Thursday, 23 November 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

TV

The Punisher
1x04 Resupply

Films

The Great Wall 3D (2016)
[#158 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

It was already time for another TV round-up this week over at 100 Films in a Year...





There were 3 brand-new reviews, too...


Fandango (1985)
If we’re being picky then its structure is a little episodic, but the scrapes the gang get into are linked by arcs that chart their characters’ development, which is where the film has it’s heart. It’s also resplendent with nice little touches, like well-composed shots (for a first timer, Reynolds clearly knew what he was doing), poignant character moments, and some occasionally profound dialogue, too.
Read more here.


Justice League (2017)
I enjoyed it. On the whole it’s not as thought-provoking as Batman v Superman, but is instead a fun time with some good character bits thrown in. From early reviews I feared the whole story would be choppily edited, and the opening act is indeed a bit disjointed and jumpy, but the closer it gets to the team being assembled the more it settles down. Once they’re together, it’s a fairly straightforward action-adventure movie, with the heroes in pursuit of the villain to stop his world-ending plan. Unlike BvS it’s not full of portentous (or, depending on your predilections, pretentious) themes to ponder, but it’s still a reasonably entertaining action movie.
Read more here.


Wonder Woman (2017)
The fourth film in DC’s shared cinematic universe is by far its best reviewed to date. It’s also the first superhero movie of the modern era to be based around a female character. I can’t help but think one has a lot to do with the other, because, in my estimation, Wonder Woman is not massively better than or different to the action-adventure blockbusters we get several of every year — the only exception being, of course, that it stars a woman. While that is undoubtedly important, and its meaningfulness can apparently not be understated, it doesn’t automatically elevate the quality of the rest of the movie. Or maybe it does for some people — maybe “the same, but with a woman” is enough to make it a genre classic.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

TV

The Punisher
1x03 Kandahar

Collection Count

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

Number of titles in collection: 2,053 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,169 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 884 [up 4]

Number of discs in collection: 5,270 [up 15]
Number of films: 2,289 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,980 [up 13]
Number of short films: 594 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 17 November 2017

TV

The Punisher
1x01 3AM
1x02 Two Dead Men

Films

Baby Driver (2017)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #42 -- just 4½ months since the first time, too. Can't remember the last time I rewatched a film that quickly where an alternate version wasn't involved. (For example: I rewatched Ghost in the Shell also 4½ months later, but that was in 3D, and before that Suicide Squad in under 2 months, but that was an extended cut.) This is part of the point of my Rewatchathon, though.

Justice League (2017)
[#157 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 16 November 2017

TV

Rick and Morty
1x03 Anatomy Park
Another really good one. If it keeps this up then I guess I'll be seeing what other people see after all.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

TV

Red Dwarf
12x06 Skipper [season finale]
An excellent, fan-pleasing episode. Perfectly placed as a finale, too. Apparently Red Dwarf XIII is already in the works -- hurrah!

Rick and Morty
1x02 Lawnmower Dog
A massive improvement on the pilot -- I actually enjoyed this.

Stranger Things 2
2x07 Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister
Hm. This episode has attracted a lot of criticism online. It's not great, but I don't think it was that bad. The real problem is that it rushes through a character arc for Eleven that would've been better presented over multiple episodes. Basically, there were better ways to structure her role this season.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017

TV

Castle
8x09 Tone Death

Red Dwarf
12x05 M-Corp

Stranger Things 2
2x05 Chapter Five: Dig Dug
2x06 Chapter Six: The Spy

this week on 100 Films

4 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Anomalisa (2015)
Although an everyday kind of drama that would be largely achievable in live-action, it uses its animated form to its advantage when depicting the central conceit, giving every character who isn’t Michael and Lisa the same face and having them all voiced by the same actor (Tom Noonan). For me, this was the most effective part of the movie. It’s a really neat way of executing the concept of not being able to tell people apart. Noonan is the film’s real star, too, voicing “everyone else” in a way that makes them sound plausibly unique but also all the same
Read more here.


