Monday, 23 October 2017

Films

RocknRolla (2008)
[#146 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Articles

Ghostwatch: the Halloween hoax that changed the language of television
by Kate Mossman (from New Statesman)

A good, in-depth piece on the BBC's 1992 Halloween drama/hoax Ghostwatch, which I've still not seen. As it's 25 years old this year, maybe now's the time...

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Films

The Heat (2013)
[#144 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Moon (2009)
[#145 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

The Reckless Moment (1949)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #40. This was also #24 way back in 100 Films 2007, and is reviewed here.

this week on 100 Films

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


Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Con thrillers are much like magic tricks: they set you up to expect one thing, then reveal something else was going on all along... So whoever came up with the idea of combining those two things into a movie where magicians use their skills to pull off elaborate heists was practically a genius in my book — what a magnificent marriage of ideas! Unfortunately, the resulting films aren’t much good at magic, routinely substituting CGI for the tricks, and they’re not great at cons either. That’s why these films are fundamentally empty: they don’t understand that the impressiveness of both magic and a reveal-based narratives lies in doing it for real, not in pretending to do it.
Read more here.


Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
I can’t remember when I first heard of Twilight Zone: The Movie, but I do remember being surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. Why wasn’t it more often talked about? After all, here’s a film based on a classic TV series, directed by some of the hottest genre filmmakers of the time: John Landis just after An American Werewolf in London; Joe Dante just before Gremlins; George Miller fresh from Mad Max 2; and, most of all, Steven Spielberg, coming off a run that encompassed Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. I mean, Jesus, even if the movie wasn’t great then surely it should be well-known! ... My viewing of it was primarily motivated by attempting to complete the filmographies of Spielberg and Miller, but I’m glad I did because, on the whole, I rather enjoyed it.
Read more here.


Vixen (2017)
Fans of any or all of the other Arrowverse shows may well find something to enjoy in Vixen. Otherwise, it’s newcomer-friendly (aside from those cameos it’s fundamentally standalone) but I doubt it would do much to persuade the uninitiated that they’re missing out.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Films

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
[#143 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
[#142 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

A bit of jiggery-pokery going on this week. I bought the 90th anniversary edition of Metropolis, which replaces three(!) copies I previously owned. I also switched my box set of the two The Thing films for just the 2011 prequel, in anticipation of Arrow's new release of the 1982 film. But on top of that I bought four other brand-new Blu-rays, so the final stats show little evidence of all that kerfuffling.

Number of titles in collection: 2,041 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,170 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 871 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,232 [up 5]
Number of films: 2,275 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,945 [no change]
Number of short films: 593 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 20 October 2017

TV

The Thick of It
The Rise of the Nutters [special]
Spinners and Losers [special]
Opposition Extra [special]
I'd forgotten how little of The Thick of It I'd actually seen. I knew I hadn't finished it and it was a while since I watched it, but I thought I'd got through a fair chunk not that long ago. Turns out, I watched only the first six episodes (after which there are 17 more) and that was almost three years ago. Crikey. I shake my head at myself sometimes, I really do. Anyway, here I try again — with episodes that first aired almost 11 years ago. Where does time go?!

Films

Silence (2016)
[#141 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Films

Vixen (2017)
[#137 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
The Arrowverse shows are all back on UK TV this week, so I thought it was about time I caught up with this animated spin-off.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
[#138 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Monday, 16 October 2017

TV

Upstart Crow
2x04 Food of Love
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Sunday, 15 October 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
3x03 Episode 3

Films

Frost/Nixon (2008)
[#136 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

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


Antz (1998)
it’s a funny old film. It feels more aimed at adults than kids: star Woody Allen is doing a version of his usual schtick, and the plot riffs heavily on political systems like Communism, a combination which means most of the jokes will soar over children’s heads. That’s before we get on to the brutal war sequence against monstrous termites.
Read more here.


Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
This is a movie with a lot to think about. It doesn’t do the thinking for you either, instead leaving space for the viewer to interpret not only what themes they should be thinking about but also what they should be thinking about those themes. This seems to have been a little too much for some viewers... It’s definitely a long film — a shade under 2 hours 45, though obviously there’s a fair chunk of credits... It’s not a mile-a-minute thrill ride of a movie, but I think it’s the length it needs to be. It leaves room for ideas to sink in.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

TV

Castle
8x03 PhDead

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x07 Episode 7
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Peaky Blinders
3x02 Episode 2

Upstart Crow
2x03 I Did Adore a Twinkling Star
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Assassin's Creed 3D (2016)
[#135 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

It's a super, heroic update this week, with new additions Wonder Woman and X-Men TV spin-off Legion. Also, the running time update, which has done fairly well for itself this past month.

Number of titles in collection: 2,039 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 868 [up 2]

Number of discs in collection: 5,227 [up 4]
Number of films: 2,271 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,945 [up 8]
Number of short films: 593 [no change]

Total running time of collection (approx.):
388 days, 17 hours, and 13 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 7 hours, and 6 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x05 Episode 5 [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Great British Bake Off
8x06 Pastry Week
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Films

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
[4th watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #38

Sunday, 8 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
6x06 Episode 6

Films

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
[5th watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #37

this week on 100 Films

Just 1 new review was published to 100 Films in a Year this week, though it covered three (short) films...


Blade Runner 2022-2048 (2017)
You’ve probably heard that three short films have been released as part of the promotion for sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049. More than just trailers, these shorts go some way to bridging the 30-year gap between 2049 and the original Blade Runner. They were released out of sequence over the past couple of months, but here they’re reviewed in chronological order.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x03 Episode 3
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x05 Episode 5
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Upstart Crow
2x01 The Green-Eyed Monster
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Collection Count

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

A box set and two new individual-film releases this week, the latter two both in 3D. I'm building up quite a 3D collection now -- I might start adding that to the stats...

Number of titles in collection: 2,037 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 866 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,223 [up 10]
Number of films: 2,270 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,937 [no change]
Number of short films: 593 [up 3]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 6 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x02 Episode 2
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Great British Bake Off
8x05 Pudding Week
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Films

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007)
[4th watch]
Only my second time seeing The Final Cut (the first was way back in 2009), but my records tell me this is my fourth viewing of the film overall. Watched it last night, before...

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
[#132 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 5 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x01 Episode 1
Bingeing now it's finished. (Also, quite surprised to realise it's over a year since I watched series one.)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
6x05 Episode 5

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Films

Perfect Sense (2011)
[#131 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

+ three short prequels to Blade Runner 2049...

Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017)
[#130a in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

2036: Nexus Dawn (2017)
[#130b in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

2048: Nowhere to Run (2017)
[#130c in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Films

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
[#129 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Wayne's World 2 (1993)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #35

Articles

DC Rethinks Its Universe
by Abraham Riesman (from Vulture)
A longish, interesting piece on how DC are managing (or hoping to manage) the negative reception their movies have mostly received so far.

TV Series Budgets Hit the Breaking Point as Costs Skyrocket in Peak TV Era
by Maureen Ryan & Cynthia Littleton (from Variety)
Another lengthy but very interesting behind-the-scenes piece, this one on the spiralling cost of high-end TV shows -- why it's happening, what effect it's having, and how it might change going forward. All quite insider-y stuff, but if that's your thing then, as I said, super-interesting.

this week on 100 Films

2017 heads into its final third today, as October begins. As ever, a new month means it's time to look back at the one just past on 100 Films in a Year...





The monthly updates and my TV column don't usually coincide, but this week they do for the second month in a row. Last time it was because I was publishing TV reviews at increased frequency to cover the volume of stuff I was watching. This time it's because I haven't watched much so delayed the column a week. Funny old life, ain't it?





Finally, in regular business, 2 brand-new reviews were also posted this week...


