Welcome to 100 Films in a Year, now in its eighth year!
How does a 480-page, densely written, intricately plotted crime novel, spanning seven years and “no fewer than four and perhaps as many as a dozen major crimes”, translate into a two-and-a-quarter-hour film?
Find out in my review, or on ITV4 tonight at 10:30pm, and again on Friday night at 12:10am. Continue reading
In the interests of completing my ever-growing backlog, I decided to post ‘drabble reviews’ of some films. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long.
Mark Dindal | 77 mins | streaming (HD) | 1.85:1 | USA / English | U / G
The director of Disney’s woeful The Emperor’s New Groove re-tells the well-known centuries-old folk take about a chicken who became a middle school baseball champ before foiling an alien invasion.
This was Disney’s first foray into computer animation in their main movie canon, in the wake of Home on the Range’s failure and Pixar and DreamWork’s CG success. It merely proves the fault was not with their traditional animation, but with their storytellers.
Occasional bright spots of humour are the only relief in this cheap-looking childish ‘adventure’, only notable as the “first film released in Real D’s digital 3D format”.
The UK network TV premiere of Chicken Little is on Channel 5 at 3:25pm.
- The Box (2009)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
- The Next Three Days (2010)
- Trance (2013)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition (2012/2013)
- March 2014 + 5 Cancelled TV Series That Continued on the Big Screen
- On the Waterfront (1954)
- Fast Five (2011)
- World War Z: Extended Action Cut (2013)