Assassin's Creed (2016)
the action carries no weight: our hero can’t change the past, just witness it as he helps the bad guys watch to see where the MacGuffin ended up. So we are literally watching someone watch someone else do all the action — like, y’know, watching someone else play a video game. It’s almost a meta commentary on video game movies, except I don’t think that was the intention.
Read more here.


Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
we don’t want a serious Bat-adventure, we want something light, daft, and above all fun. Batman vs. Two-Face isn’t exactly a sombre affair, but it isn’t funny enough either... The tone is just wrong. The makers admit they were trying to mix “camp with noir”, but — as I think any of us could’ve told them — that’s an unnatural combination that just doesn’t work.
Read more here.


Eye in the Sky (2015)
After a multinational mission is launched to capture wanted terrorists in Kenya, surveillance observes them prepping suicide bombers. The mission objective is changed to “kill”, but commanders watching from afar via drone are forced to reconsider their options due to a civilian presence near the target. It’s a tense thriller driven by a compelling moral dilemma — in fact, the dilemma is an old one: would you sacrifice one innocent life to potentially save dozens more? It’s just that it’s now framed in the super-modern context of using drones to dispatch death from the other side of the world.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

TV

Castle
8x08 Mr. & Mrs. Castle

The Flash
4x02 Mixed Signals

The Good Place
1x01 Everything is Fine

Stranger Things 2
2x03 Chapter Three: The Pollywog
2x04 Chapter Four: Will the Wise

Collection Count

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

Eight new purchases this week -- everything I mentioned last week finally showed up, and a couple more! You won't see that many new titles added, however, because one upgrades a DVD and two upgrade Blu-rays to better Blu-rays. Still, a wealth of new discs thanks to how many of those BDs have (useless to me) DVD copies.

Number of titles in collection: 2,049 [up 5]
Of which DVDs: 1,169 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 880 [up 6]

Number of discs in collection: 5,255 [up 12]
Number of films: 2,284 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,967 [up 22]
Number of short films: 594 [no change]

It's also time for another running time update. Despite all those new titles, this is actually the smallest increase since May (only by about three hours though, so it's hardly anything outside the norm).

Total running time of collection (approx.):
389 days, 19 hours, and 58 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 2 hours, and 45 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

TV

Arrow
6x01 Fallout
Oh look, everybody apart from the minor guest star survived. There's a surprise.

Bounty Hunters
1x02 Episode 2

Detectorists
3x01 Episode 1
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

TV

Castle
8x05 The Nose

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
6x02 Episode 2
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Films

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #41

Articles

X-Men at 25: The Unlikely Story of the Animated Hit No Network Wanted
by Aaron Couch & Byron Burton (from The Hollywood Reporter)

Celebrating a quarter-century of one of the great superhero TV series. Personally, it was a defining part of my childhood -- I'd credit it with my enduring love of the X-Men franchise.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

TV

The Great British Bake Off
8x10 The Final [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x10 Episode 10 [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
6x01 Episode 1
[Watch it (again) on the ITV Hub.]

Films

Awakenings (1990)
[#154 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

A new month began this week, so it was time for 100 Films in a Year to look back at the last one...





Additionally, 4 brand-new reviews were published this week...


Awakenings (1990)
I’m not sure why it isn’t better remembered. Okay, it’s a little schmaltzy towards the end, but there are plenty of films that are worse for that which are held in higher esteem by some. Perhaps it’s not schmaltzy enough for those people, but still too much for people who hate that kind of thing? Or maybe it’s something else — but I don’t know what, because the rest of the film is packed with quality and subtlety.
Read more here.


The Exorcist (1973)
Everyone’s so busy talking about The Scary Stuff when it comes to The Exorcist, no one ever tells you how low-key and grounded a lot of it is. Okay, the talking in voices and spinning heads and vomiting green gunk and bloody crucifix masturbation are pretty memorable, so fair enough. Before that, though, it’s more of a character drama, about a single mother struggling to handle what appears to be her daughter’s out-of-control mental health problems.
Read more here.


