Following a starter for ten you’ll be transported twice to Linklater’s Europe, where 300 Spartans face a final fantasy and there are great expectations of Welles’ first — though miracles will be needed for De Palma’s Ellroy adaptation to get a good score.”

- 300 (2006)
- Before Sunrise (1995)
- Before Sunset (2005)
- The Black Dahlia (2006)
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
- Great Expectations (1946)
- Miracles (1989)
- Starter For Ten (2006)
- Transporter 2 (2005)

It’s all gone a bit quiet next time on 100 Films in a Year, as I review five silent features and a couple of silent shorts. Just to round things out a bit, there’s two films from the same year: a film noir… and a Bob Hope comedy. Who says variety’s dead?

An uneventful update October 2, 2008

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2007 reaches #93 with this little lot (plus a little jump ahead to #107). There’s little else especially noteworthy here, other than reviews of the first two Neon Genesis Evangelion movies. “Disappointing” sums them up succinctly and adequately.

- Alfie (1966)
- The Cat’s Meow (2001)
- Gone With the Wind (1939)
- An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
- Mrs Brown (1997)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
- Point Break (1991)
- Wilde (1997)

On the next 2007 update… Following a Starter For Ten you’ll be Transported twice to Linklater’s Europe, where 300 Spartans face a Final Fantasy and there are Great Expectations of Welles’ first — though Miracles will be needed for De Palma’s Ellroy adaptation to get a good score.

Well, that wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Potter, Pan, and Han shooting first September 18, 2008

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I may still be six reviews behind on 2008, but it’s been a while since my last 2007 update (almost 3 months, in fact!), so here are ten more reviews from 100 Films’s first year.

Among those we’ve got my thoughts on George Lucas’ latest fiddlings with the original Star Wars trilogy (I hope he’s not done, because so many of his fixes need fixing); the disastrous and disappointing Thunderbirds remake; and the second of Clint Eastwood’s Iwo Jima pair. Quite why the latter has a 4 attached is a bit beyond me now — I didn’t think much of it and certainly didn’t rate it that highly on other websites. But, true to form, the score remains.

- C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
- Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
- Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
- Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope - DVD Edition (1977/2004)
- Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - DVD Edition (1980/2004)
- Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - DVD Edition (1983/2004)
- Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
- Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
- Thunderbirds (2004)

I’ve also posted the first ever 100 Films Special, in which I watched (and reviewed) all six Star Wars films in numerical order over one weekend. You can read my thoughts on each film (including different reviews of the original trilogy to those listed above), as well as my thoughts on how the series gels as a whole, here.

Until my next 2007 update…

(I suppose that sentence ends, “…I’ll post reviews from 2008″.)

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