A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Watching Yojimbo and this back to back, you can’t miss how similar they are — no wonder they settled the legal case, they wouldn’t’ve had a leg to stand on. Yojimbo is the classier handling of the material, giving the whole scenario a weightiness that has gone astray here. Fistful has its own charms, of course, as director Sergio Leone merrily reinvents the Western genre before our eyes
Read more here.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Critics, eh? There’s a lot you could say about them, both individually and en masse, but right now I’m concerned with the fact they’ve given Kingsman: The Golden Circle a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 50%. More than that, many have gone further: I’ve read one-star reviews from several major outlets. Audiences disagree. On IMDb it’s got a very respectable 7.4 (just a few points down from the much better-received Wonder Woman, for comparison) and it topped the box office this past weekend, beating the latest LEGO movie in the US and almost doubling the first film’s opening weekend in the UK. Well, I’m definitely an audience member rather than a critic. In fact, I’m still weighing up the possibility that The Golden Circle might be even better than its predecessor.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Films

Wayne's World (1992)
[3rd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #34

Collection Count

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

A few new acquisitions this week. Next week: a few more. Then: a quiet spell. Well, we'll see.

Number of titles in collection: 2,034 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 863 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,213 [up 5]
Number of films: 2,265 [up 3]
Number of TV episodes: 7,937 [no change]
Number of short films: 590 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

TV

Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year
4x01 Cabins, Summerhouses & Not a Shed?
Featuring a cinema 'shed' that is amazing. So, so jealous.
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Films

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #33

Monday, 25 September 2017

Sunday, 24 September 2017

TV

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
6x04 Episode 4

Films

Yojimbo (1961)
[#126 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Blindspot 2017 #9

+ all of the Criterion DVD's special features

this week on 100 Films

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


The Accountant (2016)
if you’re thinking, “finally a film that makes accounting exciting!”, I’m sorry to disappoint you but Chris’ maths skills are really just a MacGuffin to get the ball rolling. What it does deliver is a decent thriller plot, with a couple of twists to keep things lively. It’s also a pretty satisfying narrative — I’m not sure there’s ever been another movie that so thoroughly tied up everything into nice neat little bows. I suppose that’s at least kind of appropriate given the hero’s condition.
Read more here.


The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
The second big-screen outing for the Muppets sees casts Kermit, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo as reporters who travel to England to investigate a jewel theft. Of course, this being a Muppet movie, the plot is less important than the crazy comical antics.
Read more here.


The Muppet Movie (1979)
“The Muppets Begin” in their big-screen debut, which seems Kermit going on a road trip where he encounters most of the key Muppets one by one, while being chased by a businessman who wants Kermie to be the poster-frog for his frog legs restaurant.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

TV

The Great British Bake Off
8x03 Bread Week
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Collection Count

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

I got a new DVD this week! A rare occurrence nowadays, that. But then I upgraded something else from DVD to Blu-ray, so the DVD number stays the same. Hey-ho.

Number of titles in collection: 2,031 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 860 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,208 [up 6]
Number of films: 2,262 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,937 [up 12]
Number of short films: 590 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Sunday, 17 September 2017

TV

Unforgotten
2x03 Episode 3

Films

Guardians (2017)
[#122 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Trainspotting (1996)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #31 (previously 2007's #29)

this week on 100 Films

Just 1 new post on 100 Films in a Year this week...


The Mid-Month Update for the Middle of September 2017
you may have noticed it’s been a tad quiet here of late. (Or maybe you haven’t. That’s OK, I don’t blame you.) There’s no grand or exciting reason for that, I’m afraid — September’s just turned out to be a busier-than-average month ’round these parts, leaving precious little spare time for blogging.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

TV

Unforgotten
2x02 Episode 2

Who Dares Wins
10x10 (16/9/17 edition) [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Godzilla (1998)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #30

Collection Count

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

Number of titles in collection: 2,028 [up 5]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 857 [up 6]

Number of discs in collection: 5,202 [up 9]
Number of films: 2,258 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,925 [no change]
Number of short films: 590 [up 2]

Plus this week it's time for a running time update, so...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
387 days, 10 hours, and 7 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 5 hours, and 51 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 15 September 2017

