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 Carré 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

TV

24: Legacy
1x07 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Twin Peaks
2x02 Episode 9 aka Coma

Who Dares Wins
9x12 (1/4/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Dazed and Confused (1993)
[#53 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

Just one new thing this week -- and that turned up early because it's due out Monday. Next week will still be a relative big'un, though, with various things currently winging their way to me. Good times.

Number of titles in collection: 1,954 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,189 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 765 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 5,011 [up 2]
Number of films: 2,158 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,687 [no change]
Number of short films: 530 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 7 April 2017

TV

The Crown
1x10 Gloriana [season finale]

Elementary
5x16 Fidelity

Twin Peaks
2x01 Episode 8 aka May the Giant Be with You

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

TV

The Crown
1x07 Scientia Potentia Est

Films

The BFG (2016)
[#51 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

+ all the Blu-ray's special features

Monday, 3 April 2017

TV

The Crown
1x06 Gelignite

Room 101
6x08 Episode 8
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Sunday, 2 April 2017

TV

The Flash
3x16 Into the Speed Force

Films

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
[#50 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

A new month has begun this weekend, which means it was time for 100 Films in a Year to look back at the old one...





Additionally, 4 brand-new reviews were published this week...


Don't Breathe (2016)
Don’t Breathe is perhaps the movie equivalent of a theme park attraction: designed to thrill you and scare you during its brief duration, not withstand plot and character scrutiny when dissected afterwards.
Read more here.


Ghost in the Shell (2017)
this iteration of Ghost in the Shell creates a new narrative, but builds it out of liberally repurposed imagery, sequences, character traits, and more from the popular 1995 anime adaptation and its sequel, and apparently from the Stand Alone Complex TV series too... Though to say “new narrative” is something of a kindness because, intricacies aside, the story isn’t new at all.
Read more here.


Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
with technical advancements that aren’t necessarily beneficial, grander but less memorable action sequences, and less coherent thematic underpinnings, it’s clear that Hollywood doesn’t have the monopoly on sequel-y sequels.
Read more here.


Tokyo Tribe (2014)
the mix of battle rap, comic grotesques, ultra violence, gratuitous nudity, more barmy notions than you can shake a stick at, and probably the kitchen sink too, makes it possibly the most batshit-crazy movie I’ve ever seen.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

TV

The Crown
1x05 Smoke and Mirrors

Films

Jackie Brown (1997)
[#49 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Blindspot 2017 #3

Collection Count

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

Three new additions this week, though the disc count goes down because one's a three-disc Blu-ray set that replaces a seven-disc DVD set.

Number of titles in collection: 1,953 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,189 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 764 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,009 [down 1]
Number of films: 2,157 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes: 7,687 [no change]
Number of short films: 530 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

TV

Broadchurch
3x03 Episode 3
3x04 Episode 4
Catching up.
[Watch episodes three and four (again) on the ITV Hub.]

The Crown
1x02 Hyde Park Corner

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

TV

The Crown
1x01 Wolferton Splash

Films

Young Frankenstein (1974)
[#46 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Articles

The Disc at 20: Packaged Media Resonates in a Digital Age
by Stephanie Prange & Erik Gruenwedel (from Home Media Magazine)

"a staggering 93 percent of movie buyers are still active in the disc format today" ... "For the last 10 years, people have been saying there are two years left in DVD and it’s going to drop off a cliff. Here we are 10 years later and it is still going strong" ... "The DVD business is going to be around a lot longer than people think. It’s still a massive business for us. It’s not going away" ...

"The desire for ownership is strong, and many consumers who value ownership — those who are collectors of movies, television shows, and special-edition packages — and gift-givers prefer the disc format. We anticipate that will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future, meaning the future of the disc remains shiny."

Sunday, 26 March 2017

TV

Line of Duty
2x06 Episode 6 [season finale]

Who Dares Wins
9x11 (25/3/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

this week on 100 Films

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


Cold in July (2014)
People often call for more originality in their stories, then criticise a film like this for jumping around in genre and tone. Personally, I didn’t think it changed much in either. The plot is far from straightforward — twists take the story in unexpected directions with each act (if not even more often) — but as a whole it remains a neo-noir crime thriller.
Read more here.


