Monday, 26 September 2016

Sunday, 25 September 2016

TV

Scott & Bailey
5x02 Episode 2
5x03 Episode 3 [series finale]

Films

Mr. Turner (2014)
[#153 in 100 Films in a Year 2016]

this week on 100 Films

5 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Badlands (1973)
"He was 25 years old. He combed his hair like James Dean. He was very fastidious. People who littered bothered him. She was 15. She took music lessons and could twirl a baton. She wasn’t very popular at school. For awhile they lived together in a tree house. In 1959, she watched while he killed a lot of people." As 60-word summaries go, that pretty fairly covers the characters, plot, and, to some degree, the film’s tone.
Read more here.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
The artificially-extended Hunger Games trilogy-turned-tetralogy climaxes here. Presumably you’ve seen the first three and so know what you’re into by this point — either you’re invested or you’ve given up. Unless you want to know “does it end well?” before embarking on the whole thing, of course. While Mockingjay Part 2 is not the series’ finest instalment, it brings things to a decent head… eventually.
Read more here.


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
the film wasn’t a success, either critically or commercially — despite casting a young, theoretically popular lead in Chris Pine, it didn’t attract the young audience needed to produce blockbuster numbers these days. I guess playing the “thriller” rather than “action” card didn’t pay off... I think the reaction has been unduly harsh, because Shadow Recruit is very effective at what it sets out to do, and is, in my view, easily the most entertaining Jack Ryan movie since at least the first
Read more here.


Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
the film is a romantic confection made up of sunny Côte d’Azur locations, pretty vintage costumes, gently witty dialogue, and quality actors gamely playing along. Colin Firth is hardly stretched as a romantic lead, but Stanley’s pompousness and sarcastic cynicism gives the role a little bite. Emma Stone’s big eyes do half the work for her, though she still gives it her all in a way that makes her character and performance endearing.
Read more here.


Ted 2 (2015)
The plot (about Ted trying to become a legally recognised person) exists to string together comedic set pieces. Perhaps that’s why the pace feels off: individual parts are funny, but it’s slow going.
Read more here.


Also, my 100 Favourites series continued with 2 more posts...


Road to Perdition (2002)
On the surface it’s a revenge thriller, replete with ’30s mob style and Tommy Gun massacres, but under that is a more emotive tale about masculinity as it pertains to the father/son dynamic. It’s all handled with sensitive artistry by director Sam Mendes, supported by first-rate technical merits across the board
Read more here.


The Rock (1996)
While it functions well in Bay’s familiar wheelhouse of adrenaline-pumping action-thriller, it’s elevated by a screenplay that offers dialogue which, at times, can be witty and/or intelligent; and, most importantly, which creates sympathetic characters on both sides of the conflict. There aren’t many actioners where you can say “the writing’s the best bit”, are there?
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

TV

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
3x05 Episode 5
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Scott & Bailey
5x01 Episode 1

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

A few week's worth of orders coalesced into the last few days, leaving me with my biggest single weekly update in... about a month. Man, I buy too much stuff.

Number of titles in collection: 1,890 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,204 [up 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 688 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 4,881 [up 17]
Number of films in collection: 2,084 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 7,448 [up 27]
Number of short films in collection: 473 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tuesday, 20 September 2016