Thursday, 29 January 2009


Broken Saints
Chapter 14 Harbingers

A Short Stay in Switzerland
To be brutally honest, it wasn't always the best-written drama. But Julie Walters' performance was brilliant, of course, and that coupled with the well-handled later scenes -- plus the fact that it's all true -- made for a powerful piece nonetheless. An important addition to the debate if nothing else.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Films / Websites

Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective Official Site
Oh dear God no.
Surely this semi-ancient franchise doesn't need reviving at all, and certainly not in this horrendous form?! It's been fifteen years since the first film -- kids born after it was released are too old to watch this! Damn you for introducing younger impressionable youths to this, video and DVD! Damn you!


Doctor Who filming disrupted as double decker bus wrecked by Ben Leach, from
Doctor's double decker wrecker by Colin Robertson, from The Sun
It's an interesting story 'n' all (and you can see two pics of the extent of the damage here), but even more interesting are these two stories about it. Two very different papers, with very different audiences, and completely different authors, but the articles are almost identical -- and, by the end, they're virtually word-for-word the same.

Film Review of 2008 by Roger Keen
(from Video Vista)
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army... was a bit simplistic and comic-bookish". A comic book adaptation having a comic-bookish plot? My God, what's the world coming to?! (Don't bother reading the rest of the article, it's almost all that bad.)

K9 Production Latest by John Bowman
(from The Doctor Who News Page)
All the latest on the forthcoming non-BBC Doctor Who spin-off, now known simply as K9. It actually sounds almost promising...

Narnia To Take Off With Fox
(from Studio Briefing)
"Following Disney's decision not to co-finance the next Chronicles of Narnia feature, 20th Century Fox plans to partner with Walden Media to make the movie. Variety reported that the film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, will have a production budget of $140 million -- far less than the $215 million that last year's Prince Caspian cost. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Times commented today that while the budget is much lower than Caspian, "it's still a big gamble.""

New pornography laws 'could make comic books illegal', say campaigners by Jon Swaine
Sounds kinda silly -- and it is, a bit -- but it also has a point. Damn Government.