TV

Comedy Playhouse
18x01 Tim Vine Travels in Time
So very silly. I hope it gets a series.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Unforgotten
2x01 Episode 1

Films

Lions for Lambs (2007)
[#121 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 14 September 2017

TV

The Great British Bake Off
8x01 Cake Week
Considered not watching, but you can't resist Bake Off for long.
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x01 Episode 1
Amazing how just an extra few minutes (about seven or eight) makes this feel so much less rushed.
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Parts One and Two

this week on 100 Films

Two new posts were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Musical Review Roundup
My blog is alive with the sound of music, courtesy of…
- Sing Street (2016)
- Jersey Boys (2014)
- Sing (2016)
- Into the Woods (2014)
Read more here.


The Is It Future or Is It Past Week on TV #23
Reviewing Twin Peaks season 3 episodes 17-18 (the finale).
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Other

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
The Making of Harry Potter

Collection Count

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

Nothing to report this week! How weird. Next week: almost certainly something.

Number of titles in collection: 2,023 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,172 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 851 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 5,193 [no change]
Number of films: 2,253 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 7,925 [no change]
Number of short films: 588 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Films

Jumanji (1995)
[3rd(?) watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #29

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Articles

‘Peaks’ TV: If This Was The End Of Twin Peaks, How Do We Feel About The Return?
by Alan Sepinwall & Keith Phipps (from Uproxx)

I spent about three hours this evening reading articles about the Twin Peaks finale. This is one of the better ones, because it's a discussion between someone who loved it and someone who doesn't. It also links to several of the others I read, if you're interested.

Monday, 4 September 2017

TV

Twin Peaks
3x17 The Return Part 17
3x18 The Return Part 18 [series finale]

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Films

Vintage Tomorrows (2015)
[#120 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

A new month means it was time to look back at the last one on 100 Films in a Year this week, although it was a rather underwhelming August...





In part that was because it was a big week for TV, with The Defenders finally arriving on Netflix and the feature-length Game of Thrones finale too...





As well as that, 3 brand-new reviews were posted...


21 (2008)
The true story has been mashed broadly into the heist movie template. Setting aside the veracity and treating it purely as an entertainment, this has pros and cons. Whenever it’s whizzing around in Vegas it’s kinda fun, with flashy camerawork and a slick feel for the excitement of being a successful high-roller. But when it puts that aside to get stuck into the characters’ thinly-drawn personal lives, it gets kinda dull.
Read more here.


Death Note (2017)
Despite that reimagining status, it’s still understandably shackled to the broad shape of the original work. Consequently, it glosses over some of the more interesting implications of the premise in its rush to make Kira famous and introduce L. Partly that’s what happens when you condense so much story into just 100 minutes, but it’s also because it’s beholden to bringing in L and starting his cat-and-mouse game with Light.
Read more here.


Jaws (1975)
It’s easy to start discussing Jaws in terms of it being the first summer blockbuster, or its troubled production, or the effect it had on audiences’ desire to go swimming. But divorced from all that, as a film in its own right, it’s a thrilling adventure movie — a man vs. a shark, when it comes down to it.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Films

Antz (1998)
[#119 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

Having said last week that it looked like there'd be nothing this time, I then went and ordered a bunch of things in Bank Holiday sales. Such is (my) life.

Number of titles in collection: 2,023 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,172 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 851 [up 5]

Number of discs in collection: 5,193 [up 6]
Number of films: 2,253 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,925 [up 15]
Number of short films: 588 [up 4]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

TV

Designated Survivor
1x18 Lazarus

Films

Eddie the Eagle (2016)
[#116 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Non-Fiction

Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
Chapters 8-10

this week on 100 Films

Just 2 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Death Note (2006)
the Death Note is so all-powerful that there’s little drama in Light using it, especially as he isn’t morally conflicted himself — he’s sure he’s doing the right thing, despite people around him voicing their disagreement with Kira. The story therefore comes to focus on the battle between Light and L, a pair of self-proclaimed geniuses who work to constantly outwit each other. This is where the film begins to falter, because a lot of their supposed intelligence comes from leaps of logic designed to make them look clever.
Read more here.


