Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

TV

The Americans
5x03 The Midges

The Persuaders!
1x08 Take Seven

Films

The LEGO Batman Movie 3D (2017)
[#84 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

This week it was time for 100 Films in a Year to review the past month's TV, including the first third of the new Twin Peaks, four new episodes of Doctor Who, and much more...





In regular business, there were 2 brand-new reviews...


New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
With studio Daiei apparently realising they had a potential long-running series on their hands, blind masseur cum roving wrong-righter Ichi makes his colour debut in this third film. Despite the obvious visual change, New Tale picks up on plot threads from the previous film, concluding a trilogy of sorts that spans the series’ first three instalments.
Read more here.


Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)
It’s a great tale, but unfortunately it’s told in a really sloppily made documentary. The narrative is a complete jumble — it jumps in and out of stories all over the place, getting distracted by something else before looping back around. Exposition and setup are bungled, leaving the viewer constantly playing catch-up and trying to piece things together.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x10 The Eaters of Light
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Persuaders!
1x07 The Old, the New and the Deadly

Pitch Battle
1x01 Episode 1
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Mamma Mia! (2008)
[3rd watch]
Well, I half watched it. Pretty sure I've half-watched it before too, but I obviously didn't bother to log that.

Moonlight (2016)
[#83 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
+ all the Blu-ray's featurettes

Collection Count

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

Including one thing that was supposedly dispatched at 6AM this morning and arrived here at 10AM (yeah, right), and not including one thing that was dispatched days ago and was due to arrive today but hasn't (weird).

Number of titles in collection: 1,987 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,181 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 806 [up 4]

Number of discs in collection: 5,086 [up 8]
Number of films: 2,191 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,784 [no change]
Number of short films: 566 [up 5]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sunday, 11 June 2017

TV

The Late Late Show with James Corden in London
2x182 (6/6/17 edition)
2x183 (7/6/17 edition)
2x184 (8/6/17 edition)

this week on 100 Films

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


Mr. Nobody (2009)
Jared Leto stars in this sci-fi drama about the last mortal on Earth reflecting on his life… or is it lives? Essentially, the film is an explanation or exploration of scientific theories realised as a character drama, using a nonlinear narrative to mix and contrast different timelines and realities. For some, this makes it a very confusing movie. That said, if you get the theories behind it, I don’t think it’s an especially complex film at all.
Read more here.


The Saint's Return (1953)
Although this was made years after the RKO films and by a different studio, it’s not a reboot or remake. Even allowing for those terms having become more applicable recently than they probably were in the ’50s, The Saint’s Return actually seems to be making a concerted effort to appear connected to the earlier series... It's even shot in a way that's reminiscent of the older films
Read more here.


Split (2016)
the really exceptional part of the movie is McAvoy’s performance. I don’t know how accurately or sympathetically the film handles the science of his character’s condition, but his embodiment of the role — of all the roles — is superb. The multiple distinct personalities aren’t created just by putting on a silly voice or funny costume; McAvoy changes the way he holds himself, the way he stands and moves, the way his face expresses. It’s the kind of performance that in a different kind of film would’ve been all over awards season.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Articles

The Book of Jeremy Corbyn
by Anthony Lane (from The New Yorker)

Chances are you've heard about this somewhere else, but it's brilliant, so...

Collection Count

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

Nothing to report this week, mainly because I'm away -- there's probably some stuff sat on my doormat at home. There'll definitely be a few things next week.

Number of titles in collection: 1,983 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,181 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 802 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 5,078 [no change]
Number of films: 2,187 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 7,784 [no change]
Number of short films: 561 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 9 June 2017

TV

The Graham Norton Show
21x10 (9/6/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Have I Got News For You
53x08 Election Special
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Thursday, 8 June 2017

TV

Cowboy Bebop
1x25 The Real Folk Blues Part I
1x26 The Real Folk Blues Part II [series finale]

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sunday, 4 June 2017

TV

Arrow
5x23 Lian Yu [season finale]
Oh look, everybody is definitely dead. I am sure there will be a whole new cast next season, then. Yes siree.