Demolition (2015)
Jake Gyllenhaal is a high-flying banker struggling with the grief of his wife’s death by taking his life apart — literally — in this slightly strange drama
Read more here.


Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Master movie spoofer Mel Brooks’ penultimate work as director was this riff on the Robin Hood legend... Although generally regarded as one of Brooks’ lesser movies, its deeply silly style tickles
Read more here.


Finally, my second 100 Favourites series came to an end with both my top 10...





...and, of course, some statistics:





That's it for 100 Favourites, but there'll be more reviews next Sunday.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

TV

Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief
Episode 4 (of 4)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Line of Duty
2x05 Episode 5

Films

Ghost in the Shell (1995)
[3rd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #6

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
[#44 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

As promised, a whole bunch of new additions this week -- new films, new TV series, DVD-to-Blu-ray upgrades, and even a couple of Blu-rays of things which I also own on DVD but that won't be replacing the DVD for one reason or another (mostly to do with booklets and/or other special features). Which is actually kind of annoying, but there you go. I'll just sell them later if I ever change my mind.

Number of titles in collection: 1,951 [up 8]
Of which DVDs: 1,190 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 761 [up 9]

Number of discs in collection: 5,010 [up 10]
Number of films: 2,155 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,687 [up 26]
Number of short films: 530 [no change]

And all of that just in time for the monthly running time update...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
371 days, 6 hours, and 35 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 16 hours, and 52 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 24 March 2017

TV

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
4x01 Episode 1
Managed to record a repeat run of the series I missed.

Iron Fist
1x12 Bar the Big Boss
1x13 Dragon Plays with Fire [season finale]

Line of Duty
2x04 Episode 4

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sunday, 19 March 2017

TV

Arrow
5x15 Fighting Fire with Fire

Iron Fist
1x04 Eight Diagram Dragon Palm
1x05 Under Leaf Pluck Lotus
1x06 Immortal Emerges from Cave

Who Dares Wins
9x10 (18/3/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

this week on 100 Films

A busy TV review this month on 100 Films in a Year...





Also, 3 brand-new reviews were published this week...


Ghostbusters (2016)
while parts are pretty funny, others are just as lazy as the trailer implied. Considering the volume of alternate lines included in the film’s special features, you have to wonder how some glaring duds, overfamiliar ‘jokes’, and flat-out clichés were left in. Of the lead cast, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Jones are all equally affected by this sometimes good / sometimes bad oscillation, though Chris Hemsworth as their pretty-but-dim receptionist manages to escape unscathed in a bubble of, if not hilarity, then definite amusement.
Read more here.


The Nice Guys (2016)
Writer-director Shane Black has been doing this kind of action-thriller buddy comedy for decades now, but he’s still got it where it counts — there are quotable lines galore, and visual gags that would be just as quotable if you could quote a visual.
Read more here.


San Andreas (2015)
San Andreas is a most amusing movie. It’s not a comedy, just a generic effects-driven disaster movie in exactly the same style Hollywood has been producing for about 20 years.
Read more here.


Finally, the penultimate part of my new 100 Favourites series counted down #30 to #11...





More next Sunday.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

TV

The Flash
3x14 Attack on Central City

Iron Fist
1x01 Snow Gives Way
1x02 Shadow Hawk Takes Flight
1x03 Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch
Funny old show. The first episode is as bad as the critics implied, treaclishly slow, poorly written and acted. Episode 2 does pick up a bit, and the third episode is actually quite good. There are good bits throughout too, promising characters and mysteries, but there's always a weak part around the corner. Hopefully it'll continue to improve over the next 10 parts...

Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief
Episode 3 (of 4)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Collection Count

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

Next week there's going to be loads of stuff popping onto this list (just in time for the running time update, too), but for now there's just one new title — which has landed me on exactly 5,000 discs. Five thousand. That's insane.