Death Note: The Last Name (2006)
Fundamentally, The Last Name resumes Light and L’s cat-and-mouse game in the same style as the first movie — in case you didn’t get it, near the start of the film their figurative chess game is represented by a literal chess game. This time there are the added complications of Light being on L’s team and the second Death Note being in play, which at least adds some variety.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

TV

Designated Survivor
1x16 Party Lines
1x17 The Ninth Seat

Who Dares Wins
10x09 (26/8/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Death Note (2017)
[#115 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Non-Fiction

Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
Chapters 1-7

The book that inspired the film 21, which I watched the other day. Apparently the film was heavily fictionalised, so I was curious to read the real story. What's kind of interesting is that the book apparently takes quite a few liberties with the truth as well. It also reads more like a novel than a work of non-fiction. Thus far, it's actually fairly similar to the film; as similar as most fiction-to-movie adaptations are, at least. Presumably it deviates more later.

Articles

Interview: Steven Soderbergh
by Amy Taubin (from Film Comment)
An interesting interview, primarily about Soderbergh's new film, Logan Lucky, but, him being him, there are lots of interesting tangents too.

Netflix is Using The Defenders to Understand Its Audience
by Angela Watercutter (from Wired)
Another interesting piece (hence why I'm sharing them both!), this one about both how Netflix compiles data on what it's users watch, and how The Defenders provides a unique opportunity in that regard.

Collection Count

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

A couple of late arrivals to add this week ("late" as in "part of an order that mostly arrived last week"). Next week: looking like nothing. Gasp!

Number of titles in collection: 2,019 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,173 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 846 [up 2]

Number of discs in collection: 5,187 [up 2]
Number of films: 2,249 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes: 7,910 [no change]
Number of short films: 584 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

TV

The Defenders
1x05 Take Shelter
1x06 Ashes, Ashes

Designated Survivor
1x07 The Traitor
1x08 The Results
1x09 The Blueprint

Rick and Morty
1x01 Pilot
People keep going on about this so I've decided to try at least a couple of episodes. This one isn't that promising, but we'll see.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

TV

The Defenders
1x03 Worst Behavior
1x04 Royal Dragon

Designated Survivor
1x05 The Mission
1x06 The Interrogation

this week on 100 Films

Not that much to report this week from 100 Films in a Year, though the two things I did post were quite lengthy.

First, my latest TV review roundup, including Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders, Top of the Lake: China Girl, Twin Peaks, and more...





Secondly (and finally), another film review roundup, including quick thoughts on Headshot, Money Monster, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Big Screen Edition...





More next Sunday.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

TV

The Defenders
1x01 The H Word
1x02 Mean Right Hook

Designated Survivor
1x03 The Confession
1x04 The Enemy

Collection Count

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

There wasn't much to say this week, but then a bunch of stuff turned up surprisingly early on Saturday, and instead of one title with one film there was... well, all of this...

Number of titles in collection: 2,017 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,173 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 844 [up 4]

Number of discs in collection: 5,185 [up 9]
Number of films: 2,247 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,910 [no change]
Number of short films: 584 [up 1]

Also, it's time for another running time update! Hurrah!

Total running time of collection (approx.):
386 days, 4 hours, and 16 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 13 hours, and 38 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

TV

The Bletchley Circle
2x03 Uncustomed Goods Part 1
2x04 Uncustomed Goods Part 2 [series finale]

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Films

Death Note 2: The Last Name (2006)
[#112 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
aka Desu nôto: The last name

My plan to watch loads of films this weekend has, uh, not gone to plan.

this week on 100 Films

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


Arrival (2016)
An intelligent sci-fi movie released by a major studio? What madness is this? A good kind of madness, because Arrival is one of the best — and, importantly, most humane — science fiction movies for years.
Read more here.