The Persuaders!
1x03 Five Miles to Midnight

Films

Gran Torino (2008)
[#78 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen...? 2017 #6

this week on 100 Films

Yet another month of 2017 has passed us by, so it was time to look back at May on 100 Films in a Year...





As well, 5 brand-new reviews were published...


The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Deer Hunter was controversial before it was made (no American company wanted to touch it, leaving British group EMI to put up the initial funding), controversial when it was released (Peter Arnett, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the war, called the use of Russian roulette “simply a bloody lie”), and remains controversial today (Mark Kermode called it “one of the worst films ever made, a rambling self-indulgent, self-aggrandising barf-fest steeped in manipulatively racist emotion”), but is cited by some as one of the best movies ever made.
Read more here.


Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
Kate Beckinsale is back in her role as a werewolf-killing vampire for the fifth entry in the Underworld series, which seems to be as undying as its star creatures... They seem to have made something of an effort to get back to the ‘world’ of the first film, with extravagant vampire covens and underground Lycan forces, while also growing the series’ mythology by introducing us to new areas of vampiredom, primarily a Nordic coven. This move also brings with it a degree of politicking among the vampires, which is kind of what I imagine a millennia-old secret society would be like. I mean, don’t expect House of Cards — it’s done at the level of the action B-movie this series is — but it’s kinda fun.
Read more here.


Plus a new review roundup that covered Charlie Bartlett, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Partners in Crime...





More next Sunday.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x08 The Lie of the Land
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Flash
3x23 Finish Line [season finale]

Who Dares Wins
10x06 (27/5/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

The Muppet Movie (1979)
[#77 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

Six additions this week, thanks in part to some Amazon misprices I managed to jump on -- all of the original Star Trek for under £11? Yes please!

Number of titles in collection: 1,983 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,181 [down 2]
Of which Blu-rays: 802 [up 6]

Number of discs in collection: 5,078 [up 29]
Number of films: 2,187 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes: 7,784 [up 87]
Number of short films: 561 [up 2]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

TV

Grantchester
3x06 Episode 6 [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Films

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
[#74 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Blindspot 2017 #5

+ the 10-minute interview with cinematographer Jack Cardiff that is the DVD's only special feature. Why is there no extras-laden Blu-ray of this classic?!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017

TV

The Persuaders!
1x02 To the Death, Baby

Films

Underworld: Blood Wars 3D (2016)
[#72 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

+ the Blu-ray's special features, though they only amount to half-an-hour.

this week on 100 Films

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


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
A sci-fi thriller about a stealth alien invasion using human duplicates (clue’s in the title), this original film version of the oft-remade Invasion of the Body Snatchers is best not at genre-movie chills, but at evoking and commenting on paranoia and what causes it.
Read more here.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Here’s the first in an infrequent new series of posts, inspired by my 100 Favourites entries, which I’ll be using to plug some of the gaps in my review archive. As a good starting example, this is the only Pirates of the Caribbean film I haven’t reviewed.
Read more here.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017)
Dead men may tell no tales, but lucrative franchises never die, so Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean has taken to the high seas once again... Despite the unusually-long six-year gap since the previous film, and all the promotional talk of this being a fresh start for the series that tonally harks back to the standalone fun of the first movie, Salazar’s Revenge (or, if you prefer, Dead Men Tell No Tales) seems doomed to repeat bits and bobs from the series’ other instalments. It’s not a complete wash-out, however, because it at least executes some of those bits quite well. Sadly, other bits are beginning to look a little tired.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x07 The Pyramid at the End of the World
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Kettering Incident
1x03 The Search
1x04 The Mill

Who Dares Wins
10x05 (20/5/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Underworld Awakening 3D (2012)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #15

Collection Count

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

A single brand-new Blu-ray this week (it's not actually out 'til Monday -- how exciting!), plus a pair of DVD-to-BD upgrades. Also, it's that time of the month: the running time update. Hurrah!

