Day 31: Oslo, August 31st (2011)

Day 31: Oslo, August 31st (2011)

We reach the end of the road with this poignant, slow-moving and very personal tale of Anders, a recovering drug addict who is about to emerge from a term of rehab. Aptly enough in a month of film (which stretched out to a year), it’s a story about journeys, of making sense of relationships, and … Continue reading

Day 30: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Day 30: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty is the most recent film on the list, released in January 2013. Originally a story about the failure to find Osama Bin Laden, it was hastily re-written after he was killed in May 2011, providing a dramatic climax to a complex and politically charged chapter of US history. Jessica Chastain plays Maya, a … Continue reading

Day 29: Track 29 (1988)

Day 29: Track 29 (1988)

Boy, this is a weird film. I usually quite like narratives where the mysterious stranger disrupts the natural order of things (Six Degrees of Separation being a case in point), but whereas the latter made some interesting points about the use of language as an unreliable social unifier, I’m really not sure whether there’s a coherent … Continue reading

Day 28: 28 Days (2000)

Day 28: 28 Days (2000)

I still haven’t seen Gravity at the cinema, and while this mid-career offering from Sandra Bullock isn’t exactly the next best thing, it certainly serves as a reminder how effortlessly she can carry a film. It was also available on Netflix when 28 Days Later was nowhere to be found. I’ll put that one on the list … Continue reading

Day 27: Chapter 27 (2007)

Day 27: Chapter 27 (2007)

Today, it was a choice between a film about weddings and bridesmaids, and a character study of a sociopathic loner assassin. No contest. Although they really should try combining the two genres. A succession of blushing brides gunned down every time they go to a dress fitting? I’d be up for that. Call it “Blood … Continue reading

Day 26: L.627 (1992)

Day 26: L.627 (1992)

You know that feeling when you get to the summer solstice and wonder where the hell the year went? Yeah, that. Welcome back to THE LONGEST MONTH IN FILM HISTORY. There are no films with 26 in the title. Nil, nada, nichts. Well, there wasn’t when I started the challenge. There’s now a film called … Continue reading

Day 25: 25th Hour (2002)

Day 25: 25th Hour (2002)

There weren’t too many options for Number 25, but this seemed like a decent punt. Directed by Spike Lee and starring Ed Norton, the film charts 24 hours in the life of a post-9/11 New York drug dealer, who is enjoying his last day of freedom before being sent down for seven years. Glossing over … Continue reading

Day 24: Twenty Four Seven (1997)

Day 24: Twenty Four Seven (1997)

Yeah, anyway, so Day 24… It was a toss-up today between this and 24 Hour Party People.  Twenty Four Seven shaded it (just), mainly because it got 5 stars in Empire. I’m shallow like that. It also had the added bonus of a rare starring role for Bob Hoskins, who recently retired from acting due to the onset of … Continue reading

Day 23: 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

Day 23: 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

If I’d known that the challenge would extend well into February, I would have held off until the recent documentary Room 237 was released on DVD. Now that really does appeal to the geek in me – exploring hidden meanings and conspiracy theories in The Shining. But it’ll have to wait for another time. Besides, I would never have come across … Continue reading

Day 22: Catch-22 (1970)

Day 22: Catch-22 (1970)

Released at the same time as M*A*S*H in 1970, Catch-22 suffered in comparison with Robert Altman’s radical war satire, which heralded a new and uncompromising method of film-making. According to Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (1998), even the director, Mike Nichols admitted as such: “We were waylaid by M*A*S*H, which was much fresher and more alive, improvisational, … Continue reading