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
For the third Halloween in a row, I subjected myself to true cinematic horror: a Twilight film. I suppose this one’s theoretically the turning point of the franchise: it’s the middle movie in the film series, while in the books it’s the penultimate instalment — surely in every regard placed to set up the final conflict. Well, you wouldn’t know it, because this is another Twilight film where very little happens.
Read more here.


What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
it embraces mundanity — putting these supernatural creates in the same dull suburban lifestyles that we all know, like struggling to get into the good nightclubs, or a supposedly grand ball taking place in a rundown community centre. Perhaps best of all are bits which straddle the two stools — the practicalities of being a vampire; like how do you get dressed up to go out if you can’t see your reflection, or having to clean up the mess after drinking someone’s blood. The film plays these various comic facets with a great deal of wit and cleverness, but it’s also suitably silly
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

TV

Castle
8x04 What Lies Beneath

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
6x07 Episode 7

Films

Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
[#153 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Candyman (1992)
[#152 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

I was expecting about seven new Blu-rays this week, but in the end only one turned up. Slightly concerned where some of the others have got to, actually...

Number of titles in collection: 2,044 [up 1]
Of which DVDs: 1,170 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 874 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 5,243 [up 1]
Number of films: 2,280 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,945 [no change]
Number of short films: 594 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 3 November 2017

TV

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x09 Episode 9
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Upstart Crow
2x06 Sweet Sorrow [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Thursday, 2 November 2017

TV

The Great British Bake Off
8x09 Patisserie Week
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x08 Episode 8
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Upstart Crow
2x05 Beware My Sting!
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Articles

Blade Runner 2049: How VFX Masters Replicated Sean Young as Rachael
by Bill Desowitz (from IndieWire)

Interesting piece on how they created one of the film's most amazing special effects. (Sorry about the spoiler in the headline, but it has been out for almost a month now.)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Articles

Ghostwatch: The 1992 paranormal investigation that just had to be true, because it was on the BBC
by David Barnett (from the Independent)

I know I shared one good, long piece on Ghostwatch just last week, but here's another anyway. It was the 25th anniversary this year, so no wonder a host of articles popped up (there were many more than these two). If I'd been at home last night I might've finally watched it, but I wasn't, so I didn't. Is it weird to watch it in November?

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Articles

Blade Runner 2049 Was First Cut Into A Four-Hour, Two-Part Epic (But We’ll Never See This Version)
by Zack Sharf (from IndieWire)

The headline has most of it covered, but obviously there's more detail in the story.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

this week on 100 Films

This week on 100 Films in a Year it was time for my monthly TV review...





And 2 brand-new reviews were published too...


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
It’s been a busy year for the MCU. Long gone are the days of Marvel Studios putting out one or two movies a year — this is their third theatrical release in 2017, alongside three full seasons of Netflix shows and two network TV series currently running. Whew! Nonetheless, according to Rotten Tomatoes this Thor threequel is the best-reviewed thing they’ve released this year (so far). Some critics have even said it’s the best Marvel Studios movie ever made. Well, let’s not get too hasty.
Read more here.


Transformers: Age of Extinction 3D (2014)
On a purely technical level, Age of Extinction is a masterpiece. As well as 3D, significant chunks of the film were shot for IMAX, and the IMAX 3D stuff is incredible. Sometimes director Michael Bay uses it for just regular scenes, like Mark Wahlberg driving his truck or walking around an old theatre, and even those bits are a riot of depth and dimensionality. So when it opens out to show wide scenery, or for the action sequences… wow! And Bay chooses to use IMAX, like, all the time
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

TV

Red Dwarf
12x03 Timewave

Films

Vehicle 19 (2013)
[#151 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

After last week's kerfuffling, normal service is resumed, including one box set adding an overabundance of discs compared to how many titles and films were added.