Number of titles in collection: 1,979 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,183 [down 2]
Of which Blu-rays: 796 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,049 [up 2]
Number of films: 2,185 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,697 [no change]
Number of short films: 559 [no change]

Total running time of collection (approx.):
373 days, 14 hours, and 44 minutes.
(Up 1 day and 2 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 26 May 2017

TV

Elementary
5x24 Hurt Me, Hurt You [season finale]

Jamestown
1x03 Episode 3

Films

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (2017)
[#71 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
aka Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

TV

Arrow
5x21 Honor Thy Fathers

The Persuaders!
1x01 Overture
RIP Sir Roger Moore. He's brilliant in this. (The only time I've watched The Persuaders before: after Tony Curtis died. So that's kinda depressing.)

Twin Peaks
3x03 The Return Part 3
3x04 The Return Part 4
I was going to try to space these out, but they're too good! And now I have to wait a fortnight for more...

Monday, 22 May 2017

Sunday, 21 May 2017

TV

The Flash
3x21 Cause and Effect

The Kettering Incident
1x02 The Lights

Films

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
[3rd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #13

Dead Man's Chest may have improved with age (or I've softened to it), but I'm not sure At World's End has. There are some brilliant scenes and bits, really great sequences, but it's far too long, with an overly complicated plot that drags in the middle. I still enjoyed it, but I'd've enjoyed it more if it was half-an-hour shorter.

Fiction

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
Pages 273-362 [the end]
Ready for later this evening now...

this week on 100 Films

It's the time of the month when 100 Films in a Year looks back at what I've been watching on TV...





As well as that, there were 4 brand-new reviews...


Alien: Covenant (2017)
if you put Prometheus, Aliens (as opposed to Alien), Blade Runner (yep), and Frankenstein into a blender, then poured the resulting mixture into a novelty tie-in glass from the Star Wars prequels, you’d get Alien: Covenant. Weirdly, it’s the Prometheus stuff in that blend that tastes finer than the Aliens stuff. In fairness, that’s because it’s complemented by the notes of Blade Runner and Frankenstein.
Read more here.


Twin Peaks: Pilot (International Version) (1990)
When judged as a standalone movie, Twin Peaks is a disaster. After an hour-and-a-half of sheer quality, we reach the 19-minute tacked-on ending. This climax is rushed, simplistic, and refuses to touch on the vast majority of the episode’s subplots. I mean, of course it doesn’t — it was a rush job at the end of production to fill a contractual requirement. It wraps up the Laura Palmer case as quickly and perfunctorily as it can, then Lynch basically says a humungous “eff you” to the notion of having to do a movie version by bunging in a nonsensical dream sequence.
Read more here.


Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me was not a success. For fans of the TV programme, it was a story about events they already knew, rather than a resolution to the series’ cliffhanger. For non-fans, it didn’t seem to stand alone in the way a ‘proper’ movie should. [It] went down as a poorly-regarded failure, unquestionably one of Lynch’s worst films. Well, opinions change. Nowadays you’re just as likely to see someone contend that Fire Walk with Me is the pinnacle of Lynch’s career as you are to see someone express the view it’s his nadir; perhaps even more likely. From what I can gather, a quarter-of-a-century’s distance has allowed people to become more understanding about what it was Lynch was actually trying to achieve with the film
Read more here.


Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)
As you’d expect from a deleted scenes section, but in opposition to what some people claim about it, The Missing Pieces is a collection of just that — pieces; fragments divorced from their whole. It’s definitely an experience aimed squarely at fans, then, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one worth taking for the initiated.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x06 Extremis
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Elementary
5x23 Scrambled

Films

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
[3rd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #12

Maybe it's just nostalgia talking now that the film's 11 years old (where does time go?!), but I think this might be the first time I've properly enjoyed Dead Man's Chest, rather than merely thinking it was muddled but OK.

Fiction

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
Pages 169-272

Collection Count

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

Five additions this week, one of which is a Blu-ray to Blu-ray upgrade with the same number of films and same number of discs, so it's completely invisible. Except on my shelf.

Number of titles in collection: 1,978 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,185 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 793 [up 4]

Number of discs in collection: 5,047 [up 5]
Number of films: 2,184 [up 3]
Number of TV episodes: 7,697 [no change]
Number of short films: 559 [up 25]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 19 May 2017

TV

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
4x06 Episode 6

The Kettering Incident
1x01 Anna
Described by some as the Aussie answer to Twin Peaks, which isn't an itch that particularly needs scratching right now! Oh well.