Number of titles in collection: 1,943 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,191 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 752 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 5,000 [up 6]
Number of films: 2,150 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes: 7,661 [up 27]
Number of short films: 530 [up 14]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 17 March 2017

TV

24: Legacy
1x05 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Films

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)
[2nd watch]
I actually only watched the first 15 minutes and then my NOW TV subscription expired, but I think that may've been the universe saving me from myself.

The Monster Squad (1987)
[#43 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

TV

Luther
4x01 Episode 1
4x02 Episode 2 [season finale]

Twin Peaks
1x08 Episode 7 aka The Last Evening [season finale; 3rd watch]

Films

Ghostbusters (2016)
[#41 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

TV

Twin Peaks
1x07 Episode 6 aka Realization Time [3rd watch]

Who Dares Wins
9x09 (11/3/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
[#40 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Monday, 13 March 2017

TV

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

Films

Kong: Skull Island (2017)
[#39 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Warcraft (2016)
[#38 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
aka Warcraft: The Beginning

Sunday, 12 March 2017

TV

Twin Peaks
1x06 Episode 5 aka Cooper's Dreams [3rd watch]

Films

The Nice Guys (2016)
[2nd watch]

This was #156 in 100 Films 2016. I haven't got round to reviewing it yet, but hopefully will before it comes to Netflix UK in a couple of days.

this week on 100 Films

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


Deadpool: No Good Deed (2017)
Screened before Logan in the US but only available to us poor disadvantaged foreigners thanks to the magic of the interweb, No Good Deed could be regarded as nothing more than a teaser trailer...
Read more here.


Logan (2017)
Logan’s consistency of style and tone render it easily the best Wolvie solo movie... but for this X-fan it’s not enough to usurp the top-draw traditional superheroics to be found in the three or four genre classics produced by the main series.
Read more here.


Room (2015)
Inspired by the infamous Josef Fritzl case (but most decidedly not a a direct fictionalise thereof), Room is a drama about a horrific crime — at times it could even be said to be a crime thriller — but it’s not interested in dealing with the usual outcomes of such filmic narratives; namely, justice or revenge (or both). Rather, it has a goal both more realistic and humane: it’s about the victims, and the psychological toll the crime exerts upon them.
Read more here.


And my second round of 100 Favourites continued, this week counting down from #60 to #31...





More next Sunday.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

TV

Arrow
5x14 The Sin-Eater

Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief
Episode 2 (of 4)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Twin Peaks
1x05 Episode 4 aka The One-Armed Man [3rd watch]

Films

Room (2015)
[#37 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

Number of titles in collection: 1,942 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,191 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 751 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 4,994 [up 1]
Number of films: 2,148 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,634 [no change]
Number of short films: 516 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
1x06 Episode 6 [season finale]

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

TV

Elementary
5x13 Over a Barrel

Not Going Out
8x06 Marriage Guidance
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Twin Peaks
1x03 Episode 2 aka Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer [3rd watch]

Films

Gattaca (1997)
[2nd watch]

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
1x04 Episode 4

Room 101
6x05 Episode 5
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Twin Peaks
1x01 Pilot aka Northwest Passage [3rd watch]
Starting a (re-)watch ahead of season three in May. Sounds a long way off, but there are 29 more episodes, a movie, a feature-length lot of deleted scenes, and at least one novel to get through before then.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Films

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
[#34 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Long Way North (2015)
[#33 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

No Good Deed (2017)
[#32a in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
aka the first trailer for Deadpool 2. Watch it here.

this week on 100 Films

There were more special posts to mark the 10th anniversary of 100 Films in a Year this week. The main one was my 10th anniversary post itself...




There was also a final top 10...




In more regular business, it was a new month, and that meant my regular monthly update...





And finally, I started a new series of 100 Favourites...





Phew!