Free Fire (2016)
If an hour-long gunfight doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, maybe Free Fire isn’t the movie for you. Conversely, this isn’t a Jason Statham flick: instead of an hour of highly-choreographed gunplay, most of the participants get injured early on and end up seeking cover around the rubble-strewn floor of an abandoned factory, occasionally taking potshots at each other. Most action movies are defined by their characters sprinting about — in this one, they crawl.
Read more here.


The Fugitive (1993)
Once upon a time this was a blockbuster; nowadays it’d be a mid-budget thriller… and probably wouldn’t get made because Hollywood doesn’t do those anymore. It’s a pleasingly ’90s manhunt movie — they can’t just track his mobile phone or zoom in with a satellite or what have you — but, aside from the nostalgia kick, the quality is a bit wobbly at times. It has strong performances, a breakneck pace (at least early on), and some stunning sequences, but the behind-the-scenes story of many, many drafts and a rushed schedule occasionally leave their mark on the screen
Read more here.


Shin Godzilla (2016)
Written and directed by Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame, Shin Godzilla is not just a film about a giant beastie stomping on things. Most obviously, it pitches itself as a kind of political thriller, as an intrepid gang of semi-outsiders battle establishment red tape to get anything done. In this respect it’s something of a satire, though not an overtly comedic one. It also seems to be taking on Japanese society, with the in-built deference to age or rank being an obstacle to problem-solving when it's the young who have the outside-the-box ideas
Read more here.


Suicide Squad (2016)
That there were editing tussles becomes evident almost immediately: the way it introduces Deadshot and Harley before cutting to Waller pitching her plan is a little clunky, surely a re-ordering to get the big-name characters on screen ASAP... However, it really goes awry when Waller’s pitch and introduction of the Enchantress is immediately followed by another meeting where Waller makes her pitch and introduces the Enchantress. Maybe the screenplay was that clunkingly constructed to begin with, or maybe they just made a ham-fisted job of the restructuring.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Films

Jaws (1975)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #28

Nashville (1975)
[#111 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
Blindspot 2017 #8

Collection Count

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

Not a great deal to report this week. Well, four new additions, which would be a lot to most people, but things get crazy around here sometimes, and they arrived in two batches almost a whole week apart so it didn't feel like so many.

Anyway...

Number of titles in collection: 2,014 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,174 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 840 [up 4]

Number of discs in collection: 5,176 [up 6]
Number of films: 2,242 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,910 [no change]
Number of short films: 583 [up 1]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Films

Arrival (2016)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #27
+ all the UK Blu-ray's special features, and the Eternal Recurrence: The Score featurette the left off it.

Death Note (2006)
[#110 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
aka Desu nôto

Thursday, 10 August 2017

TV

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
9x03 (19/8/16 edition)

I used to watch this regularly, back when it started, because it's silly and funny but sometimes kinda clever. Then it took off and they started making far too much of it, so I stopped. That was almost two years ago. But I was at a loose end this evening and caught this one on 4seven.

[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

TV

The Bletchley Circle
1x02 Cracking a Killer's Code Part 2
1x03 Cracking a Killer's Code Part 3 [season finale]

Films

Ghost in the Shell 3D (2017)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #26

My full review from when I watched this at the cinema is here, and I left a short comment on Letterboxd about this rewatch.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
2x05 Episode 5

Films

The Fugitive (1993)
[2nd or so watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #25

+ the Blu-ray's special features (bar the commentary)

this week on 100 Films

It was a brand-new month back on Tuesday, meaning it's time for 100 Films in a Year to look back at the month before...





There was also just 1 brand-new reviews published this week...


22 Jump Street (2014)
they’ve taken one of the most memorable and likeable bits of the first movie — the meta-jokes at the expense of the film itself — and ramped them up to 11. And it works. Or, at least, it did for me. Is this the most meta comedy ever? I dunno, but I can’t think of another that so relentlessly riffs off both the expected tropes of its genre and its own status as a sequel.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
2x03 Episode 3
2x04 Episode 4

Films

This is the End (2013)
[#109 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

Ten new acquisitions this week, but the net change is just +5 thanks to various upgrades -- some DVD to Blu-ray, some 2D to 3D, and one collating several individual DVDs into a single Blu-ray set. The total of actual new-to-my-collection titles? Five. Well, I guess that's kinda appropriate then.

