Saturday, 16 August 2008


Free behind-the-scenes video for the 'motion comic' made my MTV. Based on the extended preview at the front of this very light-weight "making of", it has the advantage of a full voice cast, but the actual animation is incredibly minimal. Sort of the inverse of...

Watchmen Motion Comics
Chapter I (of 12)
The first Warner Premiere Motion Comic, available through iTunes in the US (it doesn't seem to have turned up in the UK yet). The original comic is brilliant and, aside from a sometimes-iffy narrator (a full voice cast would've been better) this is an excellent rendition. It's surprisingly animated too -- perhaps not quite up to scratch for a fully-animated show (especially with those speech bubbles floating around), but a lot more than just moving things around within the frame or somesuch.


Superhero Movie (2008)
[#52 in 100 Films in a Year 2008]
A new low, I know.

Back in the UK!


As this is posted, I should be somewhere in the air, flying Business Class from Newark to Bristol. Oo-ooh, I know. However, thanks to horrendous delays, I'll probably be sat in the Business Lounge at Newark waiting for a flight.

For a full explanation, please see the start of the countdown.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series
Unreleased Promo
Back in 2001 and 2002, Joss Whedon & co tried to get an animated version of Buffy off the ground. A four-minute promo was completed in 2004, but no network picked up the show. Finally, just a few days ago, that promo leaked online. Hurrah! A must-see for anyone who ever liked Buffy -- it looks great, though the voice actress for Buffy sounds nothing like Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Acts 1 - 3 (of 3)
"#1 Downloaded TV Season on iTunes 3 WEEKS RUNNING!"
And it's funny. Which is the point. So all is good. Surprisingly few songs though. And Whedon can't resist a tragic twist or two.


10 Shows You Should Be Watching by Shirley Halperin, Jeff Jensen, Tim Stack, Dan Snierson, Jennifer Armstrong, Lindsay Soll, Ken Tucker & Mandi Bierly
(from Entertainment Weekly #995/996, p.34-35)
List-article of ten low-rated US TV shows that are (allegedly) great. Featuring Breaking Bad, Reaper, Flight of the Conchords, Friday Night Lights, Greek, The Paper, Gossip Girl (in spite of the fuss, it seems few watch it), In Treatment, Brotherhood, and Bones (cos 9.7m average is "no one").

20 fall movies we can't wait to see by Adam Markovitz
Pictorial preview of some of the big films still to come in 2008. Includes the great truism, "There's a thin line between ''And the Oscar goes to...'' and ''The Hallmark Channel proudly presents...''"

Be Still My Geeking Heart by Olly Richards
(from Empire Online)
A Joss Whedon Batman film? Let me say that again: a Joss Whedon Batman film?! Sorry, Chris Nolan -- we all love you, but nothing short of Joss in charge of Batman Begins 3 is going to satiate us now.

Mad Men (Summer TV Preview) by Missy Schwartz
(from Entertainment Weekly #995/996, p.26-33)