Wednesday, 23 May 2018

TV

The Americans
6x02 Tchaikovsky

Films

Christine (2016)
[#114 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Dick Tracy (1990)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2018 #20

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

TV

The Americans
6x01 Dead Hand
The final season! Hopefully I've timed this just right to watch an episode a day until the finale...

Archer
5x08 Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction
So, having discovered I'd "missed an episode" only after I watched the last one, I had a little look-see before watching this one, and discovered that the episode listed as #6 everywhere online is actually #9 on Netflix. Based on the production codes (as listed on Wikipedia), Netflix has the episodes in production order, while everyone else goes with the original US broadcast order. I guess the ep that was moved is a standalone one that it's flexible in terms of running order. Anyway, I'll stick with the Netflix order now and see if I'm correct when I get there.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Films

Live by Night (2016)
[#113 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo (1978)
[#112 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]
+ the only extra on the UK DVD, a gallery of concept art.

Fiction

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
Chapters 22-24 [the end]
Well, I enjoyed that. Forever and a Day is out in 10 days -- maybe I'll get round to that a bit sooner than I did this!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Films

Game Night (2018)
[#111 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Fiction

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
Chapters 20-21
Remember the gag from Austin Powers about the home lives of henchmen? In Chapter 20, Horowitz does a serious version of that... and makes it work!

this week on 100 Films

Time for another jam-packed TV review on 100 Films in a Year...





Plus, 3 brand-new reviews this week...


Atomic Blonde (2017)
It’s based on The Coldest City, a graphic novel [that] I got the impression was a Le CarrĂ©-style thriller, so I was very surprised to eventually learn it was the basis for this film, the trailers for which promised a hyper-stylised actioner from the director of combat-focused John Wick. Watching the film, however, it’s easier to see how I might not’ve been wrong about the novel after all — take out the elaborate fight scenes and shoot it more like Tinker Tailor Solider Spy than The Guest, and this could indeed be a Le CarrĂ©-esque Cold War thriller.
Read more here.


Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
anyone expecting a straight-up adaptation may be disappointed, but taken as a film in its own right, for the most part it works. Having all the different familiar characters pop up makes it feel like a proper Batman tale, rather than a Ripper story that happens to have a costumed vigilante in it. Most prominent is Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, although she isn’t really the latter here — Batman gets fully suited up, but the most Miss Kyle gets is a whip. The relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina is one of the film’s best aspects, in fact, with the Elseworld setting seeming to allow a different focus than the usual antagonism that pairing has in screen adaptations
Read more here.


Superman (1978)
Every member of the cast is excellent, though none more so than Christopher Reeve in the dual role of Clark Kent / Superman — he makes them feel like two different people, each equally believable. Richard Donner’s direction is first-rate, keeping our interest through a long storyline that could be slow but in fact never drags. There’s a pure heart here, a childlike sense of wonder and excitement that shines off the screen. Superman’s “boy scout” image could be a barrier in our modern, cynical world, coming across as twee and old-fashioned, but instead the film somehow makes it triumphant and magical.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

TV

Archer
5x07 Archer Vice: Smugglers' Blues
I appear to have accidentally skipped an episode. Oops. Must remember to go back to it (this one ends on a cliffhanger, so probably won't plug the gap straight away).

Westworld
2x04 The Riddle of the Sphinx

Films

The Pixar Story (2007)
[#110 in 100 Films in a Year 2018]

Collection Count

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

After a busy fortnight (twelve new additions across the previous two weeks), the past seven days have been quieter... but still see three titles added to my collection (it was going to be quieter still, but one that isn't out until next week turned up early).

Those additions push the number of Blu-rays I own past 950. With seven-and-a-half months of the year left, based on my purchase rate so far this year (9.1 BDs per month) and last year (15.1 BDs per month), there's a very real chance I'll reach 1,000 Blu-rays before 2018 is over -- heck, probably several months before the end of the year. But, you never know -- I'm not aiming for it, just if it happens, it happens.

Number of titles in collection: 2,111 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,159 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 952 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,391 [up 4]
Number of films: 2,353 [up 3]
Number of TV episodes: 8,020 [no change]
Number of short films: 611 [up 2]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 18 May 2018