Sunday, 3 February 2019


Les Misérables
Part 4 (of 6)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

this week on 100 Films

It's a new month, which means it was time for 100 Films in a Year's first progress report of 2019...

Also this week, 2 new reviews were published...

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
The team behind neo-noir modern classic Nightcrawler (writer-director Dan Gilroy, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, cinematographer Robert Elswit, among others) reunite for this direct-to-Netflix genre mash-up — it’s part art-world satire, part mystery-thriller, part horror. The Verge described it as “Robert Altman’s Final Destination”, and that so succinctly articulates what the film reminded me of that I decided to just lift it. Well, just pilfering someone else’s work is in-keeping with the film’s themes, at least.
Read more here.

Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
The sixteenth Zatoichi movie begins by boldly declaring it’s “the first feature by Katsu Productions”, the production company of series star Shintaro Katsu. While the change isn’t radical — this is still the Zatoichi we know and love — there does seem to be a different style and tone about this particular instalment.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.

Collection Count

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

I say "every week" -- I missed last week, for various dull reasons, so this week's count includes a fortnight of updates, plus a "monthly" running time update that actually counts five weeks. Ah well.

Of note: a new 4K UHD title, which turned up just yesterday. There'll be even more of those coming soon...

Number of titles in collection: 2,184 [up 5]
Of which DVDs: 1,142 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,042 [up 5]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 10 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 5,646 [up 16]
Number of films: 2,497 [up 6]
Number of TV episodes: 8,425 [up 47]
Number of short films: 653 [up 2]

Total running time of collection (approx.):
417 days, 10 hours, and 28 minutes.
(Up 2 days, 11 hours, and 5 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.