Wednesday 24 May 2000

2023 Centennials

So far, my centennials project has spawned one award-winning book, A Hundred in 2016, and six years where I didn't review anywhere near as much I planned because life got in the way. I'm still enjoying this series, so I'm back for year eight, the 2023 edition, on a serious year to get the film side of Apocalypse Later in balance with the book and music reviews I'm doing well with.

So, here's 2023 Centennials.

Each review here was posted on what would have been (or in some instances actually was) the one hundredth birthday of someone important to the film industry. The aim is to remember them with an interesting film from their career that, in the process, allows me to explore another aspect of history, whether to cinema, something wider or both.

Some of these people are famous, household names that we grew up watching. Some aren't. And some used to be, but a hundred years is a long time and things change. All, however, are important.

These carefully curated films vary by era, genre and nationality and, together, help to enrich my knowledge and maybe yours too. I'll collate these reviews into a new book, A Hundred in 2023, to be released at the beginning of 2024. At least that's the plan.

Rating System

1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Latest Review (28 Nov 2023)
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Return of the Living Dead 1985 5 5 Dan O’Bannon IMDb

All 2023 Centennial Reviews
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
An Angel for Satan 1966 5 5 Camillo Mastrocinque IMDb
The Glass Wall 1953 6 6 Maxwell Shane IMDb
The Guilty 1947 5 5 John Reinhardt IMDb
The Man in the Glass Booth 1975 6 6 Arthur Hiller IMDb
Middle of the Night 1959 6 6 Delbert Mann IMDb
The Night We Got the Bird 1961 4 4 Darcy Conyers IMDb
The One-Armed Swordsman 1967 5 5 Cheh Chang IMDb
One Way Pendulum 1965 4 4 Peter Yates IMDb
The Return of the Living Dead 1985 5 5 Dan O’Bannon IMDb
Smokescreen 1964 5 - Jim O’Connolly IMDb
Storm Over Tibet 1952 5 5 Andrew Marton IMDb
What’s Buzzin’, Cousin? 1943 3 3 Charles Barton IMDb
When a Stranger Calls 1979 6 5 Fred Walton IMDb

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