Films

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
[4th watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #11

Can't remember the last time I watched this, but it was before this blog began -- and that was 9 years ago this month, which more than likely means it's been over a decade. Where does time go?! On a similar note, it's been six years since I watched any of the Pirates films. With a new one imminent, it's an exceptionally good time to get round to a revisit.

Anyway, the first is a great movie. In fact, as a blockbuster action-adventure, I'd say it's pretty much perfect.

Fiction

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
Pages 124-168

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

TV

Cowboy Bebop
1x21 Boogie Woogie Feng Shui
1x22 Cowboy Funk
It's been nine months since I last watched any Bebop. Where does time go?! There are only four episodes left now -- maybe this time I'll actually finish it!

Elementary
5x22 Moving Targets

Our Friend Victoria
1x06 Fame [series finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Fiction

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
Pages 86-111

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

TV

Jamestown
1x01 Episode 1

Our Friend Victoria
1x05 Television
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Twin Peaks (1990)
[#70 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
aka Twin Peaks: Pilot (International Version)

This is the first time I've watched the extended standalone version of Twin Peaks' pilot episode, but the 4th time I've watched the pilot fullstop.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

TV

The British Academy Television Awards 2017
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Flash
3x20 I Know Who You Are

Films

Prometheus 3D (2012)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #10

Coincidentally, it's 4½ years to the day since I first watched this. This is the first time in 3D, though. It was good. The 3D, that is. The film is still muddled.

this week on 100 Films

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


Hell or High Water (2016)
I don’t think it would be unkind to describe Hell or High Water as a genre picture: it’s a crime thriller about bank robbers and the police out to catch them, with its setting and tone also bringing something of the Western... There is something more to it than that though, which might explain its slightly incongruous presence among 2017’s Best Picture nominees. In part it’s a social drama, the characters’ motivations based in very topical concerns... In another part it’s a character drama. Indeed, the acting is the best part.
Read more here.


Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
I really wanted to enjoy this, because I have a soft spot for the original. Sure, it’s cheesy as hell, but mostly the cheese works thanks to an earnestness and some degree of emotion... This follow-up wants to do the same thing on a bigger scale, and it is indeed even cheesier at times, but not in the same likeable way. If the first is a tasty chunk of mature cheddar (which, for the purposes of this analogy, we’re going to say it is) then the second is a thin slice of processed burger cheese.
Read more here.


Prometheus 3D (2012)
Watching in 3D is never going to gloss over Prometheus’ more fundamental flaws — it’s never going to make up for issues with the screenplay or the edit. What you do get is a sense that effort was made to make the 3D experience worthwhile. It may be an inessential component of the movie (a virtual necessity when there will always be people watching in 2D, of course), but it’s one that nonetheless adds an appreciable extra dimension.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x05 Oxygen
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Eurovision Song Contest: Kiev 2017
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)
[#68 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

A 90-minute selection of deleted scenes from Fire Walk with Me, which some people reckon work as a film in their own right, but they don't. They're still interesting though, and make a good companion piece to FWWM.

Fiction

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
Pages 1-85

Collection Count

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

After some busy times of late, a bunch of stuff that was meant to turn up didn't, so just one new thing this week.

Number of titles in collection: 1,974 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,185 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 789 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 5,042 [up 2]
Number of films: 2,181 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,697 [no change]
Number of short films: 534 [up 3]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

TV

Elementary
5x21 Fly Into a Rage, Make a Bad Landing

Our Friend Victoria
1x03 Sex
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Twin Peaks
2x21 Episode 28 aka Miss Twin Peaks, aka The Night of the Decision
2x22 Episode 29 aka Beyond Life and Death [series finale]
Or "season finale", depending how you want to count the imminent revival.

Films

Four Lions (2010)
[#65 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Articles

'Peak' Performance
by Maureen Ryan (from Variety)
Talking of the Twin Peaks revival, here's a good piece on how it came about and how it was done (kinda).

