Sunday, 23 April 2017

this week on 100 Films

Over at 100 Films in a Year this week, it was time for my monthly TV review...





...and 2 brand-new reviews were also published...


Guardians of the Galaxy 3D (2014)
I commented in my original review that some sequences seemed to have been designed with 3D in mind — specifically the chase through Knowhere, which I described as “little more than a blur.” I feel like past-me was correct, because I had no such issues with the sequence this time out. Even though I enjoy it, I’m still one of those people who regard 3D as fundamentally little more than a gimmick, but it does lend a scope, scale, and pizzazz throughout the movie that’s a lot of fun
Read more here.


The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
When it works, The Legend of Tarzan® is a straight-up old-fashioned adventure movie, albeit with slicker action sequences and created with lashings of CGI. When it doesn’t, it comes across as oddly muddled. As with so many blockbusters last year (Suicide Squad and Rogue One spring immediately to mind), it feels like it was chopped and changed a lot in the edit.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Films

Sully (2016)
[#58 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

aka Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Friday, 21 April 2017

TV

The Graham Norton Show
21x03 (21/4/17 edition)
I'm away for a few days and haven't really watched anything (hence no updates), but I did happen to catch this.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

TV

Arrow
5x18 Disbanded

Broadchurch
3x08 Episode 8 [series finale]
In which Hardy and Miller catch whodunnit.
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Twin Peaks
2x08 Episode 15 aka Drive with a Dead Girl
2x09 Episode 16 aka Arbitrary Law
In which Coop and Harry catch whodunnit.

Monday, 17 April 2017

TV

24: Legacy
1x08 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
4x03 Episode 3

Twin Peaks
2x06 Episode 13 aka Demons
2x07 Episode 14 aka Lonely Souls
Got a bit off schedule with this lately. With the new season coming next month, I need to stay on track.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

TV

Elementary
5x18 Dead Man's Tale

Unforgotten
1x06 Episode 6 [season finale]

Films

The Magnificent Seven (2016)
[#57 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

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


Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
You surely know the story of A Christmas Carol, so what matters is which particular adaptation this is and if it’s any good. Well, this is the one made by Robert Zemeckis back when he was obsessed with motion-captured computer animation, following the financial (though, I would argue, not artistic) success of The Polar Express and Beowulf. Fortunately A Christmas Carol seemed to kill off this diversion in his career, because it’s the worst of that trilogy.
Read more here.


The Russia House (1990)
Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer are on fine form in this romantic spy thriller adapted from a John le CarrĂ© novel... I’m not sure Connery, playing against type as a washed-up ageing no-name, has ever been better. There’s a top-notch supporting cast too, including Roy Scheider as a CIA agent, James Fox as Connery’s MI6 handler, plus Michael Kitchen, Klaus Maria Brandauer, David Threlfall, and even Ken Russell.
Read more here.


Star Trek Beyond (2016)
The cover of Star Trek Beyond’s Blu-ray proudly proclaims that it’s “the best reviewed action movie of the year”. I don’t think that’s true, but it does indicate the mindset producing these films nowadays: they’re not the serious-minded sci-fi the Trek franchise was once known for, but action-orientated summer blockbusters. As that, Beyond is pretty entertaining.
Read more here.


Swiss Army Man (2016)
If you’ve heard of Swiss Army Man, it’s likely for one thing and one thing only: this is the movie where Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe plays a farting corpse with an erection. But rather than the childish super-gross-out comedy that short pitch would seem to suggest, Swiss Army Man is actually quite a sweet indie comedy-drama. With some super-gross-out comedy thrown in, natch.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x01 The Pilot
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Unforgotten
1x05 Episode 5

Films

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
[#56 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Or, as the film's multiple title cards would have it, The Legend of Tarzan®.

Collection Count

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

As promised, this is a pretty busy week. I should rein myself in... but I haven't, because the next few weeks are all looking busy too: there'll be at least 11 further additions before May is over. Well, at least those are spread out!

Number of titles in collection: 1,961 [up 7]
Of which DVDs: 1,189 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 772 [up 7]

Number of discs in collection: 5,024 [up 13]
Number of films: 2,162 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,697 [up 10]
Number of short films: 530 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.