Back to normal next Sunday.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

TV

Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief
Episode 1 (of 4)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Who Dares Wins
9x08 (4/3/17 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Demolition (2015)
[#32 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

Absolutely nothing to report this week. I have a load of stuff on order though, so I'm sure this will remain as uncommon as it feels.

Number of titles in collection: 1,941 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,191 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 750 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 4,993 [no change]
Number of films: 2,147 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 7,634 [no change]
Number of short films: 516 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 3 March 2017

TV

24: Legacy
1x03 2:00PM - 3:00PM
You'd think after years away they'd come up with some new stuff, but this is already giving in to loads of 24's worst habits.

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

Elementary
5x12 Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown

Not Going Out
8x05 Charlie
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
[#31 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 2 March 2017

TV

Arrow
5x13 Spectre of the Gun
"This week on a very special episode of Arrow..."

Peaky Blinders
1x03 Episode 3

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

TV

Death in Paradise
6x08 Episode 8 [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Logan (2017)
[#30 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
1x02 Episode 2

Room 101
6x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Monday, 27 February 2017

TV

The 89th Annual Academy Awards
aka the Oscars. Can't beat that ending for drama though, eh? And the whole ceremony had been pretty darn good before that, too. Best Oscars ever!

Peaky Blinders
1x01 Episode 1
Finally making a start on this. Definitely has potential.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

TV

Let It Shine
1x10 The Final [series finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Collection Count

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

Despite what I said last week, there was still something new to add this week. Next week... who knows?

Also this week: the monthly running time update.

Number of titles in collection: 1,941 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,191 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 750 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 4,993 [up 1]
Number of films: 2,147 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,634 [no change]
Number of short films: 516 [no change]

Total running time of collection (approx.):
369 days, 13 hours, and 43 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 12 hours, and 35 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Monday, 20 February 2017

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Films

Dances with Wolves: Special Edition (1990/1991)
[#26 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Blindspot 2017 #2

this week on 100 Films

It's that time of the month again: when 100 Films in a Year looks back at what telly I've watched recently...





Also this week, I launched a series of posts celebrating 10 years of 100 Films. Here are the first two...




Finally, there were 3 brand-new reviews posted...


In a Valley of Violence (2016)
The spirit of the Spaghetti Western is alive and well in writer-director Ti West’s shoot ’em up; though where they once took inspiration from samurai movies, now Mr West has his sights set on modern-day gun-fu movies — specifically, here he retrofits John Wick into a familiar Old West narrative.
Read more here.


Love & Friendship (2016)
Kate Beckinsale is phenomenal — funny, dry, biting, witty, but also conveying that Susan is making it all up as she goes, despite pretending to be in control. The other standout is Tom Bennett as the dimwitted Sir James Martin. His knowledge of the commandments and opinion of peas are particularly delightful.
Read more here.


Mad Max: Fury Road - Black & Chrome Edition (2015/2016)
“Why do you need to buy it again? Why not just turn down the colour on your TV?” Well, you could, and you’d get an approximation of the effect; but if you have an appreciation for the fine details of film photography and colouring, that doesn’t cut it. The Black & Chrome version isn’t just the existing colour turned off — other things have been tweaked to heighten the experience
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Films

21 Jump Street (2012)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #2
+ all the Blu-ray's special features, including half-an-hour of deleted scenes.

San Andreas (2015)
[#24 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015)
[#25 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
aka just The Peanuts Movie

Collection Count

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

Accidentally went on a bit of a spending spree this week, so there's a few new additions in spite of no new releases. Consequently expect things to be a little quieter for the next few weeks!

Number of titles in collection: 1,940 [up 5]
Of which DVDs: 1,191 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 749 [up 5]

Number of discs in collection: 4,992 [up 12]
Number of films: 2,146 [up 7]
Number of TV episodes: 7,634 [up 12]
Number of short films: 516 [up 8]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

TV

24: Legacy
1x01 12:00PM - 1:00PM
The more things change, the more they stay the same: Jack Bauer may be gone, and all the on screen text has swishy modifications, including the famous clock, and said text is now blue rather than golden yellow, but in every other respect this is the same old 24.