Number of titles in collection: 2,043 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,170 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 873 [up 2]

Number of discs in collection: 5,242 [up 10]
Number of films: 2,279 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,945 [no change]
Number of short films: 594 [up 1]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 27 October 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
3x05 Episode 5
3x06 Episode 6 [season finale]

Films

The Exorcist (1973)
[#150 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Blindspot 2017 #10

+ some (but not all) of the Blu-ray's special features, including documentaries on the locations and the differing cuts of the film.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017

Films

RocknRolla (2008)
[#146 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Articles

Ghostwatch: the Halloween hoax that changed the language of television
by Kate Mossman (from New Statesman)

A good, in-depth piece on the BBC's 1992 Halloween drama/hoax Ghostwatch, which I've still not seen. As it's 25 years old this year, maybe now's the time...

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Films

The Heat (2013)
[#144 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Moon (2009)
[#145 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen...? 2017 #9

The Reckless Moment (1949)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #40. This was also #24 way back in 100 Films 2007, and is reviewed here.

this week on 100 Films

3 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Con thrillers are much like magic tricks: they set you up to expect one thing, then reveal something else was going on all along... So whoever came up with the idea of combining those two things into a movie where magicians use their skills to pull off elaborate heists was practically a genius in my book — what a magnificent marriage of ideas! Unfortunately, the resulting films aren’t much good at magic, routinely substituting CGI for the tricks, and they’re not great at cons either. That’s why these films are fundamentally empty: they don’t understand that the impressiveness of both magic and a reveal-based narratives lies in doing it for real, not in pretending to do it.
Read more here.


Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
I can’t remember when I first heard of Twilight Zone: The Movie, but I do remember being surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. Why wasn’t it more often talked about? After all, here’s a film based on a classic TV series, directed by some of the hottest genre filmmakers of the time: John Landis just after An American Werewolf in London; Joe Dante just before Gremlins; George Miller fresh from Mad Max 2; and, most of all, Steven Spielberg, coming off a run that encompassed Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. I mean, Jesus, even if the movie wasn’t great then surely it should be well-known! ... My viewing of it was primarily motivated by attempting to complete the filmographies of Spielberg and Miller, but I’m glad I did because, on the whole, I rather enjoyed it.
Read more here.


Vixen (2017)
Fans of any or all of the other Arrowverse shows may well find something to enjoy in Vixen. Otherwise, it’s newcomer-friendly (aside from those cameos it’s fundamentally standalone) but I doubt it would do much to persuade the uninitiated that they’re missing out.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Films

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
[#143 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
[#142 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

A bit of jiggery-pokery going on this week. I bought the 90th anniversary edition of Metropolis, which replaces three(!) copies I previously owned. I also switched my box set of the two The Thing films for just the 2011 prequel, in anticipation of Arrow's new release of the 1982 film. But on top of that I bought four other brand-new Blu-rays, so the final stats show little evidence of all that kerfuffling.

Number of titles in collection: 2,041 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,170 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 871 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,232 [up 5]
Number of films: 2,275 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,945 [no change]
Number of short films: 593 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 20 October 2017

TV

The Thick of It
The Rise of the Nutters [special]
Spinners and Losers [special]
Opposition Extra [special]
I'd forgotten how little of The Thick of It I'd actually seen. I knew I hadn't finished it and it was a while since I watched it, but I thought I'd got through a fair chunk not that long ago. Turns out, I watched only the first six episodes (after which there are 17 more) and that was almost three years ago. Crikey. I shake my head at myself sometimes, I really do. Anyway, here I try again — with episodes that first aired almost 11 years ago. Where does time go?!

Films

Silence (2016)
[#141 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Films

Vixen (2017)
[#137 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]
The Arrowverse shows are all back on UK TV this week, so I thought it was about time I caught up with this animated spin-off.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
[#138 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Monday, 16 October 2017

TV

Upstart Crow
2x04 Food of Love
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Sunday, 15 October 2017

TV

Peaky Blinders
3x03 Episode 3

Films

Frost/Nixon (2008)
[#136 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

2 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Antz (1998)
it’s a funny old film. It feels more aimed at adults than kids: star Woody Allen is doing a version of his usual schtick, and the plot riffs heavily on political systems like Communism, a combination which means most of the jokes will soar over children’s heads. That’s before we get on to the brutal war sequence against monstrous termites.
Read more here.


Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
This is a movie with a lot to think about. It doesn’t do the thinking for you either, instead leaving space for the viewer to interpret not only what themes they should be thinking about but also what they should be thinking about those themes. This seems to have been a little too much for some viewers... It’s definitely a long film — a shade under 2 hours 45, though obviously there’s a fair chunk of credits... It’s not a mile-a-minute thrill ride of a movie, but I think it’s the length it needs to be. It leaves room for ideas to sink in.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

TV

Castle
8x03 PhDead

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x07 Episode 7
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Peaky Blinders
3x02 Episode 2

Upstart Crow
2x03 I Did Adore a Twinkling Star
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Assassin's Creed 3D (2016)
[#135 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

It's a super, heroic update this week, with new additions Wonder Woman and X-Men TV spin-off Legion. Also, the running time update, which has done fairly well for itself this past month.

Number of titles in collection: 2,039 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 868 [up 2]

Number of discs in collection: 5,227 [up 4]
Number of films: 2,271 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 7,945 [up 8]
Number of short films: 593 [no change]

Total running time of collection (approx.):
388 days, 17 hours, and 13 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 7 hours, and 6 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x05 Episode 5 [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Great British Bake Off
8x06 Pastry Week
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Films

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
[4th watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #38

Sunday, 8 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
6x06 Episode 6

Films

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
[5th watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #37

this week on 100 Films

Just 1 new review was published to 100 Films in a Year this week, though it covered three (short) films...


Blade Runner 2022-2048 (2017)
You’ve probably heard that three short films have been released as part of the promotion for sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049. More than just trailers, these shorts go some way to bridging the 30-year gap between 2049 and the original Blade Runner. They were released out of sequence over the past couple of months, but here they’re reviewed in chronological order.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x03 Episode 3
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x05 Episode 5
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Upstart Crow
2x01 The Green-Eyed Monster
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Collection Count

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

A box set and two new individual-film releases this week, the latter two both in 3D. I'm building up quite a 3D collection now -- I might start adding that to the stats...

Number of titles in collection: 2,037 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 866 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,223 [up 10]
Number of films: 2,270 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,937 [no change]
Number of short films: 593 [up 3]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 6 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x02 Episode 2
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Great British Bake Off
8x05 Pudding Week
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Films

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007)
[4th watch]
Only my second time seeing The Final Cut (the first was way back in 2009), but my records tell me this is my fourth viewing of the film overall. Watched it last night, before...

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
[#132 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 5 October 2017

TV

Doctor Foster
2x01 Episode 1
Bingeing now it's finished. (Also, quite surprised to realise it's over a year since I watched series one.)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
6x05 Episode 5

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Films

Perfect Sense (2011)
[#131 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

+ three short prequels to Blade Runner 2049...

Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017)
[#130a in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

2036: Nexus Dawn (2017)
[#130b in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

2048: Nowhere to Run (2017)
[#130c in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Films

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
[#129 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Wayne's World 2 (1993)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #35

Articles

DC Rethinks Its Universe
by Abraham Riesman (from Vulture)
A longish, interesting piece on how DC are managing (or hoping to manage) the negative reception their movies have mostly received so far.

TV Series Budgets Hit the Breaking Point as Costs Skyrocket in Peak TV Era
by Maureen Ryan & Cynthia Littleton (from Variety)
Another lengthy but very interesting behind-the-scenes piece, this one on the spiralling cost of high-end TV shows -- why it's happening, what effect it's having, and how it might change going forward. All quite insider-y stuff, but if that's your thing then, as I said, super-interesting.

this week on 100 Films

2017 heads into its final third today, as October begins. As ever, a new month means it's time to look back at the one just past on 100 Films in a Year...





The monthly updates and my TV column don't usually coincide, but this week they do for the second month in a row. Last time it was because I was publishing TV reviews at increased frequency to cover the volume of stuff I was watching. This time it's because I haven't watched much so delayed the column a week. Funny old life, ain't it?





Finally, in regular business, 2 brand-new reviews were also posted this week...


