All posts by Lucius P. Merriweather

About Lucius P. Merriweather

The first game that Lucius ever played was "Horace Goes Skiing" on the ZX Spectrum. Yes, he's that old.


Great article on why GP gets a bad rep – unfairly, for the most part.


Mortdecai (2015) Mortdecai (2015)

What do we mean when we say we hate Gwyneth Paltrow? When I write “we”, I mean me and the people behind the five million hits I got when I googled the words “hate Gwyneth Paltrow,” of which only a few were articles like this one, asking why everyone hates her. Her last film, Mortdecai, didn’t change anyone’s opinion, though (perhaps fortunately for her) her perfectly serviceable supporting performance was comprehensively eclipsed by a toe-curlingly awful Terry-Thomas impression from the film’s star and producer, Johnny Depp.

All celebrities are on the receiving end of online abuse, but even by today’s standards the odium directed at Paltrow seems excessive, out of proportion for someone who is a film actress and not, say, Kim Jong-un. People who have never met her, who have only ever seen her on a screen, feel entitled to call her an “icy bitch”, “shallow…

View original post 1,050 more words


Mulholland Drive

A great review of 101 Films favourite, Mulholland Drive.


Director: David Lynch.
Screenplay: David Lynch.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Dan Hedaya, Patrick Fischler, Michael Cooke, Michael J. Anderson, Melissa George, Jeanne Bates, Angelo Badalamenti, Mark Pellegrino, Lori Heuring, Billy Ray Cyrus, Missy Crider, Chad Everett, Monty Montgomery, Scott Coffey, Bonnie Aarons, Rebekah Del Rio.

“It’ll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else.”

A recent poll by BBC Culture surveyed the opinion of film critics, academics, and curators from 36 countries across every continent which consisted of 177 of the worlds foremost movie experts. They were tasked to compile an international list of the top 100 films released since the year 2000 and come up with the best film of this century so far. It’s no easy task but when all was said and done, the film that topped the list was David Lynch’s…

View original post 1,068 more words


the-producers-posterHello, we’re back again.

We’ve been on hiatus since January owing to Ian’s new addition. And by new addition, I mean baby – he hasn’t grown a new limb, or anything. God, that would be horrific. Although it could be a good excuse to do a David Cronenberg movie marathon…

Anyway, things have calmed down enough for us to contemplate squeezing out another podcast for your pleasure and delight. Although as both of us are in the Dad Club now, it’s unlikely that these podcasts will be as regular as they were before. And considering how irregular they were to start with, that means we’ll probably be churning them out roughly as frequently as Harper Lee writes books.

We were both very saddened to hear of the death of Gene Wilder a few weeks back, and at the same time we realised that neither of us had seen The Producers, Wilder’s first big film break after a cameo in Bonnie and Clyde. Just as he stole the show during his brief screen time in the latter film, so he totally dominates The Producers – even against Zero Mostel’s wild performance. Even at this early stage, it was clear Wilder was destined for greatness…

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the The Producers DVD from Amazon by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

Click here to download and listen on your MP3 player of choice:

101 Films Podcast 082 – The Producers

Click below to subscribe on iTunes, join our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!


Director:  Mel Brooks Year of release: 1967 Studio/Distributor: Crossbow Productions/Springtime Productions/U-M Productions Country: USA