Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Monday, 30 January 2023

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Films

Black Girl (1966)
[#7 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2023]
Blindspot 2023 #1

this week on 100Films.co.uk

5 new reviews were published to 100Films.co.uk this week, thanks to the long-awaited* return of a (supposed-to-be-)regular feature...


Archive 5, Vol.6
Featuring...
- Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
- 7500 (2019)
- The Rhythm Section (2020)
- Carefree (1938)
- The Lie (2018)
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

* I don't know who was awaiting it, but it's certainly been a while.

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Films

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
[#6 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2023]

Podcasts

Indicator Cast
41 A New Year Discussion with Powerhouse Films
Y'know, I definitely listened to an episode of this once before, but I don't seem to have logged it. Oops. Anyway, I'm back because so are the directors of Indicator, John Morrissey and Sam Dunn, to talk about their debut 4K titles. Though, they didn't talk about them as much as I'd expected. Still, some interesting stuff if you're a fan of how things are behind-the-scenes at boutique Blu-ray labels.

Collection Count

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

After last week's craziness, a more modest one this week — although exciting in a different way, because it includes my first four titles from new label Radiance. They're suitably handsome editions.

Number of titles in collection: 3,020 [up 6]
Of which DVDs: 1,034 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,986 [up 6]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 235 [up 2]

Number of discs in collection: 7,458 [up 9]
Number of films: 3,692 [up 6]
Number of additional cuts: 301 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 9,512 [no change]
Number of short films: 1,036 [up 5]

That said, last week's bountifulness does factor into this week somewhat, as it's time once again for the monthly running time update...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
531 days and 47 minutes.
(Up 3 days, 1 hour, and 1 minute from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

TV

Our Flag Means Death
1x04 Discomfort in a Married State
[Watch the whole series (again) on iPlayer.]

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Films

7500 (2019)
[2nd watch]
[#3 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2023]
I wasn't planning on rewatching this tonight, but I started it to check something for my review (which I intend to post tomorrow) and ended up sucked far enough in that I kept going. I like it quite a bit.

My Year of Dicks (2022)
One of the most memorable moments from today's Oscar nominations announcement was Riz Ahmed reading out the name of this short (especially with what followed it being equally as hilarious), so I had to watch it. Fortunately, it's available on Vimeo for free.

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Saturday, 21 January 2023

Films

Glass Onion (2022)
aka Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, but only in the marketing, not in the film itself.

Collection Count

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

As mentioned last week, my long-awaited order from the US (I placed it eight weeks ago) is finally here, with eight new additions to my collection — although two are upgrades. Even more fun, one is a 4K UHD + 3D Blu-ray combo, only my fourth of that particular setup. The previous three were all recent features (Alita; and, imported from France, Godzilla vs. Kong and Dune: Part One), whereas this is a classic '50s title (I, the Jury). Like I said, fun.

But there's even more to add than that, because (as I also mentioned last week) I've been stung by all the January sales, and so a pile of freshly-ordered titles also arrived. In total, they brought 13 new additions — although another two were upgrades. No odd combos in there, I'm afraid. The most noteworthy thing is that a couple were prompted by my new 100 Films Challenge plans, not least a couple of highly-regarded gialli.

However, what is definitely worth noting is that, altogether, that makes 21 new additions and a +17 net titles increase — a new biggest week ever! It beats the 18 purchases / +16 increase from April 2020. (That was almost three years ago?! Time flies!) Back then, it was among a string of weeks that, even when they didn't break records, all came close. Fun times in some ways, but not for my wallet or shelf space. I kinda hope I'm not about to repeat it...

Also of note: there are changes to every category's numbers this week. Not often that happens — and it nearly didn't this week: the four TV episodes are special feature on a film.

Number of titles in collection: 3,014 [up 17]
Of which DVDs: 1,034 [down 3]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,980 [up 20]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 233 [up 6]

Number of discs in collection: 7,449 [up 34]
Number of films: 3,686 [up 24]
Number of additional cuts: 300 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes: 9,512 [up 4]
Number of short films: 1,031 [up 6]

All of which somewhat overshadows another milestone, as I comfortably sailed past the 3,000 title mark. I thought I might get there in 2022, but then I hadn't factored in that US package taking so long (although, if it had turned up in December, it still would've left me just short). As it is, I've bounded right past it with this big week. I really should slow down...

...but there'll definitely be more new purchases next week. See you then, faithful reader.

Friday, 20 January 2023

TV

The Graham Norton Show
30x14 (20/1/2023 edition)
With Russell T Davies — on to promote Nolly, but obviously asked about Doctor Who too.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Films

The Magician (1926)
[#1 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2023]

Finally, my first film of 2023! This is the latest I've ever started a year by some margin. Hopefully it doesn't bode ill for the success of my challenge...

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

TV

Our Flag Means Death
1x02 A Damned Man
[Watch the whole series (again) on iPlayer.]

Would I Lie To You?
16x02 Episode 2
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Sunday, 15 January 2023

TV

Richard Osman's House of Games
6x26 Week 6: Monday
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]

A Spy Among Friends
Part 6 No Man's Land [finale]
I wasn’t sure about this at the start — it all seemed a little too cut and dried; where was six episodes of drama supposed to come from? — but it developed nicely, with all the plots, counterplots, and twists of a Le CarrĂ©, but with the added frisson of knowing it was (based on) truth. A must-see for fans of Cold War spy tales.
[Watch the series (again) on ITVX.]

this week on 100Films.co.uk

We may be over a fortnight into the new year now, but 2023 finally got underway on 100Films.co.uk this week. First, with the introduction of this year's version of my 100 Films Challenge...





