Monday, 8 June 2009


Another day with lots to read. First up, a fantastic bit of news...

Ashes To Ashes to end after next series by Neil Wilkes
(from Digital Spy)
Of course, an infinitely more positive spin would be "Ashes to Ashes recommissioned", which is the real story here -- they've said for a long time that they had a three-year plan and that would be it. So thank God they've got the final series, because otherwise the damn thing would never've been resolved. The press release quotes also sound highly intriguing:
"Fans have theorised... about who Gene Hunt actually is and what his alternative world really means... Will Alex make it back home, why is she living in this parallel '80s world, what will become of bullish Gene Hunt and will we ever discover what actually happened to Sam Tyler? Viewers will not be left disappointed". Let's hope not.

In other news...

Daniel Craig's James Bond Is Licenced To Chill by Devin Zydel
Topless Daniel Craig as an ice lolly. That's... mad.

DreamWorks get Masi Oka's Defenders by Alex Fletcher
(from Digital Spy)
"The film's plot follows teenagers around the world, who are involved in multiplayer video gaming. The gang, who don't know each other's real personas, are suddenly forced into a real-life adventure and inadvertently become heroes." Interesting.
Ironically, but inevitably, "DreamWorks are developing a video game to be released simultaneously."

Nintendo questions opposition's priorities by Liam Martin
(from Digital Spy)
Fighting talk -- and probably very true.
"[A] Nintendo of America executive said Sony and Microsoft seemed more interested in technical specifications rather than entertaining the public. "What's happening sounds to me a lot like, 'Who's got the prettiest picture? Who's got high-definition? Who has the best processing power?' It sounds like technology, when the consumer wants to be entertained." The comments come after Microsoft announced Project Natal... while Sony revealed its answer to the Wii Remote... "[Nintendo's] focus is, 'How do we take active play and make it entertainment?' And that's what we're going to continue to focus on.""
Quite right too.

Shame this review has become buried, but anyway...

Review of Heroes of the East (1978) by Cal
(from Heroes of the East )
Heroes of the East is one of my favourite blogs on, so a review of its namesake is naturally not to be missed.

Say Hello To The iPhone 3G S — “S” Is For Speed by MG Siegler
(from TechCrunch)
All the details on what's in the new iPhone. Personally, I won't be upgrading.

Wes Craven dishes on Scream 4 by Simon Reynolds
(from Digital Spy)
The Scream trilogy a fun series of films, let's hope they don't ruin them.

new review at 100 Films

In Bruges (2008)
It's hilariously funny, much more so than most by-the-numbers ‘comedy’ films can manage... It’s also dark and occasionally tragic though, and in this respect it’s unsurprising that writer/director McDonagh started out as an acclaimed and award-winning playwright, as stage plays mix humour and darkness more frequently (and with wider extremes) than films ever dare to.

Read the full review at 100 Films.

There are currently 17 new films in the review pipeline at 100 Films, plus two shorts. As ever, updates here as and when they're posted.