Number of titles in collection: 2,010 [up 5]
Of which DVDs: 1,174 [down 4]
Of which Blu-rays: 836 [up 9]

Number of discs in collection: 5,170 [up 9]
Number of films: 2,237 [up 6]
Number of TV episodes: 7,910 [no change]
Number of short films: 582 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sunday, 30 July 2017

TV

Top of the Lake: China Girl
Part 3 Surrogate
Part 4 Birthday
[Watch Surrogate and Birthday (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Sing 3D (2016)
[#107 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

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


Finding Nemo (2003)
it’s packed to the gills with engaging characters, memorable lines, funny ideas, colourful designs, and a couple of strong moral messages. It’s a true family movie.
Read more here.


Kong: Skull Island (2017)
a monster B-movie realised with a modern blockbuster budget and a dose of class from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Its major thrills come from the dust-ups between humans and giant beasties, or giant beasties and other giant beasties, but these are executed with a verve and enthusiasm that renders them a constant delight. Vogt-Roberts unleashes his skill with a palpable sense of excitement for the material, never seeming to hold back as he fills the entire movie with cool imagery and vibrant colours.
Read more here.


Moana (2016)
The songs are a toe-tapping treat too, with Moana’s big number, How Far I’ll Go, a more likeable earworm than certain other Disney songs about going; a David Bowie-inspired villain’s song, Shiny; and, my personal favourite, a comedy number sung by the Rock called You’re Welcome (with some 2D-that-looks-fab-in-3D animation).
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

TV

Top of the Lake: China Girl
Part 2 The Loved One
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Drive (2011)
[#106 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen...? 2017 #7

+ the UK Blu-ray's special features

Collection Count

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

Number of titles in collection: 2,005 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,178 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 827 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,161 [up 5]
Number of films: 2,230 [up 3]
Number of TV episodes: 7,910 [no change]
Number of short films: 582 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 28 July 2017

TV

The Musketeers
3x01 Spoils of War

Top of the Lake: China Girl
Part 1 China Girl
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Free Fire (2016)
[#105 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

+ the Blu-ray's special feature (a short but interesting making-of) and the first half-hour of the audio commentary

Thursday, 27 July 2017

TV

Sherlock
1x00 A Study in Pink [unaired pilot]
Finally got round to watching this, after having it on Blu-ray for years (it's included as a special feature on series one). It's not actually all that bad -- I'd always assumed that it must look terribly cheap or something, but while it's undoubtedly not as slick as the finished version, it's perfectly fine. And the acting, dialogue, pace, etc, was all there right from the get-go -- that survived pretty much intact.

Films

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #24

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

TV

Wallander [British]
4x03 The Troubled Man [series finale]

Films

Get Out (2017)
[#104 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Sunday, 23 July 2017

TV

The Persuaders!
1x16 Anyone Can Play

Pitch Battle
1x06 Episode 6 [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

this week on 100 Films

This week on 100 Films in a Year, this month's second 'monthly' TV review...





Also, 2 brand-new reviews...


Dunkirk (2017)
the main effect Nolan was aiming for is intensity. Not of war, so much, but of survival. That this is a PG-13 war movie caused some to balk — how can you depict war nowadays without blood and gore? But this isn’t a war movie per se, it’s an escape movie. It’s not about the reality of someone getting their arm or head blown off, it’s about escaping a sinking ship, or running out of fuel, or keeping going when the odds are against you. Couple this with the aforementioned visual spectacle, and a thunderous sound mix, and Dunkirk is definitely an Experience.
Read more here.


Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Apparently Soderbergh said that he saw this as an opportunity to give audiences “pleasure from beginning to end… a movie that you just surrender to, without embarrassment and without regret.” Well, he nailed it. It’s a film packed with likeable characters, memorable lines, snazzy direction, cool music cues, and the raison d’être of a heist movie: a final act that pulls the wool over the audience’s eyes.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.