Saturday 8 December 2012


5x10 The Kindness of Strangers
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]


The Expendables (2010)
[#94 in 100 Films in a Year 2012]


Dial H #3, #4 & #5 by China Miéville & Mateus Santolouco

Here's a funny one, then. After the fun of the first two issues, Dial H takes a sharp downward turn into confusing babble here. It builds back up to something that makes sense and a clever climax, but it's not really much fun until quite near the end. There's nothing wrong with making your reader work a bit -- not spoon-feeding them everything -- but this goes too far down the road of oblique mysteriousness for the sake of it, giving us multiple characters who all know what they're babbling about while locking the reader out. And then, like I say, it does get a bit better. Now I'm torn between dropping this and keeping going.

Dial H #0 by China Miéville & Riccardo Burchielli

As for the Zero Issue, it tells a completely unrelated story that manages to illuminate the mythology of the dial, with some interesting revelations about how it works. Again, it trades on confusion until quite near the end, but at least in this instance the answers are actually in the same issue.

Extermination #2 by Simon Spurrier & Jeffrey Edwards

See below.

Revival #2 by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton

It's 6 months since I read Extermination #1, and though a bit foggy I did manage to pick it back up fine.

It's 4 months since I read Revival #1, and though I largely followed it I felt I really ought to re-read the first one to fully appreciate just what was going on.

I don't know what that says about each respective series, but they're both great. Extermination is bold, dark, but funny and entertaining, while Revival is more serious, grown-up and mysterious. And if the latter continues on its current path -- and retains its current levels of praise -- it's a dead cert for a Walking Dead-style cable TV series at some point, because that's exactly what it feels like. And I look forward to that.

Collection Count

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

It's nearly Christmas -- things are meant to be winding down! But no, here's a pile of new stuff, about half of it late arrivals from Black Friday sales and the other new releases; things so much desired that I couldn't wait another two weeks in the hope of getting them on Christmas Day.

Number of titles in collection: 1,513 [up 5]
Of which DVDs: 1,146 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 367 [up 5]

Number of discs in collection: 3,775 [up 10]
Number of films in collection: 1,563 [up 7]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 5,700 [no change]
Number of short films in collection: 373 [up 2]

This is the last of it though (random good bargains that I can't resist notwithstanding), so I can say with absolute certainty that there won't be anything to report for the next two weeks! And the first post-Christmas one is a running time update, so that'll always be a bumper bonus of fun and excitement, oh yes it will.

See you next week nonetheless, faithful reader.