A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Watching Yojimbo and this back to back, you can’t miss how similar they are — no wonder they settled the legal case, they wouldn’t’ve had a leg to stand on. Yojimbo is the classier handling of the material, giving the whole scenario a weightiness that has gone astray here. Fistful has its own charms, of course, as director Sergio Leone merrily reinvents the Western genre before our eyes
Read more here.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Critics, eh? There’s a lot you could say about them, both individually and en masse, but right now I’m concerned with the fact they’ve given Kingsman: The Golden Circle a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 50%. More than that, many have gone further: I’ve read one-star reviews from several major outlets. Audiences disagree. On IMDb it’s got a very respectable 7.4 (just a few points down from the much better-received Wonder Woman, for comparison) and it topped the box office this past weekend, beating the latest LEGO movie in the US and almost doubling the first film’s opening weekend in the UK. Well, I’m definitely an audience member rather than a critic. In fact, I’m still weighing up the possibility that The Golden Circle might be even better than its predecessor.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Films

Wayne's World (1992)
[3rd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #34

Collection Count

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

A few new acquisitions this week. Next week: a few more. Then: a quiet spell. Well, we'll see.

Number of titles in collection: 2,034 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 863 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,213 [up 5]
Number of films: 2,265 [up 3]
Number of TV episodes: 7,937 [no change]
Number of short films: 590 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

TV

Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year
4x01 Cabins, Summerhouses & Not a Shed?
Featuring a cinema 'shed' that is amazing. So, so jealous.
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Films

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #33

Monday, 25 September 2017

Sunday, 24 September 2017

TV

Duck Quacks Don't Echo
6x04 Episode 4

Films

Yojimbo (1961)
[#126 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Blindspot 2017 #9

+ all of the Criterion DVD's special features

this week on 100 Films

3 brand-new reviews were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


The Accountant (2016)
if you’re thinking, “finally a film that makes accounting exciting!”, I’m sorry to disappoint you but Chris’ maths skills are really just a MacGuffin to get the ball rolling. What it does deliver is a decent thriller plot, with a couple of twists to keep things lively. It’s also a pretty satisfying narrative — I’m not sure there’s ever been another movie that so thoroughly tied up everything into nice neat little bows. I suppose that’s at least kind of appropriate given the hero’s condition.
Read more here.


The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
The second big-screen outing for the Muppets sees casts Kermit, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo as reporters who travel to England to investigate a jewel theft. Of course, this being a Muppet movie, the plot is less important than the crazy comical antics.
Read more here.


The Muppet Movie (1979)
“The Muppets Begin” in their big-screen debut, which seems Kermit going on a road trip where he encounters most of the key Muppets one by one, while being chased by a businessman who wants Kermie to be the poster-frog for his frog legs restaurant.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

TV

The Great British Bake Off
8x03 Bread Week
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Collection Count

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

I got a new DVD this week! A rare occurrence nowadays, that. But then I upgraded something else from DVD to Blu-ray, so the DVD number stays the same. Hey-ho.

Number of titles in collection: 2,031 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 860 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,208 [up 6]
Number of films: 2,262 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,937 [up 12]
Number of short films: 590 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Sunday, 17 September 2017

TV

Unforgotten
2x03 Episode 3

Films

Guardians (2017)
[#122 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Trainspotting (1996)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2017 #31 (previously 2007's #29)

this week on 100 Films

Just 1 new post on 100 Films in a Year this week...


The Mid-Month Update for the Middle of September 2017
you may have noticed it’s been a tad quiet here of late. (Or maybe you haven’t. That’s OK, I don’t blame you.) There’s no grand or exciting reason for that, I’m afraid — September’s just turned out to be a busier-than-average month ’round these parts, leaving precious little spare time for blogging.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

TV

Unforgotten
2x02 Episode 2

Who Dares Wins
10x10 (16/9/17 edition) [season finale]
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films

Godzilla (1998)
[2nd watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #30

Collection Count

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

Number of titles in collection: 2,028 [up 5]
Of which DVDs: 1,171 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 857 [up 6]

Number of discs in collection: 5,202 [up 9]
Number of films: 2,258 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 7,925 [no change]
Number of short films: 590 [up 2]

