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101 Films Extra #06: Star Wars The Last Jedi

After a gap of four (4!) years, 101 Films have released another ‘Extra’. Now the dust has settled, Lewis and Ian take a look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Is it good? Is it? IS IT? Yeah, sort of.

101 Films Extra 06 – Star Wars The Last Jedi

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Can you imagine the level of a mind that watches wrestling?

Hannah_and_her_sisters_posterThis week we watched Hannah and Her Sisters, which is the second Woody Allen film to make it onto our list after Annie Hall way back in podcast number two.

When editing the podcast, I realised we made a bit of an error – we call Michael Caine’s character Harry all the way through, but he’s actually called Elliot. Whoops! Obviously we were thinking of Harry Palmer – it’s easy to get a downbeat spy and a philandering financial adviser mixed up. For us, at least.

Still, speaking of Harry… I mean, Elliot, we were impressed with Michael Caine’s portrayal of the character, who’s both manipulating and pathetic, scheming yet weak. It’s hard to know whether to hate him or pity him at times. But the most impressive thing about the film is that the love triangle at the centre of it all isn’t allowed to dominate – above all it’s an ensemble piece, a mixture of interlinked stories that are all equally intriguing. The interactions between Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Hannah (Mia Farrow) are brilliantly complex and well acted, and Max von Sydow puts in a towering performance as the ageing artist afraid to lose his younger girlfriend, a woman who he feels is the only person that keeps him connected to the world. Woody has a great storyline too with some brilliantly funny moments, but he’s not the centre of attention like in his earlier films: here he’s put more in the role of comic relief, with a bit of soul searching thrown in for good measure.

It’s a truly wonderful, clever and thought-provoking film that’s easily one of Allen’s best, and it’s one of his most popular too: until recently it was his most successful films at the box office. If you’ve never seen a Woody Allen film before, here would be an excellent place to start.

Last but not least, our Secret Sponsor for this week is @SFXmagazine (website at http://www.sfx.co.uk/). Naturally we chose a sci-fi magazine as the sponsor of a Woody Allen film about three sisters. I suppose he did do Sleeper...

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy Hannah and Her Sisters from Amazon on DVD or Blu-ray (or better still, get the box set) by clicking on the links (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

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

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101 Films Podcast 064 – Hannah and Her Sisters

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director: Woody Allen Year of release: 1986 Studio/Distributor: Orion Pictures Country: USA

Podcast 064: Hannah and Her Sisters

This week we cover Hannah and Her Sisters, the second Woody Allen film to make it onto our list. Join us as we pour scorn on philandering husbands and consistently forget the name of Michael Caine’s character.

101 Films Podcast 064 – Hannah and Her Sisters

You realize of course that we could never be friends

WhenHarryMetSallyPosterOh dear. We’ve been a bit rubbish recently haven’t we? Between the summer, busy jobs, ladies and holidays we haven’t had much time at all for the podcast. Don’t worry listeners, Lewis and I are suitably chastised (we pay someone to do it).

This week (although as this write-up has taken so long it was actually several weeks ago) Lewis and I watched When Harry Met Sally. Somehow I’ve managed to avoid seeing it up till now but, as we discuss in the podcast, I’ve certainly seen lots of things influenced by it.

I was mostly taken by its charm and the chemistry between Meg Ryan (at her most beautiful) and Billy Crystal (looking like he always does, like a middle-aged supermarket manager). Lewis was less convinced, finding the film on his second watch rather melancholy. He’s a sensitive boy in many ways.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

A first for the podcast this week. Monstrum, a micro-budget horror comedy currently in the middle of filming, gets the much-sought-after Secret Sponsor status. They are the first ever film we’ve made a Secret Sponsor. We’re hoping this means we’ll get invited to the premiere.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the When Harry Met Sally 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 061 – When Harry Met Sally

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 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director: Rob Reiner  Year of release: 1989  Studio/Distributor: Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures  Country: USA