Sunday 16 January 2022


Richard Osman's House of Games
5x77 Week 16: Tuesday
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]


Penny Serenade (1941)
[#3 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2022]

this week on

With my review of 2021 all wrapped up last week, I could properly begin the future of this week. And it started with a pair of lists detailing 24 films I must watch in 2022...

Blindspot 2022
For those still unfamiliar with it, Blindspot’s premise is simple: choose 12 films you should have seen but haven’t, then watch one a month throughout the year. (Those 12 also contribute to my All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge.) Below, I’ve listed my selection for this year, and afterwards I’ll talk a bit about how I chose them.
Read more here.

What Do You Mean You Haven’t Seen These Films from 1986?
After a couple of years ‘off’, “What Do You Mean You Haven’t Seen…?” is back... with a slightly refined focus. Whereas before it featured great or significant movies I should’ve seen from across film history, now I’m giving it a specific theme each year. For the inaugural year of its new version, I’ve picked my birth year: the 12 films from 1986 that I’m most surprised I haven’t seen.
Read more here.

As well as that, I actually posted a new review!

I Care a Lot (2020)
it’s hard to discuss what’s so fundamentally wrong with I Care a Lot without digging into what occurs past some of its twists — it starts as one thing (which works), quickly becomes something else (which also works), but after about the halfway mark, it ends up diving off the deep end into a mess of implausibility.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.

Collection Count

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

I was going to try to calm down my purchasing this year, dear reader, but January doesn't seem to be off to a good start in that regard. Even the numbers are hiding things, because that one new Ultra HD title is an upgrade from a regular Blu-ray (the film of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), so there were really four additions this week. And there's more already on order, of course.

Number of titles in collection: 2,755 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,055 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,700 [up 3]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 142 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 6,913 [up 6]
Number of films: 3,268 [up 2]
Number of additional cuts: 247 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 9,237 [up 11]
Number of short films: 934 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.