Elementary
5x10 Pick Your Poison

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

TV

Arrow
5x11 Second Chances

Death in Paradise
6x06 Episode 6
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Not Going Out
8x03 Car
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sunday, 12 February 2017

TV

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

Insert Name Here
2x06 Steve [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Mad Max: Fury Road - Black & Chrome Edition (2015/2016)
[#19a in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Fury Road was #142 in 100 Films 2015, which I watched in October 2015. This is the black & white re-grade of the film.

this week on 100 Films

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


It Follows (2014)
It’s always fun when you come across a divisive movie — “which camp are you in?” It Follows is one of those. Some say it’s an instant horror classic, others that it’s slow, boring, unscary, and can’t even follow its own rules. I’m not qualified enough as a horror viewer to claim the former, but nor do I hold with the latter.
Read more here.


The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Humphrey Bogart is private dick and consummate bullshitter Sam Spade in this (re-)adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel, considered the first major film noir.
Read more here.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
I kind of didn’t want to like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl because I didn’t want to fall into the obvious trap of “this movie totally gets me because I love Criterion editions too!” But I thought it worked in spite of those pandering affectations. Or maybe I just couldn’t resist them on a subconscious level? In some respects it doesn’t matter how it achieved it: the film wanted to make me feel a certain way, and I did feel that way — success.
Read more here.


Tale of Tales (2015)
If you can stomach the contents, there’s a quality cast, and the locations, production design, and cinematography are simply gorgeous.
Read more here.


Also this week, I was given the Mystery Blogger Award. You can read more about that here:



More next Sunday.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

TV

Let It Shine
1x06 Episode 6
1x07 Episode 6 Results
[Watch Episode 6 and the results (again) on iPlayer.]

Collection Count

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

Six shiny new additions this week, all of them Blu-rays, but two of them DVD upgrades.

Number of titles in collection: 1,935 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,191 [down 2]
Of which Blu-rays: 744 [up 6]

Number of discs in collection: 4,980 [up 5]
Number of films: 2,139 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,622 [no change]
Number of short films: 508 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

TV

The Flash
3x10 Borrowing Problems From the Future

Pointless
16x36 1,000th Episode
Turns out the last time I watched regular Pointless was 3½ years ago -- for the 500th episode.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Hell or High Water (2016)
[#19 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

TV

Elementary
5x06 Ill Tidings

The Missing
2x08 The Mountain [season finale]

Articles

Exclusive insights into The Missing series 2: What was cut, and one huge twist that almost didn't happen
by Morgan Jeffery (from Digital Spy)
As I finished the series tonight, I was able to read this piece I'd had saved for nearly two months. Very interesting.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Sunday, 5 February 2017

TV

The Missing
2x06 Saint John

Films

It Follows (2014)
[#17 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

+ the Blu-ray's very meagre special features, and, in a spectacularly rare occurrence, the audio commentary. Sadly, it wasn't a good one.

this week on 100 Films

A new month started this week, so it was time to look back at the old one over on 100 Films in a Year...





Plus, there were 3 brand-new reviews...


London Has Fallen (2016)
It does just about pass muster as a brains-off actioner, in the truest sense of the term: you’ll need to switch your brain off to endure the rampant xenophobia and American flag-waving. God, I bet Trump loves this movie.
Read more here.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Miss Peregrine seems to have received a rather muted response, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It might be best to qualify that by reiterating that it’s playing with a lot of things I enjoy — “X-Men by way of Tim Burton” sounds fantastic to me, and that’s not a bad definition of this movie.
Read more here.


The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962)
The consensus seems to be that The Tale of Zatoichi Continues is a faster-paced and more action-packed movie than its predecessor, which is obviously to some viewers’ taste... However, I thought it lacked the artistry of the first film. It’s very focused on plot rather than digging into character, which is especially problematic when it comes to a subplot about a rogue who turns out to be Ichi’s brother.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.