Sunday, 18 February 2018

this week on 100 Films

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

Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther is once again undoubtedly a superhero movie in more than just the literal sense that it’s adapted from a comic book about a superhero, but this particular mix of varied influences — some familiar (it’s not the first movie to imitate Bond), others less so (African culture in an action-adventure blockbuster) — does make it feel genuinely different to the norm.
Read more here.

Fast & Furious 8 (2017)
You may remember that, once upon a time, these films were about street racers who occasionally carried out on-the-road heists, all the better to keep the focus on the cars. Those days are long gone, despite an opening sequence here that tries to pretend that’s still part of the game. No, nowadays we’re in the “international spy actioner” genre, and our former street racers have somehow become highly capable agents… whose primary tools/weapons are still vehicles. It’s utterly ridiculous… but, thank goodness, everyone involved seems to know that.
Read more here.

Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
“Easily one of the best entries in the series”? Nope. The “action starts red hot and keeps getting hotter”? Don’t be silly... As for the plot… Overdeveloped? Yes. Convoluted? Undoubtedly. And needlessly so
Read more here.

More next Sunday.

Saturday, 17 February 2018


1x01 Comeback

Death in Paradise
7x07 Dark Memories
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Collection Count

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

For the first time in... only a month, actually... there's nothing at all to report.

Number of titles in collection: 2,084 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,163 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 921 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 5,341 [no change]
Number of films: 2,325 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 8,005 [no change]
Number of short films: 605 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 15 February 2018


The Good Place
2x05 The Trolley Problem

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
1x01 The Vulcan Affair
Haven't watched any of this since I was a kid (and, consequently, I've no idea whatsoever which episodes I've seen -- I don't remember any specifics), but here I go with a full-on watch. One episode done, 104 to go...

The X Files
11x01 My Struggle III
Oh dear, that was... confusing. It didn't help that it's nearly two years since the last episode, which this played heavily on. OK, there was a "previously on", but I didn't think that helped enough. And even if it hadn't been confusing, I don't think it was a very good episode anyway. It was just... odd. I mean, what was with all that random voiceover from Mulder? Nonetheless, sometime I really need to watch all of The X Files from the start -- maybe this would make more sense then.
[Watch it (again) on My5.]

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


The Persuaders!
1x23 A Death in the Family [2nd watch]

I first watched this episode back in October 2010, and it's what persuaded (joke not intended) me to buy the complete series DVD set... which I then didn't start watching until May 2017... and now we're in February 2018 and I've finally almost finished it.


Black Panther (2018)
[#23 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

WarGames (1983)
[#22 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Monday, 12 February 2018


8x22 Crossfire [series finale]

Death in Paradise
7x06 Meditated in Murder
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]