Monday, 8 May 2017

TV

Grantchester
3x02 Episode 2
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Our Friend Victoria
1x02 People
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Twin Peaks
2x20 Episode 27 aka The Path to the Black Lodge

Sunday, 7 May 2017

TV

Our Friend Victoria
1x01 Age
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Twin Peaks
2x19 Episode 26 aka Variations on Relations

Vera
7x04 The Blanket Mire [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

this week on 100 Films

It may be nearly a week ago now, but the past seven days saw the start of a new month, so it was time to look back on April at 100 Films in a Year...





After that, 4 brand-new reviews were published...


Elstree 1976 (2015)
In a studio near London in the summer of 1976, filming took place for a movie that the crew regarded as a children's flick and several cast members assumed would be a flop. They couldn't've been more wrong, because that film was Star Wars, probably the most influential movie of the last 40 years. You know the names of many of the people who were there: George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness… But there was also an army of supporting actors and extras. This is their story.
Read more here.


Green Room (2015)
The main point everyone seems to make about Green Room is how unbearably tense it is. Well, I can imagine it might’ve been pretty tense if I hadn’t spent the whole time struggling to work out what was going on from all the mumbled dialogue. It’s not helped by much of the early chatter being music scene gobbledegook. Is this what watching sci-fi feels like to normal people?
Read more here.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
The franchise that some thought might kill the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but which actually turned out to be one of its most popular successes, is back for the difficult second album. And difficult it is, because Guardians 2 takes a lot of what made that first movie work and ramps it up to 11, consequently slipping over into bouts of self-indulgence.
Read more here.


Nightcrawler (2014)
the film belongs to Jake Gyllenhaal. Wild-eyed, eager to please, but not quite right in how he interacts with other human beings, and with a real thirst for the gory profession he lands upon, Bloom has a sense of morality that is quite removed from the norm. From the start we’re in no doubt that this is a guy prepared to take relatively extreme measures to secure what he wants, but how far will he go?
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Collection Count

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

A slightly delayed update this week, due to some last-minute shenanigans with late arrivals, including one that needs to be returned.

In the end there were four additions this week, three new and one an identical (for the purposes of these stats) DVD-to-Blu-ray upgrade. But there's some additional jiggery-pokery too, because it seems I completely forgot to include a disc I received as a present months ago. Most unlike me.

I also did some overdue updates to my disc count, and discovered the version I had here was seven discs higher than in my other records. Not 100% sure which is right and which is wrong, but I'm going to side with the other one, so have updated this accordingly.

Number of titles in collection: 1,973 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,185 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 788 [up 5]

Number of discs in collection: 5,040 [down 1]
Number of films: 2,180 [up 7]
Number of TV episodes: 7,697 [no change]
Number of short films: 531 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x04 Knock Knock
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Flash
3x19 The Once and Future Flash

Twin Peaks
2x18 Episode 25 aka On the Wings of Love

Friday, 5 May 2017

TV

24: Legacy
1x12 11:00PM - 12:00PM [season finale]

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
4x04 Episode 4

Twin Peaks
2x17 Episode 24 aka Wounds and Scars

Films

Nightcrawler (2012)
[#63 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen...? 2017 #5

+ the Blu-ray's single featurette, which is quite interesting but sadly only five minutes long.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

TV

Twin Peaks
2x16 Episode 23 aka The Condemned Woman

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

TV

Twin Peaks
2x14 Episode 21 aka Double Play
2x15 Episode 22 aka Slaves and Masters

Vera
7x03 Broken Promise

Who Dares Wins
10x02 (29/4/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Monday, 1 May 2017

TV

Car Share
2x04 Episode 4 [season finale]
Ooh, there'll be clamour for a third series after that!
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Elementary
5x19 High Heat

Films

Back to the Future (1985)
[4th or so watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #9. Finally playing the Blu-ray set I bought almost seven years ago! Man, time flies.