Then, as part of that, I announced the 12 films that make up my Blindspot list for this year...





And finally, the 12 films in my "What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen...?" sub-challenge...





Maybe next Sunday I'll actually have some reviews to share...

Saturday, 14 January 2023

TV

A Spy Among Friends
Part 2 The Admiral's Glass
Part 3 Allegory of the Catholic Faith
Part 4 Vodka
Part 5 Snow
[Watch the series (again) on ITVX.]

Collection Count

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

So, in a surprise development, my long-awaited order from the US finally turned up out of the blue ("out of the blue" here meaning "the tracking hadn't changed for over a month, then suddenly it was being delivered that day"). So it's finally factored in this week, right? Wrong. I'm away for the weekend, so the parcel is currently with my neighbour. Assuming no further unforeseeable problems, it'll all finally be counted next week.

In the meantime, the January sales are beginning to get to me. This week's update includes five sales purchases (one a BD-to-4K upgrade, so you can't really see any trace of it in the numbers below), and there are more on the way. My willpower is poor...

Number of titles in collection: 2,997 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,037 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,960 [up 4]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 227 [up 4]

Number of discs in collection: 7,415 [up 8]
Number of films: 3,662 [up 5]
Number of additional cuts: 298 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 9,508 [no change]
Number of short films: 1,025 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 13 January 2023

TV

Death in Paradise
11x01 Episode 1
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Ghosts
4x05 Poached Guests
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Richard Osman's House of Games
6x25 Week 5: Friday
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]

A Spy Among Friends
Part 1 Boom-Ooh-Yatatatah
[Watch it (again) on ITVX.]

Thursday, 12 January 2023

TV

Richard Osman's House of Games
6x23 Week 5: Wednesday
6x24 Week 5: Thursday
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]

Radio

Desert Island Discs
Steven Spielberg, director
I've been meaning to listen to this ever since it was broadcast back in December; and, in typical me fashion, I've left it until it's only got a couple of days left on catchup.
[Listen to it (again) on BBC Sounds.]

Wednesday, 11 January 2023

TV

Jon & Lucy's Party of the Year
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

The Wheel
3x07 Christmas Special
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Tuesday, 10 January 2023

TV

Would I Lie To You?
16x01 Episode 1
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Sunday, 8 January 2023

this week on 100Films.co.uk

No reviews were published to 100Films.co.uk this week, because it was time for a thorough lookback at 2022. Hopefully the titles in the below images explain what's what...











Next Sunday, 2023 begins.

Saturday, 7 January 2023

Collection Count

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

Finally, some of those orders I've been talking about for a month or two are coming through — though one major one is outstanding. Hopefully soon.

Anyway, this week there's a six-film box set that replaces a handful of existing DVDs and Blu-rays, as well as new titles for my collection, so the numbers jump around all over the place.

Number of titles in collection: 2,993 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,037 [down 2]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,956 [up 4]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 223 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 7,407 [up 10]
Number of films: 3,657 [up 8]
Number of additional cuts: 298 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes: 9,508 [no change]
Number of short films: 1,025 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 5 January 2023

TV

Our Flag Means Death
1x01 Pilot
[Watch the whole series (again) on iPlayer.]

Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Monday, 2 January 2023

TV

Gogglebox
20x16 Festive Special
Put this on because I wanted to watch something but felt the need for it to be as easy and inconsequential as possible. Boy, did this fit the bill. To say I watched it is half a lie — I semi paid attention while also scrolling Twitter. Sometimes it's funny, but so much of it is thoroughly inane. Surely the point of showing clips from what they're watching is to allow us to understand their jokey observations — we don't need to watch a clip then have them explain what happened in the clip! Hey-ho, it mostly served the purpose I wanted it to.
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Sunday, 1 January 2023

TV

Antiques Roadshow
Toys and Childhood [Christmas special]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Ghosts
4x04 Gone Gone
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Happy New Year Live!
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Richard Osman's Festive House of Games
1x09 Week 2: Thursday
1x10 Week 2: Friday [season finale]
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]

Richard Osman's House of Games
6x21 Week 5: Monday
6x22 Week 5: Tuesday
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]

The Rookie
4x16 Real Crime
4x17 Coding

Sam Ryder Rocks New Year's Eve
Part 2 (of 2)
[Watch it all (again) on iPlayer.]

Would I Lie To You?
16x00 At Christmas
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

this week on 100Films.co.uk

It's a Happy New Year from 100Films.co.uk today! That means things are only just getting underway with my review of last year, but there are still a couple of posts to share.

The main one this week is the final monthly review of 2022...





Also, a new addition to my review-of-the-year regulars, thanks to my newly-formated Challenge...

100 Films in a Year Challenge 2022: Final Standing
As the challenge tracker page will soon be replaced with a version keeping tabs on 2023’s effort, here’s an archive of how it looked at the very end of 2022 — sadly incomplete, after I chose to abandon it. Hopefully I’ll fare better in 2023.
Read more here.


More looks back at 2022 — and maybe even the start of 2023's content — next Sunday.