Plus this week it's time for a running time update, so...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
387 days, 10 hours, and 7 minutes.
(Up 1 day, 5 hours, and 51 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 15 September 2017

TV

Comedy Playhouse
18x01 Tim Vine Travels in Time
So very silly. I hope it gets a series.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Unforgotten
2x01 Episode 1

Films

Lions for Lambs (2007)
[#121 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Thursday, 14 September 2017

TV

The Great British Bake Off
8x01 Cake Week
Considered not watching, but you can't resist Bake Off for long.
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
4x01 Episode 1
Amazing how just an extra few minutes (about seven or eight) makes this feel so much less rushed.
[Watch it (again) on All 4.]

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Parts One and Two

this week on 100 Films

Two new posts were published to 100 Films in a Year this week, and they were...


Musical Review Roundup
My blog is alive with the sound of music, courtesy of…
- Sing Street (2016)
- Jersey Boys (2014)
- Sing (2016)
- Into the Woods (2014)
Read more here.


The Is It Future or Is It Past Week on TV #23
Reviewing Twin Peaks season 3 episodes 17-18 (the finale).
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Other

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
The Making of Harry Potter

Collection Count

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

Nothing to report this week! How weird. Next week: almost certainly something.

Number of titles in collection: 2,023 [no change]
Of which DVDs: 1,172 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 851 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 5,193 [no change]
Number of films: 2,253 [no change]
Number of TV episodes: 7,925 [no change]
Number of short films: 588 [no change]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Films

Jumanji (1995)
[3rd(?) watch]

Rewatchathon 2017 #29

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Articles

‘Peaks’ TV: If This Was The End Of Twin Peaks, How Do We Feel About The Return?
by Alan Sepinwall & Keith Phipps (from Uproxx)

I spent about three hours this evening reading articles about the Twin Peaks finale. This is one of the better ones, because it's a discussion between someone who loved it and someone who doesn't. It also links to several of the others I read, if you're interested.

Monday, 4 September 2017

TV

Twin Peaks
3x17 The Return Part 17
3x18 The Return Part 18 [series finale]

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Films

Vintage Tomorrows (2015)
[#120 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

this week on 100 Films

A new month means it was time to look back at the last one on 100 Films in a Year this week, although it was a rather underwhelming August...





In part that was because it was a big week for TV, with The Defenders finally arriving on Netflix and the feature-length Game of Thrones finale too...





As well as that, 3 brand-new reviews were posted...


21 (2008)
The true story has been mashed broadly into the heist movie template. Setting aside the veracity and treating it purely as an entertainment, this has pros and cons. Whenever it’s whizzing around in Vegas it’s kinda fun, with flashy camerawork and a slick feel for the excitement of being a successful high-roller. But when it puts that aside to get stuck into the characters’ thinly-drawn personal lives, it gets kinda dull.
Read more here.


Death Note (2017)
Despite that reimagining status, it’s still understandably shackled to the broad shape of the original work. Consequently, it glosses over some of the more interesting implications of the premise in its rush to make Kira famous and introduce L. Partly that’s what happens when you condense so much story into just 100 minutes, but it’s also because it’s beholden to bringing in L and starting his cat-and-mouse game with Light.
Read more here.


Jaws (1975)
It’s easy to start discussing Jaws in terms of it being the first summer blockbuster, or its troubled production, or the effect it had on audiences’ desire to go swimming. But divorced from all that, as a film in its own right, it’s a thrilling adventure movie — a man vs. a shark, when it comes down to it.
Read more here.


More next Sunday.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Films

Antz (1998)
[#119 in 100 Films in a Year 2017]

Collection Count

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

Having said last week that it looked like there'd be nothing this time, I then went and ordered a bunch of things in Bank Holiday sales. Such is (my) life.

Number of titles in collection: 2,023 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,172 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 851 [up 5]

Number of discs in collection: 5,193 [up 6]
Number of films: 2,253 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 7,925 [up 15]
Number of short films: 588 [up 4]

See you next week, faithful reader.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tuesday, 29 August 2017