Split (2016)
[#62 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Sunday, 30 April 2017

TV

24: Legacy
1x10 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Car Share
2x03 Episode 3
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Twin Peaks
2x13 Episode 20 aka Checkmate

Films

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
[#61 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen...? 2017 #4

this week on 100 Films

A new feature debuted on 100 Films in a Year this week. Called "review round-up", it aims to help race through some of my massive backlog of reviews. The first edition covers Dazed and Confused, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and Under the Shadow. Here's the link:





Additionally, there was 1 brand-new regular review...


The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Despite sharing a title and setting, this second Western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is almost as different from The Magnificent Seven (1960 version) as that was from the original. Maybe that’s over-egging the point, but The Magnificent Seven (2016 version) is certainly not just a straight-up do-over of the popular Western classic.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

TV

Doctor Who
36x03 Thin Ice
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Grantchester
3x01 Episode 1
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Twin Peaks
2x12 Episode 19 aka The Black Widow

Films

The 39 Steps (1935)
[#60 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Blindspot 2017 #4

Collection Count

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

Except for last week, when I was away from home, so this actually counts the last fortnight -- all the more Blu-rays to factor in to the monthly running time update, then!

It would've been a big week by any measure, but when you add in the week before as well... Well, there were 12 additions to my collection this fortnight (so much for "11 additions by the end of May"!), including one BD-to-BD upgrade, as well as the Ultimate Edition of Peter Jackson's King Kong, a single two-disc set that replaces the content previously held across three titles and seven discs(!)

And what all that jiggery-pokery does to the numbers is...

Number of titles in collection: 1,969 [up 8]
Of which DVDs: 1,186 [down 3]
Of which Blu-rays: 783 [up 11]

Number of discs in collection: 5,041 [up 17]
Number of films: 2,173 [up 11]
Number of TV episodes: 7,697 [no change]
Number of short films: 531 [up 1]

Total running time of collection (approx.):
372 days, 14 hours, and 42 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 8 hours, and 7 minutes from last month.)

Despite the mass of titles this fortnight (and a busy week last time, too), that's actually the smallest running time increase for six months!

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

TV

24: Legacy
1x09 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Twin Peaks
2x10 Episode 17 aka Dispute Between Brothers

Who Dares Wins
10x01 (15/4/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

TV

Car Share
2x01 Episode 1
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Doctor Who
36x02 Smile
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

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.

Friday, 14 April 2017

TV

Unforgotten
1x04 Episode 4

Who Dares Wins
9x13 (8/4/17 edition) [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Thursday, 13 April 2017

TV

Twin Peaks
2x05 Episode 12 aka The Orchid's Curse

Unforgotten
1x03 Episode 3

Films

Guardians of the Galaxy 3D (2014)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #8

In preparation for the sequel. Also, to try out my new 3D TV -- so technically this is the first time I've seen the 3D version, with its shifting aspect ratio (which is very effective).

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

TV

Broadchurch
3x05 Episode 5
3x06 Episode 6
3x07 Episode 7
Catching up again. It's kinda weird to suddenly watch almost half the series in one sitting, but there you go.
[Watch episodes five, six, and seven (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Unforgotten
1x02 Episode 2

Monday, 10 April 2017

TV

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
4x02 Episode 2

The Flash
3x17 Duet
I get why they wanted to do a musical episode, but that felt half-arsed.

Twin Peaks
2x03 Episode 10 aka The Man Behind the Glass

Sunday, 9 April 2017

TV

Arrow
5x17 Kapiushon

Vera
7x01 Natural Selection
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Films

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
[#54 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...


The BFG (2016)
The writer/director team behind E.T. reunite for another tale of a young kid befriending a strangely-proportioned otherworldly creature who can’t quite speak English properly and has an acronym for a name. This one, of course, is adapted from Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, here rendered into live-action — or, for a large part, realistic computer animation — by director Steven Spielberg.
Read more here.


War on Everyone (2016)
There are broad similarities to another irreverent comedy thriller from 2006 about a pair of not-so-nice fellas investigating a somewhat-complicated crime plot, but War on Everyone just serves to demonstrate how hard it is to do what Shane Black makes look effortless in The Nice Guys.
Read more here.


The Witch (2015)
aka The VVitch: A New-England Folktale
It’s not a horror movie that suits all tastes, but I thought it was v.v. creepy and v.v. good.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 8 April 2017